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Church News

  • Witnessing the power of a soggy stamp

    Twenty years ago this year we had a devastating storm blow through our area that we call the No-Name Storm.
    Afterwards, people sprang into action to help those whose homes were damaged. I wanted to help, too.
    I had learned that a dear man from my church, Joe Koch, needed help at his house, so I set out with visions of being Greatly Used by God. I imagined myself ripping out drywall and putting up sheetrock and comforting Joe with “psalms and spiritual songs,” as the Bible says.

  • Church briefs: 1-23-13

    New Hope Baptist announces events
    New Hope Baptist offers Zumba exercise classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Wear comfortable shoes.
    Registration is not required.
    The Bible study “Lord I Need Grace to Make it Today” by Kay Arthur has begun on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. It is not too late to join, organizers said.
    The church’s annual Valentine Banquet is Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Sign up is in the welcome center.

  • Are you God-intoxicated? Consider how you talk

    James Denny, the Scotch theologian, warned his students against thinking they could learn all there was to know about God during their seminary studies. “Gentlemen,” he would say, “to study infinity requires eternity.” As a current seminary student I sometimes wonder if I will ever be finished

  • Law shows the need for salvation, paradox of Christian faith

    When my youngest daughter first moved away from home and I realized I could not control her every action (not that I ever could, but I deluded myself into thinking I could when she lived with me), I had a brilliant idea.
    She was home for a visit and when I brought her to the airport I said, “Let me give you a list of everything I think you should and shouldn’t do and then you can just do everything on the list and we’ll both live happily ever after, especially me.”

  • Would you wash another’s feet like Jesus did?

    Isn’t to be a Christian the act of emulating Jesus’s commands?  
    Our society applauds wealth and success as what’s important. Even the apostles argued over strength and who was best and who might sit beside Christ in his kingdom. This is fundamentally human nature.
    But what is so fascinating to me is how Jesus, sheer God in human form, looked at what is important and tells us to be servants.

  • Church is about the people, not the steeple

    Scattered throughout any community are tiny, struggling churches.
    If you blink while driving past them you’ll miss them. Or they’re eyesores — run down, weather worn.
    In my 20 years covering local religion for the newspaper, I’ve gotten to know the people at some of these little churches.
    Why don’t they admit defeat, close up shop and go somewhere else? And, why do they stay together?

  • Church briefs: 1-9-13

    Alton Christian to host Haiti mission fundraiser
    Alton Christian Church will have a dinner and movie Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
    The movie shown will be “Soul Surfer,” and all proceeds will benefit the church’s Haiti mission trip, according to the church’s press release.
    Alton Christian Church is located at 1686 Old Frankfort Road in Lawrenceburg.
    New Hope Baptist announces events
    New Hope Baptist Church, located at 3825 Tyrone Pike in Versailles, will begin its women’s Bible study on Jan. 16.

  • God, not his people, chooses life’s many blessings

    Is God the center of your life?
    A lot of us think so because we go to church maybe once or twice a week and maybe even throw a 20 in the plate. But, truly who is the God of your life? We often read in the Old Testament of warnings against worshiping idols. In instructing the Israelites in Exodus 20:4, God said, “You shall not make for yourself any idol in the form of anything.”
    Idols do not exist much in the American culture, or do they? The American dream focuses on money, status, jobs, homes, cars, etc.

  • Church briefs: 1-2-13

    Westside Community Church announces events
    Past Events
    Westside had a Christmas play on Dec. 16 and Dec. 21 called “A Christmas to Remember.”
    Westside had a church family event on Dec. 28, going to the movies to see “Wreck-It  Ralph.”
    Upcoming Events
    On Jan.6 Westside will host special guest singers at the Sunday night service at 6 p.m.
    On Jan.11 there will be discipleship class at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
    On Jan. 13 there will be a prayer walk at the Anderson County High School at 2 p.m.

  • Preparing for reindeer