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Church News

  • COLUMN: Forgiving and forgiveness linked

    Feb. 6 marked the centennial of the birth of our 40th president, Ronald Wilson Reagan. A few years ago I read the then newly released The Reagan Diaries (HarperCollins, 2007), the edited personal daily entries of President Reagan, which he maintained during his eight-year presidency. One of the most interesting entries is the one from March 30, 1981 (the day he was shot by would-be assassin, John Hinckley):

  • Perry named minister at Broadway Christian Church

    Ernie Perry, a native of Lawrenceburg, has accepted an invitation to become the senior minister of the Broadway Christian Church in Lexington, according to a news release.
    Perry is a graduate of the Kentucky Christian University in Grayson.
    He has served in many areas of Christian ministry, the news release said. For the past 12 and a half years he has been an associate minister at Southland Christian Church in Lexington.
    He will preach this Sunday at Broadway.
    He is a son of Bro. E. Paul and Lucille Perry of Lawrenceburg.

  • COLUMN: Technology changes, message stays the same

    A couple of weekends ago, my wife and I went to my son’s home in Somerset to handle three days of grandparenting responsibilities.
    My son, Brian, and his wife were skiing in West Virginia so Grammy and Granddaddy took care of the children.
    On Saturday, we took the boys to their Upward basketball games. I sat with the minister of youth from their church who, in between bouts of live conversation, kept texting Brian to let him know how well my youngest grandson was doing on the court.

  • COLUMN: What does worship really mean?

    This article appears on a page on which a list of churches in the area is provided with the encouragement to “Worship At The Church Of Your Choice This Week.” I appreciate that the newspaper provides this service to the community, but I wonder how many know what the word “worship” actually means.
    The word ‘worship’ is a difficult word to define. Our English word comes from the Old English, which was originally ‘worthship,’ which means to ascribe worth to something or recognize something as worthy.

  • Westside Community announces events for month of February

    Westside Community Church recently announced its events and services for the month of February.
    Every Monday, the church will host a healing day of prayer and fasting. Prayer team leaders will be at the church from 5 to 8 p.m.
    Mail prayer requests to Westside Community Church, P.O. Box 713, Lawrenceburg, Ky. 40342.
    Brother Gene Young will preach at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 and every other Sunday evening.
    On Saturday, Feb. 12, the church will take a children’s trip to Monkey Joe’s. The group will leave the church at 10 a.m.

  • COLUMN: Following Jesus is costly

    In his recent New York Times best-selling book “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream” (Multnomah, 2010) author David Platt challenges the water-downed gospel featured in many American churches in our day. He correctly diagnoses many of us when he says that we are “settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves” (page 7).

  • Ministry Outreach plans continued Christmas meal

    The Christmas Outreach Ministry is in its eighth year and has served 466 meals throughout the community on Christmas Day, the group announced.
    This ministry is to reach people who are alone or simply in need of a meal. The group likes for people to come in and joins it to help celebrate Jesus’ birthday and to the fellowship of other people, organizers said.
    The group also delivers meals to the people who cannot get out and provides transportation to those who don’t have a way.

  • First Baptist starts ‘Children in Action’

    Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church recently announced a new ministry — Children in Action.
    CiA, set for Wednesdays at 6 p.m., is a missions program for boys and girls in first through fifth grades. Members of CiA, known as agents, learn what it means to be on mission for God and how they can make a difference in the world, according to a news release.
    “Come join us,” the news release said.

  • First Baptist seeks leader for children’s ministry

    Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church is seeking a leader to direct its children’s ministry, the church announced in a news release. The church is looking for a leader “with a vision to grow a dynamic children’s ministry,” the news release said.
    Interested applicants may send their resume to Wayne Stratton, First Baptist Church, 111 N. Main St., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, or they can e-mail it to wayne.stratton@lawrenceburgfbc.org.

  • COLUMN: Face, don’t escape, your trials

    The apostle James tells us in James 1:2 that we should “count it all joy” when we go through a trial. But, how can we do that?
    The key word is count. This was a financial term used by bookkeepers and means “to evaluate.” Christians are told to “count” our trials as occasions for joy. We can only do this when we know what God is doing in our trials.
    The 19th-century pastor, F. B. Meyer explained the valuable product of our trials in a way that, although dated, gets the point across: