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God wants his will done in our hearts and on the world stage

As far back as history records, there were battles when the weaker force defeated the stronger force. Why? On Oct. 10, 732, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi led his Umayyad army of 20,000 troops into battle against Charles Martel, King of the Franks. … more

Church News: Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

EARLY DEADLINES: Church News deadline for the Friday, Oct. 26, edition is noon Wednesday, Oct. 17. ALIVE Praise & Worship Center, 342 W. Liberty St., announces: * Saturday, Oct. 20 - Open mic night for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m. Poetry, … more

Church News: Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

ALIVE Praise & Worship Center, 342 W. Liberty St., announces: * Saturday, Oct. 20 - Open mic night for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m. Poetry, singing, music and spoken word. Free admission Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, … more

It's your choice

Ever had a day that wasn't horrible, but wasn't so great? I have. A couple of days ago, in fact. It was one of those long days. I had to jump into work early and stay late. I worked on a writing project where the words didn't sparkle. A lunch … more

Proposed tax break is designed to spur giving

More than half of Americans give money to charity. But the number of donors has declined in recent years and could fall further because millions of U.S. taxpayers who make donations are now losing a built-in incentive for charitable giving. The … more

Egyptian spiritual leader to speak at Holy Comforter in Sumter

The Rev. Emad Basilios, who serves on the faculty of the Alexandria School of Theology and is the rector of St. Anthony's Church in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, will speak tonight in the Parish Hall of Holy Comforter, 213 S. Main St. The public … more

Church News: Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

ALIVE Praise & Worship Center, 342 W. Liberty St., announces: * Saturday, Oct. 20 - Open mic night for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m. Poetry, singing, music and spoken word. Free admission Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * … more

Is this any way to fight a battle?

Joshua and God are having a conversation about how to do battle at Jericho. Joshua: "Here's how I see it, Lord. We have two options. We can lay siege to the city and starve them out. That will probably take about two years. Now, given the large … more

Church News: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Sept. 30 - Missionary worship Sunday at 10 a.m. Minister Michelle Spann Robinson will speak. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Today - Fall Revival … more

The story of Uncle Pete and 1 last rodeo

My Uncle Pete was an almost mythic figure among Florida cowboys, winning the Best All-Around Cowboy a record 10 times in the state. That's a feat on par with Alabama football. In the 1970s, he wrote a piece for Guideposts magazine. I want to honor … more

Church News: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Giveaway from 8 a.m. until noon. * Sunday, Sept. 30 - Missionary worship Sunday at 10 a.m. Minister Michelle Spann Robinson will speak. Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 … more

Jesus is not anxious about the storm you are facing

He was tired. It had been a long day with the crowds, teaching them truths about Kingdom life. If you've ever taught from sunup to sundown, you know how exhausting it can be. The crowd was so large, he even had to get in a boat so he could get some … more

Church News: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Pastor appreciation celebration for the Rev. Dr. George E. Hicks at 6 p.m. at West End Community Church, 101 S. Salem Ave. The Rev. Malcom O. Simpson will speak. * Saturday, … more

Taking a break ...

"It's not you," she said, "It's me." Something in her tone, her lowered eyes, and her shift in the chair told him it was a lie; it was definitely him. "Are you breaking up with me?" he asked. "It's not really a break up, it's more like taking … more

Mormons let go of tradition, receive mission calls online

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The days of young Mormons anxiously waiting for letters to arrive in the mailbox telling them where they will serve their missions are over, the latest tradition fading away under the march of technology. The Church of Jesus … more

Tickets on sale for CWU annual salad luncheon

Meet new friends, see old friends and enjoy numerous salads at Church Women United Annual Salad Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1137 Alice Drive. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit local charities such … more

Can you be Christian and support the death penalty?

Pope Francis has declared the death penalty "inadmissible." This means that the death penalty should not be used in any circumstance. It also alters the Catholic Catechism, a compendium of Catholic doctrine, and is now binding on Roman Catholics … more

Church News: Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday, Sept. 8 - Pastor appreciation celebration for the Rev. Dr. George E. Hicks at 6 p.m. at West End Community Church, 101 S. Salem Ave. The Rev. Malcom O. Simpson will speak. * … more

The Labor Day the boat turned over

We always spent Christmas with Granny in Kissimmee, Florida. Easter, we always spent with Mamma's brother and sister in Okeechobee. And for some reason, we always spent Labor Day at cousin Jack's place on Lake Lotela in Avon Park. Everybody would … more

Remember the church's mission is clear: Go, make disciples

People in church can get upset at the craziest things. A lady pulled me aside once, whispering she had something important to tell me. My mind flashed through worse case scenarios: she had cancer; a deacon had passed out; a car in the parking lot … more
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