Faith
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Baptism and overwhelming grace of Jesus

When I was 8 years old, our church had a week-long revival. I don't remember the visiting preacher's name, but I remember Thursday night of that week. There was something in the message or the song that pulled me forward for my "public profession of … 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. 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

Church News: Friday, July 27, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces:* Sunday - Women's missionary worship service at 10 a.m.* Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 8-10 - Revival at 7 nightly. Speakers as follows: Wednesday, the … more

Remember your Father's reputation rests on you

When I was a young man, I took my girlfriend at the time to the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida. Before Kissimmee became the home of Mickey Mouse’s empire, it was a cowtown. The Silver … 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

Church News: Friday, Aug. 24, 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

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

Catholics consider withholding donations

For decades, Michael Drweiga has opened his wallet whenever the donation basket comes around at church, but the latest revelations of priests sexually abusing children brought him to the conclusion that he can no longer justify giving. Brice … more

Company unveils moving mosque to welcome Muslims to Japan

TOKYO - A large white-and-blue truck pulls up outside a stadium in central Japan and slowly expands into a place of worship. Welcome to the Mobile Mosque. As Japan prepares to host visitors from around the world for the 2020 Summer Olympics, a … 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

Don't underestimate the power of an invitation

"Hey Clay, you really ought to meet my friend Gina. She goes to the same seminary you do," Marcus Dodson told me about his friend, and I thought, "Why not?" So, I call her, we meet for breakfast, and 32 years of marriage later she is still the most … 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

For God or party? China's Christians face test of faith

NANYANG, China (AP) - The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true - a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers. But in March, … more

Church News: Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday, Aug. 19 - The Inspirational Choir's pre-anniversary worship service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Minister Cheryl Graham, of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, will … more

Pope: 'We showed no care for the little ones'

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up. He demanded accountability but offered no indication of how he … more
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