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Mansfield Baptist Church

Established in 1911, Mansfield Baptist Church has been serving their community for over 95 years. In the next upcoming months the ministry will be celebrating their 100th birthday.

August 21, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Scharf: What good are words?

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." You've heard that, right? How about, "The pen is mightier than the sword"? I'm sure you've heard both. But both can't be true. Which is it? Do words have no power or are they more powerful than armies and tanks?

August 14, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


He's got plans

"I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God said that (Jeremiah 29:11). Have you ever felt like saying, "Yeah, right" when you hear it? Intellectually, we can say that we agree. We know God is in control and he knows what he's doing and he's working for our good. We can say that with our mouths….but do our hearts always buy it? Do we always live like it?

August 07, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Just a thought: Get your hands dirty

Could a doctor treat a patient without ever examining them? Not very well. Could a hair dresser cut or style hair without touching the client's hair? No. In the same manner neither can Christians be of very much influence if we don't go to and touch sinners. I know many have come from places in their lives they don't ever want to go back to and this certainly takes some sensitivity and discernment. But neither can we isolate ourselves from all sinners once we become a Christian and still be an effective witness. Jesus' model of evangelism ...

August 07, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Prospects here, prospects abroad

Vibrant life is rooted in caring love at Prospect Church, a parish that has celebrated the United Methodist faith in Covington since 1830. After almost 200 years and multiple moves to different sites in the area, Prospect has maintained its growth by adapting to the needs of its parish. The church added its Family Life Center in 2004.

July 31, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Do not be afraid — you are valuable

Last week, we saw how intimidating it is to see what God expects of us as Christians. If you missed it, check out the 7/13/14 sermon at www.abidinggrace.com. For now, let's just say that Jesus made it pretty clear that we'd suffer for following him. Only once we realize what God expects of us and how far we fall short, and the punishment we should have for that, only then are we ready to read the rest of this section of Scripture where Jesus sends out his disciples as workers in his harvest field.

July 31, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Just a thought: Open the box

Open the box. No, really, open the box. You're probably saying, "What box?" To which I would respond the box we all have. You know, the one we keep God in. Ah, now you get it, don't you? We all have a God box. The box is our image of God, His size and ability. Some people's box is bigger than others, but we all have one. Some are limited in size and we call them "the willing box" or "the God can't use me box," some have a "God can't do that" size box ...

July 31, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Rasmussen: Do not be afraid — this is expected

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim. Have you heard that name? On May 11th of this year she was convicted of apostasy and adultery. What had she done? Well, she was a Christian, having been raised by her Christian mom. But since her dad was a Muslim, even though he had been absent, since he was a Muslim – her being a Christian was apostasy. And then, she married a Christian and got pregnant. And since she was supposed to be a Muslim, and he wasn't a Muslim man, that's adultery. The Sudanese government gave her three days to reject the Christian ...

July 24, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | RELIGION


Zion Baptist Church to hosts event series Saturday

Zion Baptist Church in Covington aims to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Just a thought: Lord, you take over

Isn't it true that we spend most of our time operating in our own strength and power? When was the last time you said, "Lord, You take over…" and wasn't it after you had given it your best and your best wasn't good enough to get it done. We often fall into the trap of thinking "This is what I do, and I will do it…Spiritual and impossible things are what God does and when I need help with those things I'll turn to Him." But just as it was for Peter, it is for ...

July 24, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Gum Creek Presbyterian Church welcomes new members

Gum Creek Presbyterian Church, a part of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery, is an Oxford community church with about 100 parishioners and a tremendous commitment to local and worldwide missions.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Burnham: Whom we worship we must serve

Whom we worship we must serve.

July 10, 2014 | | RELIGION


Fish Fry & Bake

The Church of the Good Shepherd held its Fish Fry and Bake Sale to benefit Entirely Ready Inc. June 21.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A DIVERSE PARISH

St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a diverse and multicultural community freely living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


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A discussion of faith

When Covington resident Chris Smith's priest first approached him with the idea of teaching an educational course, he knew he had to say yes.

December 11, 2009 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


Meridian Herald comes to Old Church

Renowned preacher and author Dr. William Willimon will preach at Meridian Herald's 16h annual Southern Folk Advent Service at 4 p.m. Saturday at Old Church, Wesley Street, near the Oxford College campus in Oxford, Georgia. Admission is free.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Not So Silent Night

"Not So Silent Night," a free outdoor family event and drama sponsored by the Covington Christian Church, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. While many churches offer the traditional Christmas program and cantata, music director, John Johnson wanted to try a different approach - something unique that would be a gift to the community.

December 04, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Advent services at First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Covington will be offering Advent Prayer Services every Tuesday on Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, from noon to 12:20 p.m. in the sanctuary.

November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A man of enthusiasm and energy

The Rev. Kenneth Norrington is best described as a man with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, joy and a lot of Jesus. He serves as a part time local pastor to Union Grove United Methodist and Gaither's Chapel United Methodist Church.

A native of Covington, he was born to the late John Henry and Perrylee Norrington. Although he accepted Christ at age 18 and knew he had a calling on his life to preach, he did not come to terms with it until the death of his parents.

November 27, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


First Presbyterian gives thanks

Giving thanks:

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


‘Lord, what can we do?’

The Rev. Phillip Bone, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church, recently led his congregation in a Bible study on how to implement their spiritual gifts. A current study by Dr. Henry Blackaby on personal spiritual revival prompts them to ask, "Lord, what can we do?"

November 20, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


RLCC partners with Kroger to feed families

The Redeeming Love Christian Church in Conyers is preparing to feed one hundred families in the Newton/Rockdale County area during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Kroger Company is partnering to provide 50 turkeys for the Thanksgiving boxes. RLCC members donated all the trimmings - green beans, collards, turnips, corn, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing and cornbread mix, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and a $10 gift card to purchase perishable items.

November 13, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Providence Christian School celebrates Reformation Day

Oct.31, 1517, was one of the turning points in world history, affecting not just church history, but the very course of civilization across the globe. On this day, Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church, in which he called for a return to the core teachings of Scripture (particularly as they pertain to salvation, grace and the authority of Scripture). Providence Christian School recognizes this historical event with a celebration of Reformation Day, held each year on Oct. 31 (or the Friday closest to the 31st).

Reformation ...

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Delta Sigma Theta sorority holds discussion for building independence

Delta Sigma Theta has created Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence. Through open dialogue and actionable recommendations, EMBODI will advance positive change. Understanding that organized collective action can achieve greater positive impact, Delta Sigma Theta is proud to join numerous other service-oriented associations and individual advocates who are actively engaged in uplifting African-American males.

Over the next year, the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will focus on developing and implementing EMBODI program components.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Walking with integrity

The Rev. Chad Caldwell, senior pastor of Journey Church, has a sense of urgency to build God's kingdom. 2008 proved to be a difficult year with the loss of his brother, Jeff, who died in a car accident in March and in the transition and restructure of the church, formerly known as Passion Community Church.

"I look for a lesson in everything that touches my life," said Caldwell. "Secondly, we have to make every minute count. My brother had accepted Christ and was baptized eight months prior to the accident. God gave Jeff an opportunity and he took it ...

November 06, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Watkins family appeals across many genres

The acoustic music of the Watkins Family will thrill audiences in Rutledge on Nov. 1.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Turn Around Ministries

Covington native Cory Stevenson, Founder of Turn Around Ministries Inc. is preparing to bring Jesus to the people in trailer parks, subdivisions, or wherever he is invited to come. God has placed a calling on his life to turn the world around, one community at a time. Turn Around Ministries Inc. is non-denominational and its mission statement reads, "To bring purpose based on the promises of God through his provision."

October 23, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Covington First United Methodist Church shares some love

When local firefighters, EMTs and policemen receive a 911 call, they are usually responding to moments of crisis, fear, injury and heartache. Many times those calls involve small children. As these men and women try to comfort these children, they sometimes hand them a stuffed bear to hold onto and hug.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stories From the Well

The Social Circle Theater's production, "Stories from the Well: Let it Shine" will open tonight and run through October 25. The non-profit community theater was founded in 2000 by Bob and Mabel Standridge in an effort to unify the community through live local theater.

October 15, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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