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What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington - this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

September 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Salem UMC’s new service targets youth

A local church is adding a service to its Sunday schedule to encourage younger potential members to join the congregation's family.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


A blessed sanctuary

Allen Memorial Methodist Church sits on the scenic campus of Oxford College. Founded in 1841 by renowned missionary John Allen, Allen Memorial's main sanctuary has been a part of the Oxford community for more than 100 years. The education building, nursery and fellowship hall, often referred to as Lovern Hall, were built alongside the main sanctuary in the late 1960s.

September 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Man leaves legacy in 10,000 books

Bo Davis had a passion, and he was not short on living up to it.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


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


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A zeal for helping families

One Sunday last fall, The Covington Christian Church had a visitor "incognito" in their morning worship service. The Rev. Tim Bolen came to check out the church and experience worship anonymously to see how he would feel after one visit. According to Bolen, God was leading him in a new direction after having planted and served a church in Columbus for seven years. Bolen sent out only one resume and that was to Covington Christian Church.

March 20, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Finding financial peace

According to Dave Ramsey - a nationally recognized radio personality and New York Times best-selling author of "The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace" and "More Than Enough" - approximately seven out of every 10 families in churches and communities are living paycheck to paycheck. While some are doing well and simply need to be taught the Biblical principles for handling money God's way, many are secretly struggling to make ends meet. Others are drowning in a sea of mortgage payments, car payments, student loans and credit card debt. Many people have not been taught God's plan for their finances, he ...

February 06, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Growing in God

Author and speaker Lynne Rienstra has spent a lifetime encouraging her audience to take steps of faith toward God. But it was single moment with her daughter that inspired her to create a Bible study for mothers and their daughters, ages 6-12, called "You Grow, Girl!"

January 29, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


In the maker’s hands

The Potter's House recently celebrated five years of faith, fellowship and passion for Christ. To commemorate the event, members held two performances of their Christmas musical, a service with guest speaker Tim Spell and a banquet recognizing 70 church volunteers as well as a reception to shower their pastor and family with gifts and cards of appreciation.

A Pentecostal church and ministry founded on Biblical principles, the Potter's House serves as a haven for the hurt, wounded or broken.

January 12, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Surrounded with Christian love

 Bill and Gayle Norton became sweethearts at age 12. Their first date was attending a Sunday night service at Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. If the church doors were open, Gayle and her family were there. A love for God, family, church and the community has been a common thread in their marriage.

January 05, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Finding miracles

Bishop Tim and Pastor Stacy Needham, founders of Living Way Worship Center International, believe in miracles.

January 01, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Christmas comes early

As the difficult times in the economy continue, many families are forced to fight tooth and nail to have a good Christmas.

December 29, 2008 | Brian Harper | RELIGION


Hard times in Canaan

Like many churches, families and homes, Canaan Baptist Church has experienced its share of financial difficulties. Though Canaan Baptist's financial landscape is looking up, Dr. Scott Caudill, senior pastor of CBC, remembers the lean times when he began his ministry six years ago.

At that time, the church had only $4,000 in the general fund and $400,000 in church debt. He literally prayed every week that God would send in money to pay the bills.

December 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


No room at the inn

One of the troubling facts of the first Christmas account is the incredulous report that Immanuel, God with us, would be born in a stable because there was "no room for them in the inn," (Luke 2:7).

Amazing. The most important event in human history was transpiring, and it is happening in a barn. Let that sink in for a moment. We tend to glamorize it today. We picture it as a quaint, quite comfortable setting today. We forget that it was a smelly, dirty and really quite uncomfortable situation for a young couple about to give birth to ...

December 22, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | RELIGION


Four tickets to Christmas

 Step into the. Rev. Greg Steele's church office and you'll find stacks of parasols, pitch forks and Viking hats. He is getting ready for the second annual Covington Christmas musical, "Four Tickets to Christmas," presented by the First Baptist Church Music and Drama Ministries at the Eastside High School auditorium on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The admission is free, but the doors open one hour prior to show times and the 500 seat capacity theater is expected to fill quickly.

December 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Our thoughts...Lifetime commitment

In Friday's edition of The Covington News, we informed readers that the ailing economy seems to even be affecting pets. Teri Key-Hoosen, director of Newton County Animal Control, said animal control has seen increased instances of dogs and cats wandering the streets as well as locked into abandoned homes and yards - half-starved - as a result of people losing their homes and jobs.

 In many cases these animals are too far gone to be rescued and have to be put down.

December 10, 2008 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Through the fire

April 9, 1987, is a day that the Rev. Jerry Jones and his family will never forget.

December 07, 2008 | By Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


From motel to ministry

On Jan. 28 of this year, a new church was born in Covington. Pastors David and Sonya Burnett of the Living Stones Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational church, held their first Sunday services at 4 p.m. at the Super 8 Hotel on Alcovy Road with standing room only.

When the meeting room was not available for a morning service, LSCF and handful of supporters moved next door to the Fountain Banquet Hall when attendance began to drop off because the meeting room was not available for a morning service. With the new service times, at 9 a.m. Sundays, the ...

December 01, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Spreading the Good News

The historic Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church Inc. is a community on a hill, both figuratively and physically. Established in May 1888, it has overlooked eight acres on Ga. Highway 36 for more than a century. A second structure was built on the same property in 1960 that currently houses the sanctuary, Sunday school rooms and administrative offices. Known as a friendly church, it has grown both spiritually and financially under the leadership of the Rev. Carl H. Jones, pastor of BMBC.

November 24, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


What’s a Lutheran?

Do you know how many times I've been asked that question? "What's a Lutheran?" According to ASARB, as of 2000, the percentage of the population in Newton County that called themselves Lutheran was right about zero. Of course, that was well before Abiding Grace started, but still, I was pretty surprised to see that statistic. But the more I talked to people, and the more I told them that I was from Abiding Grace LUTHERAN Church, the more I realized that that statistic was pretty close to right on.

November 10, 2008 | the Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf Abiding Grace Lutheran Church | RELIGION


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