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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


5 reasons we need camp meetings now more than ever

Each summer I do something odd by most American standards: I spend one week with my extended family, we sleep in a crowded cabin with no air conditioner and we go to worship services three times per day - alongside of hundreds of others - in an open air structure with a sawdust floor. The songs we sing were written long before I was born and the sermons last much longer than 15 to 18 minutes.

June 26, 2014 | Jonathan Andersen | RELIGION


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Capes Jackson: Go green!

The birds haven't visited my garden lately. I can't really blame them. Over the winter months, I abandoned the white fenced-in area filled with bird feeders, red double knockout roses, butterfly bushes, flowering annuals and perennials, garden art, wind chimes, fountain and my favorite bench. As I opened the gate this weekend, my eyes swept over empty clay pots, dead flowers, rose bushes void of shape and color, molded feeders and a fountain filled with murky water and algae.

March 04, 2011 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Spring Break destination: God’s work

When you think of college spring break, volunteering for church is not exactly the first thing to come to mind for most people.

February 25, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Experience the Revolution

A service for teens and young adults, Revolve Church, will have its first session at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Hebron World Church, 7165 Turner Lake Circle in Covington.

February 11, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Coach Richt to speak Tuesday

University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt will be speaking at Eastridge Community Church on Tuesday.

February 11, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A quarter-century of service

These days it seems rare for a pastor to experience a long tenure at one church. A quarter-century of service is certainly an occasion worth celebrating, and one local church is marking such an achievement: First Presbyterian Church in Covington this weekend is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Billy Wade.

January 28, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Oral Roberts president a father in Christ

Oral Roberts University President Dr. Mark Rutland will speak at Prospect United Methodist Church in Covington on Sunday.

January 20, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Oak Hill Church Growing strong

Oak Hill Church of Christ on Snapping Shoals Road in Covington is on the verge of expanding its influence and experiencing a new phase in its existence.

January 14, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Faith-based recovery group celebrates a decade

Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program for "hurts, habits, and hang-ups," marks its 10th anniversary at Eastridge Community Church at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13.

January 07, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


How to help

During the hustle and busyness of the holidays, it's easy to overlook the fact that many people in the community need help.

November 26, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


The Spring Ministries

Terri Webster had a vision, a calling that tugged on her heart, to find a way to help divorced and widowed moms.

November 19, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Showing gratitude on Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday conjures up images for most Americans of turkey, football, pumpkin pie, time with family and friends.

November 19, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Lovejoy UMC barbecue is Saturday

Few culinary traditions speak of the South like barbecue. The distinctive smell and taste of good barbecue seem to be synonymous with the Southern lifestyle.

November 12, 2010 | Chris Queen | 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 that 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).

November 05, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Churches get creative in dealing with recession

The recent downturn in the economy has affected everyone. Tens of thousands of Georgians have lost their jobs, and even those who are employed have friends, family, or neighbors who are out of work. Many with jobs have suffered pay cuts or taken jobs with less pay.

November 04, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


About Faith: Conquering the Lady

As a boy, I went with my family on a vacation through the Western states. We visited the most popular destinations: Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon, but the grandest destination was Zion National Park, made memorable by my father's mountain climbing adventure.

November 04, 2010 | Brian Dale | RELIGION


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