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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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Fall Festival benefits local community

Central Community Church will be celebrating its sixth Annual Fall Festival today from 5 – 8 p.m. This year's theme will be "A Country Fair" complete with a country store where vendors can sell their homemade merchandise, baked goods or advertise their business. There will be an air brush artist booth, pony rides, 'smores, hot cocoa, games for all ages, hamburgers, corn dogs, hayrides, cake walk, funnel cakes, crazy hair, a kiddie area for the little ones and much more.

October 31, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The Day of the Dead

Many Americans think of Halloween as a harmless, fun holiday, with kids and adults dressing in costumes and passing out candy.

October 29, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Harvest for the hungry

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means families will be looking for activities to attend and ways to spend the holiday. Churches often offer safe alternatives to trick or treating, where kids can get the candy they crave and expend energy playing games. This year, one local church is offering an event that is not just a Halloween-alternative fall festival but is also a way to help give back to the community.

October 22, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Bible Encounter

Give the Rev. John Dallas two hours and he can teach you about the Bible, taking the stories and people in the Old Testament and tying them in with Christ's story in the New Testament.

October 15, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


In the garden

For nearly a decade, the Rev. Clara Lett and her volunteers and supporters at Rainbow Covenant Ministries and Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter have taken to heart Jesus' call to care for people in need.

October 08, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Meet the Secretary of the Year

Annette Harmon of Salem United Methodist Church in Covington was recently honored as Secretary of the Year at the 28th Annual Conference of the Georgia Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries.

Harmon has worked with Salem 12 years and is a certified professional United Methodist Church Secretary. She also has for two years attended the National Institute of Church & Finance Administration at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

October 01, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The pride of the patch

Beautiful orange pumpkins are a staple of fall decorating around Covington. It's a tradition for families to pick out an ideal pumpkin to place by a hay bale and a basket of mums in the yard or to carve into a jack-o'-lantern. This fall, Covington residents will have over 1,800 of them to choose from just off the Square, as Covington First United Methodist Church presents its fourth annual Great Pumpkin Patch.

There has been one little hiccup, however. The delivery, originally expected to arrive on Saturday, has been delayed. It is unclear at this time when ...

October 01, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


The Learning Center

At the Social Circle Christian Learning Center, high school and middle school students have a chance to develop both spiritually and academically.

September 24, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Covington church has its own fire truck

Churches regularly receive donations, mostly in the form of money or land, sometimes in stock or items that can be put to practical use.

September 17, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Allen Memorial celebrates sanctuary centennial

Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford celebrates its centennial on Sunday.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Christian kick-start

Parents who want their children to play soccer in a Christian environment can sign them up in the fall soccer program offered by the Christian Youth Sports Association in Covington.

September 10, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Comin’ down the Avenue

There's nothing unusual about a church celebrating a milestone; churches take time to mark special occasions regularly. But when a church has a grand opening, it is a truly unique observance. The Avenue Church in Social Circle will mark its grand opening on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Social Circle Theater.

September 03, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


The Singing Saints

The Saints come marching in: The Singing Saints Choir of Covington First United Methodist Church will sing for the Day Revival at Monticello Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 20 at 11:00 AM. Preaching will be Dr. Harper Shannon, leader of evangelism among Alabama Baptists, and former pastor of churches in Birmingham and Montgomery. Pictured are the members of the choir with Becky Ramsey, Director (front row, left) and Alice Walker, Accompanist (front row, right).

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Love on the links

Attention golfers: are you looking for a way to save lives and make a difference in the community while playing the sport you love? Next month, you have the opportunity to do just that. Refuge Pregnancy Center is hosting the 2010 Cari Hilton Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 20 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Oaks course in Covington. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the center.

August 27, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Active teens, ActiveWater

Teenagers often have the reputation of being self-centered. Whether playing video games, spending hours on Facebook or working a part-time job to make extra money, many teens spend their free time in pursuit of things that only benefit themselves. Two local students are shattering the stereotype of the selfish teenager by committing to raise $10,000 to help relieve the water crisis in the African nation of Zambia.

August 20, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


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