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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


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


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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


The abiding journey

Nearly all churches take seriously Christ's call to make disciples. However, discipleship is not a one-size-fits-all process, and many churches need help developing a discipleship system that works for them. One local man has dedicated himself to helping church leaders cultivate strategies to turn mere converts into disciples who devote their lives fully to Christ.

August 13, 2010 | Chris Queen news@covnews.com | RELIGION


The first female

A local church with a long and storied history opened a new chapter with the installation of its first female senior pastor. The Rev. Rhoda Howell was appointed by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve as pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in July. Howell came to Covington from Trinity United Methodist Church in Dalton and has served at various churches in Cobb County.

August 06, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


A walk through time

For an adherent of any faith, the opportunity to connect directly with one's spiritual heritage is rare. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a unique privilege, in that their religious history runs parallel to American history. Earlier this summer, eight high school students and two adults from the Covington congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took part in an event that celebrated both the historical and spiritual traditions of their faith.

July 30, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Bringing the faith with them

Churches have long been committed to taking care of the elderly. For years, churches have devoted resources and staff and volunteer hours to ministering to "shut-ins" and visiting those in nursing homes. With the advent of assisted living facilities, churches have discovered new ways to reach out to older generations. Local assisted living facilities have seen the benefits of churches reaching out to their residents.

July 23, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Triumphant homecoming

There's an old adage that says, "you can't go home again." Many young people who feel the call to ministry are discovering that the cliche is simply not true as they return to serve at their home churches. Covington native Philip Carroll, youth minister at Covington Christian Church, is one of those people.

July 16, 2010 | By Chris Queen | RELIGION


Opportunities for success

Education is key to a child's success throughout life, and most parents want to find the best possible education for their children. There are many opportunities for quality education in Newton County, from public schools to private academies to home schooling. One local school is working to provide a Christian-based education in a unique atmosphere.

July 09, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Go Orange presents: Secret Service

For generations of children, the Vacation Bible School experience has been the same, with countless churches purchasing the same curriculum as other churches year after year. A local church is transforming the VBS experience into one that includes the entire family. Eastridge Community Church will put on "Go Orange Presents: Secret Service" on July 11 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and July 12-14 at 7 p.m.

July 02, 2010 | Chris Queen news@covnews.com | RELIGION


The 411 on Church 213

For the last two years, Pastor Stan Patterson has been working hard to make his up-and-coming church a solid member of the community, while giving members a contemporary experience with their worship.

June 25, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | RELIGION


Watkins Family crosses musical genres

The acoustic music of the Watkins Family will thrill audiences in Covington on Saturday, June 19, at 6 p.m. They will be performing at Pony Express Gospel Music Barn at 1852 South Ga. Highway 11, in a special concert.

The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her three adult children - Todd, Lorie and Shanon, continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through traditional music touring across the United States and Canada since 1982.

June 17, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Extending a hand

Pastor George Gibbs said his ministry, Greater World Outreach, didn't invent recycling but is definitely taking it to another level.

June 11, 2010 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


FUMC to host movie nights, praise services

Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted Change The World, Impact The Community Day, an event where a community of faith came together. Covington FUMC believes that Change The World is not just a day, it should be a lifestyle. Covington FUMC invites the community to events this summer.

Monthly Friday Night Movies - The movies will be a Screen on the Green set up on the lawn in front of our Sanctuary Annex building. Their first movie will be Friday, June 11, at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be hotdogs, popcorn and drinks available. Other movie ...

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Servants of the Lord Meals on Wheels

Eating a hot meal is more than just satisfying to the stomach for recipients of the Servants of the Lord Meals on Wheels program.

Since its start 25 years ago, when a man named Bernie Bourdon took the concept of a government-funded program even further, the ministry has been about providing not only food but friendship to shut-ins.

June 04, 2010 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


The spirit speaks to us if we listen

Spirit Speaks Seminar centers on prayer and growth in each person's spiritual journey.

May 28, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


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