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Explaining a bar and bat mitzvah

For many Christians in the western hemisphere, including Roman Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of their coming of age. In many Protestant churches, the rite of Confirmation is seen as a mature statement of a person's faith. This is why many western Christians are confirmed between the ages of 12 and 15, when they are on the cusp of adulthood and capable of fully realizing the importance of professing their faith.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | RELIGION


All about Lent

When more than 2 billion Christians around the world begin observing Lent next week, they will do so in a variety of ways.

February 15, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | RELIGION


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Jersey Community Church sponsors fund raisers for Wade Jones

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Jersey Community Church will sponsor two fundraisers to help the family of JCC youth pastor Wade Jones, who recently suffered a stroke.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Everybody needs spiritual renewal

We live in an imperfect world where life is tough on everyone. Admittedly, we've all blown it at one time or the other and made mistakes. For too long, people have been passing down unhealthy behavior from one generation to the next. Eastridge Community Church believes this can be stopped by teaching life-giving choices.

September 25, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Kingdomwood Film Festival opens at the Mall at Stonecrest

The inaugural Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival will be held Oct. 9 – Oct. 11 at Stonecrest Mall. Under the conference theme, "Reach, Teach and Inspire," weekend activities will include screenings of shorts, features and documentaries with faith and inspirational themes, a preview of an upcoming documentary on the Rev. A.D. King - Martin Luther King Jr.'s brother - and his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as well as gospel concerts spotlighting rising talent from the church community.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A new home for Living Way Worship

Living Way Worship Center International is celebrating their one-year anniversary at their new location on 4051 Highway 81 south and invites the community to join in the special activities this weekend. The festivities begin with a free Christian rock concert featuring Builders None. The concert begins at 7 p.m. - doors open at 6 p.m. Autographs, CDs and T-shirts will be available. Sunday morning will include a celebratory time of praise and worship with Builders None and a time of reflection as they thank God for giving them an opportunity to reach lost souls for Christ.

September 18, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


There’s always something you can do

At age 91, Covington resident Lovic Cyril Warren Jr. says in retrospect that his greatest accomplishment was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. After his wife passed in 2003, Warren began to seek God's purpose for his golden years. When his eyesight weakened due to Macular Degeneration, Warren discontinued preaching and teaching Sunday School. He prayed this prayer, "Lord, I can't hear much better than I can see and I can't drive an automobile. You know how old I am - there must be something I can do for you."

September 11, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Former Senate Chaplain to visit First Baptist

This Sunday, former chaplain of the United States Senate Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie will be preaching at First Baptist Church in Covington. He served as Senate Chaplain from 1995-2003 and is a beloved figure in Washington and throughout the world.

September 11, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Eastridge Community Church launches Life’s Healing Choices campaign

Eastridge Community Church will launch Life's Healing Choices, an eight-week campaign, on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Grace notes: Don’t ask what, ask why

"What is it?"

September 04, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


‘There is a lot of love in this church’

Next month will mark the 129th anniversary of Sims Chapel Baptist Church. In the early years, the brush harbor ministry was known as Series Baptist Church. The Sims family donated property on Highway 142 in Covington and the name changed to Sims Chapel. The church has survived and thrived over the years as its people gave sacrificially.

September 04, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Rocky Creek keeps on growing

Since 1874, the New Rocky Creek Baptist Church has continued to serve the Newton, Jasper, Butts and Putnam County area. Their mission is to exalt the Savior, equip the saints and evangelize the sinner. The 12-acre campus houses the original structure, an educational building and a multi-purpose building with eight classrooms, a nursery, fellowship hall and sanctuary. A family life center was dedicated in June, debt free.

August 28, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Father Randall Allen to be installed as Archdeacon

The Rev. Canon Father Randall Allen will be installed as the third Archdeacon of the Mid-South Diocese by the Rev. W. David Epps, Bishop of the Mid-South Diocese. The installation will be conducted during services at St. Andrew's Charismatic Episcopal Church in Covington, where Canon Allen serves as rector. The service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


‘Wow’ moments

The Rev. Teresa Lilja, pastor of the Alcovy United Methodist Church, is leading her congregation into "wow moments" where they are seeing church growth, people stepping into new leadership roles and measured depth in their spiritual lives.

August 21, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Faithworks reaches generous milestone

FaithWorks, a ministry to those in need sponsored by 34 local churches, has reached a milestone in its service to Newton County, according to Bob Furnad, Chairman.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


How to live right

Luther Hays Presbyterian Church proclaimed June 21 as "Dixon Hays Day"- a fitting tribute to the life, testimony and labor of a man who grew up in the church, is faithful in all of the worship and activities, and has served as treasurer for the past 25 years.

August 14, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


An example set by Jesus

Salem United Methodist Church youth members hosted a free car wash at the church Saturday morning to help spread the gospel. The car wash was the first of its kind for Salem UMC, but church member and car wash worker Pat Miller has hopes that it will continue into the future.

August 09, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION


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