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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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Watkins family appeals across many genres

The acoustic music of the Watkins Family will thrill audiences in Rutledge on Nov. 1.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Turn Around Ministries

Covington native Cory Stevenson, Founder of Turn Around Ministries Inc. is preparing to bring Jesus to the people in trailer parks, subdivisions, or wherever he is invited to come. God has placed a calling on his life to turn the world around, one community at a time. Turn Around Ministries Inc. is non-denominational and its mission statement reads, "To bring purpose based on the promises of God through his provision."

October 23, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Covington First United Methodist Church shares some love

When local firefighters, EMTs and policemen receive a 911 call, they are usually responding to moments of crisis, fear, injury and heartache. Many times those calls involve small children. As these men and women try to comfort these children, they sometimes hand them a stuffed bear to hold onto and hug.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stories From the Well

The Social Circle Theater's production, "Stories from the Well: Let it Shine" will open tonight and run through October 25. The non-profit community theater was founded in 2000 by Bob and Mabel Standridge in an effort to unify the community through live local theater.

October 15, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Life skills in a Christian manner

Terry Stutes is the minister of music and director of Petra Foundations Inc. at Solid Rock Baptist Church. The PETRA House exists to reach out to the homeless and alcoholic men in our community and lead them to Jesus Christ. On campus, they are provided with temporary housing, meals and mentors who teach them life skills through biblical principles so they can live productive lives. With the help and direction of God, SRBC believes that The PETRA House will become a place of encouragement, trust and acceptance.

"My mentor and pastor, Mike Franklin is teaching me how to love people ...

October 09, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Church expansion ‘a dream come true’

Founded in 1897, the historic New Hope Baptist Church located on the corner of Brown and Ivy streets has been a beacon of hope, love, compassion and faith. The church was planted by a group of people from Bethlehem Baptist Church who felt there was a need for a church in the Harristown Community. Today, it continues to be a ministry that is not about religion, but about a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In recent years, the appearance and location of New Hope Baptist Church caught the eyes of movie producers. The church, pastor and choir members were featured in ...

October 02, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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


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