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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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A voice we can trust

Are you religious? Would you call yourself spiritual? Do you believe in your church? In your pastor? In your faith? How about in the Bible? Or, do you believe in Jesus?

May 22, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Hand-in-hand

The tables were lit with candles and the lights were down low. The congregation processed out of the church and into the parish hall to sit down for a Middle-Eastern style meal: olives, hummus, pita and dates.

May 22, 2014 | | RELIGION


Calvary Baptist celebrates 110 years

In 1903, members from First Baptist Church of Covington decided to organize a new church in Covington's mill village as part of their mission efforts in the community. They succeeded Jan. 27, 1904.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Mansfield UMC feeding the hungry

Members from Mansfield UMC are doing their part to find hunger around the world.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


History of Passover celebrations

Every year Jewish people celebrate Passover, a commemoration of the liberation of the Jews from slavery under Egyptian leaders.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Make Jewish cuisine part of your Passover

To cook up a traditional, juicy, slow-roasted brisket for Passover, which begins Monday, April 14, it may not be known that a staple ingredient is usually ketchup, beer or Coca Cola. Passover can be summed up as a time to tell stories and eat. To tell the story of how the Hebrew slaves left Egypt in such haste they didn't have time to put yeast in their bread, scared the Pharaoh would change his mind, letting it cook on their backs into unrisen, cracker-like matzoh. To eat in celebration and symbolism of their release from slavery and the parting ...

April 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


Defending belief in Christian film 'God's Not Dead'

How far would you go to defend your faith? That's the central question in the new Christian film "God's Not Dead," debuting at 600 screens across the country this weekend, including Conyers Carmike Cinema Crossroads 16.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Thoughts from the road

Dear readers: For the last 10 years, I have been the guy on call to be there for people when they're going through tragedy. I've tried to comfort them with God's Word as they mourn the loss of a loved one, face uncertain surgeries, and deal with pain in so many different ways.

February 27, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Just A Thought: Lust can spread like wildfire

Just a Thought: LUST! I'm not a psychic, but I bet your first thought was "SEX." But, lust isn't just about sex. To lust means to have an intense desire or need. Therefore one could lust after wealth, power and prestige, to name a few.

February 20, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Local Christian artists plan 'Night of Worship' benefit concert

Christa Rooks and Scott England have written and recorded Christian music independently for years, but the two have found more recently that they make a good vocal team.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Jehovah's Witnesses plan assembly

The annual Circuit Assembly for Jehovah's Witnesses living in Henry, Newton and Rockdale counties will be held Feb. 8 and 9 in the regional Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 125 Glen Road, Conyers, the first facility of this type in the state.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Church creates 'bags of blessings' for homeless

Helping the homeless has become an important part of the mission work at Alcovy United Methodist Church, where members put together 100 bags of supplies this week to hand out in Atlanta Friday.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Acclaimed organist to headline hymn festival

An internationally known organist and expert on improvisation will put unique spins on a series of 11 church hymns, while being accompanied by four area choirs, a bell choir, a brass quintet, a special dance performance and the voices of those attending First Presbyterian Church's upcoming hymn festival.

January 16, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Springfield Baptist distributes food to needy

Church members and volunteers at Springfield Baptist Church are demonstrating their belief that it is better to give than to receive this holiday season.

December 19, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


Alcovy UMC 'builds' canned food tree

This year, Alcovy United Methodist Church, which uses the motto "The Little Church with the Big Heart,'' decided to replace its traditional Christmas tree with one that is designed to feed the hungry.

December 12, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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