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What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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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To run the race, drop the baggage

Hebrews 12:1-2a (Common English Bible): "So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith's pioneer and perfecter.

October 03, 2013 | Jan McCoy | RELIGION


Just a thought

Just a Thought: A stump? Chop down the tree and leave a stump?

October 03, 2013 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Celebration at Shiloh United Methodist

Shiloh United Methodist Church will hold a "Celebrate Jesus'' worship event from 4–8 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Almon Ball Field, 10 Almon Church Road.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Celebrating 122 years of tradition

Tradition and new leadership are merging together at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

September 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


Jersey UMC holding barbecue fundraiser

Members of a small church just over the Newton County line in Walton County are looking to keep their church home going strong with a barbecue fundraiser this weekend.

September 19, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


McCoy: Hope where all seems lost

"The LORD's power overcame me, and while I was in the LORD's spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry. He asked me, "Human one, can these bones live again?"

September 12, 2013 | Jan McCoy | RELIGION


Banking on saving souls

Though her ministry is small in numbers, Pastor Grace Scott, 54, said her mission is to win souls for Christ through biblical teaching.

August 22, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


Author to speak on 'Seven Gifts'

The Daughters of the King at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington, will host author and inspirational speaker Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright at 2 p.m. Aug. 25, and the event is open to the public. The church is at 4140 Clark St.

August 08, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Connexion Church grand opening and back to school bash Aug. 3-4

One of the newest churches on Salem Road, Connexion Church, is inviting the community to a Back to School Bash and school supply giveaway Saturday as part of the church's Grand Opening weekend.

August 02, 2013 | Kathy Hooks | RELIGION


An Appalachian assist

A group from Covington First United Methodist Church recently traveled to Eastern Kentucky coal country to assist Red Bird Mission, an organization in Beverly, Ky., that provides several ministries to the surrounding Appalachian region.

July 18, 2013 | Madison Morganthall | RELIGION


Salem Camp Meeting schedule

The 185th Salem Camp Meeting begins Friday evening. Here is the complete camp meeting schedule:

July 11, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Just a Thought: Individual wars

We are at war.

June 20, 2013 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Methodist youth group travels abroad

Christian education was taken to a whole new level this summer as a group of high school juniors and seniors from Covington First United Methodist Church traveled to England, Scotland and Ireland to explore and learn about their Methodist heritage.

June 20, 2013 | Madison Morganthall | RELIGION


Pastor spreads word through ‘hip pop’

Passion, inspiration and true, raw talent are all things most musicians have in their blood.

June 06, 2013 | By Michelle Parham | RELIGION


Hezekiah Walker to perform in Lithonia

Grammy-winning artist Hezekiah Walker will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at The Mall at Stonecrest in celebration of his new CD, "Azusa the Next Generation." The appearance will be nationally televised.

May 23, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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