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New Leadership: Covington Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

COVINGTON, Ga. - Joshua H. Kirkham, a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accepted a call to serve on March 5 ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Redman: An Unchanging God

Through history we see world powers shift and change along with the balance of leading nations, which becomes undoubtedly inevitable as time goes on.

August 13, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


World's largest whoopee cushion attempted Saturday

COVINGTON, Ga. - First Baptist Church of Covington attempted to break a world record Saturday on the Covington Square with a 25-foot whoopee cushion.

August 07, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Religion


Butts: It isn’t easy being obedient

Growing up I loved songs like "Fight the Power," "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Party," "I Fought the Law," "Anarchy in the U ...

August 06, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Jordan: Changing your ‘would-haves’ into action

I have always been an avid reader. Historical literature is one of my favorite genres, and as a child I read every book about the ...

July 30, 2017 | Kasey Jordan | Religion


Owens: Let's not go Dutch

As an 80s baby, I remember a very popular show called "Love Connection" where a person would watch three video introductions and choose a date ...

July 23, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Pace: What Makes a Good Community?

I recently had the grand opportunity to walk in the Fourth of July parade in Oxford, because my son had been invited to ride on ...

July 16, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Salem Campmeeting to host 5k race Saturday at historic Salem Campground

COVINGTON, Ga. - Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to travel through 189 years of history as Salem Campmeeting hosts the Salem Sweet Spirit 5K ...

July 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Salem Campmeeting to start July 14

One of the most historic events in this area is the Salem Campmeeting, located three miles south of Interstate 20 on Salem Road between Covington ...

July 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Salem Campmeeting hotel annex added

COVINGTON, Ga. - Sam and Becky Ramsey are ready to see their hard work in use next week as Salem Campmeeting starts and the newly added ...

July 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Religion


Redman: A call to stand

If one were to survey the teen-aged student base and ask them to state the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed, I am ...

July 09, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Butts: A matter of trust and prayer

I keep a folder on my desktop with all of my columns in it. The reason behind this is so that I don't repeat ...

July 02, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Owens: What Really Matters?

Recently, we have seen some interesting political occurrences. From the sixth district race to congressional hearings about Russia, it has caused me to wonder what ...

June 25, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


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Scharf: Go for the Gold

"Go for the gold!" That was the motto of our soccer camp this past week. I'm sure you've heard it before, especially this year. It's a phrase that has been used to motivate so many Olympians. Why? Well, it keeps the goal in front of them. Have you ever read any of the descriptions of what Olympic athletes have to go through to actually hope to win a gold? Think of some of the world's famous gymnasts who leave home as early as 7 or 8 years old to train full time. Their parents give them ...

July 26, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


McCoy: Cry out to Jesus

I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you'll have the power to grasp love's width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you'll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory to him in the church and in ...

July 19, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Scharf: The power to be ‘all in’

Not too long ago, my son taught me how to play Texas Hold'em. We don't play for money, just chips. And that is good. First, because I wouldn't want to let gambling lead to greed and second, because I would lose. It turns out, in poker, if you keep trying to go "all in," you lose your chips pretty quickly. To quote a popular song, a wise player "knows when to hold 'em, knows when to fold 'em, knows when to walk away, knows when to run..." In poker, apparently, you have to be a little conservative ...

July 19, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


McCoy: Using God’s word as our road map to life

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

July 12, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Scharf: Going all in with God

I was so disappointed. There was so much buildup and hype. So much buzz. So much publicity. Do you remember? About a month ago, for the first time in 116 years, a man was going to walk a tightrope across the Niagara Falls. Sure, over a century ago, a bunch of people had done it...before it was forbidden. But then, it was banned because not everybody that tried made it across.

July 12, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Scharf: Seeing faithfulness in action

"Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."

July 05, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


McCoy: Thirsty in spiritual desert

God! My God! It's you- I search for you! My whole being thirsts for you! My body desires you in a dry and tired land, no water anywhere.

July 05, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Dees: Where the church is united and divided

Over the past five weeks, we have been having a conversation about the nature of theological unity and division. This is one of the most important conversations that a community of Christians can have. Naturally churches and Christians tend to have two extremes.

The one extreme is so convictional that it places every aspect of theological conviction on the same level, therefore Christians and churches that fall into this extreme never partner with anyone or any church that disagrees with them even on very particular theological issues.

July 05, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


McCoy: Revive us, O Lord

I'm reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I'm sure that this faith is also inside you. Because of this, I'm reminding you to revive God's gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. God didn't give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving and self-controlled.

June 21, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Scharf: An Amazing Desert Journey

I'm guessing that most of you have been camping at one time or another in your life. As I write this, I'm getting ready to pack up my family and head to the woods. We'll be in an area famous for no cell phone coverage, with the closest town being nearly a half hour away. But I can't really call what we'll be doing camping. We rent a cabin and flip a switch to get some light, sleep on beds, and everything else. And you RV-ers out there can't really call that "camping" either ...

June 21, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


To whom shall we go?

"Can you believe it? He thinks he's the only one who has a connection to God." "He says only through him can you have heaven!"

June 14, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Scharf: Remain in My Love

There is something about sitting in mom's lap listening to a story. You just don't want to leave, even if she's read the book 5 times. You don't want to leave that place of safety and warmth and those kisses on the top of the head. It feels good to be somewhere you know you are loved.

As we celebrate Mother's Day this week and next (I hope your celebration didn't end Sunday!), I want you to use the picture of your mom's love for you to try to give you a glimpse ...

June 07, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


McCoy: God doesn’t take a vacation

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. God won't let your foot slip. Your protector won't fall asleep on the job. No. Israel's protector never sleeps or rests!

June 07, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Dees: What do you believe?

There has been a lot of conversation recently on the question of "What do Christians believe?" This question has intensified over the past several months due to the Republican and Democratic candidates for the presidency of the U.S. coming from unorthodox religious backgrounds. President Barak Obama, the Democratic nominee, spent 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ under the teaching of Jeremiah Wright. Trinity is denominationally associated with the United Church of Christ and has embraced "Black Liberation Theology," many theologians would argue that this perspective has led the church away from a pure Biblical Theology.

June 07, 2012 | By Jason Dees | Religion


Scharf: The power of Pentecost is in the Spirit

Why are you wasting your time reading this? Why do you waste your time going to church? It makes no sense for you to throw that chunk of your weekend out the window; you've got so many other things to do - unless, of course, you see the power of Pentecost. You see, Pentecost was that day full of miracles recorded in Acts 2 where the sound of a wind filled the city, the tongues of fire danced on the disciples' heads, they spoke in the languages of every person there and more than 3000 were brought to faith.

Now ...

May 31, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


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