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The Mary, Martha Syndrome

I know you've heard of this one; "The Mary, Martha syndrome" Yup, we take a step back on purpose to remind us we need to be careful not to let the good things in our life rob us of the God things. Backing up to a small scene with huge implications in Luke 10, we find Jesus coming into the home of His single friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus. This is place where Jesus can find rest and relaxation from His busy schedule. He has just about six months left before He will be crucified and he stops by ...

February 22, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


A view from the mountain

For the next few weeks, my meditations will grow out of the many thoughts, feelings and prayers from the Holy Land. If you follow me on Facebook, some of this may look familiar as my Lenten Journey this year will contain reflections from my recent trip. Some will be included here. Our first day of touring started here at Qumran, an archaeological dig site for artifacts. Many of the places we went in the Holy Land are or have been archaeological dig sites. When civilizations come to ruin and new civilizations are built on top of them, it takes archaeologists ...

February 22, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Keep your clothes on

"You are all God's children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."

February 15, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


He always listens, even if it doesn't seem like it

"You are all God's children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."

February 15, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Are you qualified for ministry?

Just a thought: Are you qualified for ministry?

February 01, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Be a light in dark places

"You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can't be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven."

February 01, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Are you a faithful follower?

"As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem." (Lk) 9:51 Jesus is looking for faithful followers. He is not interested in hearing people "say" they want to follow.

January 24, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


We still have work to do...

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

January 24, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Finding direction, encouragement and advice

When you need a little encouragement who do you go to?

January 18, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Even the elephants and ducks …

"Your love is faithful, Lord, and even the clouds in the sky can depend on you."

January 18, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


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One important word

In 1998 the American Film institute listed the 100 greatest movies of all time. At the top of the list was Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane."

April 08, 2011 | By Jason Dees | Columnists


Grace Notes: "I told you so"

As childish as it sounds, you hear that refrain repeatedly in the Passion History, the story of Jesus' suffering and death that takes center stage during Lent.

April 01, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: The gift of encouragement

A friend returned from a mission trip to Central America with a renewed sense of excitement about doing God's work. "I went down there to help other people," she said, "but I didn't expect that they would help me. I thought I had something to give, but what I got back was so much more."

April 01, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Dees: Feeling Strong

Have you ever felt strong? I mean truly strong, as in invincible?

March 31, 2011 | By Jason Dees | Columnists


About Faith: The strength to let go

As a child, I used to play a game of endurance with my friends. On the school playground, we would all hang from the bars of a "horizontal ladder" and see who could hang on the longest. Eventually, our hands would get tired, and one by one, we would drop to the ground. Last one hanging wins.

March 24, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Dees: Fathers to their children

Fathers,

March 24, 2011 | Jason Dees Columnist | Columnists


Grace Notes: Be reconciled!

"There's nothing wrong with me," the man told the paramedic.

March 24, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: This changes things! Part III

For the last two weeks now, we've been talking about the difference the Word of God makes in our hearts. It gives us the strength to face the storms of life, putting them all in the perspective of the eternity God has in store for us. Now, think about this. Those same promises are for everyone - and God wants to use you to share them.

March 20, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Liberal or Conservative?

In recent weeks, much space in the Religion section has been given to the subject of whether Jesus was a conservative or a liberal, and I feel compelled to add my two humble cents.

March 17, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Yarbrough: Junior’s presidential pondering

I called Junior E. Lee, vice president and general manager of Round or Square Polls, Inc., a subsidiary of The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Company, located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to see who he thinks might be running for president in 2012.

March 15, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


About Faith: Giving Up Lent

My friend Jim Cantrell once commented that he was giving up Lent for Lent.

March 11, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: This changes things! Part II

No matter who you are, storms will come in your life. But as Jesus preaches in his Sermon on the Mount, he makes it clear that with his word, we handle those storms better. And the more we are in the word, the more firmly entrenched we become so we can hide from the storms in those offers and promises of God.

March 11, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: This changes things!

It wasn't fair.

March 04, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Calling God to task

"When I get to heaven, God and I are going to have a few words," a friend of mine once said.

March 04, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Dees: Was Jesus a Liberal?

One of the phrases that you will hear from time to time in the news media is, "Jesus was a liberal," meaning that Jesus was left winged in his political thought. Many political pundits will say that when one reads the New Testament, it is obvious that Jesus was socialistic in his thinking, and that if he walked the earth today, he would surely be among those on the political left.

March 03, 2011 | By Jason Dees | Columnists


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