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From a mother's heart

"Three days later Mary, the mother of Jesus, was at a wedding feast in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited and were there. When the wine was all gone, Mary said to Jesus, "They don't have any more wine." Jesus replied, "Mother, my time hasn't yet come: You must not tell me what to do." Mary then said to the servants, "Do whatever Jesus tells you to do." John 2:1-5 (Contemporary English Version)

May 10, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


A clear and present reminder

Just a Thought: God's Word, prophetic or otherwise, is a clear and present reminder to us that He has all things under control. He has a plan both for our lives and all of eternity. There is to be a balance between knowing and studying what will one day happen with what we ought to do about today.

May 10, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Precious moments

We have all seen them, those precious moments when a soldier surprises his wife or kids with a special unannounced visit home. How touching they are to see the emotion and joy that overcomes those who have been waiting so long for a glimpse, a touch and some time with their loved ones from whom they have been apart.

May 03, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


The good shepherd

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are ...

May 03, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


The good shepherd

Jesus said: I tell you for certain that I am the gate for the sheep. Everyone who came before me was a thief or a robber, and the sheep did not listen to any of them. I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture. A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep

April 26, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Peace, be still ...

Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

April 19, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Where is your heart today?

Where is your heart? When we say the pledge to the flag of the United States, we place our hand over our heart on the left side of our chest, is that where our heart is?

April 19, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


J. McCoy: Pass it on ...

Along the coast line of the Sea of Galilee lies a little stop in the road community in the middle of a very green farm area, called Kibbutz Ginosar. We stop to see the 2,000-year-old boat at the museum, but outside, like an overlooked simple lace collar on a beautiful dress, the mosaic benches line the sculptured lawn, making a welcoming place for people to sit as they soak in the fresh air and sunshine. A kibbutz is a place of growing, a farming area that sustains the people of the area. This is not the only kibbutz in ...

April 12, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Burnham: A true disciple

A true disciple of Christ has more to do than just be a faithful follower.

April 11, 2015 | David McCoy | Columnists


What is God seeing when he looks at you

Jesus gives six "woes" in Luke 11, I wonder if any of them would cause us to say, "Woe is me?"

April 05, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


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About Faith: Water shortage?

Water management is an ongoing challenge in Georgia.

June 10, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Jan McCoy: Dealing with the falls

1 Peter 3:15b-16 "And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ."

May 26, 2011 | Jan McCoy Columnist | Columnists


Scharf: Fire in a Christian’s heart, Part II

Last week we wrestled with the question of how we know if our faith is strong. We empathized with those disciples on the road to Emmaus on Easter Sunday evening (Luke 24:13-35) shaken to their very core, doubting everything they thought they believed. But then Jesus came along and showed them who he was.

May 26, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Dale: 400 years of authority

This year marks the 400th anniversary of King James of England authorizing the translation of the Bible commonly known as the King James Version. He commissioned six committees (42 men, no women) to come up with a common translation of the Bible that would be the standard text of the realm. Their work began in 1604 and was completed in 1611.

May 20, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: The fire in a Christian’s heart!

So how long did your Easter high last? Do you know what I'm talking about - that rush of spirituality that just seems to be in the air around Easter - with all the special music and the attention to religion given - even on TV? It all comes together to get the Christian's heart burning with excitement, with love, with joy and hope.

May 20, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: He lives to give proof

Every year, Easter is such a high, singing hymns celebrating the victory Jesus has won for us. I pray you had a chance to get to church and enjoy the excitement of joining with others celebrating the gift of life we've been given.

May 12, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Finding yourself

I am Sue's husband. I am David's father, and Dorothy's son. I am Allen Memorial's pastor and Dan's friend.

May 12, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


About Faith: The battered oak

I remember a tree house that my older brother and his friends once built overlooking the creek near our elementary school.

May 06, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: Do not be afraid!

Last week, we noticed the difference between the soldiers (Jesus' enemies) and the women (Jesus' friends) at the tomb that first Easter Sunday morning. The soldiers fainted in fear. The women listened to God's word and found joy. Here's Matthew 28:5: "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."

May 06, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


What should a Christian think about capital punishment?

A great sigh of relief swept through our nation on Sunday night as President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been found and killed in a covert military raid.

May 05, 2011 | By Jason Dees Columnist | Columnists


Grace Notes: Do not be afraid!

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Yeah right. Try telling that to the man being mauled by a bear, or the woman about to be hit by a car, or anyone facing a life-threatening danger. Just telling them they don't have to fear it doesn't quite do the job.

April 29, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Tomb for sale

"For Sale: one empty tomb, like new, sure to increase in value. Make offer."

April 28, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


About Faith: It's Friday

Christian writer, preacher and teacher Tony Campolo famously tells a wonderful story of a "preach off" in which he competed with several pastors in his predominantly African-American church.

April 22, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: Good Friday: The Door to Paradise

It's Good Friday, the pivotal date in world history.

April 22, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: Forsaken by God

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?"

April 15, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


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