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Life can get full!

There are so many things clamoring for our attention, demanding our time, thoughts and devotion. We can find ourselves pursuing many things at the same time. Not only do we fail to catch up on anything, we run ourselves ragged trying. If we are not careful, we can find we are soon better suited for the circus as a juggler than we are as Christians living balanced lives. How do we put a stop to the madness? How do we reel it all in, sort it all out, and focus our attention on one thing? Jesus answers those questions with ...

July 05, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


By our love ...

"I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other."

July 05, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Blessed are the Peacemakers….

The Mount of the Beatitudes sits on the top of a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. As we approach the park that now encloses the top of the hill, signs remind us to be silent because we are on holy ground. It was here on this very hill that Jesus sat down with his disciples and taught them about the Kingdom of God. Here in this place, as groups gather in various small clusters around the mount, one gets a feeling of what "Blessed" really means. The verses of Matthew 5 that capture the words of Jesus line the ...

June 28, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Pride and pride

Two words come to mind when we consider the parable of the prodigal son "Pride and Pride"

June 28, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


From weeping to joy

"Alongside Babylon's streams, there we sat down, crying because we remembered Zion."

June 20, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Find them all

Do you see them? No really they are everywhere! Come on surely you do see them.

June 14, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Just a thought

I once went for a job interview and was offered the job based upon my passing the physical. It was as a result of the physical exam that I discovered I had a tumor in my bladder. Praise God! The short story is that I was blessed to be able to have the tumor surgically removed and have been bladder cancer free ever since.

June 07, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don't rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (Common English Bible)

May 31, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Jockeying is for small people

Just a Thought: Jockeys are typically small people. Interestingly enough typically so are those people who spend much of their time "jockeying" for position (regardless of their physical size).

May 31, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


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


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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


Scharf: Do Not Worry!

"Is this stuff going on in Egypt a sign of the end of the world?" "If I lose my job, we'll never make it." "I'm worried that we'll lose our house." "What does all this mean for our kids?" "I can't take one more loss. I'll lose my mind!"

February 25, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Perseverance

Caltech recently broke a 26-year, 310-game losing streak by beating Occidental in a Division III basketball game.

February 25, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Dale: Judge Not

"Judge not, that you be not judged, for with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

We love these words that Jesus spoke in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:12). But as with many of his lessons, this one is prone to misapplication. Many trip over it and rise from the dust to follow a different path. Others pull this arrow out of their quiver to fire back at judgmental Christians.

February 18, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Scharf: Love!

Did you have a good Valentine's Day? Did you celebrate the love of your life? I hope you did.

February 18, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: Savior’s Sermon: Be who you are

Maybe you've heard this story about the guy that the Super Bowl trophy is named after.

February 11, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Dale: Can’t wait for spring!

We have recently endured our third snowfall of the year in Newton County.

February 11, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


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