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Eastridge prepares for first service in new location

Eastridge Community Church will hold its first service in its new Jackson Lake Campus building at 14200 Highway 36 Feb. 12 at 10:45 a ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Pace: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community

I try to write these monthly articles with a good thought in mind or something that helps us engage meaning-making. This month is certainly no ...

January 15, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: Never give up

It was 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017 when I received the well-predicted "Happy New Year's!" texts that people were eagerly waiting to ...

January 15, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Reflecting on 42 years of ministry

As the Rev. Hezekiah Benton sat in his now partially empty office, he leaned back far into his reclining chair behind his desk and looked ...

January 07, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Religion


Redman: What can forgiveness do for us

This article is written to give a perspective of what forgiveness can do for us, and hopefully encourage us to forgive others in our life ...

December 19, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Pace: Waiting, Watching, Wonder

I remember how I felt as a child when Christmas Eve would roll around every year. It was magical. In the earlier years of my ...

December 12, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Change isn’t that bad

Life changes all the time. We change homes. We change jobs. We change clothes. We change a lot of things. Some of us like change ...

December 04, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


Owens: In the middle of It

January to November has been a long stretch. We've seen a lot of things happen, some good and some bad. From bombings overseas, Brexit ...

November 26, 2016 | Chip Owens | Religion


Grateful for community

This semester at Oxford College I've been teaching my first solo course. Housed in American studies, "Understanding Community: Oxford Encountering Oxford," is a course ...

November 20, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Crocheting for a cause

The women of the Crochet Ministry of Grace United Methodist Church are busy working to create handmade gifts for the sick members of the church.

November 20, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Religion


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Keep looking up

"To you, I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!"

September 06, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Religion


A condition of the heart

I Peter 3:10-11 (New Living Translation) For the Scriptures say, "If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it."

August 30, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Religion


The faith to receive sight

Just a Thought: Who is more blind, the blind man or the man who will not see? Often times we miss the truth God has for us simply because we refuse to see it.

August 24, 2015 | William Burnham | Religion


No exceptions

Now Solomon loved to walk in the laws of his father David, with the exception that he also sacrificed and burned incense at the shrines. I Kings 3.1 (Common English Bible)

August 23, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Religion


A month of Sundays

"Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone was rolled aside from the entrance. "-John 20:1 (The Living Bible)

August 09, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Just a Thought: Receive your sight

Who is more blind, the blind man or the man who will not see? Often times we miss the truth God has for us simply because we refuse to see it. This was the case of the rich young ruler. He came to Jesus bowing before Him and calling Him good, yet with proclamations of his own self-righteousness. He proclaimed he was seeking God's truth, but when it was presented to him, he went away as if he had searched for a thing and come up empty handed.

August 09, 2015 | William Burnham | Religion


Faith in prayer

If God already knows all things and is inevitably going to do His thing, why do we need to pray? And more importantly, why pray by keep seeking, asking, knocking? The simple answer is because it exhibits faith.

August 02, 2015 | William Burnham | Religion


Surprises in unlikely places

"When Jesus came to his hometown, he taught the people in their synagogue. They were surprised and said, "Where did he get this wisdom? Where did he get the power to work miracles? Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother named Mary? Aren't James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas his brothers?"

August 01, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Come and worship!

Come, let's worship and bow down! Let's kneel before the Lord, our maker! He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep in his hands. If only you would listen to his voice right now!

July 19, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Getting off track

"What a beautiful necklace you are wearing!" is not the thought one would have if they saw this image or the thought Jesus was trying to portray when He said: "It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin." Lk. 17:2)

July 19, 2015 | William Burnham | Religion


We are all dying

Just a Thought: I have to tell you, I am dying. No, I didn't just find this out recently, I have known for some time.

July 12, 2015 | William Burnham | Religion


Thirsting for God …

Just like a deer that craves streams of water, my whole being craves you, God. My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42:1-2a (Common English Bible)

July 12, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Religion


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 | Religion


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 | Religion


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 | Religion


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