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A beacon of hope

A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington — this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

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Beloved, Be Loving

“Dearly Beloved…” That’s the way I started out my last wedding sermon. I know it’s a little bit of a throwback. We don’t call too many people “beloved” anymore, but I hope you know what I mean. Today, I want to think about why that’s a perfect way to greet one another…“beloved.”

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:19 p.m.

In doubt

Doubt happens to the best of us. I know we sometimes put people on a pedestal like famous preachers, authors or even mature Christians we know and then criticize ourselves with comparisons like “I bet they are too spiritually mature to doubt like me. I wish I was more like them.” But the truth is, they do have times of doubt because we all do. We have times of doubt when tragedies strike for no reason or prayers go unanswered or we get mistreated for trying to do the right thing, etc. We wonder if anyone else struggles with the ...

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:19 p.m.

Salem UMC’s new service targets youth

A local church is adding a service to its Sunday schedule to encourage younger potential members to join the congregation’s family.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:35 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.
A blessed sanctuary

A blessed sanctuary

Allen Memorial Methodist Church sits on the scenic campus of Oxford College. Founded in 1841 by renowned missionary John Allen, Allen Memorial’s main sanctuary has been a part of the Oxford community for more than 100 years. The education building, nursery and fellowship hall, often referred to as Lovern Hall, were built alongside the main sanctuary in the late 1960s.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:37 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Blessed to serve

You call yourself a Christian, right? You do realize that just by doing that, you are taking on a very specific job description. You are now “His witnesses”. You are the “light of the world” and the “salt of the earth”. You are “Christ’s ambassadors”, a “holy priesthood” you are to be “Declaring the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light”. Do I have to go on? Realize it — you have a job, whether you like it or not, you are blessed to serve. There is no such thing as a part ...

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:25 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Just a thought: The Golden Rule

Is the “Golden Rule” biblical? Yes, but not because it is a “golden rule” but rather because it is a “Kingdom principle.” Many people miss the point here. They want to live by the golden rule (and that’s fine), but not really according to the Kingdom rule. Ah yes, we are talking about the pickers and the choosers. Jesus asked it this way: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Lk. 6:46) In other words; “Why do you call me Lord when in reality I am not your Lord?” or, “Why ...

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:26 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Man leaves legacy in 10,000 books

Bo Davis had a passion, and he was not short on living up to it.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:27 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Get your hands dirty

The church is failing in a big way! Yes I am aware God has, and continues to use, the church to reach the lost and minister to the world in mighty ways. However, one of the greatest and most foundational tasks given to the church by Christ is one of the things the church is neglecting the most — “discipleship.” I have often said, “We are outraged at the idea of someone abandoning a newborn and we should be, but yet the church does this everyday to those who are newly born again.”

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:45 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Mansfield Baptist Church

Established in 1911, Mansfield Baptist Church has been serving their community for over 95 years. In the next upcoming months the ministry will be celebrating their 100th birthday.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:46 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Scharf: What good are words?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” You’ve heard that, right? How about, “The pen is mightier than the sword”? I’m sure you’ve heard both. But both can’t be true. Which is it? Do words have no power or are they more powerful than armies and tanks?

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Updated: aug. 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

He's got plans

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God said that (Jeremiah 29:11). Have you ever felt like saying, “Yeah, right” when you hear it? Intellectually, we can say that we agree. We know God is in control and he knows what he’s doing and he’s working for our good. We can say that with our mouths….but do our hearts always buy it? Do we always live like it?

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Posted: aug. 07, 2014 4:43 p.m. | Updated: aug. 07, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Just a thought: Get your hands dirty

Could a doctor treat a patient without ever examining them? Not very well. Could a hair dresser cut or style hair without touching the client’s hair? No. In the same manner neither can Christians be of very much influence if we don’t go to and touch sinners. I know many have come from places in their lives they don’t ever want to go back to and this certainly takes some sensitivity and discernment. But neither can we isolate ourselves from all sinners once we become a Christian and still be an effective witness. Jesus’ model of evangelism ...

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Posted: aug. 07, 2014 4:44 p.m. | Updated: aug. 07, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Prospects here, prospects abroad

Prospects here, prospects abroad

Vibrant life is rooted in caring love at Prospect Church, a parish that has celebrated the United Methodist faith in Covington since 1830. After almost 200 years and multiple moves to different sites in the area, Prospect has maintained its growth by adapting to the needs of its parish. The church added its Family Life Center in 2004.

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Posted: jul. 31, 2014 6:26 p.m. | Updated: jul. 31, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Do not be afraid — you are valuable

Last week, we saw how intimidating it is to see what God expects of us as Christians. If you missed it, check out the 7/13/14 sermon at www.abidinggrace.com. For now, let’s just say that Jesus made it pretty clear that we’d suffer for following him. Only once we realize what God expects of us and how far we fall short, and the punishment we should have for that, only then are we ready to read the rest of this section of Scripture where Jesus sends out his disciples as workers in his harvest field.

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Posted: jul. 31, 2014 6:30 p.m. | Updated: jul. 31, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Just a thought: Open the box

Open the box. No, really, open the box. You’re probably saying, “What box?” To which I would respond the box we all have. You know, the one we keep God in. Ah, now you get it, don’t you? We all have a God box. The box is our image of God, His size and ability. Some people’s box is bigger than others, but we all have one. Some are limited in size and we call them “the willing box” or “the God can’t use me box,” some have a “God can’t do that” size box ...

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Posted: jul. 31, 2014 6:31 p.m. | Updated: jul. 31, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rasmussen: Do not be afraid — this is expected

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim. Have you heard that name? On May 11th of this year she was convicted of apostasy and adultery. What had she done? Well, she was a Christian, having been raised by her Christian mom. But since her dad was a Muslim, even though he had been absent, since he was a Muslim – her being a Christian was apostasy. And then, she married a Christian and got pregnant. And since she was supposed to be a Muslim, and he wasn’t a Muslim man, that’s adultery. The Sudanese government gave her three days to reject the Christian ...

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:30 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Zion Baptist Church to hosts event series Saturday

Zion Baptist Church in Covington aims to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:31 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Just a thought: Lord, you take over

Isn’t it true that we spend most of our time operating in our own strength and power? When was the last time you said, “Lord, You take over…” and wasn’t it after you had given it your best and your best wasn’t good enough to get it done. We often fall into the trap of thinking “This is what I do, and I will do it…Spiritual and impossible things are what God does and when I need help with those things I’ll turn to Him.” But just as it was for Peter, it is for ...

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:32 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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