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Religion

  • Starting Point

    Imagine with me that you are starting a rebuild project on an old car, where would you start this project? What is the most important thing that must be working in a car? This question is rhetorical because you know the answer. You would start with the engine. Otherwise this car is just a yard ornament, which there are a lot of yard ornaments in Grant County (no offense).

  • Be holy, for I am holy

    What does it mean to “be holy?” What does holiness look like?
    Apostle Peter quoted in his epistle in 1 Peter 1:16, from the Old Testament book of Leviticus of the Bible. He was addressing the Jewish believers in Christ, new Christian converts who were dispersed into various parts of the Middle East.
    He was making a point in his letter declaring the necessity of living a holy life that is revealed in a demeanor of conforming to the Holy Spirit leading.

  • God still stills restless hearts

    By the time I left the newsroom I was ready to rip out my hair or stick a hot poker in my ears.

    All day the noise and commotion drove me to distraction -- and it had been a fairly quiet day. I was alone in the pod I share with two other reporters and my phone only rang once.


  • All the way with Jesus!

    In A.D. 64, according to history, Rome was ruled by one of the most wicked emperors to ever be named in the nation’s history. Emperor Nero was so wicked that he burnt Rome to the ground just to prove that he could build a bigger and better city.
    The citizens expected Nero of committing such evil acts, so to veer the attention away from him, he began to blame to Christians of the city for the crime.
    By that time, Paul had preached the Gospel to literally millions of people, and had the reputation of leading the church in the revival movement.

  • Christmas reunion story

    I’m a sucker for a reunion story.
    In 2008, I covered the story of a couple who had been married and then divorced for 52 years. They had lost contact with each other until their daughter found her dad through an Internet search. By that time he was seriously ill, but well enough to come to Florida to be reunited with his ex-wife.
    The couple remarried, and the man died less than a month later. It was quite a story.

  • I hate change!

    Last year, we became quasi-temporary guardians of our youngest daughter’s two cats, Mohawk and Target.
    I say quasi-temporary because the daughter has since moved out after staying with us for a year, but the cats are still with us.
    Once our daughter left, we decided to move the cats’ litter box from the guest bathroom to the now-empty spare bedroom.
    To us humans, that’s a simple change, but not to the cats.

  • Change America truly needs

    Per a recent survey performed by NBC, 70 percent of Americans say the government is not working well. My question is will we rely on for true change for our nation? Roughly 100 years or so ago most the communities we live in relied upon the local church congregation for most their needs both physically and spiritually.
    The local church was the focal point of the communities and cities where people would first seek a good Bible believing and preaching church to live nearby and then would find employment to provide for the family needs.

  • Williamstown Baptist to bring Hope meals on Thanksgiving Day

    Since 1997, Williamstown Baptist Church members have prepared and delivered approximately 6,000 Thanksgiving Day meals to needy families in Grant County.
    On Thanksgiving Day, Judy Ruholl, a church member, will help feed hundreds of people again this year.

  • Dry Ridge Baptist pastor shares calling, compassion, challenges

    Kevin Richardson has gotten confirmation through prayer, God’s word and other Christians that he is exactly where God wants him, right now—at Dry Ridge Baptist Church.

  • Desire the greater gifts

    Paul, the writer of 1 Corinthians, says in verse 31 “But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” Now the question that we as the church have to answer is what are the higher gifts or greater gifts? The only way to do this is to look at the surrounding context of chapters 12 and 13.