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Religion

  • Blessed are the sinners

    Although I’m not a huge fan of doughnuts — they’re not sweet enough for me to justify ingesting all those calories — as soon as I walked into work the other day, I made a beeline for the box of Dunkin’ Donuts leftover from the day before. 

    Before I knew it, one of them made its way from the box and into my mouth.

    I didn’t want to eat it, but I did anyway.

  • The memories of our loved ones live within us

    When I was growing up, my dad was a custom home builder and he taught me a lot about construction and how to do things myself.

    He passed away last year and my mom gave me some boxes of tools he had saved from the past, and I put them in my shop. I have been replacing my privacy fence this spring and the other day while I was looking for a drill bit, I noticed dad’s old set of bits. As I opened that old familiar yellow plastic box, I remembered the good times we had spent working together.

  • Optimistic thinking is a learned behavior

    As a minister, I am always being informed about what is happening in the daily news and regularly reminded about how the world is falling apart. I do appreciate the hard work from the news agencies to keep us informed, but we should also realize there needs to be a balance between constantly absorbing what everyone else is doing and concentrating on the life we have been called to live.

  • Hope — we all need it

    A week or so ago, I spoke at a fundraising event for the George Washington Carver Community Center in Crystal River.

    If you’re not familiar with it, the center is built on the footprint of the historic all-black George Washington Carver School.

    I spoke to them about hope.

    On Thursday, I also spoke about hope to some ladies at the Presbyterian church in Inverness.

  • With God, it’s all about our attitude

    We know how important it is to have a good attitude and the correct motives, especially when it comes to approaching God. Here are two Bible stories that expose the human conscience and identify why some people seem to overlook what is really important in their quest for satisfaction and security.

  • Perfectly imperfect, welcoming church

    How would you describe your church experience? Is it a safe place, or is it something else?

    Kate Young Caley grew up loving a little church in Moultonboro, New Hampshire, but when she was only 5, her father became ill and her mother took a job as a waitress where she was required to serve wine and beer, which violated the church’s covenant. Instead of helping them, their congregation voted to kick the family out of the church. As a result, they were shunned in the community.

  • New facility for Joy & Praise Fellowship

    From its humble beginnings as a church that met in someone’s garage, Joy & Praise Fellowship has always believed that worship should involve the heart, mind, body and soul.

    They believe in the word and the spirit of God and that each worship service should be a time of celebration, whether it’s in a garage, a storefront in a strip plaza or in a state-of-the-art facility.

  • Getting Jesus right

    Last week, the Rev. Doug Shepherd died.

    I met him in 2002 at his auto parts business.

    His dad was in the auto business, too, and they were both Pentecostal preachers.

    I had been writing a story for the paper about the 100th anniversary of Pentecostalism, and although I had lots of history and background information,I wanted to talk to a real-live Pentecostal.

  • Children grow up, make choices

    How many parents have waited for the day when their child’s eyes would suddenly be opened and, like the prodigal, they will finally see the truth and change their ways?

    Mothers and fathers dearly love their kids, but unfortunately, things do not always go as planned and many difficult children have caused their parents much worry, sadness and disappointment. It is easy to blame the parents, but I do not believe that all liability can be laid at their doorstep.

  • Bayside provides ‘hope’

    From the church’s beginnings, Bayside Church in Crystal River wanted to be a church that meets the needs of people in the community.

    That’s why they go to local laundromats with cookies and drinks and laundry detergent and money to pay for people’s use of the washers and dryers.