• The mountain

    Michelle Smith

    Congo Diaries


    “Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain? 

    — Khalil Gibran

  • It is well with our souls

    The news was horrific and sordid: Church staff member arrested for a sexually salacious crime.

    Sadly commonplace, it happens all over the U.S. — you just never expect it to happen to your church.

    But last week, it happened to mine when our former worship director was arrested and charged with multiple sex-related crimes against minors.

    A local sheriff’s detective called him a “textbook predator.”

  • Ascension Hill

    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    INGLIS - “We do not have a congregation, but we see the church filled,” said Yvonne Williams who, alongside her husband, Marion, will be co-pastoring Ascension Hill, a new Christian church at 220 W. Highway 40 in Inglis.

    “We did not have a specific vision of the church in Ingis,” Yvonne said, “but Marion has had a vision for Ascension Hill for over 25 years.”

  • When God says ‘I told you so’

    One of the great pleasures in life is being able to say, “I told you so.”

    I don’t get to say it often, but when I do, especially when I can say it to my husband, I do it with immense glee. I may even dance around and sing.

    Moms get to say I told you so a lot.

    Remember Ralphie’s mom in “A Christmas Story”? Ralphie kept asking for Red Ryder BB gun and his mom kept saying, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

  • Grieving with others

    Michelle Smith



  • The face of God

    Michelle Smith

    CONGO Diaries


    When Kayla Mueller died at the hands of ISIS, there was a letter published that she wrote while being held hostage. In that letter, she told her family that she had found the face of God in the eyes of the people she was serving. She had no idea that millions of people would read that letter and find her work to be good.

  • The ‘big ask’ gets answered

    At my church this summer, we’re learning about the “hard sayings” of Jesus.

    He said stuff like, “I have not come to give peace but division,” “Judge not” and “Let the dead bury the dead.”

    He also said we could ask for stuff — “Ask and it will be given to you” and that “Everyone who asks receives” (Luke 11:9-10).

  • A young patriot willing to give all

    William Holland

    Living on purpose


    Every summer we look forward to the Fourth of July because it’s filled with fun things to do, like barbequing, picnics, games, family reunions, fireworks and, of course, it’s a paid vacation day. Along with the excitement and activities, let us also remember and be grateful for those who have served our country so that we can enjoy our freedom.

  • Life Tree Coffee

    - WHAT: Life Tree Coffee

    - WHERE: 1615 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River

    - WHEN: Mon-Saturday — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    - CONTACT: 352-795-2259 


    CRYSTAL RIVER — When the Rev. Andy Beery came to First Presbyterian Church in Crystal River as the new church pastor, he saw a need. 

  • When life doesn’t make sense

    William Holland

    Living on purpose


    There are times we become confused and will not be able to figure out a way to solve our problems. Life is not always a smooth interstate and it’s good to remember that God is with us when we encounter unexpected roadblocks and detours.