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Religion

  • Historic church, timeless message, innovative methods

    When the Rev. Andy Beery first finished seminary, he decided he wanted his first church to be one that was struggling.

    He had spent his previous career as a software engineer, and part of his job was process improvement, analyzing departments in the company that were underperforming and making recommendations on how to fix the problems.

  • Pet blessings, education at Unity

    By Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    Rain or shine, Unity of Citrus County will hold its third annual Unity Paws Pet Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the church, 2628 W. Woodview Lane in Lecanto.

    “There are many pet services available that people don’t know about,” said Kandee Mulkey, Unity member and team coordinator. “We are providing a venue to showcase many of the animal-

  • Grace Notes 3/18/2017: Looking for real love?

    A number of years ago, I got a phone call from a reader with a request. 

    He said he was 90 years old and had outlived two wives, yet he wasn’t sure he knew what real love is and he hoped that I could explain it.

    I don’t know if he’s still one of my readers — I haven’t heard from him since that one time. But if he is, here’s my best answer to his question:

  • Living on Purpose 3/18/2017: Compassion, mercy are the heart of God

    By William Holland

    My good friend Ian, who is a highly intelligent and humorous newspaper editor in Texas, shared a story with me recently about his experiences with nursing homes.

  • God’s presence overcomes dark

    It is amazing to think that no amount of darkness can extinguish even the tiniest light, which is simple but solid evidence that God’s authority is greater than any other power. John 1:5 says: “And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness cannot overcome it!” 

  • Sabbath rest 101

    few weeks ago, my pastor’s sermon made me squirm in my seat.

    We’ve been studying the Old Testament book of

    Exodus. That’s the book that talks about God rescuing the Israelites from their centuries of slavery in Egypt, all the plagues upon the Egyptians, how Moses parted the Red Sea and fed the Israelites with manna — honey-tasting bread from heaven.

  • Protecting our conscience from little foxes

    Life has its ups and downs and no one is exempt from struggling every now and then.

    We’ve heard that how we react to situations is a key to how much peace we can maintain and I certainly believe this is a nugget of wisdom. For example, when someone disrespects us, it is common to allow insult to progress into being offended. However, these are times within our journey of learning, to pray and ask God to help us look past our pain and direct our focus and trust on him.

  • LESS MEAT, MORE RICE

    An estimated 795 million people out of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or 1 in 9, went to bed hungry last year.

    During Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, Catholics around the globe, including those here in Citrus County, participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a program of Catholic Relief Services to alleviate the problem of hunger throughout the world.

  • Getting ready for Lent

    A few years ago, I decided to give up recreational shopping for Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter.

    For a week prior to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, I prepared for my shopping fast by buying new shoes and yet another pair of white pants, several tops, some earrings and a new purse.

  • Enjoying abundant life at any age

    We are all growing older. Thanks a lot, right?

    I realize that many will think this is not a very optimistic or positive thought, but it is a reality of life. I could have gone all day without hearing that; however, as with other topics, this too has a certain amount of accountability attached to it that can make a huge difference between dreading the future and having a healthy and positive attitude.