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Religion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Passion of Christ is our eternal hope

    This is the time of year when Christians remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a season when his followers are focused on how he suffered and died on the cross and after three days, he arose from the grave.

  • ‘Fresh expressions’ of faith

    On a recent chilly Saturday morning, Vader, a little black pug in a red sweater, chased several big dogs around Bark Park of Wildwood.

    Meanwhile, a number of folks from Wildwood United Methodist Church gathered to pray — for their community, for the people they would meet that day at the dog park — and for the dogs.

    The pastor, Michael Beck, shared a brief devotional message as Vader wagged his tiny tail.

  • Easter’s promise of peace

    A few years ago, classical musicians started doing “random acts of culture,” usually in busy shopping malls.

    All of a sudden, someone in the crowd would start singing or playing a violin and then others in the food court or on the escalator would join in until 10 or 20 or more voices and/or instruments would create a moment of cultural beauty while surprised shoppers stopped and listened, pulling out their cellphones to record it to share with their friends on Facebook or YouTube.

  • Living on Purpose 4/8/2017: There is more to being rich than having money

    By Dr. William Holland

    We often hear the term “it’s all about the money,” but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to hope and a sense of spiritual well-being.

  • Grace Notes 4/8/2017: Offering up some random notes on grace

    I hate clutter, although you’d never know it by looking at my desk.

    This morning I had some free time, so I decided to go through the piles of notes and scribbles scattered around, which usually results in a “random notes of grace” column.

    I hope something will be helpful or encouraging to you today:

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  • Her mission of healing

    Whether it’s in Montgomery, Alabama, Citrus County, Florida, or the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa, God uses broken people to share his love with other broken people.

    Sarah Holder, a Lecanto High School art student who turns 16 this month, knows what it’s like to be broken.

    Several years ago, she struggled with severe depression to the point of being hospitalized, an experience she described as “horrifying.”