• Living on Purpose 4/1/2017: Empowered as participants by expressing our faith

    By William Holland

    The idea of faith within any community usually leads to thoughts about various types of churches and this can definitely be a part of it; however, if we step back and observe the larger picture we notice that faith is more of an overall spiritual presence than just the local assemblies themselves.

  • Grace Notes 4/1/2017: Have faith that God’s plan is always ‘Plan A’

    Recently, I met a woman who had moved to the area to stay with family after a painful divorce and some health problems on top of that.

    She had lost everything and was starting over.

    “I’m too old for this,” she said, although she didn’t divulge her age. 

  • Making the decision to place hope in God

    Hope is one of those dynamic words that deserves the title of catalyst when it comes to change. It is a spiritual attribute that God’s people should have on hand at any given moment because it is filled with life, enthusiasm and energy.

  • What is God like?

    Here’s a question for you: What is God like? From your gut, how would you characterize him?

    A number of years ago, Baylor University conducted a survey, asking people to choose words that described how they characterized God and his level of anger and also their perceived level of his involvement in the world.

    The researchers concluded that Americans viewed God in four distinct ways:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!”