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“Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.” The mere mention of our Savior’s name will change my day. I get totally wrapped up in the decisions and duties and it can stress me out! When this happens I know I need to switch gears, and focus on the name of Jesus.

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When I walked into Zach and Casey’s house last week, I felt like a movie star! Seriously! I had a 2 3/4 year old running into my arms and I had a nine-month old clapping and smiling like never before. Without a doubt I am loved by some of the people who matter most in my life.

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I imagine we all know many June brides, and my family has at least five couples who will be celebrating from 15 to 56 years this month.

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Scripture is clear. We should serve others, and Jesus is the greatest example of service to mankind. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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Pray. Pray. Pray, and then pray some more. That’s an oversimplification, but it’s biblical, and it can be life-changing. First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing, while Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer.”

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We all have big dreams of what we want to do for the Lord. We may envision ourselves in a pulpit singing or preaching to the multitudes. Our heart’s desire could be to spread the gospel on the foreign mission fields. While these are wonderful visions of our life’s work, it’s so important for…

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Kindness comes in all sorts of ways. From the biggest gesture to the smallest, I’m convinced kindness will change the life of the one who gives and the one who receives.

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Growing up, my neighbors were my best friends. Glenda, who lived next door, was one of the first kids I met. It couldn’t have been more than a hundred steps from one house to the other and we could take an ordinary day and suddenly it became extraordinary.

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I looked into this sweet young ladies eyes as she stood with her soon to be husband on their wedding day. It wasn’t what they had planned, but they moved forward with their special day with less than ten people at a social distance.

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Before I knew it, my mind was in another place at another time. It all started when my brother, Keith, and his wife, Tammie, were packing to move, and I offered to help.

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We need revival! Many of us are used to gathering in our local churches for a week of spirit filled services that encourage us, but that’s on limits for now. How can we have revival when our churches are not even opening for services?

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Don’t give up on Saturday because Sunday is coming! With Easter in just a few of days, let’s look at that statement from a spiritual perspective.

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It’s not often that I dwell on the end of my life; I have a whole lot I still hope to accomplish. As I sat by the bedside of my aunt Eva Mae, I’ve done a lot of soul searching. I’ve been amazed when she talks to my mom, her parents, and even her son who went on before her. In the next breath…

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Concerns with the spread of the coronavirus has led church members to worship in many unique ways. The Maysville Baptist Church music ministry has a Saturday night music worship service from the living room of Philip Council and his family. This Saturday, April 4, at 6:15 p.m., music will be…

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Do you ever feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? I’ve been there and I’m sure we all have at one time or the other. During those times it can be difficult to keep a positive outlook. There doesn’t seem to be an answer in sight. We may have hope for a brief period of time, …

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Volunteers from Gillsville Baptist Church loaded up food to hand out to the community.

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I walked into a local grocery store on Saturday evening to pick up a gallon of milk, and that store was a sight to behold. Empty shelves. People with their carts stacked to the brim, and limits on certain items. I’ll admit if I were looking at this coronavirus scare through the eyes of my fl…

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At times I’ve talked to people who think they have to clean up their lives before they start a relationship with Jesus. I do my best to convince them that He will meet us exactly where we are. We will never be good enough without the righteousness of Christ.

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Dugar Strickland will host the fourth Friday Night “pickin and grinning” on Friday, Feb. 28, in the StonePath Church Fellowship Hall featuring Billy Nash and the Georgia String Band, Crystal River, Rivers Edge and other pickers and singers.

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I marvel at the miracles Jesus performed in the Bible. In John 11 we read the story of two grieving sisters, Mary and Martha. They’d called for Jesus, but their brother, Lazarus, had been dead four days before the Lord arrived. I imagine they had no hope, but this parable reminds me that the…

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Homer Baptist Church will be holding the first annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot. The bazaar will feature crafts, food, activities for children and much more, organizers state.

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“You know your mom will give you some of the greatest advice you’ll ever receive.” That’s what I recently told a group of teens who all seem to have great parents. They seemed to have a hundred questions when I made that statement. “Yes, the mom who monitors your cell phone almost daily, and…

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Community Brotherhood will be held on Sunday, March 1, at 7:30 a.m. in the Don Stewart Hall at Homer United Methodist Church for a monthly breakfast and program.

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Have you ever stood in the gap for a person who needs a touch from the Lord? At times we may find ourselves going through a battle, but thanks be to the Lord, we do not have to go through the battle alone. God sends prayer warriors who will pray on our behalf. During that time we stand in the gap.

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What’s so important about the way we spend our time? As the moments of the day roll on, we can’t get them back. Let us use them wisely, and in everything, be about the work of the Lord.

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I sat there holding her hand and I began to think. God has given her so many years and she has blessed so many people! Now it looks as if God is preparing her for a homecoming.

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The monthly brotherhood breakfast and fellowship meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

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LEWIS - At times I feel as if I am a spectator in my life. It’s like I’m looking down and events are transpiring before me. We all have rules and regulations in everyday life; still we make a multitude of decisions every day. Most importantly, we decide if we are going to make choices in our…

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The message had ended and the pastor asked if everyone would come and pray in the altar. That seemed like a great idea considering it was the first day of the new year. It’s a time of letting go and a time of new beginnings, but that moment was more to me. It reminded me of the faithfulness …

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Ned Klugh spoke at a recent meeting of the Community Brotherhood at the Homer United Methodist Church.

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As this year comes to a close, I have been reflecting on 2019 and a few decades earlier. Some things I would never change while there are other things in which I would do differently.

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Community Brotherhood will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, in the Don Stewart Hall at Homer United Methodist Church for the monthly breakfast and program.

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Dugar Strickland will host the fourth Friday Night “pickin and grinning” on Friday, Dec. 27, in the StonePath Church Fellowship Hall featuring Vickers Family Bluegrass from Cleveland and Crystal River, Rivers Edge and other pickers and singers.

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“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” Upon seeing the star they began to seek the Lord. “We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him,” according to Matthew 2. When King Herod heard the buzz, he began to ask questions, and the words of the prophet were read to h…

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Hudson River Baptist Church will be having its Christmas play, "How The Grinch Found Christ in Christmas," and Christmas dinner after the play. It starts at 5 p.m. Sunday,, December, 22.

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What an amazing opportunity! John the Baptist was called to be the forerunner for Jesus Christ. Back in those days, it was not unusual for kings to have forerunners. They made sure the roads were passable; they let the people know a king was coming, and advised people to get ready for the king!

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Richie Brown is the new pastor at Bethany Christian Church. He is shown with is wife, Lisa. The church is located at 312 Historic Homer Highway, Homer. Church services are held at 11 a.m. on Sundays.