• RELIGION NOTES: Dec. 23, 2016

    Presbyterian Church Christmas services

    First Presbyterian Church will have Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Christmas morning, casual service is at 10 a.m., and Christmas morning traditional service is at 11 a.m.

    First Cedar Creek candlelight service

  • The God who is more than enough

    By Billy Holland

    Whatever you are going through at this time, be encouraged to know that God is able to take care of you. In researching the Hebrew name El Shaddai, we discover that it means, the all-sufficient One and is commonly translated God Almighty. Here are seven areas where we can believe he is the final authority and more than enough to save us and meet our needs.

  • Bethlehem High School student is inventor of Christmas postmark

    Lexi Morris, 16, is not only a junior at Bethlehem High School, but also the designer of Nazareth Post Office’s new Christmas postmark.

    When USPS postmaster Cindy Beasley and her colleagues were planning what design they would use for this year’s holiday postmark, they devised the idea of letting Bethlehem High School students develop an art piece that they could use for the project.

  • RELIGION NOTES: Dec. 16, 2016

    Vine Hill Baptist Church

    Christmas events

  • ‘Have these grapes been sprayed with poison?’

    By Roger Alford

    Religion Columnist

    It seems a woman had approached the clerk in a fruit market and asked for a pound of grapes.

    “My husband is fond of these,” she said. “Tell me, do you know whether they have been sprayed with any kind of poison?”

    “No, ma’am,” the clerk replied. “You’ll have to get that at the drug store.”

  • RELIGION NOTES: Dec. 2, 2016

    Vine Hill Baptist Church Christmas events

  • If you love your duck, keep his head out of the vice

    By Roger Alford, Religion Writer

    Perhaps you heard about the pet duck that had stopped eating and was growing weaker by the day.

    The duck’s owner called the veterinarian to explain the problem.

    “Old ducks can have trouble eating,” the veterinarian explained. “Their upper beaks grow too long, and they’re unable to pick up their food. All you need to do is carefully file away some of its beak, but not too much. If you file back to his nostrils, he’ll drown when he drinks.”

  • Let us exalt his name together

    By Billy Holland

    As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all that God has done and aware that he has provided abundant blessings throughout the year.

  • A Thanksgiving psalm

    Dear God,

    Here I am again, my 17th year of making public my thanks and gratitude to you for yet another year of your faithful kindness and goodness to me.

    Lord, you and I have walked together for nearly 40 years, and even when I’ve strayed from the path, you’ve never left my side or dropped hold of my hand, even for a moment.

    You have walked with me through “hell and high water,” through the fire and over the rocky roads. Often I’ve been afraid, although always needlessly.

  • RELIGION NOTES: Nov. 18, 2016

    First Baptist renovation

    and dedication service