• LIVING ON PURPOSE: What about our box of chocolates?

    Billy Holland

    religion columnist


    It’s hard to believe that 2017 is history.

    We have many things to be thankful for, along with events and situations that unfortunately brought sorrow, pain, and disappointment.

    Forrest Gump’s mom said, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” as we never know what we are going to get.

    I guess basically we can see the point — even though this seems to imply that even the worst of times would be no more than just another flavor of candy.

  • Bible marathon planned over 3 days

    By Mary Alford

    News Enterprise

    Hardin County is about to take part in a marathon, but instead of running 26.2 miles, participants will read the 66 books of the Bible.

    The 2018 Kentucky 120 United Bible-Reading Mara­thon is a statewide event inviting Kentuckians to join and read the Bible. In Har­din County, the event kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1 at Elizabethtown Police Department, 300 S. Mulberry St. The goal is to read the Bible out loud in three and a half days.

  • A meaningful New Year’s resolution

    By Billy Holland

    A brand-new year is here and I am excited to see what the Lord has for us!

    Keeping Christ at the center of our thoughts takes a great deal of discipline and determination, but so does everything else we really care about. It comes down to how serious we are about knowing God and how willing we are to give him control of our life.

  • Looking to God within a fallen world

    By Billy Holland

    One area of the vast unknown that has been the focus of speculation throughout the ages is why certain events happen that seem to be cruel and unfair.

    As a Christian minister and counselor, I am consistently either thinking, writing or being asked why tragedies happen when there is a God who can easily prevent them.

    How many times has someone said, “If he is all powerful, then why does he allow terrible things to happen?”

  • Religion Notes: Dec. 15, 2017

    The First Cedar Creek Baptist Church Christmas events

  • RELIGION NOTES: Dec. 8, 2017

    Woodlawn United Methodist Church
    All are invited to hear Christmas music as Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson will perform at Woodlawn United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The church is at 4110 Woodlawn Road. Refreshments will follow.

    Loretto Motherhouse recital
    There will be a recital at Loretto Motherhouse at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The players are Sarah Hoeppner, soprano, Mitchell Rollins. oboe, Michael Hill, viola, Adrienne Fontenot, piano.  All are welcome. Admission is free.

  • LIVING ON PURPOSE: Finding our place in the world

    Personal change is not easy. Anyone who advertises how wonderful it is to sacrifice, suffer and be uncomfortable probably has a degree in marketing.

    There’s nothing wrong with reading books and watching videos about how other people have accomplished their goals, but even if we become experts on how to be successful, this does not automatically mean we will.

  • Religion Notes: Dec. 1, 2017

    Piano program at Loretto

    The Loretto Motherhouse will host a piano program at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 of works by composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, and Franz Liszt. The pianist for the occasion will be Jesse LaGrange, 14. He is the son of John and Paige LaGrange of Burkesville. LaGrange is a piano student of Dr. Bob Reynolds, professor of music at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.  An unusual highlight of the program will be the performance of all of the Bach Two-Part Inventions. The program is open and free to the public.

  • Bullies are a product of immaturity

    By Billy Holland

    As children, we only think about life on a surface level. Having fun, our toys, food and security are usually at the top of our priority list, and this is normal.

    However, when we become older, we hopefully begin understanding things with a more mature perspective. I’m reminded of the scripture found in I Corinthians 13:11 that talks about how it’s okay to think like a kid for a while, but there will come a day when we put away our toys and become accountable for our thoughts and actions.

  • Religion Notes: Nov. 17, 2017

    Loretto Motherhouse concert

    A String Chamber Music Concert will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, featuring Christina Mcgann, violin, Vanderbilt Univeristy; Ching-Yi Lin, violin, Western Kentucky Universityl Hillary Herndon, viola, Univeristy of Tennessee; Andy Bradock, viola, Western Kentucky University; and Paul York, cello, University of Louisville.

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