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Faith & Worship

  • National Day of Prayer a great success

    Last Thursday, May 7, the Oldham County Ministerial Association hosted two prayer events, at noon at the La Grange Courthouse, and at 7 p.m. at the John Black Community Center.  Both were attended by the largest crowds we have had at such prayer events since the first National Day of Prayer event after 9/11.

  • God asks, 'Do you trust me?'

      The 40 years leading up to the Revolutionary War was a time known as the First Great Awakening.  It was a time when the Holy Spirit moved through the 13 colonies like it did in Acts 2.  The spiritual courage and dedication to fight for freedom were forged.  One of its greatest preachers was George Whitfield, who also had a good friend, Ben Franklin.  A delightful story is told by Franklin, who was listening to Whitfield preach, and knew the appeal for an offering to support the orphanage in Georgia would come at the end of the sermon. 

  • How does God want us to use our time, talents and treasures?
  • What do you owe in light of the price Jesus paid?

    Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy is typing a letter on top of his doghouse.

    “Dear IRS, I am writing to you to cancel my subscription. Please take my name off your mailing list.”

    We read in Romans 13:8a, “Let no debt remain outstanding.” We know about money, and way too much about debts. This verse reminds us to pay our bills, as if we need any help remembering that. Most of us will probably agree that not only do we know a lot about money, we probably think too much about money.

  • Why is the Bible true?

    As I finished up my seminary training and entered into ministry I was full of questions about the authority of scripture. Regrettably, I would pretend parts were not there that I didn’t like, “de-mythologize” other parts that seemed to be based on unscientific world views or superstition, and explain away parts that I disagreed with. With my background in Hebrew and Greek I could even overwhelm anyone who might disagree with me through my brilliance. All this fed my arrogance which made me a much less effective minister than I imagined in my own mind.

  • Leave the fear and worrying to God

    Two gas company service men, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee were out checking meters. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and then worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watches the two men as they check her gas meter.

  • Does science threaten the Bible?
  • Can something happen by chance?

    I am not sure where I found these, but I was entertained. Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited, until you try to sit in their pews. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors. When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there. People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church. Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong. If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has. Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

  • Do you act ‘holier than thou’?

    During one of his political campaigns, a delegation called on Theodore Roosevelt at his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The President met them with his coat off and his sleeves rolled up. “Ah, gentlemen,” he said, “come down to the barn and we will talk while I do some work.” At the barn, Roosevelt picked up a pitchfork and looked around for the hay. Then he called out, “John, where’s all the hay?”

  • A prayer for healing among our churches