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Faith & Worship

  • Free Agents or Unconditionally Elected

    Who shall be saved? Who are the elect that will spend eternity with God? How much does God know about who will be saved and who will be lost to hell? How much free will do we actually have?

    One option is Universalism, which means everyone will be saved. This has the broader application that all religious roads lead to heaven. One can find individual verses that seem to support this belief like John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

  • Earley:The Total Depravity of the Soul

    The children lined up in the cafeteria of a religious school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. A teacher made a note, “Take only one, God is watching.” At the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A boy wrote a note, “Take all you want, God is watching the apples.”

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  • The battle of wills: Who do you think God is?

    What we believe about God will tell us a lot about ourselves.

    The prophet Isaiah shared this revelation from God about who God thinks He is. In Isaiah 45:5-6 we read, “I am the Lord and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord and there is no other.”

    Who do you think God is?

  • Earley: Do you have beautiful feet?

    Did you hear about the guy born with two left feet? He went out one day to buy some Flip Flips. I challenge you to go find a funny story about feet. I only found a few and they were not appropriate for a religion column. Perhaps foot humor is hard to find because all we have to do is look at our own feet and that is all the humor we can stand dealing with feet. I think my feet are hilarious with all the strange toe nails, odd skin formations and things toe nails collect. My kids just think they are gross. They say they don’t feel so good when they look at my feet.

  • Valentine’s Day: A Celebration of Love

    A wife woke up one morning and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?”

    “I don’t know, but Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Friday, you’ll know,” he replied.

    A few nights later, she again woke up after having a dream, “This time, I dreamed you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?”

    “You’ll know Friday,” he replied. Another dream about a pearl necklace elicited the same response.

  • The Odd Marriage of Hosea and Gomer

    The prophets of the Old Testament spoke for God. Sometimes they spoke with actions more than words. The Prophet Hosea loved God and would do anything God asked him to do. God wanted to communicate that His love for Israel was unconditional so God called Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. She was not a woman looking to become better. Even when Hosea showed her unconditional love that she did not deserve, she deserted him and returned to her prostitution.

  • New Pastor at Harrod’s Creek Baptist

    Harrod’s Creek Baptist Church of Crestwood on Highway 239 would like to officially welcome its new pastor, Eric Honeycutt. Pastor Eric would in turn like to welcome the community to Harrod’s Creek Baptist Church.

  • Al Earley: Can You Define Humility?

    How humble are you? I think of humility as one of those things that is easier to recognize than it is to define. For example, my dictionary defines humility as a state or quality of being humble of mind or spirit. It is the absence of pride or self-assertion. That doesn’t really capture the power of encountering a truly humble person, does it?

  • Eschatology: The study of the end times

    As a collegiate and religion major in the 1970’s I encountered a book that had many people wondering about the future. “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey took a speculative look at a variety of historical events and tried to blend sections of scripture that are difficult to understand with those events to come up with an approximate date of when the end history as we know it on earth would occur. This is known as the eschaton and the study of the end of time is known as eschatology.