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Today's Features

  • I think one of the best definitions of sin is anything we do that separates us from God. When we talk about sin we find that humans make very little of sin and God makes so much of it. People joke about it, even brag about their sins. Much of our entertainment glorifies sinful life choices.

    God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16ff.). God says that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). God says that sin is a very serious matter.

    A fellow named Willie was deep in debt and was thinking of committing suicide.

  • Elmer Towns tells about a motorcycle gang member who was dramatically converted to faith in Jesus Christ. The next Sunday he did the only thing he knew he should do and went to church. Nobody in the church knew him and he walked down to the second aisle and sat in the pew. The people stared because he looked the part: big and burly, bearded, long hair, black jacket and lots of tattoos.

  • When Patty Sweetall of Prospect turned her athletic efforts from competitive running and triathlons to swimming, she never thought she could be a world champion.

    Sweetall, 54, recently won ninth place in the 100-meter breaststroke, sixth place in the 200-meter breaststroke and participated in the 50-meter at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada in August.

  • One day, when Vice President Calvin Coolidge was presiding over the Senate, one senator angrily told another to go “straight to hell.” The offended senator complained to Coolidge as presiding officer and Coolidge looked up from the book he had been leafing through while listening to the debate and wittily replied. “I’ve looked through the rule book,” he said, “You don’t have to go.”

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    Combining work with something you love is often a good career choice and Michael Vogt, of Vogt’s Vineyards, LLC in La Grange, really loves wine.

    “It’s a hobby that’s become an obsession,” he said.

    Partnering with his wife, Carina, the two are hoping to start selling their own wines and eventually open up La Grange’s first vineyard in the future.

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    As many teenagers jump in their new cars and speed off to the big football game on Friday night, 16-year-old Alden Sachs is most likely training for his next military marathon.

    Sachs, a junior at South Oldham High School, has had the dream of being a Marine since the third grade, but because he is too young to enlist, he decided to show his dedication to his country in a different way.

  • Christians like the Old Testament stories that have mercy and inspiration in them, but some Christians find the stories of wrath and destruction to be offensive.For example, Samuel instructs King Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites.

    “Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass” (I Samuel 15:3). Usually what Christians try to do is forget such texts are in the Old Testament, focus on the New Testament and pretend everything is alright.

  • Over the last three weeks we have looked at the problem of evil. We have seen how the Bible explains evil as rising out of the personified presence of evil that we call Satan, that our world is fallen due to the original sin of Adam and Eve and how the justice of God allows Him to solve the injustice of evil over eternity. Today I look at the most difficult challenge for us: Trusting in the goodness of God no matter what the circumstances in life that we face.

  • Michaela Bales, 16, from La Grange, is pictured here with “Simp” (short for ‘Simply Irresistible’) and “Doreen,” two yearling La Mancha Dairy Goats from Oldham Family Farms, owned by Darrell Oldham in Buckner. This was Michaela’s first year working with and showing dairy goats and both “Doreen” and “Simp” took Reserve Grand Champion awards

  • Over the last two weeks I have looked at why there is evil in God’s world that is created good. This week I ask the question, “How long does God have to work out justice?” Rabbi Shraga Simmons says, “The question of ‘why do bad things happen to good people’ has a lot to do with how we look at existence. The way we usually perceive things is like this: A ‘good life’ means that I make a comfortable living, I enjoy good health and then I die peacefully at age 80. That’s a good life. Anything else is ‘bad.’ ”