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Columns

  • Does God really care about all our prayers?

    Have you ever wondered if God hears the prayers of those who doubt He exists or don’t believe at all?
    Through the years I have written many times about prayer, and implied in those articles is the assumption that the reader is a believer in Christ, and wants to know more about prayer.

  • Fall, get up and laugh

    I remember the time two springs ago when I was determined to paint the sun room. Up early, to the hardware store gathering the gallons of white, the wooden mixing sticks, the drop cloths, and the one-time brushes that always harden, no matter what you soak them in.

  • Pumpkin spice everything

     Here we are, back in the throes of pumpkin spice season.  I would say “pumpkin” season, but for many people, myself included, it’s more about cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all-spice rather than the pumpkin itself.  It’s a running joke anymore, with memes and comics depicting everything from pumpkin spice motor oil to pumpkin spiced feminine hygiene products.  

  • How much time should we spend in prayer?

      When he found out his mom was pregnant Johnny announced he wanted a baby brother, and he would do whatever he could to get one. His dad told him that if he prayed these last two months of his mom’s pregnancy, he could guarantee God would give him a little brother.  

  • All about pumpkins

     By Chris Duncan

    Few things say “fall” better than pumpkins. 

    Whether you use them to cook, decorate or carve, chances are a pumpkin in some form or fashion will be a part of your seasonal celebrations. In fact, 80 percent of the U.S. pumpkin supply is available in October.

    Here are some interesting facts about the season’s favorite gourd:

  • Lessons from Haggai

     I visited a new church Sunday.  New to me anyway.  I had been trying for three weeks prior, and even made it as far as the front steps one Sunday, but for various reasons was unable to attend until this past week.  But the delayed timing proved to be perfect.  

  • Antsy in Amsterdam leads to balance

     I was on my first day of vacation traveling from Louisville to Amsterdam and having a very antsy night. I was beside myself in a tiny, narrow, confining hotel space with a racing mind that wanted to keep doing rather than just being and with a thought process that just wouldn’t let go.

  • The punishment for our sins was paid by Jesus

     In I Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul writes some amazing words, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  

  • A focus on women’s health

    By Karen Wyatt 

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month — a good time for women to pay special attention to their overall health. With help from the Centers for Disease Control, the YMCA offers these suggestions to help women stay healthy and fit. With the return of busy school days and the crush of holiday activities, it’s easy to fall off the “healthy living” wagon.

    Get recommended screenings and preventive care

  • Living ethically

     I know that conscience is something hard to explain and, whatever it is, it must be learned and developed.  Some people have done very evil things, yet they were following what they thought was their conscience.  But after psychologists have said all they can in explaining the human conscience (and some of them even explain it completely away) still we recognize a voice within saying, “This is right; that is wrong.”