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Religion

  • Ward serves as Minister of the Day

        Rev. Matthew D. Ward, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Wartburg recently served the Tennessee Senate as Minister of the Day. He was a guest of Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston).  
        “His philosophy of ministry is to simply love God, love others, and make Jesus known to the world,” said Sen. Yager, upon introducing Rev. Ward to the Senate body. “I particularly appreciate his service to the nation and to the Lord. We are delighted to have him here.”

  • A Pastor’s Notes

        The Woman At The Well: I knew, just in the sound of His voice, that this man, this Jesus, was not interested in condemning me. Instead He wanted to heal me, to restore my faith in myself and others. He wanted to quench the terrible thirst in my soul for love and acceptance.
        I wanted what He was offering more than life itself. I wanted this living water that He spoke of. I wanted to drink from the depth of His love.

  • Power For Today

    Look at His hands

        I have been thinking a lot about Good Friday and Easter that is coming up soon. While thinking about it, I thought of a story I heard about a bank in Binghamton, New York, that had some flowers sent to a competitor who had recently moved into a new building. There was a mixup at the flower shop, and the card sent with the arrangement read, “With our deepest sympathy.”

  • A Pastor’s Notes

        “Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was, but he could not because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way.” Luke 19: 3-4

  • Power For Today

    Oops! That was wrong!

        The September 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated featured some of the articles from the last 60 years of the magazine. The editors boldly revealed some of their horribly incorrect predictions. For example, in a 1965 magazine article, they predicted that Arnold Palmer was finished. Oops! Over the next six years, Palmer won 16 times.

  • Remarkable Bible Fact
  • Our Brother Jesus

        Saint Augustine refers, in one of his sermons, to Jesus as “our brother” and reminds us that Jesus became our brother out of merciful goodness. If
        Jesus is the son of God and we call God our father then it follows logically that Jesus is our brother. God is both our spiritual and metaphysical father because he is the source of our existence. God’s choosing to come to earth and put on human flesh in the person of Jesus makes him our brother in the metaphysical sense that we share the same physical constitution, and the

  • A Pastor’s Notes

        Joshua was clear. God was clear. You have to choose. The decision is yours and yours alone.
        God has already chosen. He has already committed Himself to you as His beloved child. His arms are open now to receive you home, to welcome you in. But He will not force you to return to the place you long to be. Instead the Lord waits for you to choose love over apathy, grace over doubt, surrender over control. So choose. Choose now. Choose whom and what you will serve.

  • Power For Today

    Keep on, keep’n on!

        After his ordination in 1969, a pastor received a call to serve one large church and ten smaller churches on the northern coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

  • Remarkable Bible Fact