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Religion

  • Power For Today

    Buried in America

        This past Sunday we celebrated Easter Sunday. It reminded me of a story about a man and his wife who was constantly irritated with him; a rather unpleasant woman. The two of them decided that they would take a trip to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. While they were there, the wife suddenly passed away. The undertaker told the husband, “You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150.”

  • Remarkable Bible Fact

    The first ever baptism in the Bible was conducted by Moses who used the blood of an ox in baptizing people.

  • A Pastor’s Notes

        With this being Holy Week, have you ever wondered what “Maundy” means as in Maundy Thursday? It’s actually from Middle English and means command or commandment. So how did it come to be associated with Holy Thursday?
        In the gospel of John 13:34, after Jesus washes the disciples feet, He gives a new command: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

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    Self-made standards

        One method of hiding our faults from public view is to change the standards to make it appear we’ve done nothing amiss. An army sharpshooter visited a small town and was amazed to find on the trees, walls, fences and barns many bull’s-eyes with the bullet holes in the exact centers.

  • What is the Last Supper?

        Many important events took place during what’s now known as Holy Week, which commemorates the final days of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God.

  • Remarkable Bible Fact
  • 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.

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    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