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Why the hurt?

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Yet again, there is an incident of violence that is inexplicable. Yet again, there are families with more questions and no answers for their grief. And there is no logic or reason or sensible way to comprehend the loss of those innocent lives. Our hearts hurt for our friends in Connecticut, and we stand in […]

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Holiday events

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Summit Point Baptist holiday activities: A youth musical pageant will start at 7 p.m. Friday. The adult choir will perform the musical cantata “Born to You This Day” starting at 11 a.m. Sunday. A candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. For questions, call Pastor James Holt at 304-725-0619.   Leetown Methodist […]

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Modern standard Hallelujah dates to mid-1980s

NEW YORK – It’s hard to think of any song that has taken a stranger journey through popular culture than Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Recorded in 1984, it was on the only Cohen album rejected by his record company. Virtually no one noticed when the song did come out on an independent label. Since then, through […]

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Star of the show

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“Behold there came three wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1-2 Just what led the wise men to that makeshift cradle in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago and to […]

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Top soup

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Top soup
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One of my heroes has apparently been revealed as a fraud. I was a big fan of Lance Armstrong. I was inspired by his story of surviving serious cancer, and then coming back to win the most intense and difficult sporting event in human history, and not only win, but win seven times. He inspired […]

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‘Non traditional for a purpose’

Pastor Mike Lowery founded Rock Spring Church in 2004 with a vision to connect with those in the community who either do not know Jesus Christ or who do not attend church regularly. And his vision includes a non traditional methodology and approach. The former custom-home builder is in the process of finishing his seminary […]

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The significance of Midnight Mass

Christmas is one of the most celebrated dates on the Christian calendar. Commemorating the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ is only surpassed in importance by the celebration of Easter, a time when Christians remember Christ’s sacrifice of life for His people. Christmas is often celebrated with much joy and fervor all around the world, […]

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During a recent dinner with a friend from Brazil, I was asked about this upcoming holiday we call Thanksgiving. For a moment, I talked about turkey and football and the Pilgrims. In truth, there is much more going on. For my friend from another nation, Thanksgiving was a phenomenon that was beyond words. That we […]

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Everywhere and always a Pilgrim

Northern Ireland was a hard place to grow up, its extraordinary physical beauty contrasting with the bloody sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics. The “plantation” of English and Scottish Protestant settlers in the region by English monarchs in the 16th century — who thought to keep better control of the Catholic island off of England’s […]

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