Church

The loveless Church in Ephesus

Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

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Columns

Sports & Stuff: Back to normal & united

Back to normal. That’s a phrase we hear all the time now. Whether it is used as a question, “When are things going to get back to normal?”, or as a statement “I can’t wait till things get back to normal,” it’s something we all hear people say multiple times a day. When will things get back to normal? Will we ever see what we consider “normal” ever again?

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Columns

Sports & Stuff: Football this fall?

This is my first column, in what I hope will be a weekly endeavor. My radio show, Bump and Run, airs weekday mornings on Fox Sports AM1400 and 98.3 FM in Spartanburg, is first and foremost a sports talk show. However, we do things a little differently. We advertise ourselves on talking sports and stuff. Stuff can be anything from television show and movies to video games, and food. One segment we may talk football the next we may be taking about the new-est Netflix series. That is what I hope this column will be. Sometimes I may talk sports, some-time it may be stuff, and sometimes it may be a mixture of both. I just hope each time you read it you either learn something or are entertained. Maybe both.

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Church

Becoming a new self in Christ

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

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Columns

Beware of wells without water

Peter writes in his second letter about the presence of false teachers among the church and warns Christians regarding internal attack. Complacency and heresy can quickly influence one to reject truth, thus hindering the growth of faith and spiritual maturity. He describes these teachers as becoming prevalent in the last days, speaking and doing whatever they feel like doing, spurning the things of God, and they will be proud and boastful. Peter further explains that while they will not escape judgement, we must be careful to not be carried away by their lies and deceit.

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                                In this week’s “News Around Lockhart” column, Connie Porter writes about damage to the Old Armory caused by a falling tree, vandalism, lift stations, traveling to Gaffney, attending worship services inside a church, and voting in the primary and runoff.
Columns

Three and three and three

A huge tree fell on the Old Armory building, and the insurance adjuster gave me two weeks to find three tree companies, three brickmasons, and three roofers. It’s going on about a month. I’ve called everyone of those. So far I’ve met with one brickmason and one roofer. Everyone is too busy. I can’t get the roofers and brickmasons that close because this huge tree is in the way.

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Church

Keep your eyes on Jesus

Dealing with anger, irritation and frustration can become overwhelming at times in our lives. Especially when we are already facing other issues such as, health, financial, relational, emotional, or even spiritual. Things that we should normally be able to handle, can suddenly look like a giant in our path and fear can fuel our frustration. Too often, we forget who we are in the midst of such trials as we focus on the obstacle instead of our source of power and strength.

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The importance of The Day of Pentecost

Why is Pentecost important? We know from its name that it occurred fifty days after the Passover, also known as the Feast of Weeks which was one of the major annual feasts (Deuteronomy 16:16). This meant that on the day of Pentecost we read of in Acts 2, there was an international audience gathered in Jerusalem that witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and allowed Peter’s sermon to incite a worldwide harvest for Christianity.

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