• Grace Notes

    At my church this summer we’re learning about the “hard sayings” of Jesus.
    He said stuff like, “I have not come to give peace but division,” “Judge not” and “Let the dead bury the dead.”
    He also said we could ask for stuff -- “Ask and it will be given to you” and that “everyone who asks receives” (Luke 11:9-10).
    He said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
    My pastor called it “the big ask.”

  • Church News

    Cynthiana Baptist Church Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

    Cynthiana Baptist Church was formed on Saturday, July 13, 1867, with the help of pastors and elders from churches in surrounding counties and where 12 people presented themselves for membership.
    Articles of faith and a church covenant were approved as well as a name for the church adopted.

  • Jesus, Peter and the charcoal fire

    The elderly man sat down beside me at the mall as he broke out in tears. I softly asked, “Are you okay? May I help you somehow?” He replied, “I am fine. My wife died five years ago and one of those ladies I just passed is wearing her perfume.”
    It only takes one moment to smell a fond scent, or hear a fond sound. Within that moment we experience an avalanche of memories and emotions.
    The Apostle Peter had such a moment at the hand of Jesus, the master psychotherapist.

  • Grace Notes

    I’ve lived in Florida long enough to know that sometimes we have drought conditions and sometimes the water in the rivers and lakes gets so high it overflows.
    About five years ago, this area of Florida was bone dry. It was so dry that a local man who lived on a canal -- “waterfront property” -- converted the dried-out canal off his boat dock into a golf course, complete with putting green, fairway and a tall grass hazard.

  • Church News

    City on a Hill evening services are held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
    Services are held at the Center at 201 N. Second St., Berry, Ky.
    For more information call 859-954-1573 or 859-954-0579.

    Tune in on Saturday mornings to 90.7 fm radio from 8-9:30 a.m. for the Lay Witness Outreach Program. We take song and prayer requests.
    Call 1-800-772-9458 or 1-800-PRAY 4 KY.


  • Joy in the midst of sorrow

    By Don L. Powell, Gideons

    It’s Sunday morning; It’s Father’s Day and my wife and I are planning a full day of activities after church. The cell phone rings and the smiles turn to tears as we hear the news that our 18-year-old granddaughter has been killed by a drunk driver.
    Our world shatters like glass.
    Three months later as we prepare to enjoy our evening meal, we receive another phone call and learn that our 6-year-old grandson had been struck by a pickup truck and was not expected to live.

  • Grace Notes

    About two years ago, we became caretakers of two cats when our youngest daughter moved back home to rebuild her life.
    Last year, she moved in with a friend who has two dogs -- and an allergy to cats. So, we agreed to take care of Target and Mohawk until our daughter lives in a more cat-friendly space.
    They’re old cats, probably 13- or 14-years old, which is between 63 and 66 in human years.
    They take a lot of naps.
    They also sometimes barf on the carpet (but rarely on the tile), and they sometimes sneeze on the windows and the furniture.

  • What the world needs now is love

    By Julie Olt
    Guest columnist
    Many of you are probably familiar with the popular 1965 song “What the World Needs Now,” which was composed by Burt Bacharach. The first stanza goes:
    “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love, No not just for some but for everyone.”

  • Church News

    This year’s Vacation Bible School studied some of the events from Joseph’s life. The theme was Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace so we decorated with an Egyptian theme and the central character was Joseph himself.
    Children step back in time at Egypt, exploring the life of Joseph.
    We are exploring Pharaoh’s palace, experience thrilling “real life” dramas. And play high energy games, sampling tasty snacks and hearing unforgettable music.  Plus meet lots of new friends.

  • We were never meant to walk the road of faith alone

     These days, a lot of people are in recovery, from drug or alcohol addiction, from childhood trauma and abuse -- the list goes on.
    It’s good that people are seeking help for the things that hurt them.
    But church?
    Over the years I’ve noticed an increasing number of articles and books and blogs written by “recovering” church people, former Christian fundamentalists or evangelicals, former Catholics, former Baptists.