• Grace Notes

    Last week I met with Carla, a young woman who has an amazing story of how God is using her.
    But first, she had to go through a time of incredible pain and darkness. Of course, much of her darkness was the resulting consequences of her own bad choices. Still, those consequences were the very ones she needed to suffer to become the usable vessel she is today.
    I’ve heard many pastors use Oswald Chambers’ quote: “Before God can use a (person) greatly, he must woud him deeply.”

  • Church News

    A revival, Wake Up, America, is coming to Berry, Harrison County, Ky., and yes, America. We are starting here at Berry Community Church, Sept. 29-30. We will have four  services that will stir the embers of the heart and awaken a new fire. America needs a new awakening.  Let it begin with us.
    Pastor Keith Hemphill will be leading the way into this time or restoration with his heartfelt, God led messages with different worship groups day.

  • Grace Notes

    For the past few years I’ve been following on social media the true-life saga of a lost child.
    The child is an adult, but he’s still a child to his frantic mother -- and to God.
    The son is in his mid- to late-20s I think, and has been living on the streets off and on for a few years, depending on his drug addiction.
    When he’s sober, he works. But when he’s not, well, his mom isn’t sure how he makes his money to support his addiction or feed himself or find a place to sleep.

  • That none should perish

     Thirty-five years ago, the Baptist Church, Church of the Nazarene, United Methodist Church, and some others in Ada, Ohio, joined together to renovate a house and relocate a family from Laos.
    As I helped the plumber a thought occurred to me, if the churches can get together to renovate a house, what would happen if they worked together to evangelize their community?

  • Church Briefs

    Mike Wainright will be performing at Silas Baptist Church, 274 Silas Road, on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.
    Wainright is a gospel singer who believes it’s more than the music it’s the message. No matter where you are in your life he believes God has a song for you
    He wants to share what God has done in his life and hopefully help others. The songs he sings are uplifting and inspirational. He believes that’s the way we should live our lives.

  • Thanks in trial, tribulation and trouble

    Last week I spoke at a women’s lunch thing at a local church.
    The woman who invited me told me that their theme was thankfulness.
    That was several months ago when the sky was blue, the humidity was low and I think someone brought in cake to work that day, so of course I said I’d love to talk about being thankful.
    After all, it’s easy to give thanks when all is well.
    And then in the weeks leading up to my talk, life just sort of fell apart. In many ways it feels like the gates of hell opened up and dumped on my family.

  • “What are you looking at?”

    Earl Litman, guest columnist
    Cynthiana First
    Church of God
    I’m so glad Jesus chose Peter to be one of His disciples, because he’s like us--curious, bull-headed, reckless, impulsive, but sometimes weak.
    One of the best known scenes from Peter’s life happened when the disciples were in a boat, and Jesus came walking on the water. They thought he was a ghost, but Jesus immediately said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

  • Church News

    City on a Hill Church is holding services every Sunday in the community room at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
    Connect time is 9-9:45 a.m. for some recreation and Bible Study for our youth. Adults will also meet for fellowship in the community room at these times. Service will begin at 10 a.m. with live worship.
    For more information, call 859-954-1573.
    This program is not sponsored or endorsed by the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
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  • Grace Notes

    One of my favorite things to do is sit on my couch and look out our big back window and watch the wind blow through the trees.
    It reminds me of the conversation Jesus once had with a religious leader named Nicodemus.
    Talking about the need for a person to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, Jesus told him that God’s Spirit is like the wind.
    “It blows wherever it pleases,” Jesus said. “You can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it’s going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

  • Are you a Christian or a Disciple?

            I recently heard a message by a Christian leader who asked two questions that I have not been able to get out of my head since I heard them.
    He told of an experience he had when he was a relatively new Christian. He was in college at the time and traveling overseas. Waiting in his seat on the plane as it loaded, he was wondering who was going to be his seat partner for the long flight.