• Grace Notes

    Recently, the youth pastor at my church gave the sermon.
    One of the things he said: Hope doesn’t always look the way you expect it to or want it to.
    I’ve been thinking about that a lot.
    Last year I wrote about his daughter, Blakely.
    She was born with a rare and fatal brain abnormality, and the fact that she was born at all is a miracle.
    The youth pastor, Michael, and his wife expected a stillborn birth and didn’t even bring a carseat to the hospital when it was time for the baby’s delivery.

  • Church News

    City on a Hill Church meets Sundays in the community room at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library at 10:30 a.m.
    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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    Operation Stronghold is an ongoing effort to cover our children and school staff with the protection of God through prayer. Go and pray at your children’s schools. Together we can show the world just how powerful God is.

  • The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling!

    Sept. 11, 2001, America as we knew it changed. Planes struck, buildings collapsed, lives lost, utopia had been disrupted.  
    March 11, 2011, ‘end-time’ tsunami, as labeled by the press, has devastated Japan.  Nuclear meltdowns, 2,000 lives washed out to sea; debris fields washing ashore an ocean away.  
    Nov. 8, 2018 Paradise was lost. The raging California Camp Fire utterly and completely destroyed an entire town. Everything lost possibly because a utility company was not as responsive as it could have been.   

  • Grace Notes

    Years ago, I wanted to write a book called “When Pigs Fly,” but the publisher would be stuck putting a pig with wings on the cover and people might think it was a tutorial on barnyard animals in flight.
    The book was going to be about stories, about how people are themselves stories and how sometimes on the way to the happy ending the stories get hijacked and the characters end up gasping for air and grasping for meaning.

  • Everywhere I look, I see the Cross

    I like to read psychological thrillers with twisted plots and even more twisted characters.
    In the last thriller I read, the main character, Emily, was tied up in a room about to be murdered by her crazy stalker.
    He goes out of the room and Emily starts thinking back on her life, pretty sure she only has hours or minutes to live.
    She remembers back to what she learned as a girl from a teacher at her Catholic school: When you’re in trouble, look for the cross. Once you find one, you’ll see them everywhere.

  • 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

    It was Christmas 1914, during World War I.
    Pope Benedict XV had suggested there be a temporary ceasefire for Christmas, but the leaders of the warring countries ignored him.
    However, along muddy and frozen trenches on the battlefield in Germany, both English and German troops -- enemies of one another -- made makeshift Christmas decorations, with the German soldiers erecting tiny Christmas trees on the tops of their trenches.

  • The Spirit of Christmas

    By Don Powell

    It’s that time of year when the Christmas trees are decorated, the Christmas lights are up, and shoppers are hurrying to buy those last-minute special gifts.
    At most churches, preparations are well underway for Christmas plays, choir practices for Christmas music programs and  Christmas parties.
    The post office sees an increase in mail because of packages and Christmas cards that must arrive at their destination by Dec. 25. It’s a “hustle and bustle time” for sure.

  • Church News

    Covenant Presbyterian Church congregation invites all to join them Sunday evening, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. for their Candlelight Service.
    The Covenant Christmas Choir will lead in a service of song and scripture celebrating the birth of Jesus. There will be congregational singing as well. After the service, there will be refreshments. Please join the congregation Sunday evening.

    Candlelight Communion Service

  • Grace Notes

    When I was a kid, my family observed Advent, lighting the candles on a traditional evergreen wreath.
    Because there’s four of us kids, we each got to light one of the four candles, one candle for each of the four weeks in Advent.
    The first candle represents hope; the second, peace; the third, love and the fourth is joy. A center candle is the Christ candle -- Jesus, the light of the world.
    My dad made the base of the wreath, because he’s awesome and can make anything, and he’d read prayers out of a booklet as we lit the candles.