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Civility is next to godliness

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire…

‘Blessed be the name of the Lord’

Some of the most faith-filled words recorded in Holy Scripture have got to be the words spoken by the Old Testament figure of Job. Job was a wealthy, “God-fearing” man…

Jesus lived and died for me

By Troy Slater/Pastor Faith Lutheran Church The Christian church is often criticized as being a rather condemning and hypocritical entity that is just trying to force its views upon other…

Promises. Promises? Promises!

By Rev. Troy Slater/Faith Lutheran Church Earlier this week, I watched the first of three scheduled presidential debates. Ninety minutes of discussion, argument, accusation, facts and twisted facts, and, of course,…

Give God praise for the gift of life

Life is such a gift.  I know many of you have probably heard things said along this line over and over in different ways.  Well, that is because it is…

For richer or poorer, cast no judgment on others

By Chaplain Mike Bliss I’ve at one time or another, had my position as chaplain challenged by professional clergy, and of course the ordained men of God.  It was usually…

Don’t be misled by false statements. Surrender only to the Lord

By Liz Johnson/Staff Writer This meme (inset) was trending around Facebook a few weeks ago and gave me cause for concern, especially with the amount of shares and likes it…

Jesus is the door to our eternal life

By Rev. BarBara Harper/Ward Chapel AME Church, Richmond Door – a movable, usually solid barrier for opening and closing an entranceway. A door represents either access or denial, depending on…

There is hope – and mystery – in us

There is a mystery in which we live as followers of Jesus.  It is not a mystery to us but a mystery through us.  You see, it is a mystery to…

The responsibility of stronger links

By Jeremy Blevins/Pastor, Richmond United Methodist Church There is a popular saying that goes, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”  The first time I really grasped…