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Several years ago, our Southern Baptist Convention was held for the umpteenth time in San Antonio; and, since I was working in the Baptist Press Room, I arrived days early and left days late; and then hours early and hours late each day. It was demanding work; but, since it served a very use…

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When I started writing these columns several years ago, I was unprepared for the extensive readership they would have. I had thought I might be able to reach into a few homes and generate some comments; but I have been amazed at the effect of these some-of-the-time well-chosen words on paper.

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The devil has his hands full figuring out how he is going to create all the havoc that The Bible describes him as creating in the “last days.”

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By The following history of Edgemont Church of God was prepared by the last surviving charter member, Jessie Clevenger Miller, shortly before her death on June 3, 1986.

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Seems that every few years or so, somebody starts a “new” old push to remove the simple, yet profound, phrase, “In God We Trust” from – well I guess the end goal is to remove that “offensive statement” from everything where any eyes might happen to see it – but, for the meantime, it appears …

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In 1977, a film with the strange title of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” hit the box offices; and it took those aforementioned box offices by storm. I didn’t understand the title; and actually thought its main idea was kinda silly – just to tell the truth – but you (or millions of “you…

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The arrival of Methodism in Newport can be traced to the days of “circuit riders, presiding elders, and other itinerant preachers” who brought the gospel message to settlers in Oldtown in its earliest days. Their work paved the way for the establishment of the Zion Methodist Episcopal Church…

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The great British Clergyman, Charles Spurgeon was speaking at a conference on preaching with several young preachers; and he was asked “what his secret was” in his very effective preaching style.

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For you movie buffs out there; you might recognize the words of my title. They come from a line uttered by one of the greatest character actors of all time, Steve Buscemi; when the astronauts in the film “Armageddon” were arguing over getting the job of blowing up a meteor on time or not – a…

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Over the years there have been claims that certain people have faked their deaths. In the years since he died, hundreds of fans have reported seeing Elvis Presley in small towns across the United States and throughout the rest of the world.

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I remember a class I had in “Civics” back in the dark ages. I think I remember it as being in Mrs. Horton’s northeast corner third grade classroom on the ground floor of the old building of Newport Grammar School. Let’s see, that would have been 1949 – 1950 and the President was Mr. Truman, …

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Located in the Bat Harbor community, a short distance above Bridgeport Elementary School, the Old Log Church stands as a testament to some of the earliest settlers in that community.

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My dad-in-law was quite an unusual character. We called him “Daddy Bill” (I don’t know why; his name was not “Bill” or “William” or even “Liam”); but that’s the way it wuz around the Hollingsworth/Mooty households.

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The thought just flashed into my mind as I was preparing to preach the message last Sunday: “What if the Apostle Paul had had access to all the amazing forms of technology that we have today?”

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That was a very clever television advertisement yesteryear, meant to entice people to come to Las Vegas. No doubt, it was effective in its assigned goal. During the visiting with our daughter Lisa during her hospital stay several years ago; I found blocks of time to write and think and talk …

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Shady Grove Baptist Church was organized September 10, 1902 in a one-room schoolhouse located on the Elias Mantooth farm, a location farther up the road from the present church and near the home of Jimmy and Sue Townsend.

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Shady Grove Baptist Church was organized September 10, 1902 in a one-room schoolhouse located on the Elias Mantooth farm, a location farther up the road from the present church and near the home of Jimmy and Sue Townsend.

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