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Faith

  • Faith Column

    Dear Class of 2009,

    I've been working on this letter for five days. Actually that's not quite true. In reality, I've been working on this article every day since I heard one of your number take his first gasping cry for air in a hospital in Knoxville, Tenn.

    I've been planning what to say ever since I left him in that kindergarten room, only this time it was me gasping for air. I remember doing the math as I walked down the school hallway, not sure if I could find the strength to drive myself home without him strapped securely in the car seat beside me. 

  • Grace Notes

    As I write this, it's Day 8 of my 10 days off.

    The first five days were a blur of not doing much - reading, laundry, cleaning out my bathroom junk drawer. I watched a lot of reality TV, dozed on the couch, thought about washing my windows, made a pot of black beans one day, which were very good, thought about cleaning out the refrigerator.

    Then came Day 6 - Beach Day. We strapped our bikes onto the back of the truck and drove to Clearwater Beach, the clear, blue sky and hot, hot sun designed by the chamber of commerce.

    Or perhaps God.

  • Precept study begins Aug. 6

    "Kinsmen-Redeemer" is a study for those who have never taken a Precept class and for those who like to study inductively.

    A study of the Book of Ruth, Kinsmen-Redeemer tells about Jesus and his willingness to "pay the ultimate price."

    Precept Bible studies reach across denominational lines without compromising the truth of God's word.

    Classes will take place on Thursdays from Aug. 6 through Aug. 27 at Bethel First Presbyterian Church, located at 502 E. Main St. in Campbellsville, from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • First Baptist hosts community reception for Woods-Ayers

    First Baptist Church hosted a community reception at the Imani Center in honor of Diane Woods-Ayers on June 6.

    Woods-Ayers has served the Campbellsville Independent School District as its superintendent for the past four years and has resigned her position to explore other job opportunities.

    The reception was from 5 to 7 p.m. with representatives present from the religious, judicial, business and academic areas of the Campbellsville community.

  • Stop trying so hard!

    Here's a backwards, upside-down thought: What if you went to church and the pastor pointed his finger and said, "Stop trying harder."

    Alan Kraft, the pastor of a church in Greeley, Colo., wrote a book last year called "Good News for Those Trying Harder." The good news being: Stop!

    The book idea came after he had received a 12-page letter from his youth minister detailing how hard he had tried to grow close to God by doing all the things he thought he should: striving for obedience, memorizing scripture, praying for others, confessing all known sin.

  • Grace Notes

    As I plan for my upcoming week off from work next week, here are some random thoughts I've had:

    Someone said all of life illustrates Bible truth. I thought about that last Friday while driving to three of my favorite places - Goodwill, Ulta (cosmetics and beauty store) and Panera.

    The traffic bearable, the weather beautiful the whole drive in, I listened to a sermon on CD and felt quite holy and sanctified, which always puts me in a good mood. I've forgotten what I heard, but it was good nonetheless.

  • Good Hope burns note on Family Life Center

    Good Hope Baptist Church celebrated a note burning, which finalized the payoff of debt on its Family Life Center. Dr. Bill Mackey spoke during the morning worship, and Brittany Hall and Barry Bertram provided music. Pictured are members of the original building committee along with Pastor Al Hardy, from left, Ralph Hedgespeth, Larry Newcomb, chairman; Joyce Russell and Judy Dabney. Not pictured is Jerry Helm.

  • Eaton to be ordained on Sunday

    Andrew Eaton, son of the Rev. Jeff and Julie Eaton, formerly of Campbellsville, will be ordained at Hope Community Church in Lawrenceburg on Sunday, June 28 at 7 p.m.

    Eaton has accepted a position as a youth pastor at Hillvue Heights in Bowling Green.

    He is the grandson of Mary Alice and Ted Winn and Margaret Eaton and the late Rev. Thurman Eaton.

     

  • International Convention continues through this weekend

    International Gospel Lighthouse is currently hosting the sixth annual International Convention.

    The event, themed "Mighty men of war will not break their ranks," will continue through Sunday.

    A lineup of speakers and service times follows:

    Today - 10:30 a.m., speaker Sis. Drema Milburn from Willisburg; 2:30 and 7 p.m., speaker evangelist James McMickin from Jasper, Ala.

  • CU students touch lives on mission trips

    More than 50 Campbellsville University students will be spending their summers as missionaries through a variety of organizations, including Centri-Kid, CU Crew, Crossings and through various international and domestic mission trips.

    Throughout the summer, participating students will be working at Vacation Bible Schools, sports camps, youth camps, in orphanages, interning on church staffs and numerous other forms of servant leadership over the next several months, according to Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries.