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Religion

Preparing for Earth’s last, great revival

A challenging book I once read is entitled: “From Pentecost to the Present, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever” by Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter. My subject is “Preparing for Earth’s Last, Great Revival.” King David returned the Ark of the Covenant to Israel, after 100 years of absence. ...

Treating everyone as neighbors

Fifty years ago, the volatile year of 1968, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” began on public television. You remember the scene. Fred Rogers, slim and smiling, appeared, waved and entered his TV home. Inside his home, he removed his jacket and dress shoes, slipped on a sweater and sneakers, ...

An active repentant faith

The work at the cross has taken us through many singular words in our journey of discussion, most of which are solely catalyzed and completed by Jesus alone. Yet we have discovered a response is required to this work on the part of humanity. Either we acknowledge, accept and act on the work at ...

Whiter than snow and a fuller soap

Greetings in the precious name of Almighty God Jehovah, His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and soon-coming King of kings and Lord of Lords, and their mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). As we begin our topic today, and, as my favorite high school teacher Mr. Waltham, used to say: “I ...

Honoring the unsung heroes

A number of years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a performance of the United States Air Force Tactical Command Band. This premier concert band was sharp, precise and often electrifying. The enjoyable evening was made possible by the excellent display of talent from the ...

The important role of repentance

When we last spoke, justification was our topic. Simply stated, it means God the Father looks at a believer through God the Son, seeing me “just-as-if-i’d” never sinned. Justification is the pinnacle of cross work. While justification is the work of Jesus Christ, repentance is our ...

The Holy Spirit and the heavenly dove

Greetings in the precious name of Jehovah God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, our soon-coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and their Mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). To begin this article, pastor/poet Phil Patchett offers “Sister Magaha’s Song”: “I’ve arrived, I’m safely ...

Helping hands

Take a moment to look at your hands. If you are like most folks, you take your hands for granted, unless you are experiencing arthritis, carpal tunnel, or a dislocated finger. The healthy human hand is truly amazing, one of the most complex components of our bodies. Perhaps you know that the ...

Church ships household items overseas

ELKINS — Pastor Mike House and the members of the Ambassador Baptist Church have collected more than 20,000 pounds of household items for shipment overseas. Through the generous donations of individuals and other ministries, House and his congregation are able to ship several tons of ...

Everybody has a story

My father grew up in Ripley. His family moved to Charleston during his sophomore year of high school and he graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School. Other than a stint of World War II military service after high school, he spent the rest of his life in Charleston. When my father turned ...

As if I’d never sinned

When last we met, we worked through the restoration of a lost relationship with God through Christ’s work on the cross and the obedience it compels a Christian to in a journey of becoming more like Him. As a Christian we desire, thanks to the work of the Holy Spirit, to grow in this new ...

God is a consuming fire

Greetings in the eternal, holy name of almighty God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God and the Mighty Holy Ghost. As I begin this column today, I’m rejoicing in the Lord, and blessed with a song sung by the late operatic/gospel singer Chip Dorton. “Down from His Glory” ...

Restoring the Relationship

The work of the cross continues to be a deluge of good news! “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Titus 3:5-6) The Greek word “anakainosis” in Titus 3:5 means “renewal, ...

Church creates ‘blessing box’

ELKINS — A church in Highland Park is offering a “blessing box” to the local community, trying to reach out to low-income neighbors and share God’s love. The box set outside of Highland Park United Methodist Church offers a range of items that are free to anyone who needs them, ...

Depression can happen to anyone

Psalm chapter 42 and 43: (Read it! Read it slowly!) There we see the dreaded experience of depression. “Why are you cast down O my soul?” Hear the pain of the beloved Psalmist, “My tears have been my food night and day.” When you read the Bible, you will find this theme of ...

Church celebrates Hamby’s ordination

ELKINS — First Baptist Church of Elkins celebrated the ordination of the Rev. L. Scott Hamby to the gospel ministry on March 25. Over the last year, the church Deacon Board and the Union Association Ordination Council of the West Virginia Baptist Convention unanimously recommended Hamby ...

The Get-Out-of-Jail Card

In our last discussion we discovered the amazing work of reconciliation, which results in peace between the Creator God and His creation. To know the enmity between us and the God-head has been removed provides such relief to our hearts and minds. Divine wrath has been satisfied, no longer must ...

Reconciliation: Removing the cause of conflict

Last we spoke of atonement, the removing of our guilt and the changing of our position before God from enmity to favor. Believers, as the recipients of his favor, joyfully celebrate from the mountain top because reconciliation has come. “Reconciliation” is our next word and a miraculous ...