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Inspirational Message

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the faith of those who claim to follow Him. What did Jesus claim about Himself prior to this important event? Let’s take a brief walk through the Gospels that give us an indication.

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Religion briefs

Bishops celebrate Mass along Mexico borderNOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A delegation of Roman Catholic leaders has celebrated Mass on Arizona’s border with Mexico to mourn those who have died trying to enter the U.S. and to pray for immigration reform.Several hundred people attended the ceremony Tuesday and a few dozen people peered through the border fence from Mexico to watch the Mass. Catholic clergymen offered Holy Communion thro...

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Easter services planned

BEAVERCREEK — Hawker United Church of Christ is hosting special Easter services. Services begin 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17 for the Maundy Thursday Service. Then Good Friday Service is 7 p.m. Friday, April 18.Easter morning services will begin at 7:30 a.m. April 20 for Sunrise Service outdoors in the picnic shelter. Immediately following the sunrise service join us for a time of fellowship and breakfast in the fellowship hall. Then celebrate for Easter service will begin in the...

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Vendors sought for farmers market

BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath Presbyterian Church is looking for vendors who are interested in participating in the 2014 Farmers Market from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at the church located at 4624 Bath Road. Market begins June 19 and runs through Sept. 25.The market is looking for a wide variety of vendors who grow or make: fruits, vegetables, bedding plants, flowers (cut/potted), honey, jams/jellies, home baked goods, handmade soaps/lotions, handmade craft items/jewelry, herbs, pumpkins, go...

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St. Christopher’s spaghetti dinner

FAIRBORN — St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the church, 1501 North Broad St. The event is open to the public.In addition to meatless spaghetti or spaghetti with meat sauce, there will be a salad bar, bread, beverages and a selection of desserts. The cost for adults is $6, $4 for children 4-12, and 3 and under are free. There will also be a book sale. For more information, contact Judy Brainard at jvbrain...

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Easter fellowship

YELLOW SPRINGS — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will host an Easter Sunday program 10 a.m. April 20 at the church located on US Route 68 between Xenia and Yellow Springs.The service will be “There Will Always Be an Easter,” presented by Roger Husbands. A light lunch of soup, salad, and bread follows the program. All are welcome to attend. Religious education classes are available for youth in preschool to sixth grade, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Cedarville church welcomes all

CEDARVILLE — The Cedarville Church of God is opening its church to the community for prayer on April 19. The doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and that schedule will continue on the third Saturday of every month. Visitors can meditate and pray privately or with a church representative. Hymn books will be available and religious music will be played softly. The church is located at 114 W. Elm Street.

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Zion Baptist celebrates 175 years

XENIA — Zion Baptist Church is turning 175-years-old and members are ready to celebrate.A banquet will take place at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Central State University Ward Ballroom. Senior Saints, ages 75-95, who had big roles in sustaining the church will be honored. The guest speaker is Bishop Donald J. Washington of Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Columbus.Hayden Jackson and the Gospel Explosion will provide the music. Jackson is a 17-year-old self-taught mus...

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Verses from Momma: Soar

The verse of the day is Isaiah 40:31. Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings of eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.I dragged myself out of bed a few months ago burdened by many questions and concerns. I had tossed and turned all night as my mind chur...

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The Lord rises upon you

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1)This is a beautiful verse carrying the message of salvation in the midst of trouble. It is a bright spot in the dark history of Israel when their final exile would turn into the brilliant light of deliverance. “Your light has come” is the promise of God. His glory will be seen and shed upon His people. Those who have been in darkness will arise, come awake from a ...

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In the garden of prayer

In the Bible Jesus went to pray and it was always in a beautiful garden. I go to a beautiful garden to pray also, so peaceful there among the birds and flowers.Now in my older years, my knees hurt a lot, so I sit in a chair under a cedar tree. When I go there to pray, it is so peaceful and most of the time there is a couple of doves sitting above me singing. Flowers all around me, and I watch the humming birds sitting in mid-air going from flower to flower. There is a little pond w...

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Inspirational Message

Over the last several weeks, we have been looking at the topic of stewardship. The concept of stewardship is rooted in God’s ownership. Without acknowledging an owner, there is no stewardship.Slavery in any form and in any time of history is an affront to the fundamental concept of freedom of man. However, God chose to use the metaphor of slavery in the Bible to challenge us to understand what it means to follow him with our whole hearts and with our entire lives. A steward i...

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Spiritual community events

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will present “We Seek the Truth in Love: Stories of spiritual exploration and discovery” 10 a.m. Sunday, April 13. A panel of fellowship members will share their spiritualllife journeys to this point.These presentations may include their current beliefs concerning spirituality, service, and happiness. Afterward, audience members will have the opportunity to question the presenters or share th...

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Your word goes out

“…So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)This is a reassuring message about the Lord’s power to accomplish His purpose. There is no one else who can be trusted with the security of the universe. It is an awesome thing to think of the fact that all God has to do is speak, or I would say, think a thing, and it will happen. That is b...

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Blindsided

The verse of the day is Deuteronomy 33:26-27. There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides on the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms;It happened again! For the second time this winter a deer came bounding out from the side of the road and blindsided one of our cars. Now we have two cars with huge dents and mangled hoods. You need to be so careful driving the back roads at this...

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In a twinkling of an eye

Believe it or not, it’s true the Bible says that Jesus will come back. Have you ever seen the movie or heard the phrase “don’t be left behind?” The time is coming closer and closer when God will say enough is enough. I am not just blowing smoke when I write what I wrote.The Bible tells us the beginning and tells us that the end is near. Jesus came to earth to save us from the wrath of God, the God that burned up Sodom and Gomorrah. If you don’t believe...

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Gospel sing returns to Glory Ministries

XENIA — Pastor Rev. Dr. Gloria Wade-Dillon of Glory Ministries invite the community to come out and enjoy gospel singing by several male church choruses for the Second Annual Glory Ministries Male Chorus Songfest 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13. The coordinator of the event is Deacon Eddie Scott. A reception will follow the songfest. Glory Ministries is located at 880 Hoop Road.

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