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How do you see yourself

Most of us remember “The Fonz” of the popular sitcom Happy Days. Whenever he would go by a mirror, he would pull out his comb and then put it away since his hair was perfect as usual.In the Bible there is an account of a man named Gideon who had a problem with how he saw himself. He was in hiding as he prepared the wheat he had harvested because he lived in fear of the Midianites.The Bible says in Judges 6:12 that the Lord appeared to him at that moment and r...

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Community worship event

XENIA — A community worship gathering will be held 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at Shawnee Park. Faith Community and United AME churches will host this event. There will be lots of music and Dr. Fitchue, President of Payne Theological Seminary, will bring a special message.Golf carts and other means will be available to provide help with any special transportation needs as needed. Following the meeting a light lunch will be provided free. For more information call 937-372-7601...

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship spiritual program

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will be hosting the program “Reframing Our Religious Language,” 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. It will be presented by the Rev. Ann C. Fox, visiting from Massachusetts. She dedicates this sermon to the fourth UU principle: a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. How can we be faithful to our heretical religious ideas and yet have a “language of reverence” with which we can express ou...

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SonShine Club potluck and hog roast

ENON — The Greenon SonShine Club sponsoring churches invite the entire community to an evening of food, fellowship and fun from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 at the 6th Annual Back-to-School Community Potluck & Hog Roast in St. Andrew Lutheran’s Pavilion at 7128 Stine Road.“Spittin’ Image” identical twins, Brian and Blain Swabb – professional entertainers since 1972 – will provide outstanding musical routines (40’s through 70’s pop,...

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In the days with my grandma

I sit and think a lot about the days that I spent at Grandma’s house. We were poor, but we had the blessings of God, and therefore we made it day by day.Grandma was a Godly lady. I was with her a lot and she was always talking to the Father in heaven. She was mistreated a lot by people, but she never changed her love for them. She just prayed a lot.I think I’m beginning to see a lot of my Grandma in myself. Back then times were hard and when winter time came,...

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The word became flesh

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)The “Word” (Greek “logos”) means “the Divine Expression” in this context and refers to Christ Jesus. The Word became the Son, taking on flesh, begotten of the Father, and born on earth. He came to dwell with humankind. He came to live in the arena of sin without th...

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship program

YELLOW SPRINGS — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will be “Gather Together” 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at the church. The annual water ceremony is featured in this end-of-summer in-gathering. Join together again with friends old and new. Bring water (actual or symbolic) from your summer travels, your home, the swimming pool or anyplace special to you. Pour some of it into a communal container and share what you learned or experienced during the summer....

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9/11 memorial prayer

BEAVERCREEK — There will be a 9/11 Memorial Prayer gathering open to the citizens of Greene County to commemorate those who tragically lost their lives in the devastating terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2001.Local pastors and public officials will be present to pay tribute to those who were lost. The prayer will be held 6-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at 9/11 Memorial Park, 1153 N. Fairfield Road (at the US 35 exit intersection).

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God is who God is

Just to forewarn everyone who is reading this to find out my answer to who God, the name many people have chosen to give the Divine Creator of all that is; and the one who is called by many names, I simply cannot do that as a human being. God is mystery, and as mystery cannot be completely understood by us.What I can tell you is that Sacred Scripture says that when Moses asked God (during the encounter with the burning bush that was not consumed), “Suppose I go to the Israeli...

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The Ps for government

One thing summer reminds me of is getting together with friends. Little Johnny was left to fix lunch. When his mother returned with a friend, she noticed that Johnny had already strained the tea. The two women then sipped their tea happily while having lunch.“Was it hard finding the tea strainer in the kitchen?” Johnny’s mother asked. “I couldn’t find it Ma, so I used the fly swatter,” he replied. His mother nearly fainted, so Johnny hastily adde...

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Heart to heart, let’s talk!

I write a lot of letters; God sends them to my heart. I want to transfer them to your heart. The heart is a beautiful creation of God, pumping the liquid of life through this vessel that carries the Holy Spirit.I wonder at my age how many heart beats could be counted. Seventy-six years, one beat after another, sometimes slow and sometimes they’re really beating fast. One thing that we are told is not to overwork the heart because it could be trouble for you if we love life an...

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Inspirational Message

Have you ever made a decision that you later regretted? Maybe it was how you treated a friend or family member. Or could it have been some kind of a purchase? Or, better yet, maybe it was something you did not do that you know you should have done.All of us have said or done something (or didn’t do something) that later we said to ourselves: “I wish I had not done that!”More often times than not, we do things we regret not because we originally believed...

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Through the eyes of God …

A young friend of our son’s came to see us one afternoon, shortly before she left for college. We visited for a time, and I walked her to her car when she left.As we stood at the curb talking together, I noticed a young man approaching us from the corner. I noticed also that he was very busy noticing Meg, who is a strikingly beautiful young woman.This young man was undeniably insolent in his regard, and I was pretty certain that Meg had seen his approach. I studied...

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In the beginning

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1)In reading a Chronological Bible we find most beginning with this verse from John’s Gospel. “In the beginning…” We have heard this before. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, begins with “In the beginning…”

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship program

YELLOW SPRINGS — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will host the service “Foundations: What are the roots of our UU Fellowship?” 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. As the old calypso song goes, “a house built on a weak foundation … will not stand oh, no.” Or, if you’d rather, from Matthew 7:26, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”Bu...

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Inspirational Message

Labor Day is a day in our country for many to take off work, spend time with family, and barbeque in the backyard with friends. Do you know the history of Labor Day? According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, it “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” In the late 1800’s it was set aside as a federal holiday on the first Monday of September to celebrate the workers of this country.

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Holy Trinity features guest speaker

XENIA — JoAnn Harris will speak during the 11 a.m. worship service at Holy Trinity AME Church Sunday, Aug. 31.Harris serves as the Missionary Society president of the Third Episcopal District which includes Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Insights will be shared on the topic: “Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Can Never Hurt, or Can They?”

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