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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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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship program

YELLOW SPRINGS — The 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will be be “A Penny for Your Thoughts.” During this program the results of the congregational survey taken earlier this year will be presented and discussed. Your feedback and thoughts are wanted and valued on topics such as programs, spirituality, music, religious education/exploration, social gatherings and the like.Changes will be implemented in respo...

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Inspirational Message

According to ancestry.com, the world’s largest online resource for family history, seventy-eight percent of Americans say they are interested in learning more about their family history. Ancestry.com has partnered with the TLC channel on a television show titled Who Do You Think You Are? .Who Do You Think You Are? takes a celebrity and helps discover more about his or her family roots through a look deep into one or more aspects of the celebrity’s family tree. It is fas...

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Don’t mind me - my horn sticks

The verse of the day is 1 Corinthians 4:5. “Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.I love living in a small town. It is encouraging and comforting knowing many of the people whom you see on a day-to-day basis. Soon after moving here from a big city I learned abo...

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Why do you tolerate evil?

“Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Habakkuk 1:13)The age old question of God is, “If You are good why do You allow evil in the world?” Habakkuk wanted an answer to this question also, and he got it.

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Thank God for nurses and doctors

In the Bible, the great healer of the soul is Jesus Christ. The word of God will bring healing and peace while walking through this evil world. The body is fading away with the evidence of the sin that it has in it. After we sinned against a holy God, He made a way for us to still get to heaven.We read in the Bible what is going to happen to the evil of the world. We have nothing else but God’s word. We look around us and see sickness and pain, but sin is the reason for it. M...

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Words from Woody: Honesty is the best policy

Several years ago, a Kentucky newspaper reported on a serious problem in Taylor County (in central Kentucky). Thieves stole street signs left and right, creating potential disasters for motorists.Stop signs, road markers, street names, railroad crossings, school zone signs – nothing was off limits to the thieves. Law enforcement officers tried everything without success.The crimes were punishable with fines and jail time, but the sign-grabbers were hard to catch. T...

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Unitarian Universalist program

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will host “Hope: A Spiritual Virtue,” 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to desire with anticipation.” The program will include exploring the concept of hope from differen...

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Devotional: Removing idols

“Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers.” (2 Chronicles 34:33)There was no stopping King Josiah once he heard the Word of God that was uncovered in the ruined Temple. His heart was moved to repentance and obedience for himself and his people.

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Church homecoming

XENIA — Oldtown United Methodist Church is having a homecoming Sunday, Sept. 21. Former members and their families are invited to come back and celebrate. For more information please contact Pastor Ken Martin at 740-506-2548. The church is located at 1639 US Route 68 North.

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Inspirational Message

As a young boy, he began drawing pictures. Every chance he got, he drew and he drew and he drew. School was not very interesting to him. But drawing – that was extremely interesting to this young man.His father had a sizable paper route most of the family was involved in and he expected his son to be dedicated to it. His son worked hard and had some success. However, whenever he had an opportunity, he always went back to drawing. It was the joy and love of his life....

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UU Fellowship of Yellow Springs program

YELLOW SPRINGS — The 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will be be “Becoming Self-Sufficient with DIY Micro Off-the-Grid Systems.” The speaker is David Barker, a longtime Yellow Springs resident, who practices and lectures on do-it-yourself (DIY) survival techniques and living off the grid. He attended Clark State and Wilmington College and worked as a contractor in New Orleans after Katrina. All are welcome....

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Church welcomes new pastor

XENIA — The congregation of North Side Christian Church in Xenia announces the arrival of their new lead preaching Minister Andrew Johnson.Pastor Johnson is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University with a masters degree in Christian leadership. For the last 10 years, he served as senior minister of the Union Church of Christ in Highland County, where he was involved as president of the Fi-County Ministerial Association and President of Butler Springs Christian Camp Board o...

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