Tomorrow (February 23) is Outdoorsman Sunday at Heritage Baptist Church in Jefferson. You can learn more about this event at HopeAtHeritage.com. We have over 60 amazing door prizes to give away, and everyone that attends receives a free shirt. Our speaker is Darren Barnett, and the following…

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The power of prayer will be thoroughly applied throughout the world on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. On that day, over a 24 hour period, people with Cumberland Presbyterian Churches world-wide, including those at Marshall and Jefferson, will begin a 24-hour marathon of praying and fasting in the U…

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We have all experienced it: we are going through a terrible time. We are suffering and afraid. We pray – and pray – and pray, but we see no answer. When my daughter died after 4 days in ICU and constant praying, I overheard her grandmother exclaim, “What about all our prayers?”

In partnership with Texas Baptists for the second year in a row, East Texas Baptist University hosted a Congreso Experience on Saturday, Feb. 8. The event, themed “Witness,” focused on Acts 1:8 and encouraged more than 100 local participants from area churches in their pursuit of God’s calli…

The Bible says in Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Many years ago, a group of travelers traveled west during the early spring. In this group was an elderly minister who had made this trip before.

It’s often said when talking about music that there’s nothing sweeter than family harmony. With a family of 12, ranging from 52 to 6 years of age, The McNeills are living up to that belief.

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Think about the person you love the most. Would you say it was your child? I know it can be a hard choice, especially when you have more than one child. We would never admit that we love one of our children more than another. We just say we love them in different ways. And that is true, for …

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Loving God is a great subject but loving Him extends beyond mere verbal assent. We need to realize that love expresses most clearly in our actions. Men, your wife or girlfriend like to hear about your love, but if you never show it, they will eventually stop believing. The love for God in a …

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It may be a bit risky to say church can be fun but it sure can be at Jefferson’s old Cumberland Presbyterian. Because that’s exactly what happens and much more when believers and even non-believers (yes, some of those too) get together Sunday morning and Wednesday evening to study the Bible.

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“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” [Ephesians 4:29]

Jesus takes it for granted that believers are going to pray. Matthew 6:5 says, “When thou prayest…” If you believe that prayer is not important, you have not read the Bible enough. We find prayer in the first book of the Bible, the last book of the Bible, and we find prayer today.

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“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” [1 Samuel 17:45]

Lying is not good, and rarely is not telling the truth justifiable in any situation. The Bible speaks strongly about lying. Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.” Proverbs 21:6 says, “The getting of treasures by a lying tongue…

PHILADELPHIA — In the eight years since he became a pastor at First Immanuel Baptist Church, Todd Johnson says he’s seen his congregation’s politics make a subtle shift.

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If anyone was hoping for a calmer more peaceful decade, then surely by now they are disappointed. With just a few days into 2020, the major news story already is a drone strike and death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Instantly political sides were drawn as Trump supporters praised the …

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The new year is an opportunity for a new start. I once heard about a leader that regularly took a block of time in December to engage in planning and goal setting for the next year for his organization. The way our annual calendar is set up, it provides a vision for that. It is the end of th…

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Actor Spencer Tracy said, “Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is.” Having a water leak in your plumbing system is not fun, especially if it cannot be located easily. Water follows the path of least resistance and where you see water surface is often not where th…

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One of the oldest churches in Texas, Cumberland Presbyterian of Jefferson, established in 1852, has a brand new pastor. She is Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick, formerly Associate Pastor of Marshall’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She officially began her tenure as pastor of the Jefferson church, Jan. 1.

The new year has arrived, and with it comes a clean slate with infinite possibilities. Some people will resolve to start diet and exercise, and the gym will be filled with people working off the holiday pounds.

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Christmas is over for another year. The year 2019 has flown by, and a new year is about to begin. Before embarking on this fresh start do not forget there are still a few important days left before the year concludes. One key to starting the new year well is finishing the old year right.

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Hurting people are everywhere this Christmas. Tragedy, divorce, separation and death are found any direction we look. Two weeks ago some dear friends lost their 16-year-old daughter suddenly and tragically. How can we celebrate the joy of the season when all we feel is hurt? How can we enjoy…

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The parishioners of New Hope Baptist Church in Gary put on a live nativity last Saturday and Sunday at their church. The live walk-through nativity took visitors through the story of Christmas, Pastor Steve Jackson said. 

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We are all familiar with the story of the virgin Mary. The Bible account of her life and Jesus’ birth is read by millions every December, and the name Mary is given to countless people. Mary receives a special visitor, the angel Gabriel sent from God to ask her to make a very difficult decis…

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I was talking to a friend about the way our emotions heighten at Christmas. We were discussing how much more we miss departed loved ones at Christmas. I suppose that is because Christmas is such a family centered time. Most of us have an empty chair or two at the Christmas dinner table. It i…

Author E. B. White said, “To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.” There is a lot of truth to that. We should fill the weeks leading up to Christmas Day with peace and happiness, but too often we experience a holiday of worry. People stress about w…