Spring is the season of First Holy Communion. Parents, aunts, uncles, and even older brothers and sisters often look on with pride when their young relatives receive the sacrament for the first time. One of three Sacraments of Initiation within the Catholic church, the sacrament of First Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, is a momentous event in the life of a young Catholic.
I remember looking forward to Easter Sunday when I was a child.
Sunday begins what is often called "Holy Week."
God is not man. God is God. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.
"Love is blind, and marriage is an eye-opener." So goes the old saying. But what is love? To many, the word itself is exciting. Love is pure, positive emotion. Love is a force to be experienced. Love is uncontrollable, thrilling bliss!
Family planning is a controversial topic that brings out strong feelings and visions.
In an Old Testament story, David, the one who killed Goliath, had 600 men with him as he literally was running for his life from King Saul of Israel.
In the Bible, man is told to put God first and not focus on the physical things of this life. Yet often, we see people putting making money and belongings before God.
As I get older, I seem to learn more lessons from the little.
The Rev. Kathi Parchem is elated about her new position in the ministry.
Proverbs 3:5 instructs us to "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path."
Easter is right around the corner, and it's a time when more people think about Jesus Christ than any other time of the year.
"It's elementary, my dear Watson." Sherlock Holmes made this line famous as he always solved the crime, just in the nick of time.
Do you understand that Jesus loves you? Yes, you - you are important to God.
Sunday was a time of new beginnings for the Beach Hill Baptist Church in Midway.
The 40-day Lent season begins Ash Wednesday, which is this Wednesday, and leads up to Easter. During this period, Sundays are not counted because they commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As I looked out of my office window one day this week, I saw the rain coming down and my first response was, "Today is going to be a miserable day."
Last Saturday, I did some pretty significant yard work at my home. One of the "tools" that I used throughout the day was my wheelbarrow. I moved rocks and dirt and also transplanted some bushes and flowers to other places in the yard.
Death is a part of life. The writer of Hebrews recorded, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
There was a farmer who had a pig. He loved this pig and decided to give the pig a better life.
This time of year, we see temperatures fluctuating quite a bit.
Go into any bookstore and ask to be directed to the "self-help aisle," and you will find yourself surrounded by books entitled "(Fill-in-the-blank) for Dummies."
When it comes to man's salvation, God has the only plan that will work.
In Galatians 6:7 is found one of the key principles in Scripture - that of sowing and reaping.
When I wrote this, early in the week, the forecast was, once again, winter weather.
Every February, love becomes the topic for a few weeks. There is nothing wrong with that idea, though it should be the topic of discussion all the time.
Leave it to a mother's wisdom. Mine said the same thing that yours said: "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything."
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him." - 2 Thessalonians 2:1
During this past weekend, an estimated 111 million people watched the Super Bowl, a game to decide the National Football League championship.
A common statement made by many is, "It really does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere in your beliefs." Others tell us that "everyone is going to heaven, so it really does not matter what belief you have."