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When I was growing up my father insisted that we go to church. We never missed a Sunday. I grew up on a farm in Missouri, so our church was about 20 minutes away. We’d all bundle into the car and race to the service. I say race, because it seemed that we were always late.

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Forty years ago the U.S. Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so that Native Americans could practice their faith freely and that access to their sacred sites would be protected. This came after a 500-year-long history of conquest and coercive conversion to Christianity …

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I like getting up early, just before dawn, and heading to our front porch with a cup of hot morning coffee. My favorite place to sit is in an old white rocking chair overlooking the yard. From there, I can see across the tops of the flowers, past the lawn, and to the branches of the tall oak…

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When a family member or a friend passes away, we often find ourselves reflecting on the question “where are they now?” As mortal beings, it is a question of ultimate significance to each of us.

As I am writing this column today there are many countries with a number of people groups who are still going through a great deal oppression. It is great privilege here in the USA to have the right to say and do whatever we want. Freedom is something that all of us want or need. If a person…

A shepherd visited Little Fork Episcopal Church in Rixeyville one Sunday in May, but these days he dresses in the vestments (clothing) of an Anglican Priest.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Southern Baptist Convention leader Paige Patterson was asked to step down early Wednesday morning following a meeting of the board of trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he served as president. With a following of over 15 million, Southern Baptists are America’s larg…

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May is an exciting time in our house! First, it’s Mother’s Day, then my wife and I’s anniversary, then my wife’s birthday! It’s a month of celebration! May is also Cystic Fibrosis (CF) awareness month. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections a…

Have you noticed lately, there seems to be a lot of anger in our country? People just seem angry to me. It’s manifest in their public behavior and the way they treat one another. I find myself saddened and appalled by it in my travels almost every day.

Yesterday, the first Thursday of the month of May, was The National Day of Prayer, a time when Americans who are affiliated with any organized religion—or none—are urged to pray for our country by a Presidential Proclamation.

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Heard any good parables lately? You know, the stories Jesus used to tell about people and events so his followers would understand what he was trying to teach them.

As we are celebrating the crucifixion and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this Easter weekend, I would like for us to reflect on the love that God has for us and his redeeming heart. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our sins.

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It goes without saying that Islam, the faith I practice and that which is practiced by over 1.6 billion people, is the most highly misunderstood religion in the world today. The combination of irrational fear and ignorance has led to the rise of Islamophobia, especially in the West. The Musl…

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Last year I wrote a song. Of course, I didn’t write it really. God provided the words to me and I got to write them down. After I had written the lyrics, I realized there was a deep and important message within the story line and lyrics for America.

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During this lent season I have got to think about what love means to me. It’s not like we have all the answers but I will share a few thoughts that came to me regarding love, especially about what love should mean for those of us who call ourselves Christians.

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An estimated 3.3 million American Muslims are celebrating the month of Ramadan. It was during this month that Prophet Mohammad first received revelations from God.

As we continue in this Advent season, reflecting on the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I would like to draw our attention to Matthew 2:19-23 which says: “But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, ‘Rise, take the child and hi…

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Amissville Methodist Christmas program

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Live Nativity at Novum Baptist Church

For as long as I can remember, as a young boy, whenever an American came to visit Africa you could clearly see the deep conviction and belief in patriotism. There’s no doubt they would stand with boldness and confidence and say they were proud to be an American. This was something I admired …

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Women In Worship Ministries, Inc., a Christian-based women’s ministry, recently held its third “EXCEL” honors luncheon at the Fredericksburg EXPO Center. Ten women were recognized for excellence in their field of work or study, and 10 college and high school students were recognized for scho…

As we all know, the United States of America these days is becoming more the divided states of America. It is heartbreaking to see a country that is as powerful as America losing its influence so rapidly.

My wife and I have been married for 14 years and we have three children, two boys and one girl. My wife was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), but didn’t find out she had the disease until she was eight years old. From birth until age 8 she was constantly sick with ear infections and stomach ac…

It is encouraging to see how the community has come together in the wake of the hurricane disaster in Houston. We see and hear in the media how people all over the country have rallied together to bring relief to those who have been affected. What is more amazing is the fact that people have…

It was a quick email with a short question from a local reporter. “What are your feelings regarding the violence in Charlottesville?” she asked. But the question stopped me in my tracks. I could not simply fire back a flippant and trivial answer when I had not processed all of what was happe…

Psalm 37:7-9 ESV states: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut of…

One of the greatest prisons people live in is the fear of what others think. If you spend your life caring so much about what others think of you you will end up in that kind of prison for a very long time. The reality is we want people to like us. It is our human nature to want to belong, t…