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As a politically divided nation prepares to inaugurate a new president in the wake of a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a group of Christian leaders is hoping to ease tensions through prayer during three days of ecumenical, nonpartisan programming.

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Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest.

The Creator has a specific plan for each person’s life, and He’s arranged our talents, abilities and circumstances to fit with these individualized goals (Eph. 2:10). When we connect with our God-given purpose, we feel deep satisfaction and great joy. However, it’s important to understand th…

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Ginger Cook, chair of the scholarship committee for the Carthage Music Club, presents Austin Adkison with the Carthage Music Club Spring 2021 Scholarship.

Jonah, are you listening? God had to get Jonah’s attention. In Jonah 3:1-5,10, Nineveh was a large pagan city that symbolized enmity with God. Jonah, a narrow-minded, nationalistic prophet, wanted nothing to do with such foreigners. Nevertheless, he obeyed the second call and preached among …

Salvation occurs when we trust Jesus as our Savior. He forgives us, transforms us, and sees us as righteous. At that moment, we are redeemed, and though we will continue to struggle with sin, it is a defeated foe. Then as time goes on, our service, gifts and love for God should naturally bec…

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Ah, January! The holidays are behind us, spring is still in the distance, and here we are, shivering. But on those freezing, sleety, rainy days, everything seems better with a bowl of hot soup and a pan of crusty cornbread.

Having realistic goals and expectations, especially with the limitations brought on by the pandemic, and being emotionally ready to change, are essential to keeping New Year’s resolutions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

When Paul, in Acts 10:1-7, came to Ephesus he found some disciples who had been baptized and asked, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” (v2) The text distinguishes between the baptism of John the Baptist, a purification rite associated with repentance, and Paul’s bap…

The story of Daniel illustrates the key elements of obedience (Daniel 1:1-8). We see the wise young man doing what the Lord commanded, both in the right manner and with the right timing.

The holiday season is a time to show appreciation to our loved ones, both people and pets. Handmade toys and treats are a wonderful way to do so -- they allow owners to avoid busy stores during the pandemic, ensure their gift is pet-safe, and add a personalized touch.

“Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking “Where is the child who has been born King of the Jews’” as revealed in Matthew 2:1-12. Herod was troubled and wanted the child dead. The Jews were indifferent. Magi (men wise about sacred things) came from afar to worship the child Matthew a…

The apostle Paul knew the value of good friends: Silas partnered with him in establishing new churches; Barnabas encouraged him in his ministry, and Timothy became like a son to him. Paul also knew the heartache of co-laborers turning away from him when times were tough (2 Tim. 1:15). We may…

TOPS 1677 Carthage had a Christmas brunch at Masters Blend. A small gathering — but this is, of course, 2020. They had joy and laughter andweight loss. Ella Sherley (left end of the table) became a KOPS, which means she reached her goal and kept it off. TOPS (Take Off Pound Sensibly) meets W…

Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple to be consecrated to God, where they met Simon and Anna in the temple. Simeon and Anna recognized Jesus as the Messiah. So in Simeon’s song “Nunc Dimittis,” Simeon said I can die in peace because I have seen Jesus the Messiah, as revealed in Luke 2:22-40.

Hochheim Prairie Branch 107 recently presented a $500 check to the First United Methodist Church’s Angel Tree project. These funds will help in giving gifts to children at Christmas. Tiffany Brown and Bill O’Neal presented the funds to Carrie Perry Kinney and Shannon Jacks. Hochheim Prairie …

First Baptist Church in Carthage hosted a Christmas drive-thru nativity on Sunday, a shortened version because of rain. Motorists pulled up near the sanctuary's portico to view the manger scene.

The Carthage Book Forum met Nov. 23 at the Sammy Brown Library. After a welcome from president Sherry Mahaffey, the group was served soup, salad and brownies by hostesses Vicky Lacy, Barbara Cordell and Mary Moss.

Six college students received a scholarship on Sunday, Dec. 6, each in the amount of $250. Scholarships are awarded each spring and fall semester to college students who participate in the First Baptist Psalm 150 Orchestra. Receiving scholarships were Robby Cox, Abigail Garcia, Anna Bardwell…

Paul, in Romans 16:25-27, concludes his letter to the Romans with a doxology. It begins, “Now to God who is able to strengthen you... (v. 25). Mysteries, unknown for ages, were revealed in Christ. The final praise is “to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!”…