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Students participating in private lessons through the Worship Arts program at First Baptist Church in Carthage held their Spring Recital on Sunday, May 1. Participating piano students of Mrs. Marilyn Beck were Adalynn Garcia, Audrey Seaborn, Ava McRight, Eve Capps and Alyssa Stephens. Partic…

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed, To proclaim the acceptable year of the…

Mary responded to the angel, in Luke 1:34-38, “How will this be?” The angel answered in v. 35, “The Holy Spirit (called the Holy Conception) will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Elizabeth, Mary’s rel…

The appearances of the risen Christ were not confined to Jerusalem and Galilee, as revealed in Acts 9:1 20. On the road to Damascus, Christ appeared to Saul of Tarsus and left him blind for three days. Ananias, a disciple, was commanded through a vision to lay hands on Saul, “an instrument w…

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We have some beautiful weather going on around here (except for rainy days and Mondays, that is). Gardens are coming alive, strawberries have been picked by the gallon and thumbs are turning green. So, what are you planning on doing with all that good produce? Here’s a suggestion that should…

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Carthage High School National Honor Society and Key Club students partnered together to help CASA Kids. Both organizations had a team of students that took on this endeavor. The Team Leader for this small group service project was Senior Faith Kruebbe. Together, members purchased 81 backpack…

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17).

The Old Center Cemetery Association will host the annual May Working on Saturday, May 7 at the original cemetery location on FM 699 across from Old Center Baptist Church. The business meeting will convene at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of Old Center Baptist Church, with the May Working beginnin…

Fear had scattered the disciples. They all forsook him and fled. Later, when they gathered again, it was a relatively secret meeting behind closed doors. The Sunday following Easter records an appearance of the risen Christ behind closed doors, as indicated in John 20:29-31. His greeting was…

The women went to Jesus’ tomb and found the tomb empty in John 20:1-18. This news sent Peter and disciples running to the tomb. The lesson from John tells of the weeping Mary meeting the risen Christ in the garden. She went and told the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” The empty tomb made th…

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

God’s plan of salvation was passionately moving toward a culmination, as revealed in Luke 22:14-23:56. Jesus said, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (22:15). In another part of town, the ecclesiastical elite met behind closed doors and “plotted to arrest …

Mary of Bethany showed her love for Christ, in John 12:1-8, by anointing him with about a pint of costly perfume. She poured it over Jesus” feet and then dried his feet with her hair. Judas complained that the oil could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus replied, “Leave he…

Believing that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead is essential for Christians. Merely recognizing that He died for our sins is not enough; we must accept His resurrection to receive eternal life. Christ paid our debt, but His sacrifice on the cross means nothing unless He possesses pow…

Many people consider Moses a biblical “pillar” of Old Testament days — a man without equal in godliness (Hebrews 11:24-25). And certainly, he encountered the presence of the Almighty most unusually and was called to do mighty things with the Lord’s help. But, like us, he was a normal, sinful…

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Texas Comedies will return to Carthage with “Boomtown” this Saturday, April 2 at the Esquire Theater in Carthage. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a historical presentation by Historian Bill O’Neal at 6:30 p.m. and the musical comedy beginning at 7 p.m.

Jesus was being criticized by Pharisees, in Luke 15:1--31 for eating with sinners. So, Jesus told the stories of the triple tragedy as parables. The three tragedies of our text have to do with the attitude of the religious folks toward God’s wonderful work of grace. Reconciliation begins wit…

Beta Sigma Phi held its March 21 meeting at the Sammy Brown Library at 6 p.m. Hostesses for the evening were Wynell Steptoe and Frances Moore. Spring was in full bloom with Easter egg tablecloths of pastel colors, Easter garlands and decorative bunnies and eggs. Members were served a variety…

Genuine repentance is the gateway to new life in Christ. Seeking the Lord as revealed in Isaiah 55:1-9. There is only one way to find the happiness, security, and meaning in life that every person desires. You find it in relationship with God. The people of Old Testament Israel needed to be …