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Religion

  • Religion briefs

    Spring concert and pancake dinner set
    Calabash Presbyterian Church will host the SBIC spring concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Local church choirs and groups, along with other area talent, will perform. A love offering will be taken and attendees are requested to bring non-perishable food items for the food pantry.

  • Sweet mystery of life resonates in the spirit

    If you are my age, and I suspect many are, you are familiar with the poignant song, “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.”
    I remember the first time I heard it. A blind man was bent over the piano pouring his heart into the keys, it seemed. Surely, he felt the mystery of being sightless in a sighted society. It was obvious that he knew well the longing, seeking, striving, waiting, yearning. He understood the burning hopes, the joy and idle tears that fall.

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    Revival features musical guests
    Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2000 Zion Hill Road in Bolivia, will host a revival, “Hold on tight to your faith,” March 12-16 featuring various musical guests each night. Services will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Rev. James Smith of Mount Calvary No. 2 in Brooksville, S.C., will be the guest minister of the week.

  • Our life is made whole when we let justice prevail

    I am always honored, delighted, and humbled when asked to speak at the World Day of Prayer. This time, the delight was more than doubled because the theme is one of my life’s passions. It is a legacy already in use within my own family, especially by my daughters who can spot injustice immediately and then attempt to fight to let justice prevail.

  • Confession is a process of renewal through the practice of honesty

    This review began as a personal sense of honor since I was asked by the publisher to do it. That gave way, I must confess, to a growing interest in the topic and the manner in which it was presented.

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    Sermon will cite ‘The Apprentice Matthew’
    “The Apprentice Matthew” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Based on scripture from Matthew 9:9-13, this is the first in a sermon series titled “The Apprentice,” based on the TV series, a look at some of the followers of Jesus.

  • Lessons from movie night: Walking the ‘Green Mile’ to glory

    On a cold, winter evening, Hubby Dear and I decided to treat ourselves to a movie. Friends had bequeathed their old DVD player to us and a neighbor had given us a DVD that she had designated a classic.

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    Black History to be celebrated Feb. 18
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237 Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will host a Black History celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, featuring keynote speaker Nicole Williams. The theme will be “Lift Every Voice.” Local music groups will also be performing.
    There will be a special missionary service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, with guests the Rev. Angela Collins and Price Cathedral AME Zion Church in Wilmington. For more information, call 763-2282.

  • Have you a clue that God winks at you every day?

    Coincidence? Providence? Is there a difference? In my view, providence is the road taken. It is also the road not taken. Everything in life is providential, if our perspective is divine and if we give ourselves time to look, see, hear and receive God’s voice.
    A friend thought I’d enjoy reading a book she recently acquired. Its title is intriguing: “When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence,” written by Squire Rushnell. She told me the book shouted out at her because her life is one big God wink.

  • Carpe diem: The live poets’ society, Poetry Revisited

    Having read the announcement in the Beacon and knowing the facilitator of the group made me curious and eager to attend. Its name, Poetry Revisited, is a bit of an affirmation of poetry, as well as another look at the individual writing presented by the participants.
    However, my intrigue leads me to offer another description. In my mind’s eye, I see a gathering of folks who have embraced the concept of carpe diem. They are seizing the day as live poets willing to put their life experiences into poetic words.