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Face to face with God: What’s written on yours
You are sitting in a family area waiting for the doctor to come in with news. Every time the door opens you look up with a mixture of worry, dread, and hope. You are utterly helpless to do anything...
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St. Titus Baptist Church, Hwy. 480 in Campti, will install its new pastor elect, Rev. Eutis Young Saturday, July 19 at 6 p.m. Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 178 Mt. Olive Rd., will hold a musician appre...
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St. Titus Baptist Church, Hwy. 480 in Campti, will install its new pastor elect, Rev. Eutis Young Saturday, July 19 at 6 p.m. First Baptist Church on North Street will hold a Women’s Conference Fri...
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Rockford Baptist Church rescheduled its business meeting for Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. United MBC, located in Natchez, will host a Love Night Explosion for Arthur “Pig” Manning Saturday, July 12 a...
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Have you observed someone with a far off gaze and said to them, “a penny for your thoughts?” It will snap the person out of their mental reverie and bring them back to the moment. Maybe you have seen someone on the street and described them as “not having two pennies to rub together.” A bad penny was a person who was a trouble maker and should be avoided. If memory serves, males were primarily bad pennies. Sage wisdom was and still is, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Should I comment on penny ante poker? I did participate in the poker run on the Cane, so I will leave poker alone for this article. There is a penny idiom I had not heard until I started the in depth research for this article. I am going to adopt the saying, “I felt like a penny waiting for change.” It is descriptive of so many of the things that happen in life. We don’t think too much about pennies. They are valueless. When I’m given change, I place the pennies in that little tray by the cash register. There is not much you can do with a penny. I’m not sure that a gumball can be had for a penny. Yet, it costs $1.83 to produce one penny. This is an insane example of our tax dollars at work. I’ll let you mull that one without my comment. Methodist preachers live in homes provided by the church. In Methodist language they are called parsonages. You can ask your pastor about your denomination’s name for the preacher’s house. Anyway there is construction happening at our parsonage. Because of the work, a window was removed from its casing. The house was built in 1969; the window has been in place since then. In the window casing we found a penny. For you coin collectors, it was a 1969-S. I got excited when I saw the value of a 1969-S doubled die, but this was not one of those. A doubled die 1969-S penny sold recently for 126,000 dollars. This penny was a regular penny. It now has a value to collectors of about one dollar. That penny has bugged me for two days. It never fulfilled its purpose as a penny. It was in someone’s pocket and was dropped and nailed into a window sill. For forty five years the penny has done nothing. The penny has certainly missed some things! That penny has reminded me to avoid regret. I want to be useful to and for God. I want to do those things that a Christian ought to be doing daily. I don’t want to be shelved, cast aside, lost, or even forgotten. In the big scheme of things I am one insignificant Christian, but there are great things I can do for God through Jesus Christ. That is all that will remain of my time on this earth. How about that? Maybe you look at the crazy world and wonder what kind of difference you can make. Maybe you have thought about your own faith, “it doesn’t matter.” What we think of as insignificant, in God’s hands can become something great. In God’s kingdom every penny matters. Jesus was sitting outside the temple on day watching people give their offerings. (He still is, in case you are wondering.) The big givers were coming by putting money in the bowl. Their money was coinage and the different metals made a different sound as they fell in that bowl. So one could tell what was being given by the sound it made dropping into the bowl. You can test this theory on Sunday, even our coins make different sounds when dropped into the plate. Of course a few years ago, folks caught on to the audible offering tracking method and began lining the offering plates with felt. The felt cuts down on the distraction of coins going into the offering plate. Another place I will let you mull without my commenting. That day all the big givers, making all that noise with their coins then a widow walked up to the offering bowl. That widow was about to do something that Jesus noticed. This widow gave one penny. The penny was called a mite. It was all she had. Sit with that one for a minute. It was all she had and she gave it to God. The mite was so small it made no sound in the bowl. In terms of temple giving, it was insignificant. It was only a big deal to her and to Jesus. Her story of sacrifice and generosity has been told for two millennia. The widow’s penny has become famous, because of its association with Jesus. Maybe in the economy of God we are all pennies. Our significance is found when we give ourselves to God’s purposes. The 1969-S penny is now in my desk drawer so I can look it every morning. I want to be reminded to give my all to Christ each day. If I give my all to and for Jesus, then there will be no regret at the end of the day. What kind of reminder do you need? A penny for your thoughts!
Have you observed someone with a far off gaze and said to them, “a penny for your thoughts?” It will snap the person out of their mental reverie and bring them back to the moment. Maybe you have se...
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Goodwill Baptist Church, 1312 Holmes St., will hold a Revival July 9-11 at 7 p.m. nightly with Carey Smith and the Greenville Baptist Church of Clarence. Rockford Baptist Church rescheduled its qua...
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Lighthouse MBC in Campti will hold a Pew Rally Program Sunday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m. with Evangelist Caltreen Payton of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. New Birth MBC in Natchez will hold a Homecoming...
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Jesus time is now time: Give your life to Christ
When the electricity goes off don’t you get aggravated at all the blinking that happens in your home? Every appliance in the kitchen has a clock. The oven, the stovetop, the microwave, and the coff...
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Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church in Campti will hold a Pew Rally Program Sunday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m. with Evangelist Caltreen Payton of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. New Birth Missionary Bapt...
Jul 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Morning Star Baptist Church in Shreveport will take a collection for the C. Wright Pink Ribbon Project, a non-profit that provides transportation and monetary support for breast cancer patients. Wo...
Jun 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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