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Resurrection comes in many forms

It is the Easter season when Christians remember and rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God, from the dead. We believe he was crucified willingly and became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The gulf between man (because of his disobedience and sin) and God had become so great and so complete that Jesus came to earth, dwelt among man and became the bridge that restored man’s access to God, as well as providing eternal life.The Bible warns us that to th...

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The unexpected — a great teacher

The unexpected things we receive in life are always the best.I am mindful that this statement can be made for all things good, but the unwanted unexpected things that are unwelcome do not fit into the ‘always best’ category.Recently I spoke at Encounter Community Church. Encounter is a new church plant in Ownesboro-Daviess County. Their intent is lead people to an encounter with Jesus Christ.On Saturday, the University of Kentucky played Wisconsin ...

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Special services mark Holy Week

We are in the midst of Holy Week and will soon celebrate Good Friday, a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.Christ agonized on the cross for six hours. During his last thee hours there, from noon to 3 p.m., darkness fell over the whole land. With a loud cry, Jesus gave up his spirit. There was an earthquake, tombs broke open and the curtain in the Temple was torn apart (rent in twain) from top to bottom....

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Pest management tips for veggie gardens

Now is a good time to start thinking about pest control for your home vegetable garden.You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.Examples of the IPM approach inc...

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After that day, there was no stopping Him

(Luke 9:51) Ever been resolved to get something done? Ever been so resolute that you were determined that nothing would deter you from the seeing the task through to completion? Have you ever noticed that so often the things that people are so unwavering to about really don’t make much difference in the forward movement of humanity? I am a teacher and have watched students so determined to get an A on a test that they spend endless hours in preparation. They forsake family and friends, ...

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Team TKO’s fight against juvenile diabetes

Longtime, regular readers of this column already know that I, along with son Christopher and 5-year-old grandson, Tyler Kane Ochs (TKO) are diabetics. I’m type 2, which means I get by with oral medication, paying close attention to what I eat and as much physical exercise as I can muster. Both Chris and TKO are insulin dependent, but Tyler gets the short end of that stick. Chris usually only has to do blood tests and injections twice a day.

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Unity without uniformity

Are we heading toward a global church, a pluralistic church, a uniform church with little diversity? Denominational exclusives are disappearing fast. What traits are found in our particular denomination that others don’t have? With fuzzy edges surrounding most denominations, they find themselves more and more homogeneously bundled. Without need for adjustment in belief and worship, church-goers are feeling a freedom of religious mobility — casually changing denominations due to pe...

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Happy to welcome spring

Spring is the time of year when everything seems new. It is a time of hope and of starting over. It is a season when things that were dead are revived again. Soil that was cold and frozen warms beneath the rays of sunny days.I love to watch the season unfold and the dreary dinginess of the mountains disappear beneath greenery and blossoms on the hills and valleys. Debris is swallowed up by new grass and wildflowers bursting forth.

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Winston Churchill 1st honorary US citizen

Early in the days of World War II, I remember distinctly the family huddled around the radio listening to the voice of Winston Churchill. He not only inspired the Brits, but encouraged Americans as well. He was truly a man for all seasons and a statesman never to be forgotten.

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4-H Camp is coming up soon

Fifty students, ages 9-13, from Harlan County will be attending 4-H Camp at J. M. Feltner 4-H Camp in London June 23- 26.Campers will have about 20 classes from which to choose during the four day event. Each camper will select four classes for each day. Some of these classes will be basketball, arts and crafts, nature, archery, no-sew fleece, volleyball, riflery, swimming, canoeing, ropes challenge, foods classes, sewing, tennis, line-dancing, games and recreation. Sally Dancing a...

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All about a turkey’s lifestyle

The day-to-day life of our native wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is pretty routine most of the year: Hang out with friends, feed during the day and roost in trees at night.The bird is a tremendous hiker, walking long distances in a day. It is wary, nervous, and constantly on the move. It is also a swift runner preferring to run from danger rather than fly. But fly it can for short distances with surprising speed for their bulk. They’ve been clocked at flying 55 mph, but wh...

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Not everyone enjoys April Fools pranks

Now that the first week of April is past us, I’m simply hoping that this wonderful weather is not an April Fools’ joke and this is not April Fools’ Week. Speaking of which, I’m wondering how many of you pulled April Fools pranks this year or remember the ones you pulled in your youth.I, for one, found out the hard way that setting dad’s alarm clock to go off at 2 a.m. on April 1 was not as funny as I intended it to be, nor was dying a carton of milk bl...

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Change is a challenge

Most people find changes to be challenging, even when the changes are good. We get comfortable in our old ways or circumstances, even when they are not what’s best for us, but we are afraid to step outside our comfort zone. Sometimes it just seems easier to keep doing what we’re doing, even if it is making us miserable.The fear of the unknown is what makes us resist change. We know how to fight the enemies we’ve already encountered in one way or the other, and can...

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Love of reading promotes a lifetime of learning

If you hadn’t noticed, there is a special day on the calendar set aside to celebrate a myriad of things and events. As a matter of fact, today, April 2, is International Children’s Book Day. It encourages reading, and promotes the love of books for children. The best way to develop our young children into intelligent human beings is by teaching them to read. Instilling a love of reading promotes a lifetime of learning and enjoyment.Many libraries celebrate today with st...

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Spring has arrived: Let’s get cleaning

Many of us thoroughly clean our homes at least once a year. This may include cleaning upholstery, shampooing carpets, polishing floors and washing woodwork, window sills and door frame tops. Spring is a common season to roll up our sleeves and get busy on these tasks.Becoming organized will make a top-to-bottom house cleaning easier and faster. Check cabinets and other storage locations to be sure you have all the necessary cleaners, polishes and other supplies. It’s also a g...

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The final word for living a full life

(Ecclesiastes 12:9-14) Remember the first time you walked your child to the front door of the school? They seemed so small, excited but scared. You gave them a hug and some final words of wisdom before they disappeared into the hall.Jump ahead twelve years or so to a different school and a different door. They were older but still seemed so small, excited, and a bit scared. You gave them a hug and again shared with them some final words of wisdom. This time you disappeared; driving...

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The death of Fred Phelps

There are few deaths in America that created more discussion of hatred than that of Fred Phelps. He was the pastor of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church that is known for their public protest which includes inflammatory statements like: “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates Fags,” “America is Doomed,” and “9-11 a gift from God” to name a few.These statements are the type that should be disturbing to anyone that reads them. The o...

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