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Wike to serve as First Baptist’s senior pastor

First Baptist Church, the Baptist presence in downtown Laurinburg for 135 years, has called its interim pastor since last November to become the church’s 31st senior pastor, beginning May 1.Dr. Wayne D. Wike has all his Baptist credentials in order with only one slight deviation. He earned his doctorate in ministry from Union (Presbyterian) Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. But in this town, a little sojourn among Presbyterians will only serve to endear him to the populac...

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Celebrate triumphant return of Jesus Christ

On this coming Sunday, known as Palm Sunday, we will celebrate the “triumphant entry” of Jesus Christ as he enters into Jerusalem and prepares to go to the cross (St. Mark 11:1-11). The crowds shouted Hosanna and spread branches along the way.You sometimes hear it said that the same people who cried “Hosanna” on Palm Sunday ended up crying “crucify him” on Good Friday, but this is not true. The crowd that wanted him crucified came predominantly f...

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Church pays homage to tradition forged by Americans during WWII

No doubt about it, those Scottish folks who migrated up the Cape Fear and settled in the Scotland County area brought more than their traditions, work ethics and appetites to this part of the New World.They brought also their church. Just take a count of the Presbyterian congregations, at least one dating to the late 1700s, in the area that are still calling members to worship on Sunday mornings.As the final event during St. Andrews’ 25th Scottish Heritage Weekend ...

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Forgiveness has a healing power

In St. Matthew 18:21, “Peter came to Jesus and said, Lord how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus answered, I say not until seven times: but seven times seven.”There are people walking around with “unforgiveness” in their heart because of something that was said or done to cause them injury. They have purposed in their heart that they will not forgive the person, or people, for what they have done to them. It cou...

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Is an all-inclusive church just another foolish idea?

It’s rumored that a new congregation of worshipers is now organizing in the Laurinburg area. Its core committee, a group calling themselves Nutt-Heads, is considering a name for a group of people who are followers of Jesus but do not want to fly a denominational flag.One name under consideration is Wayside Chapel and the group already has a plan to promote themselves with a promo line: “Worship at Wayside with the Nutt-Heads.”

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God can heal a mourning heart

Probably the worst type of hurt of all is when we lose a loved one to death. The loss of a loved one can cause us to hurt very deeply.It’s a hurt that we can’t describe sometimes — to have to say goodbye to someone that we love who has been a part of our lives, all of our lives, is a hurtful thing to do. When tragedy strikes abruptly and takes a loved one it can leave us devastated. It’s the kind of hurt that you don’t get over overnight and it can be ...

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Popular Episcopalian minister to speak at Laurinburg church

Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina will preach at Laurinburg’s St. David’s Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 30.Since he or Suffragan Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple make regular visits to all the 115 churches in the diocese, many Episcopalians already know Bishop Curry. But other Christians or folks looking for a church home might find a bit of background to their liking.He is a dynamic and engaging preacher. You won’t...

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