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Should funerals focus on the living?

Are Christian funerals for comforting the living or burying the dead?Death and dying are a part of life our culture has pushed under the table, hoping to postpone a direct encounter as long as possible. But, like it or not, none of us escapes.Following is a review of a book I read recently. You may not appreciate the ideas espoused by the two authors, or you may find new enlightenment on what some say is a doom-and-gloom subject not fit for discourse in polite society, o...

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God has the last say

“It’s not over till God says it’s over.”This suggests that there may be a false sense of defeat among the community and the body of Christ that should not be — that for some reason somebody in their emotional and spiritual conflict may feel that because of some failure, some slip up or because of some slackness on your part that for you the end has come; but it hasn’t! Mistakes, that we all make, were never meant to cripple us. Being down doesn&#...

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Never too old for God’s lessons

This country’s 130,000 public and private schools are now firing on all cylinders, spending $600 billion on the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic; employing some 4 million teachers, and educating more than 60 million children. Of course many who have completed their secondary education will now proceed to college, technical school, or university.My counsel is to go back to school every autumn as long as the administration will allow it — not to avoid the emp...

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Faith calendar for Sept. 5

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be delivered to the Laurinburg Exchange office, emailed to Abbi Overfelt, at aoverfelt@civitasmedia.com, or faxed to 910-249-2500 by Wednesday at noon for inclusion in Friday’s edition. Events occurring outside of Scotland County (with the exception of Maxton) will not be included. Please use full names and include time and date information and a phone number.————————̵...

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Christians should keep it simple

The Old Testament Law contains 613 individual commandments. The majority of these are negative: “Thou shalt not” do such or so. These commandments prohibit activities ranging from coveting your neighbor’s cow to wearing pants made from two different materials. The remaining commandments are positive: “Thou shalt.” These order adherents to perform in determined ways and means.

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God sees in you what you can’t see in yourself

When we are at our worst, God is at his best!Look at Paul in the scripture — a man who we would think would be the last person on earth that God could bring out the best in. This man was an enemy of Christianity and he persecuted the Christians! He is the first to strike fear in Christians and wreak havoc in the Jerusalem church. But God saw something in him that the Christians could not see — while on his way to Damascus to arrest the Christians he fell under the grace...

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Lutherans celebrate new organ with singing

It’s a singing church.And last Sunday, the Lutheran congregation on South Main Street had reason to rattle the rafters and raise the roof.Church organist Sue Fiddler played the church’s new Allen electronic organ during the 11 a.m. worship service for the first time.The instrument was delivered and installed last week with a major part of the delivery time devoted to “voicing.” This means the technician from Hopper Piano Company in Rale...

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Faith calendar for Aug. 29

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be delivered to the Laurinburg Exchange office or emailed to Abbi Overfelt, at aoverfelt@civitasmedia.com, by Wednesday at noon for inclusion in Friday’s edition. Events occurring outside of Scotland County (with the exception of Maxton) will not be included. Please use full names and include time and date information and a phone number.————————————...

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God sees the best in you where others see worst

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, and in looking we have to be honest; honest enough to admit that a lot of us at some point were headed down a dead end road, a one-way street.If you were like some people, everybody saw the worst, but nobody encouraged the best. People are always finding and magnifying the bad. When we do wrong, people will always remember the wrong — and when we make some wrong choices in life people will hold them over our heads for ever! You all kn...

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Maxton church the twin of Old Laurel Hill

Venturing a bit farther from home last week than I usually do when going on what I call “a fact-finding mission,” I discovered a church in Robeson County that has a twin sister right here in Scotland County.Since moving to Scotia Village, exactly a year ago this month, I have been busy getting to know my new home. I have driven a lot of miles on these jaunts that are a regular part of my week, to the point that I now can talk with some clarity about where things are loc...

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Christianity about belief, not belligerency

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author.

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