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Methodists claim a rich heritage

I took special notice this week of an email from a church in Durham, my home for 30 years before moving to Laurinburg last year. It was simply an announcement about plans for the coming year at one of the city’s United Methodist churches.This is one of those churches you can’t miss when you go downtown, much like First United Methodist in Laurinburg.Duke Memorial is one of the Bull City’s oldest congregations, located on busy West Chapel Hill Street acr...

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Faith moves God to action

As we look into Bible history, we will see that The Bible is full of people of faith that received the promise of God without seeing that promise right then — people who had to contend with devil and remember that he is a liar. In fact, Jesus himself said that Satan is the father of lies (St. John 8:44b); and it is his job to cause us to doubt what God has said. He’s been doing that ever since the beginning of time.

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We are called to walk by faith

I want to talk about faith as it relates to us and the church, for this is something that we all have to deal with; for we walk by faith. This is something that we are all have to grab hold of if we are going to be victorious and obtain that for which we are called. This includes all of us!We are going to have to walk by faith, that’s the bottom line. We are not going to be able to see everything in advance or the outcome of everything before it happens, and we cannot afford ...

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Children to lead worship service

Children at First United Methodist in downtown will take over some of the singing and preaching at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday as the congregation observes Children’s Sabbath.This is a regular event in this congregation, said Mary Louise Baker, director of the children’s choirs, and every year the service features guest musicians. This year the Laurel Hillbilly Bluegrass Band will accompany the children on all anthems.Old gospel songs that grandparents...

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Grace McNeill Smith

LAURINBURG — Grace McNeill Smith, 81, passed away gently to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 8, 2014 at her home in Laurinburg. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents Herdman McNeill and Daisy Berry McNeill and her step-father, Calvin Locklear; her son, Currie Locklear; sister, Lois McNeill; brother, Jimmy Locklear; and two grandsons, Johnny Hardin and Bethany Hardin.Mrs. Smith will be dearly missed by her family and dear friend and caretaker, Cynthia Locklear, as...

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The Lord remembers your work

Jesus said “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”It will be Christ’s rule of judgment on that great day — he will give out rewards according, as your work agrees or disagrees with the word of God.“My reward is with me” implies that God is mindful of our sufferings and our service, and nothing will ever be done in vain if it is done for God or for God’s glory. At the j...

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God’s love pours without condition

Months ago a friend handed me a little book entitled “Have A Little Faith,” written by Mitch Albom. It sat on my shelf for a long time gathering dust.I thought I would turn to it when I needed something lighter, like cleansing your palate after a heavy meal. But what a fantastic surprise! This little book has turned out to be proof that big things indeed arrive in small packages. Mitch says more in a few pages than I can say in writing a year’s worth of columns. F...

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St. David extends blessing to furry friends

In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, St. David Episcopal Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday to which owners, pets and so called “wild animals” who care to drop in are invited.The event is set at 3 p.m. in the church yard at 506 Azure Court.Dr. Weston Cook, a member of the church and of the Society of Saint Francis, will lead the liturgy of blessing. The Rev. Linda Nelson of Living Word Lutheran and the Rev. Neal Carter of Laurinburg Pre...

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Upcoming Hymnfest chock full of artists

Last Sunday, Jose Rivera and the choir at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church gave the congregation a taste of the upcoming Hymnfest, set for 5 p.m. this Sunday.During the 11 a.m. service, the choir and the congregation sang an arrangement of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” that called for both groups of voices to participate. The stirring hymn got what I call a “Mormon Tabernacle Choir” ending — high notes from the sopranos with plenty of support from ...

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Your work will speak for you

There’s a song I hear sung at funerals that says “May the work I’ve done speak for me.” “When I’m buried in my grave there is nothing can be said, may the work that I’ve done speak for me.”I preached a sermon one time about sowing and reaping; the fact that whatever seed we sow, that one day that seed will come up! That if you do good things, good things will come back to you; if you do bad things, bad things will come back to you. Th...

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