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When a child is born, the parents send birth announcements to tell the good news to family and friends. Have you ever wondered what our Savior’s birth announcement said?

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Church Health has grown to be a large and impactful organization and sometimes it can be easy to forget about the people who helped us get here in the first place.

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Virgye Shinn became a patient at Church Health almost immediately when we opened in 1987. That first Christmas, I took a group of friends to her apartment to sing Christmas carols. Long story short, Shinn asked us to leave. She felt so guilty that soon after, she began making regular, almost…

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Ora Alexander was one of my very first patients at Church Health. During her first visit, I went through the usual protocols, giving her a physical examination, but much like children anxiously awaiting the end of a road trip, she wouldn’t stop asking me when the exam would be over.

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People—that is, writers—often like to tinker with or play with names. Some of these can prove to be helpful or humorous. They can be like built-in-riddles. 

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I have forever had a morning ritual that I follow before going to work. It has rarely changed for years. The same is true on the weekends, but now COVID-19 has forced a disruption on my daily rituals.

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For most people, walking is a simple form of exercise, but a Lenten walking practice can be a time for spiritual development as well.

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The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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New Year’s always inspires new goals for self-improvements or habits we’d like to change. Yet, even with the best intentions, very few of us make our resolutions a reality. This can leave us feeling frustrated and discouraged, but the problem is usually not with us—instead, the problem is of…

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The Bible gives a broad framework for living and aging well. Those who follow a pattern of wickedness find it hard to change. Those whose feet walk a righteous path must keep to the disciplines and choices it requires.

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Do you know anyone whose birthday is Dec. 25? I have several friends born that day. As a matter of fact, experts tell us 16 million people around the world were born on Dec. 25. So what’s so special about the fact Jesus was born on that day?

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The way we see ourselves, and how we perceive others see us, shapes our very identity. Yet older adults with Alzheimer’s disease experience a cognitive unraveling of the memories that weave together their sense of self. As our older brothers and sisters in Christ struggle to recall their own…

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Many Christians are observing the season of Lent now. The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. Prior to Jesus beginning his ministry, he spent 40 days of prayerful preparation in the wilderness, and Lent’s length commemorates that …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins March 7, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 12, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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As luck would have it, I was at the Crescent Center when the U.S. Marshals entered the offices of Stanford Financial about five years ago and seized the company’s assets. It was a heart pumping experience. Dressed in black, with an intense sense of purpose, the marshals made it clear I didn’…

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One of the best ways to add movement to your day as an individual is to consider where you can add movement naturally to things you’re already doing— parking farther away, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, walking an extra block with the dog, and so on.

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Mindfulness means being more fully aware of our experiences in the present moment. Often when we walk, whether to get from one place to another or for the purpose of exercise, we separate movement from our thoughts. Our bodies do one thing while our minds race in another direction altogether…

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Over 20 years ago when I first started my study of gerontology, I wrote a column based on the new research that said church or synagogue attendance would be a factor in successful aging, with positive proof that your life could be extended.

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 15, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through March 23, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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My November article was about changes that have taken place over the past 50 years that led to moral decline in our country. I spent quite a bit of time doing research and seeking wise counsel from several persons before writing the article. Soon after the November issue was distributed, I r…

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Nov. 1 was the first day of 2018 open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchanges. This year, the period lasts only six weeks and there has been almost no government sponsored advertising for people who are uninsured to know about it. There are far fewer healthcare navigator…

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A painting by well-known local artist Nancy Cheairs is featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the healthcare organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

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Thirty years ago, when we opened our clinic doors for the first time, I was sweaty and jittery with nerves. What if no one came? My staff pointed fingers toward my upstairs office and told me to go there. They would call when I was needed. Fortunately, the patients came through the door, and…

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The education of the young was not an afterthought with the Puritans. Rearing children in the fear of the Lord was a sacred trust —and their textbook was the Bible. It was not uncommon for colonial children to have read the entire Bible by the age of 13 or 14, while their parents pored over …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown began March 2, the Thursday after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 7, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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One day an old cowboy rode his horse up to the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was the first time he had ever seen the sight. He looked to the right, then to the left, and finally his eyes stared down, down, down. He lifted his head and said, “Something mighty big sure happened here.” I can say…

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A painting by well known local artist Mary Sims will be featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the organization’s biggest annual fundraisers.

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The first Missouri Black Leadership Summit took place on Thursday, April 22 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Attendees arrived from Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia, Fulton, Sikeston, other areas of the state to discuss disparities in education, access to health care and criminal justice reform. The purpose of the summit was to bring together Missouri’s Black leadership representing clergy, business, health care and criminal justice, with the goal of reaching a collective consensus on the aforementioned topics. The consensus would then be presented to Black legislators as a guidepost to desirable legislative action and political policy. The summit was facilitated with the help of Missouri Sen. Steve Roberts Jr. and hosted by the Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri. 

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When bad things happen, people invariably ask the question, “Where was God when … happened?” Have you ever asked this question?

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On Sunday, May 23 at 4 p.m., the Bethlehem Baptist Church will have a service honoring our African American legends. The Lord has placed this service on my heart, for we have been blessed with so many gifted men and women of God who have paved the way for countless others. They have made outstanding contributions to our country and to our world. Unfortunately, many have not been honored or recognized, despite the important contributions they have made for the betterment of our society and world.

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Church members from Friends of the Highest of Sunnyside and Yakima, partnered with Restoration Community Impact and New Beginnings Community Christian Church in Pasco came together to distribute 2,500 30 lb. food boxes from Cascadia Produce of Auburn on Saturday morning at Harrison Middle School.

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I remember as a kid how the days seemed so long. I recall in the summertime after breakfast, I would shoot basketball until the sun became too hot, and then I would ride my bike to cool off. Our neighbors had five children and we would play kickball until it was too dark to see. Life was fun, and I was always excited to do it all over again the next day. I can still recall the simple joys of running through clover as fast as I could for no reason except to feel the wind on my face. I made sure to wear shoes because being stung by a honeybee was not pleasant. I loved to lie down on our picnic table in the backyard and watch the clouds pass by. It was interesting to see them transform into amazing images that looked so real and always wondered if anyone else was noticing this awesome display.

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I begin with a little bit of monk’s humor. It is the story of a particular monastery that operated with a vow of silence. Speaking was strictly regimented, with casual conversation never allowed. Once every year, on their patron saint’s feast day, one monk would be allowed to speak at dinner — whatever he wanted to say. It was an honor that recognized that monk’s outstanding service in the previous year.

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Under a clear blue sky, local leaders, church members and others gathered Thursday to mark the National Day of Prayer.

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The Rev. Jeremy McNally, who is in his first few weeks of preaching as lead pastor at First Baptist Church in Loudon, stepped up months ago when the church needed him.

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Millions of people gathered Thursday at courthouses, city halls, in churches and schools across the nation to observe the 69th consecutive National Day of Prayer. Hawkins County residents joined through observances both at Jaycee Park in Church Hill and the Court House Square in Rogersville.

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When there’s no one to pay for a person’s burial, taxpayers have to pay for it. The number of unclaimed bodies at morgues and some coroner’s offices are on the rise in parts of Georgia, and some governments are struggling to find the money.

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ELIZABETHTON — Riverside Park, a facility of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Elizabethton, came in for some tender loving care last weekend.

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At each bend in the road, we peer cautiously around it, wondering where it will take us. Much the same in life. At each juncture we wonder where God is taking us. How can we be sure the plans and decisions we are making are in God’s Will?

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To Rabbi Avi Goldstein, Orthodox Judaism consists of a winning combination for many Jews: a deep connection to ancient wisdom and traditions and a vibrant forward-thinking mentality. Goldstein, senior rabbi at Berwick’s Beth Jacob Congregation, credits that combination with why a major Pew Research Center study released today shows that more young Jews are identifying as Orthodox than their ...

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On the steps of the U.S. Capitol 70 years ago, the Rev. Billy Graham asked Congress and then-President Harry Truman to create a National Day of Prayer.

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Several Catholic parishes on the Northwest and Southwest sides will consolidate as part of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s restructuring efforts, officials announced late Monday. No church buildings are being closed, but certain parishes in the Wicker Square and Greater Ashburn groupings will merge to form new, united parishes, the archdiocese said. Other parishes and schools in these areas will ...

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A crowd of roughly 60 of Waynesville’s faithful gathered at noon at the Historic Haywood County Courthouse on May 6 to celebrate Christian fellowship on the National Day of Prayer.

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PHILADELPHIA, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- American Bible Society today released the first two chapters of their 11th annual State of the Bible report, which highlights cultural trends in the U.S. regarding spirituality and Scripture engagement. Today's release shows that millions more Americans turned to the Bible in the past year than in previous years; one in four U.S. adults report a more frequent Bible reading habit than did last year. The first two chapters are currently available to download at StateoftheBible.org.

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I am a member of St. Mary's who attended the April 19 open meeting dealing with local church closures. I am saddened to see the churches' problems aired on the public stage, but, it seems a fait accompli. When you are the largest kid on the block, have been at bat and in the field the longest, you will have more errors and strike outs than others. You will also have more home runs and spectacular catches.

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Melrose L. Vokal died on March 3, 2021 at the age of 93 in Coeur D Alene, Idaho, where she lived with her daughter, Twyla, and family.

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The term “good news” is often used by Christians in reference to their faith. Good news is at the heart of Christianity, and it has both symbolic and literal meaning in reference to the New Testament.

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This week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage made a little slip. To her, it was a little slip, but to me, it was a big mistake.

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BLOOMINGTON — Margaret Anne Ewing Balch McNabb, age 74, of Bloomington, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, April 30, 2021 with her husband Frank and son, Alan by her side.

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Catholics will be expected to return to their churches for Mass and Holy Days beginning May 22, Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and other Connecticut bishops announced Monday. The dispensation from obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation was first implemented on March 16, 2020 due to the emerging COVID-19 crisis. The dispensation was extended several more times ...

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MOBILE, Ala., May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ChurchCommunications.com is partnering with Medi-Share to open registration for a free virtual mental health summit for church leaders being held May 21-22, 2021. The online event, being hosted at ThriveandCultivate.com, aims to increase awareness and education about mental health concerns in the personal lives of leaders, and the increasing felt need found across communities during this pandemic time period.

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There was a time when I ran three to five miles before work and trained for half marathons. Three years ago, however, I tore a muscle in my right hip flexor. I limped for months. I could barely walk, let alone run. It took 18 months for my leg to heal. And when I finally tried running again, I sucked. My pace was slow. My knees buckled. My whole body hurt. I quit. But now with spring in full ...