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The destructive price of unforgiveness

Of all the biblical prescriptions and proscriptions Christians often feel they struggle with, the commandment to forgive has got to be in the top three. Who among us doesn't feel even the least bit inadequate when considering these words from Colossians 3:13: "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye"?

January 27, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Wrestling with faith in your front seat

This morning, as I was getting off I-95 at the Abercorn Extension exit, I came across a person asking for a handout. You can call them panhandlers or street people, I suppose; the Bible just calls them beggars.

January 20, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Letting our mistakes get burned up

This past week I spoke with a friend about encountering failure. His business was going south, and I reminded him of the many people who were able to use failure in a positive way, indeed some that would tell you their later success was precisely due to their experience of failure.

January 13, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Do good dogs really go to heaven?

Recently, a little boy met Pope Francis and told him that he was sad over his dog dying. The father of the Roman Catholic Church reportedly told the boy that his companion will be waiting for him in heaven.

January 06, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Helping the family you have never met

It's interesting, isn't it, how history repeats itself? Often, the similarities are not only remarkable but also ironic.

December 30, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Farewell to Effingham’s hometown dentist

About the time you read this, hundreds will be assembling to pay tribute to the life of longtime Springfield dentist and friend to all, Dr. Donald Nelson.

December 23, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Paul Harvey’s powerful Christmas Parable

You may have heard Paul Harvey's modern day parable of the Christmas story, which was first broadcast in 1965. The first time I heard the story, I was a little boy driving around in our family's station wagon with my father. I recall that this simple yet profound story made a big impact on me. Perhaps you might share this parable, which is aired every year at 12 noon on Christmas Day on stations that run Paul Harvey's program, with others.

December 16, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


FBCs of Rincon, Springfield joining for symphony at Mars

First Baptist Church of Rincon and Springfield are coming together to perform "The Nativity" Symphony at the historic Mars Theatre.

December 09, 2014 | Staff report | Church


Where would Jesus be born today?

Author Harriet Richie relates an incident in her family's life that revealed to her the true nature of Christmas: Following their church's Christmas Eve service, Harriet's family decided to stop somewhere for a late-night breakfast. The only place open that late on Christmas Eve was a truck stop off the nearby interstate.

December 09, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


It really is a wonderful life

Do you want to do something this Christmas season that is just plain old-fashioned family building and fun? Sit down all together and watch "It's a Wonderful Life."

December 02, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Giving thanks — the key to joy

Sometimes we don't know what to truly appreciate in life.

November 25, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Kindness is one mark of a Christian

If I had to describe how I could tell a Christian just by observing interactions, as in a business meeting, I would probably say I could see the fruit of the spirit in the person's kindness. In many ways, sheer kindness is often the mark of a person living as a Christian.

November 18, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The prayer list meets privacy

Christians often feel an obligation to pray for those who need assistance, both individually and corporately. Church congregations therefore regularly pray for members and extended family and friends who are struggling. Each church handles such prayers differently, but they usually involve some sort of prayer list.

November 11, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


St Boniface marks All Souls' Day at Veterans Park

The pastor of St. Boniface Church, Father Ba Thong Nguyen, also known as Father Martino, had a vision to bring all of the church's Faith Formation children and their parents along with members of the congregation to Veterans Park in Springfield on Sunday to pray for all of the souls who have given their lives for the nation.

November 04, 2014 | Staff report | Church


Governance by intimidation

By the time you read this, election day will have passed and, barring a runoff, the constant bombardment of negative campaigns will subside, at least for a year. I have come to believe that the fact that any person would spend someone's hard-earned dollars to do nothing but call their opponent a liar should immediately disqualify them from office. But that's just me, and I could be wrong.

November 04, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Bad things, good people and God

One of the questions pastors often encounter, whether directly or indirectly, is the dilemma of innocent suffering. That is, why do bad things happen to good people?

March 24, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The search for Jesus on CNN

On Sunday evenings this spring, CNN is airing a new docudrama series entitled "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, and Forgery." The series is based on the book of the same name by David Gibson and Michael McKinley.

March 17, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


What it means to be a ‘prodigal’

Even if you haven't stepped in a church in years, you likely know the story of the "prodigal" son. Just in case, here's a quick refresher: A rather wealthy landowner has two sons. One asks for his inheritance early (before his father's death, which was an even greater insult when Jesus told this story than it is today). His father obliges him, and the son takes off to live a life of partying.

March 10, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Never a moment too late

The parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-15) underscores the truth that God's love can be received by people extremely late in life. Many a pastor has seen death-bed conversions; they are possible and do sincerely occur.

March 03, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


What would Jesus do?

We are fortunate to live in a county rich with churches offering different opportunities for people to worship. Yet, we must be humble and honest enough to realize that often people who walk through our front doors see very imperfect organizations, and unfortunately that can turn them off to the whole idea of organized religion and church.

February 24, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


When Effingham County goes to Atlanta

The television series "House of Cards" is an American political drama based on a BBC miniseries of the same name. The opening of season 1 set the stage for what were we to witness as the background of the political sphere. In that episode, congressman Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) kills a suffering dog with his bare hands while telling the television audience that sometimes we must "do the unpleasant thing, yet the necessary thing." And from then on out, the audience experiences the utter ruthlessness of politics as it is portrayed behind the scenes.

February 17, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The president’s eggs are cold

I make eggs for breakfast just about every morning, depending on how our chickens are feeling. And I have finally learned that if I talk too much between the time I take the eggs out of the pan and dig in at the table, my eggs will get cold.

February 10, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Wanted: a new Baibry’s Cafe

Sadly, one indicator of Effingham's family-oriented growth has succumbed to economic pressure, and I for one will miss it. As some in the county may already know, Baibry's Coffee and Café in Rincon has closed its doors for good.

February 03, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Guyton Christian Church to host Children Worship and Wonder training

Training in Children Worship and Wonder, an exciting way of doing faith formation with children, will be held at Guyton Christian Church from March 13-15.

February 03, 2015 | Staff report | Church


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