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In previous columns, I discussed what it means to find Mr. or Ms. "Right" and the importance of communication prior to and during a marriage. Below are 10 issues I see as vital in such communication for a soon-to-be-married couple. However, if you are married, keep in mind that these issues do not cease to be important for marital happiness (and success) once your marriage license is signed.

February 24, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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When people decide to marry, sometimes the excitement of it all causes the couple to put off asking obvious questions about their future life together. In cases where the couple knows there are differences or issues to discuss, they often simply assume they will "figure it out when the time comes." No sense in delving into differences while planning such a joyous occasion, right? Unfortunately, typically "the figuring out" part turns out to be more elusive than it originally appeared, and "the time" ends up coming when the couple is ill-prepared to deal with it.

February 17, 2016 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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As I think of the experiences I've had running a DivorceCare program and speaking with engaged couples in pre-marital counseling, the term "soul mate" comes to mind. I do not recall that phrase because it is something I ask about up, such as, "Do you think your spouse or fiancé is your soul mate?" Rather, I remember the many times those in counseling used this term to describe their feelings toward another person.

February 10, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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What does it mean to be "religious"?

February 02, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Years ago, when my daughter was in gymnastics at DEENOS (back when it was in Springfield), I would often chat with other parents as we waited for the girls to finish practice. I recall a conversation I had one evening with the mother of a new girl in the class.

January 27, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Some of the kindest, most authentic, well-adjusted, sincere and psychologically healthy people I have ever met are very involved in their church. Unfortunately, some of the meanest, hypocritical, dishonest and psychologically-impaired people I have ever met are also very involved in their church.

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Church


First Baptist of Springfield names family life center for late pastor Rollins

After the morning worship services at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, the congregation moved outside to the family life building for the formal dedication of the building in memory of late pastor Jeff Rollins.

January 12, 2016 | Staff report | Church


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As a bi-vocational pastor, I often cannot avoid the influence my position as professor of health science has on my role as pastor. Sometimes this is a good thing; other times probably not so much.

January 12, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney has a story not unlike others who have found their way to a deep faith. Swinney grew up in a family that was, by all accounts, dysfunctional. Living with an alcoholic father created a childhood filled with uncertainty, insecurity, anger and grief. Sports became an outlet for him.

January 05, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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The Christmas holidays may involve frantic schedules, multiple obligations and stress-filled travel, but they are also often filled with love.

December 29, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Most people know the game "Secret Santa," where friends, family or co-workers exchange Christmas gifts in a context of secrecy. But in Kansas City, the real Secret Santa operated covertly from 1979 to 2006. And he had a lesson for us all.

December 22, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, some 57 percent of Americans oppose Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, while roughly 25 percent support it. Conservatives were more evenly split in the poll, which has a margin of error of 4 percent.

December 15, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


There’s something about Christmas Eve

Come to church Christmas Eve. Bring your family.

December 08, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Hansent installed as Bible Lutheran pastor

Rev. Dave Hansen was installed as pastor of Bible Lutheran Church on Nov. 22, Christ the King Sunday. He was installed by Rev. Larry Lystig, pastor emeritus of Word of God Lutheran Church in Peachtree City. Rev. Rod Stephenson, retired LCMC pastor, read the Gospel lesson, Mark 10:42-45, and the Rev. James Cavanah, Th.D., pastor of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, preached the sermon. Members and guests were invited to the fellowship hall following the service for refreshments and finger foods.

December 08, 2015 | Staff report | Church


Felipes named Gartland Award recipients

Mike Felipe and Cynthia Felipe have been named recipients of the Gartland Award for 2015.

December 01, 2015 | Staff report | Church


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Last Thursday night, when Donald Trump accepted the Republican party nomination for president, he spoke directly to evangelical Christians.

July 27, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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One cannot consider Donald Trump's "extreme vetting" of immigrants from Islamic countries without awareness of the problems the United Kingdom has experienced evaluating religious ...

July 20, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Jordan Root has a problem. He has the sexual appetite of a pedophile and regularly views child pornography.

July 13, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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About a decade ago, I attended a funeral for a pilot friend who was killed in a crash on the job. He was in his ...

July 06, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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When United States military forces engage enemy in foreign lands, they always rely on local allies for support. Usually, that support comes from brave men ...

June 29, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Every family has one. They are invaluable.

June 22, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Let me make a simple statement that I genuinely believe to be true: I do not hate anyone.

June 15, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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This is one letter I hope you never write.

June 08, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Finding joy in the parenting curve

As I write this, my wife and I are visiting universities in Boston with our youngest son, Alex. We have also visited campuses in Washington ...

June 01, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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