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I will never forget the young man who came to see me years ago about a friend of his. It seemed that every time this young man, who I will call "Joe," began to move forward in his life or career, his friend - who struggled with a substance abuse problem - would have a crisis and Joe would put everything on hold to help him. It was like clockwork, he told me.

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


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Bonnie Parker was a faithful person, perhaps not much different from you or me. She was a dedicated follower of Christ and sincerely wanted to believe with all her heart. Then, she was diagnosed with cancer.

September 15, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Maybe they were looking for something they felt was missing in their life. Maybe their marriage was on the rocks. Or maybe they were going through a kind of mid-life crisis. Whatever the reason millions of Americans signed up for an account on Ashley Madison - the Web site that specializes in connecting people for the purpose of having an extra-marital affair - those folks must now feel a bit like Michael Douglas in "Fatal Attraction," or perhaps more like the boiled rabbit.

September 02, 2015 | Staff report | Church


Guyton Christian Church VBS pitches in for Family Promise

Guyton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) recently held its annual vacation Bible school for kids aged preschool through grade 5. The theme this year was "Everest: Conquering Challenges through God."

September 01, 2015 | Staff report | Church


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Having spent some time trying to help couples who are struggling in their marriage, I have developed a habit of listening for much of the first few sessions. I answer questions posed to me, but I tend to not interject much.

August 25, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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According to multiple news agencies, over the past few months the Islamic State (ISIS) has determined theologically that its fighters can rape young women - girls, really - as long as they are Christians, Jews, or other "unbelievers." According to ISIS leaders, by doing so, the fighters become closer to God.

August 19, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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She came to see me last week because she needed my signature on academic withdrawal form. She was leaving school, or as she put it, "quitting."

August 11, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Recently, I was asked to share my administrative and managerial philosophies with others. One question posed to me was a first: "What are your non-negotiables?" While I certainly have those things I simply cannot bend on, I have never quite crystallized them or put them in writing.

August 04, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Lawson honored at Campmeeting

W. L. "Peck" Lawson Sr. was recognized st the Sunday morning service during the annual Campmeeting, for more than 30 years of faithful service as a trustee representing Guyton United Methodist Church at the Methodist Campground in Springfield.

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Church


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When Ohio Governor John Kasich entered the presidential race last Tuesday, he brought with him an interesting dynamic. He is a Republican who sees Christianity as deeply personal, a factor that influences his decision-making. While that may be true of other candidates, Kasich does not allow the party line to affect his Christian-based views. And that's why he's different.

July 28, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Where does morality come from?

July 22, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Pastors, who are often in the position of providing some comfort following a death, have a unique vantage point from which to recognize the most beneficial actions to a congregant's family upon the death of a loved one. Often, friends of the deceased are left at a loss, not knowing what should be said or done to be a balm to those grieving.

July 14, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Over the years in the role as pastor, I have come to see that the death of a loved one (whether expected or unexpected) often leaves people feeling not only grief and a sense of loss, but also anxiety - anxiety over what they should be doing and feeling in the wake of such a personal tragedy. In that regard, please accept the following as friendly advice I see as consistent with the Christian faith.

July 07, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage, a large number of Biblically-based Christians feel beleaguered.

June 30, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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By the time you read this, you will have seen and heard a great deal about the senseless shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Let me offer perspective somewhat different from what you may have encountered until now.

June 23, 2015 | Rev. 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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