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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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I could be wrong

I've had the opportunity to develop and teach a few ethics courses at Armstrong. In those courses, which I base on Christian ethics, I ...

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

I could be wrong

One way Jesus taught and reinforced Kingdom values was by reinterpreting laws. In His interpretations, Jesus would emphasize to His listeners the spirit behind a ...

September 29, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

I could be wrong

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 ...

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

I could be wrong

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 ...

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

I could be wrong

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 ...

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 ...

September 01, 2015 | Staff report | Church

I could be wrong

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 ...

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

I could be wrong

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 ...

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


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