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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

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

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I could be wrong

Madonna, the 57-year old queen of pop, made a tearful reference to the recent Paris attacks at her concert the other night in Stockholm, Sweden ...

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

I could be wrong

When performing weddings, pastors often walk a delicate line between competing agendas of the couple, their families, musicians, and wedding directors, many of whom may ...

November 18, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Finding true tolerance in a religious world

I am all for religious tolerance.

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

Developing a language of humility

I've seen a dynamic in couples struggling in their relationships that I do not often see in stable, loving relationships. That factor is this ...

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

Hansen to lead Bible Lutheran

Dave Hansen has accepted the call and will be installed as the new pastor Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. at Bible Lutheran Church, located ...

November 04, 2015 | Staff report | Church

St. Boniface marks All Souls Day with ceremony at Veterans Park

St. Boniface marked All Souls Day with its second annual ceremony at Veterans Park.

November 04, 2015 | Staff report | Church

I could be wrong

I have found that God does this amazing thing when we are present during the death of a loved one. When the time comes for ...

October 27, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

I could be wrong

It's too easy to chalk up last week's tragedy in a New York church to the actions of a bunch of crazies. It ...

October 21, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

I could be wrong

Not long ago, I was having lunch with a few pastor friends of mine when one remarked at how often he sees siblings from the ...

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

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


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