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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 law, instead of the necessity to blindly follow some rule without understanding why it was important. He often explained a law in terms of the fundamental, eternal truth undergirding it - such as the holiness of God - so His audience could see the law in a new light, and understand it as a reflection of righteousness instead of as a burden or yoke. "You have heard it said…., but I say to you…." was one common ...

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


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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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As we near our country's Memorial Day celebration, I am reminded of a phrase that epitomizes the profound sense of loyalty we see among ...

May 25, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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You can't go through life without being hurt - or hurting others - in some way. Sometimes the hurt is severe and long-lasting; other times that ...

May 18, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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If you've grown up hearing Biblical stories, then you're certainly familiar with the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. My guess is that ...

May 11, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Christians can often feel as if the messages they receive from the prevalent culture are in opposition to the messages at the core of Christianity ...

May 04, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Faith Presbyterian to host ‘Afternoon of Music’

Faith Presbyterian Church will be hosting Jim McGaw, a bluegrass musician from Savannah, and his dulcimer, as well as a host of other local musicians ...

May 04, 2016 | Staff report | Church


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No pastor likes to see a divorce, though we certainly understand they are a reality of life. We are in good company as Jesus did ...

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


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Boxing is increasingly becoming part of mainstream entertainment. What used to be reserved for Showtime, HBO and pay-per-view is now Saturday night network television.

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


Annual Sunday School Convention to be held May 1

The Rev. P.H. Crumpler, a Methodist, is more or less given credit for forming the Effingham County Sunday School Association. It is said that ...

April 20, 2016 | Staff report | Church


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God does this incredible thing in churches. He always seems to make sure His places of worship have what they need to accomplish their mission ...

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


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Like many Christians, I would like to see the values I find in the Christian faith also in those running this country, including our president.

April 05, 2016 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Last Tuesday, perhaps as many as eight individuals associated with the Islamic State brought about the deaths of 35 people by setting off two explosions ...

March 30, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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