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What it means to be a ‘prodigal’

Even if you haven't stepped in a church in years, you likely know the story of the "prodigal" son. Just in case, here's a quick refresher: A rather wealthy landowner has two sons. One asks for his inheritance early (before his father's death, which was an even greater insult when Jesus told this story than it is today). His father obliges him, and the son takes off to live a life of partying.

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


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


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I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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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