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Albany Area Religion Bulletin April 3, 2015

President Jimmy Carter to teach Sunday school at Plains church on Easter

Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to teach Sunday School on Easter Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Easter service vitality is needed every Sunday

FAITH COLUMNIST: Hymns sung with spirit capture the joy of Easter

Lent’s 40 somber days are past; the cross is behind us; the tomb is empty; Christ is risen! Now sings my soul! Nothing is more stirring than a congregation of believers who sing with hearts full of faith and souls and voices lifted to heaven

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HAL BRADY: Dealing with stress

FAITH COLUMNIST: Some tension or stress is normal and necessary

In addition to normal stress, there is a detrimental type that can be construed as “death warmed over” inducing. Dealing wirth that type of stress must be managed.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Spirituality hollow without religion

FAITH COLUMNIST: Organizational life is rarely easy or simple

Solitary spirituality quickly becomes self-serving and, eventually, vestigial. The church, even with its deficiencies and failings, inculcates faith and spirituality, serves others, stands in the breach, takes difficult, painful, courageous positions and dies to self for the sake of others.

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Albany Area Religion Bulletin March 27, 2015

Holy week services are planned Monday through Friday at Morningside United Methodist Church.

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Rick and Jane Runge honored with Golden Deeds award

Honor given by Exchange Club of Albany

The Runges helped establish and provide leadership for the Vietnamese Church at Byne and organized the English as a Second Language program which helps non-English speaking members of the community attain citizenship and become more productive members of the community.

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HAL BRADY: Throwing in the towel

FAITH COLUMNIST: Obstacles district from goals

We all know people who begin whatever they begin with a great burst of enthusiasm, but it doesn’t last. When obstacles appear or the going gets tough, these people tend to throw in the towel and quit.

Albany Area Religion Bulletin - March 20, 2015

Bible Way Baptist hosting Fun Day Saturday

Former President Jimmy Carter is not scheduled to teach Sunday School this Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Boiling it down to a paragraph

FAITH COLUMNIST: Generosity, lawmaking, ordination and Holy Week

The most meaningful season of the Christian Church year is upon us.

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HAL BRADY: Making a good marriage

FAITH: There are eight important ingredients to a good marriage

Marriage doesn’t get good on its own. It takes work by both spouses.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: War blurs lines between what targets are off limits

FAITH: War, once unleashed, knows few boundaries

The radical Muslim ISIS state is wantonly pillaging, plundering, selling and demolishing irreplaceable religious sites in the Middle East.

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Lenten lunch, Christ's words provide Food for Thought

Albany Episcopal churches sponsor five-week series leading up to Holy Week

Albany’s three Episcopal churches offer a light meal and a brief series of sermons to set the stage for Holy Week, which starts on Palm Sunday March 29.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Moultrie church planning summer mission to Peru

FAITH: Mission trip will take group to Lima, Peru

Moultrie’s Heritage Church Peru Mission Team will go to Lima and the New Hope Children’s Home in Cieneguilla to reach abandoned children and others in surrounding villages during the week of June 27-July 4.

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HAL BRADY: We do like to grumble

FAITH: Sometimes grumbling is what we do best

As individuals and as society, we grumble and complain so much that it brings us down, along with everybody else around us. Grumbling is one of the most insidious imprisonments of all.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Cussed out in church

FAITH: A bad experience with a church has preacher leaving the ministry

I was preaching out of town and staying at a motel where breakfast comes with the price of the room. Sitting in the lobby early Sunday morning, I was drawn into conversation by the friendly, apron-clad man who was stocking the breakfast bar. When I told him I was a pastor, he responded, “I’m a preacher, too.”

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