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Texas Church Pays Off over $10 Million Medical Debt in Easter Gift to Local Families 2018.  Read more…



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A Letter To Moviegoers On The Arrival Of A Faith-Based Film About Paul

The Symbolism Of A French Officer’s Sacrifice

The Last Sabbath Of The Old Creation

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit By Lori Borgman

Her Journey Of Hope – Seven-Year Survivor Starts Cancer Ministry – By Yolanda Putman

There Is No ‘Quick And Easy’ Way Forward For Frustrated United Methodists – By Terry Mattingly

Faith-Based Film Business Trying To Attract Audiences – By Ryan Faughnder


Sat Mar 24 2018 – Faith Briefs


› Sound to Plate: Mizpah Congregation, 923 McCallie Ave., hosts a free classical music chamber concert to benefit Chattanooga Area Food Bank 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. 423-414-2525.

› Lenten concert: The Roueche Chorale and Orchestra will present “Colors of Grace” by Joseph Martin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Free admission. 423-855-2981, www.therouechechorale.org.

› Bringing Anya Home: Concert benefiting Alan and Nicole Parker, who are adopting an orphan girl from Ukraine, is 7 p.m. March 31 at Collegedale Community Church, 9305 Four Corners Place. Performers include Steve Darmody, Eryca Nelson, Martin Young, Naomi Jackson, inSpirit Men’s Chorus, Benjamin Jenkins (of King’s Heralds Quartet), One Little Light (Sarah Tullock), Matthew Kimbley and Ethan McGrath. Free admission; all donations go to adoption fund. 423-883-9212.

› Bob Bennett: The singer, songwriter and master guitarist, an influential figure in the early days of contemporary Christian music, will present an acoustic concert at 6 p.m. April 7 in the Student Worship Center at Abba’s House, 5208 Hixson Pike. Mark Kelly Hall and Dana Harding also will perform. Admission is a suggested $10 donation per person, $25 per family.


› Breathe: A Prayer Retreat for Men: Designed to give men (18 and older) an opportunity for spiritual rest and renewal through guided and individual times of prayer, 8:30 a.m.-noon today at Chattanooga House of Prayer, 3912 Dayton Blvd., Suite 200, Red Bank. $15; includes breakfast. To register, visit www.chatthop.org/events-calendar.

› Bible Conference: The three-day event continues with programs at 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at Bible Baptist Church, 1966 Northpoint Blvd. in Hixson. Featured are Dr. Steven Maldoff as guest speaker and missionaries Thomas Harmon from Tanzania and Mark Harmon from the Middle East.www.bbchixson.org.

› GriefShare Workshop: Ongoing series of weekly seminars and support groups at Hixson First Baptist Church meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 24. Meetings include video seminars with experts, focused discussions and personal study and reflection. $20 fee. Download a participant form at hixsonfirstbaptist.org/griefshare, or pick one up at the church, 5800 Grubb Road. Call 423-877-2467 for information.

› Taking Faith Outdoors: Bass fishing legend Jimmy Houston will be the special guest for a Field, Woods and Water outreach 5-9 p.m. April 6 at First Baptist Church of Cleveland, 1275 Stuart Road NE. The event includes a Cajun meal, 50 talk-and-teach tables related to the outdoors, photo-ops with a world-record buck and thousands of dollars of giveaways, including rifles and fishing rods. Tickets, $15, must be purchased in advance at the church, online at https://firstbaptistcleveland.com or by phone at 423-709-9100.

› Plant giveaway: Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Old Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy, plans its seventh annual Plant Giveaway, a community outreach project, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7. The variety includes flowers, herbs, ornamentals, a few vegetables and some flower seeds. The first three plants are free, and five additional plants may be selected for $2 per plant. Early arrivals may contribute $10 to the church for first choice of plants. Donations of plants or flower pots are appreciated. Contact: Bill Haley, 423-326-9248.


› Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike. Easter egg hunt, 11 a.m.-noon today for three age groups (birth-prekindergarten, kindergarten-grade 2, grades 3-5). Preceded at 10 a.m. by games, crafts, light snacks and devotional on the true meaning of Easter in the Activity Center (behind main building).

› Union Fork Baptist Church, 350 Lee Pike in Soddy-Daisy. Easter egg hunt, with lunch served, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today (rain date March 31). There are 16 prize eggs, and every child will go home with something. Contact: 68goldrush@comcast.net.

› Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road, Hixson. Free Spring Event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, includes an egg hunt (bring your own basket), music, finger foods and Doodlin’ Daphne’s Facepainting. 423-877-5742, http://themiddlecrossbaptistchurch.net.

› First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. March 25: Palm Sunday/ passion service at 11 a.m., including Scripture readings, music and reflection on Holy Week events; Holy Week taize service at 5 p.m., a contemplative program of songs, silence and Scripture. 423-698-2556.

› Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 104 McBrien Road. March 25: Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service only; includes blessing and procession of palms and dramatic reading of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. March 26-27: Matins, with readings, 7:30 a.m. (earlier time). March 28: Holy Communion, 7:30 a.m. March 29: Maundy Thursday, Matins, 7:30 a.m.; Holy Communion with foot-washing and stripping of the alter, 6:30 p.m. March 30: Good Friday, Matins, 7:30 a.m.; church open for worship 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with Stations of the Cross at 11:15 a.m., Good Friday service (read) including procession and voluntary veneration of the big wooden cross, sermon on Jesus’ words from the cross, no Communion; special reading and prayers at 2 p.m.; Stations of the Cross at 2:45 p.m.; evening prayer service with reflections on the burial of Christ at 6:30 p.m. March 31: Holy Saturday, Easter vigil service, 7:30 p.m. April 1: Easter Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service only. Easter egg hunt following. No Sunday School or Coffee & Conversation.

› Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, Hixson. March 25: Easter musical, “Grace Wins,” 6 p.m., with refreshments to follow. March 29: Maundy Thursday Communion service, 6 p.m. April 1: Easter celebration worship, 11 a.m.

› St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain. March 25: Palm Sunday services, 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 29: Maundy Thursday liturgy, 6:30 p.m. March 30: Good Friday Stations of the Cross, noon; liturgy, 6:30 p.m. March 31: Holy Saturday Easter vigil, 7:30 p.m. April 1: Easter services, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

› Soddy-Daisy Veterans Park, 9000 Dayton Pike. Freedom Church’s second annual Hunt in the Park, a free hunt with 10,000 Easter eggs for children 10 and younger, 11 a.m. March 31. Event begins with crafts, games and free lunch before the hunt at noon. There will be sign-in tables to assure child safety. 423-332-0050.

› Soddy United Methodist Church, 255 Depot St., Soddy-Daisy. Annual Easter egg hunt, with refreshments and prizes, for children fifthgrade and younger, 2-4 p.m. March 31.

› St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 7555 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road, Ooltewah. Easter sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. with breakfast following. Easter service, 10 a.m., with egg hunt following. 423-238-7708, sfaec@comcast.net, www.sfaec.org.

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By lovingly seeking to have the same mind, We’ll find strife and conflict left behind.

          Two Christian sisters in the Philippian church had a breakdown in their relationship.  It appears that both were diligent workers in God’s kingdom, but somehow a rift had developed between them.  This particular church that they were a part of was an unusual group.  One member was a wealthy fabric merchant by the name of Lydia.  One was a converted slave girl rescued from fortunetelling, and another was a Roman jailkeeper.   We can easily visualize the enemy of the church using this situation to bring disunity, with differing opinions and perspectives.

            How would Euodias, Syntyche, and the Philippian brotherhood be able to live harmoniously?  The advice Paul gave in his epistle to the Philippians contains the solution to their struggles.  It will work quite effectively in present-day churches as well.  It begins in Philippians 2:4-4:  “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”  It also includes the points found in today’s Scripture reading:  rejoicing in the Lord (verse 4), practicing moderation – that is, forbearance of reasonableness (verse 5), offering prayer and supplication with thanksgiving (verse 6), and having the peace of God in our hearts and minds (verse 7).

            In addition, our thought need to dwell on what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good repost, along with what is virtuous and praiseworthy (verse 8.  We need to be content regardless of our circumstances (verse 11) and to depend on the grace of God to meet our needs (verse 23).  If we are transformed by the poser of the Holy Spirit and are living by these Bible principles, we can be confident that our names are written in the Book of Life.  By Joseph Kuepfer


Vice President Mike Pence’s Historic Knesset Speech  – 1-22-18     

Vice President Mike Pence made a historic speech at the Knesset this morning. Speaking to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel’s lawmakers, the Vice President honored Israel’s upcoming 70th anniversary and 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

This was the first time in 10 years that a senior US Administration official addressed the Knesset since President George W. Bush spoke there to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary in 2008. The Vice President boldly spoke of the spiritual and political ties between Israel and the United States, and the common bond between our two countries created by people who treasured freedom and the faith of Abraham. He left no daylight between Israel and the United States, a marked change from the speeches we have heard from US officials during the last administration.

We were excited to hear President Donald Trump’s speech in December when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital, and announced that the administration would begin making plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Today, the Vice President reaffirmed the decision of the United States to recognize Jerusalem, and he announced that the Embassy would complete its move by the end of 2019.

The Vice President spoke of his hope that we have entered a new era of the peace process, and said the President believes it is possible to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel with the help of Arab leaders. Instead of chastising Israel for the lack of peace, as the previous President and his administration did many times, Vice President Pence affirmed Israel’s efforts to achieve peace and provide freedom for people of all faiths.

In addition, the Vice President strongly condemned the disastrous Iran Deal and stated that President Trump has decided that he will no longer certify this bad deal. Vice President Pence stated that, unless the deal is fixed, the US will withdraw and resume sanctions against the regime in Tehran. He promised that the US will not allow Iran to attain a nuclear weapon, under any circumstances. And he offered the hand of friendship to Iran’s people, telling them the US is not their enemy, and that when the day comes that the people of Iran throw off the oppression of their regime the United States will stand with them.

This historic speech by Vice President Pence marks a dramatic new day in American foreign policy. It also shows that CUFI has a perfect opportunity to seize the moment and work with Congress and the Trump Administration to achieve political victories that will protect Israel for decades to come.


An artist’s rendering of the ministry’s new headquarters.

It is Written to build new headquarters!















Hullander Red Back Hymnal Singings

Lead Chattanooga 2017

Positive Christian Singles With Robert Jones – 6-5-17

Jim Ricketts Memorial-Awana Benefit – 3-26-17

Gaither Vocal Band At Memorial Auditorium – July 16, 2016

Paul Belcher Concert – 11-19-16

Ivan Parker At Frawley Baptist Church

Midnight Cry At East Ridge Christian Church

Tennessee Christian Chamber Of Commerce 

The Barn In Hixson Gospel Singing

Paul Belcher Concert – 3-5-16

B-2-B – And All That Jazz



Her loss of faith is a familiar story. As writer Margaret Wheeler Johnson explains it, the personal integrity that religion instilled in her “made it impossible to maintain faith” in religion. A while back, Columbia University professor Mark Lilla made a similar disclosure; namely, the truth that led him to faith was the very thing that led him “out of faith.”  Read more…


What is the purpose of the rating system?
Movie ratings provide parents with advance information about the content of films to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their young children and at what age.  Ratings are assigned by a Board of parents who consider factors such as violence, sex, language, drug use and other adult activities and assign a rating they believe the majority of American parents would give a film.  Read more…


Multitudes are seeking happiness.  But for many it is elusive and temporary at best.  Is that because they are searching in the wrong places?  Real, lasting happiness cannot be found in earthly riches or in abundant possessions.  It is not found in prestige, popularity, or positions of power.  Worldly entertainments and sinful pleasures do not truly satisfy but result in emptiness, turmoil, and remorse.  Read more….

Seven Unbiblical Worldviews Too Many Christians Are Accepting

The Barna Group, in association with Summit Ministries, conducted a survey of practicing Christians to determine if Christians are influenced by false worldviews that oppose a biblical worldview. The results are shocking, and worrisome.  Read more….


For too long, the Howard School’s football field has been nearly unplayable.  “A dust bowl,” said coach John Starr. “We were playing football and dust was flying up.”  Not anymore.  Read more


You’re probably familiar with The Lord’s Prayer. It’s a passage of Scripture many believers (and even non-believers) know and recognize.  But there’s a key part I think many people don’t understand. Let’s go through the prayer together, beginning in Matthew 6:9 (KJV) …Read more

TODAY – By Gary Miller

Today is unique.  There is no other day more special than today.  Sure, we enjoy the precious memories of days gone by, and as we grow older, we may even become a bit nostalgic about our childhood memories.  But we have only today to do the deeds that will make memories tomorrow.

If we are visionaries….Read more


Let’s thank God for the wonderful rain!

God’s Power in Creation – By Lester Burkholder – click here


The 2016 election has revealed afresh a deep fissure—and a great opportunity.  By Mark Galli/ November 10, 2016


Christian Entertainment around the Chattanooga area

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Social Security Beneficiaries to See Paltry Increase in 2017

BAD IDEA:  City Council Considers Beer In Movie TheatersBeer sales are helping bolster movie concession sales elsewhere in the country, but opinions on the proposed expansion of such sales locally are mixed.






Q: I heard a sermon the other day about how we ought to be using our God-given abilities to help others, but I don’t think I have any particular talents. I’m just an ordinary church member, and besides that I’m getting older and my health isn’t very good. — Mrs. E.M.

A: Don’t think that you’re useless in God’s eyes — because you’re not. Even if you aren’t aware of it, God has given you at least one spiritual gift or ability — just as he has every other believer.

And God wants you to discover your gift and use it for his glory. No, yours may not be as public as someone else’s gift; not everyone (for example) is called to become a preacher or teacher (although some are). But that doesn’t mean your gift is any less important in God’s eyes — because it isn’t. Some people, for example, have a God-given gift for encouraging others, or being kind or merciful, or giving wise advice to those who need it. The Bible says we “do not all have the same function. … We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (Romans 12:4,6).

I can’t help but think, for example, of the men and women I’ve known over the years to whom God had given a special gift of prayer. We’re all called to pray, of course — but some people have been given a special anointing by God to pray. Many I’ve known were older or even disabled — but our ministry would have been impossible without them.

Ask God to show you what gift he’s given you. Then commit it (and your whole life) to Jesus Christ, and seek to use it to help others. The Bible says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

CHURCH PROVIDES AID FOR FLOOD VICTIMS – The Associated Press – 8-22-16

WALKER, La. — Outside the small town of Walker, Louisiana, a rural Baptist church has become an oasis for flood victims.

As waters rose amid torrential rains earlier this month, National Guard rescue crews dropped people off at South Walker Baptist Church because it sits on a ridge of relatively high ground in Livingston Parish near Baton Rouge. Even as flooding has receded in recent days, the church — like many other places across hardhit south Louisiana — has continued providing sustenance for the body and soul.

It sheltered 96 people in the days after the storm, and Pastor Mark Carroll said the sanctuary is still a dormitory for more than 20 who lost their homes, including a man who had been living in his car until Saturday. It is also housing volunteers who have come to help people rebuild.

With a congregation of about 100 and with help from the community, the church is offering hot meals, running a pantry stocked by donations from around the U.S. and conducting prayer services.

“It’s been this entire community,” Carroll said by phone Sunday. “We couldn’t have done anything without everyone, and I mean just about everyone, pitching in.”

OBEDIENCE IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER – Dr. Charles Stanley – 8-19-16

Obedience. It can be difficult and it can be unpopular, but it is undoubtedly the best way of life for believers. When we obey God, we demonstrate our love for Him and invite His blessings into our lives. Obedience is doing what God says, how He says it, and when He says to do it. Anything less is rebellion. Obedience or rebellion—with God there is no middle ground.


God has the power to turn evil into good – by Kevin Adams Kevin Adams 2 - senior pastor at Olivet Baptist

Wanted: A body was found buried in the Egyptian sand. The murderer has fled to Midian and is on the loose. He is armed with a rod and can be considered armed and dangerous.

Wanted: A gang leader of the group known as “Thirty Mighty Men” is wanted for multiple charges…Read more


A Day with Jordan Smith

Photography by Craig Tyndall at Lee University



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