The picture showed up on my phone of a tiny newborn baby. I was immediately captivated and wondered for just a moment. Then I realized it was my nephew’s and niece’s long-awaited son and the rejoicing began.

AVON PARK — In anticipation of the formal reopening of the “Twice as Nice Shoppe” at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2, J.P. O’Connor, senior pastor at Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Community Services Director Mavis Sager show one of the signs to be used at the ribbon cutting ceremony that …

There is only one way to eternal life and any other thought up way means eternal condemnation. Let’s start with Mark 4:12; KJV. Jesus states here that one must not just see but, perceive and not just hear but, understand.

See the shepherd on the hills with his sheep. His staff has protected and rescued little lambs who strayed away from the flock.

At 10:30 p.m., we turned in for a good night’s sleep only to be awakened around 2:30 a.m. Three successive beeps and the sudden snuffing out of our neighbor’s driveway light assured me a power failure had thrust us into utter darkness that seemed almost touchable.

This week, we will conclude our series of lessons on faith, works, and grace. As we have read in the Bible, all of these factors must be present if we desire an eternal home in Heaven. When one puts his faith into action and obeys God’s plan of salvation, he comes in contact with the cleansi…

Just after a horrific event such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the attack on September 11th, the US military often sees a spike in enlistment. Those are tragic events marked in our country’s history. However, there is a great war being fought every single day; it is a war for our souls. …

An excerpt from the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite, protégé of St. Paul: “Oh hand of God, you are gentle to my soul, but by your look alone the earth trembles [Ps. 104:32], the nations melt and faint, and the mountains crumble! For you, O divine life, never wound unless to heal; when y…

O God, whose parental care reaches to the ends of the earth: We humbly ask you graciously to behold and bless those we love, now absent from us. Defend them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both they and we, drawing nearer to you, may be bound together by your love in the co…

Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit, the only sin according to Jesus that cannot be forgiven. Matthew 12:31; Luke 12:10; Mark 3:28-30 KJV. How many people today who are in anguish over this and constantly in conflict with themselves. You blaspheme the Holy Spirit; you will be condemned forever in t…

Their little ‘faces’ draw me to take a closer look. The bright variety of colors and their gentle beauty awakens newness of life to me. Their ‘smiles’ hint at the joyful promise of spring.

Previously, we talked about the fact that God’s grace saves us. God’s grace is offered to us freely, and it is this free gift (one we do not deserve) that gives us eternal life. Let us also remember that there is nothing that we can do to earn this grace or “work our way into Heaven.” Howeve…

You may recall, in January of 2020, the Lord showed me a picture of Adam and Eve, in the garden, the moment after taking the forbidden fruit. The word, “Exposed” was superimposed over the picture. The rest of the year played out that word. Unprecedented corruption, exposed. Unprecedented fea…

“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). Please observe carefully the array of witnesses listed in verses 5-8. It is interesting to note the writing of Muhammad some 600 years AFTER the resurrection: “And …

Snuggling under the warm covers, I sighed into the silence. Perhaps now I could fall asleep.

Our friend Nick saw form and beauty in a block of wood. And his handcrafted boot captivated my attention.

Over the course of several recent articles, we have discussed numerous topics on how to receive our eternal salvation. As always, we have allowed God to give us these answers through the study of His holy word, the Bible. First, we discussed why faith is absolutely fundamental and necessary …

Scientists have been trying to disprove the existence of God for many years. One such scientist many may recognize is Charles Darwin. In 1859 he wrote a book called “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.” He theorized evolution declared that species survived through a proce…

The chimes were singing in the wind as the flurries of snow swirled and danced on the breeze. The sun was shining which made the whole scene spectacular.

Avon Park Holiness CampAVON PARK — The Camp will have a worship service at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 12 in the Tabernacle featuring One Mission Society President Dr. Robert Featherlin as the spreaker. All are welcome. On Tuesday, March 16, in the Tabernacle we will have a Bible study on “The M…

In recent weeks, we discussed the subjects of faith and works. We learned from the Bible there are two types of faith: a living faith and a dead faith. The last half of James 2 describes a faith accompanied by works as a living faith. However, verses 17 & 26 of the same chapter define a …

Our soon-to-be granddaughter, floated down the church aisle wearing an exquisite gown as she rested her hand on the arm of her dad. The design, flow and intricate details enhanced her gracefulness … her veil trailing in an almost windswept fashion.

As the rhythms of the calendar pass by this year, we are viewing them through the lens of being in a season of grieving. We are in the season of Lent, which focuses on prayer, fasting and a simpler life. It is a somber time leading up to Easter.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages …

Ever see the cartoon where a person has an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other? They are great representations of the two kinds of people looking to help those who feel alone, lost and those searching for something just not quite certain what it is? This is the playground for a tu…

AVON PARK — Avon Park has some old buildings that have stood the test of time – a long time. One of them is the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. A special milestone has been reached – the 100th anniversary of the sanctuary – and to celebrate the church is planning an event for…

Initiative President Justine Devlin began the first meeting of the year of the HAII (Heartland American-Israel Initiative) by reading the group’s mission “to support and promote vigorously the long-standing partnership between the United States and Israel by heightening awareness at the gras…

Previously, we discussed the necessity of faith in one’s life if eternal salvation is the ultimate goal. We called it the “most basic building block for anyone who would desire a relationship with God.” However, is faith alone enough to save anyone? Let us turn to the Bible and see what God …

Change. It affects each one of us in one way or another. It is said that the only sure thing is change. But this year has no parallel.

Sebring Church of the Nazarene welcomes Kyle and Ren Montgomery along with their son, Jase. Kyle and Ren joined the staff on Feb. 1.

SEBRING — Rev. Mark Montgomery, lead pastor of the Sebring Church of the Nazarene, announced the addition of three new staff members.

One day at a time became one week, month and year … at a time. I set my face forward and walked in faith, love and hope in God, prayer and the support and love of family and friends.

A small farming community once found itself in the midst of a severe drought. If rain did not come soon, the crops would surely die. Seeing the despair all around him, the local preacher called upon the power of prayer. Quoting Jesus in Matthew 21:22, the preacher said, “And all things you a…

As a Christian young woman of 34 years with a 7-year-old son, to meet and marry a Christian man was probably impossible … or so I was told.

=There is perhaps nothing more difficult for a parent to face than the death of a child. The natural order of life anticipates that a child will outlive his or her parents. When this order is reversed, the grief can be devastating, especially when the child who dies is young. Though there ar…

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