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The Cedar County Baptist Fifth Sunday services will be held Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, located on Route DD in Cedar Springs north of U.S. 54, six miles east of El Dorado Springs. Everyone is invited to attend.

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I love a good comeback story, anyone else? Some of my favorite movies end with a comeback twist. Or what about a great sports story? I remember several years back when my sister's softball team, the East Carter Lady Redbirds, were off battling for a chance at the final four. It was the last …

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Singing their first Easter Sunday song at First Southern Baptist Church, front from left, are Hope Froelich, Autumn Froelich and Regan Holdeman; middle, Logan Holdeman, Raelyn Henderson and Reagan Froelich; and back, Stacie Spurgeon and Chad Burton.

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An Easter egg hunt for children took place Saturday, March 31, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in a field next to the church, off Mo. 39. Youngsters spread out looking for colorful Easter eggs, and later an airplane flew overhead and dropped prizes.

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Have you ever noticed how when asked the question, tell me about yourself, people seem to always lead with a title, job position or what they do for a living? Myself, for instance, I usually say, “I am a homeschool mom of three crazy people.” Or my husband, he often leads with, “I am a subst…

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Growing up in the Roman Catholic Church, the Thursday before Easter was Holy Thursday. In fact, the whole week before Easter was Holy Week, and still is. In the Protestant tradition, churches other than Roman Catholic or Orthodox, the day is often called Maundy Thursday. The word “maundy” co…

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Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. —2 Corinthians 10:5

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Easter is a glorious celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Yet to truly understand and bring out the fullness of Easter, we need to go to the darkness and events of Good Friday of why Jesus had to die. Without Good Friday, Easter quickly can become another commercial holiday, quickly los…

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Celebrate Recovery is a weekly meeting helping people with hurts, hang-ups and habits to work through and find freedom in Jesus Christ. It’s a forever family which follows eight principles from the Beatitudes and 12 steps like AA, but based on and supported by Scripture.

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Recently I read a story about a taxi driver in India by the name of Harpreet Dev. Apparently, the 30-or-so-year-old man is well known for his reverse driving skills. In his story, he tells us that it happened by accident. He had been driving his Fiat Padmini and it had gotten stuck in revers…

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The Stockton United Methodist Church choir will present a Palm Sunday mini-cantata at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 25, commemorating the last week in Jesus’ earthly life.

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The Stockton United Methodist Church choir will present a Palm Sunday mini-cantata at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 25, commemorating the last week in Jesus’ earthly life.

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Does anyone else love Chip and JoAnna Gaines? They are my renovation heroes. As a matter of fact, when we built our home a couple of years ago, I went all Magnolia Farmhouse with it. I love her taste in decor and her willingness to repurpose old things and make them beautiful. While “Fixer U…

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Zachary Hindman first felt called to the ministry as a teenager. Years later, with a wife and three children, he now finds himself as pastor of Stockton Assembly of God.

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A kitchen fire at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church at the intersection of Route J and Mo. 32, in Stockton has led to the cancellation of two seasonal events.

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The Apostle Paul impressed on the Philippians believers the importance of a positive attitude. In chapter 4 he pleads with two women of the church to find a way to make peace. These women had “contended at my side in the cause of the gospel,” but had come to a diversion of ideas, and no doub…

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I can still remember sitting in science class back in elementary school and learning about cause and effect for the first time. I was never very good or very interested in science, but cause and effect was one of those things I found fascinating. With every cause, there is an effect. This bl…

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The Council of Catholic Women of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church will serve its 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the church located near the intersection of Missouri 32 and Route J in Stockton. The menu consists of corned beef and cabbage,…

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The Philadelphia Eagles may have won the Super Bowl, but the Stockton Presbyterian Church now can lay claim to the title of Souper Bowl champions.

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The Stockton Chapter of the Knights of Columbus will hold a Lenten fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, located near the intersection of Highways 32 and J in Stockton.

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Twelve a.m., 3:20 a.m., 5 o’clock a.m. The darkness and my thoughts were surrounding me, suffocating me, and if I cried out to God once to please let me sleep, I made the request a hundred times.

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Each year Stockton Presbyterian Church hosts a mammoth garage sale in its fellowship hall. All funds raised support the ministries of Stockton Presbyterian Church, 13900 E. Highway 32, one mile west of the square. The annual garage sale is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 1-2; and 8…

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Sunday, Feb. 25 was a day of celebration at Herriman Chapel Church. Pastor Brent and Jennifer Bland presented Cleetis Hackleman with a bouquet of flowers in honor of her 95th birthday. Brent Bland recognized her role modeling faithfulness and steadfastness throughout her life. Surrounding he…

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Join us from 5-7 p.m Friday, Feb. 23, for our fourth Friday state dinner, serving presidential favorites. The menu includes meat loaf (Nixon), chicken enchiladas (Clinton), pork adobo (Bush), hot dogs (Roosevelt), mac and cheese (Jefferson, he discovered it in Paris), buttered corn (Harrison…

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Join us from 5-7 p.m Friday, Feb. 23, for our fourth Friday state dinner, serving presidential favorites. The menu includes meat loaf (Nixon), chicken enchiladas (Clinton), pork adobo (Bush), hot dogs (Roosevelt), mac and cheese (Jefferson, he discovered it in Paris), buttered corn (Harrison…

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Stockton Christian Church’s annual rummage sale is from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16; and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the church’s activity center.

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The Stockton Chapter of the Knights of Columbus will hold its annual Lenten fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Peter’s Church, Route J and Mo. 32.

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Have you ever wondered if there is more to your life? Do you have a purpose and if so what is it? Or perhaps you’re living the life, so to speak and you aren't concerned if there's more, because from where you sit, life couldn't be better. No matter how you may think, scripture assures us of…

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Prayer, how do you do it? If you look in any bookstore you will find multiple books teaching multiple ways to pray. There are many ways to pray. After all, prayer is a conversation with God. Unfortunately, we often are distracted and called away from our time of prayer, and we find ourselves…

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Join us from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, for an amazing Asian night. Our first Fourth Friday dinner of the year is an Asian night featuring egg drop soup; fried rice; Asian potatoes; and your choice of cashew chicken, sweet and sour chicken or beef and broccoli; crab rangoon, egg rolls and a f…

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My youngest son, Tyler, as you may remember, struggles with reading. It is one of those giants he’s always had to face. This school year we decided we were sick of staring the giant in the face and tried a new approach to reading and it worked. While he hasn’t learned to read on his grade le…

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What if, that seems to be my go-to line when visiting with the most high lately. I feel like my prayer time turns into convincing God he’s got the wrong girl. Surely he made a mistake when he went down his list of to-dos, my name got mixed up with Cathy.

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Join us from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, for an amazing Asian night. Our first Fourth Friday dinner of the year is an Asian night featuring egg drop soup; fried rice; Asian potatoes; and your choice of cashew chicken, sweet and sour chicken or beef and broccoli; crab rangoon, egg rolls and a…

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When you hear the words 12-step, you first might think, I don’t have a problem with drugs or alcohol, that’s not for me. For some 12-step programs, that would be right, but not Celebrate Recovery.

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Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 21853 S. 1500 Rd, Nevada, will host Cedar County Missionary Baptist Association Fifth Sunday services on Friday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 30.

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The Tri-County Baptist Group will hold its regular Fifth Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Lebanon, following 10 a.m. Sunday school, with preaching by Brother Joe Sprague.

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Community of Christ Church will have a free breakfast of biscuits and gravy from 8-10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and everyone is welcome. The church is at 500 RB Road, Stockton.