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Often, Thomas the Apostle gets a bad rap.  We even call him “doubting Thomas.” 

It is more than a sign of our times.  It is one of many signs of the resurrection. Victims are no longer silent. Moreover, the voices of victims are being heard.

Each day is a new opportunity to close the door on chapters completed in your life.  In 2003, my voice was added to this newspaper by writing the column called Moments of Inspiration.  It has been a privilege and blessing to me, in words that I cannot explain. Today, I share my final column.…

The Altavista Memorial Park, located on U.S. 29 just north of Altavista, will be the scene for the 47th annual community Easter sunrise service Sunday, April 5, at 7 a.m.

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Jefferson Choral Society’s presentation of “Bring on the Beatles!” It was a wonderful performance that I thoroughly enjoyed. One thing that I found particularly interesting about the choice of the music for this performance was the way in…

For many churches, Lent is a time of preparation for those expecting to be baptized on Easter, and if we are already baptized, it can be a time to recount, remember and reaffirm the promises and commitments made in our baptism. I imagine that depending on the church tradition, the words spok…

Discovering God’s unfolding purpose for your life is a daily journey, guided by the word of God.  After serving in the field of women’s ministry for over 20 years, I felt the unction of God to expand upon what He has already allowed me to experience. I believe God is in the process of connec…

Central Virginia Angel Hearts will hold the 12th annual Winter Angel Benefit Concert Saturday, Feb. 28, at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 20957 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg, at 7 p.m.

This Saturday, lovebirds all around our country will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. It is a day in which romance and love are lifted up, and where time is spent in the company of one’s significant other. Stores are decked out with pink and red hearts, candy and teddy bears galore.

From Isaiah 64:7, we hear, “Father, you are the potter, we are clay.  The work of your hands.”

Someone shared an interesting story with me about a man who lived in his community, who was known as the town drunk.  They called him Jack.  Jack apparently cared very little about himself or anyone else.  His only thought was how he would get the money to get what he wanted.  When he was so…

Aerobic exercise is not only good for your body, but also good for your mind.

Today, I am reflecting on the innovative musical genius of legendary gospel singer Andrae Crouch. He wrote spiritual hymns and gospel songs that resonated across generations and cultures. You may remember “Soon and Very Soon,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and one of my all-time favo…

New Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 7061 Dews Road near Hurt, invites the community to a special concert and fundraiser/food drive for Donation-A-Week-Neighbors (DAWN) on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m.

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

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Members of New Prospect Baptist Church and St. Victoria Catholic Church, both in Hurt, sing Christmas carols at the crèche on Main Street in Altavista on Dec. 17. SUBMITTED PHOTO/SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL

As we approach Christmas, I am still planning my family’s Christmas morning breakfast. This is one of the highlights of our celebration. Everyone seems to look forward to it. Coming together as a family affords us so many memories. I’ve learned to embrace these opportunities, to be thankful …

In the Bible, the coming of light describes the unique, saving experience of an encounter with God. In I John, the writer says, “This is the message that we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” There is no mistaking the fact tha…

Someone once said, “Regret looks back; worry looks around, but faith looks up!”

One of the things I most like about going to the beach is the dawn of the day. There is nothing quite like watching the sun come up over the horizon. On a clear day, all you can see at first is a very thin line of brightness. Then, incredible shafts of brilliant orange and rays of bright yel…

Altavista Postmaster Vince Martin shows the Christmas stamps his office has for sale this year. Eight stamps, including four related to the birth of Christ, are available. Martin advises people to mail early so their cards and packages will get to the destinations before Christmas.

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Kathy Perri, a member of the Donation-A-Week-Neighbors board, holds a check for the organization from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Fuel and Hunger Fund. The diocese provides a grant to DAWN two or three times a year. DAWN, located in the back of the Altavista Fire Company station on Ma…

The Virginia Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (VDH-OMHHE) has started its 100 Congregations for Million Hearts faith-based campaign, according to a VDH news release.

As we embark upon Thanksgiving, one of the things that stands out in my heart was when I was in elementary school. That was when we would study about the pilgrims and Indians as they shared the harvest of crops that God had blessed them with, giving thanks! The story always touched a soft sp…

A young man helps an elderly woman to cross the street. She tells him, “Thank you.” A passerby helps a man get his car out of a ditch. The man says, “Thank you.” The woman at the information counter gives a shopper direction to the restrooms. The shopper says, “Thank you.” God blesses us in …

Central Virginia Angel Hearts will host the seventh annual Friends of Angel Hearts Fall Benefit Concert Saturday, Nov. 22, at Beulah Baptist Church, located at 528 Leesville Road in Lynchburg, at 7 p.m.

Jesus loved to teach in parables. But there were also times in which Jesus allowed the situation itself to become the parable. Such is the case in Luke, chapter 17.

Madeline Key holds loaves of bread that will be among the items for sale at St. Victoria Catholic Church’s annual holiday bazaar Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Key has baked cakes, pies, pastries and bread for the bazaar, along with making jams and jellies. Others items that will be available at…

Teens and chaperones who went to Falcon Children’s Home, from left, were Matt Hazelwood, Alysha Hazelwood, Kay Hazelwood, Angie Varnadore, Kelsey Critchley, Thomas Crawley, Garner Dillard, Matt Hammock, Adam Hopkins and Gloria Dawson. SUBMITTED PHOTO/SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL

Bluefield College student Kalyn Dolan, left, of Gladys works on arts and crafts with children from Kroonstad, South Africa, during a spring break mission trip. SUBMITTED PHOTO/SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL

Lynch Station Baptist Church will celebrate its 140th anniversary this Sunday. Pictured in front of the church, from left, are Nancy Hughes and grandson Karsten, Stephanie Perrow, Margaret Dowdy, Connie Hill and Dale Perrow.

Members of the Hurt Pentecostal Holiness Church youth missions team and adults are, first row from left, Caila Dudley, Mackenzie DeLappe, Mitzi Brumfield, Becky Varnadore, David Law and Matt Hazelwood. Second row from left, Chelsie Dudley, Mallory Thacker, John Brumfield, Kay Hazelwood, Shir…

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From left, Claudette DeVercelly, Father Jim Gallagher and Kathy Perri stand in front of St. Victoria Church in Hurt before a Wednesday morning mass. The church and Gallagher recently celebrated anniversaries.