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Christian Concepts: What is on your 2019 reading list?

Early last Friday morning I completed my fifty-third reading of the Scriptures. Monday, Dec. 17, 2018,  I began reading through them again. Some may wonder why I discipline myself to read through the Bible each year. Here are a few of my reasons. One cannot read about the life of Christ without realizing the Scriptures were important to Him, and if they were important to the Son of God, they should be important to me as His follower. I have never cared for someone telling me what to believe; I…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Merry Christmas

The countdown is finally coming to an end. Christmas is less than a week away and a brand-new year is less than two weeks away. Shopping, cooking, parties, Santa Claus and family gatherings seem to take precedence in our lives. Christmas is always such a fun time of year. The excitement can be found in both children and adults. Christmas Eve is always such a fun experience to watch … children counting the hours down until they can go to sleep so that Santa Claus will visit their house; cookies…

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The ACTS church to host gala

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. In honor of Apostle Donnie and Lady Leah Graham, The ACTS Church will be hosting a pastor appreciation gala, to celebrate their leadership. On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., people ages 16 and up can attend this black-tie affair. The ACTS Church, located at 185 SW Smith St., in Madison, is led by the Grahams. Apostle Donnie Graham is a native of Madison and serves as the general overseer of youth and young adult ministries for Destiny Changers Fellowship of…

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For those grieving this holiday season

Sheryl Boldt Guest Columnist Losing someone you love is incredibly hard. And now the holidays are upon you. That empty chair, with all its memories and sentiment, now seems to be the largest piece of furniture in your home. Tasks, any tasks, especially holiday-related ones, are overwhelming. You try not to allow your sadness to dampen the spirits of everyone around you, especially those who share your grief, but many days you fail. You appreciate the friends who want to be there for you, those who want to ease your…

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