"Focus on the things above"


The Easter and Passover holidays of 2020 will be remembered for the virtual lockdown that the nation was under. People celebrated the holidays in different ways. Some celebrated at home talking to family over video chat, attending online services and some went to drive-in church services. 

Normally holidays are a chance to reconnect with family and friends. Holidays mark the few times a year that many extended families get together. This year there were few of these family gatherings as the families stayed apart to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Faith-based group transforming lives


In 2017, a point-in-time count on just one night throughout America, found that more than a half a million people were homeless, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Homelessness is described as “persons without a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence,” as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 


We all stand on common ground when it comes to making bad choices and terrible decisions but this does not have to be the end of our story. Missing the mark is common when we give our emotions the power to guide and lead us and we can make a mess out of things in a hurry. However, there is a huge difference between allowing our mistakes to keep us in the bondage of hopelessness and believing that he can save and deliver us.

Let patience have its perfect work

Difficult times are not something we enjoy going through, in fact, we usually try to avoid even talking about them. When trouble comes, the first thing we ask is why is this happening and if we are not cautious, we can easily be drawn into a full-blown mental, emotional and spiritual breakdown. You would think as many of these storms that we have experienced, we would be learning how to handle them, but for the most part, we are just as shocked and confused as all the times before.

Faith and Patience: The Power Duo

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

(Hebrews 10:36 KJV)


“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

(James 1:4 KJV)


No one likes to talk about “having patience” it seems.

In today’s world, we want it now and don’t want to wait.

But patience is so much more than just waiting for the “sweet by and by”.

Hillside Community Baptist hosted Living Nativity


Last weekend rural Brooksville was transformed into the the towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem when Hillside Community Baptist Church presented The Road to Bethlehem, a live Nativity. Members of the congregation played the parts of Joseph, Mary, the innkeeper, shepherds and angels. A live burro and goats completed the tableau. 

Thoughts of Christmas

It was probably in a cave in the spring. 

And it probably stunk.

The heavy odor of urine and ripe manure, the musky perspiration of draft animals and the steady hum of flies. But it was someplace, in out of the elements, and in that filth she bore her child.

Not at home, or with her family, but in her husband’s ancestral village. A strenuous walk for a pregnant woman, come to be tallied and taxed, the only respite on the bony and swaying back of an ass.

And angels sang.