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“…For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) In 1 Samuel 13:14, God expressed how He sought out “a man after His own heart” to rule over His people. He chose David to become king. Now David was not the “perfect” example of a human being by any means. He made mistakes and errors just like everyone else. David had even committed murder later on in his life. Some would consider that a “big sin”. However, David was quick to repent and truly turn away from those mistakes and sins.

A New Beginning

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” -Philippians 3:13 (KJV) Sometimes as we start a brand new year, thoughts of rehashing the past creep in…. Thoughts of “woulda…coulda…shoulda”…. The good… the bad… the ugly. But God has a different perspective about it all. Forget about it! With this New Year, we can start a new beginning….. a do-over…. according to God’s plans, purposes, and pursuits for our life. But you may be asking yourself… “HOW??!!

Five AM Faith and Fitness

The early bird catches the worm, right? Or in this case, the early bird gets fit! Elaine Monagas, owner of New U Weight Loss Center has started an early morning fitness group for anyone who wants to get healthy. The group meets at 5 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at her shop located in – plaza on Northcliffe Blvd and they head out on a journey to get fit together. I’ll admit, I’m not a morning person. Elaine had been inviting me to join the group for a few weeks and I kept putting it off because I couldn’t bring myself to get up and active that early.

Conquer Fear

Today’s topic is FEAR. Fear is something we all have. It’s so common that not a day goes by without it affecting our lives. Unfortunately fear has the power to paralyze us. I once heard a motivational speaker explaining FEAR as “False Expectations Appearing Real.” How true is that? Think of all the fears you have- aren’t they truly just expectations of the worst case scenarios coming to life? We create these scenarios in our minds, these things we expect to happen and most of the time they are unfounded.

New rabbi, Jewish center coming to Spring Hill


Rabbi Chaim and Seema Lipszyc with their two young children, Chana and Nissim Chai.

A rabbi and his family have moved from Brooklyn, New York to start a Jewish Center for the Hernando County community.

"I want to share our vision for the Chabad Center. To create a home for everything Jewish. Where everyone feels welcome as family," said Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc. "Regardless of background or previous experience or how one labels themselves. We see everyone as Jewish period. No labels. We welcome all to participate in celebrating the joys of Judaism," explained Lipszyc.

Operation Christmas Child

Brooksville’s First Baptist Church hosted a “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child on 11/19/16. What is a packing party? And what exactly is Operation Christmas Child? I’m glad you asked! Operation Christmas Child is a project by international charity Samaritan’s Purse- a Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. This project is intended to spread God’s love and hope by delivering shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to children in need overseas.

All Ye that Labor...

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matt. 11:28 (KJV)


Rest and relaxation. We all need it from time to time, whether from doing hard physical labor or from mental exertion and stress. When you have exercised on that “treadmill of life,” God invites us to come to Him and He promises to give us His rest. What is this “rest” that God is talking about that He wants to give us? It is His restorative healing power of whatever we need at that moment, whether physical or mental. The kind of rest that restores our soul and body.

Pray on Election Day: Local Church offers Election Day Service

photography provided by Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Election Day Service at Holy Cross Lutheran in Spring Hill

On Election Day, Holy Cross Lutheran Church will offer a special service to reconcile the struggles citizens have faced during this election cycle. The service will be the first of its kind for Holy Cross Lutheran. Pastor Peter Morey who has been with Holy Cross Lutheran in Spring Hill since 2014, expressed deep concern with the toll the election has taken on spirituality in America.

"I have members of my congregation who are no longer welcome in their family's homes."