God does not force us to love Him

For those who are interested in the life after this one, there is no doubt some curiosity about where we are going and how to get there. The followers of Christ place their faith in His promises and believe He has the power to save and secure a place in heaven for them. Others who prefer to live their own way are somewhat more skeptical and independent in their thinking. As a minister, I spend most of my time thinking, talking or writing about our spiritual life and most of the time the conversation will include questions about our progress according to God’s perspective.

Spring Means Freedom, New Life for the Faithful


Adon Taft for 37 of his 48 years as a reporter was religion editor for The Miami Herald. Now retired in Brooksville, FL, he can be reached at

Spring is a time for flowers to burst into bloom, trees to tremble with new leaves, showers to scrub the skies until a rainbow shows through — all signs of new life!

Fittingly, the joyful religious events of this season in both Judaism and Christianity bear the promise of freedom and a new life for those who will believe.

Though some solemn events were part of its past, a light-hearted spirit will mark Judaism’s ritual meal of the Seder this Saturday night launching Passover, a week-long celebration of the freeing of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt.

Easter Sunday Services in Hernando County


Easter Sunrise Service, Linda Pedersen Park 6300 Shoal Line Blvd, Hernando Beach, at 7:15 AM.

Crosspoint Church, Challenger K8 School, 13400 Elgin Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34609. 9:30 & 11 AM.

Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34608. 9AM & 10:30 AM.

Grace World Outreach Church 20366 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601. 9 & 11 AM.

Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee, FL 34613. 8AM, 9:30, & 11:15 AM.

A practical way to live in God’s peace

by William F. Holland Jr., DD., C.ED.D., Minister/Chaplain

Every now and then I’m asked why I do not express my thoughts about political and social issues. Of course, I have personal opinions about all that is going on just like you, but do we really need more repetitive commentary especially when it comes to confirming how disturbing the world has become? How could I help anything by joining in with the crowd to criticize and argue about problems which are politically and socially divisive?

Church at Heart of Black History


Adon Taft

Any history — including Black history — of what now is the United States must begin with the church and the faith it represents.

When Juan Ponce de Leon planted a cross in Florida soil on Easter Sunday, 1513, and took formal possession of the land around what now is St. Augustine in the name of Ferdinand of Spain, religion lay claim to the history of the region.

Possessing the land for the Spanish sovereign was the same as taking title for the Roman Catholic Church, for the king was the secular head of the church by direct commission of the Pope.

‘Deep State,’ ‘Fake News,’ Are Not New

Adon Taft for 48 years was a reporter and editor for The Miami Herald and taught social studies at Miami-Dade Community College. He lives in Brooksville, FL, and can be reached at [email protected]

Portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale circa 1850

Adon Taft

The idea of a “deep state” and “fake news’ is not new with the Trump administration. It began with critics of our first president, George Washington, whose birthday anniversary we celebrate Feb. 19.

As far as the east is from the west

by Dr. William Holland

Someone said, “Our lives are defined by opportunities, including the ones we miss. Let us not weep over chances we have missed, but rather for the ones we did not take.” When I look back over my life, I can see where I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’ve also missed out on some wonderful opportunities. Maybe you are saying the same thing. If so, I encourage you to resist the temptation to live in regret. Humans are fallible creatures and we all make wrong choices but at least our disappointment reveals that we care and that’s a good thing.

God is my Helper

“God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” (Psalm 54:4 NASB) The Lord is your Helper. He will always sustain you. If you put your trust in Him, God will honor that and WILL come through for you and do whatever it takes to bring you to other side… past the obstacle, past the dilemma, past the hardship that you are facing now. God is your deliverer. Put your hope and trust in Him. He will see to it that you are provided for in every way.