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By CHRIS COPLEY | | March 31, 2013
Easter is seen as a children's holiday. Kids dye eggs, munch chocolate bunnies and scramble to grab the most plastic eggs at the community egg hunt. It's a happy, simple day of candy and bunnies. Easter can be uplifting. Coming in early spring, it coincides with flowers blooming, birds nesting and animals coming out of hibernation - all signs of renewed life. For Christians, Easter is not simply inspiring. It is the high point of the year - the annual commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus, when he showed sin and death had no power over him, and that by believing in his message, believers also could be saved from sin and death.
March 18, 2004
Quote Bible correctly To the editor: If you're going to use the Bible in defense of your argument, then please use it accurately. To say that Jesus never spoke out against homosexuality and that the Old Testament has been faded out and replaced by the New is a gross misinterpretation of biblical facts. I'm sure that Jesus wouldn't appreciate people misquoting Him. We can gather from his teachings exactly where he stands in relation to these issues. Jesus stated emphatically that he did not do away with the significance of the Old Testament but rather expanded its meaning.
by TARA REILLY | March 26, 2005 HALFWAY - The large crucifix that normally adorns the wall at Saint Joseph Catholic Church was noticeably missing on Good Friday. The church also had been stripped of ornaments, the door on the empty tabernacle was left open and the altar bare. All of the changes were solemn reminders of Jesus' death on the cross and his willingness to die for the salvation of mankind. Bishop W. Francis Malooly, western vicar of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, described Jesus' crucifixion during the Service of the Lord's Passion and Death as God's plan for redeeming love.
March 13, 2008
Virginia Avenue Church of God Associate Pastor Shawn Bushman, center, in the role of Jesus, plays in "His Story" Wednesday night during a special showing for members of the congregation. Public performance dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. each evening. Doors at the 17306 Virginia Ave. church open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, although an offering is accepted. Because of the drama's popularity, it is not unusual for all seats to be filled, which means people must be turned away.
By MARLO BARNHART | March 24, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Carli Shank was a natural for her first role in the second performance of the Easter drama, "His Story," 10 years ago at Virginia Avenue Church of God. That year, she was called upon to lie in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes while portraying the baby Jesus in the church's Easter drama. Then just 6 months old, Carli, now 10, was perfect for the role. She was tended by Mary and Joseph, portrayed that year by Paula Bushman and Steve Shifflett. The first year, the baby Jesus was a doll.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 22, 2000
Tri-State area ministers and priests took pages from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in preparing Easter Messages for today saying the resurrection of Jesus is a call for Christians to think about a renewal of their own lives. "Easter is God's triumph over all of the things we humans believe are final, things we have no escape from, like death," said the Rev. Stan Jones, a priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Trinity Episcopal brought back an old tradition this year with Baptism following the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, Jones said.
By DAVID YOUNT / Scripps Howard News Service | December 29, 2008
A reader recently complained that religion is based on "just a bunch of stories. " I replied that the stories happen to be true - not necessarily as science, history, or journalism - but as an indication of how things are and how people are meant to be. One reason adults become skeptical about religion is because their faith rests on stories they learned in childhood. Jonah and the Whale, Daniel in the Lion's Den, and Noah and the Ark are vivid tales that appeal to the imagination rather than to our intellects.
By ALBERT G. SALTER | July 11, 2012
Poor Allan Powell. He seems to have shaken the foundation of Christianity with a column founded on fact and acute observation. Professor Powell is an asset to The Herald-Mail and we readers value his insights. The letters of Roger Stone and Phillip Snyder attack him for his knowledge of American history and religion. Thomas Jefferson, our most brilliant and thoughtful president on the subject of religious freedom, has beenĀ  pulled this way and that way in a tug of war by libertarians, humanists, fundamentalists and agnostics since the founding of our nation.
By LISA PREJEAN | December 21, 2007
The scent of evergreens, the jingle of bells, the warmth of a fire, the crinkle of ribbon, the twinkle of lights ... the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas are all around us. We're busy preparing for this holiday and are quite immersed in it, so we should be quite familiar with it. But are we really? We start to sing a Christmas carol and have to hum through the third line. Mom's cookie recipe was really basic - until it was attempted from memory. We remember the Christmas stories we've heard, but sometimes the details are fuzzy.
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