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The Old Testament Law contains 613 individual commandments. The majority of these are negative: “Thou shalt not” do such or so. These commandm...

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Stop falling on your face

When a mother giraffe gives birth, she will do so while standing up. So her calf’s first act is to fall six feet to the ground, crash landing on his face. Then, as if such an arrival wasn’t harsh enough, the youngling’s mother will continually knock him down when he attempts to stand. Only when completely exhausted will she allow him to stagger to his feet.This isn’t cruelty. It is the youngster’s first and most necessary lesson, a tough lesson for an ...

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Religion Calendar

Aug. 31— Sandhill will have their birthday celebration for the months of July, August and September during their morning worship service.Sept. 7— Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Clarkton will be celebrating their annual homecoming Sunday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. The theme is “Spreading the Good News At Home” Mark 5:19. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Staccato Powell, pastor of the Grace A.M.E. Zion Chu...

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‘The Preacher’ stood above all else

I grew up with a lot of religious rules. To violate these rules was to subject oneself to the judgment of God. If you had a fundamentalist upbringing, you may be familiar with some of these restrictions. No drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no playing cards or going to the movies, no mixed-bathing (a prospect that intrigued my teenage mind), no Sabbath-breaking (though we did not actually gather on the Sabbath), and absolutely no questioning of religious authority.

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The man behind the curtain

What do Kenosha, Wisc., and Cape Cod, Mass., have in common? Besides the fact that they are both splendid, waterfront communities, probably not much. Except this: Seventy-five years ago this week, these towns were the first public release points for one of the greatest films ever. “The Wizard of Oz.”Few movies have had such a prolonged, impactful history. It is consistently voted into the top ten of any “Greatest Movies” list, has been preserved by the Libra...

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