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In previous columns, I discussed what it means to find Mr. or Ms. "Right" and the importance of communication prior to and during a marriage. Below are 10 issues I see as vital in such communication for a soon-to-be-married couple. However, if you are married, keep in mind that these issues do not cease to be important for marital happiness (and success) once your marriage license is signed.

February 24, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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When people decide to marry, sometimes the excitement of it all causes the couple to put off asking obvious questions about their future life together. In cases where the couple knows there are differences or issues to discuss, they often simply assume they will "figure it out when the time comes." No sense in delving into differences while planning such a joyous occasion, right? Unfortunately, typically "the figuring out" part turns out to be more elusive than it originally appeared, and "the time" ends up coming when the couple is ill-prepared to deal with it.

February 17, 2016 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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As I think of the experiences I've had running a DivorceCare program and speaking with engaged couples in pre-marital counseling, the term "soul mate" comes to mind. I do not recall that phrase because it is something I ask about up, such as, "Do you think your spouse or fiancé is your soul mate?" Rather, I remember the many times those in counseling used this term to describe their feelings toward another person.

February 10, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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What does it mean to be "religious"?

February 02, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Years ago, when my daughter was in gymnastics at DEENOS (back when it was in Springfield), I would often chat with other parents as we waited for the girls to finish practice. I recall a conversation I had one evening with the mother of a new girl in the class.

January 27, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Some of the kindest, most authentic, well-adjusted, sincere and psychologically healthy people I have ever met are very involved in their church. Unfortunately, some of the meanest, hypocritical, dishonest and psychologically-impaired people I have ever met are also very involved in their church.

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Church


First Baptist of Springfield names family life center for late pastor Rollins

After the morning worship services at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, the congregation moved outside to the family life building for the formal dedication of the building in memory of late pastor Jeff Rollins.

January 12, 2016 | Staff report | Church


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As a bi-vocational pastor, I often cannot avoid the influence my position as professor of health science has on my role as pastor. Sometimes this is a good thing; other times probably not so much.

January 12, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney has a story not unlike others who have found their way to a deep faith. Swinney grew up in a family that was, by all accounts, dysfunctional. Living with an alcoholic father created a childhood filled with uncertainty, insecurity, anger and grief. Sports became an outlet for him.

January 05, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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The Christmas holidays may involve frantic schedules, multiple obligations and stress-filled travel, but they are also often filled with love.

December 29, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Most people know the game "Secret Santa," where friends, family or co-workers exchange Christmas gifts in a context of secrecy. But in Kansas City, the real Secret Santa operated covertly from 1979 to 2006. And he had a lesson for us all.

December 22, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, some 57 percent of Americans oppose Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, while roughly 25 percent support it. Conservatives were more evenly split in the poll, which has a margin of error of 4 percent.

December 15, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


There’s something about Christmas Eve

Come to church Christmas Eve. Bring your family.

December 08, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Hansent installed as Bible Lutheran pastor

Rev. Dave Hansen was installed as pastor of Bible Lutheran Church on Nov. 22, Christ the King Sunday. He was installed by Rev. Larry Lystig, pastor emeritus of Word of God Lutheran Church in Peachtree City. Rev. Rod Stephenson, retired LCMC pastor, read the Gospel lesson, Mark 10:42-45, and the Rev. James Cavanah, Th.D., pastor of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, preached the sermon. Members and guests were invited to the fellowship hall following the service for refreshments and finger foods.

December 08, 2015 | Staff report | Church


Felipes named Gartland Award recipients

Mike Felipe and Cynthia Felipe have been named recipients of the Gartland Award for 2015.

December 01, 2015 | Staff report | Church


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No pastor likes to see a divorce, though we certainly understand they are a reality of life. We are in good company as Jesus did ...

April 27, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Boxing is increasingly becoming part of mainstream entertainment. What used to be reserved for Showtime, HBO and pay-per-view is now Saturday night network television.

April 20, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Annual Sunday School Convention to be held May 1

The Rev. P.H. Crumpler, a Methodist, is more or less given credit for forming the Effingham County Sunday School Association. It is said that ...

April 20, 2016 | Staff report | Church


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God does this incredible thing in churches. He always seems to make sure His places of worship have what they need to accomplish their mission ...

April 13, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Like many Christians, I would like to see the values I find in the Christian faith also in those running this country, including our president.

April 05, 2016 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Last Tuesday, perhaps as many as eight individuals associated with the Islamic State brought about the deaths of 35 people by setting off two explosions ...

March 30, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


When expectations don’t match reality

Sometimes, the cause of our unhappiness is the picture we have in our head of how our life is supposed to be.

March 23, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Like many Christians, I would like to see the values I find in the Christian faith also in those running this country, including our president.

March 16, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Sometimes the best advice we receive can appear too simple.

March 09, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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In earlier columns, I have described the communication necessary before and during a marriage, and some of the important issues that should be on the ...

March 02, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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