• Have you ever been in a circumstance or situation in your life and wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” In actuality, it’s probably happened to you more than once. You find yourself in a season of change, loneliness, tragedy or a combination of these or other unfortunate circumstances.

  • Mt. Hermon Baptist VBS

    Mt. Hermon Baptist Church will have its Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 through Friday, July 20 at the church, 3415 Palmyra Road in Bedford.

    Pleasant View Baptist VBS

    Pleasant View Baptist Church will have its Vacation Bible School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 through Saturday, July 21.

    Mt. Byrd Christian VBS

  • As the story goes, at a synagogue in Eastern Europe when the Shema (the prayer that starts out “Hear O Israel, the Lord is one…”) was recited each week, half the congregation stood with hands raised and the other half remained seated.

    Although it might not have been a problem for this congregation, it was because each half insisted that their way was the synagogue’s tradition and, therefore, the right way.

    So, each week the standers stood and yelled at the sitters to stand up and the sitters sat and yelled at the standers to sit down.

  • I have a horse named Biscuit. He’s a flashy lad with a mind of his own. He has a stripe down his back and stripes on his legs. He has a white star on his forehead and black tips on his ears. He’s even managed to sneak a bit of white below his striped, black legs.

  • Since my husband and I have no beach getaway plans this summer, I thought it might be fun to take Sunday mornings and visit some out-of-town churches.

    So, a few weeks ago I researched online for churches that look interesting, making a list of ones to visit. The challenge: finding churches we both find interesting — we each look for different things in a church.

  • More than 150 students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester at the Ivy Tech Community College Madison campus. The college names to the Dean’s List any degree-seeking student who has accumulated 12 or more earned credit hours, is enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during the term involved, and earns a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

    The following area students, listed by their hometowns, were among those named to the Dean’s List.

  • MOREHEAD — INSIGHT, a postsecondary preparation program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired, was held on the Morehead State University campus June 9-16.

    In its 12th year, the program is a collaboration between MSU, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind, Kentucky Education Development Corporation (KEDC), and KSB Charitable Foundation.

    Participating in this year’s camp were 18 students, including Mason Tilley of Bedford.

  • The sands of time have done my eyes no favors. My arms have gradually shortened to the point that I can no longer read the directions on medicine bottles. For the past 10 years the safe dosage of any over the counter medicine remains a mystery to me. I do know that when my ears begin to ring I’ve taken too much.

  • It has been said, “history repeats itself.” I think that this is more than a random statement that someone made in the past. I believe there is truth spoken in these words. In fact, the Bible is full of history that would agree with this statement.

    Across centuries of time history records many accounts that seem to eventually be repeated again and again. One would think that by the 21st century, man would be wiser and more intelligent by having looked at the past with greater respect.

  • Lately, I’ve reconnected with a young woman I met years ago.

    In the past month or so she has rediscovered God. She said for many years she hadn’t believed, or maybe she believed but had put God in a back closet somewhere and shut the door.

    But recently, she opened the door to him and she contacted me to tell me about it. Ever since then she and I have been having conversations about faith and prayer and the love of God.

  • Hymn sing

    The Trimble County Hymn Sing will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 5, at Campbellsburg Baptist Church, 8320 Main St., in Campbellsburg.

    Milton Methodist VBS

    Milton United Methodist Church will have its Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 8-13 for preschool children through sixth grade. Pre-registration will be 5-6 p.m. July 8 and a family picnic will be at 6:30 p.m. July 13. For more info, call Beth at 859-613-2238.

  • UK names spring 2018 dean’s list students

    The University of Kentucky has released its dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. A total of 6,611 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

  • I know this topic is late. However, the relevance of this topic is just as timely for this week as it would have been for last week. I would like starting with a little story. A little girl came to her mommy and asked, “Mommy, if Santa Claus brings us our presents and God gives us our daily bread and Uncle Sam gives us social security, why do we keep Daddy around?” That little girl’s question could seem precocious or realistically thoughtful.

  • “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not” (1 John 3:1).

    This past Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day. I hope you had a wonderful day and that it was indeed, a special day. With this in mind I want to write to you about the subject of Fatherhood.

  • When I was a kid, my father’s mother owned a bakery.

    Whenever we’d visit her, we would come home with huge pink bakery boxes filled with assorted butter cookies, plus bags of bagels and loaves of bread and the best cinnamon rolls and bear claws you could ever eat.

    Fun fact: My dad used to say when Uncle Benny swept the floor at night, whatever he swept up was what he put on the bear claws as toppings.

    I’m pretty sure he was joking, or else he wanted to gross us out so he could eat all the bear claws.

  • Evangelist to visit Apostolic Pentecostal Church

    Evangelist Joseph Smith, associated with the ALJC Evangelistic Department, will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of the Living God, 124 Smith Lane, Bedford. Everyone is invited to come and be blessed.

    Hymn sing

    The Trimble County Hymn Sing will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 5, at Campbellsburg Baptist Church, 8320 Main St., in Campbellsburg.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    The Bedford Rotary club is happy to welcome new member Sue Ward to our ranks this June. Sue, along with fellow new member Dave Marye (see previous Banner article from June 14), bring rich life and career experiences to add to our diversified group of community involved individuals.