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‘Living on Purpose’: With God, it’s all about our attitude

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We know how important it is to have a good attitude and the correct motives, especially when it comes to approaching God. Here are two Bible stories that expose the human conscience and identify why some people seem to overlook what is really important in their quest for satisfaction and security. Our first example is […]

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Parents can guide, but children make their own choices

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How many parents have waited for the day when their child’s eyes would suddenly be opened and, like the prodigal, they will finally see the truth and change their ways? Mothers and fathers dearly love their kids, but, unfortunately, things do not always go as planned and many difficult children have caused their parents much […]

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May a popular month for Communion ceremonies

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The sacrament of First Holy Communion is one of the more momentous occasions in a young Christian’s life. Many families find the day is so significant that they host parties after the ceremony. New communicants are given presents at these parties and relatives and friends express pride in the youngster’s continuing devotion to his or […]

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Gift ideas abound for first-time communicants

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A new Bible or a first set of rosary beads make great gifts for children who just received their First Holy Communion. Parents, aunts, uncles, and even older brothers and sisters often look on with pride when their young relatives receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. One of three Sacraments of Initiation within the Catholic […]

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Religious giving and tithing today

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Nonprofit organizations rely on the generosity of donors to help them meet their mission statements. Billions of dollars are donated to charities each year, but few people may know that religious organizations are among the biggest beneficiaries of Americans’ charitable largesse. According to data from the National Study of American Religious Giving and the National […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: The passion of Christ is our eternal hope

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. This is the time of year when Christians remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a season when His followers are focused […]

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Bible outlines Christian principles about money

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The Bible has many things to say about mankind’s relationship with money. Debt: Romans 13:8, which implores us to “owe nothing to anyone but to love them” often comes to mind when thinking of the Biblical verses about “owing.” Other include: “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: There is more to being rich than having money

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. We often hear the term “it’s all about the money,” but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to hope and a […]

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The presence of faith within community

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. The idea of faith within any community usually leads to thoughts about various types of churches, and this can definitely be a part of it; […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: God desires that we place our hope in Him

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. Hope is one of those dynamic words that deserves the title of catalyst when it comes to change. It is a spiritual attribute that God’s […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Compassion, mercy are the heart of God

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. For those who have visited a nursing home or a medical care facility, you know what I mean when I refer to these places as […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Darkness cannot overcome the light of God’s presence

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It’s amazing to think that without light, there is complete darkness. Thank God, every morning He directs the sun to rise, which allows us to see without stumbling and having to feel our way around like a blind person. Spiritually speaking, we were all born into spiritual darkness and are only given our vision when […]

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