Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Christianity in Eastern Kentucky

My apologies for the delay in posting lately. I've been on the road most of the past two weeks. Both for business and for pleasure. In the pursuit of pleasure, I spent a week driving to, through, and from eastern Kentucky with my father of 77 years. After many years of research by myself and others into the origins of my paternal ancestors, we discovered a rich history of pioneer life in the hills of Appalachia. Dad wanted to see the terrain and topography before departing this world for the next.

In my reading on area history, I had learned that Christianity entered Kentucky through settlers, mostly Episcopal, and the circuit riders, mostly Methodist. Thus, Kentucky began and eastern Kentucky remained a staunchly Protestant Christian territory. Driving along creeks and up over mountains seemed only to confirm the areas history. Numerous small white churches, usually Baptist or Church of God, dotted the landscapes. Larger towns might harbor a brick or stone Methodist church.

While exploring the bigger towns like Middlesboro, Pineville, Harlan, Prestonburg, and Salyersville, I was amazed to find Catholic churches. Not new catholic churches, but old Catholic churches. That had not been in my reading. Turns out that had I bothered to check with the Diocese of Lexington beforehand, I need not have been surprised. Nearly every community of size in eastern Kentucky has a Catholic Church.

Nonetheless, dad was very happy to have seen Stinking Creek, stood atop the Cumberland Gap, traversed the length of Martin's Fork, toured Prater's Fort, and visited Hazel Green, the alleged birthplace of his father. Dad also discovered that if one wants homestyle cooking one need only visit the closest Cracker Barrel restaurant. The national chains and Chinese buffets have taken over Appalachia. God bless and preserve Jerry's Restaurant in Prestonsburg. They at least offered a vegetable plate.

Source: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington

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