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Religion

  • When the lights go out

    A storm came through our area in Grant County on March 1 and many of us lost power for our homes and business. I personally had no air conditioning power and had some flooding issues in my apartment due to a tree falling on power lines nearby. When we do lose power and the lights go out we are essentially forced to go back to primitive times of when there was no electricity nor power plants nor electrical poles or cables at all.

  • Desperate as a leper

    To understand the title of this article you must first consider the condition in which lepers lived. Every case of leprosy was severe and could rarely be treated. You were considered an outcast and cursed if you had leprosy in Biblical times.
    Even when entering a community or populated area, the leper had to hold a rag over their face and cry, “Unclean, Unclean!” The disease would start out as white spots on the flesh, and would over time consume the body.

  • A grand illustration: The potter, the clay

    One of the things I love about the Bible is the fact that it is full of grand illustrations put on by the Grand Illustrator. In the Old Testament especially, God uses illustrations to prove his point to his prophets and his people.

  • Who is truly in authority?

    Our country has recently inaugurated the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. There are many who are applauding him as the new president and others who disregard, reject, or even hate President Trump.
    Our nation is divided; Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, progressive, fundamentalist, Black Lives Matter, racial tensions, etc. Sadly, the state of the union appears to spiraling down a slippery slope of immorality, hatred of another, intolerance, lack of ethics and integrity, etc.

  • Have another spirit

    On edge of the wilderness stood the children of Israel, as they were inching closer to the land God had promised them. Moses called upon the leaders from each of the 12 tribes to go beyond where they were and explore the land, which God said they could possess. Shammua represented the tribe of Rueben.

  • Connecting with God brings spiritual peace

    I realize there are many people that are genuinely concerned for our nation. We knew all along that whoever won the election, there would be a large amount of strife, worry and disappointment but we pray and hope that over time, we will agree to press forward and keep our focus on God.
    We are never going to agree about everything but we can at least put forth an effort to work together and be unified on the issues we feel the same about.

  • Starting Point

    Imagine with me that you are starting a rebuild project on an old car, where would you start this project? What is the most important thing that must be working in a car? This question is rhetorical because you know the answer. You would start with the engine. Otherwise this car is just a yard ornament, which there are a lot of yard ornaments in Grant County (no offense).

  • Be holy, for I am holy

    What does it mean to “be holy?” What does holiness look like?
    Apostle Peter quoted in his epistle in 1 Peter 1:16, from the Old Testament book of Leviticus of the Bible. He was addressing the Jewish believers in Christ, new Christian converts who were dispersed into various parts of the Middle East.
    He was making a point in his letter declaring the necessity of living a holy life that is revealed in a demeanor of conforming to the Holy Spirit leading.

  • God still stills restless hearts

    By the time I left the newsroom I was ready to rip out my hair or stick a hot poker in my ears.

    All day the noise and commotion drove me to distraction -- and it had been a fairly quiet day. I was alone in the pod I share with two other reporters and my phone only rang once.


  • All the way with Jesus!

    In A.D. 64, according to history, Rome was ruled by one of the most wicked emperors to ever be named in the nation’s history. Emperor Nero was so wicked that he burnt Rome to the ground just to prove that he could build a bigger and better city.
    The citizens expected Nero of committing such evil acts, so to veer the attention away from him, he began to blame to Christians of the city for the crime.
    By that time, Paul had preached the Gospel to literally millions of people, and had the reputation of leading the church in the revival movement.