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Religion

  • My amazing fascination with summer

    By DR. JAMES L. SNYDER

    It comes as a great relief to me that winter is over and summer has stepped up and taken its rightful place. I really love summer. I am fascinated with all aspects associated with summer.
    Some people, like the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, enjoy the aspects of winter, primarily the cold. I just do not like the cold. I will accept a cold shoulder occasionally, but that is as far as I will go in the area cold.

  • A question that can bring purpose to life

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    In a recent column, I asked, “If Jesus were physically standing before us and said ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ how would we respond?” I’ve heard from a few of you. Thank you!
    This week, what if we were to flip that question around?
    Again, picture yourself standing face to face with Jesus, right now, in your circumstance.
    How do you think Jesus would answer if you were to ask Him, “Jesus, what would You like me to do for You?”

  • New Bridge Hope to celebrate its 150th anniversary

    By MOTHER RUTH WILLIAMS, THE
    LATE MOTHER HENRETTA WILLIAMS, and
    DEACONESS VERTIA ROLLINS

    According to reports and records, New Bridge Hope Missionary Baptist Church has a long and eventful history.
    In 1866, a few dedicated Christian men and women saw the need for a Missionary Baptist church to be established in this vicinity. These Christian leaders and workers organized themselves and joined forces in the construction of a Missionary Baptist Church known as the Straw church. This first church was located near old Lovett’s Mill.

  • Why mothers would make good politicians

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    In thinking of Mother’s Day, I could not help but think about the mess our country is in right now. Not that messes remind me of mothers in particular, but honesty compels me to admit they are good at cleaning up messes. Moreover, the messes they cleanup are not their doing, which is what makes it so terrific.
    Somebody needs to clean up the mess we are in.

  • Out of control with addictive behavior?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    A couple years ago, Bert’s class reunion was coming up and I found a great dress! It fit perfectly – if I didn’t mind giving up breathing for the evening.
    Needless to say, I had to search for a different dress – a larger-sized dress.
    Thankfully, due to my fasting from sweets for Lent this year, I lost four pounds. I was shocked that I actually went the whole six weeks without any desserts or candy, etc. Normally I have very little willpower, especially regarding sweets.

  • I lost my mind, but haven’t really missed it yet

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I am notorious for losing things. I do not know what it is about me, but I cannot keep track of anything I own. I am the king of losing things.
    My problem is, I do not lose the right things.
    Why I am so klutzy in this area is beyond my ability to comprehend. Some of my most treasured items have been lost for all time. Even the other day I lost a lot of time searching for something I could not find. That is the reason I try not to become attached to anything I own.

  • When conflict interrupts a friendship

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    I received an email from someone who read my last column that said he’d rather run from a conflict with someone than deal with it.  
    He isn’t alone, is he?
    Last week, I mentioned that a friend and I were in the middle of a conflict. Perhaps by the time you read this, it will have been resolved. I hope so.

  • Prayer is communion with God

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Prayer is communion with God, it is both necessary and powerful.
    We know that when we pray we can talk to God, and ask him what we want, He will answer, we can bring our requests to God with confident expectation.
    We can learn from the model prayer Jesus gave his disciples. Pray to the Father and He will answer. Luke 11:9 Jesus said ask and it shall be given to you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.

  • I don’t get, but give, headaches

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    This past week I got myself into some rather unnecessary trouble. I say unnecessary because it was trouble that I could have avoided if I only would have thought before I spoke.
    This is one of the greatest crosses that I bear in my married life. I always speak before I think because I do not have that much time to speak. If you know what I mean.
    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was complaining that she had a headache and did not know how to get rid of it.

  • What do you want Jesus to do for you?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    If Jesus were to physically appear to you right now and ask, “What would you like Me to do for you?” how would you answer?
    In Mark 10, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus when he heard that Jesus was walking by. Upon hearing Bartimaeus, Jesus stopped and asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (:46-51 NIV 1984). When I read that story, I can’t help but wonder how I would answer if Jesus asked me that same question, today, in my circumstances.