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Religion

  • Satan wants to steal time

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    The world has so much to offer.
    Satan called to his evil angels, he said, we can’t keep the Christians from going to church.
    We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t keep them from conservative values. So we will have to find something else.
    We can keep them from having a personal relationship with Christ.

  • I really meant to behave myself

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I have never been in serious trouble except with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I must have gotten in trouble with my parents when I was young, but I am too old now to remember that. The great thing about getting old is having a selective memory.
    Now, the only trouble I get into is with her. And trust me, I have had my moments of trouble with her and can remember every one.
    We were getting ready to visit our son and his family for a week. Four of our grandchildren live with my son and his wife.

  • Is God’s Word void of significance in your life?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Perhaps you wouldn’t say it out loud to any of your church friends, but you can’t help but wonder what people get from reading the Bible.
    Maybe learning how to personalize (reading the verse using personal pronouns) and praying through the Word will help you receive the encouragement, hope and confidence you need to get through your circumstances – thus making the Bible more meaningful to you.

  • Coming up roses – and thorns

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    When it comes to flowers, a flower is simply a flower. I do not know the difference between a rose and a lily. If it looks pretty, I like it. I like to keep things simple.
    When I have to buy flowers for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, I have a wee bit of difficulty. Thankfully, the florist where I purchase flowers seems to know quite a bit about flowers. All I need to do is say, “I’d like to order flowers for my wife.”

  • Automatically going to heaven?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    The Rev. Timms, the hospice chaplain, lowered the bedside rails so he could lean in closer.
    Dale gripped his arm. “I’m not ready to die. I wish I could know for sure if I’m going to heaven.”
    The minister leaned in even closer. “Before our visit is over, you will know – for sure – if you’re going to heaven. OK?”
    Dale smiled, faintly.
    “Have you ever heard about Jesus’ dying on the cross for your sins?”

  • Midsummer’s day nightmare

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I am not sure who invented summer vacation, but I think they deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. Every year is worth the intense strain when there is a summer vacation to look forward to.
    Both the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I got up early to begin the drive to the airport to take us to our vacation location. I was so full of energy I could not sit still. It was then that I broke into singing, comfortably off key, much to the agitation of my wife.

  • Let’s pray for our children

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Our prayers and concern go out to all the students in our county as they go back to school this week.
    On Sunday at our church there was a special prayer and covering of the protecting of our youth. Each day, as our children go to school, we know that they have someone watching over them.
    Let us all pray together as parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, family and Christians that this will be a blessed school year.

  • Feeling you can’t go to God

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Perhaps it’s not easy for you to go to God when you’re struggling, especially when dealing with the consequences of your poor choices.
    Maybe you’re disappointed in the way God answered your prayers in the past which left you feeling as if He wasn’t listening or didn’t care about you or your problems.
    Or perhaps the idea of going to your heavenly Father doesn’t feel like a safe option because your relationship with your earthly parent is messed up.

  • Irritable foul mouth syndrome

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    All things being equal, and they are not, certain words gets under my skin. I suppose I could be called a wordsmith because I enjoy words and like finding out what they mean and how they can be used effectively.
    As a young person my favorite book always within reach, was Roget’s Thesaurus. I always wanted to the right word, and I was willing to search for it. Some do not believe in synonyms, you have to find the right word.

  • What will it take?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    If the previous year of your life were to be featured in a magazine article, would you send copies to your family? Would you invite your friends on Facebook to read it? There was a time I wouldn’t have.
    If you were to take snapshots of the difficult seasons of my life, you would end up with a collage depicting huge failures and disappointments. The worst photo would be the one showing me alone – separated from my young, adorable children.