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Religion

  • You don’t have to stay friends

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Are you hanging out with people who offer bad advice, or invite you to go to unsuitable places or make fun of ideas you hold sacred?
    Have you been wishing you had the courage to break ties with them?
    Sometimes, we need to make the tough decision to end a friendship. If you are becoming increasingly frustrated because of the choices you’re making, and you know that it’s greatly due to the influence of another person in your life, then please read (and seriously think about) this week’s verse:

  • Christ too got a humble start

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Born again people, it is so important that as Christians we check ourselves daily. Jesus was born to be the Savior of the world. As we shed direct light on some of the important details surrounding the birth of Jesus we must remember his humble beginnings because they are so important to our salvation. Jesus was born into humble circumstances, but this was his Father’s will. The long awaited Messiah might not meet the expectations of many 21st Century people but He came right on time and in the exact manner God intended.

  • And Then It Was Summer

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Summer is my favorite time of the year. It makes up for the nastiness of winter, the cold and the gloom, not to mention the snow. The only place I like my snow is on a postcard sent by some family member up North where they have all that kind of stuff.
    My love affair with summer began when I was in school. I know school is supposed to be a great time and it was for me except for those classes where the teachers were trying to teach me something. They had their work cut out with me.

  • What would you say?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Carol waved to her best Friend from across the grassy field, then grabbed her three-year-old daughter and swung her onto her right hip. She could feel Shelby bumping up and down as she hurried to greet Jesus.
    Upon reaching Him, Carol greeted Jesus and began chatting with her Lord. “I’m glad to see you again! I have so much to tell You since the last time we talked …”  

  • Tired of el negativity

    I will admit throughout the years I have had my negative moments and some negative rants. I know nobody can be 100 percent positive. I am 100 percent positive they cannot be 100 percent positive.
    That being said, I think to have a positive outlook on life makes life happier, and who doesn’t want to have a happy life. The focus on the negative without any regard to the positive can be a very shocking life experience.

  • Just take five minutes
  • For those who need us

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Last week I tripped and fell at a writers’ conference. The pain was awful. Then, when I saw my wrist grossly out of joint, my stomach began to feel queasy.
    Thankfully, Bert was with me. He pulled the car around and took me to a marvelous medical facility. After returning home, I received many offers of help with meals, cleaning the house, etc.
    I can’t imagine dealing with all of this without my husband, friends and family.

  • You can’t shock God

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    One of the safest and most secure feelings I have about God is that He knows me. Fully!
    I need the kind of security in which Someone knows me better than I know myself. Someone I can’t hide from. Someone I can’t fool.
    This is why Hebrews 4:13 is so reassuring to me: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (NIV).

  • He won’t quit!

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Do you know what kind of person God sees when He looks at us? He sees His children who sometimes fear that they will never live up to their potential or be the person they dream of becoming.  
    However, Philippians 1:6 says we can confidently trust that God is never going to stop perfecting His work in us:
    “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (NASB).

  • Are you ready?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    “Hi, Jennifer. I’m calling to check on you.”
    “I’m doing okay. Thanks for asking.” Her voice was somber, but strong. “However, I can’t deny that it’s been tough, especially when my car broke down, again. The kids and I prayed and thankfully, my tax refund arrived a few days later!”