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Religion

  • OUT TO PASTOR: I haven’t robbed a bank - yet

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Some people have what they call their “bucket list.” I am not too sure what this is all about but it seems to me it is a list of things people would like to do before they “kick the bucket.” Me, I do not plan to kick any bucket as long as I am alive. I have other targets for my kicking.

  • Big Bend Hospice supports Wakulla’s Meals on Wheels

    From Big Bend Hospice

    Hospice care is dedicated to a patient’s comfort and effective management of pain.
    But what if the patient suddenly needs a lift chair or their AC unit goes out? It can get really hot in Wakulla County especially in mid-August. There are times when hospice patients have a “special” need that is not readily covered by other assistance programs.

  • Strategies for marital bliss

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

    Prior to our marriage, my husband had been married once before. After his first marriage failed, he developed a strategy for marital bliss that he faithfully applies to our marriage.
    The first rule in his “Strategies for Marital Bliss” is, “Never go to bed angry, upset or annoyed at your spouse.”  
    Seems simple enough, unless, of course, one has ever been married.

  • OUT TO PASTOR: OK, now I remember

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Memory is a beautiful thing, that is, when it is working. I must confess there are many times in which my memory is on some kind of a vacation.
    What I want to know is simply this, how do you know you have forgotten something if you have forgotten it?
    I do many things I cannot remember exactly why I do them. Behind everything I do is a reason for why I do it or those things that I do not do. I must confess I am quite a reasonable person along this line.

  • We must choose how to use the tongue’s power

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    There is power in the tongue.
    When I was a child, my mom would say, Child, keep your tongue from ringing.
    I didn’t understand what she meant because I did not hear the ringing sound.
    A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,  but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)
    Our words are a powerful force for good or evil. Some people love to hear about drama. Still others love to perpetuate it.

  • GRIEF BRIEF: Hallucinations are common

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

    Both visual and auditory hallucinations are common during bereavement.  
    Although disconcerting to some, others find these experiences to be comforting. The hallucinatory experience is generally transient, occurring within the first few weeks of loss.  
    Hallucinations are not an indication of a more complicated grief experience, nor do they allude to an extended grief experience.  

  • 90th birthday luncheon set

    A 90th birthday celebration luncheon in honor of the Rev. John Marvin Nichols will be held at the Atha Church of God Fellowship Hall, 26000 Fuqua Circle in Altha from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 11.
    RSVP to Karen Columbus at (850) 384-9288.
    Your presence is the only gift desired.

  • OUT TO PASTOR: Cold is as cold feels and I don’t like feeling cold

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I was sitting on the back porch sipping an ice-cold tea with a splash of lemon when I received a text from a relative up north. I was enjoying a pleasant afternoon basking in the winter sun of Florida.

  • Resolve to make this year a better one

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Happy new year to everyone.
    Last year was a good year for most of us, but we hope this year will be much better.
    There are some things we can do to make it better. Things that are not righteous and true – it is not a good practice to fall for them.
    One has to stand for something, if not you will fall for nothing.
    If you have been taught what is right, thank the Father His words are placed in you. They are spirit and life. Let the Word dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

  • OUT TO PASTOR: To judge or not to judge, that is the dilemma

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage does not allow any pets in our domicile. Something about cleaning up their mess and fleas and other things that I cannot recall. When our last child moved out of the house so did all pets. They are now just fond memories, at least on my side.