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Religion

  • We can overcome in the midst of a trial

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    During the past several weeks, I’ve been sharing about the time I was unfairly blamed for an incident involving dear friends of mine. Although it happened a long time ago, I still remember the devastation I felt.
    I can’t share many details of the actual incident, but as I’ve explained, the aftermath caused me to feel as if I had slammed into a wall, emotionally.

  • The path of discipleship

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    The path of Christian discipleship is challenging.
    Discipleship is at once a clear and distinct process, while also being a nebulous and vague pursuit.
    It is distinct in that Jesus modeled the process of calling and making disciples in the Gospels and presented a clear, balanced method of life, time after time, teaching and preaching ministry experience.
    However, while methodologies may differ from one teacher to another, the core requirements for following Christ have not changed, and neither have the basic principles.

  • So itchy I can’t begin to scratch

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    In our house, we have an ongoing debate. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage claims I am the king of procrastination.
    At first, I did not quite understand what she was talking about and asked if I could get back to her on that question.
    She has the idea that I put things off until the last minute, then, according to her, I’m in a panic to get it done.
    I am not saying she is right; she just might have a good point there. I’ll get back to you on that.

  • Is your world too dark?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    This week, I will continue the story I began two weeks ago about a season in my life that happened a long time ago.
    Beginning in my teens, I struggled with self-hate and all that goes with it.
    My self-esteem was either determined by what I did or didn’t accomplish, or by what others thought of me at any given time.
    That driving need to be loved and accepted drove me to unhealthy relationships, which left their emotional scars.

  • I’m so done with summer

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    You know when you have had enough of something and you do not want to see any of it anymore. Well, that is what I think about summer. I’ve had enough of summer and I want to move on with my life.
    It’s not that I dislike summer. I love summer. I just don’t want summer all the time. As far as I am concerned, a little bit of good weather goes a long way with me.

  • Do you ever feel like you’re drowning?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    I had never faced anything like this before.
    Due to a serious and unfair accusation from a friend, my credibility was damaged and friendships were lost.
    That led to feelings of paranoia, imagining what others were saying about me.
    My desperation for love and attention was to blame for not stopping the escalation of events before they got out of hand.
    But bearing the consequences alone was more than I could handle.

  • Seeing and looking is different

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    There is a clear difference between seeing and looking.
    Our hearts play a role in our ability to see.
    When I was a child, my parents always emphasized the difference between seeing and looking – that the act of observing could take place without any real effort expended toward discovery.
    I was told to do many things, but unless I actually focused my attention on what I was looking for, I would continue to overlook what I was told to get.

  • If only I’d thought of that

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Everybody knows certain situations call for some serious thinking. My problem is I do things without thinking it through.
    Most people, and I include myself in this group, have not had a serious new thought in years.

  • What would we do without Him?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    “Father, I have no idea how to handle this.”
    I picked up my Bible from the nightstand and sat on the edge of the bed. Flipping through the pages, my heart pounded when I began reading Psalm 18. Actually, for several minutes, I couldn’t get past the first verse:
    “I love you, O LORD, my strength” (NIV 1984).
    Tears flowing down my cheeks, I repeated those very words over and over again.

  • 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.