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Christmas Eve in No Man's Land

It was Christmas Eve in “No man’s land!” “No Man’s Land” is a phrase used for turf that hasn’t been taken over by an opposing army or troupe. It is usually deemed necessary to be occupied by those in authority in order to keep the...

 

Let thankfulness come from within

“Then Jesus asked, ‘Were there not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God…”- Luke 17:17-18a Have you ever noticed that “thank you” has become a way to end transactions...

 

Calendars, powerlessness and blessings

I carry my phone everywhere. Sometimes I use it to make calls, but mostly I use its other features. I have a Bible on it, and I appreciate having the scriptures with me all the time. But mostly I live by the calendar. Lately the phone has been trying...

 

Singing for Jesus

Some years ago, following fellowship dinner at church, the folks would gather together and have a good old fashioned testimony service with singing, sharing of blessings and telling what the Lord has done in their lives. The experience was like the...

 

The work of creating a masterpiece

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” – James 1:2-3 (NKJV) As the weather turns cooler and the leaves fall off the trees, I am reminded of a family story...

 

God's immunization plan

My wife and I just recently received our annual fall flu shot, and it got me to thinking about how the vaccine and immunization program has played an important role in avoiding many harmful diseases. I would like to use the vaccination process as a...

 

In need of grace

I’m Lutheran, and we Lutherans often get ourselves tied up in knots over the use of the law in the life of faith. I believe, as Luther did, that Scripture reveals Christ through both Law and Gospel. Law, for Lutherans, is whatever convicts us of...

 

"For everything there is a season..."

The change to fall reminds me of an excerpt from Henry Ward Beecher’s Novel “Norwood:” Once upon a time a little leaf was heard to sigh and cry, as leaves often do when a gentle wind is about. And the twig said, “What is the matter, little...

 

Let God define marriage

As all of us are aware, our U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that same sex couples can now be legally married throughout our country. The court claimed that it was an issue of equality, dignity and civil rights granted by the Constitution. In this...

 

Beneath the wings of Jesus

As you read this, the official start of fall is just around the corner. The first frost, brisk winds and the crunch of autumn leaves beneath our feet can’t be far behind. As a young mother, I always felt the maternal instinct to gather my...

 

Thanksgiving for special days

Many years ago, I remember sitting on a bench in my grandparents’ backyard and listening to him talking to a friend who had stopped by for a visit. I overheard him say, “August is a good month to get work done. There are no holidays in...

 

Good, the friend of 'great'

“Greatness isn’t a decision. Greatness comes as a result of making good decisions or producing good results over time.” – Justin Lathrop You may or may not have heard the well-known quote from Jim Collins, “Good is the enemy of great....

 

Remember the Sabbath

The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” (Mark 6:30-31 ). Vacation! We, Americans, love our vacations. Many of us work...

 

Laughter is a gift

Do you know what’s green, leafy, and sings the blues? Elvis Parsley. In the hot days of summer, with the world the way it is, I think we can use some humor. I picked up a joke book that some really good jokes in it, but I decided to share these...

 

Interpreting the times and seasons

Considering Pope Francis’ recent world travels to South America, as well as, the soon anticipated September visit to the United States, to meet with the Congress and United Nations, I thought a little humor would be in order with some observations...

 

Holy living

In today’s world, the media reports on what liberal and conservative Christians have to say about everything. We are quoted almost as frequently as the politicians. Topics of interest are immigration, government, birth control, abortion, entitlemen...

 

Living without fear

There are many things in life that I do not understand. In fact, were I to list all the things that do not make sense to me the list would be far longer than the list of stuff that does make sense. In reality, as a man of faith, I have come to unders...

 

What happens to my IRA after I'm gone?

Contributing to an IRA can help you build some of the resources you will need to enjoy a comfortable retirement. But what happens to your IRA if you don’t use it up in your lifetime? You can still put the IRA’s assets to good use — as long as...

 

Play the ball where the monkey drops it

This past Father’s Day, my youngest son, Alan, and I played for the first time at Sidney’s Hillside Golf Course. It was a wonderful challenge with fast greens, lost balls and a healthy dose of sunshine. As you may know, there are many famous...

 
 By Eric C. Alm    Community    June 26, 2015

In a changing world, we get happier as we grow older

When I graduated from college, it seemed like the world was my oyster. The economy was strong, I had a good degree from a good school and was not yet burdened by the numerous concerns that living brings. I was able to get a decent (read: $7.50/hour)...

 
 By Jan Knicely    Community    May 29, 2015

O Lord, teach us to pray

I am sure most all of us have had times in our lives when we wondered if God was really hearing our prayers. There are so many life situations that can make us feel that way. Maybe a prayer, prayed for a long time seemingly goes unanswered, and even...

 
 By Jim Gerhold    Community    May 22, 2015

Divine Design: Blueprints for Daily Living

Imagine this, if you will. Before the Grand Canyon was formed, before the sun rose in the East and set in the West, before the mountains were formed, before creation began … even before running water … we were on God’s mind. In fact, we were in...

 
 By Kyril McGown    Community    May 15, 2015

A cautionary thought

This article is prompted by the statements of several politicians who have entered the race to become the President of the United States. We are the greatest nation in the world. We were founded by men (and women) who believed in God. Several of...

 

Table of Grace mobile food pantry receives $2,000 grant to serve three counties

Table of Grace Food Pantry in Sidney has received a $2,000 grant to help meet the hunger needs of lower-income residents in Cheyenne, Garden and Deuel counties. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s “Working Here... Full story

 

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd is an image of God that is very familiar to all of us as Christians. Any number of organizations and institutions throughout the world are known by this particular title. The title connotes a deep dimension of care, protection and...

 

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