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Thank Jesus

The Gospel of Luke records this familiar account during the ministry of Christ on earth: “As Jesus was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on...

 

Facing our fears

Jesus’ gift of peace overcomes anxiety Are you anxious? Are you afraid of something? I feel a lot of anxiety around us. We’re afraid of people who are different from us, the others. We’re worried about the economic climate of our city. Maybe...

 

When the good Lord created mothers

Mothers are teachers. Mothers are disciplinarians. Mothers are cleaning ladies. Some mothers are gardeners and mowers of lawns. Other Mothers are expert bakers and window washers too. Mothers are nurs...

 

Re-Fuel

Today as I drove my big "ole" yellow Sidney school bus into the bus barn, I realized the tank was getting close to empty. Knowing Rod our maintenance man was out on a driving assignment and I needed...

 
 By Doug Birky    Community    April 1, 2016

After Easter sale

FOR SALE: One grave – slightly used – just like new. Here is an advertisement that you will probably never see in this newspaper or hear on our local radio station. That’s because graves and tombs are not normally used for just a brief amount...

 

Eater love

He is risen! He is risen, indeed! That is the triumphant shout we will hear in churches around the world on Easter Sunday Morning. Yes, we have a lot to shout about...the resurrection of our...

 

The Journey of Lent

Currently we are well into the Season of Lent. The word "Lent" means "springtime." Specifically, it refers to a springtime for the Church. It is a time when we seek to know the new life that is...

 

Christ is risen! Indeed, he is risen!

This article is being written to appear on the Friday, three weeks before Easter Sunday as it appears on the Gregorian or civil calendar, which is the calendar most of the world uses these days. But f...

 
 By Jim Gerhold    Community    March 4, 2016

Who was Babe Ruth?

Who was Babe Ruth? George Herman Ruth Jr. was a troubled child who lacked parental supervision. George's problem became so rugged that his parents could not control him and he was in constant trouble....

 

Overlooking what we are given

Not too long ago the Super Bowl was the main topic of conversation. There was a lot of conversation about the shortcomings of the Broncos. As I listened to the criticism of the team, I was reminded of this definition from football coach Church...

 

Living in the Valley

Well, we made it through January. How are your new year’s resolutions coming along? Yea, I feel your pain. There’s just something about making changes in my lifestyle that seems like a lonely project. Is there any help out there? Why don’t we...

 

Exit 180

It was spring and four young graduates decided that before they would settle down into life’s new adventure, they would tour the country. Their goal was to interview people as to their values on life itself. They discovered an RV that suited their...

 

Preparing the way… for the new year, the new you, and to include God

We all have those lists - you know, resolutions, what I want to accomplish in the new year: lose weight, keep on track, community involvement, volunteer more, take a vacation, spiritual growth - you get the idea. This is a time for personal reflectio...

 

Happy New Year from heaven

The Holy Scriptures reveal that God in heaven wants you have a happy new year. Look at the kind of “happy newness” he offers us both now and forever if we put our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us: “Therefore, if...

 

Joy to the world!

We are about to come to the end of an exciting time in the church year…Advent. Many Christian churches celebrate Advent four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. Advent means “coming” in Latin. This refers to the coming of Jesus into the world....

 

Some thoughts about the world and the season

A short time ago, the world was shocked by the horrendous attacks in Paris, France, and in Mali on the African continent as well as uncovering a plot for a similar attack in Brussels. These atrocities were planned and committed in the name of a...

 

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...

 

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