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The hard way

C.S. Lewis wrote, ""The Christian way is different: harder and easier. Christ says, 'Give me all. I don't want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you - No half-measures are any good. I don't want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent, as well as the ones you think wicked - the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead ...

December 31, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


God gives do-overs

Back in the olden days (OK, the 70s), we would spend afternoons playing kickball, hide-and-go-seek and Red Rover in each other's backyards. Occasionally, someone would argue that something was unfair. Heated arguments would reach ear piercing levels until someone would cave in and declare, "OK, it's a do-over!"

December 31, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Top stories of 2008

Time Magazine has just published a collection of articles called the "The Top Ten of Everything in 2008." The lists would make good questions for a trivia pursuit game. What couple was listed first under "Top 10 Breakups" of 2008? (Madonna & Guy Ritchie) What was the first of the "Top 10 Buzzwords" of 2008? (Change) What was the number 1 in the "Top 10 Olympic Moments?" (Michael Phelps' photo finish)

December 31, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Feast and famine

This is the season of feasting - and it shows. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, most Americans gain between one and five pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. This may not sound too bad, but according to the study, the holiday weight gain stays with us, accumulating over the years, so the extra weight we carry really is last year's turkey, fruitcake, divinity and fudge. Duane Alexander, M.D., said, "These findings suggest that developing ways to avoid holiday weight gain may be extremely important for preventing obesity and the diseases associated with ...

December 29, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Cater to the spritual side

 Well, another Christmas has come and gone. I hope yours was a merry one.

December 26, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


Happy Boxing Day

 Did your calendar come with preprinted holidays? Mine did. When I flipped it to December, I came across an unfamiliar event: Dec. 26, Boxing Day. A little digging and I discovered that it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. It's all about giving.

December 26, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Press on

 Today is the 361st day of the year. There are only five days left of 2008. As we get ready to break out the new calendars there is bound to be some retrospection, but before we get too carried away thinking about the past, let's remember a few words from the Apostle Paul.

December 26, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Prince Caspian

"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" was released on DVD last Tuesday, Dec. 2. This is the second volume of C. S. Lewis Narnia fantasy series to be made into a movie by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. It follows the 2005 release of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," and the next installment planned is the 2010 release of "The Voyage of the Dawn Trader."

"Prince Caspian" has already proven to be a financial success, with production costs of $220 million and gross revenues of $420 million (according to Wikapedia). I think it is a creative success ...

December 22, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Individual v. relative

 Psalm 19:7-11 reads, "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great ...

December 15, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


Angels incognito

"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" (Ps 91:11 NIV).

December 15, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


There was a Santa Klaus

 Do you believe in Santa Klaus? I do. His actual name was Nicholas. He is also known at St. Nicholas (or St. Nick), or Nicholas of Myra. The Dutch settlers to America called him "Santer Klause." It was Nicholas' real life that gave rise to the legends of Santa Klaus.

December 15, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Thanksgiving

Have you heard about Billy's new Golden Retriever? He bought one that had just come out of retrieving school, picked up his friend Bob and right away they went duck hunting. "Boom, boom," the shotguns fired, a ducks fell, and the new dog sprung into action. It ran out onto the pond and came back with the duck, running on top of the water. Billy looked at Bob for a comment, but Bob didn't say a word. They stayed at the pond all morning, each getting their limit in ducks, and every time the new dog would run ...

December 07, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Did you mean everything?

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Th 5:18)

Don't you just love opening presents? Shiny, colorful, crinkling paper tears away as wishes are filled. The words "thank you" are effortlessly repeated. If you want to hear a lot of grateful people, just watch celebrities as they climb the stairs to receive their Oscars.

December 01, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Pray for your leaders

Listen to the responses of two former White House advisers, Dick Morris and Chuck Colson, to election the of Senator Barack Obama as our 44th President.

November 24, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


The Christian citizen

Well, most elections are over. You may be happy with the outcome, or you may be disturbed with the results. I for one am not too worried. My hope has never been in who sits in the White House, or who sits in the Courthouse or who sits in our Congressional offices; my hope is in the one who sits on the throne of heaven, and that has not changed.

November 24, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


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