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Even the stones will cry out

Clouds of smoky dust unrolled as trucks entered the lot. While I walked toward my destination, I noticed the adjacent cemetery. Quiet, except for the occasional bird, I became increasingly aware of the noise that my feet were generating. Crunching, wobbling and moving forward through the newly poured gravel, I stopped to look at one of the stones.

November 24, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Homework projects

Did you ever have to make a project for school? I was one of four kids and our kitchen was continually used as Project Central. There was always a sigh of relief when the toothpick creation, rolled poster board or shoebox diorama was finally taken to school.

November 17, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


In desperate times

Life at times is hard. It seems so unfair. We suffer sometimes because of our own actions; other times because of the actions of others. How should we respond when times are tough and things are desperate and when it seems like we've been abandoned and heaven itself resounds with a deafening silence to our cries?

November 17, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


Every move we make

It's official. Mudslinging season is winding down to a close. During the next few days, emotions will run high, opinions will be shared and votes will be tallied. Don't make a mistake. Our children are watching us. I know, it doesn't seem possible that our own kids can comprehend complex issues involved in national and local elections. They probably don't.

November 10, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Champions

Hebrews 12:1-2: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne," (NLT).

November 10, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Columnists


All Saints’ Day

Nov. 1 on the church calendar is known as "All Saints Day." Most of us are more familiar with the celebration of all hallow eve (known today as Halloween), but we have forgotten the true significance of these events.

November 10, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


Responsibility and rights

One of the great maladies of our society today is our insistence on rights but our neglect of responsibility. We expect to have the right to do whatever we want when we want but then we think of responsibility only in terms of others.

November 03, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


Intelligent Design

Would you like to watch a humorous, intelligent, thought provoking movie this weekend? "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" starring Ben Stein was just released on DVD. I saw it yesterday, thoroughly enjoyed it, and recommend it highly. As the title suggests, the movie is about the discrimination that some scientists have received when they dared to suggest that the apparent designs and patterns in nature could be explained by an intelligent designer of nature. This theory is known by the initials ID and is anathema to the official science community.

November 03, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Who is your Alpha?

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End," (Rev 22:13).

November 03, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Some of the people

OK, I admit it. At my worst, I'm a people pleaser. I know, I know, I'm not supposed to worry about what other people think. The funny thing is that worrying becomes such a habit that I don't even know that I'm doing it. I'm surprised when my stomach gurgles, my neck stiffens or my palms sweat.

October 27, 2008 | By Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Security

Lately I have had this sinking feeling. It comes every night at 7 p.m. when I listen to the national news - unemployment is up, the stock market is down, and I surmise that my retirement account has shrunk, again. It feels like I'm on a boat out in deep water, miles from the shore, a storm has come up, the waves are breaking over the bow, and the boat is starting to sink. Any of you feel this way too?

October 27, 2008 | By John Donaldson | Columnists


Knowing Christ

One of the common arguments raised against the Christian religion is the age old question, "What about the innocent native who has never heard of Christ? What happens to them when they die?"

October 27, 2008 | By John Pearell | Columnists


Letting Go

A crimson leaf swirls gently to my feet. Autumn is here. Whenever I have climbed into my own rut and started taking things for granted, God awakens me with a magnificent view.

October 20, 2008 | By Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Who is saved

"He drew a circle to shut us out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout; but love and I had the wit to win; we drew a circle that took him in." - Edwin Markham, American Poet

October 20, 2008 | By John Donaldson | Columnists


Praise now or later

"May all the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great." (Psalm 138:4-5, NIV).

October 20, 2008 | By John Pearell | Columnists


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