Prayer time should be scheduled into daily routines

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist   School’s been in session for a month now and we’re back into the routines we’re in the habit of during the school year, but get lax about when summer comes. That’s OK in many cases because there’s no need in dragging people out of bed to get on the […]

Like twin cedars, we are seldom as alone as we may think

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “…Pray one for another, that ye may be healed…” James 5:16 On the journey to Amarillo the road meanders up the caprock onto the flat plains of the Panhandle. This portion is my favorite part of the trip as I look forward to the interesting and uneven terrain. As you […]

Rejoice not in Satan’s washout but in heavenly acceptance

By Leonard Lauriault Religon Columnist While driving on the interstate, one can often see signs for truck washes. As we were driving through the middle of nowhere in Arizona on I-40, there was a sign saying, “Rattlesnake Wash.” When I saw that, my first thought was, “They wash their rattlesnakes in Arizona?” Then I connected […]

A special life teaches lessons about growth and simplicity

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist   “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people…” Psalm 149:4 Last week, a dear member of our church and community was laid to rest. By the world’s standards she didn’t perform any outstanding feats, nor was she known by her intellectual mind, but to those who knew her she […]

Heeding the rooster’s crow is a reminder of Jesus’ return

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I heard this joke once: Why do preachers eat so much fried chicken? They’re getting even with the rooster for telling on Peter (Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75; John 13:31-38; 18:15-18, 25-27). I suspect that preachers who eat fried chicken often do so because that’s what their host for the week served […]

Christians are as varied as the fruits of the garden 

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist   “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”. Matthew 7:20   It is that time of year once again when the harvest brings all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables. After a long summer of watering and weeding the crops are ready to pick. It takes careful attention during […]

Make sure God says, ‘My world and welcome to it’

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist   One of my favorite childhood books was entitled, “My World and Welcome to It.” It was by James Thurber and included a group of childhood stories about the author’s family. The book was actually made into a short-lived television series (NBC, 1969-70). Anyway, I was reminiscing about that recently […]

Tour of Midwestern churches recalls faith of pioneers

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist The vastness and the obstacles the pioneers faced was brought home to me recently on a trip to Kansas and Nebraska. The sights, the sounds, and the history made me aware of the hardships faced by those early pioneers. More important though was the fact they brought God with them […]

Do you have enough eternal life insurance coverage?

By Leonard Lauriault   Religion Columnist   While on vacation this summer, a lizard ran across the road right in front of me and the old question came to mind, so I woke up my wife and asked her, “Why did the lizard cross the road? (Answer: Because he thought he had good insurance.) She […]

Talking to strangers face-to-face brings joy, enrichment

By Debra Whittington Religion columnist “Be ye kind one to another”…Ephesians 4:32 There is something lacking in our electronically connected world…face-to-face communication with people we don’t know. The problem is that face-to-face communication is lacking in many areas of everyday life. We are just too busy to take the time and effort. All of this […]