Whittington: Make an effort to help others

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist When tragedy strikes our youth, all of us are affected whether we knew them or not. Such was the case last week when there was an outpouring of sympathy and support from not only our community, but others as well. It is so easy to get caught up with our […]

Lauriault: We must forgive to be forgiven

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist As mentioned in my previous article last Wednesday, Sept. 23, was the Jewish Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1-34; 23:26-32; Numbers 29:7-11). The purpose of the original Day of Atonement in the Old Testament was forgiveness from God for the penitent; otherwise, equal vengeance was commanded for offenses among men (Exodus […]

Whittington: Be it one day, 40 years: Live each day to its fullest

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist Looking forward for the past several months to my high school reunion has suddenly sent me spiraling back in time to my hometown of Artesia. The year is 1974 and this Friday night is homecoming. It will be an exciting game especially since my brother, Stanley, is a defensive lineman […]

Leonard Lauriault: Be prepared for the Lord’s equinox

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Autumn will be upon us next Wednesday and summer will officially be over, although there’s still the likelihood of more hot days and, God willing, more rain. This year, the autumnal equinox will happen at 2:20 a.m. MDT on Sept. 23. Equinoxes happen twice each year and are predictable to […]

Lauriault: Make your work faithful to God

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist We’re coming up on our last three-day weekend for this summer. So far, we’ve had two three-day weekends: Memorial Day, to kick it off, and Independence Day as a break in the middle, although, many of us took a longer vacation sometime. Labor Day generally signals the end of the […]

Debra Whittington: Use the word of God as life’s foundation

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist In what might be one of the greatest undertakings of his storied career, William H. McRaven — best known as the architect of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — is tackling another white whale. He’s out to determine just how serious is the issue of sexual assault […]

Lauriault: Teach your children to look both ways for Jesus

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist School started this week for most of our children. Please watch out for them as they’re going to and from school. As much as we teach our children to cross at street corners and to look both ways before walking across the street, they’re not always attuned to their surroundings […]

Give your best as you work, to bring glory to the Lord

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist When asked to substitute for my Sunday School class, I felt honored. It was up to me to decide whether I wanted to show a video or prepare a lesson. I chose the latter. The first thing I did was pray that God would direct me to what He would […]

Lauriault: Don’t forget, God gives greatness to good, can take it away

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist It’s fair time again. Several counties have already had their fair and most of the rest will hold theirs this month with state and regional fairs to follow. Quay County’s Fair is next week. Hopefully, all the remaining fairs, including ours, will have “fair” weather. Like the rain we’ve been […]

Debra Whittington: In awe of the ways God gets my attention

As a child I heard them called hop toads. Other people called them frogs or simply toads. Whatever you call this amphibious creature one thing is certain; they belong away from the house. I was starting to feel a little better physically but one certain morning I definitely got up on the wrong side of […]