Crises can be overcome

Debra Whittington Being a Christian doesn’t exclude people from having hardship or difficulties in their lives. We wish our lives would progress smoothly, but alas, we all have our share of troubles. When a predicament arises we are surprised because bad things always happen to the other guy, not us. We all face problems now […]

While always near, God saves from “afar”

Leonard Lauriault Our preacher, Harry Gipson, passed away recently and because he liked to encourage others with a good joke, his brother, who performed the funeral, repeated some of Harry’s favorite jokes, as did other family members. Having come from eastern Kentucky, one particular joke of which I’ve heard many variations, was about the wise […]

God has control, not people

Debra Whittington “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” Hebrews 10:25 Where were you on that Sunday morning when the lights went out? We went to church. When we arrived, a discussion was in progress on what to do next. Since there were no lights in the Sunday school rooms we all gathered in the […]

Symbiosis serves spirituality

Leonard Lauriault There’re several types of interspecific relationships. In beneficial relationships, one species provides a benefit to another species with no apparent positive or negative return. Symbiosis is when two species benefit each other. Parasitic relationships occur when one species benefits at the expense of another without directly causing death. A predatory relationship leads to […]

God brings simple pleasures

Debra Whittington “This is the day which the Lord hath made”… Psalm 118:24

Watched pot boils eventually

Leonard Lauriault An old saying goes something like “A watched pot never boils,” indicating that time seems to go by slow as a snail when we’re expecting something to happen. The intended advice is to just find something else to occupy our time while we wait. Once, I was waiting for a pot of milk […]

Safety first as kids join the bicycle commute at a young age

FAMILY BIKE ROAD

Niesha Lofing Raleigh White, 2, is an entertaining front-seat driver. Snuggled in the Bobike safety seat atop the front of her mom’s bicycle, she points out other cyclists to Mina White as they pass by, providing a running commentary during the five-mile trek from their Tahoe Park, Calif., home to downtown Sacramento. From her vantage […]

Life’s journey presents choices

Debra Whittington “Thou wilt shew me the path of life…” Psalm 16:11 Watching the graduates march down the aisle, I felt myriad emotions. I thought about the path they were embarking on as well as my own path I set out on 36 years ago. These kids seem so young and yet they are now […]

Christians should be unified in Christ

Leonard Lauriault My wife and I share my hard-covered Bible at church. Recently, I wanted to sit a little closer, but one side of the Bible had fallen down between us, chocking my movement. So I lifted it up, scooted over and rested the side that had fallen on her knee. Believe it or not, […]

Older generation proves invaluable

Debra Whittington “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly…” Leviticus 19:32 (NIV) We live in a disposable era where everything that once was deemed useful is now discarded. Gone are the days of the television repairman. Now if your TV breaks you just throw it in the overflowing dump […]