Christians must renew resolutions involving their faith

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist We’re now a full week into the new year of 2015. Many people view the beginning of a new year as a new lease on life. They resolve to give up things that lead to their own disappointment in themselves so they can live guilt-free (or self-inflicted pain-free) and enjoy […]

Christmas story reminds Christians, ‘Do not be afraid’

By Leonard Lauraiult Religion Columnist As I was reading about Jesus’ birth recently, it struck me how many times people were told to not be afraid. Generally, the salutation to not fear came with the appearance of an angel, as was the case with Zechariah (Luke 1:5-13), Mary (Luke 1:26-30), and the shepherds (Luke 2:8-12). […]

Christians must remember whose birthday Christmas is

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”! 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV) The days until Christmas are growing closer and closer. Advent calendars have few days remaining until that glorious day. Newscasters are reporting about those last minute must-have techno gadgets to make your loved one happy. They can be […]

Patience is a gift of love and fruit of the Holy Spirit

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist What’s the longest minute? The last one because we become clock-watchers and, like watched pots that don’t boil, clock hands seem to stop moving when we watch them impatiently. We’re still two weeks out from Christmas and the youngsters and young at heart are getting restless. Last Christmas, a now […]

Even the grieving should take comfort in Christmas’s good news

Where will you spend Christmas this year? For most of us the answer is surrounded by our loved ones celebrating the most joyous of all holidays. As the days unto Christmas count down we look forward to breathing a sigh of relief that the hustle and bustle is finally over. There is the anticipation of […]

Giving thanks to people is OK, but God should come first

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Well, we’re now in the throes of the “holiday season,” although, it seems as though we’re always celebrating or voting for something, as indicated by a cartoon in a recent edition of the Quay County Sun (Joe Heller, November 12th, 2014, page 4). Like elections, it seems that people often […]

Thanksgiving stress can be relieved by giving thanks to God

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “Giving thanks always for all things unto God…” Ephesians 5:20 After much positive response from readers on my free-from-stress holiday articles, my thoughts turned to Thanksgiving. I can only imagine how stressful portions of the first Thanksgiving were considering different personalities and cultures. When humans are added to the mix […]

Misconceptions can lead Christians along mistaken paths

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist While at an airport in another country recently I noticed an airplane being serviced by an airline catering company truck having a nine-celled red and white checkerboard like the trademark used by Ralston-Purina, a widely known pet and livestock feed company. You can imagine my first thought – “I know […]

Walking in the light makes for a stress-free holiday

By Debra Whittington Religon Columnist “Ye are the light of the world”. Matthew 5:14 In my last column I discussed how to have a stress-free holiday season. I am already making a list of priorities for the season. At the very top of the list are the people who are most important to me. Spending […]

Satan’s tricks might seem like treats; Christians beware

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Our interim preacher presented a sermon recently entitled, “Everyday is Halloween for Satan.” It was very good and since I needed an article for this week’s Quay County Sun, I asked his permission to use the information. So here it is paraphrased and adapted. Halloween is a time for children […]