God intervenes to give hope in aftermath of traumatic event

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “Thou wilt shew me the path of life”… Psalm 16:11 Spring has finally arrived (at least according to the calendar), Easter is coming, and it is one day closer until Jesus comes again. All of those things are cause for great rejoicing, but right now I can only look ahead […]

Your choice: God’s sphere or a 2-dimensional circus of noise

By Leonard Lauraiult Religion Columnist An article I read recently mentioned that we’re to provide evidence of our relationship with God to everyone in our spheres of influence (The Lookout, Standard Publishing, Cincinnati, OH, 2/22/15, p. 13). As I considered that statement, I recalled that a few years ago, I described my life as a […]

Gloomy weather recalls Christ’s suffering

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “To every thing there is a season…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 The calendar states it is March and less than four weeks until Easter. After all of the snow, cold and dreary days, does that actually mean anything? It certainly does, it shows the hope of spring right around the corner and […]

There’s no wiggle room in commands about obedience

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I was taking one of our daughters to a school activity recently and wasn’t exactly certain where to go. One of her classmates came up beside us on Rte. 66 Boulevard, so I asked her if he was probably going to the same place so we could follow him. She […]

‘He shall give thee the desires of thine heart’

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works…” Ephesians 2:10 Recently, a friend of mine wrote a column about what it is like to grow older. None of us had any idea what today would be like 30 years ago. This is the same friend who […]

Cremation has no impact on whether one goes to Heaven

By Leaonard Lauriault Religion Columnist A long-time friend passed away recently and for reasons not germane to this article, and without regard to whatever her or her family’s plans were, she had to be cremated. Because of that and in addition to their loss, a couple of factors brought considerable concern to some of her […]

Obstacles on the path to heaven must be removed

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “… I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content”. Philippians 4:11 A man was given a beautiful cabin on a lake in the mountains. Heading up the only road, he encountered a huge tree fallen in the road. Examining the situation he soon determined there was […]

Christ and church invite all to experience ‘incitations’

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I was typing a message with the word “invited,” recently, but I got my fingers crossed and typed “incited” instead (the “c” is next to the “v” on typewriters and keyboards). When I noticed my mistake, I thought to myself that those two words have a similar meaning and could […]

Balance important to food, spirit

By Debra Whittington “Let your moderation be known unto all men”… Philippians 4:5 It is comfort food season. I am talking about things like green chili stew, beans and cornbread, chicken and dumplings. I could go on and on as even talking about them evokes a sense of comfort and wellbeing. It isn’t only the […]

New Year’s resolutions should be kept simple, reasonable

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “…I urge you to live a life worthy…” Ephesians 4:1 Who are you? What type of person do others perceive of you? How do you want to be remembered? Here it is at the end of another year and people are starting to make New Year’s resolutions. While it may […]