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 […]

Wedding – Dec. 1, 2014

Patricia Rivera and Jessica Mitchell

Patricia Rivera, Tucumcari, and Jessica Mitchell, Tularosa, exchanged wedding vows on Dec. 1, 2014 before Tucumcari Municipal Judge Joe Dominguez. Rivera is the daughter of Bobby and Jane Rivera of Tucumcari.  Mitchell is the daughter of Andrew and Delores Mitchell of Tularosa. The couple will live in Tucumcari.

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 […]