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 […]

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 […]