Tips to make the holidays stress-free and worshipful

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “…Seek ye first the kingdom of God”. Matthew 6:33 Walking into a store the other day I came face to face with a huge display of Christmas decorations. There were trees, ornaments, and all sorts of glistening doodads to don your home with cheer. In my mind a song floated […]

God’s plan is simple, like steps to boarding an airplane

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I recently took two trips involving several flights using multiple airlines, one of which was going through a merger. Generally, there’s a consistency among airlines in loading passengers from the back to the front and that’s always made sense to me. Still, aisle-seated passengers who load first often have to […]

We must persevere through hard times to reach heaven

“I press toward the mark…of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:14 I love fall! I love the warm days and cooler nights. I love the way trees turn into bright gold and red. I love the comfort foods of fall. Last, but not least, I love football. My love of football […]

Cleansing with baptism also washes the soul inside

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist In a recent article I mentioned in passing the common occurrence of truck washes along I-40 and most if not all interstate highways and major trucking routes. I’m glad there are so many truck washes because it’s but one more reminder of the great transportation industry we have in the […]

A route less taken brings to mind the advice: ‘Be still’

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “He restoreth my soul…” Psalm 23:3 On a recent trip we decided to take another route from the one we normally traveled. The road from Nara Visa to Clayton was one I had never traveled and with a difference of less than five miles, Mark thought I would enjoy the […]

Prayer time should be scheduled into daily routines

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist   School’s been in session for a month now and we’re back into the routines we’re in the habit of during the school year, but get lax about when summer comes. That’s OK in many cases because there’s no need in dragging people out of bed to get on the […]

Like twin cedars, we are seldom as alone as we may think

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “…Pray one for another, that ye may be healed…” James 5:16 On the journey to Amarillo the road meanders up the caprock onto the flat plains of the Panhandle. This portion is my favorite part of the trip as I look forward to the interesting and uneven terrain. As you […]

Rejoice not in Satan’s washout but in heavenly acceptance

By Leonard Lauriault Religon Columnist While driving on the interstate, one can often see signs for truck washes. As we were driving through the middle of nowhere in Arizona on I-40, there was a sign saying, “Rattlesnake Wash.” When I saw that, my first thought was, “They wash their rattlesnakes in Arizona?” Then I connected […]

A special life teaches lessons about growth and simplicity

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist   “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people…” Psalm 149:4 Last week, a dear member of our church and community was laid to rest. By the world’s standards she didn’t perform any outstanding feats, nor was she known by her intellectual mind, but to those who knew her she […]

Heeding the rooster’s crow is a reminder of Jesus’ return

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I heard this joke once: Why do preachers eat so much fried chicken? They’re getting even with the rooster for telling on Peter (Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75; John 13:31-38; 18:15-18, 25-27). I suspect that preachers who eat fried chicken often do so because that’s what their host for the week served […]