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 […]

Christians are as varied as the fruits of the garden 

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist   “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”. Matthew 7:20   It is that time of year once again when the harvest brings all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables. After a long summer of watering and weeding the crops are ready to pick. It takes careful attention during […]

Make sure God says, ‘My world and welcome to it’

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist   One of my favorite childhood books was entitled, “My World and Welcome to It.” It was by James Thurber and included a group of childhood stories about the author’s family. The book was actually made into a short-lived television series (NBC, 1969-70). Anyway, I was reminiscing about that recently […]

Tour of Midwestern churches recalls faith of pioneers

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist The vastness and the obstacles the pioneers faced was brought home to me recently on a trip to Kansas and Nebraska. The sights, the sounds, and the history made me aware of the hardships faced by those early pioneers. More important though was the fact they brought God with them […]

Do you have enough eternal life insurance coverage?

By Leonard Lauriault   Religion Columnist   While on vacation this summer, a lizard ran across the road right in front of me and the old question came to mind, so I woke up my wife and asked her, “Why did the lizard cross the road? (Answer: Because he thought he had good insurance.) She […]

Talking to strangers face-to-face brings joy, enrichment

By Debra Whittington Religion columnist “Be ye kind one to another”…Ephesians 4:32 There is something lacking in our electronically connected world…face-to-face communication with people we don’t know. The problem is that face-to-face communication is lacking in many areas of everyday life. We are just too busy to take the time and effort. All of this […]

God will grant our heart’s desires when they’re Godly

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist My wife and I have six children between us and they’re all just as sweet as they can be, each in their own way. While we were on vacation recently, God reminded me just how sweet the youngest (ours) is (without taking anything away from the older children) and that […]

Founders of our country triumphed by following God

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist While it is common knowledge that the war to gain independence from Great Britain was fought over 200 years ago, history has conveniently forgotten the hardships endured in the name of freedom. During the years between the Boston Tea Party and the surrender at Yorktown, the men who led the […]

Lauriault: God left his word, so we don’t have to read his mind

Like many men, throughout my married life, I’ve often gotten into trouble because I wasn’t on the same page as my wife. I’m very familiar with the question, “What WERE you thinking?” Admittedly, sometimes I probably wasn’t thinking, which is why I seldom had an answer. But I always knew that my intentions were good, […]