Christians should be unified in Christ

Leonard Lauriault My wife and I share my hard-covered Bible at church. Recently, I wanted to sit a little closer, but one side of the Bible had fallen down between us, chocking my movement. So I lifted it up, scooted over and rested the side that had fallen on her knee. Believe it or not, […]

Christians need to be ready

Leonard Lauriault While I teach regularly at church, I rarely preach. Recently, our preacher was ill and the men of the congregation scrambled to see who’d teach a class and present two sermons that Sunday. I preached the morning sermon while two others took on the other responsibilities. Without taking anything away from us three […]

Christians can please God in various ways

Leonard Lauriault I resolved several years ago to continue my early morning exercise regime even during the holidays when I wouldn’t have to get up for work. I decided it was better to maintain my routine so I wouldn’t have to get back into the swing of exercising and experiencing the associated pain as well […]

Iraqi Christians face persecution

Freedom New Mexico One of the more unfortunate consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the virtual decimation of the already-small Christian community in Iraq. Christians were hardly immune from persecution under Saddam Hussein, but since they constituted less than 3 percent of the population and were not a threat to the regime, […]

Jesus’ trials at crucifixion mirrors our own

By Leonard Lauriault: Religion columnist During the Easter season, many Christians reflect on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection and their commitment to him. There are four places associated with Jesus’ crucifixion that parallel our experiences in life. In Gethsemane, the pressure of making atonement for our sins peaked and Jesus was tempted to avoid the […]

What do you think

By Leonard Lauriault Recently, I described some strange thinking by Christians and non-Christians (Quay County Sun, 27 August 2008). God’s word also gives pointers about ideas we should have. On a couple of occasions, Jesus asked his hearers a question expecting them to think honestly for themselves, drawing his conclusion. These questions were always accompanied […]

Learning forgiveness

By Leonard Lauriault As the leading character of the Revolutionary War movie, “The Patriot,” Mel Gibson had been a brutal soldier in the French and Indian War. Upon losing his second son during the Revolution, he made the following statement “I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me and the cost […]

Remember: God knows where you live

By Leonard Lauriault As a youth, I had a saying, “I know where you live.” This let offenders know they weren’t safe, because no matter where else they went, eventually they’d have to come home, where I’d be waiting at their door. Over the years, my attitude has changed. I’m leaving vengeance to God, also […]

Travel the road of the Romans

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist I prepared another article for this week, but last week I received a tract others also probably got and I’m compelled to respond (1 Corinthians 9: 16; Romans 1: 14-17; Acts 20: 25, 26). First, I commend the tract’s distributors for acting on their faith (James 2: 14-26; Matthew 28: […]

Don’t be like Seven Dwarfs

By Leonard Lauriault The seven churches of Revelation 1 to 3 could represent the types of good or poor doctrinal health faced by all congregations in every place and time. Jesus’ message to each congregation includes a word of encouragement and either a rebuke or a challenge, showing that whatever we achieve in life, there’s […]