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Religion column: Jesus is the only way to the Heavenly Father
By the Rev. Jim Wheeler Jesus spoke to some people in John 8 who chose not to follow him. Jesus said the devil is a liar and the father of lies and that the devil was their father. In rejecting Jesus, they were actually doing the "desires" of the devil. The people said Jesus had a demon and they tried to stone him.
Knowing God and memory
By Cheryl Petersen There she was, Naomi, teeny-tiny and sleeping peacefully in the baby carriage. Her parents are our friends, so of course, my husband and I went to meet Naomi. I stood there looking at the newborn and smiling. A flood of memories bombarded me. Naomi is adorable, no doubt about that, and a good baby, I can see that too; however, my mind became discombobulated. Surely our daughters were never that small.
A motley tapestry of faiths
By the Rev. Craig Schwalenberg A Catholic priest, a Jewish Rabbi, a Wiccan Priestess, and a Muslim Imam walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Is this some kind of a joke?"
Waiting for the wisdom of old age to kick in
A Catholic Priest, a Jewish Rabbi, a Wiccan Priestess, and a Muslim Imam walk into a bar.
No news is good news, but good news is the word of the gospel
On my way to Cherry Valley the other day, I was listening to National Public Radio. An economist was speaking about the plight of this year's college graduates and their chances of getting a job.
Learning the dance between faith and religion
Faith and religion have been dancing for millenniums, quite often stepping on one another's toes until they bleed.
Knowing Christ on a personal level
At this writing, another Easter Sunday has come and gone. No doubt the account of Jesus' resurrection was re-told countless times last Sunday through the preached word, written about in columns like this, portrayed in plays re-enacting this great historical well-documented event, joyously sung about in churches around the globe and shared in innumerable spoken conversations.
Scrubbing the boards and hull
By Jim Atwell At a Quaker meeting on a recent Sunday, I'd settled into the silent worship, asking Christ's Holy Spirit, our guardian and guide, to take charge of my thoughts and prayers. After a while, two images began circling in my mind. Both were from my past.
It's important to remember that there is good all around us
We are in the middle of the Holy season of Lent, a time for a little honest self-examination to draw us closer in faith to God and service to others, especially those in need. Also, in the midst of large amounts of sobering media news, let's keep our inner balance and our sense of humor to remember there are good things around us.
To forgive or not to forgive, that is the question
An unforgiving spirit can have devastating personal effects. The lack of a forgiving heart is a disease of the soul, a cancer that spreads to every facet of one's being. It can bring loneliness, suicide, bitterness and anger. It manifests itself in alienation from friends, family, and ultimately God. It is a major destroyer of loving relationships, and is a key reason for despair in the world.
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