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Saving faith is a commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord

Q: What does the Christian message mean to say that there is a cost to following Jesus? Didn't Jesus pay the price? - C.F. A: God has paid the greatest debt we will ever incur, and... — Updated 9/21/2022


From My Perspective: The Cost of Education

There’s been a lot of talk about student loan relief lately. There are those who are for it, those who are against it, and some who haven’t totally weighed in on the subject. I... — Updated 9/7/2022


My Answer: Too many worship everything but God

Q: My sister's very intelligent daughter is working her way through college and has turned her back on God and believes everything the professors teach concerning social matters. I... — Updated 9/7/2022


From My Perspective: Changes & Opportunities

Life is changing, there’s no way around it. It changes each day. Sometimes those changes are small and incremental, while other times, they are a wham, bam, thank you, ma’am,... — Updated 8/31/2022


Did you know?

John Adams, supporter of American independence and a representative for Boston at the First Continental Congress, felt that, after America gained independence from Great Britain,... — Updated 8/31/2022


From my Perspective: Living up to Expectations

Let’s face it, we’re always trying to live up to someone’s expectations. Some of those expectations are our own, some of them are from others and still other expectations are... — Updated 8/23/2022


My Answer: God's Word teaches that everything has a beginning and an ending

Q: I watch the needless wars that accomplish nothing; they only end in gruesome death. Then I wonder what hope there is for a man who has lived a life of sin like I have and now am... — Updated 8/23/2022


My Answer: Two roads to eternity

Q: I watched a documentary in school about the "tales" of the Bible and the afterlife. The one that bothered me the most was the lie about there being many roads to Heaven and that... — Updated 8/9/2022


A Lesson We Should Never Forget

In 1988, Charles Kuralt discovered a story of heroism that would have disappeared from history were it not for the determination of a former Russian prisoner who vowed to thank the... — Updated 7/27/2022


Disorder is at war with decency and order

Q: Why do people resent the message of Christians today that Jesus is the answer? Surely they cannot believe that the world will ever find a way out of the mess that the world is... — Updated 7/27/2022


From My Perspective: The things that bring us together

Last weekend was my annual trip to Whitehall for the Copper K Fiber Festival. This festival holds a spot near and dear to my heart for many reasons. The first is that it is the... — Updated 7/26/2022


My Answer: There're Only So Many Somedays

There’s been a lot of uncertainty in my life as of late. A lot of things going on with family, other things going on with friends, and even in my business. There are things I can... — Updated 7/13/2022


The narrow road is the right road

Q: I'm a Christian but I disagree with the teaching about the narrow road -- a rejection of all that is exciting about life. I can still be a follower of Christ but take part in... — Updated 7/13/2022


Did you know?

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 people were treated for fireworks injuries in emergency rooms in 2020. In addition, injuries and... — Updated 6/28/2022


From My Perspective: My Life in Stitche

Something occurred to me this past week that I thought I would share with you all. As most of you know, I knit (among many other fiber-related activities). I knit small things and l... — Updated 6/28/2022


My Answer: Humanism has taken on the form of religion

Q: My grandparents are products of the 1960s and they were all in, and still are. I have taken a different route and am a Christian. They keep giving me their books about self-empowerment and say that the Bible supports this... — Updated 6/28/2022


From My Perspective: Gratitude Changes Things

Over the past several weeks, there has been something missing in my day-to-day life. Not a person, not a place, not even something to be bought. My heart was feeling heavy, and... — Updated 6/14/2022


My Answer: Anything that takes the place of God is sin

Q: It is hard to watch the breakdown of our nation and to hear the talking heads pontificate on the changes that have taken place in society, particularly the pride in living without religious trappings. Why do people resent the... — Updated 6/14/2022


People come to Christ in many different ways

Q: Is it true that people find different ways to God? - P.C. A: People come to Christ in many different ways; your experience won't necessarily be like someone else's. This is not to be confused with the fact that there is only... — Updated 6/1/2022


From My Perspective: Ta Done

We all have a to do list of some sort. Many of us are ruled by all of the things we have to get done, and often one thing becomes more urgent and knocks something else off or down... — Updated 5/31/2022


From My Perspective: My Body, My Choice

Yeah, this one should prove to be a little controversial, but maybe that’s what we need. A calm, explanation and an opportunity for dialogue that helps. Here’s to hoping… So... — Updated 5/18/2022


God is Spirit

Q: Is God like us or is God basically a vapor or something that is in the atmosphere? - G.W. A: God isn't made of atoms or molecules; He isn't part of the created world. He exists... — Updated 5/4/2022


From My Perspective: Something's amiss

I may not watch the news, but that doesn’t mean I’m not informed. Most of my friends who do watch the news hadn’t even heard of the destruction of our food processing and... — Updated 5/4/2022


From My Perspective

There’s been a lot of talk lately about gender, gender identification, choosing a gender, sexuality, biology, how it affects our kids of today, and the age they or their parents... — Updated 4/21/2022


From My Perspective: Elite Status

If you’re breathing, you’ve heard about the recent Oscar Awards fiasco involving Chris Rock and Will Smith. Photos of the punch and the constant talk of it have it front and... — Updated 4/6/2022


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