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  • Welcome to the theater of the absurd

    Years ago when I did a lot of conference and retreat speaking, I was invited to speak at the annual Episcopal women’s diocesan meeting at the cathedral in downtown Orlando.

    A local Episcopalian woman who had suggested my name offered to take care of all the details for me. All I had to do was show up, which is what I do best.

  • Local Church News | March 30, 2016

    Monterey Baptist Church

    What a glorious weekend as we celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord. We were blessed to have the Rock Stars sing during the service.

    The men’s fellowship will be at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 2.

    There will be a church workday beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 16. Lunch will be on your own.

    Rock Stars will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible study will also be at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There is also a Bible study for the youth led by Shanna Osborne.

  • All too often, when you live as you please, you get swallowed by a fish

    I’ve heard it said that a man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he like.

    If I could do whatever I like, I’d eat several massive cinnamon rolls every morning for breakfast, spend the day on my couch watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls,” punch a few people I know in the nose, never pay my taxes or dust my house.

    That’s just off the top of my head.

    Most of us think freedom is doing anything we want, making our own rules, not submitting to any type of authority – if it feels good, do it.

  • The dangers of life sometimes require a friend or two

    By ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A travel agent looked up from his desk to see an elderly lady peering through his office window at posters advertising exotic vacation getaways. Behind the lady was an equally elderly gentleman.

    The agent, in a fit of generosity, invited the two inside and announced that he would send them both on a fabulous, all-expenses-paid vacation to Hawaii.

    He told his secretary to get them airline tickets and to book them in a five-star hotel.

  • Local Church News | March 23, 2016

    Lighthouse Church

    We will be having our Easter celebration service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27. There will be an Easter egg hunt following the service.

    Monterey Baptist Church

    Rock Stars will meet at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday). Bible study will also be at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

    The youth meet at 5 p.m. on Sundays.

    We will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m., Friday, March 25.

  • Lost man looks to cat to find his way back home

    BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    My friend Ricky Jacobs told me a funny tale about the fellow who absolutely despised his wife’s cat and decided to get rid of it by driving down the road a couple miles and dropping it off.

    As that man pulled back into his driveway, he saw the cat sitting on the porch waiting for him.

    The next day, he drove the cat farther away, put it out, and headed home. Again, to his surprise, the cat was sitting on the porch waiting for him.

  • Maybe our pride is what keeps people from visiting our churches

    Years ago, I attended a seminar at my church where the speaker, a pastor from a church in San Francisco, quite possibly the coolest city on earth, talked about the “counterintuitive way of doing church.”

    He challenged us to make church a place where those outside the faith could feel welcome as they worked out their process.

    Church, he said, should be a place that encourages questions, gives space for doubt and doesn’t demand that people make on-the-spot faith decisions. Church should be a safe place where people can try faith on, test it out.

  • Local Church News | March 16, 2016

    Lighthouse Church

    We will be having our Easter celebration service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27. There will be an Easter egg hunt following the service.

    Monterey Baptist Church

    Our celebration song was led by the Rock Stars (our children’s choir) on Sunday. It’s a blessing to hear those sweet voices sing for the Lord.

    Rock Stars will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible study will also be at 7 p.m. in fellowship hall.

    The youth meet at 5 p.m. each Sunday.

  • How do you relate to a raccoon? Small, chubby, eats junk

    BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    I got such a kick out of a post my niece Becky Ayres shared on Facebook one day last week listing the reasons she can relate to a raccoon. This is her list:

  • What I really want is more of Jesus and less of other, worldly things

    Once upon a time I had $3 pants.

    Dark, forest green rayon pinstriped dress slacks, with teeny flecks of black in the fabric. Regularly $45 marked down to $14.29 with an additional 30 percent off, then another 70 percent off – $3 pants!

    I was so excited about my purchase that when I got them home I immediately put them in a place of honor in my closet and sat on my bed to admire my precious find.