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Religion

  • Umpires, like everybody else, must make right call about Jesus

    BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

  • Believing and trusting God, even when I have doubt and fear

    As I write this, I’m sitting in the sanctuary of my church.
    It’s early on a Monday morning, the first day of our prayer week.
    We did this last year, opened the church to anyone who wanted to come and pray. Last year I went every day and prayed fervent, specific prayers, prayed with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.
    As far as I can tell, not one of my prayers was answered the way I had hoped. The situation I had prayed about has changed, but not the way I had imagined and hoped it would.

  • Local Church News | Dec. 2, 2015

    Monterey Baptist Church
    Rock Stars and Adult Bible study meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The youth meet at 5 p.m. on Sundays.
    If your child wishes to participate the in Christmas program on Dec. 20, practice for the Christmas program will begin at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 2.

  • Local Church News | Nov. 25, 2015

    Cedar Hill Baptist Church
    We shared our blessings with one another as each named at least one person we praise God for placing in our lives.  Bro. Bill’s message was taken from Luke 17:11-19 which encourages us to realize that we are all spiritual lepers but through God’s grace we are healed.

  • Annual psalm of thanksgiving

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy has been writing an annual psalm of thanksgiving since 1999 when she first started writing her column.
    Dear God,
    It’s that time of year when I sit down to compose my annual psalm of thanksgiving. This will be my 16th year of making public my thanks and gratitude to you for yet another year of your faithfulness to me.
    This past year has been difficult in so many ways. At times I’ve felt like a dog’s chew toy, eaten up and slobbered on. I’ve felt pulled and pushed, stretched and torn.

  • Pastors have to deal with grownups who didn't master kindergarten

    ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

  • Local Church News | Nov. 18, 2015

    Elk Lick Baptist Church
    Bro. John’s sermon was on John 21:20-25 “What’s That To You” where Peter worried about what John was doing instead of worry about his own actions.
    We had Singspiration Sunday night, an evening of praise and worship in song. Please keep in prayer all those on our prayer list, including unsaved family and friends, families who have lost loved ones, the military, missionaries, our police force, government officials, school systems and our church family.

  • Don’t you just hate it when you trip across the commode?

    ROGER ALFORD – N-H Columnist

  • Everybody cries sometimes... and throws hard-boiled eggs

    Sometimes when we’ve had a good day at our house, as we crawl into bed I’ll say to my husband, “Nobody cried and nobody threw hard-boiled eggs.”
    The “nobody cried” is self-explanatory. The “nobody threw hard-boiled eggs” refers to the time I became so frustrated and enraged that I took a plastic container filled with a dozen hard-boiled eggs that I had just finished peeling and threw them with all my might, one by one, on the entry floor.

  • The gift of misery and how it leads us to grace

    I spent this past weekend feeling sad.
    The reason isn’t important — actually, there really wasn’t a reason other than I just felt like being sad, and so I was.
    I called my sister to tell her that I was sad, but she was at her granddaughter’s soccer game and didn’t answer her phone, which made me even sadder.
    I would’ve told my husband I was sad, but he would just tell me all the reasons I have not to be sad or he’d give me a pep talk, which is not the proper response to sadness, in my opinion.