Lauriault: Thankful for God who answers prayers

Since it’s Thanksgiving, I thought I’d write about some things for which we should give thanks. We should be thankful that the election is behind us. Whether or not we liked the outcome, God is still on the throne and he can use any situation for our good if we respond appropriately remembering that it’s […]

Lariault: God is the source of the righteous truth

When I commented to wife recently about a young lady, she asked me if I wasn’t talking about the girl’s sister because they look a lot alike. I said that I didn’t know she had a sister, much less one who could pass as a twin. Upon further investigation, I learned that the young lady […]

Lauriault:Grasshoppers, rainbows, and other reminders

A friend told me about a recent experience during which she opened a metal trash can outside and the grasshoppers in and around the can jumped onto her. She stated that she now knew how Pharaoh must have felt when God sent the plagues as a reminder that he (God) was in charge (Exodus chapters […]

Leonard Lauriault: Hear the teachings of Jesus as they are read

I wrote recently that while I was reading Revelation 19:6-8, I heard a rushing sound that caused me to perk up, thinking, “That was neat!” Then, because I have significant hearing loss in my right ear, I realized I’d forgotten to put my hearing aid in that morning. I don’t know what I heard or […]

Lauriault: Keep out nation on your prayer list

By Leonard Lauriault   Religion Columnist As Independence Day approaches, we’ll hear a lot about American freedom and patriotism. Our nation is the greatest on earth largely because of our ethnically diverse population, the natural resources God provided, and the freedoms we enjoy. Over time, though, our freedoms have eroded due in part to moral […]

Lauriault: God cheers as you peruse Jesus’ salvation

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist On a recent Wednesday morning, I was reviewing a lesson I’d prepared for that evening’s adult Bible class about loving Jesus’ appearing (2 Timothy 4:6-8). The lesson included Revelation 19:6-8 and as I began reading that (you must read the passages cited to understand), I heard a rushing sound to […]

God gives us spiritual reminders every day

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist We have three operable vehicles and currently three drivers and soon to be four. I carry keys to only one vehicle and we have only one set of keys to one of the other vehicles, which are carried by someone else. Recently, when I needed to use that vehicle, I […]

Let Jesus be your faith’s author

By Leonard Lauriault   Religion Columnist About a month ago, our grandson came in holding his back saying, “I fell out of a tree and I don’t feel good. I’m going to lie down. I never thought that would happen to me.” Emergency room staff found that he’d cracked a rib and nicked a small […]

Baptism a means to remove our shame from sin

By Leonard Lauriault   Religion Columnist Have you ever been ashamed for something you’ve done? I have and often still am. Have you ever been ashamed of a friend or relative because of how their behavior might reflect on you, even if they couldn’t help their actions? How many parents have been embarrassed because their […]

Driving out evil is the Great Commission of all Christians

By Leonard Lauriault Religion columnist Depending on when you get your newspaper, today or tomorrow, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t be confused by my French Canadian last name. My west-central Appalachian accent is indicative of my Scotch-Irish American heritage. The tradition of St. Patrick’s Day goes back to the 400’s AD when Patrick […]