Giving thanks to people is OK, but God should come first

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Well, we’re now in the throes of the “holiday season,” although, it seems as though we’re always celebrating or voting for something, as indicated by a cartoon in a recent edition of the Quay County Sun (Joe Heller, November 12th, 2014, page 4). Like elections, it seems that people often […]

Thanksgiving stress can be relieved by giving thanks to God

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “Giving thanks always for all things unto God…” Ephesians 5:20 After much positive response from readers on my free-from-stress holiday articles, my thoughts turned to Thanksgiving. I can only imagine how stressful portions of the first Thanksgiving were considering different personalities and cultures. When humans are added to the mix […]

Misconceptions can lead Christians along mistaken paths

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist While at an airport in another country recently I noticed an airplane being serviced by an airline catering company truck having a nine-celled red and white checkerboard like the trademark used by Ralston-Purina, a widely known pet and livestock feed company. You can imagine my first thought – “I know […]

Walking in the light makes for a stress-free holiday

By Debra Whittington Religon Columnist “Ye are the light of the world”. Matthew 5:14 In my last column I discussed how to have a stress-free holiday season. I am already making a list of priorities for the season. At the very top of the list are the people who are most important to me. Spending […]

Satan’s tricks might seem like treats; Christians beware

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Our interim preacher presented a sermon recently entitled, “Everyday is Halloween for Satan.” It was very good and since I needed an article for this week’s Quay County Sun, I asked his permission to use the information. So here it is paraphrased and adapted. Halloween is a time for children […]

Tips to make the holidays stress-free and worshipful

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “…Seek ye first the kingdom of God”. Matthew 6:33 Walking into a store the other day I came face to face with a huge display of Christmas decorations. There were trees, ornaments, and all sorts of glistening doodads to don your home with cheer. In my mind a song floated […]

God’s plan is simple, like steps to boarding an airplane

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I recently took two trips involving several flights using multiple airlines, one of which was going through a merger. Generally, there’s a consistency among airlines in loading passengers from the back to the front and that’s always made sense to me. Still, aisle-seated passengers who load first often have to […]

We must persevere through hard times to reach heaven

“I press toward the mark…of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:14 I love fall! I love the warm days and cooler nights. I love the way trees turn into bright gold and red. I love the comfort foods of fall. Last, but not least, I love football. My love of football […]

Cleansing with baptism also washes the soul inside

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist In a recent article I mentioned in passing the common occurrence of truck washes along I-40 and most if not all interstate highways and major trucking routes. I’m glad there are so many truck washes because it’s but one more reminder of the great transportation industry we have in the […]

A route less taken brings to mind the advice: ‘Be still’

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “He restoreth my soul…” Psalm 23:3 On a recent trip we decided to take another route from the one we normally traveled. The road from Nara Visa to Clayton was one I had never traveled and with a difference of less than five miles, Mark thought I would enjoy the […]