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 […]

Lauriault: Recharge spiritual battery to overcome bad habits

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I wanted to write about Sadie Hawkins Day this week, but my wife suggested that might not be a good idea. That’s no lie. So, here’s the alternative. Our 6-year-old grandson likes to play with cell phones. One of my previous phones, which I’ve handed down to him to be […]

Leonard Lauriault: Check the scriptures to avoid spiritual blindness

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I arise earlier most mornings than my family members and have some quiet time for devotional reading and writing. Because I get up early, I also dress in the dark so my wife can try to get her full rest. Dressing in the dark usually works out for me because […]

Debra Whittington: Listen, hear the Lord’s message

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist I remember hearing my parents and grandparents telling me stories about telegrams. The majority of the time, a telegram meant bad news. The same can be said about long-distance phone calls when I was a kid. Even as a teenager, a long distance call during the day usually meant bad […]