Debra Whittington: In awe of the ways God gets my attention

As a child I heard them called hop toads. Other people called them frogs or simply toads. Whatever you call this amphibious creature one thing is certain; they belong away from the house. I was starting to feel a little better physically but one certain morning I definitely got up on the wrong side of […]

Answering God’s questions

By Leonard Lauriault Religion columnist Conversation between wife and grandson while going to church recently: Grandson: “Are we there yet?” Wife: “Yes.” Grandson: “No, we’re not!” Wife: If you knew the answer, why’d you ask?” Grandson: No response. I’ve no comment about my wife’s answer to our grandson’s initial question, except that this became a […]

Debra Whittington: Prayer was answer to recent health scare

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist During a recent health scare my first thought was, “I am glad I don’t have to tell Mom. This would upset her”. Although concerned at what the doctor was saying about my condition, I knew how Mom would react if she were here. She would be at the hospital some […]

Your beliefs have to agree with God’s word

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist The following article was written by a dear friend, Jeannie Pepper, with just a little modification by me. Thanks, Jeannie. How long has it been since you examined your beliefs? Consider the way you think, the way you live, and what you believe (2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Timothy 4:16). Just […]

Remember, patriotism never goes out of fashion

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist Mark and I took a day trip up through the Texas Panhandle and I was amazed at what I saw. It was greener than I had ever seen it. I was drawn in by the beauty of the rolling hills and the fluffy white clouds. As we drove to the […]

Take time to remember God’s greatest gift

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I was struggling for a topic for today’s article. So, I just did a Google search for the date, June . The top hit, Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=June_24), showed that June 24 seemed historically a day like any other with births, deaths, and other significant events all of which are important to […]

Debra Whittington: Focus on the needs of others, not your desires

By Debra Whittington Religon Columnist A series of events over the last few weeks made me start thinking. When did people stop caring about others and only focused on themselves? I understand that not everyone falls into this category as there are so many caring people in the world. What I want to know is […]

God is always present, even as death takes our mothers

By Debra Whittington   Religion Columnist “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies”. Proverbs 31:10 The stores started advertising early with numerous suggestions for gifts. One greeting card reminds us to “send the very best”. Telephone lines are overloaded as they carry more calls in one day than all […]

Fishers of men need patience, dedication and much experience

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “And Jesus said unto them… I will make you…fishers of men”. Mark 1:17 Fishing is a sport that requires little skill or can become an obsession. What it requires the most is patience, time, and perhaps a bit of luck. It is a sport for the young and old enjoyed […]

Even if you’re not prepared for taxes, be ready for Second Coming

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I suspect that most of us have the burden of filing our taxes behind us by now. If you got your newspaper from a machine and today is still April 15th, and you haven’t filed yet, our local post office might have extended hours, but you’d better call to be […]