Remember to be thankful for God’s daily gifts

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist The time change last Sunday has left me unsettled and will probably last a week or two. Even though the sun rises and sets at the same time, I feel as though I was cheated out of extra sunlight. On Sunday, I kept asking Mark what time it was all […]

Costumes for children, not Christians

Halloween is this Saturday and as I was thinking of the costumes we wore when I was young, I recalled a Bible account about a king, a witch, and a ghost. (That sounds like the opening for a good joke, doesn’t it: “A king, a witch, and a ghost were in a boat together …”) […]

Thankful for my church family

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist Little did I know the last time I wrote a column that the tables would be turned on me. That morning, I wrote how important it was to care for others and then in a matter of hours I was in the midst of a crisis. Mark hadn’t felt well […]

Lauriault: Remember to prevent the past

By Leonard Lauriault Religon Columnist When I awoke on Sept.11, 2015, I recalled what happened 14 years ago. Throughout the day, I had several reminders of that horrible day, the most impressive of which occurred when I looked at my digital watch and the time was 9:11. Usually when I look at my watch, I […]

Whittington: Make an effort to help others

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist When tragedy strikes our youth, all of us are affected whether we knew them or not. Such was the case last week when there was an outpouring of sympathy and support from not only our community, but others as well. It is so easy to get caught up with our […]

Lauriault: We must forgive to be forgiven

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist As mentioned in my previous article last Wednesday, Sept. 23, was the Jewish Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1-34; 23:26-32; Numbers 29:7-11). The purpose of the original Day of Atonement in the Old Testament was forgiveness from God for the penitent; otherwise, equal vengeance was commanded for offenses among men (Exodus […]

Whittington: Be it one day, 40 years: Live each day to its fullest

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist Looking forward for the past several months to my high school reunion has suddenly sent me spiraling back in time to my hometown of Artesia. The year is 1974 and this Friday night is homecoming. It will be an exciting game especially since my brother, Stanley, is a defensive lineman […]

Leonard Lauriault: Be prepared for the Lord’s equinox

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Autumn will be upon us next Wednesday and summer will officially be over, although there’s still the likelihood of more hot days and, God willing, more rain. This year, the autumnal equinox will happen at 2:20 a.m. MDT on Sept. 23. Equinoxes happen twice each year and are predictable to […]

Lauriault: Make your work faithful to God

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist We’re coming up on our last three-day weekend for this summer. So far, we’ve had two three-day weekends: Memorial Day, to kick it off, and Independence Day as a break in the middle, although, many of us took a longer vacation sometime. Labor Day generally signals the end of the […]

Debra Whittington: Use the word of God as life’s foundation

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist In what might be one of the greatest undertakings of his storied career, William H. McRaven — best known as the architect of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — is tackling another white whale. He’s out to determine just how serious is the issue of sexual assault […]