• TOUCHPOINTS: Rely on God when times get tough

     There are days in a person's life when it is very hard to be cheerful.

    Every day that we live, we encounter a multitude of changes ... some good, some not so good, some downright disheartening. 

    When we must endure life-changing personal losses that leave us feeling depressed, rejected and unloved, there is a place we can turn for comfort and assurance. We can turn to our heavenly father who is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

  • COLUMN: See yourself through God's eyes

     God can take a nobody and make a somebody. Gideon in the Old Testament is a classic example of an ordinary person that God uses (Judges 6 and 7).

    Gideon went from a farm boy to a national hero and against incredible odds, saved the nation of Israel.

    Israel was at a low point spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally and economically. The Midianites were enemies of the Israelites and 135,000 of them came against Israel.

  • COLUMN: Jesus knew how to handle stress

     We live in a stress-filled world and life seems to get pretty complicated at times. How can we cope with daily stress?

    Observe the life of Jesus and learn from him how to handle stress.

    Jesus was constantly under pressure from which any one of us would cave, but Jesus remained at peace. He never seemed to be in a hurry and always appeared at ease. How did he do it? His life was based on several principles of stress management.

    If we follow these principles, we can have less pressure and more peace of mind in our lives.

  • Parent helps others deal with grief, loss

     After suffering what he calls “the worst thing a parent can experience,” Henry White is now using his experience to help others who are traveling the same path.

  • Church Calendar - Jan. 16, 2013

     Attendance strong at newly formed church 

  • Church Calendar - Jan. 9, 2013

     Faithful Citizenship luncheon planned at St. Joseph

  • COLUMN: Trust in God - always

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    What an astounding statement. It calls for faith and trust on our part. God enters into a covenant with man.

    The favorite verse of scripture of Dwight L. Moody, famous preacher of yesteryear, was Isaiah 12:2: "I will trust and not be afraid."

  • COLUMN: There is no glory in living a postponed life



    When I move.

    When I retire.

    There are many who do what I call “postponed living.”

    Steven Grellet, a French Quaker who lived in New Jersey in the mid 1800s, said, “I shall pass through this world but once and any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now and not defer it – for I shall not pass this way again.”

  • COLUMN: Set new goals in your walk with Christ

     A brand new year: Time for making a fresh start.

    How many New Year’s Resolutions have you made?

    The beginning of a new year of life is an excellent time to evaluate our accomplishments and failures of the past year and to look forward to the clean canvas of the upcoming year. It’s a time for fresh beginnings, new goals and objectives and making plans. The old year is done away with. We shouldn’t dwell on what we did or did not do last year, now is the time to think positively toward the New Year.

  • COLUMN: Hang up your old grief as you enter the New Year

     Louise Fletcher Tarkington expressed the desire of many who long for new beginnings:

    “I wish there were some wonderful place

    Called the land of Beginning Again

    Where all our mistakes, and all our heartaches,

    And all our selfish griefs

    Could be cast like a shabby old coat at the door

    And never be put on again.”