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Religion

  • Is John 3:16 our passport to Heaven?

    If the Bible were destroyed and only John 3:16 remained that would be enough to bring the whole world to salvation. We do not have to be a walking encyclopedia to be saved. When we understand and experience John 3:16 we have a passport to Heaven.

    The cause of salvation is found in the words, “For God so loved the world ...” (John 3:16). Salvation does not begin in the life of man, but in the love of God. God’s love goes beyond all other love. Salvation is rooted and grounded in the love of God.

  • Try to be more open in dealings with others

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another, Proverbs 27:17

    How do you handle correction? By taking offense? By hearing it as rejection? By getting defensive? All of us need people who will be honest with us because we’re easily blinded by our egos. When God sends somebody to correct you it’s because he loves you. He only does that to those he values.

    “If you are not disciplined … then you are illegitimate children and not true sons” Hebrews 12:8. Check your credentials.

  • Our Christian beliefs affect the way we run our businesses

    A storeowner once said, “What I believe has nothing to do with the way I run my store. Church is church and business is business. Religion should keep its nose out of people’s work. It has no business being there.”

    Is that right? Should faith be divorced from all the areas of our lives, like work or play or school? Does faith deal only with the spiritual and not the earthly?

  • God sometimes says ‘no’ to our pleas

    “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

    If it was a good thing God would not have said no. Either the timing is wrong or he has something better for you. Gratitude comes when you realize what could have happened but didn’t because God intervened. So stop trying to break loose from the loving grip of the one who holds you for your own protection.

    David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. A shepherd leads you, feeds you and protects you.

  • God sometimes says ‘no’ to our pleas

    “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

    If it was a good thing God would not have said no. Either the timing is wrong or he has something better for you. Gratitude comes when you realize what could have happened but didn’t because God intervened. So stop trying to break loose from the loving grip of the one who holds you for your own protection.

    David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. A shepherd leads you, feeds you and protects you.

  • God sometimes says ‘no’ to our pleas

    “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

    If it was a good thing God would not have said no. Either the timing is wrong or he has something better for you. Gratitude comes when you realize what could have happened but didn’t because God intervened. So stop trying to break loose from the loving grip of the one who holds you for your own protection.

    David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. A shepherd leads you, feeds you and protects you.

  • Parish workshop to be held

    The Parish Health and Wellness Ministry workshop will be 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29 at St. Catharine College Hamilton Health Sciences Building near Springfield. Sister Bea Keller, SCN, Norton Healthcare, will be the primary presenter. Sister Mary Schmuck, RSM will provide a session on public policy and health ministry.

    Four continuing education units are available for nurses on request with registration. The $5 fee includes lunch. Registration is required by Aug. 21. All faith communities are welcome.   

  • Fields are ready for the harvest

    This summer it has been a real joy to drive through the countryside and see the beautiful crops. One can almost see and hear the corn grow. We’ve had ample good rain and the temperature has been moderate. How grateful the farmers should be, considering some recent years when not enough rain and other adverse conditions produced a less than desirable yield.

  • Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be

    We could draw from the poet Robert Browning’s statement, “Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be,” a parallel for the Christian walk in life.

    You trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior; He washed away your sins; you became a child of God. With each experience, your fellowship with him grows sweeter, and the best is reserved for the believer when life here on earth is completed.

  • You can change how you think

    “If anything is excellent of praiseworthy – think about such things” Philippians 4:8

    You don’t have more problems than other people – you just think about them more often.

    Stop: go back and reread that sentence. Take a moment and consider what it means. It’s what you think about that produces how you feel. If you don’t believe that, try getting angry without first having angry thoughts or getting sad without first having sad thoughts. You can’t do it, can you?