You are reading this on April Fool’s Day (and I’m writing it on a beautifully clear New Year’s Day, 2020). You might wonder if I’m trying to trick you with a story about Christmas and New Year’s. But I’m not.

Businesses are shutting down. People are out of work. Supplies are in high demand. Social distancing is being implemented. And now, churches are closing their doors. Why? The coronavirus that has wreaked havoc around the world is now spreading throughout our nation, our state, and even our o…

All are welcome to our GriefShare grief support group for adults 18 years and older at St. Catherine Catholic Church in the Parish Hall Room 14 from 2:30-4 p.m. Our first meeting will be Sunday, March 22.

Dispensationalism: Biblically, a belief in a system of historical progression, as revealed in the Bible, consisting of a series of stages in God’s self-revelation and plan of salvation. It is a period of time of human history that God dispenses certain instructions for salvation.

Years ago, a preacher for a frontier congregation ended a stirring sermon by stating, “All those who want to go to Heaven, raise your hands!” Everybody, of course, enthusiastically raised their hands high ... everybody, that is, except a grizzled, old cowboy who had been slouching against th…

How many people just sit back and think about eternity? It means without end. Really, think about this. Life here as we know it is temporal, as the wind comes and goes. While one’s body dies, one’s soul lives on in one of two places. Your soul is you — it’s who you are, your will, your mind,…

It was an unexpected gift, which made it even more special. Then the giver’s expressive heart was reflected as I opened the feather-weight square box.

Too often we are told what we need to do to become successful or get ahead in life. Those steps usually start with “get an education ... go to college.” But is that really a direction everyone took to live the high life? I don’t think so. Not everyone was meant to have a fancy framed diploma…

When we left our son’s home in eastern North Carolina, the sun was shining. How nice to get an early start with a bright sky as our companion.

There are trivial ones and there are life-changing ones. There are correct answers and wrong answers. There are answers that are accepted and answers that are ignored or rejected. Questions are asked to stimulate thought or for specific information. Answers are given when and where the quest…

On the way home from the local worship service one Sunday morning, a little girl turned to her mother and declared, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon confused me today.”

If I told you that I had gone to get my hair done, gotten a manicure or a massage, you’d appreciate the fact that “I did it for me.” But my activity may actually sound like drudgery to some.

An elementary school hired a new science teacher. The teacher was an atheist (someone who does not believe in God) and proud of it. In fact, he often talked about it, and since the kids were fairly young, he easily intimidated them. One day, the teacher boldly announced, “My mother was an at…

This article is in response to a prior article dispelling the rapture in the Bible as with dispensation. I will write about rapture here and dispensation another time. Even though the word “rapture” is not in the Bible as the word “Trinity” and, of course, the word “Bible” itself, it is real…

Understanding the nature of grief can help us better cope with loss. Grief is a natural, healthy process that enables us to recover from terrible emotional wounds. We should not feel guilty for grieving because it is a necessary part of God’s pathway to healing.

A husband was trying to convince his wife that women talk more than men. To prove his point, he showed her a study indicating that men on the average use only 15,000 words per day, while women on the average use about 30,000 words per day.

If you read the title and declared you have no addiction, you are either lying to yourself or you simply are not aware what your addiction is. I truly believe we all have an addiction to something. Some only think drugs and alcohol when they hear the word addiction. They forget about cigaret…

The small, neatly kept stack of air mail letters from the 1940’s were Mom’s treasure … World War II letters from my father-in-law, Ray, to his sweetheart, Martina. After the war, she would become his bride.

Several years ago, a radio program out of Michigan reported the following true story on the air. It involved a man who bought a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee for $30,000. As a result of his purchase on credit, he ended up with monthly loan payments of $400. After his purchase, the owner and …

Has it ever happened to you? You’re sure you understand each other. But you’re really clueless.

“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” (John 16:20 NIV).

In law enforcement, we witness relationships at varying points along the emotional spectrum. Unfortunately, a greater number of our job-related encounters involve the worst times in the dissolving of a couples courtship or marital unions. Many times the children are the ones who are the wors…

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 miles per hour. He thought to himself, “That driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!” So, he turned on his lights and pulled the driver over.