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New Year’s always inspires new goals for self-improvements or habits we’d like to change. Yet, even with the best intentions, very few of us make our resolutions a reality. This can leave us feeling frustrated and discouraged, but the problem is usually not with us—instead, the problem is of…

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The Bible gives a broad framework for living and aging well. Those who follow a pattern of wickedness find it hard to change. Those whose feet walk a righteous path must keep to the disciplines and choices it requires.

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Do you know anyone whose birthday is Dec. 25? I have several friends born that day. As a matter of fact, experts tell us 16 million people around the world were born on Dec. 25. So what’s so special about the fact Jesus was born on that day?

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The way we see ourselves, and how we perceive others see us, shapes our very identity. Yet older adults with Alzheimer’s disease experience a cognitive unraveling of the memories that weave together their sense of self. As our older brothers and sisters in Christ struggle to recall their own…

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Many Christians are observing the season of Lent now. The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. Prior to Jesus beginning his ministry, he spent 40 days of prayerful preparation in the wilderness, and Lent’s length commemorates that …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins March 7, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 12, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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As luck would have it, I was at the Crescent Center when the U.S. Marshals entered the offices of Stanford Financial about five years ago and seized the company’s assets. It was a heart pumping experience. Dressed in black, with an intense sense of purpose, the marshals made it clear I didn’…

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One of the best ways to add movement to your day as an individual is to consider where you can add movement naturally to things you’re already doing— parking farther away, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, walking an extra block with the dog, and so on.

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Mindfulness means being more fully aware of our experiences in the present moment. Often when we walk, whether to get from one place to another or for the purpose of exercise, we separate movement from our thoughts. Our bodies do one thing while our minds race in another direction altogether…

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Over 20 years ago when I first started my study of gerontology, I wrote a column based on the new research that said church or synagogue attendance would be a factor in successful aging, with positive proof that your life could be extended.

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 15, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through March 23, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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My November article was about changes that have taken place over the past 50 years that led to moral decline in our country. I spent quite a bit of time doing research and seeking wise counsel from several persons before writing the article. Soon after the November issue was distributed, I r…

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Nov. 1 was the first day of 2018 open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchanges. This year, the period lasts only six weeks and there has been almost no government sponsored advertising for people who are uninsured to know about it. There are far fewer healthcare navigator…

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A painting by well-known local artist Nancy Cheairs is featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the healthcare organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

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Thirty years ago, when we opened our clinic doors for the first time, I was sweaty and jittery with nerves. What if no one came? My staff pointed fingers toward my upstairs office and told me to go there. They would call when I was needed. Fortunately, the patients came through the door, and…

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The education of the young was not an afterthought with the Puritans. Rearing children in the fear of the Lord was a sacred trust —and their textbook was the Bible. It was not uncommon for colonial children to have read the entire Bible by the age of 13 or 14, while their parents pored over …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown began March 2, the Thursday after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 7, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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One day an old cowboy rode his horse up to the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was the first time he had ever seen the sight. He looked to the right, then to the left, and finally his eyes stared down, down, down. He lifted his head and said, “Something mighty big sure happened here.” I can say…

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A painting by well known local artist Mary Sims will be featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the organization’s biggest annual fundraisers.

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The coronavirus has greatly impacted China. As of this writing there are more than 73,000 cases with almost 1,900 deaths. In China more than 400 million people are quarantined. In Hong Kong schools are cancelled. Nearly 1,000 cases are outside of China. Millions of lives are affected- even the tech giant Apple is impacted by the virus.

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on people around the world, including the ability of our missionaries to effectively find and teach, and of our members to gather for worship. We pray for all those affected by this illness and plead for the Lord's blessings during this difficult time.

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February is a month to celebrate and commemorate the progress made by the African-American community through time. Harrisonburg and surrounding towns offer several events this month for students and community members to engage in.

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Sunday also afforded the members and guests of Beulah the opportunity to witness a stellar performance by Cleo Kay Coleman. Coleman is an 88-year-old historian.

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People are invited to take a moment to lay down burdens and be refreshed at a special Night of Worship at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, 1201 Central in Horton.

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This year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, March 14 will be particularly sweet for Melrose. It will mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of their beloved St. Patrick Catholic Church as a parish. Father Timothy Ambruster, their current pastor, has made the theme of this year’s celebration “The Church as Family”. Each parish family and organization have been asked to make a scrap book page, front and back, showing in pictures and words where they are in 2020. The pages will be put together in albums and will be available for everyone to see at the Community Center in Melrose during their annual celebration.

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WARRENSBURG — The World Day of Prayer Celebration that will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the ABC Building, (behind the Warrensburg Community Center) in Warrensburg.

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FIVE POINTS — A year after it was torched and heavily damaged by arsonists, Harmony Grove Lutheran Church has gone through repairs, rebuilding and renovations and is ready to again host worship services.

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Christians around the world will head to church this Wednesday the first day of Lent, also known as Ash Wednesday. And as part of that tradition, pastors will place the sign of the cross in ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.

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Check out some of this week's many area church and religion events.

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WATERTOWN — The Council of Catholic Women of St. John the Evangelist Church will sponsor this year’s World Day of Prayer at noon Saturday, March 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main St. Members of all the churches in the local ecumenical council are encouraged to participate. World Day of Prayer is an international event, originating in 1927, that unites Christians in more than 170 countries in prayer.

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“A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” -- John 10:10 (HCSB)

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Orson Bean answered the same question many times during his crazy ride from Broadway to doing every conceivable kind of work during his decades in Hollywood.

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I was going through my office the other day looking for something, and then I saw it for the first time in many years. It was my old typewriter.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There were women weeping in a chapel here. One named Veronica was something like inconsolable. She was talking about the crucifixion of Christ as if it was happening right then and there. She was feeling it. She was overwhelmed by the love of a God who would save humanity from the misery of sin and finality of death by coming into the world as a baby and dying such a brutal death.

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Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey helped create a four-season television series — “Greenleaf” — about a black megachurch where worshipers whoop, sway, dance, wave arms, squeal, shout and shell out truckloads of money.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 13 Articles of Faith. While these do not set forth all the doctrines of the church, they do set forth some fundamental beliefs.

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CEDAR FALLS — St. Timothys United Methodist Church, 3220 Terrace Drive, will host its Lenten “Meditation Through Music” series on Tuesdays from March 3 through April 7.

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Spencer was asked to give a talk in church, and he was asked to perform a musical number on the piano during the service as well. The hymn that he was asked to present was “O My Father.” Now being a bit of a perfectionist, Spencer holds to the tried and true adage that preparation is power, and he set out well in advance to get prepared. He looked around for an arrangement worthy of the occasion. He looked at several, but nothing really jumped out at him. In his own mind, he could hear how that sacred piece ought to sound. Finally his mother-in-law gave him an arrangement. He sat down and played it through. He liked it, but it just didn’t quite feel right. So he put it aside and went looking for something else, but he found nothing. Finally he returned to “O My Father.” He sat down and began to play it again, but try as he might, he just couldn’t get it to complete in his mind. In frustration, he took his hand and swept the pages off the piano and onto the floor.

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This last weekend, I spoke from Ezekiel chapter 37:1-10, in which Ezekiel is led out into a valley that was full of bones and partial skeletons that were very dry. In Ezekiel 37:3 (CSB), God asks Ezekiel a question: “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only you know.”

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ST. MARTINVILLE — St. Martinville’s Newcomers Club celebrates its 60th anniversary with Mardi Gras-in on da Bayou Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. in front of City Hall, 120 S. New Market St.

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A January Missoulian article detailed the division within the Methodist Church over LGBTQ issues, noting that the church's Book of Discipline sees homosexuality as "irreconcilable with the teachings of Christ."

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Throughout February, New Life in Christ Church in O’Fallon, Illinois, will celebrate Black History Month with a special sermon and lecture series that examines the current state of race relations within the United States through the lens of the Bible.

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The burial ground that became the Lincoln Cemetery was first deeded to the black people of Carlisle by the Penn family when the town was laid out. The original provisions called for it to be of equal size to the 5-acre Old Graveyard on South Street, where white people were buried. Instead, Lincoln Cemetery ended up measuring 100 by 300 feet.

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What is now an abandoned church was once the spiritual and social hub of a black faith community in Mount Holly Springs from 1870 to 1970. Located on Cedar Avenue, Mount Tabor Church was built by Elias Parker, a Baptist minister and former slave who moved from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Cumberland County after serving with the U.S. Colored Troops regiment during the Civil War.

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One of the earliest African-American churches west of the Susquehanna River can trace its origins to a small group of black Christians who held prayer meetings in local homes. As the congregation grew, members raised enough money to purchase land in 1826 on East Pomfret Street in Carlisle to build its first church.

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Six individuals, including Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and Ronald Reagan's son, from diverse backgrounds came together to discuss their own experiences regarding religion and polarization at a panel on Wednesday.

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SAN DIEGO - The conversation began in typical fashion, with a question many grandparents ask: "When you grow up," Kori Pacyniak's grandmother wondered, "what would you like to be?" At that point, the chat took an atypical turn. "I want to be a priest," said Kori, then an 8-year-old girl from a devout Polish Catholic family. Grandmother: "Only boys can be priests." Kori: "OK, I want to grow up ...

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I loved Adam Holtz’ devotional in the May 18, 2018 edition of Our Daily Bread.He shared a time when his brilliant solution to a clogged toilet was to flush it again.

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I just returned from my fourth deployment to the Middle East. In my service as a physician for the Air National Guard, I’ve seen many different operations, but at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, we needed to wear armor much more often than my other tours. Wearing the helmet and flack vest with the attachments for lumbar and pelvic protection is uncomfortable. It’s heavy (about 30 pounds) and cumbersome. Once, I dropped something on the floor of the aircraft and when I tried to pick it up, I used muscles I did not know existed in my body!