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I know that all Christians can’t stand the thought of another Easter like last year, where we sat at home, worried about what the future holds. We want to burst forward with the excitement of spring, singing at the top of our lungs

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When a child is born, the parents send birth announcements to tell the good news to family and friends. Have you ever wondered what our Savior’s birth announcement said?

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Church Health has grown to be a large and impactful organization and sometimes it can be easy to forget about the people who helped us get here in the first place.

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Virgye Shinn became a patient at Church Health almost immediately when we opened in 1987. That first Christmas, I took a group of friends to her apartment to sing Christmas carols. Long story short, Shinn asked us to leave. She felt so guilty that soon after, she began making regular, almost…

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Ora Alexander was one of my very first patients at Church Health. During her first visit, I went through the usual protocols, giving her a physical examination, but much like children anxiously awaiting the end of a road trip, she wouldn’t stop asking me when the exam would be over.

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People—that is, writers—often like to tinker with or play with names. Some of these can prove to be helpful or humorous. They can be like built-in-riddles. 

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I have forever had a morning ritual that I follow before going to work. It has rarely changed for years. The same is true on the weekends, but now COVID-19 has forced a disruption on my daily rituals.

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For most people, walking is a simple form of exercise, but a Lenten walking practice can be a time for spiritual development as well.

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The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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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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HAMPTON -- Frankie Lee Bryant, 80, of Hampton, and formerly of Ehrhardt, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Pruitt Health Care of Estill.

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Christians from around the country gathered in the geographic center of the 48 contiguous U.S. states near Lebanon, Kansas, Friday to pray for America. The event, called Prayer at the Heart of America, was organized by P. Douglas Small, president of Project Pray. The website for the event states “Prayer At the Heart is a call to the family of faith, and the invitation is extended to everyone ...

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God accomplishes so many incredible things in our lives that we can’t begin to get our minds around the wonder. God loves us without limit or boundary. God is faithful in his care for us. God grants us the very blessings of the heavenlies. God is rich in mercy.

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Pope Francis has designated July 25 as Grandparents and Elderly Day. He asks that we take note of those who have preceded us in the faith and in our world, especially those who have touched our lives with love and grace. While we already have a grandparents’ day on the US calendar, this remembrance has a slightly different theme. Here we are invited to reflect on the wonders of family relationships and those connections which are opportunities to share grace and wisdom with one another.

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(One Perfect Life Chapters 113-118) Jesus begins this portion of the Gospel by looking ahead to when He will ultimately judge the earth. But before He can judge, He must first sacrifice Himself in order to save those who believe in Him (Luke 12:49-53). While Jesus message of love should be the most unifying message of all time, satan has blinded many into not only failing to respond favorably to Jesus but to actively oppose Him. Jesus criticizes the people for their lack of discernment.

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One of the most dangerous doctrines taught in denominationalism today is what John Calvin called, “Perseverance of the Saints.” This doctrine asserts that once a person enters into a saved state with God, there is nothing that saved person can do to fall from that state of grace. He cannot so sin as to be lost in hell eternally. Once he is saved, he is always saved. Does the Bible teach this?

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Community, our common unity, the way we share the same world. It’s us and we are it. What do we share in common? We are all together here on this isolated planet among a sea of stars within a galaxy in the midst of galaxies untold, yet everywhere “out there” we find the same elementary building blocks, drawn together by the same natural laws.

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Community, our common unity, the way we share the same world. It’s us and we are it. What do we share in common? We are all together here on this isolated planet among a sea of stars within a galaxy in the midst of galaxies untold, yet everywhere “out there” we find the same elementary building blocks, drawn together by the same natural laws.

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HASKINS — Retiring Pastor David Bliss says that while he served at various congregations over his career, he found that leading with love is the best way to guide any congregation toward an active relationship with God.

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An assassination and coup in Haiti, unrest in Hong Kong and China, ongoing fighting in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Turkey, Iraq… to name a few. The list goes on and on.

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Irina Ratushinskaya was a schoolgirl in the former Soviet Union who was not convinced by the propaganda machine. She remembers thinking while in atheist instruction time at school how strange it all seemed. The year was 1963, and she had been told that a Baptist woman had roasted her children in an oven, but she hadn’t believed it.

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Leupp Nazarene Church: The church, near mile post 13 or Navajo Route 15, has been holding services by teleconferences and doing drive-up meetings. For information, call pastor Farrell Begay at 928-853-5321. Teleconference number: 1-7170275-8940 with access code 3204224#. Services are 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Working as a hospice chaplain, I have come to expect the tragedy of a person’s death and the grief their death causes. I try to prepare myself and to be present with others for journeys of grief. What stuns me, and what truly breaks my heart, are the stories of trauma — all the various traumatic events that people have experienced through their lives and carry with them. These are people for whom places of worship became places of condemnation, people who received rejection when they needed embrace, people who were a little too human for religion’s overly angelic projections of humanity.

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The human heart is amazing. The heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood day. There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. The average heart beats about 100,000 times per day. The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

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The Rev. Jerome Milton, the pastor at the Open Door Bible Church of Tyler, is celebrating 50 years of ministry, a calling allowing him to do what he loves — teaching, preaching, reaching others and changing lives through Christ.

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For the second year in a row, Jehovah’s Witnesses have moved their signature annual convention to a streaming platform and will perform thousands of baptisms at private homes, lakes and ponds. The “Powerful by Faith!” convention is translated into over 500 languages in 240 countries worldwide.

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Peterboro, N.Y. — The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark held its first Emancipation Day in 2010 to replicate elements of the Citizens Club of Peterboro's 1925 Emancipation Day. On August 7, 2021, the Estate will continue its celebration, welcoming participants back after postponing the event in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, the UC Santa Barbara Department of Religious Studies celebrates a milestone anniversary of the study of Tibetan Buddhism. Twenty years ago, the Duggan Family was honored to join with other community members, friends, and alumni to fund the XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Chair in Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

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Bethel Baptist Church, 3030 Bethel Rd., will have Vacation Bible School 6:15 p.m. nightly, July 26 – 30. Classes for preschool through 5th grade. A light meal will be served at 5:30 p.m.

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A year ago, the Oelwein School District hired a high school principal with experience as a chaplain in the Iowa Army National Guard. Pastors in the Oelwein Ministerial Association recently met with High School Principal Tim Hadley at his invitation.