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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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Karin East is the regional director of sales for Regency Hotel Management and is based in Casper at the Ramkota Hotel. For at least a decade, the women of the Ramkota — Renee Penton Jones, East and more recently, Megan Miller — have organized the Downtown Casper Christmas Parade in some capacity. The parade is a production of the Downtown Casper Business Association and Proud to Host the Best committee is designated to run the parade for the DCBA. While smaller, the parade is a go for 6:45 p.m., on Saturday evening. We chatted with East about organizing a parade in a pandemic.

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"Tis old yet ever new," begins the refrain of a hymn about the history of salvation by William A. Williams. "Tis old yet ever new" also sums up the American feast of Thanksgiving which we will be celebrating this coming week. In origin almost four centuries old, it is the story of families celebrating their first meal after having survived the harsh winter with the help and hospitality of the Native Americans who befriended them. Families celebrating the love, help and companionship of each other and caring friends... this "old" story is ever new as we gather every year to remember and give thanks for the many blessings we have received from God.

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Today's update from the LA Dept. of Health has the number of total cases for the State at 224,403, an increase of 3,266 cases since yesterday. These numbers list 1,384 cases for Vernon, 1,325 cases for Beauregard, 2,072 cases for Allen, 6,140 cases for Rapides, 10,200 cases for Calcasieu, 1,378 cases for Sabine, and 1,990 cases for Natchitoches Parish. The numbers show 6,323 deaths so far from COVID-19 in the State, with 61 from Vernon Parish and 49 from Beauregard Parish.

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On the fourth Thursday of November, people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and Native Americans who came together to have a historic harvest feast.

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Archbishop Bashar Warda is a man of hope, humility, courage and defiance. Christians will stay in the Middle East, like it or not, he says -- even if there is little or no room for them among Muslim leaders in the region.

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The investigative journalists over at The Daily Beast report that Madison Cawthorn, the North Carolina Republican who will soon become the youngest member of Congress in American history, “has admitted he tried to convert Jews and Muslims to Christianity.”

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Situated in Mason Valley on the Walker River, Yerington Nevada began its existence as a small trading post and whiskey store called Pizen Switch, a reflection on the poor quality of the whiskey sold there. When the tiny settlement had grown to a hamlet size, municipal pride demanded a more genteel name, so the citizens agreed on “Greenfield.”

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Words can hurt. On Dec. 20, 2013, a PR executive for internet giant Inter Active Corp. tweeted a comment that seemed to link skin color with AIDS. She did so as she was taking off from England for South Africa. During the flight, her tweet was shared more than 2,000 times and went viral. By the time she landed, she had lost her job and her name had been forever tainted. Wisdom and discretion would have saved her that fate.

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In Judaism, the most common blessing of thanksgiving is known as the Shehechiyanu. We recite this 2,000-year old blessing at the start of Holy Days, upon eating a new fruit or donning a new a garment, dwelling in a new home — all moments of pure gratitude. In shorthand we refer to this blessing as birkat hazman — the blessing of time.

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“If you were recorded in history, how would you want to be known?” asked Will Graham, who graduated in 1997. He is the third member of the Graham family to speak during the university’s convocation this year.

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“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past.” (Romans 3:24-25)

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ROME — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and the media that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican's coronavirus lockdown.

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The Rev. William J. Scott III has empowered his ministry through modern digitalization. With a warm embrace he uses technology, digital apps, and social media to manage multiple platforms for people to worship interactively, communicate efficiently, and expand the church’s reach during this pandemic.

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The two most comprehensive Epistles in the New Testament are Romans and Hebrews. Romans explains Christianity and its Jewish roots to a gentile audience. Hebrews explains to Jewish believers how Judaism was not set aside by Jesus but fulfilled by Him. While it would forever be changed, it was neither diminished nor irrelevant. Rather, just as the New Covenant promised through Jeremiah and Ezekiel amended (without negating) the first covenant. Living as believers in Jesus as the Messiah brought about a change in their relationship with the Law and the practice of Judaism.

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NEW DELHI — More furnaces and pyres are being made available amid the coronavirus pandemic at the main cremation facility in New Delhi, which reported 111 deaths Sunday, the highest level among Indian states. The capital has been one of the epicenters of the pandemic in India, which is second only to the United States in its COVID-19 caseload. The country has reported 9.09 million coronavirus ...

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For some people, gratitude seems to come easy. These people say “please” and “thank you” on a daily basis, and genuinely mean it. The gratitude of having one more day on the planet seems to run through their veins in every moment.

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COLUMN: So, if I read the Bible correctly, we Christians are to share Good News (Gospel) but with compassion and humility.

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So much ink has been spent on Mary Magdalene, that it is easy to lose sight of two other women who stand right beside her. Though Joanna and Susanna are named together in Luke, I’m going to look at them separately beginning with Susanna.

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This past weekend the gospel in our lectionary for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, year A, was from Matthew 25: 14-30, The Parable of the Talents. A talent is the value of 75 pounds of gold or silver – a LOT of money! The master went on a journey and entrusted to the first servant were five talents, the second servant - two talents, and the third - one talent, each according to his ability.

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TMZ reports that R&B singer Jeremih is seriously ill and hospitalized,  fighting for his life after contracting COVID-19. It says rappers Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent and producer Hitmaka went online to solicit prayers on his behalf. 50’s post said he is in the ICU in Chicago. On Nov. 14, Chance tweeted, “Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now. I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him.” Vibe reports that Adam Smith, a member of the ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer’s management team shared on V103.1’s The Kenny Burns Show,” He’s stable but he still has a [ways] to go before anything. We’re not out the dark, but God is the light.”

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The year 2020 has been a time of turmoil and division, with a growing need for increased love and unity among people. Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has shared a special video message with the world to address these needs.