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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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Horton's 29th Christmas Luminaries is set for 5:30 - 7 p.m.on Sunday, Dec. 5, in downtown Horton and features 15 or more living tableaus with costumed characters portraying some of the major events in the life of Jesus Christ.

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I don’t think I’ve learned very much during my life. I just bounce from day to day and take what comes.

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East Texas Baptist University hosted its seventh annual Calling Conference on Wednesday Oct. 2, for ETBU students who are drawn to vocational ministry. The conference provided students with a deeper understanding of identifying and pursuing their callings with opportunities to learn from experienced ministry professionals. 

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In this era of COVID-19, etiquette has often taken a back seat to bad manners. Many of us have witnessed an epidemic of disrespect and rudeness related to the precautions we are taking to protect ourselves. We asked two etiquette experts for advice on handling the uncomfortable situations we have all had to confront: Yvonne Salas, owner of Etiqueta Excellence in Pembroke Pines, and Dannie ...

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SUPERIOR — Residents from the area and beyond came out to support one another Sunday evening in the wake of a shooting at a local grain elevator that left three dead last week.

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SALEM — “I feel like there are many people around the world that just cannot relate to scholarly commentaries using the jargon of higher education when much of the world, including much of the church world, does not relate to the Bible on that higher scholarly level. There is a need for basic Bible study and theology to be studied on a level that even the ‘wayfaring’ person can understand,” Jim Wick states.

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“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).

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The Silver Rose dates back to 1531 when Juan Diego heard beautiful music and a woman’s voice calling to him from the top of Tepeyac Hill. At the top he saw a beautiful woman who revealed that she was the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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I’ve come to clearly understand that some things that serve us well in the natural world can work against us in the spiritual one. 

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The hymn, ONE DAY, was written by Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman. While he was a guest preacher at a Bible Conference in 1908, he handed the text to his organist, Charles Marsh, who composed the tune. Chapman published it in 1910.

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Following our theme of “for what shall I pray,” I find myself overwhelmed in prayer for my healthcare workers and caregivers of all sorts. As chaplain, I round with the team on all the patients. Day after day, I see that the hospital and especially our emergency department are completely overwhelmed. I’ve heard numbers of 110% on the patient floors and 200% in the emergency department. This is my little rural community hospital! I cannot even fathom our inner city hospital and its workers! Our patients are not all COVID patients but many are very sick just the same.

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(One Perfect Life Chapters 177-180) In this portion of the Gospel the apostles record two predictions and two prayers. Jesus predicts the disciples sorrow at His death, joy at His resurrection but repeated sorrow at His ascension. He later predicts their denial of Him and how they will stumble and be scattered. In His first prayer He prays for the apostles and their unity. The second prayer is for deliverance, if possible, from the death He is facing. But He willingly submits to God’s authority and accepts what He must do.

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Corvallis is a small city, but it is a melting pot of diverse cultures from around the globe. Over the years and through my modest contributions to some cultural events here and there, I noticed several cultural backgrounds which form the beautiful patterns of the social fabric of our community. Cross-cultural poetry readings, as one form of activity among many, could bring people together and lead to constructive interaction. The Interfaith Voices column can play a role in easy hunting for creative potentials within Corvallis.

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Corvallis is a small city, but it is a melting pot of diverse cultures from around the globe. Over the years and through my modest contributions to some cultural events here and there, I noticed several cultural backgrounds which form the beautiful patterns of the social fabric of our community. Cross-cultural poetry readings, as one form of activity among many, could bring people together and lead to constructive interaction. The Interfaith Voices column can play a role in easy hunting for creative potentials within Corvallis.

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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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The holiday season is officially upon us. It’s time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and memorable holiday gatherings with friends and families. As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and begin entertaining the ones that we love. 

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It’s November and you’re wondering, “Where can I go grab a drink with my friends?” Just kidding! What you’re truly thinking is, “Where can I go grab a drink with my dog?” Luckily, Cobb Life Magazine has roamed the beautiful streets across the vast land of Cobb County to find you the perfect spot for you and your dog.

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In the early 1970’s super absorbent polymer was used commercially for the first time. Today there are toys that expand after putting them in the water. Some grow 5 to 10 times their original size. Children enjoy watching the animals grow for the first 24 hours. It may take a full week for the creature to get really big.

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It’s been almost a full year since First Baptist Church in New Iberia lost its pastor of 22 years, but a new full-time pastor is hoping to help bring stability to the congregation as well as lead the church in a post-COVID world.

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"So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then." — 1 Peter 1:14 (NLT)

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If you came to our parsonage, you would discover all over our property, plants and flowers. Just don’t ask me to identify what they are. I can tell a plant from a flower, but that’s as far as it goes with me.

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, please contact your house of worship to see if the following events have been cancelled.

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After two years away, Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) returns home to the Harris Theater on October 22 and 23 with a dynamic and joyous program of classic and contemporary jazz works featuring the Company premiere of Adam Houston’s “All For You," and the newly reimagined “Take A Gambol” by Joshua Blake Carter featuring the entire 13 member ensemble.