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FAITH JOURNEYS

One reads in the Bible in Hebrews 11:1 “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Faith is more than trust. It is truly putting one’s all in a true belief. We have faith that we will once again see the morning, noontime and evening come each and every day. Hebre… Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

Waiting in the snow last week I watched an act of kindness that made me stop in my tracks. I was waiting for a delivery driver when I saw a car come zooming around the corner barely missing a limping senior citizen that was trying to cross the street. The car slammed on the brakes and the dr… Read more

BARRACKVILLE COLUMN

I have been listening to StoryCorps for a while, especially on some of the down days. It is an online site that people record a story, anywhere from two to five minutes, about someone, something or an experience that touched them or changed their life. Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

Across the world, January 6 is observed by many Christian traditions as Epiphany. From a Greek word meaning “to reveal” or to “to make known,” it focuses on the New Testament story of the visit of the Magi. That story makes clear that the gift of a Savior is for the whole world. Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

It is that time of year when we are encouraged to reflect on the past 12 months to gauge our successes and losses, remember the moments and emotions that brought us to this point, and set the infamous resolutions for the new year. This time of year, for me, is one of my favorites as we all a… Read more

FARMINGTON COLUMN

May you trust that you are exactly where you need to be, Farmers. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith, and you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you in the New Year. Another year has passed, stranger still, and… Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

Jeremiah 29:7 “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

In my Faith Journeys article two weeks ago I voiced a hope and prayer that “this Christmas season will be for each of us another wonderful, uniting dive in our growing spiritual relationships with God and with each other” and also, that we will “continually practice living in the love and co… Read more

MANNINGTON COLUMN

Good morning Mannington. The calendar says Winter began Tuesday but there have been some very cold days already and they say that in a few days the high will be in the 50’s. Such changes, we do not know what the weather will be from day to day. I hope everyone has shopping and baking done so… Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

I had the honor recently to attend a meeting where some important people from Charleston, W.Va. wanted to hear from local service providers about the greatest needs in Marion County. That sounded good, so I went. Folks from these folks’ offices greeted us and showed us where to sit. We sat d… Read more

FARMINGTON COLUMN

You ever have a good idea, or what seems to be good at the time? Well, my ambitions got the better of me this week when I decided that I wanted to make a small craft to include in my Christmas presents. The children helped to decorate the house last weekend, of which included an 8 foot gnome… Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” is as poignant now as it was when printed 124 years ago in the 1897 anonymous piece in the New York Sun. As the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history, I am reminded each year of how we need to measure all that is good and true in this world whe… Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

John 15:13 says “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. “ And for years it has meant exactly what Pastors have told me it means. Jesus laid down His life for our sins. But I see other people laying down for their lives for their friends and family and i… Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce often uses the phrase “we work hard on our ‘quality of life’ initiatives.” Although, chambers are business organizations that promote business growth, there is a particularly key component that supports “quality of life” which is tied to the local economy. Read more

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