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Religion

  • CAYR dinner on Feb. 22

    CAYR dinner will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday Feb. 22, at Calvary Full Gospel Church, 39 Mattick St., in Prestonville. All are welcome. The event is fun, free and offers fellowship opportunities.

  • Thoughts from inside a fish

    I’m still thinking about Jonah and the whole swallowed by a fish thing.

    Here are some of my thoughts:

    • Sometimes you’re plankton. You’re minding your own business when all of a sudden a big fish swallows a smaller fish as its lunch and you, the microscopic plankton swimming nearby, get swallowed too.

    What’s up with that?

  • God’s great show of love

    With Valentine’s Day today, we have once again been reminded of the various ways that people show their love for one another, jewelry, flowers, candy, cards, giant stuffed animals, nice dinners out, etc. Americans are projected to spend $20 billion on such signs of affection this year and while we might marvel at that number (and maybe shake our heads over how much money is spent on heart shaped boxes of chocolate), one thing that should not surprise us is the desire we have to demonstrate our love for those we care about. When you love someone, it should show.

  • Be God’s Valentine
  • How not to be swallowed by a fish

    My church is currently going through the Old Testament book of Jonah.

    Jonah is my guy. He did it all wrong, but he still received God’s grace.

    In the beginning of the book, God tells Jonah to go to Ninevah, a wicked city filled with people Jonah hated, and Jonah says, “Nope. Not gonna do it,” and goes in the opposite direction, hitching a ride on a ship.

    That turns out to not be a good choice for Jonah, because it leads him into a violent storm, gets him thrown overboard by the crew and then swallowed by a fish.

  • Relevant Church soup supper Friday

    Relevant Church will be hosting its annual Spring Soup Supper on Friday, Feb. 8, from 4-7:30 p.m. at 2505 Highland Ave., Carrollton. Soups that will be served are taco, vegetable beef, chili, potato, broccoli, chicken noodle and bean soup. Assorted sandwiches, desserts, chips and drinks also will be served. Pastor Rusty Bennett welcomes everyone. Donations accepted.

  • Let the healing begin

    For my whole life (so far) I’ve been ridiculously healthy.

    In spite of that, as I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from occasional bouts of hypochondria. To me, a headache means a brain tumor, a twinge anywhere means cancer or some rare, as-yet-to-be-identified fatal disease.

    As I write this, I’m concerned about leprosy.

    Actually, I just learned that I have a case of functional leprosy -- and most likely so do you.

  • What does a cross mean to you?

    A cross means many different things to people. To some, a cross is a symbol of love and sacrifice. To others, it is no more than a decorative piece that is worn on a bracelet or around the neck or on an ear. Some place a cross on a wall in their home. 

    In our church we have several crosses which remind us of the importance of an event long ago just outside of Jerusalem. One is on our Baptistery, another is seen in a major hallway, and one is on our church sign that welcomes people to our campus. 

  • Make 2019 the year you resolve to improve your spiritual life

    Happy New Year, and welcome to 2019! It’s hard to believe that we’ve almost finished the second decade of the 21st century. How are you doing so far? Did you make New Year’s resolutions, and if so, what are they?

  • A ‘perfect’ New Year’s resolution

    I know this is late, but I just made a New Year’s resolution: I resolve to take more days off from work and not fret about wasting time.

    I resolve to go out for coffee or ice cream or a burger–or maybe even Indian food–with at least one other person, preferably more than one.

    I also resolve to accept more hugs, to “let not (my) heart be troubled” and to eat more maple syrup because it’s a perfect food.