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Religion

  • Protecting our conscience from little foxes

    Life has its ups and downs and no one is exempt from struggling every now and then.

    We’ve heard that how we react to situations is a key to how much peace we can maintain and I certainly believe this is a nugget of wisdom. For example, when someone disrespects us, it is common to allow insult to progress into being offended. However, these are times within our journey of learning, to pray and ask God to help us look past our pain and direct our focus and trust on him.

  • LESS MEAT, MORE RICE

    An estimated 795 million people out of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or 1 in 9, went to bed hungry last year.

    During Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, Catholics around the globe, including those here in Citrus County, participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a program of Catholic Relief Services to alleviate the problem of hunger throughout the world.

  • Getting ready for Lent

    A few years ago, I decided to give up recreational shopping for Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter.

    For a week prior to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, I prepared for my shopping fast by buying new shoes and yet another pair of white pants, several tops, some earrings and a new purse.

  • Enjoying abundant life at any age

    We are all growing older. Thanks a lot, right?

    I realize that many will think this is not a very optimistic or positive thought, but it is a reality of life. I could have gone all day without hearing that; however, as with other topics, this too has a certain amount of accountability attached to it that can make a huge difference between dreading the future and having a healthy and positive attitude.

  • Women’s Aglow reunion slated March 10, 11

    Fifty years ago, four Christian women met together with one purpose: to pray and worship together without denominational boundaries.

    Their meeting birthed Women’s Aglow, now called Aglow International, with 4,600 Aglow groups meeting together across the globe.

    At one time in Citrus County, three chapters met monthly — in Crystal River, Inverness and Homosassa.

    Although the groups have since disbanded, some of their members are still in the area.

  • Women’s Aglow reunion slated March 10, 11

    Fifty years ago, four Christian women met together with one purpose: to pray and worship together without denominational boundaries.

    Their meeting birthed Women’s Aglow, now called Aglow International, with 4,600 Aglow groups meeting together across the globe.

    At one time in Citrus County, three chapters met monthly — in Crystal River, Inverness and Homosassa.

    Although the groups have since disbanded, some of their members are still in the area.

  • No more ‘whiplash’

    Last weekend, I finally watched “Whiplash,” the movie with Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

    Miles grew up here in Citrus County, and J.K. Simmons is the bald guy in the Farmer’s Insurance commercials and used to be the psychiatrist on “Law and Order,” plus he was in a whole bunch of other stuff.

  • We will always be a member of God’s family

    As a chaplain for a veterans health care facility, I meet a lot of interesting men and women on a regular basis. I facilitate Bible studies and lead worship services throughout the week and really enjoy the private conversations with these military heroes. 

  • Everybody’s watching everybody

    A number of years ago, one of my daughters was a “secret shopper.”

    She actually got paid to go into restaurants and eat or clothing stores and shop. All she had to do was be inconspicuous as she observed the store’s employees.

  • Living on Purpose 2/4/2017: True peace and joy is only a prayer away

    It is spiritually reassuring to know that we are not alone in this world. Our gracious heavenly Father has promised His children that He is interested with even the tiniest occurrences in our life and has promised to be with us always. Matthew chapter six mentions how He knows what we need before we even ask Him. This spiritual insight brings comfort and peace to our souls as we realize that God is constantly aware and always concerned about us.