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Religion

  • GRACE NOTES 07/27/2013: Of course I'm right

    Years ago I wrote a book about idols, which is just another word for sin.

    An idol is whatever you turn to first — a person, possession, position, relationship, substance, belief or experience — for comfort, security, identity, meaning, etc. Basically, anything other than God.

    As I wrote the book, I got halfway through it and decided I was tired of being smacked upside the head with my own idolatry. 

  • Caught in the middle

    Associated Press

    JERUSALEM — The Israeli soldier was walking home on a busy Jerusalem street when suddenly a car stopped next to him, and men inside spat upon him and hurled insults, trash and water bottles. When the assailants stepped out, he was fearful enough to call the police who swiftly arrived to rescue him.

  • Caught in the middle

    Associated Press

    JERUSALEM — The Israeli soldier was walking home on a busy Jerusalem street when suddenly a car stopped next to him, and men inside spat upon him and hurled insults, trash and water bottles. When the assailants stepped out, he was fearful enough to call the police who swiftly arrived to rescue him.

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL 07/20/2013: Manna from Heaven
  • To frack or not to frack: Amish debate merits, drawbacks of gas drilling

    Julie Carr Smyth

    Associated Press

    BALTIC, Ohio — In parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies clip-clop at the pace of a bygone era, Amish communities are debating a new temptation — the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling.

  • GRACE NOTES 07/13/2013: Tales from the mountain

    Several weeks ago I went mountain climbing.

    Not really, but I did volunteer to take part in my church’s Project Beautiful work day.

    One of our mission goals is to bring beauty to our community in small ways, be it picking up trash, pulling weeds or painting houses.

  • GRACE NOTES 07/06/2013: Confessions of a rat fink

    Shortly after my husband and I got married, my youngest brother clued my new husband in on a family secret about me.

    “Nancy is a rat fink,” he said.

    It’s true.

    My modus operandi would be to go to our mom and say, “I really hate to tell you this, but (insert sibling’s name) is (insert sibling’s crime).”

  • In sickness and in health

    They met by accident, except Ron and Nancy Davis believe there are no accidents, not when it comes to the way they met and not when it comes to Nancy’s condition that has her confined to a wheelchair. 

    “I know God doesn’t make mistakes,” Mrs. Davis said. “I don’t understand why this is happening, but I trust His will for me.”

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL 6/22/13: A Jewish tale from the Old West

    With many people starting to take vacation time, some trips will include plans to visit our American West. This vast, virgin territory, with its history of outlaws and Native American uprisings, is the stuff legends are made of, and these tales are especially taken up by the entertainment media, such as in this summer’s release of “The Lone Ranger.” But real history is often more fascinating than what Hollywood can concoct, and the players and events that shaped the Old West have a tale all their own to share.

  • Christian music, cultural festival to hit the stage in Citrus County

    Extreme bands playing extreme music with a message of extreme love. 

    The Extreme Tour comes to Citrus County with a slate of Christian bands and musicians in concert from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Inverness.

    Bands include Charles’ Horse, Chaotic Resemblance, Northridge, Gallery Cat, Martay and Primisis, plus a message from Jason McLeod, an actor from the movie “Facing the Giants.”