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  • Finding a state of grace while on vacation

    Last week I took a trip to California, where I’m from.

    I met my sister, daughter and granddaughter in San Francisco, where we stayed with my 92-year-old aunt.

    One thing about San Francisco — the hills are steep. On my trip we climbed one of the steepest hills, up Hyde Street. At one point I didn’t think I could make it. My sister told me to walk backwards, that it was easier that way. So, I did. I turned around and trudged up the hill, looking at where I had been.

  • Congregants beat the heat at "splash bash"

    CITRUS HILLS — Casual, contemporary, come as you are.

    A year ago, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness created a second campus in the Citrus Hills area, which has now become the Church at the Hills, led by campus pastor Darrell Reneau.

    Last week the church had a “splash bash” outreach at a neighborhood park, which drew five new families to the church.

  • 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.”