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Taking stock of spiritual condition
Pastor Mark Genetic research has advanced greatly of late, making it possible for science to determine the potential influence our individual genes can have in our life. It has become possible for people to have their DNA tested, to reveal their ancestry from the past and what health...
June 24, 2016 - 7:00am
June 10, 2016
Take some time to uproot life’s weeds
Pastor Mark Weeding is my least favorite garden chore. Crawling along on hands and knees, pulling out numerous, unwanted plants can turn an hour into a week for me. It’s not just the tediousness of the job; there are certain weeds with which I would rather not deal. Dandelions have...
June 10, 2016 - 7:00am
May 27, 2016
We are our brothers’ keepers
Pastor Mark Holmes One morning in 2006, Dave Hackenberg, a professional beekeeper from Lewisburg, Pa., went out to inspect his beehives, discovering that 80 percent of his bee boxes were empty for no known reason. He contacted the agricultural department at Penn State University...
May 27, 2016 - 7:00am
May 20, 2016
Actions can inspire, pull down others
Pastor Mark Several years ago, while leading a Bible study in a county jail, the inmates were discussing what they believed was unfair treatment by the guards. They felt the guards expected the inmates to adhere strictly to the rules that they, as guards, were lax in following. One...
May 20, 2016 - 7:00am
May 13, 2016
Finding truth in the middle ground
Pastor Mark The other day I was adjusting a clock so it would keep the correct time. Initially it was running slow, losing about an hour per day. I adjusted it to run faster, discovering, a day later, that it was gaining time. Realizing the correct adjustment lay somewhere between...
May 13, 2016 - 7:00am
May 6, 2016
Pressure reveals one’s inner truth
Pastor Mark When John D. Whidden, author of "Ocean Life in the Old Sailing Ships Days," was a 12-year-old boy, his appetite for his grandmother’s pies got the best of him. Known to store a number of her pies in a pantry, Whidden gained entrance for a taste of the delicacies. Realizing...
May 6, 2016 - 7:00am
April 15, 2016
Input leads to outcome
Pastor Mark Remember life before Windows? Not the ones we look through but the program we use to operate our computers. Life before windows required one to type the many DOS commands directly into our computers to make them do what we wanted. This was often frustrating because computers...
April 15, 2016 - 7:00am
April 8, 2016
Watch for signs to avoid spiritual drifting
Pastor Mark With the coming of spring, ice fishermen find their sport endangered by the warming temperatures. Ice, once safe, becomes treacherous. Only the really committed — or is that foolhardy — push the envelope by fishing on less-than-good ice. It is not just the danger...
April 8, 2016 - 7:00am
April 1, 2016
Legacy may defy will
Pastor Mark Aeschylus, a Greek playwright is credited with developing the theatrical form of Greek tragedy in the early 400s B.C. His plays are still studied today by those interested in drama and classic Greek literature. Ironically, his self-designed epitaph says nothing of his...
April 1, 2016 - 7:00am
March 25, 2016
Celebrating a Good Friday gift
Pastor Mark Good Friday is the day when Christians around the world celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as God’s sacrifice for sin. According to the Talmud, Israel believed any sacrificial act was comprised of three parts — giving, substitution and participation. The giving...
March 25, 2016 - 7:00am
March 18, 2016
Why not make an ‘after bucket list’
Pastor Mark The movie "The Bucket List" depicted the adventures of two terminally-ill cancer patients who set out to fulfill a list of events they wanted to experience before they kicked the bucket (died). The movie has made "bucket lists" a common phrase and popular activity today....
March 18, 2016 - 7:00am
March 11, 2016
Establish a sliding scale to Jesus
Pastor Mark How righteous are you? How do you know? Christianity believes that anyone who asks God to forgive their sins becomes legally righteous. God takes away our guilt by declaring us innocent. But what about our behavior? How good are we? How do we know? Normally, we determine...
March 11, 2016 - 7:00am
March 1, 2016
Vatican paper praises 'Spotlight' Oscar win
Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano on Monday praised "Spotlight," calling it "convincing" and "not anti-Catholic as such," in the Vatican's first official comment since the film's Oscar win for best picture on Sunday night.
March 1, 2016 - 8:56am
February 26, 2016
Solon Springs hosts World Prayer Day service
Men, women and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer. This year’s host country is Cuba. As part of World Day of Prayer March 4, St. Pius Catholic Church in Solon Springs will hold a 1:30 p.m. service. Sandy Nelson will share her experiences...
February 26, 2016 - 7:00am
February 4, 2016
Wisconsin company fires seven Muslim workers in prayer break dispute
Seven Muslim workers at an eastern Wisconsin manufacturer have been fired after disregarding a break policy that did not allow them to pray at the times dictated by their faith, the company said on Wednesday.
February 4, 2016 - 8:54am