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Column: Generous giving in the good name of Jesus the Christ

June 26, 2015

By Doug Goodwin Whether you are a sports fan or not, allegations of bribery against the World Soccer organization, FIFA, has thrown the effects of money into the forefront of our consciousness.  It makes you think: What do you expect your money to accomplish?  For most of us it is providing necessities of food, clothing Read More

Column: Wear your salvation like a brand

June 19, 2015

By James Stark Paul said, “I bear on my body the brand marks of Jesus” (Gal 6:17). He said that because he’d “been there and done that,” as far as Christianity was concerned. In his day, to be a Christian could get you killed, beat or imprisoned just for speaking his name out loud — Read More

Column: Giving words to our prayers

June 12, 2015

By Phil Wold In our worship this past week, many of our congregations turned to Psalm 130. I think we could all do well to know the opening line of this Psalm by heart. “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” So very often we find ourselves in Read More

Column: Evaluating Christianity in your life

June 5, 2015

By Ryan Charest There are many different ways to look at Christianity in a person’s life.  It is a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to another.  Maybe for some it is just something that we do on Sunday.  Yet for others it is much more than just an hour or two Read More

Memorial Day thoughts for the rest of the year

May 29, 2015

Those Who Came Before Us: “To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget; that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love Read More

Column: The merciful God

May 22, 2015

By Cody Haar Of the many things a person can fear, it seems to me that the most pervasive fear is the fear of failure. This looks like a lot of different things. I’ve seen it expressed in various forms including denial, rejection, anger, deception, pride, arrogance, ignorance, depression, repression and oppression. The fear of Read More

New imperatives for a new age: Baha’i faith calls for a new paradigm

May 15, 2015

By Judi Panetta The crucial need facing the human race and global civilization in the 21st century is to find a unifying vision of the nature  and purpose of man and world society. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) and the religion he founded. The Baha’i Faith is an independent world Read More

Column: When death seems the only way out

May 8, 2015

By Falk Alicke Our beautiful and seemingly peaceful Sheridan suffers from a painfully dark disease: The rate of members in our community ending their life by suicide exceeds even the infamous U.S. suicide capital of Las Vegas. Suicide is a statewide problem and the state responds with promoting suicide awareness and offering preventive training. I’ve Read More

Column: Thoughts on sharing

May 1, 2015

By Don Derryberry There used to be a television commercial for Mercedes Benz, the German car manufacturer, that showed one of their cars crashing into a cement wall.  With that image in mind, a voiceover asked why the company does not enforce their patent on the successful Mercedes Benz energy-absorbing car body design.  It seems Read More

Column: Called to carry the word

April 24, 2015

“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples; and he said to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and Read More

Take a moment and walk in someone else’s shoes

April 18, 2015

By Christie American Here we are two weeks after the resurrection of Jesus and the logical theme of this column would be new life, but I am not always logical (I can hear my husband say, “Amen!”). That is why today I am writing about something dear to God’s heart. This year I worked at Read More

Celebrating a new beginning after Easter

April 10, 2015

By John Milliken For many people, I suspect Easter feels somewhat like a great drama, with the crucifixion as the point of crisis in the plot and the resurrection as the satisfying conclusion, after which we can cheer and go home.  I know this is the impression it gave me growing up. Easter Sunday was Read More

Do I believe in resurrection?

April 3, 2015

Rev. Bob Miller  is retired from First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Do I really believe in resurrection? Before I say yes to that question I’ve got some serious questions to ask. Does resurrection mean I’ll live again just like I am now? I hope not! I’m getting too old and achy to keep Read More

God’s love and love for God

March 27, 2015

“God is love” (1 John 4:8). This is most certainly true. More needs to be said. “Jesus loves you” is gospel, good news. “Love the Lord” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” are commands, law. Note the different directions of the love. Love to you from God in Christ Jesus is gospel. Love from you Read More

Taking part in the holiest of weeks

March 20, 2015

The Rev. John Inserra, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. “It’s not how you start that’s important, but how you finish!”   — Jim George, author The above quote can apply to so many areas of our lives: fitness, education or our professional career, to name a few.  How we finish is often what is remembered.  One Read More

When the world turns upside down

March 13, 2015

Donald Warriner is Captain at The Salvation Army in Sheridan and a member of Pastors United in Christ. Our entire world can be turned upside down in just a few moments time. Ask any new widow or widower — or anyone who has received an adverse medical report from their doctor — or a young Read More

Column: A prayer more often prayed

February 27, 2015

By Gary Kopsa “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I find myself praying this prayer more frequently and more fervently these days. You know the reasons why. Internationally, there is no end to the torment and abuse and exploitation and cruelty that we are made aware of Read More

There is no limit to where you can go

February 20, 2015

Doug Melius is the pastor at First Presbyterian Church. Yesterday I celebrated a birthday and walked the trail below the church.  It was such a warm day.  The sun was so bright that as I came to a south-facing bench, I decided to stop.  There I sat, soaking up sunshine. After a while I noticed Read More

Column: Looking back to heal our future

February 13, 2015

Kevin Jones is the pastor of Grace Anglican Church in Sheridan. Whatever you might think about the origins of humanity, one thing is clear from even the most cursory glance at the evening news, the daily paper or the news feed on your home page: the world is messed up. The atrocities committed on a Read More

Column: The Lord’s Day, take time to give thanks

February 6, 2015

Rev. Jim Heiser is a pastor at Holy Name Catholic Church. A long time ago, in a land far away, there was a man named Moses. In the second book of the Bible, Exodus, it is written: “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and, while you are there, I Read More

Column: To the thousandth generation of Fay Bearden

January 31, 2015

Terral Bearden the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and a member of Pastors United in Christ.    The recollections shared herein are mostly from my father, Jack Bearden, and my mother, Ann Bearden. My line of the Bearden family came out of Alabama and settled along the western border of Arkansas. They were a rough Read More

Column: Showing others Christ’s love through example

January 23, 2015

Jack Burke is a representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I’ve been involved with a workshop the last few months sponsored by the Catholic Church (Yes, I am a Mormon). The workshop is called, “Just Faith.” It’s an intense workshop with homework, retreats and immersion experiences with the poor that Read More

Our Creator — the giver of life

January 16, 2015

Scott Lee is the senior pastor at Bethesda Worship Center. About this time every year I start getting excited to smell fresh cut grass, for baseball, barbecues and longer days. I get anxious for all the new life that spring brings to us! Today I want to remind you that our Creator, God, is the Read More

Internalizing the Holy Scripture

January 10, 2015

Pastor Doug Goodwin serves at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in downtown Sheridan. We take a lot for granted when reading the Bible.   Have to.  But, on occasion, it is helpful to think about the background of the context of Holy Scripture. Take for instance:  A band of slaves, who under the leadership Read More

Column: Battling to fulfill your resolutions

January 2, 2015

Cody Haar is an associate Pastor at Cornerstone Church and the secretary/treasurer for Pastors United In Christ. Happy New Year!  If you are like most people, you have already considered your resolutions for the New Year. Maybe you desire to lose a few pounds. Maybe you desire to start eating a healthier diet. Maybe you Read More

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