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As we came in on “final approach” to the end of 2021, for many the flight plan has been a great disappointment.

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I love watching westerns. I enjoy mainly the older westerns because there aren’t many good western movies or shows produced anymore. There was, of course, the dud of a movie will Johnny Depp playing a wacko version of Tonto in the movie, “The Lone Ranger.” I’d rather watch the old classic ha…

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While it’s true that there were no voting machines in Biblical times, the Israelites of old voted on whether they would embrace the principles God presented at Mount Sinai as a blueprint for living a holy life.

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A new year brings with it the possibility of new beginnings and a desire to see these new possibilities take hold in our lives.

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I was once acquainted with a man who we’ll call Jim.

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Last month, I wrote about pausing before the headlong rush into Christmas to celebrate Advent, the period of penitence and preparation pointing to Christmas being more than memorial to the long-ago birth of Jesus.

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Today (Jan. 5) is the last day of Christmas (as in the 12 days thereof) and there is one gift that all of us have been given.

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I said something to someone once that I felt like my life was in a rut. In other words, I felt as if I were going nowhere, just spinning my wheels and making no progress.

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A special thank-you to Nina Madigan, Beth Miller and the staff at X-Press Stop Liberty at North River, Slanesville Ruritan, North River Ruritan, Dollar General in Capon Bridge, Alkire’s Septic Service and other individuals in the community who made monetary donations, as well as toys and gif…

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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” — I Peter 3:15

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Christmas is officially over, but there is always time to look at an old story in a new light. I concur that Jesus is the reason for the season and I would never do anything to take away from that whatsoever.

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It was a song sung by the angels as they announced the birth of the Christ-child. Immanuel - God with us. It was a night when heaven literally touched the earth in the form of a little baby, born in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.

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I know, it’s the Christmas season and that means it’s a time to be joyful and happy, so why put a damper on the season by writing about the demise of the middle class?

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Christmas is the story of inclusion. Consider the powerful meaning as the shepherds were invited to participate in the Christmas story.

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With the temperatures growing colder and the towns within the county lighting Christmas lights, it’s easy to see that Christmas is just around the corner.

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So just what difference does Jesus really make in a person’s life? It’s a question people have been asking for centuries.

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It seems that at my age now I spend more time looking backward and less time looking forward.

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“As it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and th…

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Thanksgiving! I don’t know why it seems so difficult to write a column about Thanksgiving.

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This Sunday when one enters the sanctuary, there will be a unique spirit in the air. We will be entering the season of Advent, and the sanctuary will reflect Advent.

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Thanksgiving time – I always think of harvest time and the time of getting everything in for the winter months that will be coming. Psalm 96:12 –13; “Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.  Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, f…

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HIGH VIEW — The founding of the Timber Ridge Christian Church occurred during the Second Great Awakening, a Christian revival movement during the early 19th Century.

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I didn’t realize how close of a friendship I had with my youth when I was growing up. I also didn’t realize how much we drifted apart as the years went by.

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In this final installment on our need for the church, we will look at the importance of prayer to any assembled body of believers.

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I was chatting with our one son a few weeks ago as he celebrated his birthday. He remarked that he can’t believe he is in his mid-30s and is surprised at how quickly the birthdays now come.

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My congregation, Romney Presbyterian Church, has spent much of the past month reading the book of Job. Job, both the book and the character for whom it is named, ask significant questions about the relationship between God and suffering.

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I have had enough surgeries and spent enough time in hospitals to know that just like staff members say they meet all kinds of patients, I can attest to the fact that patients can also meet all kinds of doctors and nurses, et cetera.

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We can all acknowledge that we lost a great patriot, a great leader and a great human being last week upon the death of Gen. Colin Powell.

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The title to this column may seem to be a silly question, but if we think about it, it really isn’t. In fact, it’s a question that we should give serious consideration.

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This Sunday evening, Oct. 31, will be celebrated by many as Halloween. It is an evening filled with ghost and goblins and the shouts of “trick or treat” from the children knocking on our doors.

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