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Late Monday night, on my way back to Romney from a weeklong conference, I noticed the sign posted by the Augusta United Methodist Church. It read “Normal isn’t coming back. Jesus is.”

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Growing up in a rural farm community in the northern panhandle I learned quite a bit about farming and the farming lingo as it were.  Never put it to use in on actual farm, but I have learned in the course of time, the wisdom behind some of these sayings.

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I find trusting to be a rare gift – to both give and receive. When I reach out and offer my trust to another, I am exposing myself – warts and all – and that can be scary to say the least. Recently, I read in both Jeremiah and in Luke passages that remind me in whom I am to place my trust in…

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Well, as I have done for the past 25 years, I sit here in front of my computer and wonder what my fingers have to say.

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Can you pick which steeple goes on which Kirby/Rio church? The churches are listed alphabetically (and there are more churches than steeples). Answers are in the Church notes. 

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I spent this past weekend attending a wedding and visiting friends from around the Columbiana County area of Ohio and we couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more. It made me realize how quickly time passes by and how things can change in such a short period of time. It has been 28 years since I …

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Jehovah’s Witnesses resumed their trademark door-to-door ministry Sept. 1, after a 2-and-a-half year suspension during the pandemic, just in time to begin a global campaign featuring a new interactive Bibe study program. 

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Heresy is defined as “a belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.” With that being said, there is a lot of heresy in the church today. I am, of course speaking of the overall church and not any particular organization. Heresy in itself is bad enough bu…

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The new school year is already underway here in Hampshire County. Our students, families, teachers and school staff have all endured a difficult few years as well-placed debates over how to best balance Covid-related health concerns with the mission to educate children throughout our county,…

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Recently, I dreamed that I was traveling on vacation and ended up in a ghost town. It was similar to the ones you see in movies about the Old West. As I am walking the streets of this once-thriving town, I see dirt and debris everywhere. There is an old man sitting on what is left of a bench…

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In light of recent national news about student loans, just a reminder from another perspective:

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I have finally beat the addiction to Coke (Coca-Cola, that is - never tried that other stuff) but I have seemingly replaced it with Peach Tea. Drinking too much (guilty) is probably not good either but it has to be better than sodas, right?

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ROMNEY — While Pastor Jim Kinnamon and his wife Sandy are continuing to ask folks to lift up Jerry “Fireball” Davis and his family after his stroke, the fundraising event scheduled for this Saturday has been canceled. 

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Whether one believes in God or not, he or she must admit that there is without a doubt an element of good and an element of evil present within our midst. With that being the case, whether a person calls him or herself a Christian, an atheist or an agnostic, that person cannot accept an elem…

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Whether one believes in God or not, he or she must admit that there is without a doubt an element of good and an element of evil present within our midst. With that being the case, whether a person calls him or herself a Christian, an atheist or an agnostic, that person cannot accept an elem…

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For some 40 years as a pastor I frequently dealt with persons who had been severely damaged by their religious upbringing.  Eventually I learned several things about how to recover from such trauma in one’s religious life and so this week’s column is a tongue-in cheek guide as to how to sabo…

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Timber Ridge Christian church meets Monday mornings at 10 a.m. for bible study. We just finished studying the book of Joshua. 

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There are scriptures that enlighten us as to just how we can know the depths of a person. There are scriptures that help us to understand what he or she is like or what his or her nature, desires, intentions and so forth are all about.

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Can you pick which steeple goes on which Romney church? The churches are listed alphabetically (and there are more churches than steeples). Answers are in the Church notes. 

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The Lord’s Prayer (or Our Father) has been the central prayer of Christianity from the beginning, and continues to speak to us and for us in the 21st Century. 

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For the sake of this column and this column only, let’s pretend that there is no God. That’s right — let’s consider what life would be like if there were really no God.

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This history is based on one that appeared in the Hampshire Review on April 18, 2012, just weeks before the last worship service was held at Branch Mountain United Methodist Church, on June 24, 2012.  

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Regardless of the ruling of the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade, the abortion “debate” is not over. Actually it is not really a “debate.” The arguments of the 2 sides do not intersect.

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God, it is good to stop and listen for a change — and to trust in You.

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Did you have a good time celebrating on July 4th? In God’s providence, our ancestors, in 1776, declared their intent to form a new Republic based on the God-given freedoms they later articulated in the U.S. Constitution.

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It was an old hymn that I still remember well. We sang it often in the church where I grew up. Written by Johnson Oatman in 1897 the song has been published in 232 hymnals.

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The faith of Christians all across this country should be strengthened and their praises should be sounding in the corridors of heaven with a renewed vigor.

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This past week, I have heard from people who said in effect, “I do not know how much longer I can hang in there.”

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