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Members of the Salida faith community will host a day of prayer and meditation for peace and unification in the new year Tuesday, with several locations open to anyone who would like to stop in.

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Many Christians dedicate the month of January for the respect of human life and to pray for religious vocations. With that in mind, I’d like to tell you one of my favorite stories from the “Lives of the Saints.”

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Throughout history and especially within the sacred Scriptures, names have always been important.

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“Angels, from the realms of glory, wing your flight oe’r all the earth; ye who sang creation’s story now proclaim Messiah’s birth. Come and worship, come and worship; worship Christ, the newborn King.”

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Turkey … and a lot of it! Oh, sometimes ham and other times both together. We have a pretty traditional Thanksgiving celebration each year, including watching football, playing board games and eating great desserts such as pumpkin pie and fudge.

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“Is it safe?” That line from the 1970s movie “Marathon Man” asks in three words a question that is pondered by humanity. (A good movie that made me anxious for the rest my life about going to the dentist!)

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The biggest … perhaps I should say “the grandest” question that mankind has to ask must be “is there a God?”

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“John, if I walked in through the doors of the church, the roof and the walls would most likely collapse in on me.” This statement made by a man that I’ve gotten to know during a couple of years in California made me laugh aloud. Not just because of the imagery his statement created but also…

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Next week’s Gospel lesson from Luke about the prayer habits of a Pharisee and a tax collector seems pretty straightforward. We start with characters out of biblical central casting and a surprising judgment from Jesus that may not be quite what we think it is.

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“He is a Good Samaritan.” Many people recognize this sentence as describing someone who does gratuitous good deeds for others. It is hard to believe that a substantial number of readers know where the reference comes from.

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The phrase “an enemy hath done this” is from Matthew 13:28 in the King James translation. It is part of Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the tares, (to stay in the King James language), which is part of the larger group of “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…” parables in Matthew.

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Maybe you were like me? There was a time when I felt as if a giant finger straight from hell was pointing at me, while an accusing voice was screaming, “Shame on you!”

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I was looking through The Mountain Mail newspaper this week, and several headlines struck me: “Sheriff’s office make five arrests this week,” “Salida police make arrests for DUI, identity theft.” Then there was an article on the dangers of vaping, yet so many are determined to do whatever th…

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This weekend Living Waters Church will have a big celebration. Our church facilities are “paid in full.” 

While our church had some loose organization since the late 1920s, it was 1949 when the church became officially recognized with a pastor and a facility at Third and D streets. 

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I’ve recently discovered something like a mathematical formula in my understanding of God’s goodness: Gratitude plus love equals joy and expectation of good.

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In the Bible, the prophet Isaiah relates the promise that the Lord will guide us and satisfy us and that we shall “be like a watered garden” (Isaiah 58:11). I like to think of caring for ourselves as we would for a flower garden.

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Before I learned about God and Jesus, I knew something was missing in my life but couldn’t explain what it was. I was looking for love but had looked in many wrong places.

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If this Christian denomination, Christian Science, or The First Church of Christ, Scientist, is new to you or if you’ve heard of it, it’s possible you might have some questions or reservations about what you’ve heard.

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You were made to behold glory. Biblical glory is the manifestation of God’s nature and acts (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, under “glory”).

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If you are anything like me (meaning an average human), you’ve gone through a difficult period where perhaps God wasn’t responding to you the way you expected.

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If you have been following my articles the last several years, you have been following my wife’s heart-transplant journey and how this event has impacted our lives. The journey continues, even after her death on Nov. 3.

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I’m writing this article on July 1, excited about one of my favorite holidays coming up: the Fourth of July. I must admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for all that the July Fourth celebration entails. Barbecue, parades, barbecue, fireworks, getting together with family and friends, oh yes, and we …

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Over the summer, I am preaching through the letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament. I’m excited, for a few reasons.

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There is a story in the Bible about a prophet named Elijah. Elijah was a good prophet, maybe the best.

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Last week, during the 75th anniversary of D-Day, my son and I watched the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”

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The Rev. Tom Abbott is the new pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Salida. He assumed the pastorship Saturday and offered his first service on Sunday.

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“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NKJV.

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Saved? The Bible teaches “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23. Not one of us, but all of mankind has sinned.

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Something good was about to happen, then Adam and Eve believed an interesting teaser: 10 percent truth and 90 percent lie.

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This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you have a mother in your life I hope you will call, send cards, flowers or go in person to see Mom. If you’re married and your wife is a mother, honor her in whatever thoughtful way you can. If you have lost your mother, take time to thank God for her.

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Yes, I know: Some of you don’t believe in a devil or God. That’s OK. I believe this article will entertain you.

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Today on “Creative Spotlight” I would like to introduce you to a man who uses both sides of the brain and has a strong Christian background.

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And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” – that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Matthew 27:46 (ESV)

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“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished!’ And he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” – John 19:30.

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“Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise” – Luke 23:43.

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“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” – Luke 23:34.

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I had the misfortune recently of watching a Facebook post from a preacher in Arizona who was clearly upset about the status of women today and railing against it as a sin against God and nature.

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The first lesson for this Sunday is from Exodus. “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’’’

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In the lead-up to Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is questioned by a “lawyer” who asks, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

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The Salida Daily Mail, Jan. 20, 1945: In 1943 the Rio Grande payroll was at its peak, $1,102,015.93; 1944 was only some $9,000 less, $1,093,267.71. These led all previous years by around $200,000.

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The Salida Mail, Jan. 20, 1920: Fred Hampe was elected night marshal at the meeting of the city council which was held last evening at city hall. Several votes were taken.

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The Mountain Mail, Jan. 16, 1970: Holly Englert presented a film dealing with the March of Dimes as the program at Monday’s Rotary club meeting.

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The Mountain Mail, Jan. 20, 1995: State Sen. Linda Powers (D-Crested Butte) will be in Salida Saturday evening, Jan. 21, to attend the Salida Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Elks Club, according to chamber officials.

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The Mountain Mail, Jan. 16, 1995: Salida Elks Lodge recognized and honored longtime members Tuesday, granting pins to those who achieved major milestones of 25, 40 and 50 years.

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The Salida Mail, Jan. 16, 1920: We learn through the Longmont Daily Times of Tuesday, January 12th, that T.M. Callahan, of the Salida Golden Rule Mercantile company, was on that date re-elected to membership on the Board of Directors of three of the best banking institutions of Northern Colo…

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The Mountain Mail, Jan. 16, 1970: The last surviving operational steam engine of the Union Pacific Railroad will once again build up a head of steam Saturday morning, then huff and puff from Cheyenne to Denver, pulling an excursion train to the National Western Stock Show.

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The Salida Daily Mail, Jan. 16, 1945: Mrs. A.E. Hyzer received word that her grandson, Pvt. Frederick (Buster) W. Brown of Denver, is stationed with the army in the office department in Belgium.

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The Salida Mail, Jan. 16, 1920: The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Salida Flour Mill and Food company was held at city hall on Tuesday of this week.

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The Mountain Mail, Jan. 16, 1995: Six youngsters from Son Shine Inn Preschool were introduced to the slopes of Monarch Ski Area Friday in a program sponsored by Southwest Centennial Real Estate, Frederickson-Brown Insurance and Independent Whitewater/Monarch Tours of Salida and Coast to Coas…