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“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that …

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The foundation of a house is what supports the entire structure. If the foundation isn’t built correctly, the structure will eventually be destroyed by the forces of nature that constantly work against it.

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Editors note: This column original ran Sept. 14, 2012.

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There are two types of anxiety. One is an acute, palpable panic. In these moments, we are keenly aware of our anxiety. Perhaps I nearly hit another car, and for the next 10 minutes my heart is racing. Or an advertisement for some medicine provokes in me an uneasiness related to my own mortal…

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Some 800 years ago, a French abbot named Bernard of Clairvaux wrote, “When we live free from trouble we are happy. … Then, when we suffer some calamity, some storm in our lives, we turn to God and ask his help, calling upon him in times of trouble. This is how we who only love ourselves firs…

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People are containers. This is not an insignificant biblical metaphor. We are jars, wineskins, pots, cups, vessels of one kind or another.

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My father died suddenly of a heart attack when I was 17 years old. The next year, my mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer.

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A trip to the Holy Land is a trip of a lifetime for most Christians and Jews. I have traveled to Israel and experienced many moments that made the stories in the Bible come to life.

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St. Joseph Parish Respect for Life will host its second annual Heart of the Rockies Walk for Life beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church parking lot, Fifth and D streets in Salida.

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Since the first days of the church, the age-old spiritual practice of fasting has been an integral part of Christ’s main message from the Gospel.

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After the Christmas rush and before Lent begins is a great time to enjoy a European tradition similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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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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The Salida Mail, April 2, 1920: Mrs. H. R. Shaw, Children’s Division Superintendent of the state Sunday schools, met with the Sunday school workers of Salida Friday at the Presbyterian church.

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The Salida Daily Mail, April 3, 1945: Mrs. Thelma Haley received word Monday night from the War Department that her husband, T Sgt. Richard Guy Haley, was killed in action on March 15 in Germany.

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The Mountain Mail, April 3, 1970: Striking Teamster drivers were ordered off the picket lines in Colorado Thursday after a tentative agreement was reached in Washington between trucking industry representatives and Teamster officials.

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The Mountain Mail, April 3, 1995: An ecological study of public lands south of Poncha Pass is about to get underway.

The Rio Grande National Forest (USDA Forest Service), the San Luis Resource Area (USDA Bureau of Land Managment), and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA, formerly the Soil Conservation Service) are currently undertaking a cooperative landscape analysis.

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The Mountain Mail, April 3, 1995: On October 20, 1994, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was created. The NRCS is more than a new name for the 60-year-old Soil Conservation Service (SCS).

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The Mountain Mail, April 2, 1970: Activity at Rio Grande Motor Way, Inc., in Salida is at a stand-still, according to James Amicone. Rio Grande is one of the many freight company docks being picketed in Denver, Pueblo and other places by the Teamsters Union.

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The Salida Mail, April 2, 1920: Edward Hively, pioneer of Salida, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles, Calif., where he had resided for fifteen years. During his residence here he was one of the most influential citizens. He built the Hively block, which was sold two years ago to J. W. DeWeese, who soon after disposed of it to Stancato.

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The Salida Daily Mail, April 2, 1945: Spring began officially in Salida on March 21, but it really began Feb. 1. This was the warmest spring season in forty years.

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The Mountain Mail, April 3, 1995: The Bureau of Land Management Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement is available to the public for a 30 day protest period.

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The Salida Mail, April 2, 1920: A boy named Besserman, a trusty from the state reformatory, who had been working on the Burleson ranch near Buena Vista, stole a neighbor’s car Wednesday evening and came to Salida and took in the first show at the Empress theatre.