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I remember power outages during a thunderstorm being one of the more frightening experiences of childhood. The pounding rain, roaring thunder and brilliant flashes of lightning are enough to make a kid feel small, but suddenly being plunged into inky blackness? It’s a rather jarring experience.

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“We need not all agree, but if we disagree, let us not be disagreeable in our disagreements” – M.R. DeHaan. 

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Just when I thought that maybe, just maybe, we were showing some signs of returning to “normal,” fresh news hits our community and our world reminding me that things will probably never be the same. There seems to be more division and disappointment wherever you look, and there are no signs …

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From 1853 to 1854 an epidemic of cholera swept through London. A 20-year-old pastor, newly appointed at Park Street Chapel, found himself shepherding a congregation and caring for a community in the midst of a major outbreak that would claim 10,675 London lives in the first year alone.

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Editor’s Note: This column original ran Jan. 12, 2017.

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Editor’s note: This column first ran Aug. 4, 2017.

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Editor’s note: This column originally ran on Sept. 7, 2018.

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Nestled in the middle of the Bible is a short, humorous book called Jonah. Readers of the book are often so distracted by questions about the book’s historicity that they fail to notice its wit.

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This week’s reflection comes from the Gospel of Mark 7:31-37.

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A psychiatrist analyzed many cases that he had treated, and worry was the dominant theme. 

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When I’m tempted to complain about rainy days in summer or snow in winter, I remind myself of how important it is to enjoy the moisture because otherwise we are in danger of great forest fires. My family learned this lesson in 2007 when my sister Martha lost her house in California.

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Editor’s note: This column originally ran July 13, 2017.

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An individual needs to understand the poison that is dropped into your life when you live with bitterness, anger and an unforgiving spirit.

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I was communicating with a young lady who had been in our church years ago.

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Yes I know. I am a bit of a renegade, but I refuse to live in fear!  COVID-19 “crud” is real. I understand that. I have had some great friends that died from COVID related problems, but actually not that many considering all the hype concerning this dire dilemma.

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A Gallup poll was recently published showing that for the first time since Gallup began measuring, less than fifty percent of Americans claim membership in a Christian church. 

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It seems everybody in the world today has an opinion about how the rest of the world should live and operate, particularly in America where every individual is viewed as determiner of his or her own destiny. 

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One of the most dangerous issues confronting people today is the lack of hope that pervades our society and culture. There is a growing segment of society that lacks an expectation that things will eventually get better. 

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In light of the recent Easter celebration, many ask, “How does the resurrection of Jesus impact my life?”

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This Sunday is Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians the world over in recognition of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While the coming of Christ into the world celebrated at Christmas redefined world history as we know it, it is in fact the resurrection that secures the benefits for thos…

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Catholic theologian Evelyn Underhill famously said, “The most interesting thing about religion is God.” 

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Prosperity Theology or the Prosperity Gospel is a religious belief among some Protestant Christians that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth. Int…

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Acedia (from Latin) has been variously defined as a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world. 

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the day that Gov. Jared Polis announced the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colorado. No one will bake a cake to celebrate this day. Ever. 

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Did your mom ever tell you to stand up or sit up straight?  Posture, posture, posture.  

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What in the world does Jesus mean when he says, “blessed are the peacemakers?” Is he calling his followers to non-violence? To pacificism? To be honest, many non-church folks look at the church and see a bunch of namby-pamby cowards who resist engagement with the real world. 

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Jesus is famously asked, “And who is my neighbor?” The one asking the question wanted to rationalize himself and set up boundaries around who deserved his friendship, love and care.

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

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When something horrible happens, whether it is in our own lives or something we see in the media, it is very common for people of faith and people of no faith to ask the same question: “Where is God when bad things happen?”

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Here I sit, writing on Monday, December 28, the Fourth Day of Christmas. I can hear the question: “What do you mean Fourth Day of Christmas?” “Wasn’t Christmas last Friday, the 25th?” Here is my answer:

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2020 is the first year I have not officiated at a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in almost 21 years of ordained ministry. 

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I confess that, particularly around Christmas time, I love the King James poetry of translation: “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” 

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Last week I wrote about the season of Advent and the joy and the anxious between-time it is about.

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The season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, started last Sunday. 

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“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream…” Psalm 126:1

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9. 

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I want to talk about one of my favorite topics today, Sabbath.  

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My name is Rev. Melinda (Mel) Roberts and I am the pastor of the Salida United Methodist Church.  I am also a procrastinator.

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The writer of the book of Hebrews says, “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life. Imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7).

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“God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”

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Wednesday

Daily AA meetings – Visit https://aasalidabvleadville.com/ for information on daily Zoom meetings. 24-hour hotline: 888-333-9649.

7:30-8:30 a.m. – Salida Sunrise Rotary Club meets weekly at Robin’s, 8046 W. U.S. 50. Email sunriserotaryofsalida@gmail.com.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Caring and Sharing, 220 W. Fourth St., accepts donations. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for shopping. 719-539-3686.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Chaffee County Resource Center, next to Caring and Sharing, 220 W. Fourth St., open for food boxes and light medical equipment.  Call Mel Hickman, 719-539-4849, with questions.

Noon – Daily AA meeting on https://www.zoom.us/j/8680321228. Call Lori, 303-210-5012, for password.

Noon-5 p.m. – Salida Pregnancy Resource Center is open at 215 E. Third St. Call or email first. 719-539-7436.

7 p.m. – AA “Wednesday Night Discussion” at First Lutheran Church (basement), 13th and F streets. Read more

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“We need not all agree, but if we disagree, let us not be disagreeable in our disagreements” – M.R. DeHaan. 

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Just when I thought that maybe, just maybe, we were showing some signs of returning to “normal,” fresh news hits our community and our world reminding me that things will probably never be the same. There seems to be more division and disappointment wherever you look, and there are no signs …

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From 1853 to 1854 an epidemic of cholera swept through London. A 20-year-old pastor, newly appointed at Park Street Chapel, found himself shepherding a congregation and caring for a community in the midst of a major outbreak that would claim 10,675 London lives in the first year alone.

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Editor’s Note: This column original ran Jan. 12, 2017.

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Editor’s note: This column first ran Aug. 4, 2017.

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Editor’s note: This column originally ran on Sept. 7, 2018.

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Nestled in the middle of the Bible is a short, humorous book called Jonah. Readers of the book are often so distracted by questions about the book’s historicity that they fail to notice its wit.

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This week’s reflection comes from the Gospel of Mark 7:31-37.

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A psychiatrist analyzed many cases that he had treated, and worry was the dominant theme. 

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Editor’s note: This column originally ran July 13, 2017.

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An individual needs to understand the poison that is dropped into your life when you live with bitterness, anger and an unforgiving spirit.

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I was communicating with a young lady who had been in our church years ago.

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A Gallup poll was recently published showing that for the first time since Gallup began measuring, less than fifty percent of Americans claim membership in a Christian church. 

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It seems everybody in the world today has an opinion about how the rest of the world should live and operate, particularly in America where every individual is viewed as determiner of his or her own destiny. 

  • Updated
  • 0

One of the most dangerous issues confronting people today is the lack of hope that pervades our society and culture. There is a growing segment of society that lacks an expectation that things will eventually get better. 

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In light of the recent Easter celebration, many ask, “How does the resurrection of Jesus impact my life?”

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This Sunday is Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians the world over in recognition of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While the coming of Christ into the world celebrated at Christmas redefined world history as we know it, it is in fact the resurrection that secures the benefits for thos…

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  • 0

Catholic theologian Evelyn Underhill famously said, “The most interesting thing about religion is God.” 

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Acedia (from Latin) has been variously defined as a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world. 

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the day that Gov. Jared Polis announced the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colorado. No one will bake a cake to celebrate this day. Ever. 

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Did your mom ever tell you to stand up or sit up straight?  Posture, posture, posture.  

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What in the world does Jesus mean when he says, “blessed are the peacemakers?” Is he calling his followers to non-violence? To pacificism? To be honest, many non-church folks look at the church and see a bunch of namby-pamby cowards who resist engagement with the real world. 

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Jesus is famously asked, “And who is my neighbor?” The one asking the question wanted to rationalize himself and set up boundaries around who deserved his friendship, love and care.

  • 0

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

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When something horrible happens, whether it is in our own lives or something we see in the media, it is very common for people of faith and people of no faith to ask the same question: “Where is God when bad things happen?”

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Here I sit, writing on Monday, December 28, the Fourth Day of Christmas. I can hear the question: “What do you mean Fourth Day of Christmas?” “Wasn’t Christmas last Friday, the 25th?” Here is my answer:

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2020 is the first year I have not officiated at a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in almost 21 years of ordained ministry. 

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I confess that, particularly around Christmas time, I love the King James poetry of translation: “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” 

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Last week I wrote about the season of Advent and the joy and the anxious between-time it is about.

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The season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, started last Sunday. 

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“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream…” Psalm 126:1

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9. 

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My name is Rev. Melinda (Mel) Roberts and I am the pastor of the Salida United Methodist Church.  I am also a procrastinator.

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The writer of the book of Hebrews says, “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life. Imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7).

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“God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”

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A chipmunk decided that it wanted to tour the church Sunday morning after our service. A few attempts to coax it out were unsuccessful and so I acquired a live trap from Ace Hardware.

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One of my favorite pastimes is hiking. There might be a better location for a hiker somewhere else in the world, but it would take a monumental argument to convince me that it’s better than here. 

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I like the moon, as anyone that knows me very well can attest. I am not sure why I do. Perhaps it is because it is the only heavenly body where mankind has set foot. 

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Dave Roever will share his inspirational story at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Living Waters Church, 2300 E U.S. 50, Salida.

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Anxiety seems to rule the day not only in our country but also in our beautiful community of Salida. 

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