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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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I graduated from seminary in May of last year, knowing that I would move to Salida by July 1. I knew very little about what awaited me, but I grew up in Alamosa, so I knew some things about small mountain towns. The mountains are much closer here, however.

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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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Hope in the Bible has been best described as “a confident expectation of things to come.” We use the word hope generally in such ways as, “I hope the pandemic ends soon,” or “I hope the medical tests they did on me come out well,” or “I hope the Denver Broncos do well!” All of these describe…

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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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Editor’s note: This column originally ran on Sept. 14, 2018

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Editor’s note: This column originally ran in The Mountain Mail on Aug. 24, 2018.

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Editor’s note: This column was originally run in The Mountain Mail June 8, 2017.

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From the early history of the human race, we find man trying to outdo God.

Satan tried it and failed.

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When it comes to being optimistic, that’s a hard pill to swallow these days with everything we see going on around us.

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Isaiah 53:1 says, “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

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As Colorado lifts COVID-19 restrictions regarding the number of people who can gather together, Salida churches are taking varying approaches, with some remaining closed, some opening and many offering a hybrid of online and limited church services.

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I am a watcher of culture. An observer of humanity – of habits we find ourselves getting into. Trends that seem to pop up out of the blue and take off like wildfire. In this puzzling time, the No. 1 thing a bunch of people are doing – in our culture anyway – and, yes, it’s a bit puzzling to …

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“How are you all doing?” That’s the question I find myself asking, countless times a day.

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How does our faith get lived out in our lives – in these times especially? How do we reach out with love and concern for our brothers, sisters and neighbors in this time of staying in, worry and loss?

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