Religion

Distraction can lead to inaction

Joseph and Mary, who was with child, traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to participate in a mandatory census. While they were in Bethlehem the time came for the miracle baby to be born and Mary “gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because ...

Egyptian novel explores Christians under controlling church

CAIRO (AP) — Shady Lewis Botros says his recently published novel — "Ways of the Lord" — can be broadly viewed as an attempt to answer one question: What it's like to be a Christian in Egypt? The answer, given in stories narrated by the book's chief character, is complex and often ...

Celebration is required

In order to be a great parent, friend or family member we must consistently contribute compassion and celebration into the lives of others. Compassion and celebration are not an option, they are a requirement. What is spectacular is that when we walk in step with God as we receive his son, ...

First Baptist Church XYZ to meet

First Baptist Church XYZ, a senior adult ministry for people in the 50-plus age group, will meet Thursday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Todd Erickson with Child Evangelism Fellowship will present the program “Birthday Party for Jesus.” Refreshments will be served.

Bismarck church volunteers bring food to South Dakota church

BISMARCK (AP) — In the small town of McLaughlin, South Dakota, many of the residents didn't celebrate Thanksgiving Day as most Americans do. Located 9 miles south of the North Dakota state line on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation at the junction of state Highway 63 and U.S. Highway 12, ...

Everyone needs compassion

We are heading into the most meaningful season of the year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. It’s a time we celebrate with family and friends, build memories, and consider what really matters in life. It’s also a time we grieve what is broken or who is missing from our life. With ...

Pope urges charity when churches are sold, reused

ROME (AP) — The Vatican and bishops from Europe and beyond have developed proposed guidelines for the sale or reuse of Catholic churches to help ensure that they retain their cultural heritage and serve the good of the community, not commerce. With some churches being turned into discos, ...

Feelings and Thankfulness

Reports of mass shootings, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and raging fires fill our newspapers and televisions regularly. We can be overwhelmed with feelings of sadness and frustration because of these circumstances; especially if we or loved ones are directly affected. We might even wonder ...

What we leave behind

FARGO — I spent 16 hours browsing, sorting, and disposing her belongings. It was exhausting, educational, impactful and surreal. I finished with sore muscles, a deeper appreciation for her life, and a thought to share with you. My aunt Janie passed away Sept. 16, 2018, at the age of 89. Her ...

A change of perspective

I’ve read two books by Pastor Mark Batterson and own several more. I would highly recommend any of his books. You will enjoy his creative, energetic, action-oriented and engaging writing style. In both of Batterson’s books I’ve read, he shares a helpful formula. Being a huge fan of ...

More manpower

Last Sunday, I discussed one of the three attitudes displayed by Samson in the Bible that make strong men weak. When a man sees something that he desires, his emotions kick in and he pursues it regardless of cost. He may lust after a woman, a career advancement, a house or a challenge to ...

Minot Christian Women’s Luncheon will be held Tuesday

The Minot Christian Women’s Club will hold a luncheon on Tuesday, at the Grand Hotel in Minot from 12:15 to 2 p.m. The cost will be $13 inclusive. For reservations, contact Darcy at 837-8233 or minotchristianwomens @hotmail.com. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable item for ...

First Baptist Church XYZ to meet on Nov. 15

First Baptist Church XYZ, a non-denominational adult ministry for people in the 50-plus age group, will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist. The Gospel Sowers will share the musical program “Songs from the Heart of God’s Heart.” Refreshments will be served. First Baptist Church is ...

Pope OKs beatification for US brother slain in Guatemala war

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that an American religious brother, James Miller, was killed out of hatred for the Catholic faith during Guatemala's civil war and can be beatified. Miller is the second American slain in Guatemala to move a step closer to possible sainthood in ...

Pope denounces governments that use media to defame critics

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing the way some governments seek to discredit their critics through "whisper" campaigns, using the media to defame anyone who represents a threat. During his morning homily Thursday, Francis said such slander campaigns can infect relations in ...

Pope: Safe drinking water is a human right, not merchandise

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has affirmed that access to clean water is a human right and that it's "enormously shameful" that millions of people get sick and die each year for lack of it. In a message to a water management conference Thursday, Francis lamented that war, corruption and ...

Let’s talk manpower

I’m an engineer; wired to observe the realities of this world. For 50 years I’ve witnessed this reality: Men tend to trail behind women when it comes to spiritual intensity. I’ve seen many families where mom is active in her faith and local church but dad isn’t. It’s very rare that ...

Mass shooting anniversary overshadowed in Texas Senate race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The one-year anniversary of a Texas church shooting that was the deadliest in U.S. history falls on the eve of next week's midterm deciding the state's hotly contested race between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke. Yet the candidates ...

Starting over is a lifestyle

The topic of regrets is not particularly comfortable, but so critical. It’s easy to find yourself stuck in an endless cycle of longing and regret. Many people live in this cycle day after day. And it saps our energy and our ability to engage in the opportunities we are currently blessed with. ...

First Assembly of God to offer parenting conference on Nov. 3

First Assembly of God Church in Minot, located at 1805 2nd Street SE, will be hosting a parenting conference on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost of the conference will be $20 per person if people pre-register and $30 per person at the door. Lunch will be provided. The guest ...