Religion

reflections: Faith and Money

Although the word “Money” is in the title, I hope you will keep reading because I promise I will not be asking you to give me any money! Bible Scholar and theologian Mark Allan Powell, in his book entitled, “Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life” shares a ...

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer. It is not the first time George Nathaniel, 54, has faced consequences ...

Women of the ELCA spring gathering set for April 28

“Hope in the Anchor for the Soul” is the theme for the spring gathering of the Western Prairie Cluster of the Women of the ELCA, which will be held Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot. Each unit is asked to bring a prayer shawl for Hospice or ...

McCormacks to speak at XYZ event

First Baptist XYZ, a senior adult ministry for people in the 50 plus age group, will meet Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 200 3rd Street SW, in Minot. David and Helen McCormack of Minot will present the program “God’s Miracles in Missions.” ...

“Friendship Night” May 2 at Hope Congregational Church in Granville

Hope Congregational Church in Granville will host a “Friendship Night” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. The program topic is “Pollinators in Your Yard and Garden” hosted by McHenry County Extension Agent Rachel Wald. Refreshments and fellowship in the church basement will be ...

Mette to perform April 16 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Michael James Mette, a Catholic musician who travels full-time with his family sharing the gospel through music, will perform in concert on Monday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 707 16th Ave. SW, Minot. Mette and his wife, Michelle, who are from St. Louis, Mo., ...

Rummage and Bake Sale April 14 at Bread of Life Lutheran

The Bread of Life Lutheran Church annual Rummage and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Caramel rolls and coffee will be served at 9 a.m., with a soup and bread luncheon beginning at 10 a.m. Funds raised from the sale support scholarships for youth and families ...

The point is purpose

In kindergarten, a member of the Williston Fire Department came to our school. Each of us went home that afternoon with a bright red firefighter hat. That was the absolute coolest item I owned, and I was convinced someday I would be a firefighter. A year later my dream career changed. I decided ...

Living Faith: ‘You have no power here; begone!’ lives on

Recently, a friend and I were walking along our city’s snow-encrusted sidewalks, swapping stories of tumult and triumph in our lives – and Satan’s failed attempts to snare. By text later, I recalled with her words from Glinda the Good Witch of the North to the Wicked Witch of the West, ...

Eagles Wings celebrates 15 years

Eagles Wings Community Fellowship will celebrate Easter this year with an old tradition – baptism by immersion of believers. Young and old who have proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ will be given new life. “This Sunday we’re going to celebrate the resurrection of our savior,” ...

Shout out to our teachers

On a recent morning I was blessed to visit my daughter’s elementary school. Earlier in the school year, she entered the Battle of the Books competition and scored high enough to be selected. Her team competed against seven other teams. Each one did outstanding. Her team did not make the ...

Too great to be simply good

In 2005, I opened up a book by Thom Rainer as my son practiced at USA Spirit Christian Tae Kwon Do Academy. The first sentence of the first chapter is this: “It is a sin to be good if God has called us to be great.” That statement hit me so hard I blurted out “WOW!” I then circled the ...

Kid’s Easter Extravaganza Event at First Baptist

The Children’s Ministry Department from First Baptist Church, Minot, is hosting a Kid’s Easter Extravaganza Event, Friday, March 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children ages 3 years old to 4th grade are welcome to attend. This is a free event that will feature the story of Easter through ...

Women find safe haven at Christian sober living homes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Nineteen-year-old McKaylynn Sporcich awoke last Easter from a medically-induced coma, recovering after she took tainted drugs while trying to purchase heroin on the streets. A year later, she said she feels she's had a second chance at life: She just got a job ...

Reflections: Emergency Room

Jack didn’t want to break the speed limit but he was scared. It was obvious that his daughter’s arm was badly broken. He breathed a sigh of relief as the hospital came into view. They entered the emergency room but as the nurses’ eyes fell on the injured arm they looked away in disgust, ...

An invitation to healing

Recently, while traveling out of state, I had a friendly conversation with a young woman I happened to meet. I shared with her that I work at a pregnancy help center, and that we were starting a group study for women who had experienced emotional trauma after a past abortion. She then shared ...

China tells Vatican it’s fighting illegal organ transplants

ROME (AP) — Chinese health authorities told a Vatican trafficking conference that Beijing's efforts to crack down on illegal "underground" organ transplants have resulted in 220 arrests and 100 victims being rescued over the past 10 years. Dr. Haibo Wang, deputy chief of China's organ ...

Thank you, Joy Behar

Joy Behar of ABC News and co-host of “The View” recently said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you… that’s called mental illness.” I would not recognize Joy Behar at the grocery store. I am slightly familiar with her show but choose not ...

First Baptist to host Collegiate Men’s Choir Sunday

First Baptist Church of Minot will host the Collegiate Men’s Choir from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. This will be a program of the best in sacred music representing a variety of styles with the goal of encouraging believers and sharing the good news of Jesus ...