Religion

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 ...

Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy are ...

Grass or weeds?

Five years ago, I was talking to a friend about our lawn. He is in the lawn care business and he offered me this timeless advice, “There are two ways to have a nice lawn. One way is to remove all the weeds. The other is to grow your grass so thick there is no room for weeds.” When he said ...

Annual fair trade fair chance sale

The annual fair trade fair chance local and global sale will be held at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bread of Life is located at 1415 17th Avenue SW in Minot. This sale benefits women’s craft cooperative of SERRV International from around the ...

First Baptist Church XYZ to meet Oct. 25

First Baptist Church XYZ, a non-denominational adult ministry for people in the 50-plus age group, will meet at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at First Baptist, 200 3rd Street SW in Minot. Karen Atwood and Trish Hinkel will present the musical program “Beloved Hymns - The Music and Stories Behind Them.” ...

Family seeking sanctuary in church plan to go back home

OLD LYME, Conn. (AP) — Seven months after taking sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation, a family from Pakistan is returning to their Connecticut home and resuming operations of their pizza shop as they await a ruling on their residency status. The First Congregational Church of Old ...

Reflections: Tripping hazards

On August 21, I received a new right knee. The morning after surgery I was expected to sit in a chair to eat breakfast and dress with the help of an occupational therapist. After that I walked down the hall and began to exercise the knee with skin held together by 27 staples so that I could ...

Vincent United Methodist bazaar to be held Oct. 27

The annual fall bazaar at Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024 2nd Street SE, will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A lunch of creamed turkey on biscuits, salad, cranberries, dessert and beverage will be served from 11 a.m. until gone. Other features of the bazaar will be ...