Graduation —

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Miller Siobhan (Flatow) Miller of Dallas, formerly of Clovis, graduated from Christ For the Nations in Dallas on Dec. 9 with a diploma in practical theology. Congratulations! Love your Family! — Submitted by Andrea Lamm

Honor Christ’s birth with gifts of worship

This week I have been contemplating the Christmas story and especially the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. Most artists’ depictions of the three wise men show them dressed in well-designed robes with ornate caps or crowns on their heads. Each man has s […]

When God’s answer to his own son was no

Curtis Shelburne The answer was No. At least, it surely seems to walk like a No, talk like a No. I think it was a No. Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, was facing a terrible death and a struggle that would pit him against all the forces of Hell. Praying earnestly in an […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Tyler Bridges, a member of the 21st Street Church of Christ, practices his magic tricks Friday afternoon in preparation for the church’s SHINE Fall Festival being held today. Pastor Larry Tittle said the event will include themed rooms, such as the magic room, but the church tries to take the […]

Ten Commandments hike Saturday

CNJ staff The Boy Scouts annual Ten Commandments hike through Clovis is 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The hike is a cooperative effort between Scouts and various faith groups interested in promoting religious tolerance and knowledge of their faith, according to John Schonberger, a Clovis certified public accountant and scout leader. The hike will […]

True freedom means trust, obedience in Christ

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Children are at center of life in heaven

Curtis Shelburne If I were to ask you to name some occasions in Scripture when Jesus was angry, where would you start? Probably the incident that would come to mind first for most of us is Christ overturning the tables of the greedy money-changers in the temple. If he wasn’t awfully angry on that occasion, […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

No computer needed for relationship with Christ

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist We do live in amazing times. Computer technology has given us new words like “travel drive,” “Wi-Fi” and “blog.” Think about the word blog. I read each week Beth Moore’s website blog and two or three other blogs. Funny though … five years ago, I would have thought blog was something […]

Birthdays — Sept. 19

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Green [image #3, align=right, size=medium] Bishop W. C. Green, pastor of First Church of God in Christ (3400 Vinton Street), celebrated his 80th birthday on Sept. 14. His wife, Angie L. Green, his family, and his church family wish him a happy belated birthday. We love and appreciate you.

Christ only secure foundation for your soul

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Remember those Lincoln Logs? I was surprised to see a cylinder box of Lincoln Logs on a store shelf and that triggered some memories of my parents’ seminary days when Susie and I spent much time with Grandma Wells. The seminary daycare was located in the middle of campus in the […]

Dreams shape children’s futures

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Sometimes the world is best seen through the eyes of a child, where the world of wonder is still all encompassing, where the harsh limits of reality have not yet begun to intrude into one’s life space. Such a view is still capable of believing, for example, in a magical […]

Churches to hold Christmas services

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer For many Christians, the Christmas holiday would not be complete without celebrating with their faith community. Some Christian denominations have weeks, even a month, centered on celebrating the birth of Christ. For Episcopalians and other churches that follow the liturgy, Christmas Eve is just the start of the 12-day-long […]

First person: Former Cannon chaplain returns to area

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gary Piepkorn served 37 years in the Air Force, Navy Reserves, Coast Guard Reserves and active duty. Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn was transferred from Cannon and after several years, retired from the […]

Easter good time for reflection

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist This is my favorite season of the year. From a Christian perspective, Easter season is the celebration of the Resurrection Day when Jesus rose from the grave. At this time of year, I gratefully think about the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. The cross has great significance. For […]

Facts prove Jesus Christ did rise from dead

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Daddy, Susie and I faithfully used to watch “Dragnet.” Jack Web was a no nonsense kind of guy, and a skilled investigator. He was focused on getting the facts right. He said many times over in that series: “Just the facts ma’am…just the facts.” Was it a fact that Jesus […]

Aug. 8, 2008 Religion Calendar

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971. Sunday Christian Variety Show — 6 p.m.,“Livin’ Life”, featuring music, comedy, drama and multi-media, Bethel Assembly of God, 1521 N. Norris. Information: 762-4100. Men’s Non-denominational Bible Class — 9:30 a.m. to […]

June 22, 2008 Engagements

Pyle/Field C.C. and Patty Pyle of Melrose announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lacey Pyle of Clovis, to Michael J. Field of Clovis. He is the son of Cheryl Field of Williamstown, N.J., and Joseph Field of Keyser, W.Va. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. June 28, 2008, at the […]

Christ can sustain fragile lives despite upheaval

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I saw some neighbor kids the other day having a great time on a hot day. They were standing in a wading pool. But the fun came as each tried to capture bubbles coming from a bubble machine set up on the sidewalk nearby. Bubbles were everywhere and the squealing […]

May 9, 2008 Religion Digest

Church plans celebrations for Greens The First Church of God in Christ will honor Bishop W. Charles Green Sr. and his wife Ange this weekend for 51 years of service. The Rev. J. L’Keith Jones, pastor of Metropolitan Church of God in Christ in Albuquerque, will be the featured speaker at a 7 p.m. service […]