Miracles every day would weaken faith

Curtis K. Shelburne It’s not the kind of “funny” that makes you fall down and roll in laughter, but the cartoon I saw recently did make me stop, think, and whisper a heartfelt, “Amen!” The cartoon pictures a preacher on his knees in his study, evidently just before he is up to bat for one […]

amos the churchmouse: the faith of louie

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the faith of louie boss you remember louiethe songdog who s alwaysso happy and wags his bighairy tail everywherequestion mark here well louie has a […]

Easy to answer question of faith

Curtis Shelburne Long, long ago a very old man stood before the Roman proconsul in Smyrna who literally held over him the power of life or death. Old Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, had been taught by the Apostle John and had known many others who had walked physically with the Lord Jesus Christ and with […]

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 […]

Women of Bible overcame trouble with faith

Many wonderful women characters are chronicled in the Bible. Many women were strong, were creative and, with faith, overcame very difficult predicaments. One such woman was Jochebed. She is not as well known as Mary and Sarah and Rebekah of the Old Testament. Still her story is amazing. The years had passed. In fact, 400 […]

Easier to put faith in God than in weather predictions

Curtis Shelburne I’m afraid I’ve missed my best chance ever to be a weatherman. Weather-person. Meteorologist. Atmospheric prognosticator. If there ever was a year to break into the business, this was the year. If to be successful at such, all you have to do is aim at a half-way accurate forecast and hit the target […]

Letters to the editor: Serious drought calls for prayer

Serious drought calls for prayer Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to […]

Area pastors draw similar message from Easter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Trinity Lutheran Church Reverend Bonita Knox prays while touching the cross on Good Friday at the church. Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message from spiritual leaders of many different congregations. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the […]

Solutions shouldn’t limit liberties

I am not one to accept things on faith. I want solid evidence, if not concrete proof. However, there is one thing I, along with other libertarians, accept as an article of faith: I believe that any problem that can be solved, can best be solved in a way that bolsters and respects individual liberty. […]

Clovis’ future depends on water

I always have loved to call Clovis home. The amazing people of this area have always shown great heart, soul, courage and faith with any challenge we have faced. Recent examples include getting off the Base Realignment and Closure list in 2005 and the tornado recovery effort in 2007. Now we get to face our […]

a view from under the pew: cheetos and faith

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. cheetos and faith boss i m facing a lullin my faith […]

‘Shipwreck’ faith can face impossible situations

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Some days ago I read about Clelia II, a cruise ship that endured great damage when it was battered by bad weather in the Antarctic’s Drake Passage. With 160 passengers aboard, an engine was lost, and windows broken from 50 foot waves. Yet all aboard were saved. Not so the conditions […]

Faith source of joy for holidays

Curtis Shelburne You think it’s cold here? I just got back from the North Pole and … Well, actually, it wasn’t that cold. And it wasn’t even north. It was more southwest. From Lubbock, Texas, to Brownfield, Texas. On the Polar Express train, complete with a conductor and hot chocolate and elves and Santa himself, […]

Be wary when placing trust in junk science

A recent poll asked Americans who and what they trust. It found that Republicans trust religion more than science; Democrats trust science more than religion. Neither should trust in science, as it is a discipline of proof. Most religious beliefs cannot be proved, so those who submit to religion do so in nothing more than […]

Christian lives should speak volumes about faith

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist With the beginning of school, I always think of my sister Susie and her postcard project. Susie was an elementary school teacher for more than 20 years. Even though she no longer lives in Clovis, her past students still stop me at times around town and ask if I am Susie’s […]

Christians should look at faith with a larger lens

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In tribute: Melrose matriarch kept faith during battle with cancer

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Courtesy photo: Jackie Clark Polly and Panny Bigler, seated, pose with their grandchildren, from left, Felicia Glascock, Scotty Clark and Toni Whitecotton during Christmas in 2001. Freedom New Mexico Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her […]

a view from under the pew: the faith dream

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the faith dream boss i had a strange dream […]

Easter a time to celebrate resurrection

Freedom New Mexico For reasons having more to do with modern secular culture and commerce than religious significance, Christmas is more elaborately celebrated. But for believing Christians, Easter is the centerpiece of the faith. It marks the improbable miracle that God’s messenger in human form was killed by the agents of the powers of this […]

Churches share Easter sermons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patrons at Sacred Heart Catholic Church pray during the church’s afternoon Good Friday service. CNJ staff In recognition of Easter, local churches will be sharing sermons of remembrance, sacrifice and salvation and sustenance and joy in faith. These messages will be given as Christians gather to share and recognize belief […]