Peanut butter food from heaven

Grant McGee: Local columnist I was chatting with some folks the other day when one of our area’s unique food specialties came up: The Peanut Butter Milkshake. Well, I think it’s unique anyway. Have you heard of a peanut butter milkshake anywhere else in these United States? Well maybe you have, but with all the […]

Friend made final arrival in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Susie, my sister, and I held a common bond with Kendra Lennon. Our beloved fathers served on the staff together at Central Baptist Church when it was located at 800 Hinkle. Even though our lives guided us to different directions and cities, each of us cherished the priceless title of […]

We as adults are children compared to place in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Do you remember the cute things your children said when they were little and trying to develop a vocabulary? Many times the way they pronounce those words in no way resembles the object they are trying to describe. Then again, sometimes their words have a certain ring to the real […]

Our father in heaven loves grandfathers, too

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist I need to go see my granddaughter. Yes, I know. You wonder, “How can such a young man already be a grandfather?!” It is indeed a great mystery. But I assure you, I am a grandfather. True to the breed, I affirm that, of any accolade or degree […]

Learning all the worth of pain

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The tones ascend in the sanctuary, winged praises launched heavenward by the band of assembled worshipers.   “When my love to Christ grows weak, / When for deeper faith I seek, / Then in thought I go to thee, / Garden of Gethsemane!”   J. R. Wreford’s familiar words […]

Judge not frogs nor people lest ye be judged

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist During this past rainy week, I have seen many more frogs around our house and on the streets. Seeing all these frogs reminded me of the strange encounter I had with a frog. One day several years ago I was getting ready for company and changing the sheets in the […]

Child’s prayer brings home God’s message

By Sabrina Farmer: Guest Columnist The e-mail’s intent was administrative, not prophetic, and held no hidden meaning. Or did it? “Vision Sunday canceled” was what the subject line read. I knew the heart of the church leadership well enough to understand this communication from a year ago was about taking time to concentrate on our […]

Heaven must be beyond our imagination

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I saw a little black dachshund the other day that reminded me of Pepper. We found this tiny black dachshund at our friends’ house. Immediately Buffy loved her and every time we would visit our friend, instead of Buffy playing with the other children, she always entertained herself by playing […]

Children’s play teaches importance of knowing God

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Brook Leal, left, and Lessie Smithheisler, right, dance to the song “Bubbling Joy” during a dress rehearsal of the play “Splash Kingdom” Thursday at the First Church of Nazarene. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer The children at the First Church of the Nazarene in Clovis have their beach balls ready […]

Reading about heaven makes me a believer

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

God’s plan almost always surprises us

GOD’S PLAN ALMOST ALWAYS SURPRISES US Does God ever do anything just like we’d expect him to? A world to save, a Gift to give, a Baby to send. And the greatest Christmas Present ever given is all wrapped up in swaddling cloths and laid in a feed trough. And the mother of the King […]

Dogs think better on a full stomach

By Bob Huber There’s a conspiracy in our house. It blossoms every day when my wife Marilyn and our dog Cody put their heads together. (Ironically, “Cody” is short for “Co-dependent.”) Don’t think I’m paranoid, but sometimes when I hear them whispering in the kitchen, I feel obliged to sneak up and take notes in […]