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 […]

God’s miracles surround us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist On that first Palm Sunday, when Jesus made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the crowd hailed him as their king. As he passed by, they cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and they spread palm branches on the road to carpet the path of […]

When God pours, we really should drink

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It is painfully ironic that while Jesus turned water to wine—and exquisitely fine wine, at that—his followers have been sadly successful in turning it back into water in a thousand ways. We have become perversely expert at such backward distilling. Our problem has not been a love affair with […]

Trust in Christ leads to miracles

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist In Luke 5 we find the story of the calling of the first apostles. To get a little space from the crowd, Jesus has turned Simon Peter’s fishing boat into a pulpit, pushed out from the shore, and taught the people from the boat. When Jesus finishes speaking, he […]

Story of Jacob, Esau demonstrates follies of favoritism

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week I wrote about the frustrations of Mary and Joseph when they lost Jesus back in Jerusalem. They were like any other parents — frustration sometimes sets in when it comes to raising children. There is another account of children and frustration. Except for Christ, the sinless one, the […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Christmas time to think about Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is just three weeks away. Even though Christmas is a time of lofty hopes and expectations, I have to be honest and admit that some years I haven’t had much Christmas spirit. I think it has to do with really seeing the meaning of Christmas during all our activities. […]

Muleshoe teen, 14, killed in rollover

A 14-year-old Muleshoe boy is dead after police say he crashed a farm truck he was driving Saturday. Jesus Torres was driving the 2004 Ford F150 west at a high rate of speed on County Road 1038 around 2 p.m. (CST) when he lost control and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times, according […]

10-2 view from under the pew

the broken-hearted beetle boss pastor leroy hada guest speaker duringservices last week inthe church pewunderworld the speaker turned outto be londa the ladybugmissionary who had traveled overseas towitness to the bugs bees birds and beetles while there she met aan elderly japanesebeetle who wanted togive her heart and soulto jesus londa wanted to helpher with […]

Success rests on giving Jesus your all

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Mrs. Kitten Skarda played a significant part in my growing up years in church. She led our sword drill team for years and then taught children using the flannel board. Learning Bible stories with the flannel board was a huge part of my childhood spiritual experience. Flannel boards went […]