God is with us through all of life’s milestones

Susie, my sister who lives in Rochester, Minn., has a friend from her church that has recently gone through radiation treatments. All along Susie has kept up with her friend and been part of the support system for this precious friend. Susie e-mailed me an interesting as well as heart warming observation just last week. […]

Encountering Christ life-changing experience

One time my sister Susie and I saw Harry Truman. We were in grade school and my parents attended a church convention in Kansas City, Mo. We stayed at the Muehlebach Hotel in downtown Kansas City. The day after we checked in, the news spread throughout the hotel that former President Harry Truman was attending […]

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 […]

Mental fences can keep us from forgiveness

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When I go visit my sister Susie in Minnesota, we go walking. Close to her home is a paved path several miles long. The dirt path goes east by a baseball practice field where kids are gearing up for the season. Then it stretches by a field that boarders a […]

Peoples’ faith real representation of Gospel

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist When my sister Susie and I get together, one of the things we enjoy is sorting through old family pictures. The last time she was in town we did just that. Mother even has for each of us reprints of generations going back to our great-great grandmother and great-great grandfather. […]

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 […]

God can provide pattern, purpose to life

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When Susie and I were growing up, mother made our clothes. Cloth World was our favorite store. Simplicity and McCall’s patterns were common things around our house. She would spread the material out on the kitchen table, lay the pattern over the material, pin the pieces to the material with […]

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 […]

No job too small if it serves the Lord

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist As a kid, I always wanted “a job.” I wanted to earn extra money. But in that day and time, unless a person’s family owned a business, there were not too many jobs for 14 and 15 year olds. Today, a teenager in junior high and high school can work […]

April 11, 1959

Dr. Elwyn Crume was president of the Clovis Toastmasters Club. He was planning a speech contest for high school boys. … Price Drugs, 318 Main St., was giving away a 1959 Studebaker Lark VI four-door sedan in a promotional drawing. … Freckles, Mutt & Jeff and Susie Q. Smith were popular comics. … Sears was […]