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 By Pastor Pat Coyle    Opinion    July 9, 2020 

Pastor's Corner: Let others help with your load

Like many of you, I enjoy the outdoors, and one of my favorite things to do is hiking and backpacking. Our church has an annual backpacking trip each summer in the Kaiser Wilderness to an area called Twin Lakes. Along the way we see some beautiful...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Editor's Note: For fireworks, leave it to the pros

It is that time of year again. The weather is warming, trees and plants are needing to drink more water to keep that green hue, and there are the sounds of bombs bursting in air. No, you are not in do...

 

Pastor's Corner: Don't focus on what doesn't matter

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why did God create me with stinky armpits?” Maybe it’s just me. But I have often wondered what purpose armpit odor has. Before i give you my answer, let me tell you a short story that may give us some...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    June 25, 2020

Couch's Corner: Cooling center open in Shafter

With the summer months starting to get into full swing and triple-digit temperatures heading to the Fourth District, our office is pleased to announce that cooling centers will be open again this summer. Please see the attached information below. Our...

 

Pastor's Corner: Build on the good stuff

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.” --Admiral Richard E. Byrd Born in the later...

 

Pastor's Corner: The Prince of Peace is in control

How true the Bible is when it said in the last days perilous times shall come.This is a time of uncertainty in many lives. People are battling stress and pressure as they try to support their...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Couch's Corner: We want the same thing

Recent events have demonstrated that we are still a divided nation. It does not have to be this way in Kern County. In my years of political experience, I have seen and talked to folks from all over the county. I have heard from them what matters,...

 

Pastor's Corner: Reopening our world after a few lessons

By the time you read this I’m hopeful that we will be on our way in the final stages of reopening our nation and world! Who would have ever thought the entire world would go through what we have been in recent months. I can’t help but wonder...

 

Pastor's Corner: Let light replace the darkness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” --Martin Luther King, Jr. Like most of you, I have been watching, reading, and...

 

Pastor's Corner: Despite changes, God is still in control

I have heard it said that the only constant in the world is change. I have never found that to be any truer than this year. I know I had big plans and high expectations when the calendar flipped to 2020. How about you? Has 2020 lived up to your...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Editor's Note: Remember those who sacrificed

On this Memorial Day, it seemed kind of surreal. In my lifetime, we have been involved in the Vietnam War, the wars in the Middle East and several events on our homefront, including government buildin...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 21,2020: Pandemic, politics and ping pong balls

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 Solomon in all his wisdom hit the nail on the head with this nugget of truth, didn’t he? The Psalmist said...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 14, 2020

Wow, how quickly life can change! Not that many weeks ago we heard about “COVID-19” on the news, and now we’re a part of that news. Like you, I’ve been observing a variety of reactions throughout our local area, nation and the world. In some...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    May 14, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE | Jamie Stewart To work or not to work

With this pandemic still in the headlines, and the Governor’s stay at home order still in place, people are getting antsy to get back outside, living their lives fully, without hinderances. Well, I...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Opinion    May 14, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE | Toni DeRosa: It's not a matter of 'control'

This is not about who is “afraid” or “not afraid” -- this is about what kind of human being you are. -- First of all, I wear a mask in public, not for me, but for [begin ital]you[END ITAL]....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Editor's Note: Take care of those who take care of you

The coronavirus pandemic has affected not only the city's different businesses, the schools, and city office buildings, but it is also touching other phases of everyday life. For the individuals who...

 

Pastor's Corner: In other news…

Have you ever been watching a news report on television and heard the anchor say, “In other news…”? The report might sound something like this, “Today the police arrested a suspect in the grocery store robbery. In other news, city leaders...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    April 23, 2020

Couch's Corner - April 23, 2020

Lost amid the COVID-19 news is a recent accomplishment for which the communities of Lamont and Weedpatch should be proud. The Sunset Labor Camp Bridge Housing Program that was set up by the Housing Authority of Kern County last fall as a temporary sh...

 

Pastor's Corner - April 9, 2020

Where is God in times of crisis? Perhaps we can easily relate ourselves to that question due to recent events that jeopardize the life of the masses. But now, is really God away from us? We just celebrated the 5th Sunday of Lent. In the Gospel of...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    April 9, 2020

Couch's Corner - April 9, 2020

We are going into another week of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, and I believe Kern County is doing great in terms of complying with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order. But our numbers of those testing positive continue to increase. At the time of thi...

 

Pastor's Corner - April 2, 2019

Wow, how quickly life can change! Not that many weeks ago we heard about “COVID-19” on the news, and now we’re a part of that news. Like you, I’ve been observing a variety of reactions throughout our local area, nation and the world. In some...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    March 26, 2020

Couch's Corner - March 26, 2020

By now, I’m certain that all of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and I’m also certain that you are keeping informed so I will not use our weekly Couch’s Corner to provide you any “breaking news,” as it changes so fast. But I wou...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 19, 2020: The virtue of humility

One distinctly Christian characteristic is the virtue of humility. No one naturally likes to be humble, a word that is rooted in ideas of lowliness, poverty, submission or subjugation, and debasement (Prov 22:22-23; Amos 2:7; Zech. 7:10). Everyone...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 12, 2020

Time is passing us by so quickly, and there are times in which I wish it can slow down a little. 2020 means 2020 vision to be able to see what really matters this year. At Canyon Hills Wasco, we spent...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 5, 2020

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” --Proverbs 24:10 “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” --Napoleon Hill Have you ever come...

 

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