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 By David Couch    Opinion    May 16, 2019 

Couch's Corner

This past Monday night and Tuesday morning at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, the TRUTH Forum was long, and at times tense, but successful. We had great attendance, a lot of public input and solid interaction between the public, the supervisors...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 9, 2019

[BEGIN ITAL]“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.”[END ITAL] Job 3:25 As a boy growing up, I would often hear my Dad say, “Boy, that guy has the patience of Job.” So I grew up thinking our...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Is there a doctor in the house?

It has been a rough couple of months. It seems that there hasn’t been a week that I haven’t felt sick. I have been sick off and on for over two months. My wife was sick for quite awhile too and...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 2, 2019

This sentence reached out and grabbed my attention this morning: “We’re preaching the gospel to the graveyard.” It’s from an article entitled, “Hope for Evangelism in a Secular Age,” by Akos Balogh. I found it on The Gospel Coalition...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    April 18, 2019

Pastor's Corner - April 18, 2019

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, Your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -- Mahatma Gandhi I heard a speaker say one time that the...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    April 18, 2019

County's role in immigration

This week I wanted to discuss what seems to be the most controversial issue in our nation at this moment: immigration. It's important for all of us to understand the roles of all the different...

 

Pastor's Corner - April 11, 2019

PASTOR JIM NEAL You like I have read and heard the admonition that “it takes three times the muscle work to frown than to smile, so quit working yourself to death and smile.” I’m no muscle expert and do not know how to validate that piece of...

 
 By Henry Wiebe    Opinion    April 11, 2019

Library needs our help -- and deserves it

As some of you know, the Kern County Library and Shafter Learning Center would like to expand. If you have gone to the Learning Center lately, you may have seen a stack of surveys on the desk. If you fill out a survey, you are making a contribution b...

 

Pastor's Corner - April 4, 2019

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those thing...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 29, 2019

The Fresno Diocese has two bishops; however, a diocese normally only has one bishop. Because of this, the second bishop is called an “auxiliary bishop.” Nevertheless, we actually have two bishops. Bishop Joseph V. Brennan will be taking over our...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Pastor's Corner - March 21, 2019

Do you long for a comfort zone? Nido R. Qubein says in his little book “Attitude: the remarkable Power of Optimism” that a comfort zone is a place to rest, to be safe and a place to be comforted and coddled. Sounds like a nice enough place to be...

 
 By Pat Coyle    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Pastor's Corner - March 14, 2019

We’ve all heard of “smart cars,” “smart phones” and even “Get Smart,” but how about “smart goals?” At an annual pastor’s retreat that I attend, our guest speaker, Gordon Penfold, gave us a good dose of leadership principles, one...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Pastor's Corner - March 7, 2019

JIM NEAL “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” --Abraham Lincoln Doesn’t it seem as you look around, read the newspaper or listen to or watch the daily news that one of the key concepts missing in all of...

 

A chance to love again

I wrote an editorial last month that was really tough for me. We had lost our dog TJ, leaving a big hole in my heart that I didn't think would ever get filled again. When we first lost him, I didn't...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    February 28, 2019

Pastor's Corner - Feb. 28, 2019

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” --Abraham Lincoln Doesn’t it seem as you look around, read the newspaper or listen to or watch the daily news that one of the key concepts missing in all of humanness...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    February 14, 2019

Cleaning up matter of conscious

“He who covers his sins (wrongdoings) will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them Will have (find) mercy.” --Proverbs 28:13 Wise King Solomon penned that truism many, many years ago -- approximately 3,000 years, long before there...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    January 24, 2019

Pastor's Corner - Jan. 24, 2019

Anyone can know how many seeds are in an apple: Only God knows how many apples are in a seed. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” --Galatians 6:9. I remember reading the first...

 

Editor's Note - Jan. 24, 2019

Well, the Colours Festival is almost upon us, and I am getting excited about going to the events. Every year, it seems it keeps getting better. I never realized how many talented people, we have in...

 

To TJ, goodbye for now

I have had a really bad holiday season this year, one of the worst in a very long time. We had to put our dog down the day after Christmas. TJ was more than just a pet, but was a true member of our...

 
 By Pat Coyle    Opinion    December 27, 2018

Pastor's Corner -- Dec. 27, 2019

One of my favorite authors is Max Lucado. His writing is solidly Biblical, captivating and very practical in nature. He wrote a book about Christmas several years ago called “Because of Bethlehem” that I’d highly recommend. Let me share just a...

 

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas

Philippians 2:6 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled...

 

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