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Couche's Corner

This week for Couch’s Corner, I would like to spotlight a very special group of young Shafter/Buttonwillow residents and football players at Shafter High School. Every year before Buttonwillow’s harvest festival and parade,... — Updated 11/27/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: All mine

Christianity teaches a lot of amazing things: that God is triune, that God the Son became man, that our salvation was accomplished by a great exchange of Christ taking our place,... — Updated 11/20/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: True gratitude is more than words

As a young pastor in a small tribal village in Guatemala, I was always amazed at both the deep faith and the profound generosity of the Kaqchikel people I served. For what seemed to... — Updated 11/14/2022

 

Pastors Corner: I will still serve Jesus

On Nov. 8, the United States will have its midterm elections. The midterm elections have been the main issue on talk radio programs and nightly news channels. We have heard the... — Updated 11/11/2022

 
 By Stan Wilson    Opinion

My View: A land sale has unintended consequences

This past week we have seen a vast change in the landscape alongside Central Valley Highway between Lerdo and Central Avenue, with the removal of the green belt of trees and grass planted a number of years ago by the city. That... — Updated 11/11/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: 'Community'

Over these past several years I've enjoyed being part of a "Zoom Cohort," comprised of pastors across the country. These groups are organized by our US Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, and in the past, I've even had the... — Updated 10/31/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Motivation for the momentous

Everyone in the world is on a quest for success. Many successful people in history accomplished great things; none more so than King Solomon (990-931 BC). Proverbs is where Solomon wrote divinely revealed wisdom for skillful... — Updated 10/23/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Tis the season

Have you noticed that it’s that season again? The season I am referring to is the silly season we refer to around here as election season. Every two years we go to the polls ... — Updated 10/15/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Changing plans

It’s always nice to be able to make and stick to plans. That isn’t always reality, though. If a flight gets canceled, we wind up making new arrangements on the go — sometimes... — Updated 10/11/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: A shelter for our soul

2nd Timothy 1:12 says, For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. This world is a dangerous... — Updated 9/27/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: #BetterTogether

When I was in college at Biola University, I remember making a statement to my roommate that went something like this: “I can live out my faith by myself and really don't need others to do that!.” Wow, was I wrong! In my zeal... — Updated 9/18/2022

 

Pastor's Corner - Sept. 1, 2022

How many of you know what a tattoo is? Before anybody gets defensive, I’m not preaching against tattoos. It is your body. If you want tattoos, more power to you. I don’t. But... — Updated 9/4/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Stop and think

The book of Ecclesiastes has a number of texts that make us scratch our heads and wonder a little. To give just a few examples: “In much wisdom is much grief, and he who... — Updated 8/28/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: The abundant life: Feasting at the King's table

Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b) Yet many Christians have lives that are anything but blessed,... — Updated 8/22/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: He is faithful in His promises

Hebrews 10:23 says, Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. In this world that we live in we are going to need spiritual... — Updated 8/14/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: The wise and foolish paths

Life often presents us with choices between two options: good or bad, right or wrong, wise or foolish. Not every choice is black and white, but biblical wisdom proposes that most of life falls into two categories: living wisely or... — Updated 8/7/2022

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion

Editor's Note: Can you be a Horton?

I had the privilege of covering the Childrens Summer Theater production of “Seussical” over the weekend. It was a great show, and the kids did such a great job with it. It... — Updated 8/7/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Time to set a new normal

My wife and I just returned from two weeks in the Frazier Park mountains for our church organization’s youth camp. The kids arrived at camp with anticipation of seeing friends... — Updated 7/31/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Faithfully facing facts

Although a big chunk of the book of Genesis is devoted to Abraham's life, there is a great deal we don't know. For instance, 13 years go by between the end of Chapter 16 and the... — Updated 7/25/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Repent and Be Saved

In Acts 17:30, the Bible tells us that God once winked at the ignorance of men but now (this day and time) “Commandeth all men everywhere to repent!” What does this word “repent” mean? Does it mean we must be sorry for our... — Updated 7/17/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: America's only hope

As the days go forward the world gets more vicious and crazy. 2nd Timothy 3:1 says in the last days perilous times shall come. God said that if we humble ourselves and pray and seek... — Updated 7/8/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: The real answer to gun violence

I am sure by now most of you reading this have heard about the many mass shootings throughout the last few decades. It is tragic all of the lives that have been lost to senseless... — Updated 6/27/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: The God of all comfort

2nd Corinthians 1:3-4 says: "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in our tribulations, that we... — Updated 6/8/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Factoring in eternity

The Bible is very blunt about the fact that life in this world is quite difficult. Genesis explains that Adam and Eve, by their rebellion against God brought death into the world an... — Updated 5/26/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: A future and a hope

It feels like we just move from one crisis to another these days, doesn’t it? For the record, that feeling increases if you regularly watch the news on television. Remember, news programs get more viewers and sell more... — Updated 5/16/2022

 

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