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John 12:44-46: “Then Jesus cried aloud: ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.” Greetings! As I read this text, I was...
Scott Rall
I promised a while back to share with you my four-part series on dog training obedience and some more advanced training that you can accomplish on your own if you choose to do so. I will start this conversation with a variety of quotes I have coined over my 25 years of training experience: •If you...
Jason Berghorst
My day job is teaching world history and psychology classes to high school students. Each year in the second or third week of the school year, I teach about cultural diffusion in world history. Simply put, cultural diffusion is when one group shares its ideas, technologies and/or ways of life with...
Mavis Fodness
Sunday marked six weeks since Millie and I competed in a horse show. Rain postponed one show, and the other was canceled for lack of entries. The cancelations broke a pattern of preparation I followed every two to three weeks all summer. The pattern created my relaxed frame of mind by balancing...
Writing about dogs is my favorite subject. If you have been a reader of my column for any length of time, you can already tell this by the number of times they occupy this space. Dogs, especially hunting dogs, are a 12-month-a-year effort.  Whether it’s training a new dog or keeping the older dog...
Brenda Winter
Last week I saw a young woman with a flat, tan tummy wearing a cropped top. As I observed her exposed tummy, I reflected on why my tummy is not exposed. A long time ago my stomach, too, was flat and tan, but in 1988 the last weeks of pregnancy sent stretch marks like lightning bolts across that...
Rick Peterson
Under the heading of full disclosure, I would be in the group of folks that would be guilty as charged. What’s the charge, you ask? The charge is doing more than my share of complaining about all the inconveniences the road construction is causing. It seems at every turn one of those orange “...
Many years ago I accepted a position as site manager at a Bible camp. The former manager had been employed there for many years. All I heard from everyone was that I had “big shoes to fill.” However, it went beyond words. It seemed like whatever I did, it wasn’t like the former. I continued to hear...
Lori Sorenson
We bought a smart TV on a “too-good-to-pass-up” Prime Day deal earlier this summer and finally set it up two weeks ago. It’s an Amazon Fire TV, and as such, is powered by none other than Alexa herself. In fact, instruction No. 1 was to open the Amazon app on my phone and follow instructions from...
It seems as if an increasing number of people are asking these questions: “Do you have to go to church be a Christian? Is it really necessary to go every week?” There is an old saying: “Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.” Christians do...

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