Gideons spread the word to the world

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Wendell McClinton, former international director of the Gideons, tells Clovis-area pastors how their contributions for Bible distribution are used in foreign countries. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Pastors don’t always have an easy time relating their local ministries to what happens overseas, so local members of the Gideons organization sponsored […]

True endorsements come from first-hand accounts

Judy Brandon What is an endorsement? It is a testimonial that someone gives on behalf of a person, company, product or service. The person who endorses something may be a character admired by Americans or a successful athlete or renowned movie celebrity. Advertisers pay famous athletes and gold medal winners to endorse their shoes, tennis […]

Religion Calendar 1/30

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. For information, call 763-3141 or 762-6639. Girl I Got a Secret Women’s Conference — 6-9 p.m. at Clovis Christian School. For information, call Pastor David Dawson at 693-4739 or 742-1160. Saturday Bible Study […]

God’s people more than conquerors

GOD’S PEOPLE MORE THAN CONQUERORS When St. Paul stakes with words God’s claim of sovereignty over the circumstances of our lives and proclaims his promise of mighty, ever-present, and never-failing love, the great apostle does so with his eyes wide open. “What can separate us from the love of Christ?” he asks, and when he […]

Where a strike is a good thing

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Gene Davis grips his bowling ball in his stance before throwing during practice Wednesday at the lanes. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber Gene Davis fell in love with bowling when he was 9 years old. He got into bowling, he said, because his brother played baseball, and Davis didn’t like baseball. His […]

In the shadow of the tower lies the tale

It all began with TJ’s bright idea of having a sleep over at the church. You couldn’t really find fault with that; the senior high group was growing, mostly because of TJ’s and Kim’s leadership. They were, in fact, in the middle of a highly successful cans and nonperishable food drive, geared around Souper Bowl […]

Head ‘em up and move ‘em out on the old Chisholm Trail

Tom DiFrancesca Last week, I ended my column by mentioning Glen Seeber’s Internet endeavors. Glen is the news editor for the Clovis News Journal. So, as promised, I’m here with the scoop. The Chisholm Trail — after hearing or reading those words, I immediately picture in my mind, long arduous cattle drives, men who receive […]

An unusual road to christ

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Mike Kennedy, who played baseball in college and is a baseball fan, is the new pastor at the 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis’ second-largest Church of Christ congregation has received a new pastor — one from an unusual background. “I spent 23 years […]

Material things don’t fulfill spiritual needs

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist t is clear to me that many times we work the very hardest in life to gain those things that we cannot keep. When we first married, Charlie and I had no television set of our own so we borrowed a little black-and-white TV to watch all our favorite shows. […]

Sidney seeks god

Amos the church mouse amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys but he can’t use the shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. sidney seeks god one evening last week boss i […]

De La Torre to sing in Muleshoe

QCS Staff Gospel singer Robert De La Torre of Dallas is coming to First Assembly of God at 521 S. First Street in Muleshoe at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 for what his organization describes as “dedicated service in proclaiming the sacred message of the gospel through song.” De La Torre sings in both Spanish and […]

Singing songs for literacy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis will soon play host for the second straight year to the African Children’s Choir, a group of 26 children from various African countries and eight adult hosts who travel the United States and support a ministry that educates African orphans. This year’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. […]

Annie Moses Band to perform

CNJ Staff The Annie Moses Band from Nashville, Tenn., is coming to Clovis on Monday and Tuesday for a series of four concerts sponsored by First Christian Church of Clovis. The teenage team of one sister and three brothers, Annie, Alex and Benjamin Wolaver, are classically-trained violinists and singers who were formerly scholarship students at […]

If you see me singing, don’t be surprised

Judy Brandon: Local columnist I meditate at times on the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love. I stand amazed that he loves me. Before I doubt my faith, I realize that I am not alone; these thoughts have been the thoughts of many throughout the ages. One of Job’s friends reminded […]

Every note his gift of praise

EVERY NOTE HIS GIFT OF PRAISE When I heard recently that Christopher Parkening was going to be in Lubbock, I was surprised — and I knew that I was going to do whatever I could to be wherever he was. Besides being one of the best fly fishermen in the world (which I find interesting […]

So what’s in a name?

SO WHAT’S IN A NAME? My parents named me Curtis Kline. (No jibes, now. It wears just as well as Milton Scott or William Jehoshaphat or Delton Eli or Richard Milhouse or Clive Staples or John Luke or …) Presumably, Mom and Dad liked the sound of it, but more than that, they liked the […]

Conquering debt God’s way

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Pastor Doug Brooks of Parkland Baptist Church will bring in the Rev. Bruce Ammons to teach a “Conquering Debt God’s Way” seminar at the church Jan. 18. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina When Pastor Doug Brooks of Parkland Baptist Church thinks of debt, danger comes to mind. “Certainly finances are among […]

Participants give debt seminar thumbs up

By Darrell Todd Maurina Leigh Ann Melancon and Mary Eldridge have nothing but positive things to say about how the “Conquering Debt God’s Way” seminars have helped their financial situation. Even though Melancon, an assistant finance director for the city of Clovis, has a degree in accounting, she said her academic and professional training didn’t […]

The only assurance we have in life is Jesus

By Judy Brandon The Salt River Canyon highway in Arizona is about 10 miles of winding road meandering between steep mountains on one side and deep rugged canyons below. Once a traveler gets to the bottom where the river runs, it is time to start back up the other side. The narrow highway with its […]

Amos takes up jogging

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. amos takes up jogging boss i guess you heard about […]