Religion column: Our ways not always God’s ways

I have always cherished the Bible verse found in Psalm 31:14-15. It reads: “I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God. My times are in your hands.’” (Psalm 31:14-15) This verse tells me that the times of our lives are really in God’s hands and our ways are not always God’s […]

Abigail example for women to live up to

There are many notable Bible women characters. Some of those women characters teach us how to be and some teach us how not to be! A woman we could all learn from is the Old Testament character is Abigail. The Bible says that she was married to a “fool,” but she handled it well. In […]

Religion column: Look for encouragement from men of Bible

This week, the focus is on some men of the Bible who no doubt realized that God was the source of their spiritual sustenance. Their lives as well as the women’s lives in last week’s column reveal that even the smallest little happening in a day can be the result of a Holy God meeting […]

Religion digest — Oct. 21

Church hosting new Bible study Clovis’ First Christian Church is hosting a new Bible study program aimed at increasing Bible literacy among people of all ages. The Story Church Campaign offers up to 31 weeks of comprehensive Bible study using The Story, a best-selling book containing 31 chapters of carefully selected Scripture, according to a […]

Don’t be one of Job’s friends!

The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open that Bible book and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions), his wealth, and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on a pile of ashes, […]

Jesus can be found in books other than Bible

Curtis Shelburne Oh, my aching back! I knew it would hurt today. I spent too much time yesterday on a bar stool. Oh, you thought . . . No, I was sitting on a stool at the “bar” in our kitchen. I like to work there, but my back doesn’t like it when I do. […]

Understanding Bible more important than knowing facts

Curtis Shelburne “Wow! That person really knows the Bible!” I hear that comment made fairly often, and I always wonder what the speaker means. Usually they mean that someone is quite familiar with the words of the Bible, its many facts and wonderful stories, etc. On one level, that’s great, since most studies these days […]

Paperbacks offer new take on bible

If Sunday isn’t the best day to discuss my religious library, let she who has the worst arm cast the first stone. Thanks to my cousins, Chef Juandel and The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, and me repeatedly joining the Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) — and faithfully completing the introductory requirements before canceling and re-joining — […]

Motherhood source of pride, humility

The ancient Proverbs 31 woman of the Bible amazes me. She was a multifaceted, multitalented superwoman. Everyone praises her and even her children “rise up and call her blessed.” I am far from her on many levels. She had business sense. I don’t. She bought and sold land; I’ve done neither. I don’t sew or […]

Metamorphoses seen throughout bible

Curtis K. Shelburne Metamorphosis. It’s a cool-sounding word. I like the way it rolls off the tongue. It’s one of those words that we’ve just trucked in completely “as is” from one language—in this case, Greek—right over into English. You see, “metamorphosis” comes from the Greek word—wait for it!—“metamorphosis.” “Meta” has to do with “change,” […]

Religion feature: Church to host bible study simulcast

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales is sponsoring a satellite broadcast of a day-long presentation by popular women’s Bible study author Beth Moore on Saturday. Argen Duncan Bible study author Beth Moore, who focuses on women’s ministries, is appearing in Portales Saturday via satellite. Linda Davis, who helped organize the event at […]

Vacation Bible School activities

The following is a compilation of area Vacation Bible Schools. To add a listing, contact CNJ administrative assistant Caritina Pineda at 763-3431, ext. 311. • First Christian Church: Ages 4 through grade 6, June 21-25, 6-8:30 p.m. • Central Baptist Church: Kindergarten through grade 6, June 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon • High Plains Baptist Church: Aug. […]

We should come before God with humble spirit

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The Bible teaches that we all must come to God with humble attitude. An Old Testament but timely story in the Bible reveals this truth in 2 Kings 5:1-14. There was a little Israelite slave girl, a worshipper of Jehovah, who served in the elegant household of Naaman, Capitan of […]

Religious procession organizer determined soul

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When asked his favorite Bible verse, Sean Ferreira says he can’t possibly narrow it down to one, or two, or even eight. But when it comes to the Jump Up religious procession planned for Friday, he finds Matthew 18:20 fits the bill perfectly. The first-time event should work, according […]

Driving, reading Bible not feasible

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer So, last week, I said I had three ideas that weren’t worth 500 words on their own, but worth 150 each. I was wrong. I actually had four ideas, and the entire reason I wrote last week was for the idea I forgot to type up. So keep in […]

Vacation Bible Schools

A schedule of Vacation Bible Schools planned in the region:

Success rests on giving Jesus your all

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Mrs. Kitten Skarda played a significant part in my growing up years in church. She led our sword drill team for years and then taught children using the flannel board. Learning Bible stories with the flannel board was a huge part of my childhood spiritual experience. Flannel boards went […]

Bible provides spiritual nourishment

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Sunday School was in progress. The teacher, Mrs. Taylor, had a group of feisty 6 year olds for the Sunday School lesson. Captured by the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, the children sat spellbound as Mrs. Taylor held up an artist’s version of Daniel surrounded by the […]

People defined by their actions

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist My Bible reading this week brought me to a verse that I remember because I learned it early in my childhood. I didn’t understand it as a young child; Mother explained it to me in terms of plant apple seeds and from that come apple trees and then apples […]