It takes passion to gamble on a make-or-break film

By Tom DiFrancesca III The death of passion, or so it appears; mediocrity seems to be overtaking society. Now, when someone does something with passion that is intended for the positive, he’s criticized, insulted, and slandered. It seems like most folks these days aren’t passionate about anything — not even their work, and that used […]

amos revisits his first lent

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t work the shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. This week, Amos recalls when he first learned about Ash Wednesday. boss a lot of the big bugs […]

Reading about heaven makes me a believer

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

amos finds his true love

Gary Mitchell and Amos 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 the hyphens and dashes. In light of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, Amos himself asked about our recapping his finding the love […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jesus’ words are God’s, undeniably clear

Letters to the Editor Why is it that we seem to fail to understand the amazing simplicity of God’s word? I realize at times we find verses that don’t seem so simple. But there are those verses that are painfully clear. I know because of the ones I read that the Lord really gets me […]

No harm in finding truth about ‘Kid’

Letters to the Editor I recently met Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, DeBaca County Sheriff Gary Graves and others who are involved in the investigation surrounding Billy the Kid. I love history and I love any time it gets attention, publicity and even controversy. I am so impressed that the sheriffs want to find out […]

To rewrite Bible is to spread deception

By Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (CNJ Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — […]

Man, myth or legend, reflect on why we celebrate Jesus

More than two millennia ago, during the last time the Middle East probably has ever experienced peace, a child was born whose life in this temporal realm became the most important turning point in human history. Of course, archeology, history, anthropology and other scientific fields have cast reasonable doubt upon many elements of the biblical […]

the mystery and miracle of Christmas

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently, he encountered the trials of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for the real meaning of Christmas. Just then, Sammy Salamander wiggled by and pointed him to a little nativity scene far from the […]

This Christmas learn to be still

By Judy Brandon In the past I have always seemed to feel a pressure around the Christmas season to meet the Dec. 25 deadline. In the past, store advertisements and great sales have tempted me to act on that special price in order to purchase just the right gift for those certain people. Get-togethers, school […]

Hitt, Lloyd A.

Lloyd A. Hitt Services: Have been held. Lloyd A. Hitt, 75, of Lubbock died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003. He was born on Aug. 11, 1928, in Rogers to Hobert and Ione Hitt He graduated from Dora High School and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He married Ethel Shearer on April 14, 1951. […]

Contentement can be found in the kingdom

Judy Brandon Weaver was our dachshund who died just last year and had been a part of our family since he was 6 weeks old. Some might have characterized Weaver as docile and easy going. He seemed that way because his days were spent sleeping and looking out the front window. Rarely did his expression […]

amos meets a fairy tale

boss i ran into a hollow log yesterday that led me into the mythical reaches of fantasy land and no i haven t been smoking my cheese instead of eating it it all started when i began chasing tinkerbelle who i was sure was just a silly little firefly do i look like a firefly […]

Million Dollar Man’ trades wrestling persona for ministry.

Gary Mitchell Ted DiBiase has exchanged his role as the “Million Dollar Man” for a minister of the Gospel — and says he has no regrets moving from the wrestling ring to hitting the evangelistic trail. “I was a classic Scrooge in wrestling,” DiBiase told an audience of about 450 youth and adults at Wednesday’s […]

god s mudbug wrestler

by amos Editor’s Note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss i just met the strongest mudbug in the church pew underworld he was the top bug in the pro mudbug wrestling circuit his name is ted the million dollar mudbug wrestler and […]

At the end, Jesus becomes significant

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, author Gary Thomas wrote an account in “Christianity Today” that touched the hearts of many readers. He wrote of an account in George Bush’s term as vice president when the then-Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died. Bush was sent to Brezhnev’s state funeral in Moscow to represent the United States. […]