The Good news is that God opens up locked doors

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist What God wants his children to possess in amazing measure is a quality of relationship with him, and thus with life-giving collateral healing, joy, and love extending also to others, that for our souls will be light dispelling darkness, health vanquishing disease, and warmth allowing no room in our […]

Chaplain enjoys serving soldiers

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Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Randi RickardsCapt. Eusebia Rios of Cannon Air Force Base takes aim during a dodgeball game. By Janet Taylor-Birkey: Freedom Newspapers Capt. Eusebia Rios can often be seen at squadron briefings, but she’s just as likely to be avoiding a fast speeding ball in a friendly game of dodgeball at the […]

Thank God for ‘Balcony People’

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist The Greater Muleplex — Muleshoe — the little but great community in which I live, lost a longtime citizen and dear friend this week.  During the 21 years my family and I have lived here, just knowing that Inez Bobo’s heart was here and that she loved this place and […]

Car theft reports in Clovis on rise

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Vehicle theft reports in Clovis are on the rise, but officials say most of the cases turn out to be misunderstandings. With a jump of 44 percent in 2005 from 2004, the numbers seem startling at first glance. But Lt. James Schoeffel, Clovis Police Department public information officer, said […]

4/7 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. the donkey s tale boss willifred the white rat invited me to jump in his tiny time traveler again this week […]

3/17 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. cheetos and faith boss i m facing a lull in my faith life right now a void in my quiet time a […]

Hailey, LaVerne

LaVerne E. Hailey, 72, of Clovis, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at her home. She was born July 26, 1933, to Edward and Margaret Morgan Stacey in Hillside, Colo. She married James Hailey on June 6, 1954, in Westcliffe, Colo. She was a telephone operator for Mountain Bell in Pueblo, Colo., and later in Clovis. […]

Joy Ruth Bradley

Joy Ruth Bradley, 83, of Portales, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born May 4, 1922, in Loraine, Texas, to Alma and Floyd T. Kennedy. Her family moved to Portales when she was a small child. She graduated from Portales High School in 1940. She was a nurse […]

Christmas strong as weakest link

By Curtis Shelburne I don’t usually think of Christmas and chains as going together, unless I’m reading about the ponderously-chained ghost of Christmas Past who so terrorized old Ebenezer Scrooge! But I believe this to be true: Christmas is a “chain,” which is only as strong as its weakest link. If Christmas deals only with […]

Weathering the storm — hurricanes have early impact on pumpkin market

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Servando Lopez (left) and Carlos Gonzales unload pumpkins from a truck to a conveyor belt to be sorted Monday afternoon at Davis Farms in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)photo: Sharna Jo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Every October, Jacqueline Davis searches for the perfect pumpkin. Her mission, however, is a little different than average […]

8/12 view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. wbu ladybug leader leaving wayland bugtussle university is wailing boss and a low-grade terror has struck the campus carol green the ladybug dean […]

How can a good and powerful God allow suffering?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question is a good question, one which defies easy and glib answers. The answer of the Christian faith is not easy, and it is […]

Reporter’s notebook: Music minister sings anthem for BRAC hearing

Oscar Cleare, the music minister for Faith Christian Family Church, has been singing since he was 10. First inspired by his preacher father in Illinois, Cleare has sung at malls throughout New Mexico and Texas and he’s compiled a Christmas CD with another CD on the way. That was his voice that trumpeted the words […]

Neie, Alta

Alta Joy Neie, 79, of Corrales, died Monday, April 25, 2005, at her home. She was born on Aug. 25, 1925, to Luther and Molissie Gardner in Hamilton, Texas. She married Oliver C. Neie on April 9, 1950, in Hamilton, Texas. She grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Community with four older […]

Won’t it be nice to be out of time?

By Curtis Shelburne Won’t it be nice to be out of time? Huh? I repeat: Won’t it be nice to be out of time? I don’t wonder that you’re confused. You’re probably thinking: Whaddaya mean? “Nice” to be out of time? I find myself “out of time” already innumerable times every week, and running out […]

Psalmist is right: Joy comes in morning

By Curtis Shelburne Sometimes — and now that I think about it, maybe most of the time — I think the little things in life are the biggest and best of all. Oh, I know, some of the things that will one day, in the perspective of a whole life, seem really small seem pretty […]

Riley, Patrick Fred

Patrick Fred Riley Services: Have been held. Patrick Fred Riley, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Irving, Texas. He was born Feb. 9, 1921, in Big Springs, Texas, to Jerry Scott Sr. and Ima Orene Walker Riley. He married Jean Hancock on Jan. 31, 1953, in Weatherford, Texas. He was preceded in death by […]

Don’t settle for too little too soon

Curtis S. Shelburne One summer years ago while I was the visiting preacher for a loving and lovely little church in Indiana, one of the leaders there took my son Jeffrey and me out for a round of golf. (It was about the last time I played, I think.) Indiana is a beautiful state filled […]

How Much Does God Love His Children?

By Curtis K. Shelburne God loves his children so completely that he could not possibly love us more and he will never choose to love us less. We are absolutely secure in that love. Why is that so hard for us to believe? It’s as if we were an orphan in 18th century England who […]

Easter a good day to reflect on our blessings and joy

Freedom Newspapers Today is Easter, the day Christians will celebrate the apex of their faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul concisely summarized Easter’s message when he said in I Corinthians 15:3-5: “I delivered to you as of first importance … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that […]