The holidays can be holy days of genuine Joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist My kids tell me that I’m younger now than I was when they were growing up. I think “childish” may be what they have in mind; I prefer to think in terms of “younger.” It seems to me that the transformation started sometime after my wife and I discovered […]

Every season of life worth joy, thanksgiving

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist I love autumn. I suppose that fall and all its colors of the changing season remind me of life’s changes for we are not in one season for all the times of our lives. A short reprieve in the mountains this last week reminded me again of how God […]

Bad poem points to God’s prescription for joy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Once a decade or so I wax poetic. This one is so bad, I’m not sure it even counts, which means I might be good for another bad poem this decade. Oh, well. It’s entitled, “The Grouchy, Grinchy Grumble” (by the author of the same description).

10-2 view from under the pew

the broken-hearted beetle boss pastor leroy hada guest speaker duringservices last week inthe church pewunderworld the speaker turned outto be londa the ladybugmissionary who had traveled overseas towitness to the bugs bees birds and beetles while there she met aan elderly japanesebeetle who wanted togive her heart and soulto jesus londa wanted to helpher with […]

Celebrating life

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pastor Bonita Knox says she is celebrating her mother, who died last month from breast cancer, and is celebrating the lives of others through her participation in Relay for Life. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her […]

A day of joy, for our Saviour brings peace

Today we gather with family and friends, share gifts and meals, maybe go out for a movie, maybe cruise and enjoy Christmas decorations around town. May we all experience peace. May our faith move mountains. May the unbounded potential of love be unleashed in our lives and hearts. And may the story recorded in the […]

Traveling tunes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall Junior High students, from left, Adriana Chavez, Sierra Lopez, Ashlee Chadbourne, April Muniz and Kourtney Anthony practice Christmas carols and dances as a part of Joni’s Sandia Carolers. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Amid the Santa hat-clad children blustering through “Jingle Bell Rock” stands Joni Anthony, waving her […]

Why are some folks afraid of joy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It has taken me a long time to figure this out because it is so hard to believe, and I really didn’t want to come to this conclusion. But I’m afraid it is true: Some folks are scared of joy. I guess we all know that some folks, for […]

It’s Their Business: Joy’s Costumes

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Joy’s Costumes By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Joy’s Costumes Location: 510 W. 7th St. What they do: They have costume rentals and sell costume makeup and accessories. Who’s in charge: Oneda Dotson Employees: Three How long in business: 25 years Hours: They will be open today through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 […]

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 […]