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 […]

Music formulates the mind

By Bonnie Brown: Guest Columnist Editors Note: This is the second in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools Week. I love music because it lifts me up when I am down and gives me an attitude of praise, no matter where I am or what I am doing. Contemporary Gospels are my […]