Human feelings pass, but God’s love lasts

I am reader of John Piper and his writings. John Piper is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., Piper is the author of more than 30 books over his 25 years of preaching and teaching. Not long ago I read again one of Piper’s statements. He said: “A snake bites Paul, […]

Pastor making new home in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan New administrator at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, Randy Rankin, leans against a wall displaying the corner stone from the home’s previous facility, dating back to the early 1900s. Rankin said his calling in life is taking care of children. Argen Duncan The new administrator at the New Mexico […]

In tribute: Pastor remembered for loving nature

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Courtesy photo Longtime Texas and New Mexico pastor Roy Roach died Sept., 8 at 85 of congestive heart failure. Kevin Wilson Roy Roach trusted people enough to not need a contract, and he trusted his congregation enough to show up without any outreach beyond his personality and love. They did. The longtime Texas and New […]

New pastor joins New Beginnings Church of God

CNJ staff Wendon Pettey is now serving as the pastor of the New Beginnings Church of God. Pettey, recently located from Mayhill, said he has been in ministry for 25 years and looks forward to reviving the small congregation. Already, Pettey said he has launched a church web site, launched youth and children’s programs and […]

Message of Jesus’ love always the same

By Judy Brandon: Religion calendar This past week, I read about the new Lighthouse Mission facility to be constructed this summer. Over the years, those folks, the Salvation Army and the newer Matt 25 organization have done a tremendous work for many people. I can remember different days in the 1950′s in Clovis. Daddy was […]

Kingswood pastor says Clovis church good match

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Reverend David Bachelor came to Clovis’ Kingswood Methodist Church in June after two tours in Iraq as a Navy chaplain. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Reassignment to Clovis’ Kingswood United Methodist Church was a good fit for Rev. David Bachelor. Bachelor, a reserve Airbone Ranger, said his experience with […]

Pastor was quick to condemn

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s […]

Longtime Clovis pastor appointed to state Baptist council

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pedro Escobar grew up in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1978 at the age of 30 to follow God’s call to pursue the ministry. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis pastor Pedro Escobar has been selected to join the Baptist Convention of New Mexico […]

First person: Former Cannon chaplain returns to area

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gary Piepkorn served 37 years in the Air Force, Navy Reserves, Coast Guard Reserves and active duty. Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn was transferred from Cannon and after several years, retired from the […]

Religion feature: Good Friday commemorates sacrifice

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Penny Bailey and Scott Henry with Central Baptist Church practice for the Easter musical the church will perform Saturday and Sunday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Celebrating Good Friday is essential to celebrating Easter, according to Immanual Lutheran Church pastor Scott Blazek. “It’s hard to celebrate Easter, or Resurrection […]