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Scam Alert! Bad Guys Want Your Money, Information

Tis the season when scammers raise their level of activity up a notch. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning recently listing several new and old scams that consumers need to be concerned about. Personally I have been subjected to the fake IRS agent, the fake law enforcement agent and all sorts of […]

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Welcome Home Santa

When the Gardener and I ventured to Kentucky in April, we did not return home alone. Propped up on pillows and covered with a flannel blanket on the big bed in our camper, we carried a hitchhiker, comfortably making his return to Marion, Michigan. Traditionally our friend and his many partners of all sizes are […]

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What’s Cooking?

With Christmas Parties, gifts and some of those delicious sweet eats that we all enjoy, I will send to you  some that we enjoy each Christmas……. ELEANORA’s  BUTTER  NUT  COOKIES from our family cookbook 1 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sifted flour 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup quick-cooking oats 1/2 tsp. […]

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The King Is Coming

A story: Once upon a time (All good stories start this way.) there was a woman who lived in a small village. Through a messenger she heard that the king was coming to dine at her house. So, she got busy cleaning and shopping, but was overwhelmed when she could not get everything prepared. Just […]

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Weird Headlines Make My Week Less Painful

It’s been a long week. My dog is sick, thus I’ve had very little sleep. My vehicle needs repairs thus I’ve had to set aside money I don’t have. AND all my annual bills, including property tax are due this week, and that’s more money I gotta pull from somewhere. So I’ve decided it’s time […]

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Santa Returns

As is often the case, my best laid plans have been postponed. I’ll tell you the story of a certain Santa, his long sojourn in the south and his quiet return to Marion, next week. He’s been here since April. I have to toss in a couple of personal things about Jim Lithen’s book. First […]

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What’s Cooking?

With the most delicious Holiday looming, I have several recipes that will tickle your fancy and everyone’s taste buds….beginning with the following…….. FRESH  RASPBERRY  BREAKFAST  CAKE from our family cookbook 2 eggs, separated 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup soft vegetable shortening 1/3 cup milk 1 1/2 cups sifted flour 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 […]

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God created the whole world and all that is in it. Genesis tells us that the world is good, because it is created by God and that human beings are said to be created in his image and likeness and are “good”. However, in the New Testament the “world” is sometimes used to indicate the forces of opposition to the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. One person said it quite simply, the world is anyplace where Jesus is not Lord. It is anyplace where the teachings of Jesus are not put into practice. The world is anyplace where people are following their own selfish desires, following their own will, and not following the will of God as presented in the Bible and the teaching of the Church. I would take it a step further and say that the world is not passive when it comes to its opposition to the Gospel. Rather it is quite active in its attempts to undermine the Gospel. The world strives to destroy the teachings of the Bible and the Church, to make them seem irrelevant in today’s culture. The greatest myth perpetrated by the world is that one can be happy without following the teaching of Jesus, the Bible and the Church. The world teaches that we can do whatever we want, follow our own desires, and in this way achieve happiness and fulfillment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Real and ultimate happiness can only be achieved by accepting Jesus and living according to the way he taught. What about you? Are you happy? Eventually, if you follow the ways of the world you will find them to be empty promises. More sex, more money, more drugs, more stuff, more spending, more prestige, a different mate, or a different job will not bring you the ultimate joy and happiness you desire and deserve as God’s child. Eternal happiness can only be had by asking Jesus to be the Lord of your life and by living his teachings. Don’t listen to the lies that the Church is irrelevant. With Jesus, the Church’s ultimate goal is your eternal happiness. See you in church this Advent and Christmas. “May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

God created the whole world and all that is in it. Genesis tells us that the world is good, because it is created by God and that human beings are said to be created in his image and likeness and are “good”. However, in the New Testament the “world” is sometimes used to indicate the […]

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When celebrating Christmas was criminal

In 1644, the English Parliament outlawed Christmas. No celebrations of any kind were to be tolerated that commemorated the season. What caused this revolt against celebrating the birth of Christ? Was there a conspiracy to do away with Christianity? Were political leaders so determined to be inclusive that they feared the wide recognition of one […]

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Impatience Is My Middle Name

Patience isn’t a virtue I possess. Strangely my father had the patience of Job. My mother, on the other hand had very little, and you can guess by now, who I followed. I am trying to be more patient but I’ve compiled a list of situations that still tick me off. Here it is: At […]

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