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On May 14, The Citizen published Lawrence Netti's letter attributing progressives for the collapse of civilization. Although it is true they are the initiators of this global “Reformation," it is the bulk of the people who went along with it and most particularly the conservatives and their institutions which failed to defend these principles.

Jesus commanded His disciples, throughout all ages, to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). The first step in making disciples is to bring people to salvation. To have them believe on Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The message of salvation is the Gospel. It is the “good news” that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and that His resurrection indicated God’s acceptance of His sacrifice on our behalf.

I was struck by the words of the Epistle Lesson read in worship at St. John Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 21. The readings we used in worship that day were those assigned for Ascension Day, the previous Thursday. Ascension Day is an important, if somewhat forgotten event in the life and faith of God’s church. I was struck by the prayer which God inspired Paul to write about and to pray for the Christians in Ephesus. Please consider this prayer with me. “16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:16-19 a)

A family in our church recently had a tree fall on their garage. Thankfully, no one was hurt, including the goats and other animals who typically roam in that area of the yard. The residents of the home told me they weren’t completely surprised that it happened. 

I had a frightening experience the other day. I know I must be getting old because things that never frightened me before frighten me. I also see things I never saw before.

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I started college as a theater major, and the first semester of school, I landed a part in a play—I was the strawberry blonde love interest in a murder mystery. Little problem: the play had a performance on Sunday. I had been taught all my life that Sunday was a sacred day and not the time for activities that weren’t church or family related. But, I reasoned, one Sunday would be okay. I could even go to church in the morning. Problem solved.

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Savannah FFA and Andrew County’s Parents as Teachers hosted their annual “Down on the Farm” Day on Tuesday, March 17th. Amongst the numerous goats, fowl, and poultry, the nearly 100 participants were also able to interact with a horse, lamb, various reptiles and plant their own flowers to ta…