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Faith: If Peter could crumble, I need to turn to Jesus' power

Sirens. Lots of them. I might not have heard them, but one of my sons and I were engaged in a dart game or a few out in the garage. The recent blizzard had receded. We had the... — Updated 2/23/2021


Faith: Best to focus on what's good and true and beautiful

I don’t wish to be indelicate (gotcha; those words guarantee an audience as surely as “viewer discretion advised”), but it’s increasingly difficult to venture out of your... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story


Faith: Winter good time to consider the stars

I love winter. Plenty there is to love about each of the four seasons. The best features of each one are incredibly amazing and delightful and might tempt you to cast your vote... — Updated 2/9/2021


Faith: Unplug and let God's spirit update your soul's software

Software update. I love those, don’t you? Doesn’t it make you feel good to know that the folks who created your computer’s operating system are so completely on top of things... — Updated 2/2/2021


Faith: Need God's grace to be citizen of His kingdom

Tomorrow, as I write this column, is Inauguration Day. It’s a particularly good time to think about our citizenship, I think. And I think it’s a particularly good time for me... — Updated 1/26/2021


Faith: Best way to vote for change is with God

Change. I love it. Yes, and I also love each morning to throw open the blinds immediately to retina-scorching sunlight and then to jump into pep-rally-volume conversation. If you... — Updated 1/19/2021


Faith: At times like this, we should unclench our fists

I’m writing this column on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. That matters. I don’t know if henceforth all one will have to do is say “1/6” to bring forth images of a terrible assault... — Updated 1/12/2021


Faith: Old hymn brings new comfort

Years ago, when my oldest brother and his wife left for almost 20 years of mission work in Malawi, Africa, I was barely a pup. I was too small then to remember now much of the... — Updated 1/5/2021


Faith: God comes to us as we are

At first, the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical. But when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only... — Updated 12/29/2020


Faith: All light belongs to God the Father

“The true light that gives light to everyone,” writes the Apostle John, “was coming into the world.” -- John 1:9 And so each year at this time, we drape our trees, our... — Updated 12/22/2020


Faith: Taking some time to reflect on God's suffering servant

For 16 years now, during the second and third weeks of Advent (the word has to do with “coming”), a centuries-old traditional time of “preparing our hearts” before Christmas... — Updated 12/15/2020

 By Curtis Shelburne    News

Shelburne: Best to read and heed warnings of our Creator

“I’m pretty sure I can wire around that.” Right. That’s the sort of statement that fits in very well with other Famous Last Word pronouncements of the Tim “the Toolman... — Updated 12/1/2020


Faith: Give thanks and trust the giver of all blessings

“O most gracious God,” wrote the eloquent sufferer, “on this sickbed I feel under your correction, and I taste of humiliation, but let me taste of consolation, too.” John... — Updated 11/24/2020


Faith: Apart from God, safety is a myth

We can be safe, or we can be truly alive. Not both. Opting for “safety” is an illusion both unsafe and pathetic, a gag gift all wrapped up with three bedraggled ribbons: fear,... — Updated 11/17/2020


Faith: Mind meanders a bit at 9 a.m. on Monday

Well, here we go again. It’s a normal Monday morning. At least, as close to normal as anything gets in 2020. Our clock just chimed 9 a.m. I know that because it chimed nine times... — Updated 11/10/2020


Faith: Victory in God's kingdom is assured

Here we go. Election Day 2020. Tomorrow, as I write. I’m not sure I remember ever dreading one, an election day, more (though the 2016 experience was very close). It’s not the... — Updated 11/3/2020


One of my best Christmas gifts an a-salt gun

Fair warning this is, given to protect your eyes and general psyche from sudden and perhaps overwhelming shock: If you open the door at our house that leads five steps down into the... — Updated 10/27/2020


Shelburne: Statistics may vary, but God is 100 percent

Death. There seems to have been a lot of it lately, at least in my experience. Funerals have been the order of the day. I know. Your first thought will likely be of COVID-19... — Updated 10/20/2020


Tolerance a plastic idol compared to God's love

Tolerance. I find myself wondering if the word, these days a sickly, anemic, anorexic wraith of a word barely staggering around on its wobbly feet — and yet incredibly loud... — Updated 10/13/2020


Faith: Political leaders should try laughing at themselves

I wonder what would happen ... Well, it probably wouldn’t happen, at least, not with the folks I’m thinking of, though I think there’s a pretty good chance it could happen, wo... — Updated 10/6/2020


May we never forget Bible's real purpose

I hear this comment made fairly often: “Wow! That person really knows the Bible!” I always wonder what the speaker means. Usually they mean that someone is quite familiar with... — Updated 9/29/2020


Faith: Angry words should be allowed to marinate

Two or three folders stuffed with little pieces of paper covered in scrawled notes. A computer file folder named “ColumnSeed” with files named “ColSeed0001” and on up,... — Updated 9/22/2020


Faith: Keeping in mind the times I've 'reaped the whirlwind'

Some wrecks you simply cannot see coming; others, well, it’s almost criminal negligence not to see them heading your way. The latter can and should be avoided. If you are busy... — Updated 9/15/2020


Faith: God always happy to open door to his children

I might as well just admit it: I am not a good door-knocker. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Probably not me, or you’d not have heard the clatter. I don’t like to make noise. I... — Updated 9/8/2020


Faith: Only one real truth - and that's God's truth

When my first grandchild, a beautiful little girl, was born, I was surprised to learn that grandchildren are born with an integrated GPS. All of mine have come thus equipped. The... — Updated 9/1/2020


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