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Faith: Trading up forced me to think on temptation

I guess I’d better confess. Before I do, may I just say that I thought I could live with the guilt? I tried to convince myself that the transgression was not particularly... — Updated 11/30/2021


Faith: Take some time to count your blessings

Here’s a modernized hymn for Thanksgiving (with apologies to Johnson Oatman, Jr., whose over-a-century-old lyrics I’ve messed with): Count your many blessings; Name them one by... — Updated 11/23/2021


Faith: New washer, dryer a display of unending love

A brand new washer and dryer. That’s what, as the fervor and devotion of 46 years of marital bliss burst into full flower, radiant color, and indescribable beauty — such that... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Curtis Shelburne    News

Shelburne: Some victories worse than defeats

When is a win not a win? If we don’t care how we win, we won’t ask the question. If a W is a W is a W, and we don’t care how it finds its way into our life’s “win-loss... — Updated 11/9/2021


Faith: Best to keep some things between yourself and God

I’m about to send $20 as a donation to my granddaughter’s volleyball team. I just thought you’d want to know. I don’t know why you’d want to know, but evidently people... — Updated 11/2/2021


Faith: Father always ready to listen - no phone required

I’ve just had another cell phone stolen. It’s not really a big deal; it happens at least once a day. I think the thief who keeps stealing it is one guy working alone. I have no... — Updated 10/26/2021


Faith: Real answer to most fusses is to be Christ-like

I wonder what they were fussing about. Before I pondered the possibilities, I began wondering if that first sentence needed to end with a question mark. Come to think of it, same... — Updated 10/19/2021


Faith: Waiting for God's blessing of a fine, fall freeze

I confess. I just committed three killings, and I enjoyed each one. Even as I write, I’m planning another. Maybe more. (Update: Yes, now four. Make that five.) It’s barely 10... — Updated 10/5/2021


Faith: Try to accept the best God offers us

“Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.” So writes the... — Updated 9/28/2021 Full story


Faith: More than TV stations, God's message real news

I've never considered myself to be much of a prophet — not in the popular sense of the word. If you read the Bible books that bear the names of the prophets of old, you'll find,... — Updated 9/21/2021


Faith: Honor God by letting him spin the world without us

“Be still, and know that I am God!” says our Father through the psalmist’s words in Psalm 46. And he continues, “I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored... — Updated 9/14/2021


Faith: Good to be back at Red River Community House

It’s so good to be back. I’m sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of the Red River Community House, Red River, New Mexico. It’s a Sunday evening, Labor Day weekend.... — Updated 9/7/2021


Faith: God is our creator, father - and even producer

My good friend Darrell Bledsoe, whose list of incredible accomplishments as a music producer, musician, choral director, songwriter, arranger (and the list could go on) is more... — Updated 8/31/2021


Faith: Keep your hope in God and you'll never lose your smile

What does it mean when you lose your smile? I once heard a “face reader,” a fellow who works with jury consultants, businesses (hiring personnel), and large corporations say... — Updated 8/17/2021


Faith: Grateful to be moving back toward the saddle

I’m back in the saddle again. Sometime during the COVID-19 pandemic (first edition, 2020), once we got back to in-person worship at our church, I started singing a “special... — Updated 8/10/2021


Faith: Delta variant 'breakthrough' not much fun

The past week or two have been, for my wife and me, surreal. Having done everything we prudently could do not to contract COVID-19, we managed to welcome the little beastie aboard.... — Updated 8/3/2021


Faith: Thankful God can remember all the little details

Editor’s note: Curtis Shelburne is taking a brief vacation from column writing. This is from 2016, but still seems relevant today. “Honey, if you’re going to the store, would... — Updated 7/27/2021


Faith: Surprised to see my grandfather looking out of mirror

“At (the age of) 50,” writes George Orwell, “everyone has the face he deserves.” Well, that kinda hurts, largely because I suspect it’s true. Not that long ago, I... — Updated 7/20/2021


Faith: Vaccine is a rope that God has given you

Question: What is the proper attire for a person attending a mask-burning event? Answer: a smile. I laughed when I learned that our local senior citizens’ center was hosting a... — Updated 7/13/2021


Faith: Remember God desires 'mercy and not sacrifice'

Some things never change. Most things, in fact. “In times like these,” said one wise man, “it helps to remember that there have always been times like these.” Yes, and... — Updated 7/6/2021


Faith: Freedom must be cherished - or lost

Freedom. It is not a gift any government benevolently bestows upon its citizens; freedom is the gift of God to everyone created in his image. It is a serious blessing to live in a... — Updated 6/29/2021


Faith: Important to listen to Conductor on our train journey

I like trains. I always have. I’m not sure what it is that particularly fascinates me about them; maybe it’s the whole package. I like the sounds of their whistles. I like the... — Updated 6/22/2021


Faith: Hope you know you have a Father who absolutely loves you

I didn’t remember it being quite that far down. I don’t remember being so tempted to “loft” the ball. And what in the world is wrong with these rented shoes? Or maybe it’s... — Updated 6/15/2021


Faith: A lot of courage to be seen in ordinary people

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms,” writes G. K. Chesterton. “It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” Yes, and we wonder, don’t... — Updated 6/8/2021


Faith: Open your soul to creator's gift of joy

True confession No. 1: I don’t feel the least bit guilty about my next true confession. True confession No. 2: I have never been much of a cat person. I’ll pick a slobbering... — Updated 6/1/2021


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