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Jarred journeys remind us of what's important

Our journey through life can often become so busy and distracting that we forget some of the most important things of our journey. Sometimes our journey is jarred by events that make us realize the...

 

What is this all about?

Remember the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, Charlie Brown? How about the part where Charlie Brown is frustrated that he cannot figure out what Christmas is all about? Charles Schultz wanted the...

 

Lengthy prison terms for 3 who aided Whitmer kidnap plotter

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Thursday handed down the longest prison terms so far in the plot to kidnap Michigan's governor, sentencing three men who forged an early alliance with a leader of the scheme before the FBI broke it up in 2020. Joe...

 

AP source: Russian missiles cross into Poland during strike

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia pounded Ukraine's energy facilities Tuesday with its biggest barrage of missiles yet, striking targets across the country and causing widespread blackouts. A senior U.S. intelligence official said missiles crossed into...

 

Total lunar eclipse in North America, East Asia

The second and final total lunar eclipse of the year graced the skies in some parts of the world Tuesday. The next one isn't until 2025. WHERE IT WAS SEEN: Where skies were clear, the eclipse was visible throughout North America in the predawn...

 

Putin-linked businessman admits to US election meddling

Kremlin-connected entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted Monday that he had interfered in U.S. elections and would continue to do so — confirming for the first time the accusations that he has rejected for years. "Gentlemen, we have interfered, ar...

 

The ugly part of November

The first of November is always a welcome sight. Trees turning, the first batch of homemade chili on a cold night, and the approaching holiday season with loved ones. The only difficult part of...

 
 By AP    Regional    November 2, 2022

Oklahoma: What to expect on election night

Republicans have had complete control of Oklahoma for more than a decade and currently control both U.S. Senate seats, all five U.S. House seats and enjoy super majorities in the state House and Senate. Donald Trump won the state by more than 33...

 
 By AP    Regional    November 2, 2022

Kansas: What to expect on election night

Republicans have long enjoyed a voter registration advantage in Kansas; a Democratic presidential candidate hasn't carried the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and former President Donald Trump carried it by big margins in 2016 and 2020. Yet the...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    October 14, 2022

The God of Thorns

Thorns are painful. They are a good deterrent from gardening and landscaping! The Bible uses thorns as a metaphor for adversity, pain and trials. Adam was told that thorns would be a part of his life until his death. All of mankind struggles with...

 

Summer is over

How do you mark the end of summer? Some look at Labor Day, others when it starts to cool. Some look at the start of school, and some hold to the official date. For me, it begins with the end of VBS, school starts, the county fair, and then the...

 

2 men convicted in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted two men of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, delivering swift verdicts in a plot that was broken up by the FBI and described as a rallying cry for a U.S. civil war...

 

We need a second Great Awakening

I hope you and your family will have a great holiday this weekend. We can all use some much-needed family time and a great BBQ. Monday night, I hope all your fireworks go off and are loud and bright....

 

Iran seizes 2 Greek tankers in Persian Gulf as tensions rise

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers Friday in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, officials said. The action appeared to be retaliation for Athens' assistance in the...

 

Loneliness

A few weeks ago, I experienced one of the loneliest times of my life. My wife had just gone into surgery, and I was sitting alone in the surgical waiting area. After almost 30 years of ministry, I am used to hanging out in surgical waiting rooms. I...

 

Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter, make it 'maximally trusted'

In 10 days, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has gone from popular Twitter contributor and critic to the company's largest individual shareholder to a would-be owner of the social platform — a whirlwind of activity that could change the service dramatically giv...

 

Decades of DOD efforts fail to stamp out bias, extremism

In February, with the images of the violent insurrection in Washington still fresh in the minds of Americans, newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took the unprecedented step of signing a memo directing commanding officers across the...

 

He is here.

What makes Christmas time so special? When I was a child, it was the wrapped presents under the Christmas tree. As a teenager, it was getting out of school for a few weeks. When I became a father, it...

 

The darkness of pain

Last November, I started down the journey into darkness. I was tired. Covid had beaten me down. Pastoring in a pandemic is hard, as it was with all pastors and churches. My wife and I still had residu...

 

A U.S. Marine, a curious Afghan boy, an unfathomable moment

One day not long ago, I watched my soon-to-be 3-year-old son jump up and down to the sound of "ho" and "hey." It's a song by The Lumineers, an American folk-rock band. The lyrics and stomp reverberate throughout the kitchen and into the house. My...

 

Greek fires force beach rescue, approach Olympics birthplace

VARIBOBI, Greece (AP) — Greece evacuated people in boats from an island beach Wednesday amid heavy smoke from a nearby wildfire and fire crews fought elsewhere to keep flames away from the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games as the country...

 

The forgotten virtue of kindness

Ask anyone in retail if they have had customers treat them unkindly. After spending almost 20 years in the retail world, I can attest to it. All three of my children worked in retail while they were...

 

Top general 'shocked' by AP report on AWOL guns, mulls fix

Shocked by an Associated Press investigation into the loss and theft of military guns, the Pentagon's top general signaled Thursday that he will consider a "systematic fix" to how the armed services keep account of their firearms. The AP's...

 

AP: Some stolen US military guns used in violent crimes

Pulling a pistol from his waistband, the young man spun his human shield toward police. "Don't do it!" a pursuing officer pleaded. The young man complied, releasing the bystander and tossing the gun, which skittered across the city street and then...

 
 By Angel Laplante    Local    May 27, 2021

FFA holds awards banquet

The 75th Annual Freedom FFA Banquet was held on April 23 in the American Legion building. The evening began with a welcome by Advisor David Turner and FFA President Kaitlynn Rhodes. After the... Full story

 

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