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COLUMNS December 17, 2014


Rekindling hope and light in the darkness
This Christmas season is a reminder of the Hope that we have in Jesus.
A prophet named Isaiah, roughly 700 years before the birth of Jesus, declared the sad condition of the world in Isaiah 60:2. "Darkness covers the earth and a deep darkness is over the peoples."
The world would walk in that darkness for more than half a millennium awaiting the birth of our Savior.
Some people unnecessarily live in that darkness yet today.
It is tragic for a person to live in darkness when they could live in the light.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pine siskins arriving daily
Pine siskins are coming to our house, daily, to the thistle feeder hanging under the eave outside our kitchen window
Monday, December 15, 2014

Mistletoe evident in tree tops
I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses and sheep graze.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Free estate planning help
Puzzled about estate planning?
Communicating your wishes for your estate can be rather puzzling. The Jennings County Extension Office is preparing for an estate planning workshop on Jan. 20, 2015 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Jennings County Government Center. The workshop is open to the public. This is a free program sponsored by the extension office

Thursday, December 11, 2014

25 Years Ago & Longer - December 11, 2014
The first real snow of the (1989-90) season caused problems for motorists on Friday morning, Dec. 8.
Around 20 accidents occurred alone just south of Vernon on the hill on SR 7. Traffic backed up for miles in both directions for more than an hour while
Jennings County Sheriff 's Deputy Tommy McIntosh, Indiana State Police troopers, Indiana Department of Transportation workers and wrecker drivers attempted to clear the roadway.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

You can avoid family drama this holiday season
The holiday season is upon us. For many, this is a wonderful time of year to reconnect and celebrate.
But for some families, holiday togetherness can lead to stress and friction.
Here are five suggestions to help you avoid family feuds this holiday season and make the most of your time together.
Disconnect from
the drama
If your family is prone to family feuds, consider limiting the time you spend with them this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Poet: '... only God can make a tree'
The other day I thought about years ago when I was a grade school student. Our teacher wanted us students to memorize a poem.
The author was Joyce Kilmer who wrote the famous lines: "I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree, a tree who in summer wears a nest of robins in her hair."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Bethel News - Dec. 11, 2014
Pastor Connie and Mitchell Barr were absent from service at New Bethel U.M.C. Sunday, Dec. 7 due to helping their daughter, Shawn and husband, Shane Latta, move into their new home.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bird sighting lifts spirits
One cloud covered the
sky when I looked out my
bedroom window one morning.
One cloud, a huge gray
blanket extending to the
horizon in every direction,
and beyond. It set my mood
for the day.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Live or fresh cuts?
It is hard to believe that
the holiday season is upon
us.
I have family visiting
for Christmas, so this
means a bigger tree than
normal. If you are going to
travel to come see us, this is
the least I can do!

Monday, December 8, 2014


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