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Clergy Corner: Finding answers to the meaning of life

<strong>Clergy Corner:  Finding answers to the meaning of life</strong>
There is a fundamental difference that sets us apart from all other animals Courtesy of Hermann, Pixabay.comIn the solitude of our conscience, we may ask: Where do we come from? ■ By Roberto Grao / Contributed Does human life make sense? What is it? We appear in the world, but no one has asked us permission or any opinion. Anyway, we could not even respond due to our deep and extreme weakness and indigence when we are born. Soon we know that our life is limited, it has had a beginning and will have an unknown ending. In the solitude of our conscience, we may ask: Where do we come from? (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Transitioning from dysfunctional to functional with God’s help

<strong>Clergy Corner: Transitioning from dysfunctional to functional with God’s help</strong>
Courtesy Hemet Valley Christian ChurchPastor Rick Puls. ■ By Rick Puls / Contributed My mother passed away on May 7, after a year-long battle with cancer. It was hard to watch her suffering, but it was also difficult to see her go. A few days after she died, family and friends gathered for a memorial service. We shed tears together as we remembered her life and rejoiced together with the assurance that as a follower of Jesus Christ, she now enjoys a trouble-free existence in the presence of her Lord and Savior. My wife, Beth, and I have four adult children who are all married, and we have a total of (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – May 31st, 2018

■ STAFF Prince of Peace Enrolling Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten is now taking enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. The school serves children from 2 through kindergarten. Birthdays for each age group must be by September 1st. Two’s do not have to be potty trained to enroll. Children three and over must be able to help themselves with the restrooms. We offer half day, extended day, and full day programs. Children have morning and afternoon snacks and bring their lunch. School hours are 6:30am-6pm. You are welcome to visit the school for a walk through and more information. No appointment necessary. School is located at 701N Sanderson Ave (more…)
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Clergy Corner: The world is changing, but the love of God isn’t

<strong>Clergy Corner: The world is changing, but the love of God isn’t</strong>
Courtesy of Brian FoxworthPastor Brian Foxworth. ■ By Brian Foxworth / Contributed Many people, as much as they like new things and experiences, struggle with change when it comes to certain aspects of their lives. In the church, I have watched tradition, worship, theology, and attitudes about God change throughout my whole life. I have always seen many of those changes as being positive and leading towards a more welcoming and inclusive environment. With that said, I recognize that the same newness that excites me can be disheartening; even frightening to others. The same observation can be made as we look at society, our country, and the communities we live in. (more…)
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Mothers blessed at St. Anthony’s

<strong>Mothers blessed at St. Anthony’s</strong>
Unique mass ceremony honors moms on Mother’s Day Courtesy of Dennis FletcherView from the parishioners. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Mother’s Day mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church is a day that mothers look forward to. Because that’s the day that mothers are honored at the church for their unique contribution to the family. Although the church’s Reverend Father Cristobal Subosa was out of town over Mother’s Day weekend, Father Peter Ssekajugo handled the mass admirably and with his own unique personality and charm that he brings from his native Uganda. Courtesy of Dennis FletcherView from the altar. During the mass, Father Ssekajugo shared photographs that he narrated, telling the (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Prayer propels us forward

<strong>Clergy Corner: Prayer propels us forward</strong>
File PhotoPastor Erin Armstrong, Trinity Lutheran Church. ■ Erin Armstrong / Contributed “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.” (Romans 8:22). The Apostle Paul writes these words to the early church in the city of Rome—people he had not met, but felt drawn to build up in their faith and community. They were living in the shadow of the empire, under the rule of emperors increasingly paranoid and frightened by the small group voicing a radically different way of being. The mass persecution had not started yet, but danger and uncertainty loomed on the horizon. Paul writes to this community to offer them comfort (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Do all roads lead to God?

Photo courtesy of Pastor Jesse CuaronPastor Jesse Cuaron, senior pastor, Living Way Christian Fellowship. ■ By Jesse Cuaron / Contributed Many people ask: “Is Jesus the only way to God?” or “ Don’t all roads lead to God?” In order to answer this question, we must determine who God is. According to the Bible, there is one God. Isaiah 45:5 says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no God.” The Bible teaches us that God is the creator of things in heaven and on earth. He is the one that breathes into man and gives man life. And because all things were created through (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – May 10th, 2018

Prince of Peace Enrolling Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten is now taking enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. The school serves children from 2 through kindergarten. Birthdays for each age group must be by September 1st. Two’s do not have to be potty trained to enroll. Children three and over must be able to help themselves with the restrooms. We offer half day, extended day, and full day programs. Children have morning and afternoon snacks and bring their lunch. School hours are 6:30am-6pm. You are welcome to visit the school for a walk through and more information. No appointment necessary. School is located at 701N Sanderson Ave at the (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Family stories of great faith in God

<strong>Clergy Corner: Family stories  of great faith in God</strong>
Photo courtesy of Hemet Valley Christian ChurchDr. Richard Puls is senior pastor at Hemet Valley Christian Church. ■ Dr. Richard Puls / Contributed My wife, Beth, is currently researching her family history using one of the genealogy sites. So far, she has gone back into the 17th century on her father’s side of the family tree. She already knew that she was related to Ethan Allen, and she found several relatives who lived in Vermont. She also has a great-great-great-great-grandfather who died in the confederate military prison in Andersonville, Georgia during the American Civil War. That information was a little surprising since her father’s family lived in the southern states. She (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – May 3rd, 2018

Prince of Peace Enrolling Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten is now taking enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. The school serves children from 2 through kindergarten. Birthdays for each age group must be by September 1st. Two’s do not have to be potty trained to enroll. Children three and over must be able to help themselves with the restrooms. We offer half day, extended day, and full day programs. Children have morning and afternoon snacks and bring their lunch. School hours are 6:30am-6pm. You are welcome to visit the school for a walk through and more information. No appointment necessary. School is located at 701N Sanderson Ave at the (more…)