My turn: Leaps of faith require trust

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We’re only days away from 2012. Although 2011 was a particularly challenging year, it’s ending with welcome change, due largely to my belief that God’s love is unchanging. Through good times and bad times this past year, I’ve felt an inner, uncharacteristic sense of assurance that things, although seemingly going from bad to worse, were […]

Americans strong on courage, faith

America has endured many hardships but the blessings far outweigh the problems. We, like the Pilgrims, are strong in courage and faith. We have so many blessings and I can’t count them all. Aren’t you glad you are alive? Can you hardly contain the joy of knowing God planned your birth? He has a special […]

Officials stress keeping faith on military retirement

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has no proposals or recommendations on revamping military retirement at this time, but any future proposal must not break faith with those in the military today, senior Pentagon officials told Congress Oct. 25. Jo Ann Rooney, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for […]

Keep the faith and never give up

Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly noticed. We forget to count our many blessings. […]

Letter to the editor: Area in need of prayer

Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to join in uniting our faith […]

Spiritual leaders share Easter sermons

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Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message, according to local spiritual leaders. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the Christian faith, because it is a representation of what the Christian faith is all about. “This is the time to remember that Christ was […]

Solutions shouldn’t limit liberties

I am not one to accept things on faith. I want solid evidence, if not concrete proof. However, there is one thing I, along with other libertarians, accept as an article of faith: I believe that any problem that can be solved, can best be solved in a way that bolsters and respects individual liberty. […]

Faith even better with bit of a swing

A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with my grandparents in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought peaceful moments. […]

Be wary when placing trust in junk science

Freedom New Mexico A recent poll asked Americans who and what they trust. It found that Republicans trust religion more than science; Democrats trust science more than religion. Neither should trust in science, as it is a discipline of proof. Most religious beliefs cannot be proved, so those who submit to religion do so in […]

Trade fear for faith

Bad news seems to be all over the place. I heard of a man being so upset by the bombardment of bad news that he decided he would go on “a news fast.” It sounds funny, yet it’s not a bad idea. Fear is the most destructive force I know. It is paralyzing and tormenting. […]

Become your own cheerleader

Joan Clayton Do you ever get discouraged? Be a cheerleader for someone. Having a bad day? A cheerful attitude is contagious. Discouragement is a chief weapon of the enemy, leading to apathy, insensitivity, bitterness and resentment. I like to read about David in the Old Testament. Pursued by insurmountable odds, he persisted in his faith, […]

Church profile: Faith Triumphant Church

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Location: 615 W. Fourth St. Phone: 359-1559 Services: 10:30 a.m., Sunday worship service; 7 p.m., worship service on the last Sunday of the month at the Generations building behind The Office Center Inc., at 1500 S. Avenue D; 7 p.m. Wednesday, classes for all ages. The church also runs Faith Triumphant Christian School. Description: “We’re […]

When in doubt, sing a song of faith

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Another school year will soon be gone before we know it. I still miss the little people, and the memories still linger in my mental files. When I began my teaching career, the school where I taught had no kindergarten. My class of first graders experienced “new separation anxiety” in […]

Faith best legacy to leave behind

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My ancestors left me a legacy more precious than gold … a strong faith in God. From my great grandparents to my parents, I have come to know the purpose of life. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep his commandments for this is […]

Getting to know: Pastor comes from family of faithful

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Todd Terry is a pastor at Faith Triumphant Church. Background: People who know him call him Pastor Todd. He was born in Portales in the 1960s and grew up on his grandparent’s (Dave and Juanita Terry) dairy farm. He attended school in Floyd and Portales. Terry’s father, James Terry, founded Faith Triumphant Church in 1980 […]

Faith carries us through tough times

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist What is your faith temperature, and how is your thought life? Do you make a definitive decision to stop negative thoughts, or do you allow them to run over you? If so, you become totally depressed and unaware of the progression of negative attacks. A perfectly good day can be […]

Faith was more inspiring than talent

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist He was basketball’s original “Showtime” in a time when taking center stage and showcasing a talented player wasn’t done. When the legendary “Pistol” Pete Maravich began playing basketball someone with his talent and need to have the ball in his hands as much as possible was seen as a ball […]

First person: Pastor returns to answer call

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Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn moved away from Cannon and after several years, retired from the service at Onizuka Air Station in California. Around the time he retired, Faith in Christ Lutheran Church needed a pastor and they […]

Celebrating life

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her voice is empowered by admiration. She speaks of joy, faith, and love. Bonita Knox doesn’t see her mother’s battle with cancer as a loss. She sees it as a release and the realization of an […]

Clergymen reflect on Easter

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Freedom New Mexico spoke to some area clergy about their thoughts on this Easter Sunday. What is the importance of Easter and its message in everyday life? Gary Piepkorn, pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales: There are three major points. One would be that Jesus’ resurrection […]