Keep Christmas in your heart every day of year

Have you ever thought about how this world would be had Jesus not been born? I shudder to think about it. Imagine a world of no absolutes without any standards of right or wrong. Mankind has always had a sin problem, but we do have a choice and a wrong choice brings bondage, imprisoning the […]

Remember Mary on Mother’s Day

None of us can ever imagine the pain, shame and agony that Jesus endured upon the cross. Jesus demonstrated his great love for all by voluntarily laying down his life. Being a mother of sons, I can only identify to a small degree with the agony Mary must have had for her son. Seeing my […]

Military clergy should not fear ministering gays

Freedom New Mexico Jesus dined with prostitutes and far, far worse sinners. He even dined with tax collectors, perhaps the worst sinners of all. Jesus loved sinners, representing to them the power of God’s love for humanity. He was truth and he had no fear of sin. He knew that love always conquered hate and […]

Let’s celebrate Jesus every day

Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest human event of all time. No other event compares to or has affected history as much as this man called Jesus. None other brings peace like the “Prince of Peace.” None other wants the highest good for its converts, and certainly no other religion gives life abundant […]

Jesus’ birth inspiring story for all

Freedom New Mexico This year might be a good one to contemplate just how unlikely and yet inspiring the Christmas story is. Christmas, of course, celebrates the birth of Jesus, who, Christians believe, came to Earth to save humankind from its multifarious sins and transgressions, to offer hope of salvation to those who believe. Yet […]

Jesus’ birth quite a story

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named ‘em. They’re […]

Jesus just a prayer away

Joan Clayton In this journey of life, we have ups and downs, but with Jesus we always win. We had a big “down” recently. My husband was sent to Lubbock by helicopter. It was hard to be calm, but I felt God’s presence. After six days, Emmitt was brought back home for rehabilitation. I just […]

Memorial Day is to honor those I am thankful for

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Memories flood my soul as I visit the graves of loved ones who have gone on before me. As far back as I can remember, thoughts of my grandfather remind me of his love for Jesus. My grandmother’s singing as she churned butter in the big crock with a dasher […]

Easter time to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

The stone has been rolled away

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Jesus knew the suffering he would have to endure, but he chose the cross anyway. He could have called “10,000 angels” to come to his aid, but then, where would we be? Jesus took the sins of mankind once and for all so we could escape the Old Testament judgment. […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Holiday season is celebration of Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Is it any wonder that Jesus came to earth as a little baby? And is it any wonder Jesus loved the little children? Their innocence, forgiveness, love and compassion fill their hearts. At Christmastime I think of the Babe of Bethlehem and the stable, the star in the east and […]

Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist The tomb is empty! The stone has been rolled away, not so Jesus could get out, but so the scoffers could get in to see that Jesus arose. He is risen. It’s music to our ears. Our sins have been nailed to the cross, and the precious blood of Jesus […]

Dramatization shines light on Last Supper

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer One by one, 12 men come into the spotlight, each remembering the beginning of his faith in Jesus and questioning his own moral strength after the announcement that one of them would betray Jesus that fateful night. So goes “The Living Dramatization of Leonardo DaVinci’s ‘The Last Suppper’” by […]

Celebrate the joy that comes from Jesus

By Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy, “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can do anything […]

Jesus lifts individuals

Joan Clayton We are not the only ones who are sometimes blind to reality. Some flying creatures do the same thing. I’ve heard if you put a buzzard in a pen 6-feet square with an open top, he will become a prisoner. Without space to run to begin a flight, he will not even attempt […]

Pastors portray Christ’s last words

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Area pastors will join together tonight to take listeners on a spiritual journey from the first statement Jesus Christ made on the cross to the last statement before he died. Along the way, they hope to bring renewed meaning to the message of what Jesus did on the cross […]

Faith one of most valuable things person can possess

By Joan Clayton Have you ever realized that history repeats itself? It’s a concept as old as time. It can be traced as far back as can be pursued. An undeniable result of transgression is that it never happens in isolation. The fact that, “one does as he or she pleases, as long as it […]

Christ greatest gift of Christmas season

By Joan Clayton Christmas is all about giving. There is no greater gift, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This is the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us for […]

Holidays bring reminders of ‘good tidings’

By Joan Clayton The approaching holidays remind me of the angels who brought the “good tidings of great joy” to the shepherds in the field. Many references about angels are found in the Bible. They can be traced from Genesis to Revelation. Angels are supernatural beings sent by God. They are God’s messengers. Psalm 91:11 […]