I wouldn’t have missed it for the world

Joan Clayton: Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, how would you answer if he asked you some questions about your impending journey to earth? With all the incredible technology that has been accomplished in just a few short decades and the intelligence God gave man to master such feats, […]

Touch our heavenly Father’s heart with praise everyday

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Every day can be Father’s Day Who can know a father’s love for his child? A true father will move heaven and earth for his child in need. His love extends beyond all earthly experiences and when it is all said and done you will hear him say, “That’s my […]

Make optimistic thinking a daily habit

It has been said, “We are what we eat.” Someone has also said, “We are what we think. The writer in Proverbs 23:7 said it first, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Our thoughts affect our life. Negative thoughts have adverse or positive reactions. Thoughts can bring smiles or tears, gladness […]

Let the joy bells ring

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Today is all you have. Make the most of it. Say “I love you” to someone dear. This opportunity may be gone tomorrow. Please don’t wait until “this or that happens” to be happy. If you cannot be happy now…this breath breathing, heart beating moment then when will you […]

Why I’m not a good Abe Lincoln

By Bob Huber Now that all the sentimental Valentine love stuff is over, let’s talk about why this month always gives me the flimflams. It’s an emotional roller coaster dating back to a religious experience I had in the fourth grade. Each February in those days, docudramas were staged in towns across the land commemorating […]

Face life with faith in your heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Do you ever get discouraged? It’s hard not to be in today’s world of conflict and bad news. Discouragement is a chief weapon of the enemy — leading to apathy, insensitivity, bitterness and resentment. An unknown author has said, “When you are in a hole, stop digging.” To me, […]

Family gatherings are steppingstones of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist “Okay girls, now listen up. In the morning us guys are getting up early. We’re going to the ranch and cook the best cowboy campfire breakfast you ever ate.” “Yeah, right,” we all answered in unison. The men of my household had jumped out of bed at dawn waking […]

God’s wings a safe place to run

By Joan Clayton Life is a journey and I wonder sometimes if we live this precious gift without purpose. The psalmist has said, “We spend our years as a tale that is told,” (Psalm 90:9). Those around us read the story of our lives. Each day we write the pages by example and influence. In […]

Trumpets have their own legacy

By Joan Clayton: PNT Relgion Columnist Back to school reminds me of marching bands and football. Of all the musical instruments, the trumpet is my favorite. To me it symbolizes royalty and splendor, announcing something important, capturing my attention. One of my fondest memories is of our youngest son marching with his trumpet at Portales […]

Retired cop turns to new life of service

By Darrell Todd Maurina On Sunday, Clovis resident and retired state police Capt. Alan Brockmeier exchanged his police uniform to become a man of the cloth with a different color — the black cassock and white collar of an ordained Episcopal priest. Raised in a small German denomination that merged with the United Methodists in […]