Columns/Opinions

Thu
29
Oct

"Look to Lord in choosing faith over fear" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

 I have several battery-operated candles in my room that I use from time to time during prayer.   
   I prefer to use the real candle, but to prevent fires most of us have been slowly moving toward the battery-operated kind.  
   Like I said I have several of these battery operated candles as they seem to be a favorite gift to give to one another.   
   I have some of different sizes from tea lights to the bigger candles.   
   Some change colors as they are being used, others have pretty designs.   
   Some flicker like you would expect a real candle to and others just light up like a mini flash light.  
   At times  at night I light them up all over the room and turn off the room light.   
   This makes a beautiful, calming, prayerful atmosphere.  

Thu
29
Oct

"Amen powerful tool in our faith" by: Caleb Gibson

   Have you ever wondered why we say amen after we pray? What does it really mean?   
   We yell it out when someone is preaching well. Maybe I’m alone, but I wonder these things.  
   I believe that it is extremely relevant to study this and discover the value of the amen.  
   The word amen comes from the Hebrew word, amen (אָמֵן).  
   This word is literarily a Hebrew word; meaning when we say it, we are speaking Hebrew.  
   The Strong’s concordance defines this word as meaning, “verily, truly, so be iti.”   
   When someone prays and we say, “amen” we are saying, “so be it.”  
   We are agreeing; it is one powerful tool to be used in our life.  
   The word amen comes from the Hebrew word, “aman.”   
   This is spelt with an, “a” instead of an, “e.” This Hebrew word means, “to support, confirmii.”  

Thu
22
Oct

"Enjoying my status as an ‘autumn person’" by: Jessica Shepard

   Beware the autumn people,” said Ray Bradbury, author of ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes.’
   Bradbury claims that they only exist in the months between September and December and “turn into dust” at the end of their season.
   Since my birthday falls during the last week of October, I identify as an ‘autumn’ person.
   Mostly because nothing feels as good as those three months before winter rears its head and summer fades.
   I’ve always loved fall – the changing leaves, pecans reaching maturity, cooler temperatures and longer nights.
   October gives me an excuse to embrace driving with the windows rolled down for fun rather than not having a working air conditioner in my car.
   The wind picks up and the scents of autumn fill the air.
   Sometimes it’s dusty, dry and itchy.
   Other times there’s rain on the wind and afterwards it’s soggy, dank and seeps into your bones.

Thu
22
Oct

"Stock market assumptions can lead to a long fall " by: John Sample

   I am sitting at the computer on the anniversary of one of the most memorable days in my life.  
   It has nothing to do with birthdays or weddings. 
      Those are vastly important but October the 19, 1987, was a day for the ages. I had gone out on my own opening my independent brokerage office. 
   I had several very large clients and we had been buying options betting against takeovers promoted by Boone Pickens.  
   That was the era of “greenmail.” 
   Pickens would take a position in a company then offer a takeover financed by debt. 
   In almost every occasion the management of the takeover target would buy Pickens out.  
   At the point of the takeover proposal, the target stock would run up in price. 
   It was easy to buy out of the money put options. Put options are a way to sell 100 shares of a stock. 
   You don’t have to own the shares as they are borrowed from brokerage firms. 

Thu
22
Oct

"What would we give up if the Lord asked us " by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

 “As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”   
   And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.”    
   And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.”   
   Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”   
   But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.” Mark 10:17-22   
    Have you ever heard of the “Law of Accumulation”? Probably not because our priest told us he made it up.    

Thu
22
Oct

"We find grace through faith" by: Caleb Gibson

   What is the secret to great faith? We can understand this by two stories in the Bible.    
   A centurion came up to Jesus saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented…say the word, and my servant will be healed... (Matt. 8:6-8).    
   The Bible explains, Jesus marveled when He heard this and said, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” (Matt. 8:10).   
   Many people see the centurion and think that he had, “great faith” because he was in the Roman Army and would have understood authority. The problem with this theory is that there is another person who had “great faith” and was nothing like a soldier.    
   Jesus came across only two people whom He called “great faith,” one was a centurion and the other was a homemaker.   
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Thu
22
Oct

"If God isn’t on your side, invite him in" by: Betsy Monico

   The Lord never ceases to amaze me! If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you know what I mean!     
   He also has a sense of humor.   
   Well, let me explain my current situation. I started my column last night, Sunday evening, just like usual.     
   It was about the need for rain and how everything, including me, needs a cleansing because my allergies are kicking! That was the plan until my alarm clock just went off. (It is now Monday morning at 5:10.)   
   I heard the alarm clock go off 20 minutes ago and only temporarily acknowledged it because I intended to press snooze.    
   When it sounded, I was super-duper confused. I was in my daughter’s room. I had only been in her bed for about 30 minutes. At 4:30, she was so sweet and kind (total sarcasm) to invite me to sleep with her.    
   I must have been really asleep because when the alarm clock went off, I could not find my way out of her room.   

Thu
15
Oct

"Happiness is one more ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl" by: Jessica Shepard

   Just like with the fair and rodeo in the spring, the fall Rice Festival also holds a certain place in my heart.
   I have many happy memories of unlimited armbands being $10 and rides that seemed like they could touch the sky along with carnival workers trying to shout over the din.
   Sounds, that, depending on the ride, music or electrical generator being used could leave your ears ringing when you got too close.
   And the scents – funnel cakes, cotton candy, fresh squeezed lemonade and a unique blend of generator fumes or gasoline that includes, when the wind drifts just right; livestock.
   Over the years I have seen many attractions come and go.
   But, there are old standards and standbys that guarantee people lining up.
   The Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, swing riders and, of course, the carousel always had the longest lines.
   Other rides required riders to be a certain height or were limited to smaller children.

Thu
15
Oct

"Dow continues winning streak despite gloom" by: John Sample

   I don’t know how you are going to enjoy your Columbus Day week but it should be a toast to the stock market. 
   The Dow Industrial average is on the longest winning streak this year.  
   One can look back to mid-August when crude prices and the Chinese equity market hit bottom.  
   There were predictions of $20 oil and a collapse of the Chinese economy stifling growth worldwide.  
   Guess what happened on the way over the cliff?  
   Of course, stock prices climbed the wall of worry.
   To emphasize how things have changed, even basic materials are starting to turn.  
   Glenncore announced last week that it would cut back on zinc production.  
   Finally common sense may come back to Vale, BHP, Rio and Freeport.  
   Who knew that supply and demand were related?
   As an investor, mark your calendar on August 24.  
   You are going to be able and look back at the bounce back from the bottom.  

Thu
15
Oct

"The Lord gave us a home we should care for" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   Pope Francis’ newest encyclical is named Laudato Si which translates to Praise be to God.  
   We have been studying this encyclical since it came out and it is very interesting. 
   In it he tells us how important it is for us to take care of the environment.  
   God made us stewards of this world and it is all our responsibility to take care of it.  
   The pope encourages us to look after the world and remember that we are leaving it for future generations.  
   He wants us to take care of the earth because we respect it and also to care for it out of love. 
   We can remember during his visit to the United States he did mention the climate and the care for the earth.  
   I can say that after reading the encyclical I do try harder to recycle and to take my reusable cup with me places that I know will offer coffee or snacks for us to enjoy. 
   Then I read a book like Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.  

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