Christ’s birthday should be celebrated

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Imagine that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded in his heinous plot. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints, no hope … and where there is no hope, there is only desolation. A world […]

Happiness matter of attitude

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist There’s a saying, “It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you react to what happens to you that makes the difference.” I’ve also heard this story often, “Two prisoners looked out the window through bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars.” Attitude determines success in life. […]

Studies in Greek add spice

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer It might be all Greek to some, but for one Portales resident the study of an ancient language is opening up the Bible in a new way. Devoting time and energy to the study of Biblical Greek earned Portales resident Clinton Hill the Zondervan Greek Award at Eastern New […]

Don’t stop when walking through the fire

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Life has a way of dealing some pretty hard blows. In the midst of a crisis, it is hard to make decisions, even to be rational. Many times, troubles pile upon troubles, blinding our thinking process. Yet “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Somewhere, sometime, someone […]

Easter is opportunity for celebration

Editorial History’s pivotal moment, Christians understand, was when a gracious God redeemed fallen sinners. The Bible, Christians believe, is the story of Jesus’ redemptive work consummated when he raises believers and unbelievers alike, the one to eternal glory, the other to eternal damnation. Believers will receive unimaginable, undeserved blessings. Unbelievers will receive the just penalty […]

Christ gave his life for mankind

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Ring the bells. He is risen. Shout it from the rooftops. We celebrate the glorious news of the ages. Jesus has conquered death and his love is stronger than death. The Resurrection comes with gratitude and hope for the soul. In Israel, olive oil is precious and is used […]

With God you are never alone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Last week, I had surgery on my ankle in Lubbock. An antibiotic was prescribed as a precautionary measure to avoid infection. Within 30 minutes of taking the first pill, I began to sneeze. I must have sneezed 20 times. I noticed my hands had turned red and my face […]

Blood is life-giving fluid

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I pulled myself up from the operating table to see what was happening. Then everything went black. “She’s fainted,” a nurse said. “Pull the curtain between them so she can’t see.” As a small child I couldn’t comprehend what was happening to me. Many severe nosebleeds had left me […]

Holiday prompts special services

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers On that first Christmas night, as Joseph and Mary reportedly searched for lodging before the birth of Jesus, they were foreigners in another land, dependent on the help of strangers. It is the same kind of compassion and call for social action that pastor Clyde Davis will focus on when […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]

Christmas brings joy to many

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Here we go again! Will it ever stop? Excuse me, but I’m getting weary of those who want to take Christmas away from me. A news commentator has called it the “War on Christmas.” So we don’t know the exact date our Savior was born. I’m thankful we have one […]

Everyone needs place to hide sometimes

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember those wonderful days of childhood? We all had our favorite hiding places. Mine was in the fork of my grandmother’s peach tree. It was just right for me to lie down, prop up my feet, eat peaches and find all kinds of shapes in those fleecy white clouds. My […]

God bigger than any circumstance known

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Imagine you are in a rocket and you can see our planet suspended in space. Looking down you see a small little blue ball called Earth with millions of people living on it. That alone makes me think of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and […]

Not just his cross to bear

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By Marlena Hartz They set forth where the town begins and inch along U.S. 84, past vast fields of farmland, through the center of town, across the railroad tracks and into the heart of their church. Their pace is set at the head of the line, where pilgrims share the burden of three oak crucifixes. […]

Christ took all sins upon him at crucifixion

By Joan Clayton Since my childhood, I have always heard that we “have an Easter spell,” meaning bad weather before or around Easter time. I like to think of this time as being nature’s way of complaining about Jesus’ crucifixion. Have you ever thought of the excruciating pain rejection and sorrow that Jesus endured for […]

Easter: It’s glorious news of the ages

By Joan Clayton The week before Easter reminds me of the palms and branches spread by the people welcoming the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem for the festival of Passover. “’Tell the people of Jerusalem, Your king is coming to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey, on the colt of a […]

It’s the size of your heart not your house at Christmas time

By Joann Clayton I love it when all my children and families come home for Christmas. In the wee hours of the night our house becomes strangely quiet and I begin to reminisce. Three little boys who grew up so quickly are back in their beds. The same clock chimes its soothing sounds; blessing me […]

Live nativity scenes in local area

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many homes during the Christmas season. The small, motionless figurines depict the night Jesus was born and can be simply made from paper mache’ or elaborately cut from crystal. The decorative scene features Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, a shepherd, […]

They can’t take Christmas away from believers

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist 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. No other religion offers hope. None other brings relief. None other brings peace like the “Prince of Peace.” None other wants the […]

All sheep need a good shepherd

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist One night while visiting in the living room with friends we heard “pitter-patter” step sounds on our front porch. My husband turned on the porch light and there stood seven little sheep. They stared at him as if to say, “Will you help us please?” Emmitt opened the gate to the […]