5/15 Obituaries

Manuel Montanez, 78 Services: 10 a.m. Monday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton in Clovis. Manuel Ruiz Montanez, 78, of Clovis, died Thursday, May 12, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born June 17, 1926, in Chin, Chiu, Mexico, to Hermenijildo and Marcela Ruiz Montanez. He married Maria Francisca Villareal 46 years […]

Be careful when mixing fiction with nonfiction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other […]

Church members reenact Last Supper

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By Kevin Wilson As it was recorded in the Bible, Jesus had a small audience to eat with him in his final days before his crucifixion and rebirth. In what is now regarded as The Last Supper, reenactments across the world work to draw bigger audiences to the things that Jesus told his 12 disciples […]

Reflections on Easter

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I prefer to call it “Resurrection Day.” I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me. I think of the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to […]

Time is God’s gift for you

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Each day is a gift made just for you. It is from the heart of God.   If I empty my burdens and give them to God in my nightly prayers I awaken with a brand new day filled with wonders. “This is the day that the LORD has […]

Child’s gift filled with unconditional love

By Joan Clayton “Let’s count to three and open our presents.”  I had counted one more time to be sure each child had a gift. Each girl brought a gift for a girl and the boys a gift for a boy. “ONE, TWO, THREE!”  The oohs and ahhs heard from children opening gifts plus the […]

Dec. 22 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Cold, breezy and nice harvesting days all last week. If it stays that way all this week, the farmers should be getting in good shape as far as gathering it all in is concerned. Now it’s time to see if the wet season did any damage to the quality of the product […]

Jesus needs to be a part of season

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Just imagine for a moment, if you can, that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded. The thought makes me shudder! If Jesus had never been born the blessed hope is gone. No absolutes, no restraints and no hope bring desolation. With no standards to […]

Do you have your gift from God?

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist A special memory of my first Christmas as a newly wed still warms my heart today. We lived in Eastern University’s “Vetville.” Vetville (rows of army barracks converted to apartments) housed married veterans for $25.00 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

Aug. 19 Obituaries

Jesus Diaz Jr., 23 Mr. Jesus “Panchito” Diaz Jr., 23, of Portales, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at his home. He was born on Sept. 23, 1980, in Clovis, to Raquel Pillado and Jesus Diaz. He grew up in Portales. He was a rap artist and recorded with Ride ‘N Smoke Records. In the past […]

Resurrection brings new life

Joan Clayton New life is bursting all around. Daffodils sway and tulips put on their best array. It is “new life” time. Growth begins to peek at the sun, enjoying the warmth of a spring day. I relish the melodious choir of my feathered friends as they greet the dawn of a dew-kissed morning. My […]

The cross is a timeless and meaningful symbol

Helena Rodriguez From the staked plains of the Llano Estacado to the rugged hills of Mount Calvary, and all places in between, there is only one symbol that has withstood the test of time. Once a symbol of despair and shame; now a worldwide symbol of hope to those who continue to believe some 2,000 […]

Christians get Jewish education

Darrell Maurina Jonathan Bernd has a message not only for ethnic Jews like himself but also for the gentile Christian community. “Just as my ancestors had to put the blood of the lambs on their doorposts so the Angel of Death would pass over them, we today need to have the blood of the Messiah […]

Let Jesus’ love resurrect in you

Joan Clayton 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, […]

Reflection on ‘Passion’

By Joan Clayton “The Passion” confirmed to me what I already had long held in my heart. In fact, I experience some of the same feelings during communion. Mel Gibson has brought to the world a vivid realization of the depths of love and sacrifice of this man, Jesus. This man, human yet divine, displayed […]

‘The Passion of the Christ’ a true success

Chris Horton In my 25 years of living, I cannot remember a film more controversial than Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, Mel Gibson is constantly attacked, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand […]

Read about heaven and be a believerr

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

We must accept the truth of the Scriptures

Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (PNT Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — is […]

In a fast-paced world, Jesus remains unchanged

Joan Clayton Our son gave us a DVD player for Christmas. The old model we had has fallen behind the times. Besides that, we couldn’t see the new DVD movie disks he also gave us. Now if I can only learn how to operate it all I’ll be in good shape. Technology has developed faster […]

Jesus whispers, “Hold Steady”

By Joan Clayton My plants take a beating with these hot windy days. At noon they curl up their leaves and wilt. All of my work and energy wasted, I think. I made plans in early April about my garden. I gave my flower beds tender care by planting, watering, and fertilizing. The plants thrived […]