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Faith: Let go of the past in order to live

When your life is engrossed in worries, you spend valuable time and effort looking around. Sorrow, on the other hand, makes you look back, taking from you the opportunity of living for now or planting seeds for the future. Faith, however, lifts you up above worries and sorrows. Faith helps you to be alive at the present time while looking up to the beauty of tomorrow.

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Let the light within yourself shine

Among the wonders of Christmas, and a source of enjoyment to all, are the multitude and variety of lights that adorn streets, buildings, yards and homes. I remember the decorating of my family tree as a child. We had strings of multicolored bulbs and bubble lights. But the light at the top of the tree, in the center of a foil star, was white. That was the star for the Christ child.

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Be thankful for the Josephs in your life

As he lay down on his pallet, weary from a long day of fitting wheels on carts, repairing plows for farmers, and building furniture for his other customers, Joseph of Nazareth could not go to sleep because of the heaviness of the crisis he faced personally.

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Take time to share your blessings

I remember my first Thanksgiving dinner in Champaign, Ill., during the late 1970s. I was invited by a friend of mine to spend Thanksgiving Day with a Chicano family. We sat around the crowded kitchen table in a trailer home and shared a scrumptious turkey dinner complete with all the traditional trimmings.

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Are Americans up to the task of getting along after the election?

In just a few days, Americans will decide who will be our next president. One thing is clear: This has been the most divisive election of my lifetime. No matter who wins, it will be extraordinarily difficult for the president-elect and Congress to heal this campaign’s ugly wounds and reunite a deeply fractured nation. I hope and pray that they — and we — are up to the task.

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Noah raises more questions than answers

During my preparation for an upcoming interfaith panel discussion on the prophet Noah in the Abrahamic scriptures, I have discovered a complex character raising more questions than answers. In today’s column, I will briefly delve into the story of Noah, the Ark and the flood, and then discuss the modern ramifications of this story, which has been around for over 2,000 years.

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Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Refugees from Congo, Rwanda and Uganda have found a spiritual home at Oasis Seventh Day Adventist Church. After the Saturday worship service together, refugees hold their own service in Kinyarwanda.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Oasis Church welcomes refugees 2:27

Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship 2:37

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship

Boise Muslims celebrate one of the faith's major holidays 1:50

Boise Muslims celebrate one of the faith's major holidays

Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple 2:33

Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple