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Pastor's Corner -Jan. 26, 2023

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to give you some Super Bowl history. Did you know the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jag... — Updated 1/31/2023

 
 By Ruth Brewer    Opinion

Getting some help from the mayor

My husband and I are new to the town of Shafter. We moved here in November of 2021. I enjoy taking walks with our dog, Bella, through our neighborhood and have met several... — Updated 1/31/2023

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion 

Editor's Note: Where art thou?

It has been a few years since the city of Shafter has been the site of the Colours Festival, which had been an annual event for a few years before that. The event, which started... — Updated 1/22/2023

 
 By Pastor Pat Coyle    Opinion 

Pastor's Corner: 'Carry on'

If you've ever watched a TV show or movie involving the military, you've probably heard the phrase "carry on" used a few times. The phrase apparently came from the British Navy several hundred of years ago, where it was given as a... — Updated 1/22/2023

 

Pastor's Corner - Jan. 5, 2023

“Without counsel plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22) Success or failure largely depends on the company you keep and the counsel you heed (1 Cor 15:33). Our closest friends and... — Updated 1/8/2023

 

Pastor's Corner: The hourglass

Time keeps passing. Here we are, nearly into 2023. Moving into a new year can bring renewed optimism and a sense of new beginnings. People with this outlook see opportunities and a chance to start again. Or it might bring a... — Updated 1/2/2023

 

Pastor's Corner: Enjoying the best gift: God with us

For many, Christmas is all about the gifts, and that's not altogether a bad thing. The truth is that there is a spirit of love, generosity and sharing, the very spirit that triggered the first coming of Jesus Christ. We are about t... — Updated 12/26/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: God's gift to the world

Second Corinthians 9:15 says, Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. God is a giver. He is rich in mercy and grace, and he gave the world the most perfect gift in Jesus Christ. James 1:17 says, Every good and every perfect gi... — Updated 12/20/2022

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion

Editor's Note: Christmas came early

Being an SHS graduate of 1981, I have spent the last 41 years watching the Shafter Generals football teams compete on Friday nights, giving us a great time, with a lot of highs,... — Updated 12/12/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: The Promised One

It's a little hard to believe that we're already in the Advent Season again as we move into the weeks leading up to Christmas Day! I've begun an Advent series with our church, "The Promised One," as we prepare our hearts to... — Updated 12/12/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Communication is key

There is a key that will open many doors, like opening the way to new friends, a better marriage, helping your children and better work relationships. This is a key that everyone has, but it works better or worse for different... — Updated 12/9/2022

 

Couch's Corner

This week for Couch’s Corner, I would like to spotlight a very special group of young Shafter/Buttonwillow residents and football players at Shafter High School. Every year... — Updated 11/27/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: All mine

Christianity teaches a lot of amazing things: that God is triune, that God the Son became man, that our salvation was accomplished by a great exchange of Christ taking our place, to name just a few. One of the most amazing things... — Updated 11/20/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: True gratitude is more than words

As a young pastor in a small tribal village in Guatemala, I was always amazed at both the deep faith and the profound generosity of the Kaqchikel people I served. For what seemed to me even the smallest favor, they responded by fil... — Updated 11/15/2022

 
 By Stan Wilson    Opinion

My View: A land sale has unintended consequences

This past week we have seen a vast change in the landscape alongside Central Valley Highway between Lerdo and Central Avenue, with the removal of the green belt of trees and grass planted a number of years ago by the city. That... — Updated 11/11/2022

 

Pastors Corner: I will still serve Jesus

On Nov. 8, the United States will have its midterm elections. The midterm elections have been the main issue on talk radio programs and nightly news channels. We have heard the candidate’s arguments on policies, and we have... — Updated 11/11/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: 'Community'

Over these past several years I've enjoyed being part of a "Zoom Cohort," comprised of pastors across the country. These groups are organized by our US Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, and in the past, I've even had the... — Updated 10/31/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Motivation for the momentous

Everyone in the world is on a quest for success. Many successful people in history accomplished great things; none more so than King Solomon (990-931 BC). Proverbs is where Solomon wrote divinely revealed wisdom for skillful... — Updated 10/23/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Tis the season

Have you noticed that it’s that season again? The season I am referring to is the silly season we refer to around here as election season. Every two years we go to the polls ... — Updated 10/15/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Changing plans

It’s always nice to be able to make and stick to plans. That isn’t always reality, though. If a flight gets canceled, we wind up making new arrangements on the go — sometimes with considerable disappointment. Since it... — Updated 10/12/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: A shelter for our soul

2nd Timothy 1:12 says, For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. This world is a dangerous place. Carjackings, smash and grab, and assaults are... — Updated 9/27/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: #BetterTogether

When I was in college at Biola University, I remember making a statement to my roommate that went something like this: “I can live out my faith by myself and really don't need others to do that!.” Wow, was I wrong! In my zeal... — Updated 9/18/2022

 

Pastor's Corner - Sept. 1, 2022

How many of you know what a tattoo is? Before anybody gets defensive, I’m not preaching against tattoos. It is your body. If you want tattoos, more power to you. I don’t. But... — Updated 9/5/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: Stop and think

The book of Ecclesiastes has a number of texts that make us scratch our heads and wonder a little. To give just a few examples: “In much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” (1:18).... — Updated 8/28/2022

 

Pastor's Corner: The abundant life: Feasting at the King's table

Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b) Yet many Christians have lives that are anything but blessed, flourishing and abundant. They live below the level of... — Updated 8/22/2022

 

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