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Should we be afraid of dying? (02/16/2014)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

When God gave me that title and the content, I wasn’t sure I could or should share it, but then the thought came to me, why should I second guess or get another’s opini ... 

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Baptism of Our Lord (02/09/2014)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

It has already been several weeks since we celebrated the feast of Our Lord’s baptism, end of the Christmas season; however it is still fitting to speak about it. We ce ... 

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Christianity is not a fantasy: Walking as a Christian (02/09/2014)
From: Lynette Palecek

Winona

The following scriptures show the importance of prayer. Phil. 4:6,7 says “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let yo ... 

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God is three ‘O’s (02/09/2014)

From: T.M. Schoewe

The old fisherman now known as Saint Peter tells that we are God’s temple, that in Christ, God dwells in believers! Those same scriptures that Peter speaks of also tell us that ... 

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Sacred Scripture response (02/09/2014)
From: Barry Peratt

I write this in response to Mr. Williams’ article on Sacred Scripture.

One hesitates to perpetuate an increasingly detailed discussion of the intricacies of the Catholic faith t ... 

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The war against Christians in America (02/09/2014)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

We recently received a most horrific letter from an anti-God, anti-Christian organization. The letter fumed with hatred. We could almost taste the foulness of it. ... 

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Unresolved guilt (02/09/2014)
From: Bob Williams

Trempealeau, Wis.

Guilt is the moral sense of blame we feel when we know we’ve done wrong. It produces shame, rejection, unworthiness, and low self-esteem. We have feelings of g ... 

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Atheists don’t believe God because... (02/02/2014)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

No one is born an atheist. Some people have become atheists because: 1) They think that God hasn’t done anything for them, 2) Of mean and unloving parents, 3) The ... 

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Christianity is not a fantasy: Once saved, always saved; facing temptations (02/02/2014)
From: Lynette Palecek

Winona

You can be sure that you are saved as these scriptures show. In John 10:27-29, Jesus Christ says “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I gi ... 

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Lord teach me (02/02/2014)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Lord, teach me how to love...love the Lord with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself.

Lord, teach me how to pray from the heart...Our Father who art in heaven  ... 

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STOP IT! (02/02/2014)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Stop being critical! It seems to be part of our inheritance to be critical. Last week we concluded that God dwells in Christians. We are His temples. That is a great and mighty w ... 

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The word of God, or not? (02/02/2014)
From: Bob Williams

Trempealeau, Wis.

I concur with Barry Peratt that the Word of God, alone, has different meaning and import to Protestants and Catholics. That oral Tradition has been elevated to ... 

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Christianity is not a fantasy: God’s love and man’s responsibility (01/26/2014)
From: Lynette Palecek

Winona

Here is part 3 of my letter. God loves us as these Scriptures show. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever beli ... 

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God’s Dwelling (01/26/2014)

At times, it is very difficult to know how to begin our weekly “Matter of Faith” article. And sometimes it’s actually a bit exhausting. Perhaps because on occasion it is hard to believe what we cann ... 

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Sin is contagious (01/26/2014)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We know there are many wars raging at the present time, killing babies. I’ll mostly focus on the war on souls. Yes, Satan is fighting relentlessly for our souls. Those  ... 

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The notion of purgatory (01/26/2014)
From: Barry Peratt

Bob Williams’ response to Steve Hesse regarding the notion of purgatory clearly highlights many misunderstandings between Catholics and Protestants about the nature of the Word o ... 

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Traditions can save? (01/26/2014)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are traditions going to save anyone? No. God says that traditions are useless. Matthew 15:3,6-9 God - alone - saves us. Tradition is an abomination to God.

Tradi ... 

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A ‘new’ year (01/19/2014)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Today we have been given another new year. Perhaps we all know someone that wasn’t given this privilege. Since I am writing this and you are reading it, it means we are ... 

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America’s woes. Who to blame? (01/19/2014)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Many of us can remember the days when there were very few divorces...very few babies born out of wedlock...very few problems with gambling...very few abortions... ... 

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Christianity is not a fantasy (01/19/2014)
From: Lynette Palecek

Winona

God makes it very clear that we all need to be saved in order to go to heaven. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve sinned. Each of us was born with a sinful flesh. ... 

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Creationism (01/19/2014)
From: Steven Beyers

I hope that Finbar McMullen understands just how huge it is that he, who sides with evolution, took the trouble to drive to Westby to attend the LWBC creation conference.

Since ... 

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On those resolutions (01/19/2014)
From T.M. Schoewe

Did you make some New Year resolutions for 2014? Do you know that most resolutions do not make it past January?

New Year resolutions are not new! We can trace them back to the an ... 

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Purgatory revisited (01/19/2014)
From: Bob Williams

Trempealeau, WIs.

Regarding Mr. Hesse’s question posed on January 12, 2014, to Mr. Foss (for whom I do not presume to answer) on faith and Scripture alone, the Bible states in R ... 

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Another Christmas at the Zimmerman house (01/12/2014)
From: Mary Zimmerman,

Winona

The Christmas season actually lasts until January 12, the baptism of our Lord. If you have formed any good and holy habits, then continue them all year long.

Did you  ... 

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Celebrating getting older (01/12/2014)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Only a few days in another New Year and we once again are reminded of how listening to too much of the bad news on TV or reading too much of the same in the newspapers can easily ... 

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Christianity is not a fantasy (01/12/2014)
From: Lynette Palecek

I would like to prove from the Bible that Christianity is not a fantasy. My letter will be divided into six parts. Here is part one.

God says in the K.J.V. Bible in Ps. 14:1a ... 

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Environmental concerns from a faith perspectiv (01/12/2014)
From: Dale Hadler,

Winona

It’s difficult to live in today’s Southeast Minnesota and not be aware of the many land use and environmental issues impacting our community. We have the recent controver ... 

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Purgatory response (01/12/2014)
From: Steve Hesse

This is in response to a letter from David Foss posted in the Dec. 29 Winona Post regarding purgatory. He wrote (and I quote), “Billions of people (the whole world) could read the ... 

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The power of prayer and thanksgiving (01/12/2014)
From: Gayle Goetzman,

Winona

Have you ever laid ill in a hospital bed and prayed with all your heart for the good Lord to take away the pain and heal your miserable self so you could continue to f ... 

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To whom it may concern (01/12/2014)
From: David Foss,

Galesville, Wis.

We will be praying for the person who sent in our name to receive pornographic material. It is quite obvious that the person who did this has been offended by wh ... 

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Here we go again (01/05/2014)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

We have just finished reading two more heretical letters that surely angered and grieved Our Lord and Savior. Those who know God’s word could easily recognize tha ... 

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New Year thoughts (01/05/2014)

by T.M. Schoewe

Are you superstitious? Maybe you’re a Texan or from the Deep South? If you are, on New Year’s Day you will probably say at your holiday meal, “Please pass the black-eyed peas.” Yo ... 

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New Year thoughts (01/05/2014)

by T.M. Schoewe

Are you superstitious? Maybe you’re a Texan or from the Deep South? If you are, on New Year’s Day you will probably say at your holiday meal, “Please pass the black-eyed peas.” Yo ... 

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Dancing With Angels (12/29/2013)

It is over! It is past! Not so! Christmas is! Yes it is! God’s on earth! God is among us! Remember Immanuel? God with us? He is with us but He is no longer the God Who gives the Ten Commandments wit ... 

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Jesus invites us to come (12/29/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman,

Winona

Come to me all of you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Please allow me to expand just a little on a past article “What Child is This ... 

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Purgatory? (12/29/2013)
Galesville, Wis.

Billions of people (the whole world) could read the Bible and not one person would find anything in the Bible about purgatory.

Ponder Mark 7:6,7,9,13 Matthew 15:3, 6-9 Colossians  ... 

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Peace, Hope and Love (12/22/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Rejoice in the spirit of Christmas, which is Peace, the miracle of Christmas, which is Hope, and the heart of Christmas, which is Love.

I just want to repeat again “ou ... 

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So Christmas is coming (12/22/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

When we were kids the statement “Christmas is coming” filled us with an excitement that was uncontrollable, that is until our parents told us to “cool it.” Now that we are wha ... 

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The real reason for Christmas: Jesus Christ or Santa Claus? (12/22/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What has happened to the good songs we used to hear and sing at Christmas? Now all we hear are the lulling sounds of the Santa songs, rather than the uplifting so ... 

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Who is this Child? (12/22/2013)
From: Marcy Borgschatz

I am responding to Mary Zimmerman’s December 15th article. I feel her answer to the question, “Who is this Child?” is incomplete. I would like to add a fuller biblical respon ... 

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Another surprise (12/15/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

A couple of weeks ago we were surprised to hear about something that was recently completed in Syria of all places. We ended last week’s article telling you about the Cristo Rede ... 

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Creationism and atheistic evolution (12/15/2013)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

I took Steven Breyer’s suggestion to drive down to Westby a month ago to take in the creationism conference. Since I write in favor of evolution I decided it would be a ... 

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Thanks to Santa Claus? (12/15/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Well it is soon that time of the year to focus our attention on the Jolly Old Elf. It’s time to show Mr. Roly Poly our thankfulness for all that he has done for u ... 

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Who is this Child? (12/15/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

The One lying in a manger of hay surrounded by animals, on a cold winter night, who is this Child? The Baby presented in the temple, Simeon and Anna waiting to see? This ... 

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Cristo Redentor (12/08/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We have moved into the wonderful season of ADVENT, if you are a church attendee. This is the season with the theme of “COMING,” which is what the Latin word “advent” means. Adv ... 

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Live, laugh and love (12/08/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Live, laugh and love, that is one of my favorite sayings. For now I’d like to extend it to gratitude as well, just having celebrated Thanksgiving. I know we live in a bus ... 

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Purgatory and more (12/02/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I started this article November 2, which is referred to as “All Souls Day.” Actually the whole month of November is dedicated to remembering more earnestly the souls in p ... 

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Thanksgiving is past (12/02/2013)
From: T.M Schoewe

IS IT REALLY?

Well Thanksgiving Day is past! But is it? Last week we wrote about gratitude deficit disorder (GDD) and now as the days get shorter and the nights longer, too much ... 

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Becoming a positive person (11/24/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Please allow me to just go back and touch briefly on my last letter, “Heaven and Hell.” I’d say if you feel like you are at a crossroad in your life’s journey, please cho ... 

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Evil is good? Good is evil? (11/24/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What is an uninformed religious type? A person who has Biblical knowledge, but lacks all other knowledge? Is a person called uninformed because he or she knows no ... 

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Thanksgiving vs. GOD (11/24/2013)
From: T.M Schoewe

We are approaching another national thanksgiving. Look around the world, particularly in the Middle East and in parts of Africa, where people are killing one another and strugg ... 

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Fanaticism - complimentary or derogatory? (11/17/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Would a zealous parent, teacher, worker, athlete, student, lawyer or a doctor be called a fanatic in a derogatory way because of his or her enthusiasm? Of course  ... 

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God’s gift of love (11/17/2013)
From: John Rupkey

Winona

Pope Francis has indicated that he believes it is no longer appropriate for Catholics to treat gay people like second rate humans.

If we decide to stop teaching self-hate ... 

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Heaven and hell (11/17/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

There is the story about the little boy who experienced heaven, “Heaven is For Real.” Unfortunately we also must know hell is for real. St. Faustina’s vision: one day I ... 

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About your obituary (11/15/2013)
From : T.M. Schoewe

Do you read the obituary columns? We bet you do. It’s interesting when there are no big headlines on the front page commanding our immediate attention how quickly some of us  ... 

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America - get a heart! (11/10/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What would happen to a crowd yelling, “Kill the puppies! Kill the puppies?” Most Americans would become enraged and would blow a fuse. Americans would deem these  ... 

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October saints (11/10/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I recently read that babies (little people) are still being killed at the rate of 3,400 every single day (one quote was 4,000), despite the fact that many abortion cli ... 

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Selling shoes (11/10/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

What a subject to write about, shoes, and selling them! Let me tell you about the business of selling shoes. That is what we did while we were enrolled in the seminary in Spri ... 

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After All Saints’ Day thoughts (11/01/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

All Saints’ Day was only yesterday so we thought we’d go ahead and say a few more things on the subject to add to what you may have read in last weekend’s article.

From the sai ... 

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Deacon Adam becomes a priest (11/01/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I’d like to momentarily touch base with one of my past articles to add a bit to “God is calling us.” First of all, God calls us into being, then His call is to be baptize ... 

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God is calling you (10/27/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yes, God calls to each one of us every day (it’s up to us to seek out enough silence to hear Him) as the Holy Spirit or our guardian angel puts inspirations into our mi ... 

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Kings without us (10/27/2013)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Now that the Republican party has devolved into a civil war, and Democrats want to fund Tea Party candidates in the hopes of winning, let me offer some Biblical insight for un ... 

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Principle is vanishing? (10/27/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Is America still a nation of principle? Sadly, no. America is wantonly becoming an unprincipled nation. Today a person of moral principle is now mocked, detested  ... 

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Saints, cemeteries and tombstones (10/27/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Another Halloween (Holy Eve) or “All Saints Day” is at hand. Back in our day there was nothing holy or hallowed about it. When we grew up in Plainview circa 1920-30, it was “wic ... 

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Let’s change the world (10/20/2013)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I don’t want to bring doom and despair into anyone’s life. The world is in desperate need of hope, we the people need to find hope in ourselves, and in God’s great me ... 

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Out of oil (10/20/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

In spite of the big discoveries of oil in North Dakota, California and West Texas which will most likely enable our country to become the world’s leading producer of the stuff, ... 

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Looking forward to a surprise! (10/13/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Almost before we knew it, another summer was past and September has slipped away. Now we are in October. It is a wonderful month full of lots of things to look forward to. It  ... 

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Everyone bound for heaven? (10/06/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Did God’s Son, Jesus Christ, take away all the sin of the world? Absolutely. Did Jesus Christ willingly die to save all of mankind? Absolutely. According to God’s ... 

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Money Matters (10/06/2013)
From T.M. Schoewe

A funny thing, as we sat down to write, our first thoughts were about the money matters that still plague our country and the failure of our government to correct the problem.  ... 

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Prayer and sin (10/06/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I suppose you think that’s a pretty strange title. Well, actually I do, too, but that’s what God gave me, so we’ll just wait and see how it goes.

Perhaps we should sta ... 

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Can we close the doors of deception? (09/22/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If everyone on this earth would read his or her Bible, there would be a mass exodus from most churches of the world. One would have to read the words which only God ... 

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Grandmother Lois (09/22/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We have a large 2013 Winona calendar compliments of Theis Printing that features Sugarloaf. The eighth of this month is marked with a bright red 8 and says “Grandparents Day!”  ... 

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This magnificent universe (09/22/2013)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

When I was younger, I used to enjoy the writings of Teresa of Avila. She was a practical person who knew how to get things done. Even though she had authorization from  ... 

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What’s going to matter in the end? (09/22/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I just recently listened to a talk (EWTN) on gratitude, and how important it is to be aware daily of all the special gifts that come our way from our loving God, and that ... 

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Criticism? Why fret? (09/15/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If words against us are not true, why fret? The knowingly lying critic is the one who should be fretting. If the words against us are truthful, then perhaps conte ... 

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Missiles and Michael (09/15/2013)
Missiles

and Michael

From: T.M. Schoewe

This week, the Congress was to decide to agree or disagree with the president as to whether to shoot missiles into Syria! That has since changed, acc ... 

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Time marches on (09/15/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yes, time marches on and all of us are marching with it (80 years for me). I was just thinking God could have arranged life for us in different ways. He could have give ... 

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A letter to America (09/08/2013)
From: Manuel Ybarra, Jr.

Coalgate, Okla.

America is headed straight towards destruction. And this destruction will come as a judgment from God. This judgment can only be averted if we seek God and t ... 

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Act godly, not naturally (09/08/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

We recently read a letter that was filled with blasphemy. Did these Hadean words come from someone who loves God?...who knows His Word?...who has respect for his Cr ... 

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He was a good man (09/08/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Who am I referring to? Well, first let’s mention Art Redig. After listening to a lot of testimony today at the wake, it was very confirming to what I already knew. Art wa ... 

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Two thoughts (09/08/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

When sitting down to write, two thoughts claimed my attention: school and work. August used to be the last full month for vacations. Now it’s the month school starts. Thinki ... 

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A few words of wisdom (09/01/2013)
From: Ken Poss

F -False

E - Evidence

A - Appearing

R - Real

H - Heavenly

O - Offerings

P - Prevailing

E - Eternally

F - Fantastic

A - Adventures

I - In

T -Trusting

H -Him

B - Ba ... 

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About Families (09/01/2013)

From : T.M. Schoewe

We have been writing about marriage, which brings about children, or what is known in our society as the FAMILY. And it is only natural to think that the family should be  ... 

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Pray and trust (09/01/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yesterday was St. Faustina’s birthday. I put up an 8x10 photo of her in our church (St. Mary’s), right next to the statue of Mary.

Father Jim mentioned her birthday in ... 

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Silent majority (09/01/2013)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

When someone applauds error today, a vocally boisterous, belligerent minority angrily demands that no one utter a word of protest. Everyone else must remain silen ... 

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St. Padre Pio (09/01/2013)
From: Thomas Lange

Spencer, Wis.

During World War II Allied forces made many attempts to bomb a small town in southern Italy called Pomigliceno which only fame was a monastery called San Giovanni  ... 

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Body and soul (08/25/2013)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, God gave me this title but I’m not sure just what it will be about, but I’m quite sure God will fill in the above, He always does.

Perhaps we could first ask our ... 

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Marriage and Mother (08/25/2013)

From: T.M. Schoewe

The proper behavior in marriage has to be learned, and needs to be appreciated. Married couples might think their behavior toward one another should be identical. This is not e ... 

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A world gone mad! (08/18/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If the signers of the Constitution were to materialize from the grave, they would soon hear and see the proof of madness everywhere. They would soon realize that  ... 

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Empty out the world (08/18/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

No God please! I don’t want to tackle this one. Listen God, do you want me to make friends or enemies? Yes, Mary, I’m asking you to do this. People need to know they a ... 

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On marriage/fathers (08/18/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

There is an old southern saying “If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy!” It rings so true that we might think it comes from the Bible, but we couldn’t find it there. But ne ... 

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More on marriage (08/11/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Last week we left you with the thought from scripture that “…a man…will…be united to his wife…the two will become one flesh…So they are no longer two but one” (Matt. 19: 4-6).  ... 

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The appeasement of one - good? (08/11/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

One person is upset at the sight of a cross, so let’s remove all the crosses in America. Let’s give in and appease the one.

One person is upset hearing “Merry Chri ... 

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All about hatred (07/28/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are we born with hate genes in our bodies? Why has hatred become so firmly fixed in the hearts of so many people? So many people hate individuals they have never me ... 

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Jesus says ‘I thirst’ (07/28/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yes, Jesus spoke the words from the cross, “I thirst.” It wasn’t for some cool drink to satisfy His thirst He was talking about, He was speaking about thirsting for sou ... 

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Accomplices to a holocaust? (07/21/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What kind of a nation have we become when puppies and kittens are cherished more than babies?

Here is a graphic example. There are ten people standing near a busy  ... 

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Hot thoughts (07/21/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Soon we will leave another hot July behind. Lingering in our thoughts from the 4th is the Declaration of Independence and those words…endowed with certain inalienable rights, among ... 

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Mary’s books soon available (07/21/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I ask for your prayers my dear readers, for the grace of God to shine upon my effort to do and follow His most holy will for me. I have already mentioned to some of you I ... 

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Choose God (07/14/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I dedicate this to my children and grandchildren, and all God’s children. I was inspired to write this during the night hours, after saying my midnight prayers.

I pray f ... 

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Needed: A worldly Bible (07/14/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If we knew that doctors were using textbooks that were written way back in horse and buggy days, we would probably say, “Whoa!” The textbooks from this era would un ... 

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On freedom (07/14/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

In this second week after the 4th of July you might still hear words like “I am proud to be an American!” We in the USA are proud of our revolution, of our freedoms, and rights ... 

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A red-hot piece of coal (07/07/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If someone offered us a book and said, “This is such a good book! I think you would enjoy reading it,” we would probably thank the person and would read the book! W ... 

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Come follow me (07/07/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I dedicate this article to our son Duane who was killed July 6, 1976.

Come follow me. Those are the words Jesus called out to 12 more, making them His apostles. That sam ... 

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The pursuit of happiness (07/07/2013)
 

From: T.M. Schoewe

Most of you know by heart the founding statement on which the government of the U.S.A. is built, that we all are created equal and given certain understood rights, such as lif ... 

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A merry heart doeth good... (06/30/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are we concerned about uplifting the spirits of those who are depressed? Are we willing to sit back and take the time to think of something that would cheer up a de ... 

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Being saved (06/30/2013)
From: Lynette Palecek

Winona

God’s Holy Word makes it clear that we all need to be saved to go to heaven. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve sinned. We were each born with a sinful flesh. Whe ... 

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From Liberty to Bondage (06/30/2013)
From Chap. Col. T.M. Schoewe, USAF(Ret.)

 

The 4th of July is soon here again and what we wrote about a couple of years ago still seems to ring true today.  It is evident that Americans need to heed ... 

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Extinction of Biblical Christians - good? (06/23/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

There is rampant abomination in America and the culprits who have caused this debauchery throughout America are biblical Christians. Biblical Christians are peddler ... 

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Your Flag (06/23/2013)
 

 Due to Father’s Day weekend, we missed writing a word about Flag Day, so permit me a few words on that interesting subject today.  Do you not find it interesting that a plain piece of cloth can ca ... 

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Thoughts on Father’s Day (06/16/2013)

From: TM. Schoewe

We don’t know whether famous comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a good father or not. One of his signature lines was two words, “No Respect!”

One of the aspects of life in the U. ... 

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About hope (06/09/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Do you know what one of the greatest pleasures of this life is? It is available to the poor and rich alike! It is experiencing the steady changing of the seasons! Speaking of ... 

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Bring back the woodshed (06/09/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Those who are of the woodshed era (when discipline was carried out behind the woodshed and elsewhere) would probably be in total agreement that discipline is a po ... 

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Children, meet Jesus (06/09/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I dedicate this article to our youngest grandchildren, Aviana Marie, Conner Duane, Eli James, and all our 24 grand-and great-grandchildren ranging in age from 6-1/2 mon ... 

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Beacon of light? (06/02/2013)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What nation would shine brighter by having governmental officials that would frequently attack each other like pit bulls? How could any nation shine brighter by ... 

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Mary’s heartsongs and concerns (06/02/2013)
Area youth and community members will have a chance to learn more about nanotechnology and its infinite applications in business, industry, research, health and more at Nanotechnology Day in Rushford, ... 

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Oh for wisdom (06/02/2013)

It seems the older we get, the more we need what scripture calls WISDOM. Wondering what to write about this week we wandered into our old files and found this amazing bit of wisdom in a short stor ... 

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An unregrettable visi (05/26/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many people are members of a God-approving church? The majority of the world’s population is not attending a church that preaches and teaches Biblical truth. Th ... 

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What would Jesus do? (05/26/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

If Jesus were living today among us in flesh and bones, how would He handle the abortion situation, same sex marriages, or the many other issues of today? Imagine if you  ... 

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A little more... won’t hurt? (05/19/2013)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If our great-grandparents and grandparents could view and listen to what many of us are watching and listening to in our homes, their ears would be emitting ste ... 

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Forgotten persons (05/19/2013)

From: T.M. Schoewe

It’s a given that many people plod along daily, faithfully performing their tasks unnoticed by the crowd, seldom getting a word of thanks or praise. Last week we celebrated Mo ... 

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God’s mercy is for every day (05/19/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I woke up this morning (Mercy Sunday) with my mind singing “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” We attended the 10:30 a.m. Mass with Bishop Qu ... 

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All is not lost - yet (05/12/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution rose miraculously from the grave, would they find America just as they left it? Shockingly, no! The horde of Amer ... 

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The Ascension Question (05/12/2013)
rom: T.M. Schoewe

We are living in the post resurrection period of this world’s history which was marked by last Thursday as the Ascension of our Lord! It is not only marked by our own calendar bu ... 

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Through the eyes of my children (05/12/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

My dear readers, I have shared my very heart and soul with you and quite often how very much I love my children. I am so inclined to give my children the opportunity to ... 

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A good book but... (05/05/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Would we read a book about our parents’ lives...a book that Mom and Dad would want us to read after they have died? We would probably have a difficult time puttin ... 

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Good Friday and Easter Sunday (05/05/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Good Friday. Yes indeed, it is good, because God loved us so much as to die upon a cross to make reparation for the fall of Adam and Eve - thus original sin. However, t ... 

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Path to Eternity (05/05/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The resurrection of Jesus opens to mankind the path to eternity. You are blessed and favored of the Lord to have been given this secret! It has come to you by the way of Him w ... 

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A ‘what if’ (04/28/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We’re still lingering with the good news of Easter, “He is Risen!” Luke’s gospel has an amazing story about two of the company of followers of Jesus. They are walking along the r ... 

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A baby speak (04/28/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

My mommy doesn’t want me, but I don’t know why. Most mommies and daddies say that babies are a joy to them, so I guess that my mommy and daddy don’t think that I w ... 

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Mary’s happy birthday report (04/28/2013)

From: Mary Zimmerman

I do not want to pass by this day (my birthday) without sharing it with my dear readers. I woke up at 11 p.m. - 3 hours of sleep. I convinced God I needed a few more, neverthel ... 

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Is Easter over? (04/14/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The young lady assistant in the doctor’s office the other day said to me, “well, Easter is over!” I knew what she meant on the surface. But that statement does leave something  ... 

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Read the Bible - please (04/14/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

God inspired men to write and compile a book (the Bible) as a personal letter to each one of us. God expects each one of us to read, study, obey and do what He has  ... 

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The hand of God (04/14/2013)
Winona

Today Jim and I, along with our friends Emil and Lynn, went to Minnesota City to St. Paul’s Catholic Church for a delicious ham dinner. I really felt at home coming back to the parish we’d att ... 

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A seared conscience - good? (04/07/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us know of those who will not accept the truth about something that is crystal clear? They could have a stack of facts before them, yet they would sti ... 

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Our beloved Pope Francis (04/07/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As I write this I am watching history in the making, the inauguration of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. I say holy in every sense of the word. It seems like holines ... 

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Sunday (04/07/2013)

By T.M. Schoewe

My neighbor said “well, another Easter has come and gone!” Oh really! Did you ever realize that Easter gave us in a special way the day we call Sunday, the first day of every we ... 

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America’s homicidal machine (03/31/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Wrongly, America’s homicidal machine - people - takes the lives of well over a million citizens each year. Just because a politically abnormal America allows barb ... 

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Mary’s little heartsongs and tidbits (03/31/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

My explanation for both heartsongs or tidbits would be events, happy or sad, or remarks made by someone.

Well, by the time you read this Lent may be over for this yea ... 

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Risen as He said (03/31/2013)

From: T. M. Schoewe

 Besides the above title, another way to look at Easter Sunday is that the Son of God “passed the test.”  Women are running from the empty sepulcher full of fear and yet great ... 

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Evolution / Adam and Eve (03/10/2013)
From: Brother Finbar McMullen

People who choose the direct creation of Adam and Eve, as described in the Book of Genesis, over the gradual development of human beings through evolution seem to thin ... 

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Me and God’s mercy (03/10/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

I knew I was supposed to write something about God’s mercy, as Mercy Sunday is once again approaching. I wasn’t quite sure what! Soon it became clear I was to give a testimony  ... 

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The Great Pulpit (03/10/2013)

From: T.M. Schoewe

There are some famous pulpits where some outstanding preachers of the Word spoke. John Wesley in his famous chapel in London from which he preached Christ crucified to thou ... 

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USA Conference (03/10/2013)
From: Bill Steidtmann

The following is a certain e-mail forwarded to me from the Christian Intelligence Agency.

From: allnationsunderme@smail.hel

To: Prince of Persia

Subject: Union of Satanic A ... 

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The Accursed Tree A Cross (03/03/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Looking out our large bay window into the backyard—which normally looks like a garden full of God’s green glory with a wide array of flowering perennials—we saw this morning man ... 

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What does the future hold? (03/03/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Well, we don’t know what the future holds but we know who holds the future. We should find some solace (comfort) in that, yet we are all involved in planning the future by expr ... 

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‘PSST’ (02/24/2013)
From T.M. Schoewe

Going through old files we discovered an article from the Spokane Daily Chronicle by Captain Ray of Conroe, Texas. We recall our jubilation when Vietnam War POWs were released fr ... 

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This is the day (02/24/2013)
From Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yes, every day in some way brings into our lives something different than yesterday. There’s sure to be some blessing to thank God for, to remind us every morning, this ... 

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Let Lent (02/17/2013)
From T.M. Schoewe

February! What a month! It begins our transition from winter to spring! It’s full of events to drive out the winter blues, starting with a groundhog from Pennsylvania predictin ... 

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Love one another (02/17/2013)
From Mary Zimmerman

As I was pondering what my next article would be, Valentine’s Day and Lent came to mind. But as the readings were exposed last Sunday at church (about love) I felt an urge to wr ... 

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Dark Days (02/10/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Speaking about the Chinese last week we are reminded about a remark one of my church history professors at the seminary made about 70 years ago, that “in or about the year 2050 w ... 

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Go the extra mile (02/10/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

There are just some times as we walk the journey of life, we need to go the extra mile. The abortion issue is one of those times. There are already many people doing ju ... 

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A new look (02/03/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We have just read about people escaping from North Korea who are told by Chinese Christians to “Look for a building with a cross on it!” Why? Because Christians are most likely  ... 

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Letter to my readers (02/03/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Dear friends, allow me to have a little visit with you today. I have been corresponding with you now for over two years, I know many of you and would love to meet the r ... 

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2013 Dignity (01/27/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Last week we celebrated Jesus’ going into the river Jordan for humanity, and a couple of weeks ago many of us celebrated another Christmas which is to say we believe the words to ... 

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A bout with Satan (01/27/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I guess I’m pretty good at pouring out my heart and soul to my readers, so perhaps I’m not too far out of line in sharing my recent experience, with a touch of fiction ... 

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Mommie! (01/27/2013)

From: Mrs. James Zimmerman

Minnesota City, Minn.

Mommie Love Me

Mom, my life has begun within you several weeks ago. Yes, I have a special room, mom, just next to your heart. I am very excited  ... 

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Come Back? (01/20/2013)
From: David Enright

I often wonder if the people who write “spiritual letters” to the Post ever sit down and actually read what God has written in his book! Or do they just follow what they are t ... 

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Happy New Year (01/20/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Well, I’m finally getting around to joining you all in welcoming in another new year. The old one has retired but leaves us all with a certain set of memories, some very joyful ... 

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On Jordan’s Bank (01/20/2013)
From T.M. Schoewe

Jesus came to be baptized by John in the Jordan River! Why? John did not understand and ever since people have wondered why.

John’s baptisms were symbolic acts of cleansing. Fir ... 

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The Lost Boy (01/13/2013)
From T.M. Schoewe

Doctor Luke’s gospel story about Christ being lost for three days is one with which any boy or girl who has ever been lost from their parents can quickly identify. So we love thi ... 

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World, come back to church (01/13/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

It is New Year’s Day as I write this. I thought my next article would be about our hopes and expectations for the new year, but God seems to be telling me this topic is ... 

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Another Christmas at the Zimmermans (01/06/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I could be writing about the new year, with all the resolutions that have been made, perhaps some already broken. Instead, let’s talk about Christmas once more. Father J ... 

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Epiphany reflections (01/06/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We were about to write about the dignity that Christmas brought to the human race with the Lord’s birth and his life as a human being. But we realized this coming Sunday is the  ... 

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Christmas blessings (12/30/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Between Christmas and Epiphany if you put Christ in Christmas there are 12 days and they are and should be for us 12 Blessings of Christmas.

First, there is the Blessing of COMM ... 

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Continue to invite Jesus (12/30/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We are done singing “Come Emmanuel Come” for another year, yet we should not ever stop praying it. Continue daily to invite Jesus into your life and live Christmas in  ... 

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A wicked, damned nation? (12/23/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Yes, America has become a wicked, damned nation.

Ponder Psalm 9:17

 ... 

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Christmas is… God with us (12/23/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Christmas is not just a holiday for exchanging gifts, enjoying a special meal or even observing a certain day by going to church. All of the above is not to be despised, but it  ... 

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Come, my beloved, come (12/23/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We’ve been inviting Jesus now for quite some time (Advent), Come Lord Jesus Come, now He returns the favor with an unending invitation to come to Him. Remember He first ... 

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Come Lord Jesus Come (12/16/2012)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Come Emmanuel Come. We sing that often now in church. Father Jim said we should pray it many times a day during the Advent season.

As we’ve started to get into the Advent se ... 

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The Christmas Tree (12/16/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We have taken the Christmas tree for granted. How did this tree come to be used in connection with our Savior’s birth? “Who invented the Christmas tree?”

First, it predates  ... 

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Advent again? (12/09/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Another year is coming to an end. Doesn’t time just seem to slip away? Live every moment in God’s love and grace and with it comes the Advent season, which leads us towar ... 

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Strange times (12/09/2012)
From: Thomas Lang

Spencer, Wis.

Many Christians found the November presidential election to be a rather strange situation. We had two candidates who both rejected Jesus Christ as God.

In 1985 Archb ... 

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Waiting (12/09/2012)
From T.M. Schoewe

In this advent season we find ourselves waiting, just waiting, of course, for Christmas. In downtown Chicago a giant Christmas tree was set up two days before Halloween, almost t ... 

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Another Thanksgiving (12/02/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Another Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but are we not to be thankful people all year long? Just think if everyone had the gift of gratitude and used it, this would surely  ... 

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Looking back (12/02/2012)

From T.M. Schoewe

We just passed Christ the King Sunday, and are coming into the wonderful season of Advent, when we look back to promises of the One Who would come, did come, and will come aga ... 

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Bless us oh Lord (11/25/2012)

From: Mary Zimmerman

I just recently ran across an article by Annie Samott concerning prayer before meals called “Count Our Blessings.” No matter how you say it, grace transforms an ordinary meal i ... 

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Gratitude Practice (11/25/2012)

From: T.M. Schoewe

Another Thanksgiving Day has passed. Do you remember when you were growing up your grandparents sent you a few dollars, maybe it was a five spot, and your folks asked you to sen ... 

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All Saints and All Souls Day (11/18/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

November 1, we celebrate the great solemnity of All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. I attended 12:10 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral with Bishop Quinn as the cel ... 

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On getting old (11/18/2012)
From T.M. Schoewe

An elderly gentleman (saint) always had the same complaint. Whenever we used to visit him we’d hear “I am just no good anymore!” He had some physical pain, his eyesight was aggra ... 

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Make God disappear? (11/11/2012)
from: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Can anyone miraculously wish God out of existence by wishful or imaginative thinking? Jude 4 Revelation 1:18 Anyone’s wildest imagination can give it a try, but G ... 

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Veteran’s Day (11/11/2012)
from T. M. Schoewe

This day, the 11th of November, marks the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Ten years ago today, we had the privilege of delivering the invocation for t ... 

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What really matters? (11/11/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I suppose everyone would answer that question within their own sphere of knowledge or situation. I think that would include age as well, so perhaps best I speak mostly  ... 

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America wake up (11/04/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

My goodness it seems some of us American people have dozed off, being rocked to sleep in the trends and ways of the world. Let us all wake up before its too late. We a ... 

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Holy Evening (11/04/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We have just gone through another Halloween. And it might not hurt us to remember that the tradition is Christian. It was a time to contemplate death and the recently departed.  ... 

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Autumn voters (10/28/2012)

From: T.M. Schoewe

We were happy with the arrival of autumn and the recent rains. What a relief from the high temperatures and drought of this past summer. And now we face an autumn election.  ... 

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Let God in (10/28/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Let God in. Sometimes it seems like with all the issues staring us in the face, its getting to be more and more of a godless world. Yet I know in my heart that’s not th ... 

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Voting yes on marriage amendment (10/28/2012)
From: Rev. Adam Burge

As an ordained preacher of the gospel for twelve years, I must vote “Yes” for the marriage amendment. There are four biblical reasons for this. None of them are mean-spirited  ... 

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Where did all these people come from? (10/28/2012)

From: Jim Schultz

Here are some questions I have about the story of Adam and Eve.

In the book of Genesis chapters 4 and 5, the Bible tells us that Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel.  ... 

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Deception (10/24/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We often think about God in human terms but this is just one more of Satan’s deceptions. He gets us to think the Lord thinks and acts like we do. By those standards, God is forg ... 

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Good morning God (10/24/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Each day as we awaken let us resound these words in our hearts and on our lips, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Then momentarily reflec ... 

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Kateri (Catherine) Tekakwitha (10/24/2012)
From: Sister Zoa Braunwarth, OSF

Rochester, Minn.

Just recently we were reminded of the atrocities inflicted on our Native American brothers and sisters in the 1862 Dakota War here in Minnesota.

 ... 

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A year of faith (10/14/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Pope Benedict XVI declared a year of faith starting October 11, and ending November 24. The Pope said, “The church as a whole and all her pastors, like Christ, must set ... 

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Transitions (10/14/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Where did September go? Half through October, we are in a season of transitions. Looking at the changing landscape over the past few weeks, all the contoured farming, partially h ... 

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St. Francis and St. Faustina (10/07/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Why am I combining two people? It’s because we just celebrated their feast days (the day they died). They both have a biography worth telling the world about. October 4 ... 

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The ‘Mixed Marriage’ (10/07/2012)
From T.M. Schoewe

This mixed marriage is not one which you might have in mind, between different ethnic backgrounds or religious faiths or one where one of the partners does not have any faith. And ... 

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God is in charge (09/30/2012)

From T.M. Schoewe

Is God in charge? On the surface of things doesn’t it look as though Satan is the Lord of the earth? There are half a dozen major wars going on at any one time in the Middle E ... 

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We are all called to holiness (09/30/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Mother Angelica, founder of the TV network EWTN said, “We are all called to be saints, don’t miss the opportunity.” To be saints we must open our hearts and minds to the call o ... 

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Make Sunday special (09/23/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, every day is really “the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,” but come Sunday, it’s to have a special significance in our lives. It’s the day we se ... 

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Babies have the right to life (09/16/2012)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

First please allow me to back up a couple of articles and make an important addition to the Gift of Gratitude. I’m thankful for all my dear friends, a close friend Ella ... 

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Independent minds (09/16/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The conventions are over and now we wait for the debates which will be about change, whether to make a change or whether not to change; to follow the lead buffalo right over the  ... 

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How can we be guaranteed eternal life? Here it is: (09/09/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Realize that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Realize that God has a penalty for sin. Romans 6:23A For the w ... 

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Just who is Mary Zimmerman? (09/09/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I know I am somebody because God doesn’t make nobodies. I don’t pretend to be better than anyone, but on the other hand, I’m as good as anyone else, at least in God’s eye ... 

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Your vote counts (09/09/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We are standing at the threshold of deciding just how we should vote for many elected officials, particularly the President of these United States. And actually your voting is c ... 

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Terrifying thoughts (09/02/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The Presidential election is heating up and you might wonder if the candidates ever are aware of a couple of great attributes of Almighty God! The omniscience and omnipresence of ... 

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The gift of gratitude (09/02/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Yes, the gift, everything we have, every good trait in us is a gift from God (He needs to be thanked for it) lest we boast. We usually start our Bible study with Carla at Grace ... 

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About a sense of humor (08/26/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Last week we mentioned our Lord in connection with a sense of humor. It may have disturbed you; you may think Christ was too serious to have a sense of humor. His journey to the  ... 

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What is God asking of us? (08/26/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yes, what does God really want, what are the expectations and requirements to find the pearl of great price? To inherit the kingdom of God? God really wants our love (l ... 

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Wonder of wonders! (08/26/2012)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

A few months ago, something happened in the Catholic Church that I thought would never happen. At a parish in Austria, a young man was elected to the parish council becau ... 

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Honor the Joke (08/19/2012)
by T.M. Schoewe

Have you noticed that as people grow older they become more and more interested in a “good joke?” This has been my personal experience especially with my 90-year-old brother Gre ... 

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Look for the truth (08/19/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

There are many denominations, cults and pagan religions in the world. Which ones are righteous? Which ones are unrighteous? Which ones are feeding its members with  ... 

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The testimony of Gloria Polo (08/19/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As I was about to do the final writing on my next article I realized I’d lost it. I can just hear my children say, what else is new? So what’s the problem? Can’t be my ag ... 

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God, Satan, and the media (08/12/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Take a look around the world: wars, murders, abortion, to name a few, just running rampant. Or just take a glance around our own city and see that Satan is alive and well ... 

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Your propitiation (08/12/2012)
From T.M. Schoewe

Last week we noted that life is in the blood and also that “there is no forgiveness without the shedding of His blood!” To explain that truth we need the word propitiation. Just  ... 

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It is in the blood (08/05/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Whenever you have a serious reason to go to the doctor, you will find after taking your temperature and listening to your heart, he will order some blood drawn from your arm. An ... 

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Some words of wisdom (08/05/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As I contemplated what my next article should be, I thought, imagine this would be my last, so what words of wisdom would I want to leave everyone? After all I am getti ... 

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Fighting Fear (07/29/2012)
by T.M. Schoewe

People are a worrisome lot. We just had several visits to emergency and a critical few days in the hospital. Though we were well taken care of, we were very concerned it might be th ... 

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Insomnia and hell (07/29/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I’ve come to realize even in suffering insomnia I can find some wisdom. God has taught me a lesson I feel I am supposed to share with my readers. For some time now my s ... 

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Bits about a trillion (07/22/2012)
by T.M. Schoewe

Recently we read an article by Andy Tisch, co-chairman of Loews Corporation, wherein he says we need to get rid of the word “trillion.” We agree! He asks some good questions. For ex ... 

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In response to ‘A letter from heaven’ (07/22/2012)
From: David Enright

Winona

I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel. Which is not another, but there be some that trouble you and ... 

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Sunday Mass with Father Berning (07/22/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Sunday, July 8, we arrived at church a bit early. As I passed through the commons I stopped for a moment visualizing my family all gathered there for the jubilant celeb ... 

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America - wake the He** up! (07/15/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Why are so many things going wrong in America? Things are going wrong in America because we have not followed our best friend’s advice. We have rejected His wisdo ... 

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God’s ways are not always our ways (07/15/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

God sometimes chastises the body to heal the soul; if that’s what it takes to get our attention, so be it. Better for a little pain now than for all eternity away from Go ... 

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Stovepipe potatoes (07/15/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Last week we wrote about the dollar and the God we should trust. By the way, there is penalty for those who do not fear, trust, and love God above all things. You may not belie ... 

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A letter from heaven - Duane (07/08/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Dear family, friends, and the world:

I know you can’t see me or hear me, but I am so very close to you, the veil between us is very thin. I watch the world and all its ... 

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God’s cure-all for a hate-filled heart (07/08/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Is anyone born with a hate-filled heart? Of course not. But what has caused so many people to have hearts that are so full of hate? Here are some possibilities: r ... 

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In God We Trust (07/08/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We carry it around daily. It’s in our pockets, purses and billfolds. We see one here and there on the street and perhaps don’t bother to pick it up. What we call our money, if  ... 

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Once again a loving reminder (07/08/2012)
From: Patrice Woodworth

Past Missteps Imposed on a People by The Governing Bodies that continue to claim we are governed “by the people.” Oh, please let not our majority become the people that thi ... 

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Called by the 4th (07/01/2012)
By T.M. Schoewe

The United States will be officially 236 years old this 4th of July. The fourth of July is a clarion call! It is a call for everyone to get off the bench! It is saying “Everyone  ... 

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Jason Kern becomes a priest (07/01/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

My husband and I attended the ordination to the priesthood for Jason Kern. This was so special for Jason. He walked into the church as a deacon and walked out as a prie ... 

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About aging (06/24/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

It seems we just started 2012 and before we know it half the year has passed into the dustbin of history. This year we discovered we’ve been married 67 years and have passed 39 5 ... 

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Celebrating 60 years of marriage (06/24/2012)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yesterday June 10, 2012, Jim and I celebrated 60 years of marriage (we’re really not that old, we just got a young start, ha). It was a great day of joy. I think ever ... 

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Why didn’t you tell me? (06/24/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If we found a cure for cancer, would we keep it a secret? Of course not! We would want this lifesaving discovery to become known to the entire world. We would want  ... 

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All is not lost - yet (06/17/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution rose miraculously from the grave, would they find America just as they had left it? Shockingly, no! The horde of  ... 

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Father’s Day (06/17/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

A few thoughts about Dad. You probably know President Nixon made it an official day but really a young lady named Sonora was the first to make note of the day in 1910 in Spokane ... 

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Justification by Man’s Law? (06/17/2012)
From: Patrice Woodworth

Not on your eternal Life.

You who are trying to be justified by law are separating yourselves from Christ. Gal 5:4 The law of man is not put forth by God. BEWARE. Do not  ... 

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What does God know (06/17/2012)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I’m not asking “What would Jesus do?” I’m asking what does He know? I have that answer (Baltimore Catechism). God knows all things. He knows our every thought, word,  ... 

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Roman Catholic Women Priests celebrate tenth anniversary! (06/10/2012)
From: Kathy Redig

Roman Catholic Woman Priest

Pastor of All Are One Roman Catholic Church, Winona, Minn.

It is with great joy that I share with your readers a communiqué from Bishop Ida Raming, D ... 

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The Real Presence - Holy Communion (06/10/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As inadequate as I feel to write any of my articles, I’m really having a bit of a problem with this one. There is so much to be said about the Eucharist (body and blood ... 

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The song for you (06/10/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Open up your Bible towards the middle. You will be in the Psalms. Turn to the 23rd. Serve it to say, this Psalm is a very famous psalm and has very prophetic implications for  ... 

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Satan’s conference (06/03/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The days of our years especially in this century are permeated with conferences. Meetings of all sorts are held, ranging from those about national bankruptcies to same-sex marr ... 

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That which is believable is true (06/03/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Can we remember exactly what happened one year ago? Of course not. However, evolutionists seem to recall exactly how life began. It began 5.273 billion years ago  ... 

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The sacrament of confirmation (06/03/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Last time we spoke on baptism, today on confirmation. I know we skipped a couple of sacraments but I hope to get back to them later.

Today I attended Mass at the Cathe ... 

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Where are we now? Where could we be headed? (06/03/2012)
Part 2

From: Patrice Woodworth

“Speak for your self,” you say? You speak for yourself. Please. But speak righteously. No, not self-righteously. But be righteous in God, because of Jesus an ... 

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Memorial Day question? (05/27/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

In December, 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” America’s hope for freedom was at an all time low. “The summer soldier and sunshine patriot w ... 

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Our search for God begins with baptism (05/27/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

God said during His agony and suffering upon the cross, “I thirst.” I don’t think that was a physical thirst at all, but for souls.

God prepared a beautiful heaven and ... 

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America - wake up! (05/20/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How are things going in America? Are things going well or are things going badly? As a matter of fact, things have transformed to a deplorable state. Everyone cou ... 

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Happy Mother’s Day (05/20/2012)
rom: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Am I a week late? No, I don’t think so. Mother’s Day is every day isn’t it? How fitting it is to include this greeting while speaking about the generosity of God. “God w ... 

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Oh, go to hell! (05/20/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Sometimes people explode with the statement: “Oh go to Hell!” It is said in anger! Other times it might be said in jest or fun, or “go to Hell” might be just said in disgust.  ... 

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Mother’s Day thoughts (05/13/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the first national income tax law (which was the beginning of a big mistake and one that is growing bigger by the year), but he also sig ... 

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Why suffering? (05/13/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I don’t have all the answers to the question, why suffering? I don’t want to come across to my readers as a “know it all.” I just humbly write as the spirit leads me.

 ... 

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A rude awakening? (05/06/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Can we imagine people shaking their fists heavenward and saying “God, get out of our lives! We don’t need you!” Regrettably, there are more and more hate-filled ind ... 

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Celebrating Mercy Sunday (05/06/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I believe once people witness the grace and peace of Mercy Sunday - getting away from the business and clatter of the world to experience the foretaste of heaven for a sh ... 

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The Sheep (05/06/2012)

From: T.M. Schoewe

Last week we wrote about the Shepherd in the stained glass window. Now let’s look at the sheep in the picture. This may have been an unintended significance, but the larger sh ... 

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My birthday (04/29/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, don’t birthdays roll around fast these days! I tell you it seems when you’re busy raising your family they will always be with you, then before you know it they a ... 

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The Shepherd (04/29/2012)

From: T.M. Schoewe

We are still in the old season of Eastertide and one of the Sundays always dwells on the Risen Lord as the Good Shepherd and us as the lost sheep. Artists and poets have made  ... 

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Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday (04/22/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Holy Thursday, The Last Supper - as I partook of this special Mass I hoped God was pleased with such heavenly music. Just as Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles, he tol ... 

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The second Sunday (04/22/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The first Easter Sunday was a great day but it was no greater than the second Sunday. This 2nd Sunday has all the greatness of the first. The Son of God appears there in the u ... 

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My Catholic faith (04/15/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Please allow me to touch on my faith, my place of worship. Jesus insists that religions all come together (Christian unity) someday. I believe the bridge to make that hap ... 

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Rejoice and be glad! (04/15/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many Biblical Christians have heard, “Why do you go to church so much? You goody two-shoes are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites!” Most people will get quite up ... 

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Sunday (04/15/2012)

From: T.M. Schoewe

My neighbor said “well another Easter has come and gone!” Oh really! Did you ever realize that Easter gave us in a special way the day we call Sunday, the first day of every ... 

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You have a right to know (04/15/2012)
From: Patrice Woodworth

Be knowledgeable people that the stage was set long before you were here and the cards be stacked against us because of it. Considering some of man’s downfalls: It is no ... 

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Easter Sunday and Mercy Sunday (04/08/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I’m so excited to share with my readers the joy of Easter. Lent is over. Jesus has risen, triumphed over the cross and the grave. We remember the cross. Jesus dying this  ... 

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Read the Bible and rejoice! (04/08/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us would read a doctor’s book on “How to Double One’s Span of Life?” Probably nearly everyone. Well, there is one book, the Bible, that can promise us e ... 

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Risen as He said (04/08/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Besides the above title, another way to look at Easter Sunday is that the Son of God “passed the test.” Women are running from the empty sepulcher full of fear and yet great jo ... 

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Bishop Quinn and Father Keefe (04/01/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

It was such a privilege to be in the presence of Bishop Quinn celebrating Mass with us this Sunday at St. Mary’s Parish. He is a very humble, kind, loving person. You can ... 

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Sensus Fidelium (04/01/2012)

From: Finbar McMullen, FSC (Not Arnold)

In spite of Karl Weissing calling Hans Kung “infamous,” he is still one of the most highly respected theologians in the Catholic Church. Because of a co ... 

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The remarkable ride (04/01/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

There have been many remarkable rides that have momentously affected world history. Had it not been for the famous ride of Paul Revere, or the celebrated horse Alexander rode whe ... 

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‘Going Away’ (03/25/2012)

From: T.M. Schoewe

During these 40 days of “Let Lent” if you are rereading the gospels you will notice that the gospel of John has five chapters (13-17), all in which Christ is speaking. Jesus s ... 

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Just who are we? (03/25/2012)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Even Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” Who do we say we are? Perhaps that is a question we all need to ask ourselves.

I answer to a couple other names besides Mary ... 

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Lent! How are we doing? (03/18/2012)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As we near the halfway point of Lent perhaps it would be wise if we all asked ourselves how’s it going? Let’s all just momentarily step aside now and then from the wo ... 

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St. Patrick Surprise (03/18/2012)

From: T.M. Schoewe

We all need to learn about the real St. Patrick and we will be surprised how much we owe to him. It’s no wonder why so many people have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day each year,  ... 

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We are at war from within (03/18/2012)
From: Ed Daley

Winona

I am eighty-two years old. When I was young, people of all faiths believed it was a serious matter to masturbate - that we should ask God’s forgiveness for misusing our bodie ... 

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What a friend! (03/18/2012)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Would any friend of ours willingly do any of the following: be beaten until unrecognizable Isaiah 50:6; 52:14; remain silent when reprimanded or slandered I Pet ... 

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Farewell, Father Ginther (03/04/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

I recently attended a funeral I won’t soon forget - Father Lawrence Ginther. I personally don’t care much for funerals, they seem so sad. I guess that’s partly because of my ex ... 

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Just go to the oil press (03/04/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We often sing “go to dark Gethsemane, ye who feel the temper’s power.” Permit me to take you to Gethsemane which means “oil press.” It is where they pressed the oil out of oli ... 

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Sensus Fidelium # 5 (03/04/2012)
From: Karl J. Weissing

In Br. McMullen’s Sensus fidelium #4, he brings up Prof. Hans Kung, an infamous theologian to support his position. Hans Kung’s authority to teach as a Catholic Theologian wa ... 

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Angels and saints (02/26/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

It’s so easy to get confused with the title angels and saints, especially in the case of a child’s death we think in the terms of another angel in heaven. Actually it’s ... 

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Hate our best friend? (02/26/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Would we hate someone who is always willing to help us at any time of every day? Would we hate someone who loves us more than anyone else? Would we hate someone w ... 

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Mortality (02/26/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We were trying to get out of the joyful month of February but were sobered by the remembrance of Abraham Lincoln whose birthday we cannot escape. February was also the month whe ... 

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Lent again? (02/19/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As we barely got past the Christmas season, made our New Year’s resolutions, maybe our mental ideas and vocal promises are already broken. Well, let’s look at Lent as a ... 

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Let Lent (02/19/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

February! What a month! It’s Black History month. It’s the month where we begin our transition from winter to spring! At least in our mind. It’s a month full of events to d ... 

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A tribute to George (02/12/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We were really disappointed when we read that some young people quizzed about American history said they never heard of George Washington! It reminds me of the time when I was  ... 

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Down on the farm (02/12/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Come on, let’s go for a long ride. Allow me to take you back so many years ago.

I specifically remember mourning and praying for my 8-year-old brother Melvin as he w ... 

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The guilty party - Republican or Democrat? (02/12/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are there government officials working for us who are anti-God, anti-America, against anything that stands for what is right and good, desirous of the ruination o ... 

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Abortion! Have I done enough? (02/05/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Perhaps if we’d all ask ourselves that question and then act upon it, the carnage of abortion would have ceased by now. Somehow we must appease the anger of God and rep ... 

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Marriage and a miracle (02/05/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Do you know anyone who doesn’t enjoy being invited to a wedding, especially a celebration? According to the 2nd chapter of the gospel of John, it was on the 3rd day after His b ... 

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Epiphany stops shipwreck (01/29/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We apologize for being a bit tardy about writing on Epiphany, we definitely have not forgotten about it! Epiphany is the season of the church year which follows Christmas. As  ... 

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Mother’s Day is every day (01/29/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I have been writing articles now for over a year on a variety of subjects. This one I want to dedicate to all my children. (I hope you readers don’t mind.) The 6 living ... 

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Let’s stop abortion (01/22/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, we just barely got through celebrating the joy of the Christmas season, the birth of the precious baby Jesus, and so soon come face to face with remembering the s ... 

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We lost it (01/22/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Just last week we wrote about tongue therapy and wouldn’t you know it before another week was past we lost our temper! How could that happen? Well, it really turns into a long  ... 

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Did you lose it? (01/15/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The New Year is still young but have you already lost your temper? It is unfortunately easy to do and it does not take a lot of brains to lose it and blow off at someone on TV o ... 

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The search goes on (01/15/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Today at Mass, Father Jim focused his sermon on searching. I guess when we think about it we spend a great part of our lives searching for one thing or another. We start  ... 

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Life doesn’t begin at conception? (01/08/2012)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Our government representatives voted against a bill which stated that life begins at conception. This inconceivably heartless response to a most obvious fact is s ... 

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Therapy for 2012 (01/08/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

One of our choice memories from the past Christmas season was a song and a video about a young chap at a shopping mall who was standing in a long line to see Santa Claus, who was ... 

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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy New Year (01/08/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, another year. Goodbye old year 2011 and welcome baby 2012.

None of us knows what the new year holds in store for us, but lets go forward with our hearts renewed in ... 

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Matter of Faith (01/04/2012)
Christmas at the Zimmerman house

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well I had my article all written for this week but circumstances in my life changed, which prompted me to change lanes. The one I had ... 

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MATTER OF FAITH (01/01/2012)
Christmas at the

Zimmerman house

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well I had my article all written for this week but circumstances in my life changed, which prompted me to change lanes. The one I ha ... 

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Christopher Hitchens: Dead (01/01/2012)
From: James Smith

The brilliant Jewish atheist Hitchens died recently from esophageal cancer. Here no longer, where then is he? He thought himself a mammal destined for nothingness. It was an opin ... 

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New Year thoughts (01/01/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Are you superstitious? Maybe you’re a Texan or from the Deep South? If you are, on New Year’s Day you will probably say at your holiday meal, “Please pass the black-eyed peas.” ... 

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Christmas is God with us (12/25/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Christmas is not just a holiday. We have made it so. It is not just a thing to get us in our home, exchanging gifts, enjoying a special meal or even observing a certain day by ... 

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Godlessness is better for America? (12/25/2011)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many times have we read somebody’s letter to the editor and thought where did they get that from? How many times have we felt that it wasn’t worth the time  ... 

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Merry Christmas (12/25/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, so quickly Advent has come to a close, as the last candle is placed in the Advent wreath and we have so earnestly and faithfully sung “Come, oh come Emmanuel” num ... 

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Advent’s Silent Ones (12/18/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

For our advent preparation we spent some time last week with the shepherds. Now they have been to Bethlehem. They verify what the angel told them. They saw a baby boy in a feed ... 

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Experience Christmas (12/11/2011)

From: T.M. Schoewe

Christmas is coming. But if you want a meaningful Christian experience it will not come to you. YOU must go to it!

If you do nothing during this season of Advent (which mea ... 

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It’s Advent (12/11/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

It’s Advent, Come, Oh Come Emmanuel. Once again we start today’s Mass singing the above song. Father Jim in today’s sermon made sure to let us know it’s a long Adven ... 

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Thank you, Santa Claus? (12/11/2011)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Thank you, Santa, for all of your awesome creation - the world and everything in it! Thank you for creating life, animals, birds, fish, the fruit of the land, flo ... 

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Yesterday was Thanksgiving (12/04/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, another turkey day (Thanksgiving) has bit the dust and today is called Black Friday. I’m not sure why it has gotten so named. Our Webster says this - “Any Friday  ... 

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God the Potter (11/27/2011)
I am but a clump of clay in the hands of God, however I am totally at ease, knowing it is He who holds me in the palm of His hand.

Frustration has no room to enter my being.

The Lord calls me to tot ... 

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The ultimate Thanksgiving (11/27/2011)

From: T.M. Schoewe

Well Thanksgiving Day is past! But is it? The days keep getting shorter and the nights longer and too much darkness in causing some people to have what is called “SAD.” That ... 

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God’s dream come true (11/20/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We are so blessed to have six loving children (would have been 12 if they had all lived). I guess 12 is the magic number in our clan. We have 12 great-grandchildren and ... 

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The great Thanksgiving question (11/20/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Before getting to the mountain we asked you to find at the close of last week’s article, and the real question we all need to ask during our Thanksgiving, we want to clue you in ... 

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Treasure in heaven? (11/20/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Would this be a good thing?: We have some extra money and we spend it on something that we do not need. No, this would not be a good thing. Would this be a good thi ... 

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Facing our own mortality (11/13/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

God gave me the above title during Mass (All Saints Days) this morning. My immediate response was, Lord are you sure that’s what you want me to write about?

Am I ready ... 

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Matter of Faith (11/13/2011)
Thanksgiving Thoughts

From: T.M. Schoewe

The black and orange of October and early November is past and we are one week closer to Thanksgiving Day. Last week we discussed the fearsome days our ... 

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Heaven and purgatory (11/06/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As I am completing my further study on man’s destiny of eternal life, rereading “The Other Side” by author Michael Brown, reading a pamphlet “Heaven, Hell and Purgatory ... 

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Our great hope (11/06/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How would we respond toward our best friend who had helped us every day of the year? Would we respond with ingratitude or would we be thankful for all his kindly d ... 

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When you thank God make sure (11/06/2011)
By T.M. Schoewe

Halloween, i.e. The Hallowed Eve and All Saints Day has passed and we are headed for another Thanksgiving Day. Actually everyday should be a day of giving thanks, but this day we c ... 

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Come and listen! (10/30/2011)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us are malnourished in Scripture? Most of us are wishy-washy when it comes to the Word of God. Why? Because we don’t have our priorities in order. Rea ... 

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Your tombstone (10/30/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We apologize for the abrupt ending to last week’s article “Your Tombstone.” We unintentionally omitted the conclusion. Ooftah! We’ll blame our buddy Al. You may know Al,  ... 

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Battlefield of the Mind (10/23/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Battlefield of the Mind is a book by Joyce Meyer. Please allow me to introduce you to Joyce Meyer. She has written about 80 inspirational books, has CDs and all sorts o ... 

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Your Tombstone (10/23/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Another Halloween (that is Holy Eve), which means “All Saints Day,” will be at hand next week. Actually it was nothing holy or hallowed when we grew up in Plainview circa 1920-3 ... 

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Dust on our Bible - dangerous? (10/16/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

We have concern about insurance needs for our homes, vehicles, appliances, ourselves, etc. We are concerned about the maintenance on our vehicles, vision checkups ... 

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More about heaven - and the other side (10/16/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

There’s a time to be born, a time to die, and a time in-between that we’re all working through right now, day after day, that turns into weeks, months, years. Let me te ... 

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Steve Jobs missed Job (10/16/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Dead at 56 years! Steve Jobs’ death was a disappointment especially to Americans. We have been through ten years of disappointments. Disappointments militarily, economically  ... 

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Misfits (10/09/2011)

Reading Steve Forbes magazine and then Rodney Clapp on “From shame to fame” we ran into Lady Gaga who we suppose most of you know from watching her on T.V. or viewing her on the internet. I probabl ... 

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Not now. Maybe tomorrow. (10/09/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many times have we said, “Not now. Maybe tomorrow?” Many of these times we have regretted having responded with these words. Why? Because we realize afterwards  ... 

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What will heaven be like? (10/09/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

What is this place called heaven all about? Well, I really couldn’t tell you. I haven’t been there - yet - but there are people who claim they have been.

I fully inten ... 

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Awards for drivel? (10/02/2011)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Here is one dictionary’s definition of drivel: a steady flow of inane (moronic), idle or nonsensical speech or writing similar to what might be expected from a ve ... 

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The pursuit of happiness (10/02/2011)

By T.M. Schoewe

Most of you know by heart the founding statement on which the government of the U.S.A. is built, that we all are created equal and given certain understood rights, such as life, l ... 

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About that sermon! (09/25/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Some time ago we were asked to write a few words about sermons, for the persons said they were bored with sermons. We hesitated to do so because we know what a tough task it is t ... 

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Forgiveness (09/25/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

God asked me to write on forgiveness quite some time ago. Just as I didn’t particularly want to write a past article on hell, I don’t especially want to write this one, ... 

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After 911! What? (09/18/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Last week Sunday we were surrounded for hours on TV with the horrible disasters that happened in N.Y., Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. The disasters happened in just a few mom ... 

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Feed my lambs, feed my sheep (09/18/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

God speaks, “You’re planting a lot of seeds, but you need to water and fertilize them as to yield a great harvest for my heavenly realm.” “Lord what do you mean?” “I ne ... 

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God - A threat to America? (09/18/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Could wicked folks become a threat to America? Of course! Could God become a threat to America? Never! However, there are many who believe that God is a menace to A ... 

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The silent majority (09/18/2011)
From: John Rupkey

Winona

The only response to my letter “The Elephant in the Sanctuary” was from Steven J. Beyers. His letter is a good example of what life is like inside the mythological Christian ... 

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Just another little heartsong (09/11/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

This week I received two notes of encouragement. Thank you ladies. I really need that now and then to continue the work God has asked me to do. It’s like God was spea ... 

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The best fish story (09/11/2011)

From: T.M. Schoewe

Among my earliest recollections was shouting to my dad “I got one!” It was a little brown trout. What a joy! And the great excitement of taking that fish off of the hook, wow ... 

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Tolerance - a danger for America? (09/11/2011)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Here is the scenario: One family member wants to steal anything that he wants. This young man knows that he is doing something that is wrong, but he insists that  ... 

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A Lost Generation?/Cracked Pots! (09/04/2011)

by T.M. Schoewe

You have no doubt heard or read about the rioting by young people in Britain. Having visited there in the late 1960s on the way to our assignment in Turkey, it is hard to believe ... 

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Happy birthday Duane (09/04/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I’m sure my feelings and thoughts join together with so many others who have lost loved ones...how are birthdays celebrated in heaven? I think perhaps its just another  ... 

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A license to kill? (08/28/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Why did it take several centuries for America to legalize the termination of a pregnancy? Did the decision of the Supreme Court change that which is immoral to th ... 

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Satan invites us to hell (08/28/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Satan invites us to hell. We receive many invites each day. We need to be accustomed to refute this invitation, even in a rude manner.

We must fight this furious battle. ... 

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He is here too (08/21/2011)
From: Elita Mary Telles

In response to Mary Lou Baier and the picture of Our Lord, I wish to say thanks.

I cannot help and am compelled as I read about the happening in the woods. I want to share my ... 

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Talking Tongues (08/07/2011)
By T.M. Schoewe

Did you ever realize the fact that most of us can talk is a great wonder? When you were born a doctor or nurse slapped your buttocks and your breathing enabled you to cry, and cr ... 

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The pearl of great price (08/07/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

The pearl of great price, perhaps that means different things to people but in today’s Gospel (July 24) according to Matthew 13:44-52, it’s plain to see it means findin ... 

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Everyone bound for heaven? (07/31/2011)
From: Harlan Baker

Lewiston, Minn.

Commenting on David Foss letter Winona Post July 24.

I feel many of us take God for granted or much too casually. I feel his letter is a message we should take  ... 

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Let’s be all that God wants us to be (07/31/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We become what we eat. I suppose that makes some sense, especially if we are somewhat aware of good and right for our bodies and what is harmful, we can expect the food  ... 

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Everyone bound for heaven? (07/24/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Did God’s Son, Jesus Christ, take away all the sin of the world? Absolutely. Did Jesus Christ willingly die to save all of mankind? Absolutely. According to God’s W ... 

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The wedding (07/24/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Well, June 11, 2011 was the date so many of us marked on our calendars when Kristopher Zimmerman and Pam Ciszak would bring their courtship to a climax with the words : ... 

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Gay rights (07/10/2011)

From: John Rupkey

Winona

It is understandable why Pope Benedict would order all his bishops to oppose gay civil marriage.

After all, he is the one who continues to teach gay kids to reject the lo ... 

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Our Father who art in heaven (07/10/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

This is Father’s Day - June 11, 2011. Just as on Mother’s Day my thoughts again pulled me in many directions as I waited for Mass to start. I first thought about my earthly fat ... 

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True Patriotism (07/03/2011)
From: Chap. Col. T.M. Schoewe, USAF (ret.)

Some historian has figured the average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been around 200 years. Nations have always progressed through this  ... 

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A Matter of Faith (06/26/2011)
Mary’s heartsongs

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Heart surgery. Just one year ago today, May 24, 2010, my husband and I traveled to St. Mary’s in Rochester for me to keep an appointment for a tricus ... 

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Have you met Jesus? (06/19/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Do you know Jesus Christ? He’s the only Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, Second Person of the Blessed Trinity - you know, the Blessed Trinity!

We are all God’s chi ... 

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Thoughts on Father’s Day (06/19/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We don’t know whether famous comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a good father or not. One of his signature lines was two words

“No Respect!”

One of the aspects of life in the U.S. ... 

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Change - always good for America? (06/12/2011)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Should the following words, which were on signs in buses, be offensive to anyone? “Thank you for sharing.” “God bless you.” They should not. Ninety-nine of a hund ... 

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Happy Birthday, Jim, and the Golden Years (06/12/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I want to say happy birthday, Jim - June 4th. Perhaps you are wondering who in the heck is Jim! My reply, he’s my husband of 59 years. Actually we were married on his bir ... 

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Do we really want war? (05/29/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I think we are barking up the wrong tree trying to fight a losing battle in Afghanistan or Iraq. What is being lost is a lot of money that could be better spent on fulfil ... 

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Mary’s Mother’s Day (05/22/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I had a very special Mother’s Day and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and feelings about my day.

We arrived about ten minutes early for Sunday Mass. After a few  ... 

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Kick the can (05/15/2011)
By T.M. Schoewe

We all have heard of one-liners since were children, like “a penny saved is a penny earned” and “a stitch in time saves nine” by America’s Ben Franklin. Then there was Mark Twain.  ... 

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Mothers for miracles (05/08/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Us mothers cooperate in a miracle every time a new baby is born into this world. Parents are their first teachers, we are to help prepare them from early on for exit so ... 

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God loves you... and me (05/01/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Does God love us? Oh yes, we’re the apple of His eye, we’ve been chosen, hand picked by Him.

Certainly within the past season of Lent and especially through the Triduu ... 

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Easter blessings (04/24/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Easter is, or should be, a time of great joy. We experience the joy of the Resurrection. Jesus coming forth from the tomb, the victory over death. Take time right here to ... 

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He is Risen (04/24/2011)
From: President Alan R. Neefe

Church of Jesus Christ LDS

Of all the words that may be spoken when the death of a loved one occurs, perhaps none have more meaning than those spoken centuries ago in ... 

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Resurrection Rocks (04/24/2011)
From: TW Schoewe

Christ is Risen! This is not only a Biblical statement but a historical fact! Four solid rocks or reasons certify the Resurrection!: (1) A Day was commemorated, (2) A Book was  ... 

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Good Friday: ‘It is Finished’ (04/17/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Coming on the 22nd of April is a reminder that there was a day so terrible that the sun refused to shine at high noon. Its creator was dying! In darkness He prayed “My God, why ... 

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The Easter Triduum and Mercy Sunday (04/17/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

As the season of Lent comes to an end we soon embark upon Holy Week. Doesn’t it seem like we just celebrated Christmas, the birth of Jesus? We so quickly have passed fr ... 

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Easter rabbit eggs (04/03/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The following is a bit from memory and the rest is from research! Going back to o/a 1925 in Plainview, Mn. we recall our father boiling a dozen eggs on the Saturday before Easte ... 

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God is love, but.. (04/03/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Everyone can truthfully say that God loves everyone and everyone can truthfully say that most parents love their children. Nearly everyone will agree that there are ... 

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More of Mary’s Heart Songs (04/03/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

On Thursday, March 17, I had an appointment at HyVee for a cholesterol check. No food, no coffee - no energy, so I really appreciated my son giving me a ride as he went ... 

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A Big Bang with right ratios (03/27/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

My good old Dad told me if you want to be a successful communicator,”read yourself full and write yourself empty; it helps you get your ratios straight!”

If there was a “Big B ... 

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Catholics Come Home (03/27/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

A recently publicized effort to give Catholics a renewed, special invitation to come back to the church is called “Catholic Come Home.” Most likely you’ll see a clip abou ... 

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What to do when your pastor dies (03/27/2011)
From: Craig Hensel

Pastor at Community Bible Church

Dale Howe was pastor at Community Bible Church from June 1, 1996 – October 2004. In 2001, Dale followed Jesus leading and brought me to Commun ... 

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Lent (03/20/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Lent. What the heck is that, you may wonder, especially the younger generation who may not know what it is all about. It really means doing penance of one kind or anoth ... 

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Just who is Mary Zimmerman? (03/13/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I surely hesitate to write this article. I am tempted to think, who really cares? Ha.

I’m nothing special but I am somebody. Everyone holds that title. I heard God doe ... 

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St. Patrick (03/13/2011)
From: Gary Eisele

“St. Patrick of Ireland (389) was nothing but “Patrick” (If he had known they would call him “Saint,” he would have kicked someone in the britches, including the Pope!). Pat was  ... 

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Well: The wonder word (03/13/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

The country recently celebrated Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday or as he would have said the 61st anniversary of his 39th birthday. One of the things we recall him saying was “wel ... 

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The Passion Proclamation (03/06/2011)
From: TW Schoewe

Once again the calendar reminds us that we are in the season called LENT. This word comes to us from the old English which meant “to lengthen.” Because the days of the year gro ... 

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Happy Valentine’s Day (02/27/2011)
From: Mary Zimmermam

Winona

Love, hearts, candy, flowers (especially roses, as a symbol of life, love and beauty), never really go out of style, or who would tire of hearing “I love you with all my  ... 

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Talking tickets (02/13/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Going through one of my old files we discovered this note about an Australian named Ken Leal. For years, he printed all the bus and train tickets for South Australia. He always p ... 

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We are the world (02/13/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yes, we the people make up the world. It was empty and God decided to fill the void so He made man and all living creatures. I wish He’d forgot the bats and spiders. Go ... 

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Mary’s heartsongs (02/06/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Just what are heartsongs? I like Mattie’s explanation - they are messages from God, thoughts (sometimes experiences) coming from above into our mind to be put into words  ... 

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Have you met Mattie Stepanek? (01/23/2011)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Mattie Stepanek’s story was featured on EWTN’s Thursday night news program with Raymond Arroyo, 7 p.m. channel 21.

Mattie called his poems Heart Songs. He was a philosop ... 

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Happy New Year (01/09/2011)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We have just embarked upon another year within our journey of life. We can’t help but reflect on just how fast time passes, seems almost like yesterday that we were a ... 

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he appeasement of one - good? (01/09/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

One person is upset at the sight of a cross, so let’s remove all the crosses in America. Let’s give in and appease the one.

One person is upset hearing Merry Chr ... 

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Spreading the wrong kingdom (01/09/2011)

From: Gary Eisele

Since I’m not a Jew or under Old Testament law, I’m not expecting to inherit any of the Davidic physical kingdom promises given to Israel in the Old Testament.

We’re in the churc ... 

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Happy New Year! A question (01/02/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

We are all saying it to one another and if you tuned into Times Square New York on the 31st of this week you heard at midnight shouts and screams of Happy New Year! What do we me ... 

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy (12/26/2010)
From: Jamie Smith

How difficult is it for God to convince anyone concerning Himself? What effort must He exert? For instance, let’s look at Saul who later became Paul. Now Saul was busy “...breathi ... 

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Peace be with you (12/26/2010)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I’ve looked so forward to writing this particular article on peace but it will be difficult to keep it short, especially after having read a lot about Mattie Stepanek a ... 

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A few after thoughts on Thanksgiving (12/12/2010)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Day at the Zimmerman house, but I find it so sad that many families didn’t experience that joyous a family gathering. Why? Because the ... 

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Plus shipping and handling (12/12/2010)
by Jamie Smith

On TV, buying one item gets the second one free. The free item has strings attached. Check out those shipping and handling charges. If the extra charges aren’t paid – no free item. L ... 

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Being born again (11/21/2010)
From: Lynette Palecek

Winona

God makes it very clear that we all need to be saved in order to go to heaven. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve sinned. We were all born with a sinful flesh. When ... 

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Happy Thanksgiving Day (11/21/2010)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Yes, I do wish you all a happy turkey day. Just what is this all about, the day we call Thanksgiving? My husband and I just received a note from an investment company tod ... 

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The greatest decision ever made (11/21/2010)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

Winona

Many times when I think about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, He gives me a song. Right now I’m hearing “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” We used to sing that when my c ... 

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Pick up your crosses (11/14/2010)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

If we poor creatures had our way we would perhaps resist any cross along our road of life, yet our God says pick up your cross daily and follow me. Daily, we ask? As we ... 

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This is wisdom? (11/14/2010)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us have been given good advice, but have thought and said to ourselves, “Phooey on you! We know (?) what’s best!” Most of the time we know that we are w ... 

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The role of a mother (11/01/2010)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Oh, the love and responsibility a mother is held accountable for. Mothers, mothers think about your role as a mother (fathers as well). We are their first teachers, it  ... 

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The greatest love that ever lived (10/17/2010)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

Winona

This is being written to all of you who think you have the greatest love for your husband, wife, children, friend, oh yes, and many of you, for your pets - dogs, cats,  ... 

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Every day is a 9/11 day (10/10/2010)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I suppose we all feel somewhat a relief when the date of 9/11 passes again without any apparent disruption. But wait a minute! Just how many babies were killed on this  ... 

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The greatest love that ever lived (10/10/2010)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

Winona

This is being written to all of you who think you have the greatest love for your husband, wife, children, friend, oh yes, and many of you for your pets - dogs, cats, ... 

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What would you do? (09/19/2010)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

I’m going to do a little imagining, as I often do. Suppose you are traveling in a strange country for reasons of your own.

While you are walking around, shopping with a frie ... 

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Have you noticed? (09/05/2010)

From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Have you noticed all the reports and in some cases witnessed the awful disruption of nature lately? Floods, droughts, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and the like, ofte ... 

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The journey of life (08/22/2010)
From: Mary Zimmerman

We really should take time now and then to focus on where our life has been, where we are, and where we are going. If we don’t, we may not end up at the destination we had in m ... 

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The journey of life (08/08/2010)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

We really should take time now and then to focus on where our life has been, where we are, and where we are going. If we don’t, we may not end up at the destination we ha ... 

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Response (06/06/2010)
From: Adam Burge

Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Winona

I would like to respond to the articles which have been printed in this column over the last several weeks. My intention is not to attack  ... 

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Context (05/09/2010)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: It’s all Greek to me.

Adam: Some of it’s Hebrew.

Bob: I just got a set of Greek flashcards to help me. They’re the “Basics of Biblical Gr ... 

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Mockery (04/04/2010)
From: A King

Winona

I’ll make this as short as possible. Bill should be utterly ashamed of himself, for making a mockery of the Word of God. The Bible teaches that if any man speak let him speak as  ... 

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Forever is Three Days (03/28/2010)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: Jesus saved me!

Adam: Saved you from what?

Bob: Eternal Hell.

Adam: So you’re saying that the wages of sin is eternal Hell.

Bob: Yup.

A ... 

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A Matter of Faith (03/14/2010)
100% sure

From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: I finally outsmarted you.

Adam: Yeah, I bet.

Bob: Think about it... in your theology everyone gets saved, and in mine, only s ... 

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Matter of Faith (03/07/2010)
God Never Forces Anyone

From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: I just can’t understand why you don’t believe in free will.

Adam: I guess it depends on how you define “free”.

 ... 

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The Decider (02/21/2010)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: I’m so sick of hearing about aion this, and aion that, and aion blah blah. Is that all you got?

Adam: Since your eternal Hell theology dep ... 

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An Old Man (02/14/2010)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: This debate is taking forever Mr. Mint! I’m going to be an old man by the time it’s done.

Adam: It’s good to know your forevers aren’t act ... 

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In the Eternities to Come (02/07/2010)

From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: I’ve been thinking about what makes you tick.

Adam: Nerves?

Bob: The real reason you think God will save everyone is because you’re afra ... 

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One Little Word (01/31/2010)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: I’m right and you’re wrong.

Adam: I’m glad that’s settled.

Bob: Last time we talked you said that God was going to eventually save everyon ... 

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Something to think about (01/31/2010)
From: Kathy Foerster

It is with great interest that I am learning about Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Award winner who lead the Florida Gators football team to the national championship that year. A ... 

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An everlasting contingency (01/24/2010)

From: Bill Steidtmann

Adam: Whadaya know for sure?

Bob: I’ve been thinking about the fall of Satan.

Adam: Was he pushed?

Bob: The good angel Lucifer rebelled, which turned him into Satan.

Ad ... 

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Baltimore Bishops meeting (12/06/2009)
by Kathy Redig

In this Year of the Priest, ( June 2009-June 2010) proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to uplift the Roman Catholic priesthood, Roman Catholic Womenpriests traveled this last week to Bal ... 

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Freedom of speech (12/06/2009)
From: John Rupkey

It was recently reported that Islamic nations are mounting a campaign for an international treaty to require countries to “limit free speech if it risks seriously offending religi ... 

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Bibsnips (11/08/2009)
by Bob Redig

In recent letters, snippets of the Bible are used to judge, control, and “order” people how to live. However, if these “literalists” wish to quote the Bible out of historical/cultural  ... 

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Theology v. heresy (09/27/2009)
From: Pastor Adam Burge

Calvary Baptist Church

Winona

We should always be careful about who we receive our information from regarding such important subjects as theology. Take Arius for example.  ... 

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From the Gospel of St. Thomas (07/19/2009)
From: Norman Kostuck

It came to pass whereby the disciples asked of Jesus, “When will the kingdom come?” And Jesus answered, “It will not come by waiting for it, it will not be a matter of saying ... 

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Sin Tax From Syntax (07/05/2009)
From: Jamie Smith

It looks as if we will be saddled with more sin taxes. On top of an extra tax on beer, liquor, wine and cigarettes, we may now pay the knowing government extra taxes on soda pop,  ... 

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Jesus of Nazareth described (06/28/2009)
From: Norman Kostuck

As we all know, ancient Judean law forbade the sketching, sculpture, painting, etc., of the likeness of another person, what the early Bible referred to as “graven images.” No  ... 

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Political Correctness - Good? (05/24/2009)
From: David Foss

Winona

Where did the idea of PC come from? Did it come from a heart with righteous intentions or did it come from a heart with wicked intentions? Did it come from a person who wis ... 

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By grace or by man (05/03/2009)
From: Joe Losinski

I have attended a church in Winona for over 15 years, this church never really grew and has gone through several pastors.

Each year, this church brings into effect the use o ... 

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Four new Catholic bishops (05/03/2009)
From: Kathy Redig

I wanted to make your readers aware of some wonderful news for the Catholic church—the Roman Catholic Womenpriests ordained four very gifted women to the episcopate on April 19, 2 ... 

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Response (05/03/2009)
From: John Rupkey

In response to my letter on gay love and marriage, Steven J. Beyers quoted several Bible passages which seem to suggest Christian homophobia is justified.

I believe Protestant fu ... 

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The Heresy of Arius (03/01/2009)
From: Jamie Smith

Recently I listened to a radio broadcast from a local church. The pastor was teaching his congregation a little jingle on Arius put to the tune Camptown Races. They sang of the si ... 

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A Matter of Faith (08/24/2008)
God is an outcast?

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Why would a city council vote to give someone his marching orders from a city if this person is a model resident of the community? Would it ma ... 

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The winds of bad and good coming in end times (08/10/2008)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

As I read and study His word each day, He is telling me to write His words.

The hard times we have been seeing in the past months are just a small example of what is to come i ... 

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A Matter of Faith (08/03/2008)
Work as unto the Lord

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Who usually gets recognition at work - those who do a bit more than is expected or required of them or those who could care less about do ... 

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The Fatima message (07/06/2008)
From: John Schreiber

How many Catholics noticed one again the Winona Diocese newspaper May 2008 issue used the excuse of Pope Benedict XVI's trip to the United States not to mention the 91st annive ... 

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A Matter of Faith (06/22/2008)
Columnist, constitution, and Christianity

From: Steven J. Beyers

In a column in the Winona Daily News of May 17 titled "Leader should uphold Constitution, not a holy book"¯, the writer stat ... 

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A Matter of Faith (06/15/2008)
Without excuse

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Since deception is becoming more and more prevalent around the world and since it is gaining a strong foothold in more and more churches, we need to ... 

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A Matter of Faith (05/11/2008)
Did I Err?

From: Jamie Smith

Pastor Burge's reply to my recent letter is unanswerable in this format. What can be done with 1600+ words and still convey something to the reader? On top of that, ... 

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Ordination of Roman Catholic woman May 4 (04/27/2008)
From: Kathy Redig

Kathy Redig, of Winona, MN will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest on May 4, 2008. Mary Smith of Long Lake, MN and Barbara Zeman of Chicago, IL will be ordained deacons in the s ... 

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A Matter of Faith (04/20/2008)
God's Word doesn't change

From: Rev. Adam Burge

Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church

Winona

Opinions do not matter. What we believe does not change the eternal and unchanging truths of God's Word. Th ... 

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A Matter of Faith (03/30/2008)
Thanks for nothing

From: Jamie Smith

Concerning the explanation of age of accountability by the pastor of Calvary Baptist: With sincere and due respect and for the most part ignoring the assumpt ... 

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A Matter of Faith (03/16/2008)
What Scripture says, and doesn't say

From: Rev. Adam Burge

Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church

Winona

From observation of recent postings to this column, we might very well call "A Matter of Faith ... 

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A Matter of Faith (03/09/2008)
Read your Bible

From: John Schreiber

After having read Bill Steidtman's article (February 24) and Jamie Smith the following week on the "Age of Accountability"¯ in "A Matter of Faith"¯ in the Wino ... 

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Age of accountability = 33 years old (03/02/2008)
From: Jamie Smith

If you missed Bill Steidtman's Feb. 24th letter concerning the doctrine of age of accountability, you missed a doozie. The religious will say, "How dare he say all those things ... 

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A Matter of Faith (02/24/2008)
Why Satan Loves Babies

by Bill Steidtmann

The other day I was thinking about a doctrine called "Age of Accountability"¯. This is the belief that people who are unable to "make a decision for Chri ... 

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A Matter of Faith (02/10/2008)
He cares for you

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Could we love someone who maliciously did the following to us: (1) Spit upon us (2) Slapped us (3) Hurled all kinds of disgusting remarks at u ... 

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A Matter of Faith (01/20/2008)
Unspeakable joy

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Wouldn't it be marvelous and pleasantly tranquil, if we had the delightful opportunity to sign an agreement that would allow us citizenship to a ... 

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A Matter of Faith (01/20/2008)
There is always hope!

From: Kenneth A. Poss

Galesville, Wis.

I have been through two very bad depressions. In the few times I have shared my miracle healing by Jesus, there have always been mem ... 

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A Matter of Faith (01/13/2008)
From: Jamie Smith

Virgin, Bride, Wife, Body, Church, New Israel?

What figure(s) does Scripture use to describe today's believers, often called the church? I'll introduce the scriptural term "ec ... 

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Give with a cheerful heart (11/25/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are we going to have enough to meet our needs if we give our tithes and offerings to meet the needs of God's church? Of course. If we are a child of God, He has p ... 

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Where is God in flood, fire and death (11/18/2007)
From: Jamie Smith

Did you see Joel and Victoria Osteen on Hannity and Colmes? They were on to give hope to those affected by the California fires. Mr. Colmes asked Victoria, "Why do bad things happ ... 

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Still doubtful? (10/28/2007)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If our children are in danger, when do we quit warning them? After two warnings? After five warnings? Shouldn't we warn our children every time they are in danger ... 

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We are all destined to go to sheol/hades (10/21/2007)
From: Keith Lockwood

Much of the confusion surrounding what happens when we die can be traced to the translation of the Hebrew word sheol and the Greek word hades in the Bible. In most English tra ... 

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Found love? (09/30/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If our teacher says that we will be disciplined if we misbehave, does this mean that she is a cruel person and that she doesn't love us? Of course not. If we love a ... 

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Our Faith Can’t Save (09/30/2007)
From: Jamie Smith

Christendom teaches that in the end we are saved by "our faith"¯ in Christ. Christ's faith in His God and Father is seldom mentioned and yet that is the faith that saves, not "our ... 

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Thorns-in-the-flesh! (09/09/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

All of us can probably think of someone who agitated us in the past, of someone who recently agitates us because of his or her hatefulness. What should be our respo ... 

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A good book, but... (09/02/2007)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Would we read a book about our parent's lives, a book that Mom and Dad would want us to read after they have died? We would probably have a difficult time putting ... 

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All the wonderful things Jesus does for us (08/26/2007)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

Winona

The Old Testament has many great stories of the heroes and the good works they did for their people and families.

I like the verses very much of the 23rd Psalm and i ... 

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Principle is vanishing? (08/26/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Is America still a nation of principle? Sadly, no. America is wantonly becoming an unprincipled nation. Today a person of moral principle is now mocked, detested an ... 

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A Matter of Faith (08/19/2007)

From: Lorraine Redig

Winona

Judge Dennis Challeen recently observed that our justice system isn't addressing the lack of moral values which is the actual cause of crime.

Moral values are not l ... 

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Mum’s the word? (08/19/2007)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If a family member, friend or anyone else was in harm's way, would we sound out an alarm? Of course we would - without question. We would never waste precious sec ... 

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A little more...won’t hurt? (07/22/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If our great-grandparents and grandparents could view and listen to what many of us are watching and listening to in our homes, their ears would be emitting steam l ... 

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Lord, we didn’t know! (07/15/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

As children, teenagers, and adults, we often may have used this excuse: "We didn't know we were supposed to do this or that."¯ This being the case, we did know what ... 

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No more tears (07/08/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Wouldn't it be fabulous if we could live our entire lives without encountering one bad moment, without having to shed one tear? Wow! Such a world would be a rapturo ... 

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Thank you for reply (07/08/2007)
From: Lorayne Wernecki

Winona

To Carolyn:

Thank you so much for your reply. I was so happy to see it and know that someone else cared enough to bother to reply.

You are so right about the work St. ... 

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Answer to questions (06/24/2007)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

Winona

Here are the answers to the earlier questions (from the Bible).

1. Gen. 1:26 Then God said "Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness and let them rule over th ... 

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Atheists don’t believe in God because... (06/24/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

No one is born an atheist. Some people have become atheists because...(1) They think that God hasn't done anything for them (2) Of mean and unloving parents (3) The ... 

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Reply (06/24/2007)
From: Carolyn Goree

Reply to the article, "The lies we tell our children,"¯ by Lorayne Wenecke

I read your article and I agree to you that Jesus needs to stay in our daily lives/and holidays, b ... 

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Accomplices to a holocaust? (06/17/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What kind of nation have we become when puppies and kittens are cherished more than babies?

Here is a graphic example: There are ten people standing near a busy ro ... 

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Questions (06/17/2007)

From: Lorayne Wernecke

Winona

These questions are meant to be looked up in your Bible and read the verses before and after to get the full meaning.

1. When did God create man? Gen. 26-28

2. When ... 

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The lies we tell our children (06/10/2007)
From: Lorayne Wernecke

Winona

Have you ever told your child about the "Tooth Fairy,"¯ and of course the little fat man in the red suit, and the bunny who lays eggs at Easter time?

Well aren't these ... 

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Why aren’t the righteous ruling? (06/10/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Everyone in America would agree there are more good folks in America than bad folks. Since this is true, why are there many more bad folks in America's government t ... 

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Christ’s death paid the price for ALL sin! (06/03/2007)
From: Keith Lockwood

I was listening to a program on Christian talk radio over the weekend in which a prominent evangelical leader was answering questions put forth by his congregation. The very  ... 

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The message of Fatima (05/27/2007)
From: John Schreiber

Buffalo, Minn.

It should come as no great surprise to Catholics that in the May 2007 issue of the Winona Diocese newspaper it once again failed to mention the 90th anniversary  ... 

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Bad habits - victory over all? (05/20/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Isn't it exciting and encouraging to triumph in getting victory over some nasty habit? No longer surrendering to some disgusting habit always fills us with a good ... 

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Concerning Lost Love (05/13/2007)
From: Jamie Smith

For any who have loved someone profoundly in both depth and breadth, the following concept should be clear. It should be well understood through experience. For those who have not ... 

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Ready for Christ’s return? (04/29/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

There are so many things that we anxiously wait to watch. If we have a loved one returning from a tour of duty, we wait anxiously for his or her arrival back home.  ... 

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Beneath savage profiles (04/22/2007)
By Janet Lewis Burns -- "The Pueblo people did not fear or hate cameras or the photographic image so much as they objected to the intrusive vulgarity of the white men who gazed through the lens."¯

This quote comes from Le ... 

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God can change a life (04/22/2007)
From: Ms. Edna Schubert

Galesville, Wis.

I have been told many times its only the sick people that need church. I think that is partly true. Many people are depressed because of their early life a ... 

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Live outside the box (04/22/2007)
From: Lorraine Redig

Winona

God has given more than an adequate amount of material wealth for every family in the world to meet their earthly needs. People of God, who are the majority, could de ... 

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Our Heavenly Employer? (04/15/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Who would we prefer to have as a boss - a lawless person or a law-abiding person? Would anyone choose to be employed by a habitual lawbreaker? Such a person's con ... 

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Go for the gold? (04/01/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Obviously the most longed-for or sought after prize of an Olympian is a gold medal at the Olympic Games...to stand atop the podium.

After someone wins an Olympic g ... 

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Back to LOVE (03/18/2007)
From: Janet Burns

Lewiston, Minn.

There seems to have been an avalanche of natural disasters in the past few years! Many would say, "It's been going on forever. There's just more news coverage today ... 

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Not responsible for our sin? (03/18/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

When we sin, are we responsible or is someone else or something else responsible? Some are saying that we are not responsible for our wrong actions. Some have produ ... 

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Come and listen! (03/04/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us are malnourished in Scripture? Most of us are wishy-washy when it comes to the word of God. Why? Because we don't have our priorities in order. Readi ... 

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Senseless loss of life (01/28/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us can remember being called names during our years of childhood? Nearly everyone - probably. Here are a few that may have been aimed at us: "Hey Porky! ... 

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A tangled web of history set right (01/27/2007)
From: Jamie Smith

Jude 1:3 - "...contending for the faith once given over to the saints."¯ "The faith"¯ of Christianity today involves the belief that Christ died for all mankind so that they would h ... 

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Using God’s gift? (01/14/2007)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How would our fathers and mothers feel if they gave us a gift (one that they knew we could use and enjoy) and we hid their gift somewhere to collect dust? Undoubted ... 

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How? God and His Word (12/31/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many displeased parents are rearing rebellious children? Is this heartrending situation a rarity for parents or has this deviation from the norm become all too  ... 

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Only one way - God’s way! (12/10/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us have been swindled? Probably most of us. The persons involved in these dishonest endeavors may have seemed legitimate and sincere in their promotion, ... 

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Injustice (11/26/2006)
From: John Rupkey

Winona

"Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor."¯ (Isaiah 1:17)

On November 14, 2006, by a vote of 230-41, the government of South Africa legalized gay marriage. I remember when we  ... 

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Not now! Maybe later! (11/26/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Many people think that getting saved means an abrupt end to their joy in life. If we were to get saved, we would have to go through life with a perpetual, crestfa ... 

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Rejoice! Wear a smile! (11/19/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

When we see individuals with a frown on their faces, what is our usual impression of these individuals? We may assume that these people are angry and have a scornfu ... 

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Too strict... too legalistic? (11/05/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Would this statement make good sense? "This is the worst book we have never read!"¯ Would this be a truthful statement, if we had never read this particular book? I ... 

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God’s intolerable (?) commandments (10/15/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are God's commandments in need of revision? They must be outdated by today's standards. Does God really expect us to (1) Put Him in first place? (2) Not worship or  ... 

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A Statement of Faith (10/08/2006)
From: Marilynn Parker

Trempealeau, WI

In order that readers of the Faith section do not despair at the dogmatic tone and content that seem to dominate the Letters to the Editor, I feel obligated ... 

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Fear nothing -except...! (10/08/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What kind of a world would we be living on if we had no honor, reverence or respect for God?...if we had no conscience? Most of us would have to "Fort Knox"¯ (forti ... 

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Offer comfort (09/24/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Have we ever seen someone who looked depressed? Of course. We see them at our workplace, shopping centers, grocery stores, libraries - everywhere.

What are we doin ... 

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Pastors have feelings too! (09/17/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Should we expect every pastor of our church to be an exact clone of the former pastor? Should we expect all pastors' personalities to be exactly the same? Should w ... 

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Healing (08/27/2006)
From: Jamie Smith

We are often told that "the healing of the body is in the atonement."¯ That is, the healing of believers in answer to prayer without other means is a reality in the present era.

 ... 

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Is You-Know-Who preeminent? (08/27/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

We must not offend anyone by mentioning You-Know-Who, so let's permanently lock the doors to all the churches in America. Let's keep our Christian faith and so-cal ... 

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A breath of fresh air! (08/20/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How is the air in America? Is there good, clean air in America, or is the air in America deficient and dirty? Obviously, the air in America has become stinky, foul- ... 

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Eternal life - a gift to the unbeliever? (08/06/2006)
From: Keith Lockwood

Driving in the car the other day, I read a church marquee which displayed this question for those passing by, "We will all live for eternity, where will you be spending it?"¯  ... 

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Joy: Empty?...Half full?...Full? (07/30/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are we as happy as we could be? Is our joy full? Our joy can become full and it can remain full, if we are willing to follow God's directives. John 15:11 If our jo ... 

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Know Thyself (07/30/2006)
From: Jamie Smith

Group A: Scripture teaches that human nature is good but that our nature has been corrupted by mortality and sin.

Group B: Humans are totally depraved yet teach there is something ... 

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Let freedom ring (07/30/2006)
From: Laurie Jenkinson

After celebrating America's 230th birthday; Let us remember why we celebrate on the 4th of July ..declaring our Independence "land of the free and the home of the brave."¯ Le ... 

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An apple a day - sufficient? (07/23/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

An apple a day would not sustain life indefinitely. We need a variety of food to sustain life. No one would be foolish enough to say, "Bah! Humbug! I can do withou ... 

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Bride or Body (06/18/2006)
From: Keith Lockwood

Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:15 that a workman, approved by God, rightly divides the word of truth. What does this statement mean to rightly divide the truth? All scripture is  ... 

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The antidote? Chronicles 7:14 (06/18/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If our Founding Fathers (framers of the U.S. Constitution) miraculously appeared on the scene in America, streams of tears would soon be flowing down their cheeks. ... 

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The secret of my success (06/18/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

A: Whacha doin?

B: Reading that article in the Post a couple weeks ago that Bill Steidtmann wrote.

A: The one where Satan lives in Heaven? How absurd is that?

B: Yeah, but ... 

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Who should we believe? (06/18/2006)
From: John Schreiber

How many Catholics noticed in the May, 2006 issue of the Winona Diocese newspaper, it never mentioned the 89th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13, 1917), further proof of ... 

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ALL (05/14/2006)
From: Keith Lockwood

Please consider how perfectly God's plan and purpose for His creation is laid out for us within the pages of the scriptures. Paul makes it very clear that ALL is out of God and  ... 

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In one word - hatred (05/14/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

All of us have felt an outburst of hateful words or the sting of a hateful deed. We Norwegians would say, "Ya, sure. You betcha."¯ It is upsetting that no one will ... 

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Flower seeds can’t talk, but we can (05/07/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If flower seeds could talk, they would probably have quite a fabulous story to tell us. They might tell us how awestruck they are by God's astounding creation.

Wi ... 

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The Price is Right (05/07/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

In my previous submission to AMOF ("Saved From Jesus"¯ - 4/23/06) I presented a hypothetical dialogue between an evangelist and a potential convert to the "faith"¯. The article ... 

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Saved from Jesus (04/23/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

E: You need Jesus Christ to save you from your sins.

U: But I like sinning. A trip to Sin City is my favorite.

E: What I mean is you need to be saved from the consequences of ... 

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Thank God for trials and tribulations? (04/23/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If someone gave us a gift every day for one week, wouldn't we thank this person every day? We wouldn't just thank this person on the seventh day. Philippeans 4:19  ... 

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100th anniversary Azusa Street (04/16/2006)
From: Patrick Johnson

Winona, Minn.

April 9, 2006, was the global celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Azusa Street Renewal. This outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place in Los Angeles and t ... 

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A cheerful heart? (04/16/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Negativism! Negativism! Negativism! We have become a nation that is clamoring with negativism. God is criticized. Biblical Christians are criticized. Good-intentio ... 

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Mockers of righteousness (04/09/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What causes insolent people to rant and rave with derisive words of mockery at those who love God? Does this mockery happen as a result of love or hate? Do these p ... 

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Traditions (04/09/2006)
From: Keith Lockwood

Skeptics have long claimed that the gospel accounts "contradict"¯ because Matthew, Mark, and Luke place Christ's crucifixion on the day after the Jewish Festival of Passover wh ... 

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(04/02/2006)
Living Light Church will host a Passover Seder Wednesday, April 12, at 6:00 p.m. Come and experience the elements of a real Passover. There will be worship, communion and samples of the elements of a  ... 

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A will pleasing to God (04/02/2006)
Jamie Smith

In Philippians 2:3 Paul discloses how God operates. In the believer He is operating to will as well as to work for His delight. This rules out His pleasure in something we do in ourselves ... 

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Fatima (04/02/2006)
From: John Schreiber

Once again this is excerpted from the Rev. Robert J. Fox book "Rediscovering Fatima"¯.

These are some the the last words on Fatima from Sister Lucia and Father Alonso who next  ... 

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St. John’s Holy Hour (04/02/2006)

The monthly Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life will be held Thursday, April 6, 6:30 pm, St. John's Catholic Church, 558 East Broadway.Ā  Ma ... 

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The BOD Rule (04/02/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

I've been studying the Bible now for about 39 years if you go all the way back to kindergarten, including memorable Sunday School lessons like Duck Duck Goose (the doctrine of e ... 

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The Cluster Meeting of the United Methodist Women (04/02/2006)
United Women Cluster Meeting

will be held on Saturday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church at 114 West Broadway. Brunch will be served at 9:30 a.m.

Chong Sher Vang, lead Interp ... 

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The Peace of God? (04/02/2006)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many of us could be "correctly"¯ labeled a habitual, tense worrywart? Do we worry because worrying is the remedy that brings us relief and comfort from a sta ... 

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All for self - best? (03/26/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

We earned it! Every cent we earn is going to be spent on us! It's all ours! Ours! Ours! Why should we give away any of our hard-earned dinero to help someone else ... 

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Merry Christmas (03/26/2006)
From: Eugene Schoener

March ushers in a new spring. The dormancy of winter is unlocked and Maggie's tulips will have started to break the earth. The longer days and more sunshine counter the depress ... 

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Are we simpleminded? (03/19/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How-to books! How-to books! How-to books! We have access to a great number of books that are filled with instruction on how-to make our lives somewhat better. Thes ... 

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Church ladies gone wild (03/19/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Gal 5:1 (KJV) "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."¯

If there's one thing that scares t ... 

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God’s approval? (03/19/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Have we ever just gazed upon a book and said, "Now I understand everything in this particular book?"¯ Of course not! We have to make an extensive effort in order t ... 

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Where are MY constitutional rights? (03/19/2006)
From: Grace Tschumper

This last week I received through the mail, letters from three different organizations that have cropped up because of the necessity to protect our Christian rights. In other wo ... 

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An unregrettable visit (03/06/2006)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How many people are members of a God-approving church? The majority of the world's population are not attending a church that preaches and teaches Biblical truth ... 

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Lenten Bible study (03/06/2006)
A series of Bible Studies will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, 222 E. Broadway, Winona, beginning Wednesday, March 8, from 5:45 to 6:45 pm. An alternative time (depending on the interest) for t ... 

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March 10 program on forgiveness (03/06/2006)
"Women of Spirit,"¯ a group that provides programs to support women's spirituality in the Winona area, is collaborating with Winona Health to offer an evening program on forgiveness on Friday, March  ... 

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Poverty Roundtable celebrates anniversary (03/06/2006)
It was January of 2002 when Rev. Rick King, pastor of First Congregational Church, Rev. Mark Dumke, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, and Rev. Shirley Duncanson, then-pastor of McKinley United Methodis ... 

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Strength for living seminar (03/06/2006)

Encouragement of Every Stage of Life

Saturday, March 18 - 9:30am - 2:30pm

The community is invited to this free seminar. Lunch and a full day of children's activities will provided.

To regist ... 

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The message of Fatima (03/06/2006)

From: John Schreiber

"Fatima Message"¯ (July 13, 1917) Is it worthy of belief? You be the judge.

Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three small children (Lucia dos Santos, age 10, and her cousins, Fr ... 

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The Ransom of Red Chief (03/06/2006)

From: Bill Steidtmann

1 Tim 2:1-8 (KJV):

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are  ... 

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Without excuse (03/06/2006)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Can anyone prove that there is no God? Do ducks have high arches? It is an impossibility. The proof of God's creation is ever before us. Take a look in a mirror. ... 

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Feeblebunny’s Frustrated Will (02/26/2006)
From: Jamie Smith

Gaston J. Feeblebunny always checked the weather report. He saw that a snow storm was coming the next day. He made sure all was in order with his snow blower for tomorrow's action  ... 

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All about hatred (02/23/2006)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Are we born with hate genes in our bodies? Do ducks have high arches? Why has hatred become so firmly fixed in the hearts of so many people? So many people hate  ... 

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The Gospel of Fear (02/23/2006)

by Keith Lockwood

I am listening to an evangelical Christian talk radio program the other day and the theme is what motivates the christian to spread the gospel. The entire program was about the r ... 

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The third secret (02/23/2006)
From: John Schreiber

Why did Sister Lucia find it so difficult to write down the final secret of Fatima? (Excerpted from Robert J. Fox's book "Rediscovering Fatima."¯)

There were three parts to the ... 

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God’s peace (02/12/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Does everyone have God's peace? Why not? He offers His peace to everyone. John 14:27

We certainly live in a far from perfect world, but we needn't go through life ... 

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Losing the will to survive (02/12/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Our story begins as ace news reporter Tom Pisteuo responds to a call to go to Mercy Hospital, where supposedly God lies ill, surrounded by several of the very finest evangelical ... 

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Fatima secret generates controversy in Italy (02/06/2006)
From: John Schreiber

(Excerpted from Soul Magazine Mar-April 1998 issue, page 24)

The third secret of Fatima was in the news in Italy last October when French Mariologist Father RenĆ© Laurentin arg ... 

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To JasonPhillips: (02/06/2006)
From: Bob Redig

24450 Gilmore Valley Road

Winona, MN 55987

Just a thought---maybe it would be more profitable and better for Pleasant Valley if you would opt for less density with small scatter ... 

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Be careful about pointing a finger (01/29/2006)
From: A.W. Iseman

A Mr. Rupkey has frequently written letters to the editor, defending his and others' gay lifestyle. In his latest, he attacked Catholic church teachers who uphold the Church's beli ... 

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Jesus Christ is Lord? (01/29/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What are the government officials and others, who have unashamedly vilified Samuel Alito, going to say to God on Judgment Day? Will they not bow the knee and confe ... 

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All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (01/22/2006)
From: Keith Lockwood

Romans 1:18-3:20 has to be one of the most misunderstood and misused sections of scripture of all time! The right wing Christian conservatives use this scripture to condemn sinn ... 

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Destroying lives (01/22/2006)
From: Lynn Kujak

The Democratic Party Headquarters in Winona is opposed to the Iraq War and rightly so, war destroys lives. Yet the Democratic Party supports CHOICE in taking the lives of innocent c ... 

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Forgiving the Unforgivable (01/22/2006)
by Bill Steidtman

Matt 12:32 (KJV) "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neithe ... 

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Teaching self-hate (01/22/2006)
From: John Rupkey

Winona

I see the bishop of the Superior diocese apologized for not properly supervising Reverend Ryan Erickson. He promised that in the future things would be different.

But poor  ... 

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The evidence? In my own words (01/22/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How could I prove if something that I had written was wrong and untruthful? All I would have to do is give people a copy of my letter and have them read it and ask ... 

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America - deserving of God’s blessings? (12/12/2005)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

There are so many brazen and heartless people in America that America presently reeks from the stench of their inhumane acts. These desensitized people would rabid ... 

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Did you know? (12/12/2005)
From: John Schreiber

How many Catholics today know that in the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council attempt to modernize the Catholic Church was to downplay the Virgin Mary's role in the church. This is t ... 

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Did you know? (12/12/2005)
From: John Schreiber

How many Catholics today know that in the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council attempt to modernize the Catholic Church was to downplay the Virgin Mary's role in the church. This is t ... 

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God’s "offer"¯ of Salvation or His "declaration"¯? (12/12/2005)
From: Keith Lockwood

A common phrase I hear on Christian Talk radio programs is "if only people would let God save them!"¯ I do not think they realize the shot they are taking at God's sovereignty w ... 

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Matter of common sense (12/12/2005)
From: Phil Mrozek

Galesville, Wis.

In response to Mr. Foss, subject Santa Claus

Lets see if I'm getting your message about Santa Claus. In my entire life I have never seen or heard about the artic ... 

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Thank you, Santa Claus? (12/04/2005)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Thank you, Santa, for all of your awesome creation - the world and everything in it! Thank you for creating life, animals, birds, fish, the fruit of the land, flow ... 

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All is not lost - yet (11/13/2005)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution rose miraculously from the grave, would they find America just as they had left it? Shockingly, no! The horde of A ... 

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Sour Kraut (11/13/2005)
From: Bill Steidtmann

When I was growing up I was very abnormal. I didn't like brats with sauerkraut. It's a puzzler. Eventually I came to my senses and realized the wonder of taking a perfectly  ... 

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Bring back the woodshed (10/31/2005)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Those who are of the woodshed era (when discipline was carried out behind the woodshed and elsewhere) would probably be in total agreement that discipline is a pos ... 

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This Is (10/31/2005)
Bill Steidtmann

If I show you a map of Minnesota and say "This is Minnesota"¯, I think everyone would understand that what I mean is "This represents Minnesota"¯. It is not literally Minnesota, nor  ... 

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Endure sound doctrine! (08/07/2005)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

The Winona Post readers have read another letter full of untruthfulness. Here is some of the untruthfulness. Untruth No. 1, Biblical Christians are fear-driven. No. ... 

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Time (08/07/2005)
From: Keith Lockwood

The Hebrew word olam is used to describe a period of time in the Bible. Strong's Concordance defines olam as concealed, which develops the idea that an olam is an indefinite per ... 

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The truth will set you free (01/30/2005)
From: Marcy Borgschatz

Winona

I am responding to John Rupkey's December 28 letter in the Winona Daily News. Rupkey assumes that because no teaching about homosexuality is recorded in the Gospels tha ... 

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A response (01/23/2005)
From: Jamie Smith

Following is a response to part of the David Foss letter published 1/16/05.

Foss: "Did God's Son, Jesus Christ, take away all the sin of the world? Absolutely."¯

That is a true st ... 

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Hullo down there (01/23/2005)
From: Bill Steidtmann

C: Whacha doin'?

P: I'm dreaming about the pearly gates, and walking the streets of gold.

C: New Jerusalem?

P: Yeah. It sure is heavenly. Don't you want to ... 

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Destruction equals eternal torment? (01/16/2005)
From: Keith Lockwood

Many of the judgment passages from Scripture used to teach eternal torment in hell for the unbelieving or wicked person, when looked at with a discerning eye speak of the wicked  ... 

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Biblical Christians do show kindness (01/09/2005)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Many people around the world hate Biblical Christians even though they do show much kindness.

Biblical Christians do not go around saying "We are the only ones wit ... 

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Fear destroys the existence of hell? (12/26/2004)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

We continue to read more and more articles on hell that clearly prove to us that once individuals misinterpret Scripture and have been indoctrinated with falsehood, ... 

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Sheep or goat? (12/15/2004)
From: Keith Lockwood

Matthew 25:31-46 has long been used to teach the doctrine of eternal torment in hell for unbelievers. If one were to take a more discerning look at this section of scripture he/ ... 

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What kind of peace? (12/12/2004)
From: Ron Schloegel

Lewiston, Minn.

I recently saw a bumper sticker that said "peace is patriotic."¯ They are right, everybody wants peace. I wonder whose version of peace do they want?

As an examp ... 

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Keeping the faith (11/28/2004)
From: Bill Steidtmann

C: Do you have faith in Christ Jesus as your Saviour?

P: Yes, I do.

C: Why are you so sure?

P: Because I made a decision for Christ.

C: I didn't know He was having trou ... 

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Thanks to Santa Claus? (11/14/2004)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Well, it is soon that time of year to focus our attention on the Jolly Old Elf. It's time to show Mr. Roly Poly our thankfulness for all that he has done for us th ... 

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Abortion is an abomination (11/07/2004)
From: Isaac Colvin

Harrodsburg, Ky

Abortion is an abomination unto God. (Proverbs 6:16)

"At seventeen days, the new life has developed its own blood cells."¯ (This has been documented and reported  ... 

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Bible structure (11/07/2004)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Do you recall having to do an "outline"¯ for a report in high school? There were several related topics and each of these had sub-topics, etc. When you got done it had a stair ... 

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Catholic priesthood (11/07/2004)
From: Dr. John Rupkey, Ed.D.

Winona

Twenty-five years ago this autumn I left the Christian Brothers, moved onto a boathouse in the middle of the Mississippi River, and began writing letters to Winon ... 

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Life chain (11/07/2004)
From: Lois Hipps

Chairperson, Minnesota Citizens

Concerned for Life, Winona Chapter

Seventy-two adults and children gathered at the corner of Huff and Broadway for a one hour prayer vigil on Sunday ... 

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Traditions... (11/07/2004)
From: Joe Losinski

Winona

My dad used to ask me, Joe, if some one would jump in the river, would you jump in the river too? After a number of years I wondered where that saying came from, and now I ... 

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Catholic priesthood (10/24/2004)
From: Dr. John Rupkey, Ed.D.

Winona

Twenty-five years ago this month I left the Christian Brothers, moved onto a boathouse in the middle of the Mississippi River, and began writing letters to Winona ... 

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Our greatest threats (10/24/2004)
From: Ron Knappen

Galesville, Wis.

Our two greatest threats are terrorism and self-deterioration.

In 1811 our Supreme Court stated: "Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends to dest ... 

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Salvation of unbelievers (10/24/2004)
From: Jamie Smith

Winona

As God is the Savior of all mankind, especially of those who believe (1 Tim. 4:10), we may confidently rest on this foundation of truth-that all salvation is of God, and n ... 

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A greater power (10/17/2004)
From: Janet Lewis Burns

Lewiston, Minn.

From what depth does the song of the chickadee come, and the crocus push through a late snow? To what distance does the jet's white streak in the midday sky d ... 

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Is the lake of fire and brimstone a "literal"¯ hell? (10/10/2004)
From: Keith Lockwood

Christians would agree the Bible teaches that a person must have faith in order to enjoy life in the ages to come serving God and reigning with Christ. Christians would also ag ... 

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It's our fault (10/10/2004)
From: Lorraine Redig

Winona

It's our own fault that our nation isn't truly ".. under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all."¯

Our nation's god is "Profit"¯ and its creed is "C ... 

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Heaven on Earth (10/03/2004)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Matt 5:5 (KJV) "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

One of the keys to understanding the Bible is a phrase which, among the Gospel writers, Matth ... 

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You’re ribbing me (09/26/2004)
From: Jamie Smith

Winona

Was Eve made from Adam's rib? This appears to be another unsupportable idea foisted upon the Christian faith. What really happened will fill you with wonder at God's genius ... 

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The rest of the story (09/19/2004)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

God must be grieved and angry at man's stubbornness and foolishness. Man is stubborn because he can be told, repeatedly, of obvious error, yet stubbornly refuse to ... 

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The wages of sin is hell? (09/15/2004)
From: Keith Lockwood

The wages of sin is hell. Many churches teach this simple and plain statement, but you will never find it in the Bible. Instead, the Bible tells us that "the wages of sin is de ... 

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America - get a heart! (09/12/2004)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What would happen to a crowd yelling, "Kill the puppies! Kill the puppies!"¯ Most Americans would become enraged and would blow a fuse. Americans would deem these  ... 

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The Lord of the Things (09/12/2004)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Colossians 1:20 is a powerful and clear passage of what God's plan for the universe is. I come back to it constantly and remind myself: This is what God is doing. This is the g ... 

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Cutting words: guarantee joy and reward? (08/29/2004)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

It is very troubling to think that someone would get upset about an occasional article in a newspaper that mentions something that would meet the approval of our L ... 

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Does the Bible say we are all saved? (08/22/2004)
From: Keith Lockwood

A letter recently printed in this column contended that the belief that God will eventually save all mankind was developed from one verse in scripture and that it contradicts wit ... 

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Does the Bible say we are all saved? (08/15/2004)
From: Carl J. Iverson

Winona

Recently, a letter appeared in this column instructing us that the Bible says we are all saved. This needs further investigation because we don't want to be deceived con ... 

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What have we done to America? (08/15/2004)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If all those who died fifty years ago could be revived, what would they think of today's world? Would they be rejoicing or would they be shedding tears of disbelie ... 

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Wow, that was easy (08/15/2004)
From: Bill Steidtmann

With respect to Jesus Christ there are a number of different "gospels"¯ that are put forth:

1) Jesus? Who's that? Besides, he's dead now. If you need saving you ... 

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