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 By BILL LANES    Opinion    September 28, 2022 

Connecting Point: The Answer for Broken People

Gimmicks abound all around us, allowing a few people to claim to know everything. One can search the Internet regarding almost any HOW TO, and it will produce a list of apps desiring your next click. The Internet has changed the world of advertising...

 

Connecting Point: Go With Grace

Most people aspire toward greatness. Even the most passionless person aspires in some area or hobby to do it well. Boys and girls, men and women dream of achieving accolades in sports, acting, a career, etc. “The sky is the limit” goes the...

 

Connecting Point: Mission Ready

When the subject of heaven and hell come up, some people listen intently, almost as if they are searching for an answer. But, others seem to run and hide. Over the last two months of columns, I have walked this journey with you, the reader. I want...

 

Connecting Point: Eyes Wide Open

If you have felt discouraged and overwhelmed at times consider the often quoted Billy Graham: “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God,...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    August 31, 2022

Connecting Point: Erasing Hell

You’ve observed no doubt that nature provides us with many parallels: a butterfly has two wings. In thinking of eternity, many fear death—that parallel with life. Joy and contentment contrast with loneliness and despair. Throughout history, we ha...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    August 24, 2022

Connecting Point: Is Hell Real?

Often, controversial topics scare us. But just because a matter is uncomfortable, sometimes it’s an unintended consequence for clergy when they are motivated by caring, caring that includes caring for people. So, Jesus spoke about Hell even more...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    August 17, 2022

Connecting Point: A Free Gift

Some echo the words “There is nothing free in life” The pessimist opines, “In one way or another there’s some sort of catch.” Sadly some relationships are founded on play for play or a hard fast IOU. Power and greed infect our lives way...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    August 10, 2022

Connecting Point: All Things New

Who doesn’t like new things? I recall the day we brought home our first family puppy, Oreo. The kids grew more ecstatic with each new day in the beginning. They made promises of how they would care for her, including pooper scooper patrol, feeding...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    August 3, 2022

More Than Streets of Gold

Who hasn’t wondered what heaven will be like? If you are like me you have had an image at one time in your life of an angelic afterlife. The Bible provides a strong Christ-like understanding of heaven. Author Lee Stroble provides us with two kinds...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Connecting Point: Faith in Heaven, Our Foundation

Both my grandfather and grandmother were fond of saying, “Oh for heaven’s sake.” Lately, in SW Montana, I have not heard the expression. A poll of Americans finalized in November of 2021 by the Pew Research Center revealed that approximately...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    July 20, 2022

Connecting Point: Last Breath

“When will I die?” is almost a universal question. After all, at some point, we do die. I try to approach the topic with sensitivity. I do understand that as this column reaches readers some are dealing with the death of a family member or a frie...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Connecting Point: Decision Time

Most readers are familiar with the name Timothy McVeigh, and to remind you, in 1995 he was convicted for the Oklahoma City bombing. What many of us forget is that the prosecution’s case against McVeigh had no eyewitness testimony. However, the circ...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Connecting Point: Resurrection Hoax?

Over the centuries those who are skeptical of Jesus Christ, and specifically his resurrection from the dead, suggest that his followers perpetrated a major hoax. For the Christian we understand that Christ’s resurrection is a hinging factor for...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Connecting Point: Power of Probability

Peter Stoner, philosopher and mathematician at Pasadena College a few years ago, described the probability of Jesus Christ fulfilling just 8 of those 300 Messianic prophecies are described in the Old Testament record. “Try to visualize this probabi...

 
 By BILL LANES    Obituaries    June 22, 2022

Connecting Point: Outside Evidence

The winning side in a court case usually has the preponderance of evidence on its side: eyewitness testimony, clear detail of either innocence or guilt, and corroborating evidence and exhibits all assist the jury to determine its decision. We hope...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    June 8, 2022

Connecting Point: A Skeptic Meets the Savior

Our society is all too familiar with court cases. Just panning recent history, people were more interested in a possible sex scandal instead of judicial review when Clarence Thomas was nominated to the Supreme Court. More than a summer consumed all...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Connecting Point: A Hearse Towing a U-Haul

“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs,” Ecclesiastes 5:15. Throughout history our common heritage shares these two most common experiences: birth and death. Modern medical advances have allowed for some...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    May 25, 2022

Connecting Point: Shallow Promises

Worship takes on several meanings in a wide range of contexts. As Christians, we need to focus on the Biblical understanding of worship; nothing more and nothing less. Our culture is inundated by “worship” experiences that embrace entertainment...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Connecting Point: Three Strands

We all approach life at different speeds and angles, and our philosophy certainly varies. That being said it’s common knowledge that a person can accomplish more in partnership. Yes, relational conflict can impede action plans or goals. However,...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Connecting Point: Injustice for All

Some matters are timeless, seen through the generations, and noticeable in every culture. Certainly, the clock ticks forward and we see continuous advances in technology but for the most part, humans are predictable throughout history. We tend to...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Connecting Point: World at War

The drumbeat of war is sounding loud and clear. All the atrocities which are occurring in Ukraine are deeply troubling; certainly Russia, specifically Putin, is demonstrating to the world his self-interest. Ukrainians have fled in droves, while other...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 20, 2022

Connecting Point: Matters of the Heart

Words are powerful, and the tongue can be used for good or evil. The Bible provides a vast amount of guidance regarding speech; “tongue” is mentioned over one hundred times. There is wisdom in keeping a close reign on our conversations, King...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 13, 2022

Easter Every Day

We are accustomed to holidays and the marketing madness. I’m certain you’ve seen the Easter baskets, Cadbury eggs, and plethora of other candies available? The other evening strolling through Target the smell of the sweets was quite overwhelming...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Connecting Point: Broken But Mended

When is the last time you noticed someone wearing torn and tattered work clothes? I see working individuals often sporting such attire; in fact, I’m the proud owner of some of those grease-stained clothes. My wife describes them as “shabby.” I...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Dear Editor: Diving Deeper Into Town Council Decisions

Dear Editor, I’m writing today first as a 20+ year resident and then as a recent town council member, these views are my own and do not represent the town council as a whole. We are very fortunate to live in a great community filled with quality...

 

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