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Letter to the Editor: Poker in Old Pattonsburg

Dear Editor:

Remember playing poker back in the 1940s and ’50s? Poker was a popular game in this area. I always thought it was against the law, but nothing was ever done about it. The games were held at several places. They even had a placed called the Poker Shack two miles west of Pattonsburg on the river bank.

My dad owned the hardware store in town and there were

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A Life of Praise

by Pastor Steve Ellison

Churches of all denominations, all over the United States, have difficulty retaining those who come and profess faith in Christ. A person who comes to faith in Christ is a “new creation” having been born again. This new Christian is not born fully developed and spiritually mature.

Just before ascending to heaven, Jesus gave us a command: make disciples by baptizing and teaching all that He

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Learning the Rules

The fire alarm went off in the middle of our Sunday morning worship service. I asked the ushers to check and see if it was legitimate or a false alarm. In a few minutes, they reported a child in the nursery had pulled the fire alarm. There was no fire.

ShepherdCalls_WPThe retired Kansas City Fire Chief and a retired Fire Marshall were members of our church. They had some concerns

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Money and Politics: We Need Change Now!

by Lee H. Hamilton

I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system.

The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to act — feel as though they’ve become an afterthought in the political process. The tidal wave of money washing

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We Get What We Deserve

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPNo one could ever quite figure out the Skinner sisters. Both in their 90s, they’d been raised in the same house, both married, then after 50-plus years both were widowed within months of each other so they moved into a big old two-story house on the east edge of town. But that’s where the similarities came to a crashing halt. Maude, the older

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To Be or Not to be a Church

by Dr. H. Wade Paris

The Associated Press recently reported a story about a swingers club converting into a church. A group in downtown Nashville, reportedly a swingers group, known as the Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one several miles away. In some ways, the new location is suitable; it is isolated at the end of a dead end street. However, it is near Good Pasture

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Good Thinking: Marriage for the Moderns

by Dr. Don Kuehle

The institution of marriage is as old as Adam & Eve. In the beginning God, in his divine wisdom, designed marriage to be between one man and one woman. Marriage is the bedrock upon which the family is built. And the family is the key to a solid society. As marriage goes, so goes society.

The Bible tells us that Jesus attended a wedding in the

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Divisions Vanish in Christ

by Pastor Steve Ellison

The first half of Colossians describes how Christ is preeminent in all things. The second half gives us a test so that we can objectively measure how well we understand that Christ is first, last, and everything in between in everything. There is no need to guess if Christ is preeminent in our lives.

The first question on the test, which we looked at two weeks

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Let’s Pretend

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPLet’s just pretend…just for a minute, okay? Let’s pretend that I’ve just spent $10 or $15 or $50 for my seat tonight. Let’s pretend that I’m sitting in the row behind you, then you decide to hold your phone camera up in front of my face to make a movie of what’s happening onstage. I lean right, you lean right, I go left

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