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WORD AND DEED: Everyone takes in scenery, faith at their own pace
“How beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring good news.” Isaiah 52:7a Have you known the excitement of sharing the Emerald Island with a first-time visitor? For me the excitement is almost overwhelming. I get excited for them. It comes from the knowledge and experience of what the island holds, the beauty and natural treats throughout our island. It’s only natural to want your visitor to see and ...
Aug 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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WORD AND DEED: Prayer as daily practice
Romans 12:12: “Rejoice in hope, Be Patient in tribulation. Be constant in Prayer. These simple words really anchor a person in the midst of the storms. Have you heard the saying “Practice what you preach”? I find myself practicing these very things daily. Now be mindful, some days are trickier than others and “the only easy day was yesterday”. I say practice because each day, in each situation, each set of conditi...
Aug 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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WORD AND DEED: Path made smooth with help from above
Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 In my walk of faith, this verse of Scripture shines as a light of hope on my path. Every day we are presented with challenges. Throughout the day we react to those challenges sometimes well, sometimes not so well. How we respond or deal with people and circumstances reflects the fruits of the Spirit in us. There is...
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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CHICK PRIEST: No easy answers for homeless, impaired
Sitting in the Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. this time, reflectinga on my last couple of weeks at St. Matthew’s in Fairbanks. I am temporarily occupying the footsteps of the former rector here, the Rev. Scott Fisher, known as “Father Scott” by many of the community. He is held in high esteem by church people and non-church people alike. All are parishioners, in his (correct) way of thinking, and his theology. Because...
Jun 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chick Priest: Safe after rough slide into new home base
It is 10:28 a.m. as I write this, and I have been up since 5:10 a.m., having slept in the Anchorage airport on my way back to Fairbanks from Harrisburg since yesterday. I am ready to be settled, but that won’t happen for a long time. I discover when I go to baggage claim that I forgot to tell the people in Harrisburg that I was going all the way through to Fairbanks, even though my Delta ticket was only to Anchora...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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CHICK PRIEST: Mountains, oceans remind us what’s what
Sitting in the Brew Crumberland’s Best coffee shop in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, waiting for my Americano to cool down and for my head to stop spinning. A week ago I left Kodiak with my three dogs and my car aboard the Kennicott to Homer, then drove to Anchorage, where I had to stop for the night, because I discovered that I had lost my highway legs while living in Kodiak, where you never drive more than two ho...
May 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not the final farewell, but always à Dieu
This week, after waffling seriously over whether or not I could actually leave Kodiak, I am knee-deep in moving boxes and to-go containers from final lunches out with friends I don’t want to leave behind when I board the Kennicott Ferry on May 5 bound for Fairbanks. To my naysayers, you will be disappointed to hear that you aren’t getting rid of me that easily. Our dear editor has granted me the opportunity to con...
Apr 29, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Millenials embracing community service
Last week I was privileged and burdened to read the 28 scholarship applications for the 2016 Rotary Scholarships. I say burdened, because I thought they should all get scholarships, and had a very difficult time, with my fellow Rotarians Larry LeDoux and John Butler, being able to weed out only four recipients. What made it difficult was how articulate most of the applications were, how involved in the community a...
Apr 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Spiritual victory not shown in final score
To all you UAA women’s basketball fans out there, I feel your pain — watching your team get so far in the NCAA tournament, just to lose in the end. My Tar Heels did the same thing in the men’s tournament, and it felt agonizingly unbelievable. It was hard enough to be one of only a handful of fans on the island, where everyone else was acting like it was just another day and going about their everyday business. I w...
Apr 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love wins over fear in divine self-sacrifice
One of the questions that plagues thinking people who just don’t get church (and many who do attend church) is, “Why would a loving God sentence his son to an excruciating, tortuous death?” As we come through the long journey that is Holy Week and which is about Christ’s last loving acts with his disciples, then being betrayed by one of those disciples, tried and found innocent, but flogged and spit on and taunted...
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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