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The wings of morning hope
There is something exciting about a new morning. As the light begins to creep over the horizon and cast its shadows over everything it encounters, each day is unique. Clear or cloudy, calm or stormy, the canvas of morning changes every day. This morning as I walked the dogs, I realized that while it may still be summer on the calendar, the night is expanding its territory. Just a few short weeks ago, I would shiel...
Aug 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smiths key figures in Camp Woody chapel
The humbling irony of faith is that the answer to a prayer may come long after the praying one has passed to the next life. That answer can be a porch, a chapel, a changed life. Rev. Evan Jones, and Rev. Norman and Joyce Smith prayed that a chapel at Camp Woody on Woody Island would accommodate scores of campers as they sang Gospel choruses and listened to biblical preaching. The chapel was finally built, but thes...
Aug 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Words in action
We all remember the childhood saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” We also remember the names that still hurt, long after the cuts, scrapes, bruises, and broken bones of childhood are forgotten. The truth of the matter is, words are powerful. When I was growing up, they said the three things you can’t take back are time, the flung arrow, and the spoken word. As our communic...
Aug 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Enjoying the ordinary
Some weeks, our lives seem topsy-turvy. They are anything but ordinary. This past week has been the antithesis of that for me. If you were to ask my wife, that would not be her response, because our Family Store manager has been in Anchorage and she has been covering the store. When life seems ordinary is when I struggle the most to see God. I don’t think I’m alone in this. We have no problem whatsoever seeing God...
Jul 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rostad on Religion: Loneys' book tells story of life at religious retreat
When Bob and Christy Loney got a job caretaking the Shrine of St. Theresa by the Lynn Canal near Juneau, Christie saw the opportunity as a gift from God. Soon after they settled in, she saw material for a book. Loney, who authored Journey to Holiness, recounted the Loneys’ eight-year caretaking experiences in “Life by the Lynn,” which was released last fall. The book “pretty much wrote itself,” said Loney, who rec...
Jul 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Walking into faith
This past week, my wife and I have been at The Salvation Army’s Kings Lake Camp in Wasilla, teaching beginning guitar at the Creative Arts & Music Camp. While many of the arts taught there were creative, to me the most creative art was bringing someone onto the staff for the week who cannot read music as an instructor. Along with the usual brass band and music theory classes that can be found in Salvation Army Mus...
Jul 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Visiting pastor Lauwers gets acquainted with eternal neighbors
Christians are going to live with each other eternally, so they might as well get to know each other on earth, said Kodiak visitor Keith Lauwers. Lauwers, an Anchorage pastor, comes to Kodiak to hunt, attend retreats and visit his friends Alan and Linda Ross, who were students at the Vancouver Bible Institute in the mid-1960s when he taught physical education there. Lauwers officiated at their wedding and the wedd...
Jul 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classen book theologizes in down-to-earth language
Father Joseph Classen calls his new book, “The Essentials of Catholic Spirituality,” a catechism for those on the run. Classen, St. Mary’s Catholic parish priest, said readers seem to appreciate his “down to earth” style in discussing theology matters. “Essentials” is a follow-up to Classen’s other theological book, “Meat and Potatoes Catholicism.” In his books Classen wants to “focus on the spirituality of our ch...
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The longest day of the year
We have now passed another summer solstice. The longest day of the year is behind us and the days begin to draw shorter again, even if it is by mere seconds each day. I remember growing up as a kid and hearing the adults talk about the shortest day of the year in the winter and the longest day of the year in the summer. I always thought that they must have it backwards. The longest day of the year to me at that ti...
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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A mission visit
Thirteen Hoosiers visited Kodiak on a one-week mission trip that concluded Tuesday. The Indiana visitors stayed at St. Herman Seminary and worked at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral. They went to Spruce Island and saw some of the church’s historic books in the seminary archives. They had a special dinner at the Rev. Innocent Dresdow’s house. Here, seminary archivist Daria Safronova shows the Indiana visitors o...
Jun 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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