Observation - January 12, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

We’re starting our second week in January. The regular routine is back. Kids have gone back to school, colleges and universities started up again for another semester. Another holiday is finished.

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Faithfully Yours - Thirteen life-changing words

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

The words haunt me to this day. I first heard them many years ago. They were part of a musical offering presented by a couple in the church I was serving at the time. The haunting words were these: “Whatever it takes to draw me closer to you, Lord; that’s what I’ll be willing to do.” The first thought that crossed my mind when I heard those words was: “Be careful what you say or sing; because God has ways of calling your bluff; and he just might take you at your word.”

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Faithfully Yours - Their silent war

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

We’ve celebrated another anniversary in our home. As I write these words, it’s 12 years since my wife had the stroke that nearly took her life. She is a survivor. Her story has inspired many others to believe that they can recover from similar setbacks (physical or emotional) in their own lives. But this column isn’t about us. It’s about the many others in this paper’s coverage area who are battling chronic illness. You might be one of them; or you probably know someone who is.

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Observation - January 5, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

We started a new year. 2018. What is our outlook of 2018? Maybe we are bringing some pressures and disappointments from last year with us into the new year. Some mourning for loved ones who so recently left us has joined us again now. But we are also facing new challenges and we are making plans for this year.

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Faithfully yours - Consider the Franklin's gulls

By Neil Strohschein

Neepawa Banner & Press

My early years were spent on a farm in rural Alberta. I was the first of three “home made hired men” who, along with our mom, helped my dad build a successful mixed farm. The youngest of the hired men took over the farm when dad retired. Today, he and his son raise beef cattle on the home quarter—the rest of the land is rented to a neighboring grain farmer.

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