Observation - March 2, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

Someone showed me some pictures of a recent sunset. The flaming red and fiery orange melted over in a bright yellow. It was spectacular. The sunsets on the prairies are beautiful. I could stop on the side of road and just watch this mighty ball disappear behind the far horizon. It makes me stop and think “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

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Faithfully yours - No thanks. I’ll take the stairs

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

As I get older, I find that it takes considerably longer to write a column, prepare a sermon, write a letter or decide what to say in a greeting card. I spend much more time thinking before I ever sit down at my desk and actually begin to put words on paper. My goal is simple—I want my writing to be easily understood and my sermons to be given in ways that reflect the love, acceptance and forgiveness God offers to all who believe in Him. I would like to think that this is a sign of wisdom that comes with age; but I am sure there will be some who might want to question that. One thing is certain—I am becoming more critical and increasingly skeptical when it comes to the claims some preachers make in their sermons.

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Observation - February 23, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

This past week I had the opportunity to watch the olympics almost daily. I always enjoy watching figure skating and the double curling was very interesting. I watched some of the hockey and noticed that the women are just as fierce as the men. They all want to win.

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Faithfully yours - Everyone answers to someone

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

The cartoon says it all in one panel. A seven year old boy is sitting in the corner, obviously being punished for something. His nine year old sister comes home, sees him sitting there and asks: “What’s the problem here?” The boy, obviously referring to his mother, replies: “Power corrupts! Absolute power corrupts absolutely!” We laugh at that scene—as we should; for getting us to laugh was the intent of the one who drew the panel. But let’s not laugh too loudly or for too long. There is far more truth to the cartoon’s caption than most of us would care to admit.

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Faithfully yours - Learning about life

By Neil Strohschein

Neepawa Banner & Press

One of my favourite sayings goes like this: “If you ever stop learning, you stop growing; and the moment you stop growing is the moment you start dying.” We begin learning about life from the moment we are born. Parents, teachers and others guide us through the adjustments that we must make as we move through each stage of life. The process is not without its rough spots, as we all know. And it doesn’t end until the day we die.

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