Faithfully yours - It can happen here

Neil Strohschein
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When you live in a small town, it’s easy to get the idea that you’re somehow immune from the bias, prejudice and racism you see in the big cities. So, when you wake up one morning to discover that sometime during the previous night, a person (or persons) unknown spray-painted offensive language on one sign, one new sidewalk and two buildings in your town, you sit up, take note and start thinking: “I guess it can happen here.”

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Observation - July 7, 2017

Addy Oberlin
The Neepawa Banner

Acertain amount of little piles of papers are covering my table. They are all very important. Some are bills that need to be paid, others are birthday cards that need to be sent and then a box with buttons I plan to make for the special reunion we have in August. I had it all planned until suddenly there was a big change in my plans. It is difficult to grasp that I have to hurry up and work ahead of my schedule because something is cutting into my time and I do not know how long it will take before I can return to my planned schedule. I am very much aware that sometimes our plans do not coincide with God’s plans and He is ultimately in control of what happens in our life. I have seen sadness, disappointments , but also happy occasions and I know that “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord, My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8,9).
The Lord will give us all the comfort we need.

Faithfully yours - Waging a quiet war

Neil Strohschein
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He’s been in the NHL since he was 19. He’s now 38. He’s played for five different teams. In 1390 regular season games, he’s scored 525 goals and added 609 assists to his record.

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Faithfully yours - Getting to the root of the problem

Neil Strohschein
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Two weeks ago, Statistics Canada released its latest report: “Police Reported Hate Crimes in Canada—2015.” Its contents should concern every Canadian. According to the report, hate crimes against identifiable groups in this country are increasing, and Canada’s Muslim community is seeing the biggest increase (almost double the number reported in 2014).

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Observation - June 30, 2017

Addy Oberlin
The Neepawa Banner

Making music in the local community band is one of my favourite pastimes. I would not say that I am a very good player, but when I hear all the instruments harmonizing, it gives me a warm feeling inside and I am again reminded how beautiful music is, not only to the ear but also to the heart. When I play the piano for the hymn sing in the care homes, I need all the notes there are on the page, even after years of playing. However, some young girls help me by playing the violin. They are so gifted that they play by ear and just follow me. It is wonderful to see these girls use their musical gift for the Lord.
Music is often used in the Bible. The Psalms are full of praising the Lord with music, singing or instrumentals. I love Psalm 150 “A psalm of Praise.” Let’s use our instruments and praise the Lord with them. It is also good to sing praises to our God it says in Psalm 147. “Praise the Lord.”