Observation - February 2, 2018

Addy Oberlin
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My thought this week has been on being alone and loneliness. Two words that can have opposite meanings. I am alone here in my room and it is a good time to reflect and concentrate on my writing. Jesus needed to be alone at times “and He withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed” (Luke 5:16). We all need to be alone from time to time to pray and restore our thinking.

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Faithfully yours - You never really know

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

He was only 55 years of age. He had risen at his usual time on the morning of December 28, and sat down at his computer. He died suddenly and unexpectedly shortly thereafter. Phil (his real name) was born in Nigeria, Central Africa. His parents were Christian missionaries in the neighboring country of Chad. After completing his public schooling (part of it in Africa, the rest in Alberta) and Bible College in Saskatchewan, Phil applied for and was accepted as a member of the RCMP. He retired six years ago after a distinguished career as a peace officer.

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Observation - January 26, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

It is a good time to check the weather. Are we getting snow, fog or freezing rain? How cold is it going to be? My daughters from Alberta came to see me and checked the weather from Alberta to Manitoba before they decided to come or to go home again. It is a 15 hour drive for one of them. So far it has worked out great and the weather has co-operated.

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Faithfully yours - Rethinking Roman 5:3

By Neil Strohschein

Neepawa Banner & Press

I have read, meditated and preached on the first few verses of Romans 5 more times than I can remember. But there is one verse in that passage that has always troubled me. It’s verse 3; in which St. Paul says that we “boast in our sufferings.” My discomfort is not with the words themselves, but with what people tend to do with them.

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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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