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Religion

During Advent, we can only imagine what God has planned

One Advent Sunday, when the blowing dust and snow mixed together to make our church building near the Kansas/Colorado border more imperceptible than it already was, our pastor had an idea. He decided it would be instructive for one of the high school church kids to read from the pulpit the genealogy from Matthew chapter one.

Frightful weather doesn't stop local live nativity scene

CHAMPAIGN — The weather outside was frightful Sunday evening, but it didn't prevent the members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Champaign from putting on a live nativity scene as part of the seventh annual Nativity Walk.

Don Follis: Practice choosing God, counting others better than yourself

Today begins Advent. I didn't even know what Advent was until I was 30 years old. Now it is my favorite season of the year. For more than 20 years, I have collected a box full of Advent books, readings and several advent wreaths.

Religion calendar, Nov. 29, 2013

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Gifford pauses during recovery to give thanks

GIFFORD — One week after a powerful tornado leveled a quarter of the town, destroyed 60 homes, damaged 200 more and hospitalized at least six people, the people of Gifford paused from their recovery efforts to give thanks.

Don Follis: A bit of serenity for the holidays

One of my main prayers has just two words: Thank you. Around the dinner table we sing this simple prayer, "For health and strength and daily food, we praise your name, O Lord."

Religion calendar, Nov. 15-22, 2013

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Religion calendar, Nov. 8-15, 2013

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Don Follis: The holiday phrases people most need to hear

In my work in the ministry, I occasionally have made a statement that now makes me cringe. As people talked with me, I responded, "I know how you feel."

Religion calendar, Nov. 1, 2013

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