Lent is a time when we reflect on our own mortality and the gift God gives us through His son, Jesus Christ, who lived our life, died our death, and was resurrected so that the world might be saved. It is a time to engage in spiritual practices that help us experience the impact of Christ’s suffering and how His life, death and resurrection is the hope of the world.
This generation of youth encounters a wide range of challenges and obstacles outside of worrying about health risks.
I don’t know about you, but I have enjoyed this winter. I am a snow lover. Our family enjoys getting out and sledding, having snow ball fights and building snow men. I get excited whenever I hear that there is a chance of snow in the forecast.
A hundred years ago, it was fairly easy to become a farmer. Over 90 percent of the U.S. population lived on farms, so chances are you grew up on one and learned the ropes from the get go.
Last year, in keeping with age-old traditions of fasting, I made the decision to eat a vegan diet, which means abstaining from any animal products, for the season of Lent. The practice of giving up something for Lent comes from identifying with the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert for 40 days. Giving up meat and other animal products for the period of Lent presents this as a time set apart to make this offering to God.
We’ve all had a broken heart before and won a heart over, but now, in the words of Dolly Parton, it’s time to “Put a little love in your heart.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. That’s one in every four deaths.
Anyone with pasture for livestock, whether it be cattle, goats, horses or other grazing animals, should be planning to get some good quality forage grown, harvested and stored for the next feeding season.
Life’s unspeakable tragedies often bring out our greatest attributes. I saw this vividly illustrated in one of my pastorates. In the first hour I arrived in town, before the moving van even arrived, I learned of the tragic death of a beautiful young daughter of one of the deacons in the church.
During the inclement days of winter, make the very best use of the extra time you have with your child. This is a great time to use the skills learned during Incredible Years parenting classes.
On Jan.21, the Vance County 4-H Livestock Club, partnering with the Kittrell Job Corps Center, sponsored a community service event to mark the celebration of the MLK Day of Service.