Features: Columns

Nov. 04, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

Churches strive for healthier members

While many Americans are aware of the nation's health crisis, changing the family and community environment is challenging. Now, churches in Granville and Vance counties have an ally for doing just that. As its inaugural effort, the Granville-Vance Faith Initiative for Community Action (GVFICA) is addressing this issue through its Keys to Healthy Living Program implemented in participating churches.


Nov. 01, 2013 @ 10:41 PM

Delight in God’s will

Some people have the wrong idea that they have to discover God’s will for their lives, as if He has hidden it somewhere. Others have the false idea that if they submit to God’s will, then He might lead them to a miserable life—they may have to live in abject poverty or be forced to go on the mission field to some God-forsaken place. Nothing is further from the truth!


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 10:49 PM

Beginner's guide to ‘woodscaping’

For as long as I remember, I’ve enjoyed time amongst the trees of the forest. There were the family camping trips of childhood, the Boy Scout backpacking trips in my youth and countless trips over the decades to our treasured State Parks. Now my wife and I own a small patch of timber that provides entry into the woodland realm at a moments notice.


Oct. 25, 2013 @ 10:34 PM

The Lord comforts those who mourn

This time of year brings on a feeling of joy and sadness for many of us who have lost loved ones recently and over the year. I'd like to encourage the hearts of those who have recently lost loved one with these comforting words that assisted me in my healing process.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 10:26 PM

Lemons aren't just for lemonade

Lemons are high in vitamin C, have an anti-bacterial effect and are thought to possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. The juice consists of about 5% acid, which also makes them useful for a variety of household purposes. Lemons and lemon juice are a popular addition in environmentally friendly cleaning applications.


Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:02 PM

Reconnecting and remembering

While serving the family of God as a pastor, I have been invited and welcomed into many family reunions. I did not understand the true significance of this annual pilgrimage until this past weekend, when I traveled to the Outer Banks for my family’s first reunion. I spent three days immersed in family craziness. It was wonderful.


Oct. 14, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

Bull power on the farm

Is there enough bull power on the farm? Maybe that sounds like a dumb question, but it is one that all cattle farmers should ask themselves each year.


Oct. 11, 2013 @ 10:10 PM

No one can steal the treasures of heaven

September 26 started just like any other day. The sun came up, and all of our family got dressed and went to work or school. Our son and I were to meet for lunch when he got out of class. I figured that I could get in a few hours of work before then, so I headed to my office at church. Lunch time came. We met, we ate and we headed home. That was when life changed for us.


Oct. 07, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

How to read with your grandchild

There is a phrase that is often used to express a community’s relationship to child rearing, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Today, many grandparents have to parent their grandchildren when parents, for whatever reason, are unable to raise them. As grandparents, you want to see your grandchild succeed whether or not you are raising them. You can help your grandchild do better in school and promote success throughout his or her life by reading with her.


Oct. 04, 2013 @ 10:48 PM

Standing on our faith

October is a month that holds a special place in my heart. First and most important it was the month in which I was born. Then in October of 1998, I wrote my first article in the Daily Dispatch; thus beginning my journey as a faith page writer.