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Family, Faith and Favorite Things
In April 30 Issue
By Linda Stephens, Columnist

Favorite Thing:  a box of “gizmos”.  In this box are things I want to keep but I don’t know what to do with. I want to be able to find them when I need them. So, I’ve  put them in a shoebox and labeled the box -“Gizmos”.  

They include a blade balancer and extra screws for the kitchen fan installed last summer, old bathroom faucet knobs from the master bath,  that will still fit the faucets in the hall bathroom, screws for outdoor light fixtures, a storm door and a  book case, and a knob from  an electric heater. It’s a helpful box to have around, as long as I remember it’s there.

Sometimes,  I don’t remember and can’t find the “gizmo” I’m looking for. Just now I looked in the box and found screws to the glass storm door . David and I  looked and looked for them. But not in the gizmo box.  Oh well, maybe we’ll remember next time!

Retired UMC Bishops seek doctrinal change. “A group of 33 retired bishops of the United Methodist Church  is pushing for the denomination to change its policy on homosexuals in clergy roles. Sharon Rader, one  of the bishops, said she was convicted when she talked with seminary students who she felt were gifted for ministry but hindered by their homosexuality.

She said ‘When the church has a position that many people do not hold, and those people are in leadership, they have to make compromises with their own integrity.’

Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, disagrees. ‘The UMC stands out almost uniquely among the liberal-dominated mainline denominations because it does still have official biblical standards on marriage and moral conduct for its clergy,’ he said.

Nearly 40 percent of the denomination’s  85 retired bishops have signed the statement pushing for the recalling of the doctrine. Tooley said, ‘It should be remembered that these retired bishops do represent the church’s past and are responsible for the church having lost 3 million members in the U.S. over the last 45 years.

We have  already seen the fruits of their liberal theology.’  ”(source: AFA magazine/May 11 and also

Bishop Rader should  become  re-aquainted with the word of God and what it says about homosexuality.  She should become “convicted” about  the word of God, not the opinion of  people.

She should  share the truth of God’s word with students. Seminary students and others who say they are  homosexuals have chosen the homosexual lifestyle.

They were not born homosexual. They chose to live that way.  God’s word clearly tells us that He/God made man in His own image, male and female made them. God’s word is the truth, no matter how many people hold an opposite view or belief.

Easter Sunday Newspaper Ad. Did you see the big, one page ad in the Lexington Herald Leader on Easter Sunday, April 24,  by Hobby Lobby?  

I’ve noticed their  large ads at Christmas, but this was the first year for me to see the Easter ad.  Here’s what it said: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Then in the middle of the page in huge letters: ”HE DIED. WE LIVE.”  The ad goes on to say: “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:8-9.

At the bottom of the page are these words. “If you would like to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, call Need Him Ministry at 1-888-Need Him.”  Now right there is an awesome ad or message as Hobby Lobby calls them, but that’s not all. The message  goes  on to say: “To down load a free Bible for your phone, go to”  A free Bible! What a  wonderful gift to make available to  readers of the newspaper.

Come to find out, Hobby Lobby has been placing messages in newspapers for several years. Here’s what I found on their web site.  “Beginning Easter Sunday, 1997, Hobby Lobby placed a full page message ad in all of the newspapers in which we advertise.

Since then, we have placed a full page message ad each Christmas day and each Easter Sunday in our newspapers in which we advertise. For Easter 2007, this was 290 newspapers in 30 states with a readership in excess of 47 million.”

More About the Hobby Lobby Family. David Green, CEO,  founded  Hobby Lobby in 1972. The Green family has one of the largest private collections of biblical manuscripts and artifacts in the world. The collection totals around 30,000 items.  

It premiered in March in a preview exhibit for a dazzled crowd of scholars, politicians and businesspeople at the Vatican Embassy in Washington D.C. Its first exhibit, called “Passages” will open soon  at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and run through October 16th. Sometime in the next three years, the Greens plan to build a museum to permanently display the artifacts. But Green doesn’t want to collect biblical manuscripts like art enthusiasts would Picassos.

“The whole reason to collect them is to tell the story, he said. “We have amassed a collection not to be put in a closet but to share the Word. We want a very broad reach.”

Why a new tax deadline this year? The government postponed the deadline for filing income tax returns till April 18th.

The reason? The usual tax deadline of April 15th was on the day when the District of Columbia observed  this year’s  Emancipation Day. ( Now is that an oxymoron or what?)

Again, I appreciate all of you who read my column. Remember to pray for our country and its leaders. Till next week. 

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