Letters to the editor, July 16, 2012

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Old problem, old solution

A solution to an old problem in our community is Jesus Christ. Let me begin by saying as someone who has attended church practically my entire life, it is hard to let others know you are a follower of Jesus.

In this country we have forgotten the freedom to attend church. Easter and Christmas as national holidays. Leaders in our country must believe in God or this would not be so.

To believe in Jesus is one thing, but to say he is the answer seems to feel uncomfortable to let people know.

As a Christian, you may go to church, pray, sing praises to God and still not receive all God has planned for you. It becomes a ritual.

Anyone who asks Jesus to become their savior and come into their hearts, he will and abide there. God's spirit comes and guides you only if you allow. After accepting Jesus, I have for many years led my own life and haven't let God be in control.

We make mistakes and get caught up in bad behavior sometimes and get trapped. What I'm trying to say is Jesus can free us from mistakes and lead us back in the right direction.

When someone turns to drugs it is a trap that you can be set free from. God loves drug addicts and anyone who has a life-controlling habit.

God says in his word, Jesus has come to set the captives free. This doesn't just mean drugs and alcohol. It means anything that controls you.

On Main Street in Lebanon is a ministry called The Way to Recovery. It is a Christ-centered place where anyone with a life-controlling problem can go to get the information needed to help.

As a community, it is our responsibility to help people. Someone with an addiction needs help from God and other people to overcome and to live a better life.

Praise be to God for sending his son Jesus to the cross to die in our place, so that we can be free from sin and death.

Jesus' blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness and gives us the freedom to live a life acceptable in God's sight.

We will never be good enough on our own. Thank God we're not on our own. Jesus is with us, living inside us, if we have accepted him as our savior. Who's guiding, Jesus or you?

Norma Shepperson



Care about animals

My dog and cat are truly my best friends. They ask for so little and give so much!

I only hope that these animals are provided fresh water, food, shelter, and shade all through the year.

We have a great shelter in Marion County. Unwanted and abused dogs and cats can be taken there.

Have a heart and care people!

David L. Duley

St. Mary