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Who is right?


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson

How many Christian faiths exist? In Rushford alone there are at least seven Christian church flavors, counting two different Lutheran varieties.

Wouldn’t one think that Christianity would have a single unified faith if the church were truly faithful in following God’s plan? Seems logical so do these many approaches draw into question the very legitimacy of Christianity? Some might say so. But God has given us free will. And often the results ain’t pretty.

Many countries however, do have a certain unity. In state religions such as Lutheran in Scandinavia, Anglican in England, and Catholic in many other countries. Is Christianity a growing and powerful force in all of those nations, especially in Europe? Not hardly. The Christian faith and state churches are mere relics of what they once were. A significant majority in many European populations are atheist and few attend church.

But that is not true of America. Though there has been a worrying decline in the number of people who believe in God and attend church, the United States by far, is more Christian than other nations.

The history of Christianity is a chronicle of a search for the proper way to believe in and for the best way to worship God. Because we are fallible human beings, the fact is none of us will get it quite right. No particular Christian faith will either. Can’t be helped. There are too many humans involved.

The many varieties of Christian faith are God’s method of bringing salvation to the many. Miracles occur in all of these.

One of my Air Force buddies was a Catholic chaplain, is a retired colonel, and now a Bishop, reminds me that there is only one organization that has existed for two thousand years. Moreover, it’s primary focus has never changed. That is Christ on the Cross. Gotta be a reason for that he says. I can’t disagree.

In many ways, the Catholic Church is the anchor for all Christianity. Many protestants have differences with Catholics. However, often their notions about what Catholics believe is somewhat inaccurate. And visa-versa.

Is there an essential point in this? Yes, there is. The Bible is the account of God’s salvation for us. The single most important component for all Christian faiths is Christ on the Cross. Everything else is secondary and even trivial. In that, all Christian faiths are unified.[Read the Rest]
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Biggen’s BBQ incorrectly labeled at council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Chad Rich At the July 13 Peterson City Council meeting, Councilor Gail Boyum incorrectly stated that “come to find out, Biggen’s BBQ is not a registered business in Peterson and should not be allowed as a vendor in city celebrations.” I wa ..... 
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Letter about worshipers of the creator vs. worshipers of creation...

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

Letter about worshipers of the creator vs. worshipers of creation... To the Editor, I am grieved at the denial, or lack of knowledge, of God by some writers in the Journal. Bryan Van Gorp says birth is by accident, therefore denying, or lacking ..... 
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Letter about why is County Road 1 still rerouted ...

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

Letter about why is County Road 1 still rerouted ... To the Editor, Someone in the know explain to me why County Rd. 1 north through Spring Valley, which is currently under construction for three years, is still routed up to the Kingsland School a ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 25, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 25, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 25, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, July 26, Fillmore County Commis ..... 
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Letter about perish the thought...

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

Letter about perish the thought... To the Editor, Frac sand mining in Houston County is a bad idea. Ordinances ad nauseam will never alter that fact. The best thing to do with a bad idea is banish it. We lock up really bad apples, but conti ..... 
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City celebrations and events policy at July 13 Peterson City Council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Dave Colbenson At the July 13 Peterson City Council Meeting, I brought forward a city policy that would protect and promote ALL businesses within the City of Peterson, whether in-home or located in the downtown area. It also required food vendor ..... 
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Semcac’s Volunteer Driver Program is vital to many

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

As we grow older, it may become more difficult to get to where we need to go. The reasons for this can vary. Perhaps someone has never had a driver’s license or has had to give up driving due to medical reasons. It could be that a friend or rel ..... 
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Study: Better health outcomes for seniors in Minnesota program

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A federal study released this week found better health outcomes for Minnesota seniors served by a popular, longstanding program combining Medicaid and Medicare benefits, a finding that holds promise as other states seek to improve health care for lo ..... 
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