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May 22, 2006

The bridge to Jesus

To the editor:

Why is it that Christians have to take the blow? Maybe that is why we are where we are in this country that was founded on the "Christian faith." Christians need to stand up, and stand up tall. It's fine with me if you don't want to accept what we as Christians know as truth. Faith is not blind, it's for the seeing. Faith is sight. It's when you don't have faith that you are blind. Just because you sit in a chair that you can see doesn't mean that it's going to hold you when you sit upon it. But you sit by faith. The Bible is not for skeptics, it's for those seeking the truth. The Bible is not contradictory, it's truth. The skeptics don't believe because they are blind.

Archaeologists have proven over and over that the gospels are true and that the sites are true. More than 500 people actually saw Jesus' resurrection. I didn't actually see the Twin Towers explode, but many did, so should I not believe in that event?


I saw some geese born on our property yesterday. You didn't see it. Does that mean that it wasn't true, or do you have to take my word by faith? Faith covers a lot of things, but most importantly, it covers where you will spend all of eternity. I'd rather know where I am going than trust the skeptics. They may be surprised. I want no surprises after I die.

I talked to someone today who believes God is in a tree and hugs it. Should I believe them versus the God who created the tree? There are earth-worshipers. Should I join their ranks and worship the earth rather than the God who created it? Should I worship all of these because they are visible and not worship God whom I have not seen?

I would rather, as Pastor John Miller suggests, look for Jesus than not to look for Jesus. I think not looking is being blind. Being not totally stupid, I have just enough knowledge to know that there is a heaven to desire and a hell to shun.

Indeed, many choose to ignore this fact. That is their choice, but we, as Christians, should at least tell one beggar looking for bread where bread can be found. It is the bread of life and then they can choose to take a bite or refuse. All of life is about choices.

There's a bridge that comes to my home. I go over this bridge by faith every day. Should I not go to my home because I doubt the strength of the bridge? Now the bridge doesn't look real great. Should I not go over it because of what I see, or by faith continue over it toward home? I travel it by faith.

Faith, you see, lifts its eyes to the sky and sees God. Faith sees beyond the sky and knows that God is there. It's a heart thing. The heart is decidedly wicked and refuses to acknowledge God, but then there are those who have a heart for God. Everything in life is a choice of the heart, whether for good or for evil.

Faith is not blind. Faith sees God. Faith sees God with the heart. Have you ever seen the wind? No, but you see its effects. Have you ever been in love and known the explosion of the heart? It's a human fact for most people.

Have you ever seen God? No, but many know the reality of a personal relationship with Him. Don't bash what you do not know. That is ignorance. But that's all right, because it's your choice. God is in charge of my destiny. That's my choice. I dare you to read the Bible. You might just find God.

Anne E. Cox

Thanks for your many kindnesses

To the editor:

My wife and I are writing this letter to express our sincere gratitude for the kindness and generosity shown toward our granddaughter, Allyson and her parents, following her diagnosis and surgery for Moyamoya disease.

First, we would like to thank every member of the Maugansville Ruritan for the giving of their time and resources for the benefit auction that was held on Allyson's behalf.

Secondly, we want to thank all the auctioneers who unselfishly donated their time. We are very grateful for all the auction items and monetary donations given by many businesses and individuals. Herald-Mail reporter Janet Heim also deserves a special thank-you for the wonderful article she wrote about Allyson and the auction.

The support of our families, our church family, our friends, our co-workers, our employers and local organizations in addition to the others has truly been a blessing.

It has been several weeks since Allyson's surgery and she is doing very well. Her surgery was successful and we continue to see improvements every day.

When Allyson is older, we will tell her about all the wonderful people who came together to help and pray for her.

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who helped our granddaughter Allyson in any way and may God bless you.

Roy and Donna Semler

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