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The 12th District and Washington’s 48 other legislative districts have had specific boundaries since 2012. The borders for these districts, as well as Washington’s 10 federal congressional districts, will change in 2022 after the state’s redistricting process is completed near the end of this...
“Truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.” That quote from Todd Wagner has always stuck with me through the years of ministry and has become even more pertinent now. No matter the temperament or the kind disposition of an individual, if they speak the truth about any given issue, they...
After a short hospital stay for a bleeding ulcer, 78-year-old Mabel became anemic. She was discharged home on medicine to heal her ulcer, plus an iron supplement. Despite taking iron for 3 months, Mabel’s blood tests showed she was still low in iron. When I asked her which iron supplement she was...
You should definitely stay away from any medicines you’re allergic to or that have caused you problems in the past. For example, if you are allergic to penicillin, taking amoxicillin (a type of penicillin) would be a very BAD IDEA. Some medicines don't mix well with others. This can cause problems...
“...let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely…” (Hebrews 12:1). Admittedly, that is easier said than done considering sin touches the heart, speaks to it, and consumes it with various lusts. The temptation of sin is pervasive and every day, there is a gnawing at our flesh...
Your muscles, nerves and blood vessels depend on calcium to work properly. If there is not enough calcium in your blood for your muscles and nerves, your body will grab calcium right out of your bones to make it up. Over time, you lose more and more bone until something gives: your hip breaks or...
I greet each of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a fellow pastor, navigating ministry during this unprecedented time in our community has been challenging for all of us. We have been thrust into situations that we weren’t prepared for and have had to count the cost of what it means to...
Over 40% of American adults are deficient in vitamin D. Are you? You are more likely to be lacking vitamin D if you are elderly, have dark skin, are homebound, or live in an institution like a nursing home.  And if you are deficient in vitamin D, you are more likely to become seriously ill with...
In an opinion column in the April 28 edition of the Leavenworth Echo, Pastor Smith questioned the verdict of Derek Chauvin, saying it was a sham verdict; the result of “mob rule.” It was, according to Pastor Smith, a de facto unjust trial. I would like to provide a different perspective.   ...
When May arrives every year, I think of my mother. Although Mother's Day is indeed in mid-May, May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. For the last ten years of her life, my mother suffered greatly from complications of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition where...

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