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Tj Saling Caldwell

I recently came back from a mission trip to India with Apple of His Eye Charity. Two months before leaving, I unexpectedly met a lady visiting our church from Seattle. She learned about the charity and our upcoming trip to India to work with orphans and widows and excitedly offered to donate several copies of her first published children’s book. I gladly accepted about 10 copies of her signed book but at the same time wondered how I was going to fit yet one more thing into my luggage. It’s hard not to exceed weight restrictions when we stuff our bags with goodies and surprises for the orphans and widows, and I already had accumulated a large pile. Continue reading

Gentleness is evidence of a life filled with Creator God. The Apostle Paul wrote to Jesus’ followers in Galatia that the Spirit of God would be expressed through their lives in “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). This sounds a bit overwhelming – maybe impossible – but God never intended for us to do it alone. As I hear frequently from the younger generation, this is a “God thing.”

By definition, a gentle person is non-threatening, accepting, considerate and soft-spoken. They are the kind of person we want to be near when Continue reading

George was one of the thousands who came to the Oregon country in the Great Migration of 1843-1844. But he did not fit our stereotyped picture of the poor desperate sodbuster who was gradually going broke back East and had come out west to seek his fortune.

George was a successful businessman in Missouri. He bought six wagons for the trip west and outfitted them for some of his closest friends and business acquaintances. On the way to Oregon, he was in a position to help his fellow travelers in time of need, and he often did.

But there was something else special about George. He was black, what they called in those days a free Negro—not freed, for George had never been a slave. His Continue reading

The following is submitted by Mrs. Laura Merriott, President, Save Unborn Life:

What would you pay to save an unborn baby from abortion? Save Unborn Life offers abortion-minded women a sum of $3000 to not abort their child, they can keep the baby or give it up for adoption.

Our website is and we welcome you to help convince many more moms to not abort their child. We have saved over 100 unborn babies, and with the help of other pro-life donors, could save many more, what greater gift can one give than to save a baby from abortion?

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SOURCE Save Unborn Life

Victoria Larson, N.D.

One of the most well-known Blue Zone diets comes to us from the Mediterranean. Blue Zones are those five areas on our luscious, green Earth where citizens routinely live into their 80s, 90s, and beyond; where the people are considerably healthier than most of their US counterparts with lower rates of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Blue Zones are those areas that were discovered by researchers on a global map where there was more longevity than in our country. They circled those areas in blue pens for further study and hence they became “The Blue Zones.”

Ikaria, Greece is a rather remote island where modern habits and attitudes have not become entrenched. They chop, grind, simmer, and stew without the so-called modern conveniences, except perhaps a pressure cooker. They bake in outdoor wood-fired ovens with wood that is scavenged locally. And due to the nature of being an island, most everything is gathered, grown, and produced locally. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

Let’s face it – snow is a kind of novelty for us. Unless it’s December. Even then it’s not exactly common. If we should have a “white Christmas” we go nuts! It’s like “how neat is this!” We thank our lucky stars, pull on our boots, and put on our snow tires. We discreetly chuckle at those whose cars are sidelined roadside. We use the fireplace for the first time all year. We constantly look outside as though the weather has become some sort of miracle. We make thick soups and leave towels on the floor. We don’t complain about drying off little dog feet – even though it is a heck of a lot of feet! Bending over is good for us – right? All of this brings me to last week.

I decided to have some “me” time. My life had been busy of late due to a decision to part with half of my antique glass collection. It’s never an easy process. However, I managed to consign my pieces to a Portland auction house that seemed like an old friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. Continue reading

Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspectives

Colossians 3:1-4 tells us that as believers, in a sense, we’re already in Heaven with Christ: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (emphasis added).
Our intimate link with Christ in His redemptive work makes us inseparable from Him, even now. As we walk with Him and commune with Him in this world, we experience a faint foretaste of Heaven’s delights and wonders.

Though it’s true that Christ is with us and within us while we’re on Earth, it also works in the other direction—we’re united with Christ, so much so that we are seated with Him in Heaven: “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).
Notice that the following description, written to believers alive on Earth, is in the present perfect (not future) tense, which expresses a completed action: “You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to Continue reading

The swearing in ceremony for Secretary of State Bev Clarno at the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Salem, Ore.

Today, Secretary of State Bev Clarno took her ceremonial Oath of Office in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office of the Oregon State Capitol.

“I am honored by the confidence you have placed in me in appointing me to serve as Secretary of State,” said Secretary Clarno in her opening remarks.

“My priorities as your Secretary of State are to listen, to ensure that the office in which I serve is fulfilling its responsibilities in a professional and non-partisan manner, and that hard-working Oregonians’ tax dollars are spent in the most cost-effective way possible.”

The oath was administered by the Honorable Martha Walters, the first woman Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. In addition, brief remarks were given by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Senators Jackie Winters and Betsy Johnson—senators who served with Secretary Clarno in the Oregon Senate. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Governor Kate Brown

Dear Governor Brown,

I noticed with considerable amazement that you characterized ‘Global Warming’ as “The crisis of our time.” That is far beyond how most Oregonians rate this issue, even those who count themselves as ‘true believers.’ We have many problems in Oregon that deserve much more of your attention and funding than a hypothetical problem that is best characterized as fraud.

Every time I drive through Portland, I am reminded of the enormous homeless problem that you seem unable to address. Closely connected to that are mental health and drug addiction problems that you likewise seem unable to address. Over the years two dead bodies have been dumped on my property, one a heroin overdose and the other a Mexican drug dealer apparently shot by his gang. These are related to the issues of illegal immigration and free passage of large quantities of drugs across the Mexican border. Why don’t you support strong action against these very real crises? Continue reading

Edmund Pierzchala

To: Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi
PSU President
CC: PSU CampusSecurity
Dear Dr. Shoureshi:

I wish to relate to you my concerns regarding a recent event at the PSU campus.

Michael Strickland was invited by the Portland State University College Republicans to give a presentation and a talk about the events of July 7th, 2016, which led to his conviction of felony charges after he drew a legally carried firearm in self-defense against a violent mob in downtown Portland.

His PSU presentation was disrupted, which you can see in this YouTube video, and many others circulating on the Internet: Continue reading

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