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Saturday, August 23, 2014

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From Iraq ambulance to Stuarts Draft auction house

Stuarts Draft veteran chants bids to help seniors

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Ethnic mascot names are slurs

For many, the middle finger Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel gave the Washington Redskins Monday night in the preseason game was the most horrific, insensitive display in the stadium.

  • icon Posted: August 20

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Science meets art at the natural history museum

Amidst piles of plaster dust and 14 million year old fossils, Dr. Alton Dooley trains his eyes on the stream of black liquid as he carefully pours a resin mixture into pink silicone molds.

  • icon Updated: August 21

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Being a Christian will cost you in this world

Feel free... ...to share your convictions with the world ...to act upon your convictions, even if doing so confuses others ...to exercise your freedom of speech ...to talk about what's important to you ...to vote your conscience ...to be passionate about what moves you most ...to stand on your own soapbox ...to offend others for the sake of your good cause ...to try to persuade others that your worldview is most valid ...to make judgments about others ...to make statements about your beliefs with your actions ...to raise your kids to appreciate what you believe to be truth ...to point out things you think are harmful to others ...to point out things that you think are wrong with someone else's way of living ...to be bold in your proclamations ...to take a political stance ...to exist as part of a group without being stereotyped as the way others in that group might be ...to say things that others will disagree with ...to be concerned with the fate of people you don't even know because of the love you have for people in general ...to be close-minded about the things you have settled in your mind and therefore think are closed issues ...to post links to articles that are biased towards your personal ideology on your Facebook profile ...to talk about all the negatives about those you think are dead wrong ...to detail the flaws in other people's ways of looking at the world ...to preach it like you mean it .Feel free to do all of these things UNLESS you're a Christian. In that case, please feel free to just shut up.   Part of the trick of being a Christian is realizing that the people who are telling us to shut up are the same ones to whom God has called us to love and to provide a great witness. It’s no easy task to show grace when you’re part of a conversation where everyone is free to voice beliefs until you share yours. It’s no fun being called a bigot for expressing a conviction clearly expressed in the Bible, a book that you hold to be the true Word of God. The persecution of Christians that is going on all over the world right now is a gross example of how far things can get. Those types of persecutions always begin with the censorship of words and beliefs. If you don’t see more and more of that happening right here, you are walking through the world with eyes wide shut or you aren’t sharing any kind of truth that’s offending anyone anyway. While some view tolerance and a lack of conviction as some kind of a virtue, Jesus never held those views. In Matthew 10:34, Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” He knew His teachings would divide people, not bring all men together. In John 15:18-19, Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” In Mark 13:9, Jesus said, “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.” It seems pretty clear that the people who are telling us to shut up today are just fulfilling the prophecy that Jesus spoke 2000 years ago. Those who are taking the sword to believers in Christ in the Middle East are doing that as well. We’ve been told from the beginning to expect persecution. Most of it in our country has been minor compared to others in the world, but we should expect it to get worse, not better. In the end, I’m always reminded that Jesus told me that before I decide to become one of His disciples, I must count the cost. I did that. I realized that living for Him and speaking out for Him can cost me a life of comfort and pleasure. I realized that if I chose to live for Him, I’d have people come against me. I counted the cost, and determined that having someone tell me to “shut up” every once in awhile or even putting my head on a block is a light affliction compared to the glory of what it is to come (actually, Paul said that first!). I have decided to follow Jesus and, for me, there is no turning back.

  • icon Posted: August 23

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Warriors come together again

Ten years ago, everything was different. Some were from Waynesboro, some from Staunton and others from across the mountain in Charlottesville, but they all experienced things together. 

  • icon Updated: July 23

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Online poll

Based on the current information and route, do you support the proposed Dominion Resources pipeline?

Dominion Resources plans to build a pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina, with a portion stretching across Augusta and Nelson counties. Company officials spoke to both sets of county supervisors this week, as well as answered follow up questions from the News Virginian staff. Based on the information as currently presented, is this pipeline something you would support?

Total Votes: 844

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