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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Great place to start ...

Small town newspapers are a great place to start writing newspaper opinions that share God's truth. Here is a good example.

Darold L. Hill is the Pastor at Charlotte Free Methodist Church (just outside of Lansing, Michigan). The Charlotte Shopping Guide published his article, titled “Tragedies of 9/11 can be healed through God”, which the Lansing State Journal posted on its website.

What I liked about the article was the part where Hill talks about how hope can return after the destruction of 9/11 and he provides a good scripture reference and citation:

In the center of the lament, Jeremiah includes words of hope that rise out of the ashes of destruction. His words from Lamentations chapter 3, verses 19-23 are still quoted over 2500 years later:

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

These words are so powerful that to this very day, on the 9th day of the 4th month of the Jewish calendar, these words of the ancient prophet are still read in synagogues all around the world.
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Hill could improve the article by staying on the singular point of hope. His inclusion of the idea prayerful confession in the context of the Presidential Prayer Team, while interesting, detracts from his core message of hope.

Hill’s article qualifies for the Amy Writings Awards, and we plan to contact him and encourage him to enter. We also encourage others to follow Hill’s example and share God’s truths in their small town circulars.

Submitted by Gina Umpstead

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