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August 18, 2004
Simon Brown Whenever the Balboa Island Historical Society and Museum is in need, Peggy Marotta answers the call. "She's always ready, willing and able to help under all circumstances," Craig Page, president of the Balboa Island Historical Society, said. "If you ever need something done, give her a call, and there is never a refusal." Marotta, 73, is a founding member of the Balboa Island Museum, which was created in 1999. She remains a board member and serves as a museum docent two hours each week.
October 1, 2004
To get some perspective on Thursday's debate between presidential candidates George Bush and John Kerry, the Daily Pilot invited members of the Orange Coast College national champion speech and debate team to analyze the candidates' performance. The panelists were communications student Nicolle Carpenter, president of OCC's speech and debate team and the fourth-ranked speaker in persuasion nationwide; communications student Sean Coutu, vice president of the speech and debate team and 16th-ranked speaker among the nation's community colleges; English and forestry student Jeremiah Pfaff, debate team member; and Mark Dorrough, director of OCC's debate team and co-director of the speech and debate team at Vanguard University.
October 14, 2004
Like many Costa Mesa residents and business owners, we've gotten used to associating Westside redevelopment with words like "delayed," "on hold" and "hurdles." And so it was a terrifically pleasant surprise to watch city leaders actually "approve" and "move on" the latest proposal for revamping this much-debated and much-discussed part of town. We hope this approval is a sign of things to come. Too often in the past, plans have been made and then scrapped.
November 18, 2008
Writer Gustavo Arellano, the creator of the popular ?¡Ask a Mexican!? column in the OC Weekly, will visit the Lab in Costa Mesa tonight to sign copies of his new book, ?Orange County: A Personal History.? Arellano also writes other articles for the alternative weekly, including a food column called ?This Hole-in-the-Wall Life,? and is a frequent contributor on public radio. The syndicated ?¡Ask a Mexican!? column is his claim to fame, though. Readers send in questions ?
June 7, 2003
"Our prayers run along one road and God's answers by another, and by and by they meet." -- ADONIRAM JUDSON "If we will make use of prayer to call down upon ourselves and others those things, which will glorify the name of God, then we shall see the strongest and boldest promises of the Bible about prayer fulfilled. Then we shall see such answers to prayer as we had never thought were possible." -- O. HALLESBY There are trials and tragedies in our country and around the world that I try to pray for whenever I can. There has been a trial and tragedy in our community that has already been prayed for locally, across the country and around the world, and the family can't thank you enough for all the incredible support.
By the Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson | April 19, 2013
Originally, I had anticipated writing about Earth Day and the obligation that people of faith have to care for God's creation. After all, if we cannot be the prophetic voice and model an earth-conscious life, how can we possibly honor our God? And yet, the events of this week demand reflection. Eyes glued to the television, tears streaming down my face, a face that mirrors a nation of faces in mourning, I try to make sense of the senseless. I'm not a news junkie. I cannot do hour after hour of television.
January 13, 2002
It took just a few days for there to be a good reason for Newport Coast residents to celebrate their incorporation into Newport Beach. Maybe even 20 million. Newport Beach officials are coming to their 7,000 new constituents' aid by looking into how about $181 million in bond money sold to help build the community was used. By some estimations, as much as $20 million may be unaccounted for. Much of the money under review, some $40 million, was used to build Newport Coast Drive.
By James P. Gray | January 9, 2010
This is the 117th column I have written for the Daily Pilot. When the editors and I first reached an agreement, I committed for only a year. But it has been so much fun and such a challenge, and I have received so much gratification from your comments and responses, that I simply had to keep going. And the editors graciously allowed this to occur. Almost from the beginning of this project, I asked one of my best and most admired friends, Andrew J. Guilford, a U.S. District Court judge in Santa Ana and former president of the State Bar of California, if he would look at the drafts of my columns to give me his thoughts, criticisms and suggestions.
December 4, 2004
CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." -- CICERO "Are you still thankful?" I asked the woman as she rang up my groceries. "I am thankful each and every day. God has been so good to me," she replied. "I really appreciated our discussion the day before Thanksgiving when you came in. I had just waited on two unhappy women; one was angry that she couldn't find a place to park, and the other was upset about the long lines in the store.
March 13, 2006
You've got questions? Erin Baldwin says she's got answers. The independent business consultant has launched an online question-answering service from her Costa Mesa office. For $35, Baldwin says she can answer any question you throw at her, whether it's about combating pesky gnats to incorporating a business offshore. "The idea is to provide practical business information at a price people can afford," said Baldwin, who launched at the beginning of March.
By Billy Graham | May 2, 2014
Q: Where is God? My Christian friend says he is somewhere up in heaven, but my yoga instructor says God dwells in every one of us, and we just need to look within to connect with the divine (which is what she calls God). Who's right? — Mrs. M.D. A: God is not limited to one place; he is what theologians call "omnipresent" — that is, he is everywhere. The Psalmist declared, "If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there" (Psalm 139:8).
By Billy Graham | April 25, 2014
Q: When we get to heaven, will we ever have worries or bad thoughts, or think about things we really shouldn't think about? Sometimes my brain wanders all over the place, and I find myself thinking about things I know I shouldn't. Will it be different in heaven? — J.S. A: Yes, it definitely will be different in heaven! The Bible says that in heaven all sin will be banished, including not only evil actions, but also evil thoughts and emotions. The Bible says, "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful" (Revelation 21:27)
By Billy Graham | April 18, 2014
Q: My wife gets after me because she says I spend too much time at the gym. I admit I do go there every day for several hours or so after work, but God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesn't he? — M.J. A: Yes, of course God wants us to take care of the bodies he has given us, and proper exercise is certainly part of that. The Bible says, "You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). At the same time, I urge you to take seriously what your wife is saying, and ask yourself why you're spending so much time at the gym. Frankly, the reasons may be hard for you to face honestly, but you need to do it anyway, for your sake and the sake of your marriage and family.
By Billy Graham | April 11, 2014
Q: I don't mean to offend you, but I've tried to read the Bible and found it kind of dull. And yet some of my friends find it exciting. What's wrong? Why don't I get anything out of it? — P.D. A: In reality, the Bible should be the most exciting book you'll ever read! The reason is, this isn't just another book; it is God's Word, and through its pages God speaks to us. Think of it: The Creator of the universe wants to talk to you! What does He want to tell you? First, He wants to tell you about Himself — who He is, what He is like, and what He has done for you. We can understand some things about God by looking at the world He created, but we only fully understand Him by discovering what He's told us in the Bible.
By Billy Graham | March 28, 2014
Q: To be honest, heaven sounds kind of boring to me. I'm sure it will be very interesting for a while, but eventually I think I'll just be bored. Am I wrong? — Mrs. R.P. A: Yes, you are wrong. Heaven will be far more exciting than anything we will ever experience on this earth. The one thing we will never be in heaven is bored. Why? One reason is because we will be with God — and because he is infinite and eternal, we will never grow tired of exploring the riches of his glory.
By Billy Graham | March 21, 2014
Q: I know the economy is supposed to be getting better, but it sure hasn't helped me find a job. Part of the problem is that I'm in my 50s now, and no one wants to hire people my age. Why won't God help me? I feel so useless. — F.B. A: The most important thing I can tell you is that you are not useless — not in God's eyes. He cares about you and knows all about your situation, and he wants to help you. You can trust his promise: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5)
By Mark Davis | March 21, 2014
During our class on Mark's gospel last Sunday, I was reminded of Rudyard Kipling's description of the jackal. "Even the tiger runs and hides when little Tabaqui goes mad, for madness is the most disgraceful thing that can overtake a wild creature. " When the jackal was mad, it was more horrifying than terrorizing. All the animals avoided the raging jackal because it simply knew no boundaries and had no shame. To engage with it would require entering its unseemly world. This week we saw the passing of Fred Phelps, the past leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, purveyor of excessive and inflammatory pronouncements of how God hates just about everyone but its leaders.
By Billy Graham | March 7, 2014
Q: How can I know whether or not a group is a cult? A woman in my office keeps trying to get me to go with her to her religious assembly, but I don't know anything about it. I didn't come from a religious family, but I know I need God. — Mrs. L.F.H. A: I'm thankful you know you need to have God in your life, and I hope you won't let anything take away that desire. Jesus' promise is for you: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7)
By Billy Graham | February 21, 2014
Q: I can't get around very easily because of some physical disabilities. They've gotten worse recently, and now I've had to stop going to my church because it isn't handicapped accessible. Will God understand why I don't go anymore? — Mrs. A.B. A: I want to assure you that God understands your situation, and he doesn't look down on you because you can't do everything you once did. The Bible says, "For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses" (Hebrews 4:15)
By Hannah Fry and Emily Foxhall | February 19, 2014
A group interested in founding a private Christian high school in Newport Beach found a possible location at the site of their alma mater, a school that has since been converted into the West Newport Community Center. Newport Beach is hoping to get a school to open at the location, which would be shared with the city as it works to finalize a location for a new community center, officials confirmed Wednesday. The property seemed ideal to David Bahnsen, vice president of Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County's board of trustees, which is interested in the former site of Newport Christian High School.
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