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Eli Griffin has been a familiar face and voice in local theater productions. He endeared audiences to him in “Les Miserables” and “Tarzan.” He was a boy in those days. But now he’s a young man with a vision: He seeks to share the Gospel.

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Leviticus 23:10-11 — “Speak to the children of Israel, say to them, when you come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the First Fruits of your harvest to the priests. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you; o…

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1 Timothy 5:24-25 (NIV) — “The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them: The sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious and even those that are not cannot be hidden.”

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Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) — “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wiseman who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house: Yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on…

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Acts 1:3 (NIV) — “After His suffering, He showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.”

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Matthew 26:27-29 (NIV) — “Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for the many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you; I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until tha…

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Galatians 2:11-13 (NIV) — “When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the gentiles because he was afraid of t…

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1 Corinthians 15:1-2 (NIV) — “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the Gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this Gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word, I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”

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Jeremiah 51:20 — “‘You are my battle axe and sword,’ says the Lord. ‘With you I will shatter nations and destroy many kingdoms.’”

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Jude 1:17-23 (NIV) — “But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.’ These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have th…

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Matthew 4:1-4 (NV) — “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights He was hungry. The tempter came to Him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written, ‘Man doe…

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It can get pretty rowdy at Oceans Church United on a Wednesday night. But it’s a good kind of noise. Youngsters, from middle schoolers to high schoolers, engage in high-energy activities that are part of Oceans’ Anchor Youth program.

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Matthew 24:3-8 (NIV) — “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said. ‘When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come…

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It won’t be too long before patrons of Monk’s Rock will be able to enjoy their cappuccino and pastries in the haven of the coffee shop, which has been closed due to church holidays, reorganization of merchandise and the usual annual staff winter break.

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV) — “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According …

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way teachers teach and students learn. Online classes have become the normal means of educating. But this distance learning has its advantages, said Fr. Vasilly Fisher, acting dean of St. Herman’s Theological Seminary

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Romans 1:1-6 (NIV) — “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spir…

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Isaiah 9:6 — “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders, and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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Christmas. All the amenities of domestic life converge during this season of “peace on earth, good will toward men”: gift giving, great food, beautiful music and family gatherings.

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John 1:14 (NIV) — “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” 

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Isaiah 43:10-13 (NIV) — “You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no Savior. I h…

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The names Teacon, Masha, Ephrezenia, Lazon and Davis may not mean a great deal to most of our readers. But if you’re from Akhiok, they are part of your genealogy, your historical narrative and culture.

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Romans 15:9-13 (NIV) — “So that the Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: ‘Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to Your Name.’ Again, it says, ‘Rejoice, O’ Gentiles, with His people.’ And again, ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing pra…

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Romans 5:1-5 (NIV) — “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoi…

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When we leave this world to enter the Afterlife, we will be remembered by our character, our values, by how we treated others. His Eminence, Archbishop David Mahaffey, spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church in America’s Alaska Diocese, was fondly remembered by his flock this past week follo…

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Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV) — “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs…

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2 Corinthians 3:1-4 (NIV) — “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result o…

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Daniel 10:12-14 (NIV) — “Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me 21 day…

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National attention has been riveted on the presidential election these past two weeks. This preoccupation with politics reminded me that Kodiak Island, although not a campaign stop, has been visited by presidents or their staffers, as well as a presidential hopeful.

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Psalm 106:1-8 (NIV) — “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare His praise? Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right. Remember, O Lord, when you show favor t…

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What would we do without King’s Diner? When we reached the peak of the coronavirus restrictions, people worried that Eleanor King, the diner’s proprietor, would be forced to close down. But Eleanor, like other restaurateurs, circumvented the negative impact of the COVID shutdowns by offering…

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Hebrews 3:12-14 (NIV) — “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the Living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if w…

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Genesis 3:1-4 (NIV) — “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruits from the trees in the garden, but God did say…

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She spent years as a classroom and home-school teacher, and now Sena Rogers is overseeing the academic and spiritual training of young minds at the Kodiak Christian School. Rogers is the school’s new principal, replacing Katherine Baquero who resigned last year.

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Mark 9:38-41 (NIV) — “‘Teacher,’ said John, ‘we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything about me, for whoever is not against us i…

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Mark 12:13-17 (NIV) — “Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch Him in His words. They came to Him and said, ‘Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in acco…

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You’ve probably seen him on “Deadliest Catch,” blurting the lines of limericks and other poems while working on the deck of a fishing boat. Or you’ve most likely read or heard his poetry at a memorial service paying homage to a beloved community member who had passed.