On April 20, in the Religion section of the Lewiston Tribune, Pastor Nick Hasselstrom stated that: “In the 27th Chapter of Matthew, Jesus cries out ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ What was the significance of this cry? I believe it was meant for us so we would know because he was forsaken that we never would be.” The problem with this theology is that, if we take it to its logical conclusion, since Jesus died on the cross without sin, then this frees the Christians to commit sin.

Then the pastor says that: “He promises in his word that he will never leave us or forsake us.” Yes, Jesus in his “forsakenness” will never leave the Christian, who has been forsaken by God the Father. But thinking of the forsaken and abandoned savior on the cross motivates the forsaken Christian to move on in his life.

Hasselstrom mentions in another place about “a time when a holy God would turn away from him as he (Jesus) bore the sin of the world.”

No, a holy God turned away from him because, in order to pay the full penalty for sin, the savior must not only be rejected by men, but he must also be forsaken by God his father.

Jim Holsinger


Lives depend on it

There is a bill in Congress addressing climate change. U.S. House bill H.R. 763 — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend act, energyinnovationact.org.

Climate change is real. Floods, droughts, sea levels rising, rivers overflowing and others going dry.

These are not just local issues. These are worldwide calamities and they are getting worse every year. It is disrupting our food supplies and transportation systems. Some of these areas have become so uninhabitable that people are fleeing to other countries, causing major conflict.

Our children are leading the way for change. We want a life, they say. Hear their pleas.

This is your opportunity to support their stand for change. We make our changes through the legislative process. Let your member of Congress know you support this bill. Your life may depend on it.

Carol J. Schmidt


Chose online school

I was worried that a brick-and-mortar school wouldn’t have all the resources I needed to succeed. That’s why I made the decision to choose a different route for my education and attend school online. Because of this choice, I was able to get experiences that wouldn’t have been available in my local school. Most importantly, I can now confidently say that I’m prepared for college.

Attending Idaho Virtual Academy has provided me with opportunities I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. For example, I picked a unique choice for my foreign language class: Chinese. There’s no way I would’ve had the chance to take that language if I attended a local brick-and-mortar school in my rural community.

I also had the chance to take dual enrollment courses during my high school experience. This month, I’ll graduate with nearly 30 college credits. Not only is this saving me thousands of dollars on tuition, it’s also preparing me to tackle a full college course load when I arrive on my university campus.

As I prepare to graduate, I can’t help but look back with a sense of gratitude for all the opportunities I’ve had. Online school gave me the chance to grow as a lifelong learner. If it can do this for me, then it can do the same for others.

Molly Van Steenwyck


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