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Vaccines — how do they work?

When a bacteria or virus enters our body, it attacks and multiplies. This invasion is an infection that causes us to become ill. Do we have a mechanism to fight this intrusion? Yes, it is called our immune system. It is a system that recognizes this invasion and sets off a response from a variety of white cells in our body that seek out and destroy the enemy. An analogy would be likened to a missile defense system in military terms. Such as, if a missile was fired at us from an enemy source, our defense system would recognize it and unleash our own missile that would intercept and destroy it, keeping us safe.

So in turn, what can a vaccine do for us? If

We can always hope for better things to come

This is 2020. Things have changed. Young women today who have children may have never been told that the reason they will not be hired for a job is because they have children.

But it used to happen. And I do speak from experience.

When our youngest child started school, a “help wanted” ad ran for a position at the radio station. They were looking for an advertising copy writer. I applied for the job and was called for an interview. Great!

When I went in for the interview, everything went well. Until I was asked if I had children. The answer was yes. And then I was told that I would have gotten the job if I didn’t have children. The station owner told me having

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Making a choice to rearrange priorities

Praying to God in faith is one of the most important deeds we can do. Why? Because prayer is the foundation of our relationship with Jesus and reveals how serious we are about obeying Him.

It seems very likely that our sincerity and love are measured by our prayer life. Someone asked, if praying were our full-time job, would we still be employed? The Lord is not impressed with our words or even our works as much as He is with our devotion to the secret place of meditation and intercession. Have you been sensing the Holy Spirit speaking to you lately about

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Speaking on Lehmacher’s experience

Dear Editor,

I have worked with S.C. House District 3 candidate Eunice Lehmacher over the past several years to help families challenged by dementia.

In one of our most successful collaborations, we worked with community members to establish a day program in the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Seneca for those with early to mid-stage dementia. Eunice is passionate about helping those who often do not have a voice find the

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Monarchs are passing through

We haven’t seen a monarch butterfly in our yard for more than three years. The population has been decimated during several decades due to climate change, increased use of pesticides, land development and loss of both their host plants and habitat to the point that biologists warn they may be facing extinction.

They lay their eggs on the milkweed plant, because it is the only food the monarch caterpillars eat.

They used to fly by the millions en masse each spring en route to Canada and again in the fall, when they began their migration back to Mexico.

Yesterday when I was watering flowers, I was amazed and heartened by seeing three monarch butterflies

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The knowledge of good and evil

As Christians, we often think the world does not know about God and this is the reason they go about their merry way being captivated by sin. This may be partly true, as they do not understand all the details about the Bible and what God wants from them, however every human has inherited the ability to know right from wrong.

Originally, Adam and Eve were not concerned about sin and were not controlled by their Maker, but were given free will to make their own decisions. After they fell from the Garden of Eden and were told they would

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Courier Letters to the Editor 9-16-20

The Return in Pickens

Dear Editor,

The conversation around Pickens is about our country morally eroding, heading toward a point of no return. Our Constitution is in jeopardy on our present course, away from our forefathers’ vision for the freedoms we enjoy to have. God had been the foundation of our country’s liberties. Some

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Make your investments work as hard as you do

Labor Day has come and gone. Of course, this year, the holiday may have a different impact, given the employment-related stress and disruptions stemming from the coronavirus. Yet, it’s good to recognize the value of work and its importance in achieving your life’s goals. But if you’re going to retire comfortably and reach your other financial objectives, you also need to invest — and your investments need to work as hard as you do.

To help make this happen, you need to know why you’re investing in the first place. You likely have a

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Medical decisions made by neighbor?

How would you like it if you were admitted to a hospital, unable to express your wishes and ask questions, and a neighbor strolled in and started making medical decisions for you?

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General was asked to investigate after this happened to a veteran who was hospitalized for three weeks.

The OIG determined that the neighbor had no legal authority to make medical decisions for

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Being ready to give an answer

Today, just as there was in the ancient world, there is a need for the people of God to assume the role of a watchman. If Christians do not share the gospel and warn the world that Jesus is the only hope for our future and is returning soon … who will?

The watchman’s call 2,700 years ago is still valid today: “The morning comes and also the night!” Yes, the world is in distress and insecurity is increasing on many levels, but there remains one rock that cannot be shaken, and that is the Kingdom of God! Many are

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