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By John Stenen 

 “Why do you have one oar named faith and the other named works?” asked the young couple as they watched the old fisherman start rowing away from the dock. Always happy to speak to others concerning his salvation he said, “Because watch what happens when I just use ‘works.’ The old gentleman simply spun in circles. “Now watch when I just use ‘faith.” Again, he went in circles the opposite way. “This is how it is in our Christian life; we are saved by faith, (Ephesians 2:8). However, scripture tells us that faith without works is dead. Therefore, Jesus said we are to let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven. (Mt. 5:16). If we claim to be a Christian and our lives are not filled with good works – we had better re-evaluate whether or not we are saved. Of course growing to maturity involves time, but progress should be evident as we continue to walk with Christ. Righteous deeds should be evident in our lives revealing that we are in fact a new creature in Christ and our life is changing for the better. (2 Cor. 5:17). Read 1 John 2:28 thru 1 John 3:5. Many have said to me over the years, “I believe that if my good works outweigh the bad at the end of my life, God will have a spot for me in heaven.” If that is what you believe, you had better check up on your Scripture again. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that our works cannot save us. Even the well known scripture John 3:16 mentions nothing about works saving us, it speaks of belief, or, faith in Jesus Christ. We need to be sorry for our life of sin and be willing to repent and surrender to Christ, but works themselves can never save anyone.

Jesus, who knew no sin, was made to be sin, that you and I could become the righteousness of God in Him. Imagine that! Because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we are righteous in the eyes of God the Father. Is it evident in your life and mine? God bless.

Now through Oct. 1, apply to Extension Master Gardener program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/2/2020)—The application period to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener is open through Oct. 1.

Extension Master Gardeners bring science-based horticulture knowledge and practices to Minnesota, promoting healthy landscapes and building communities through volunteer efforts.

Master Gardeners are respected as reliable sources of gardening information for Minnesotans.  What many don’t know is that becoming a Master Gardener gives volunteers a chance to expand their interests in areas including sustainability, local foods, pollinators and climate change. Master Gardeners also put their skills to work conserving green spaces, native plants and clean water.

The University of Minnesota has trained thousands of Master Gardeners; each year, they contribute more than 140,000 hours of service in Minnesota communities.

This year, the training will be all online and spread out over 14 weeks, making the program more student-friendly than ever. To become a Master Gardener, individuals commit to complete online training and 50 hours of volunteering in the first year. After the first year, they commit 25 hours to annual volunteer work; many choose to devote more time to the program.

“Now more than ever, people around the state are turning to gardening as a soothing, family-friendly endeavor and a way to serve neighborhoods and communities. Interest in growing food is high, as is commitment to addressing local issues such as water quality and preservation of native plants,” said Tim Kenny, statewide director, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. 

Master Gardeners come from all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about the program and apply, visit

Worthington Area COVID Relief Fund

Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota

This fund is for those who have lost significant income because of the COVID outbreak and do not qualify for  assistance through unemploy-ment, stimulus money, or other forms of relief.  Applicants must live in one of the following counties in Minnesota: Rock, Pipestone, Murray, Nobles , Jackson or Cottonwood.  Assistance for rent or utilities will be granted up to $500 per household. 

For more information or to get an application form, contact:  Lisa Kremer at 507-360-3423, email:

This fund is supported by private donations.  If you would like to help us help those in need, checks can be made out and sent to: 

Catholic Charities 

111 Market Street, Suite 2, 

P.O. Box 379 

Winona, MN 55987

It is important that you designate your  donation by writing “Worthington  COVID  Relief Fund” in the memo line of your check. Donations are tax-deductible.