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JOHNSON KS 67855 THE JOHNSON PIONEER Thursday March 18, 2010- Page 3 to save himself, and He made claims of Christ before their Weekly Devotional From Page 2 Ancient Giant Fish From Front Page , door hot in summer, with soil knew that he was helpless had learned a little of the the promised King at this ........ &apos; ...... " ,be crucifixion but in the agony of this moment his knowledge turned to genuine faith. He defended Jesus sinlessness as he told the hard-hearted thief, "This man hath done nothing amiss [wrong]." The priests had cried out "If thou be the Son of God come down from the cross" and he had earlier joined them in that hatred of unbelief. But with a soft, faith- filled heart he now called Jesus, "LORD". Not even Jesus' disciples saw Him as no promises to Jesus. He only cried out for mercy. He had a new sense of humility with this repentance. Jesus' dis- ciples had often argued over who would be greatest in His kingdom. This thief was con- tent to ask the LORD just to "remember" him in the king- dom. Even on the cross, the re- pentant thief recognized that Jesus was much different from anyone else. Perhaps he at 608 S. Main Street Johnson, KS 620-492-6856 Buyl i i i ii 11 point but the thief did! IHe pleaded, "Remember nne when thou comest into t:hy KINGDOM" The trial of Ibis faith brought forth pure golld. Is the "gold" of trust in Christ displayed through your trilals right now? Jesus' answer always ex- ceeds our asking. He is able to do "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" and He does. He didn't have to wait for the future kingdom. Jesus said, "TODAY shalt thou be with me in paradise". He wouldn't just be a citizen in a kingdom. He was granted FELLOWSHIP. Jesus prom- ised that the thief would be "with me in paradise". Fel- lowship is the pinnacle of sal- vation! God has called us ,?unto the fellowship of His Son" (1 Corinthians 1:9). We are saved for fellowship. The highest expression of God's grace both on earth and in Heaven is fellowship. God's grace works in our lives to produce faith, acceptance, and love so that we can fellowship with God and one another. This thief asked to be remem- bered - he received a relation- ship; he asked for a place - he was given a privilege; he asked for little - he was :re- warded with much. What a wonderful Savior! The song- writer said it well when he penned these words: "There is a fountain filled with blo)od drawn from Emmanueil's veins and sinners plunged tbe- neath that flood lose all their guilty stains. 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NI ,llrnNINIl, ,IINIIII IIIIININIIIIIIf .............................................................................................................................................................. so light-colored that is sun- bums fossil hunters from the ground up. Marion, the father, ran his movie house'at night, and by day hunted bones and teeth on land that looked like the deserts of movie-house west- erns: dusty canyons and gul- lies with local topographical names including Hell Creek, Horse Thief Canyon, Rattle- snake Gulch. The chief resi- dents, besides cattle, are rattlesnakes, hognose snakes and lesser earless lizards. One day in 1971, Marion Bonner took his sons to Lo- gan County along Twin Butte Creek. Dana said they drove out in "Spiker," a prehistoric- looking 1949 Chevy Subur- ban. They were rural Kansans scratching out a living: Dana, a high schooler, had spent part of the summer with a wheat harvest crew. Chuck, a 21-year-old art major at Fort Hays State Uni- versity, was the one who found the fish; he climbed to the top of a butte the Bonners called "The Big Place," a butte 40 feet tall from summit to valley floor. In one of the chalk spires, Chuck saw something big and brown sticking out. "Dark fossil bone," he said. "I did a little digging. I as- sumed it was a fin." For four days, Marion Bonner dug out jumbled bones, applying plaster to hold them in place for study. They had to let the bone pile down to Spiker on ropes. Scientists love the Bonners, Marion and all his children: Orville, C/are-Jane, Letty, Steve, Chris, Chuck, Dana and Melanie. They hunted fossils for therapy, Dana said. His mother Margaret died of a heart attack in 1967. "It's a very deep anchor for me on a spiritual level to go hunting fossils," Dana said. Over the seven decades that Marion climbed and combed the chalk buttes and over the four decades his children ac- companied him the Bonners helped science immeasurably. When they found unusual- t f .rrJ Courtesy of the BonneT family The fossil fish quarry site in 1972. Courtesy of the BonneT family Marion BonneT at the fish quarry site in 1972. looking bones, they gave them to scientists and let them take published credit for the dis- coveries. Their discoveries lay now in museums in Kansas, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Scientists named discoveries after them: A few inverte- brates. Pecten bonneri, a small-fin fish. Pteranodon bonneri, a flying reptile. Niobrarateu- this bonneri, an ancient squid, found by Melanie. *** Marion Bonner had no idea what to make of the pile of bones. He told Orville to take them to the scientists. Orville by that time was the preparator at the Natural His- tory Museum at the Ur- sity of Kansas. He took the bones to KU paleontologist Larry Martin. Martin was im- pressed; he saw bone struc- tures he'd never seen before, eye sockets 6 inches across. A "barn-burner" of a fossil find, he said. "An amazing big fish. I didn't know what it was. But I knew it was a big deal." In the age of dinosaurs, North America was divided in Continued On Page 4 YOU ARE INVITED TO THE ANNUAL MEETING For The Pioneer Telephone Association, Inc. Saturday, March 20, 2010--10:30 AM South Room Grant County Civic Center, Ulysses, Kansas Free Lunch Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM to members and friends of Pioneer Telephone Association, Inc. HEALTH FAIR 7:00 AM12:00 PM Walker Auditorium  lol:l Wlllon Memorial Grant County Hospital Personnel and St. Catherine', Hosplbll orm: i!| i-o "General Chemistry Profile- cost paid jointly by Pioneer Telephone and Pioneer 5i0c!  ;. ,II o. (includes:; Hemagram, Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, Lipid Profile, GGT arid<l jilt<ANd)).+: iii.7;ll ; ; 7;"; ; ;FA$NG'AFTER MIDNIGHT STRONGLY SUGGESTED FOR ACCURATEIUL:T$ ' .; '+>'I| .i'-"  AlSO available at guest's costs: PSA $10.00 and TSH (thyroid) $?.00. : ' :,,.11 -. - ' UT", I 7 , i i And the following guests'. " "* "' +; ,;; % < '. < ".  ....3 :" ;.;7% ; Alcoholics Anonymous Alzheimer's Association-Central & Western KS American Cancer Society Area Mental Health Center Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County Hospital Laboratory Heritage Homecare Respiratory Auxiliary Catholic Social Services Center for Independent Living for SW Kansas Communities In School Critical Care Transfer DOVES of Grant County Family Practice Associates Grant County EMS Grant County Health Department Grant County Senior Center/Prairie Land Food Hair Connection Spa and Salon Heartland Lions Eye Banks Kinesiology of Kansas & Wellness Center Precious Beginnings Pregnancy Center Russell Child Development/Smart Start SVVKS Saxon Chiropractic Wellness Center Sozo Global St. Catherine Hospice The Legacy @ Park View - Park View Assisted Living Ulysses Family Physicians & Ulysses Surgical Ulysses Lions Club United Methodist Mexican American Ministries HIV Aids/STP Prevention & Education Lifetime Smiles - Dental Information Farm-Workers Health Early Detection Works U. S. Census Bureau The annual meeting shall Include an election for Directors of the Association, Nominated for the election are the following: DISTRICT 7 DISTRICT  DISTRICT 9 Ron Brown Roger Barnhardt Shannon Webb Vince Huser A J. Jones Calvin Mikkelson Additional nominations for directors may be made at the meeting. Each member may vote for one nominee from each district.