Avoid credit report nightmares
A person's financial well-being and ability to obtain credit relies heavily on their credit report. Your credit report is an actual report that starts when you open your first credit account -- this could include opening a credit card or acquiring a loan from a financial institution. ...
Is it your mission in life to be popular? I doubt too many people would say that it is, but we all want to be liked. Being popular is very important to young people, more so than for adults. But if we are to fulfill a higher mission for our lives, being popular is not that important of a priority...
Pastor: A Gift
What is a pastor? What really is his job description? Although that's a good question to ask, the answer many times is unclear because everyone seems to have their own viewpoint on the subject. There are many pastors of all denominations who leave the ministry every year because they are unable to meet the demands and expectations of their people...
What Is Truth?
Most of us as children growing up were taught to always tell the truth. I know I was and I hope this was the case with you as well. The sad reality is that today the truth is often well hidden. Philosophers for centuries have asked and tried to answer the age-old question, "What is truth?" Much of our society today struggles with not only knowing what the truth is, but sadly, with telling the truth!...
Able to Stand
After reading Acts 9, I realized a lot is said in the New Testament about the apostle Peter and his ability to enable people to stand on their own two feet. "Standing on your own two feet" is a way of saying a person can take care of themselves and is not dependent on others for help. Many in our society need to learn again that the reason God has blessed everyone with two feet is in order for each person to stand upon them...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to the citizens of Dunklin County and surrounding area. I wanted to share what an amazing experience I had while having a total knee replacement. I feel the need to share good news with so much negative going on in our world. Dunklin County, you are truly blessed to have such a competent doctor and facility in your area. The first time I visited Dr. Edmund Landry's office and meeting with his staff to prepare for my surgery I felt completely at ease...
Increase in U.S. agricultural productivity
Michael R. Milam Agronomy Specialist and County Program Director Earlier this week, I was reading an article in Amber Waves, an electronic publication of USDA. One article that got my attention was "Productivity Growth Is Still the Major Driver in Growing U.S. ...
Holy Spirit Baptism
There are many who believe that they have experienced Holy Spirit baptism and have spoken in tongues. They also believe that miraculous gifts are still happening today. Let's examine the Bible's teaching. First, Paul said in Ephesians 4:5 there was only one baptism and identified it as water baptism in 5:26. Water baptism was to be administered by men. (Matthew 28:19-20)...
Final "Quake Ups"
As we have noted in previous articles, earthquakes are serious and they can be very damaging, putting us in life-threatening situations. There are many places around the globe that are in danger of these violent acts of nature. We find in Scripture, also, that God has used earthquakes in the past to send a message of warning to mankind. ...
The Answer Man
Q: What does the word "charisma" mean? A: The dictionary says it means "a compelling attractiveness, or charm that can inspire devotion in others - a divinely conferred power, or talent. " Although physical good looks doesn't hurt, that does not entirely define that mysterious gift some people have that is called charisma. ...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor: October is National Long-Term Care Residents' Rights Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights in long-term care facilities. ...
Medicare's Open Enrollment Period
During Medicare's Open Enrollment Period from October 15th through December 7th, you have the opportunity to adjust your health insurance coverage. This is a time when you can switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, switch from a Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare, join a Part D prescription drug plan, switch your Part D plan, or do nothing and stay with your current coverage level. Changes made during this time will take effect January 1st, 2017...
Earthquakes, or "shakes." are very familiar to those who live near fault lines such as the San Andreas fault in California, the New Madrid fault in southeast Missouri, and others. Although seismologists have learned a great deal about them there is still no way to predict when or where they will occur...
The Bait Is The Gospel
All organizations are interested in growing and having more members. Churches are no exception. However, most churches are doing something that in the long run will lead to smaller memberships in the future. What are they doing? They are catering to the "un-churched" by offering them whatever they desire in order to get them through the church doors. ...