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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Celebrate independence from debt (06/25/16)
Similar to losing weight or learning a new hobby, paying off debt can be a long and arduous process. The good news is that anyone can do it! If you are just starting the debt reduction process, it is important to know that almost everyone will falter along the way. ...
Three Needed Points of Truth (06/24/16)
Philip went to the city of Samaria to preach the gospel to the Samaritans. Read Acts 8:5-25 before looking at three points of truth. First, we learn what a hearer of the gospel is to do to be saved. Philip preached Christ to them. (Acts 8:5) "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." (8:12) The Samaritans believed what Philip said about the kingdom or church of God. ...
"Ultimate Satisfaction" (06/24/16)
There's an old song, written years ago, that talks about having "a satisfied mind" and expresses the peace and tranquility that comes from being in or possessing such a condition or state of mind. I wonder today about you, my friend. Can you say that you have found true satisfaction in life? It really is possible to have a "satisfied mind" if you know where to look for it, and it is not hart to find either...
Letter to the Editor (06/18/16)
Dear Editor, Happy Father's Day to the men who showed us patience and mercy when no one else would. Happy Father's Day to the men who believed in us when it was not easy to do so. Happy Father's Day to the men who gave us everything they had and expected nothing in return. ...
Flash drought and crop update (06/18/16)
Earlier this week, I received a group email from Pat Guinan, Extension/State Climatologist, University of Missouri regarding the potential for a flash drought. A normal drought builds up gradually often requiring several months before becoming abnormally dry. ...
Things To Tell Your Children (06/17/16)
Parents need to tell their children some things while they are still young and willing to listen. Parents should tell their children that they have to grow up! Children must be trained to stand on their own two feet. (Proverbs 22:6) The scripture says, "When I became a man I put away childish things." (1 Cor. 13:11) Your children have to learn to take care of themselves for they must leave father and mother to begin their own families one day. (Genesis 2:24)...
Pursuit of your Healing (06/17/16)
Matthew 9:20-21 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. I personally believe that our God is still a God that can heal us today. ...
Oh Gross! (06/11/16)
We have experienced another wet spring in southeast Missouri. Days with temperatures between 70F and 85F and moisture every 5 days or less. Perhaps you have noticed a plethora of organisms coming out of the ground or growing from trees. Most of these organisms mentioned are not considered plants but come from the fungi kingdom. ...
The Answer Man (06/11/16)
Q: If Batman, Spiderman & Wonder Woman were lined up in a bodily state of emergency outside a unisex toilet who would be allowed to go in first? A: Why Wonder Woman of course. Are we to lose our gallantry along with the sacrifice of modesty? Winston Churchill once said that he preferred an Italian line when embarking on a trip at sea. ...
Reader Speaks Out on Organic Farming (06/11/16)
When did we go wrong? When did I become a factory farmer polluting the world? My early farming experience started in the early 1950's, Our farm was about 800 acres of Mississippi River Delta land upon which we grew corn, cotton, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, pastures, milk cows, beef cows, hogs, work horses, mules, sheep, chickens, turkeys and geese. ...
Christian Connection (06/10/16)
I apologize for missing a few weeks but we have had some unexpected events that interrupted our routine. A few weeks ago, I wrote on a subject called, "How to Get Ahead." The premises of this topic is based on how David had to defeat Goliath and take his head in order for him to move forward in his divine destiny in God. David had to get a head to get ahead!...
The Truth Works (06/10/16)
King David wanted to build God a house. But instead, God promised to build David a house and establish his throne for evermore. (1 Chronicles 17:7-15) David humbly thanked God for honoring him in this way. He said, "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. ...
The Answer Man (06/04/16)
Q: Who is Kilroy? A: To be ubiquitous is to be Kilroy. Metaphorically speaking, Kilroy, like Santa Claus, has been down every chimney. The novelist, Edna Ferber, wrote in the 1930s. She told tales of the great Southwest, in particular about the Oklahoma Territory. She had an expansive vocabulary included many words that are still used today. Ferber also used some words that are still in the dictionary, but have quietly left the scene in our conversation, or literature...
How food purchases have changed in the last 25 years (06/04/16)
Earlier this week, I was looking at the Amber Waves, e-magazine published by the USDA Economic Research Service and saw an interesting article. This article, is entitled, "After a Sharp Rise Between 1990 and 2005, Supercenters' Share of At-Home-Food Spending Has Leveled Off." This article was authored by Annette Clauson and Howard Elitzak. ...
A Christian Has More Time (06/03/16)
Does a Christian have more time than those who are not Christians? What if I said "yes"? This may seem contradictory at first thought, since everyone has the same amount of time in a day. But a Christian is taught to number his days. (Psalms 90:12) A Christian knows that God wants him to redeem the time. (Ephesians 5:16) Because time is limited in this life, a Christian will first make time for the most important things in life...
"Sinful Sacrifices" (06/03/16)
In the Gospel of John Chapter 4, we find a beautiful story of a sinful woman who was a Samaritan. She came to Jacob's well for a drink of water and while there, she met Jesus, the Water of Life, the Soul-quencher. Although the woman was steeped in sin, she saw the need for worship. Jesus confronted her not only about her sin, but about her faulty worship practices as well...
The Coming Summer Breezes (05/28/16)
Spring is ending with summer nearing, and it's always heartening to see churches of Christ everywhere engaging the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their annual Vacation Bible School. If your church hasn't done one in years, there are programs available for a couple/few hundred bucks that include the Bible lessons, music and crafts. ...
Bringing up money savvy children (05/28/16)
Teaching our children how to handle money can be difficult, especially if we -- as parents or guardians -- are not very comfortable ourselves discussing or managing our own finances. However, it is important that we show our children the proper way to handle money from an early age because the habits they learn early will continue throughout their adolescent and adult years!...