S Weekly Devotion

How should we come before God?

"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luke 18:10-14 Continue Reading »

S Indecisiveness causes long lines for early voters, ballot change proposed

Spinning the News

SILOAM SPRINGS -- If the first day of early voting on Monday was any indication of how voting will go on Nov. 8, voters may expect long lines at the poling places because of undecided voters who just cannot make up their minds on how to vote in the presidential election. Continue Reading »

S We need seasons and changes even if I'm not ready for them

I have tried to be happy about the coming winter for a couple of weeks. I hauled the almost thousand pumpkins purchased to the headquarters and unloaded them to the precise spot as guided by my close relative and smiled a lot. I did and continue to attend football games, a sure sign of the coming cold. Smiled my way through watching the leaves fly off my favorite shade tree and now I am through! Continue Reading »

S A Trip Out West: Part 1

Linda and I had been wanting to go out west sometime this fall, but my having the shingles interfered with our plans to do it on our anniversary in September. It finally worked out for us to go last week. Linda got home on Sunday, Oct. 9, and we left first thing on Monday morning. I say first thing, but actually we met most of the married children (and grandchildren) at our oldest son's house for an early breakfast on our way out to Red River, New Mexico. Continue Reading »

S Perhaps it's time for a civics lesson

What are the roles of state and federal government?

Perhaps it's time for a refresher course in what used to be taught in high school civics. It was a required course when I went to high school back in the last century. I can't tell you if it's required or even taught in our high schools today. What I can tell you is that most people do not understand the limits the U.S. Constitution places upon federal government. Continue Reading »

S "S" -- More important than politics

What is that old saying, "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream"? Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? But this 'cuff is primed to do just that -- head off in a different direction instead of talking about politics which has been on my mind. And whose mind hasn't been clogged into numbness with the political cycle this year? Continue Reading »

S Having a garden partner makes life interesting

Twice a year Linda takes a few days off to attend a quilting retreat with some of her friends. The retreat starts on a Thursday and ends on the following Sunday, a four-day intensive immersion in everything even remotely related to quilts and quilting. Last week, the day before she left, I had some work to do in the garden in order to get the raised beds in shape for the winter. I thought it would be fun to have my grandson Landon come over to help me.... Continue Reading »

S Conversations with self have unquestioned benefits

Spinning the News

Folks who drive down the highway or walk through a store aisle talking to themselves may not be crazy after all, according to the Mid-South Psychiatric Association. In fact, talking to one's self could be beneficial, according to an MSPA Journal article published last week. "It's true that some people who are seen and heard talking to themselves as they stand on the street corner are schizophrenic and are actually talking to imaginary and multiple personalities...." Continue Reading »

S How should we practice church fellowship?

When are we to avoid churches and teachers?

Since Jesus commanded us to disciple the nations by going, baptizing in the name of the Triune God and teaching them to observe all which Jesus taught and commanded (Matthew 28:18-20), and since Jesus warns against false prophets who come to us in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15-23), we, as Christians, are to discriminate between churches and teachers which are faithful to Christ and that which is taught in His Word (orthodox churches and teachers) and those which are not faithful to Christ and His Word (false and heterodox churches and teachers) and to practice church fellowship (joining together in those things which one would do with fellow believers, such as worship, prayer, reception of the Lord's Supper, evangelism, mission work, etc.) only with those who are faithful to Christ and His holy Word. Continue Reading »

S Continue in the Word!

Weekly Devotion

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:14-17 KJV Continue Reading »

S A day like today is not to be wasted on....

I am in the mood for a debate. I want to select the moderator and the place for this needed set-to, making sure we all feel comfortable. I want a soft swivel chair and a table with elbow room and a place for coffee. Probably need a rug so it could muffle the sound of stomping feet. Won't need a microphone, as I know the voices and they are able to project at least a couple of acres in a wind storm! Continue Reading »

S Breast cancer deaths decline thanks to prevention and early detection

Across our community and the entire country this month, we will celebrate the brave women who have done battle with breast cancer. October traditionally provides opportunities to educate millions of women on the importance of screening and prevention. Between 1990 and 2013, the death rate from breast cancer decreased by 37 percent, or nearly a quarter of a million lives. Continue Reading »