S Good Reads for New Year

We are a few days into the New Year and, for whatever reasons that most of us may have, this is the time of year we are most introspective. It is now, at the close of the old year and the opening of a new one, that we take a step back to consider our lives and take stock of where we are in relation to where it is we had hoped to be when the old year was still new. It is common practice for many of us to make New Year's resolutions and, for some of us, and for a time at least, it turns out that we actually succeed in keeping some of these resolutions. Then the inevitable tends to happen as we slowly slip back into old habits and familiar ways of doing things. Continue Reading »

S 'Wise men still seek Him!'

Weekly Devotion

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2; Read Matthew 2 Wise men from the east, perhaps through study of ancient prophecy (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17), understood that the appearing of a special star indicated the birth of the long-promised Messiah and King of the Jews and traveled many miles to worship Him and offer Him gifts. Continue Reading »

S "If it sounds too good to be true...."

For weeks I had been lying to myself. Well, not really. I know better. After all, how many times have I heard that saying, "If it sounds or looks too good to be true" ... you know the rest. Continue Reading »

S You best not ask about our cash flow....

The coons are back in the feed room. Well, not right this minute, because I have secured the building again. There were seven chewed out holes for the nightly feeding frenzy, and I had not seen them until we moved the feed to the clean side of the room due to cleaning up. I patched the holes with tin, roofing tin cut to size and nailed in place. The entire feed room now has a barrier of a foot high tin nailed on. Continue Reading »

S Don't make resolutions; set goals

It's January, the beginning of a new month and a new year, and spread before us is a clean slate upon which we can write whatever we choose. Traditionally, the onset of a new year prompts many folks to make resolutions, vows to improve their lives in one way or another. Resolutions to eat healthier, to save more money, to improve our housekeeping or our reading and study routine are all well and good. Unfortunately, while it's easy to make lists of resolutions, few are successful at keeping them. And, sadly, once the first resolutions are broken, the whole intent to do better seems to fall by the wayside. Continue Reading »

S We all need to make ourselves a bit better each year

I always think about doing something really earthshaking for my New Year's resolution. I am thinking again, haven't decided on a thing yet, and I want to do a good one. My close relative is always making a good one and sticking to it. I should be proud she can do that, but it sure makes me look like a slacker. This year we are gonna see it change, maybe. Continue Reading »

S Are you ready to depart in peace?

Weekly Devotion

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Luke 2:29-32 Are you ready to die and stand before God, your Maker? Are you at peace with God, knowing that full atonement has been made for your sins? Do you have the assurance that God forgives and accepts you for Jesus' sake? Continue Reading »

S What is marriage? Why do we still hold it sacred?

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the last years in America was the Supreme Court's 2015 decision regarding marriage and the subsequent overruling and changing of state laws which had been written to protect traditional marriage. And so, once again, I include a reminder of what real marriage is in comparison to what it has become under the laws of civil governments. Continue Reading »

S No news is no news in Black Bear Hollow

BLACK BEAR HOLLOW -- It was business as usual during Tuesday night's school board meeting in Black Bear Hollow, northeast of Gravette. The only problem was there was no real business, as usual. Continue Reading »