S The Waco massacre revisited 25 years later

We drove down a quiet country road, trees and green meadows in every direction. Mount Carmel, the famous Branch Davidian compound and church, was a sharp turn to the right. Gone was the mailbox at the entrance with Branch Davidian Church clearly written on it in big black letters where the once 100-plus residents of a devout break-off of the Seventh-day Adventist Church received their mail. Once on the grounds, we were met with two simple memorials, each telling us that something very significant and violent had happened here -- one to the four ATF agents killed in the February 28 government raid. A few feet away was a shrine of sorts with a name on a plaque for each of the 76 Davidians (19 men, 34 women, 23 children) who lost their lives in the fiery furnace in their place of residence 25 years ago.... Continue Reading »

S What does the Bible teach? Have you read it?

What does the Bible teach? Sad to say, most people have not read the Bible in its entirety and many have no idea what it really teaches. Though much more detail could be provided, what follows is a brief summary of the Bible's teaching. What does the Bible teach? Continue Reading »

S It's nice to sit on the porch and hear the world wake up

I find myself sorta pacing around, waiting for the proper time to start cutting hay. I am the most hay season hating person that ever drew breath on a farm and here I am, anxious and anticipating the first cutting round in the field. Well, there is some tall clover that, due to a hard wind and beating rain one spring, we lost. It is once again just picture-perfect and I am about to have a hissy. Continue Reading »

S The convincing work of the Holy Spirit

Weekly Devotion

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." John 16:7-11 Continue Reading »

S National EMS Week is May 20-26

May 20 marks the start of National Emergency Medical Services Week, a tradition of honoring a critical segment of first responders in the United States for more than 40 years. This year's celebration theme is "EMS Strong -- Stronger Together," and is especially relevant as the first responder world has evolved. Continue Reading »

S The lack of hay in barns has brought on a hay-cutting frenzy

Sunshine and scours, some good and some bad, helped start the work week around the rock pile. We enjoyed a really calm and nice Sunday, checked everything early and found no problems, went to church and rested the rest of the day. Then this morning I found two calves scouring pretty bad. I believe it is due to too much milk, and yet they are old enough to take a bunch of that and be fine. I got them caught and dosed them with scour medicine and prayed! Continue Reading »

S Jesus will come again in clouds of glory

Weekly Devotion

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:9-11 (Read 1-11). — Thursday was Ascension Day, the day Christians remember the glorious ascension of Jesus to His exalted position of power and glory at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. Continue Reading »

S Why do strange ladies call me Honey?

Why do they call me Honey? I can't come up with any reasonable reason for the title. They don't even know how sweet I am -- well, maybe not. Continue Reading »

S From rain to rainbows

It was bound to happen. Another unusual winter with little or no snow in January and February was followed by a March that bounced the mercury in the thermometer up and down like on a trampoline. And then April hit us with what some experts said was the coldest April on record. It came complete with lots of spaced-out rains that foiled the early garden planters. So what was bound to happen? Yep, that's right, May arrived and what follows is a report on the belated postage stamp garden that has become a tradition at the Evans residence. Continue Reading »

S Avoid politicians who advocate democracy

In electoral contests today almost everyone, in both major political parties, advocate democracy; but our Founding Fathers ran from the word as fast as they could, advocating instead a republic. We need to do the same if we really understand liberty. Those using the term "democracy" either intentionally use the term to undermine individual liberty or show themselves as ignorant of the basics of our government. In either case, we are wise to reject them in preference to candidates rejecting democracy. Continue Reading »

S New dietary guidelines released ahead of National Stroke and Blood Pressure Awareness Months

According to a recent study, those who regularly eat grilled or well-done beef, chicken or fish may increase their risk of developing high blood pressure. The study followed more than 100,000 men and women over more than a decade and found that the high-temperature method of cooking meats had a statistically significant relationship to the development of hypertension. Continue Reading »