S What is God's gracious election?

Some teach that fallen man still has a free will and can choose to believe or not believe. Others teach that God predestines some to be saved and others to be damned. Which is right? Can a sinful human being make a decision to accept Christ of his own will or choosing? Or, is a person saved or damned because of the irresistible will of the Almighty God? We look to the Bible, which is God's Word, for God's answer and find that neither of the two teachings above are correct. Continue Reading »

S We took a Thanksgiving trip to Ohio

Linda and I had been thinking of driving up to Ohio to see our family there since our youngest daughter, Faith Troyer, had her baby the first part of November. As we considered different dates and discussed our options with the Ohio folks, it just seemed the week of Thanksgiving would suit everyone best. Our granddaughter, Anna Jean, would be out of school from Wednesday.... Continue Reading »

S Everyone should have a good yard dog to alert them when trouble is lurking in the shadows

The years of raising cattle teach you several important facts, probably the number one is that you can never ever guess what is coming on. The storms that come to beef producers are not always predicted by your friendly weatherman. Continue Reading »

S Are you ready for Jesus' second coming?

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mothers womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Luke 1:13-17 Continue Reading »

S Whose word is the Bible? How do followers of Christ regard it?

Sad to say, even among those who call themselves Christian, many do not regard the Bible as God's unerring word. Rather, they view it as any other book written by men and pick and choose what they believe to be true and what they regard as opinions of another time which are not binding today. But true followers of Christ Jesus have a different attitude toward the Bible, that of Jesus, who regarded every word of the Scriptures as God's revealed truth. Continue Reading »

S Thank God we have the electoral college!

Without the electoral college, the votes of Arkansans for president would essentially be meaningless

California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer threatens measures to end the Electoral College, as has someone every presidential election. Those in this camp prefer the popular vote, but without the College a close race would make the election far less settled and result in massive civil unrest, perhaps even civil war. Thank God we have the Electoral College that legitimizes the outcome. Continue Reading »

S It's "C" time again

Let's go to a "B" topic today: the Bella Vista-Hiwasse-Gravette bypass. Progress continues. In fact, public hearings are being held concerning connection to the Interstate north of Bentonville. It's time to get ready for a round-about, one of those "inventions" to cure all, or at least some, traffic problems. Continue Reading »

S Time spent on the best holiday of the year is well spent

The bird was stuffed with dressing and then I was! We counted our blessings one by one and named each of them as we enjoyed the family and praised the Lord for His goodness and grace. The table groaned and creaked with the feast, and I am now speaking of the dessert table. What fun for a bunch of uncultured fellers and kids! We sure did a huge damage to the stuff and then went back later in the day. Continue Reading »

S As the seasons evolve

Because of the Thanksgiving early-press deadline, limited space and page makeup challenges, a couple of topics of last week's 'cuff had to be omitted. I understand those challenges must be met. Because one of the topics was "Thanksgiving," a holiday that is important and timeless, please let me share a few words, even if they are in past tense. Continue Reading »

S Letter to the editor

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S It's time to wake up!

"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Romans 13:11 (Read v. 11-14) Continue Reading »