S In a Strait Betwixt Two

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." Philippians 1:21-24 As Christians, we are in a strait betwixt two and, if the choice were ours, it would be hard to choose. On the one hand, we long to leave this life and be with Christ Jesus, our Savior, where there will be no more sin, sorrow or death (cf. Rom. 7:18ff.; 8:22ff.; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 7:9ff.). On the other, there is work to be done in this world that others might hear God's Word and come to know Christ and that believers might be preserved in the true faith in Christ Jesus as our Savior (cf. Luke 24:46-48; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Continue Reading »

S Why does God command Christian Baptism?

What work does God do in and through Baptism?

Christian Baptism was instituted and commanded by Jesus when He told His disciples: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach [disciple] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus' disciples also taught that all people should be baptized. Peter said: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:38-39). And Jesus' disciples baptized those who came to faith in Jesus, at times baptizing whole households (Acts 2:41; 8:12,38; 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:16). Continue Reading »

S Gentry fans meet the Pioneers

GENTRY -- Parents and Pioneer fans were given a chance to meet the Pioneers at a special event on Friday night in Pioneer Stadium. Coaches and team members were introduced on the edge of the football field prior to a short football scrimmage and a meal at the stadium. Teams introduced included golf, cross country, volleyball, cheer squads and football teams. The bands were also introduced and played for the occasion. As their names were called out over the public address system, the students stepped forward or waved to the crowd. Continue Reading »

S Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry

School board discusses use of school facility for after-school program

GENTRY -- A Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry to provide after-school activities and care for children at the Gentry Primary School. Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, suggested to the school board on Aug. 15 the idea of a Boys & Girls Club at the primary school campus to help meet the needs of parents Continue Reading »

S Planning and Zoning Commission takes up swinging signs

GENTRY -- With a short agenda, the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission discussed elements in an ordinance proposal which would allow for swinging signs within the city. Continue Reading »

S Board adopts formula to pay charter school instructors

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, at its Aug. 15 meeting, approved a plan based upon pay for licensed teachers for paying charter school instructors not currently licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education. Continue Reading »

S Council approves Wayfinding signs at special session

HIGHFILL -- Following a lengthy discussion, the Highfill City Council, at a special meeting on Aug. 16, approved participating in the Wayfinding sign program and pledging to maintain signs placed in the city directing the way to Highfill's city park and city hall, as well as directing travelors between the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and downtown Siloam Springs. Continue Reading »

S Police looking for man in connection to shoplifting

Accident results in possible knee injury

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are looking for a man driving a green van who allegedly shoplifted several items from the E-Z Mart store on Main Street in Gentry Aug. 13. Continue Reading »

S School district receives Partnership funding approval

GENTRY -- Approval for the proposed Gentry Intermediate School classroom Partnership project has been given the Gentry School District by the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. The approval means the state could contribute approximately $1.2 million toward the building of a new classroom facility on the intermediate school campus.... Continue Reading »

S Truck accident closes Arkansas Highway 59 south of Gravette

Highway closure was expected to last until lateTuesday night

GRAVETTE — Two tractor-trailer rigs collided just south of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 59 Tuesday afternoon, causing the highway to be closed for hours while the accident was worked and a spilled load of dog food was being cleaned up. Continue Reading »

S Donated cars might be solution to Highfill's patrol vehicle shortage

HIGHFILL -- The police department's car shortage following the breakdown of its Dodge Charger might be solved through donations from police departments in Bentonville and Rogers. Continue Reading »

S Council authorizes new bond to refund water department bonds

Bond deal could save the city half million

GENTRY — The Gentry mayor was authorized at a special meeting on Aug. 8 to sign documents to refund city water bonds at a lower interest rate if the savings to the city are significant enough to warrant the refinancing. Continue Reading »

S Decatur woman killed in car crash near Crystal Lake

DECATUR — Doreen J. Martin, 62, of Decatur, was killed in a head-on two-vehicle crash on Arkansas Highway 59 at the Crystal Lake turnoff on Thursday, Aug. 11. According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash summary, Martin was northbound in a 2000 Jeep and approaching Crystal Lake Road when a southbound 2008 Ford F-350 pulling a trailer crossed the centerline into the northbound lane.... Continue Reading »

S Put on the whole armor of God

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13 (Read 10-20) Continue Reading »

S How does God offer and give the blessings won by Christ Jesus?

We've seen in previous articles that our salvation is entirely by God's grace toward us for the sake of the redemption accomplished for all by Jesus Christ when He suffered and died upon the cross for the sins of the world. And this grace is received and becomes our own, not by our own works or deeds, but solely through faith in Christ Jesus which God creates in us. Continue Reading »