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Thoughts about the church
Posted Friday, April 24, at 10:37 AM
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the church. Not our church, but THE church. I hear people talking about the church from time to time. And some of it isn't very nice. I think, however, if we all had a better understanding of what The Church really is, we might not be so quick to judge...

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Among the unemployed
Posted Thursday, April 9, at 8:19 AM

I took a little walk on the Inter-Webs and found the following information about the word "unemployed." As an adjective, the term primarily means: not employed; without a job; out of work. As a noun, the word -- when used with a plural verb -- refers to people who do not have jobs (usually preceded by the word the)...

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Nani and Little Bear: Quite the Pair
Posted Friday, March 27, at 12:37 PM

She's a real corker. And he's quite a little go-getter himself. But when they are together, they are magic. At 80, she still gets around well enough to accompany one of her granddaughters on a shopping trip to Columbia or a doctor's visit in Sedalia. She spends a lot of time reading and doing find-the-word types of puzzles. She taps her foot along with the beat of the music when Marty Robbins' cowboy songs are playing on the stereo in the living room...

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The times, they are a-changin'
Posted Wednesday, March 18, at 1:59 PM

Isn't that the way it goes? Just when you get used to doing something a certain way, things change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. The problem is, most of the time you can't tell the "better" from the "worse" right off the bat. So we learn, hopefully, to roll with the changes -- especially those we have no control over...

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Praying from victory
Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 12:57 PM

There are several truths we must all believe if we are to call ourselves Christians. One is that Jesus left his throne in heaven, came down to earth, died for us, and was resurrected. The reason he did this -- according to scriptures -- is because he loves us. We also need to believe that because of the work Christ did on the cross, we are no longer under the Law. We now live life under grace. That means every part of our lives...

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Let he who has ears ...
Posted Wednesday, March 4, at 1:25 PM

One of the perks of my job (or should I say jobs?) is that, from time to time, I get the opportunity to meet new folks. I meet people who just want to tell me they read "The Shepherd's Heart" on a regular basis. I usually just thank them and wait to see if they are going to elaborate. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't -- and that is more than OK with me. Frankly, I'm just glad folks are still reading it after nearly 18 years...

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A time for action
Posted Thursday, February 26, at 11:19 AM

Scripture tells us that the Christian church is built upon the truth that Jesus was and is the Messiah, the son of the Living God. The Bible also states that the church -- or the body of Christ -- is, just like our own bodies, made up of many different parts...

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Love one another ... ?
Posted Thursday, February 19, at 12:24 PM

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:12-13 The Bible talks about how important it is for believers to lay down their lives for a friend -- but what does that mean?...

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You have to know how to ...
Posted Thursday, February 5, at 8:31 AM

(Editor's note: This column is part two in a series.) I was sitting in my office the other day when I overheard part of a conversation. It went something like this: "You have to know how to cut up a whole chicken ... 'cause sometime you're gonna have a whole chicken."...

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Posted Wednesday, January 28, at 7:52 AM

Change: "to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone." There are several more definitions for the word "change" available, but I think I like this one best. It is simple and to the point, and speaks of change in a universal fashion. Change is just that ... making a thing or situation different...

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Down in the holler
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 7:24 AM

The old home place near the Tomahawk on Hanover Road in Stone County, Ark., -- though I have dwelt away from it most of my life -- has always held a special place in my heart ... or as Hawthorne stated about his much-loved Salem, the old farmstead "possesses a hold on my affections ..."...

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Vision ... Or Prophetic Revelation
Posted Thursday, January 15, at 8:35 AM

Proverbs tells us -- in the King James Version of scriptures - that "where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18). In my humble opinion, this might well be one of the most misunderstood and misapplied verses in the Bible. Preachers and church leadership conferences and church leadership books often quote this verse as a rationale for getting churches and pastors to formulate what they call a church vision statement. ...

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Eternal vs. temporal
Posted Wednesday, January 7, at 10:26 AM

We all love to receive things: gifts, phone calls and cards from friends and loved ones, or special recognition for a job well-done. And all of these things are great. Even when we receive something we've earned through our own efforts, it gives a sense of accomplishment...

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Old Aunt Gzyne?
Posted Tuesday, January 6, at 10:45 AM

So ... We come to the end of another year. And during this time of year we often hear folks sing a song, really a poem set to music, that some may not truly understand. You know the one I'm talking about ... That song about old acquaintances being forgotten and so on. Remember?...

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For all ... a message of praise!
Posted Wednesday, December 24, at 12:57 PM

In the past two columns we looked at messages delivered from other sources during the time of the birth of Jesus. All of these messages can be found in the second chapter of Luke in the New Testament. Let's look at one more message delivered during the time of our deliverance: the message delivered by the shepherds in verses 15-20...

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For Others ... A Message of Peace
Posted Thursday, December 18, at 7:54 AM

So ... we've looked at the message delivered by the Innkeeper in Luke chapter two. It was a message that portrayed the sorrow, sadness and separation that could be very real for those without Jesus. Now let's look at another message -- this one delivered by an angelic messenger accompanied by an angelic choir. ...

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For Some ... A Message of Sorrow
Posted Wednesday, December 10, at 8:35 AM

So ... we've made it past Thanksgiving and suffered through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And through it all we've heard many messages: messages of great deals and best buys and holiday specials and "you absolutely need this in your life." We've heard that we can't possibly make it another year (or maybe even another day) without a new car, or a new video game, or a new video game system, or the latest flat-screen (or is the latest one curved?) television, or a new coffee maker (by the cup or by the pot). ...

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Of Bells and Good Will
Posted Wednesday, December 3, at 7:39 AM

We spent the week of Thanksgiving working on the old homestead in Arkansas. It was nice to get away. By Friday, I was ready to make the transition from Thanksgiving (my favorite American holiday) to the Christmas season and all its fun and fancy. Then I made a huge mistake: I sat down and watched the news...

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I'm So Grateful
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 8:17 AM

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and everyone is putting out their "things I am thankful for" lists. So I thought I would offer mine. ... (And rest assured this is no complete or exhaustive list.) I am thankful for: Life ... It's a dance -- and I am still learning as I go...

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Mountain Pride: Revisited
Posted Wednesday, November 12, at 8:06 AM

Note: This is a rewrite in light of glimmer of hope seen by some after the recent elections. So I ask you ... How does it feel to be living in a "post-Constitution" America? It looks as if that's what we've come to if things don't change - and quickly - in Washington D.C. ...

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