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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
What love do we celebrate
Posted Friday, February 24, at 6:29 AM
Last week we celebrated St. Valentine's Day -- a time when all thoughts turn to love and sweethearts and hearts, flowers and candy. But many do not know that San Valentino was a real man who lived, probably, in the third century and was martyred sometime between 296 and 273 A.D. ...

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Don't just pass them by
Posted Friday, February 17, at 7:11 AM

We all know someone, or lots of someones, who might be considered "elderly". They've lived long lives and raised their families. Some have had the pleasure of meeting, holding and loving their children's children, and even their children's children's children. They've also lost loved ones and old friends ... to distance and war and time and accidents and disease...

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As believers do we really believe
Posted Thursday, February 9, at 3:24 PM

I recently was reminded of one of the songs I used to like as a young teenager, and one that has been re-written countless times to make it more "Christian." The song was made famous by a group named The Monkees, and the name of the song "Hey, I'm a Believer."...

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First things first
Posted Wednesday, January 4, at 1:07 PM

As we enter into a new year, let's remember to put first things first in our lives. In the sixth chapter of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs those who believe in him to focus on what is necessary to be a success as a Christian. Note, he does not tell us to focus on those things that will make us a success in the world. But, rather, a success as a Christian. He says we are to "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness."...

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Back around . . . again
Posted Thursday, October 27, at 10:08 AM

Last week I wrote about coming "full circle" with my music and getting "back in the saddle" where performing publicly is concerned. This week I've been blessed with the opportunity to come "back around" in another area of my life. I was asked to get back into the news business as a lead reporter/editor for an area newspaper. And I am glad to report I accepted the challenge...

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The origins of wisdom
Posted Wednesday, September 7, at 10:10 AM

In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, we are encouraged to seek after wisdom. Likewise, in the New Testament we are exhorted to walk in wisdom. However, in the epistle of James we learn that there is more than just one kind of wisdom; heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom. James explores the differences between these two types of wisdom by making several contrasts...

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The challenge of taming the tongue
Posted Wednesday, August 31, at 9:48 AM

In Chapter 3 of the Epistle of James, we find a discourse on that part of our body that seems to be the must unmanageable -- or untamable -- the tongue. James talks about how small but powerful the tongue really is. He reminds us that although a horse is very large, that strong and sometimes stubborn animal can be controlled by such a small instrument as a bit...

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What kind of faith?
Posted Wednesday, August 24, at 9:17 AM

Faith is certainly an essential element in the Christian life. The Bible tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God; that the Christian is saved by faith; and that whatever we do apart from faith is sin. We must realize, however, that there are different kinds of faith, and that only one can "save" us. In the second chapter of the book of James we find a discussion about the different kinds of faith, with an emphasis upon that faith which works to the saving of the soul...

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Our Citizenship
Posted Wednesday, August 17, at 10:56 AM

I recently spent a couple of days in a town considered one of our nation's biggest tourist attractions. As I walked around observing the sights, I was struck, once again, at how many of the folks milling about were from other countries. It would be fair to say there were people visiting from all over the world. ...

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Now what?
Posted Friday, August 5, at 8:54 AM

Well, the primaries have concluded and now we look forward to the general election in November. Throughout the past couple of years we have heard a couple of words thrown around from all sides of the political realm. They are "cronyism" and "rigged."...

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A might have been
Posted Friday, July 29, at 10:41 AM

by Bob Stewart The Shepherd's Heart I might have been a carpenter With a hammer and some nails Or maybe a southbound engineer With my eye upon the rails I might have been a teacher Working for a noble cause Or maybe an officer of the peace Enforcing the nation's laws...

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Just about 'over it'
Posted Wednesday, July 20, at 10:18 AM

This week, we get to "enjoy" the Republican Party's celebration/slug-fest/nominating process played out on our television screens and mobile devices 24-hours a day. And then (say it isn't so) next week we get to see the Democrats do the same thing. Promises will be made. ...

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Big shoes to fill
Posted Wednesday, June 22, at 9:59 AM

I know Father's Day has already come and gone, but I just had to give a shout out to the man who brought me up. He was a hard working man as far back as I can remember. He worked for 42 years at a steel mill in Kansas City, changing shifts every week and sometimes working double shifts several times a week. ...

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Collections
Posted Wednesday, May 11, at 11:40 AM

I remember that long line of tea pots lining the wall atop the "sideboard" in my grandmother's dining room. There were pots that looked like chickens and milk cows and all different types of farm animals. Some were beautifully floral in design; some had gold trim and a shiny surface that looked polished and refined. Others, like the corn teapot, had salt and pepper shakers and a corn cob shaped butter dish to go along with them...

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Collections
Posted Monday, May 9, at 11:15 AM

I remember that long line of tea pots lining the wall atop the "sideboard" in my grandmother's dining room. There were pots that looked like chickens and milk cows and all different types of farm animals. Some were beautifully floral in design; some had gold trim and a shiny surface that looked polished and refined. Others - like the corn teapot - had salt and pepper shakers and a corn cob shaped butter dish to go along with them...

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Peace ... Be Still
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 7:51 AM

Last night I was watching and listening to reports of storms, tornadoes, flooding and large hail in a variety of locations across the country and, later, listening to the storm blow through here at home. It always leaves me with a feeling that tends to be hard to describe...

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Every Now and Again
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 7:44 AM

Every now and again, I get a little frustrated with everything going on in the world - the election mess, the terrorists, the wars, the earthquakes - and I take a little break by going to what is known in the modern day vernacular as my "happy place" in the hills of north-central Arkansas...

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Blood and Carnage ... and Vigilance
Posted Wednesday, March 30, at 9:56 AM

Twenty-four hours after the morning called a "time of blood and carnage" by several television correspondents reporting from Brussels, I find myself compelled once again to remind everyone that those actions which have taken place - and that are taking place -- can - and probably will - happen on American soil any time...

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Cleansing the Temple
Posted Wednesday, March 30, at 9:34 AM

After Jesus made his way into Jerusalem at the beginning of what we call "Holy Week" - after the throngs welcomed him with palm branches and hosannas and "Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord" - he went to the temple, his Father's house. What He found there caused him great concern - so much so that he became what some might call enraged...

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A Stirring
Posted Thursday, March 3, at 11:50 AM

There are times when you stand outside and begin to look around. Off in the distance you see dark clouds gathering, ominous and threatening and moving quickly. You might take time to size up how far you think the storm might be from your own location; who or what might be in the storm's path; the intensity of the storm; how long you have to prepare; and what the best course of action might be...

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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.
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