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Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Tomato Talk
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:06 PM
It was a simple statement, really. "Seems like no one's tomatoes aren't doing very well this year." Before long we were talking about zucchini and okra and poke salad. Who knew poke salad would ever be a topic of conversation in Marshall, Missouri, circa 2015?...

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Somebody Stop the World
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:04 PM

As you know, I usually have plenty to say. But I'm just not sure WHAT to say right now. All I know is that it seems the world has gone crazy ... And I mean it this time! All three branches of our government seem to have lost their collective mind. Purchasing and owning guns is close to becoming a criminal offense while people from all around the world -- mostly from the Middle East -- are coming to our shores to murder those who are not allowed to carry guns, or those who choose not to, or both.. ...

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The Book of Our Lives
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:02 PM

Chapters ... Seems like that's what life is -- just a bunch of chapters made up of pages that turn into stories and then into books. We can look back on the "chapters" we have lived -- the stories we have written through our living of life - and we can try to plan what the rest of the chapters might look like...

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The Road No Longer Traveled
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:00 PM

In eastern Arizona, along the loop that takes you from the interstate into the Petrified Forest, there stands a historical plaque marking the way westward. From that point, looking above and beyond the marker, lies a somewhat desolate stretch of dirt, lava rock, red dust and pieces of rock formed over the years from ancient trees...

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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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Change
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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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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