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Are you ready?

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.” Matthew 25:31-33

What’s really important?

In the midst of devastation and loss, amazing courage can often be seen. News reports show people standing in the midst of ruined homes, facing the loss of possessions and the work of a life-time. They bravely smile and say that life goes on. Neighbors pitch in to help strangers and their communities.

2 Southeast Arkansas Gospel Concerts set

The Velvet Ridge Singers will be among artists featured in the Southeast Arkansas Gospel Concerts. A concert will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Central Baptist Church, 6107 Dollarway Road, with groups including the Kinsmen, Holcomb Quartet, Holcomb Trio and CBC Quartet. At 6*** p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, the concert will be held at Summit Baptist Church, 901 Ridgway Road, featuring the Velvet Ridge Singers, Kinsmen, Holcomb Quartet and Holcomb Trio. (Special to The Commercial)


The Sunday session of the Southeast Arkansas Gospel Concerts will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Summit Baptist Church. The time was incorrect in Saturday’s edition.

Ants in your pants?

“Tate’s clothes in his closet are covered in ants.” That was the text my wife sent me before church as I was counseling with a couple this past week. Talk about “ants in your pants.”

Why were you born?

God created each of us for a reason. Many people live and die, searching for some kind of purpose to their lives —where they fit, whether they really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Be resolved

A new year has begun, an old year has entered the history books, and I have most likely broken all the “resolutions” I made just a few days ago on the eve of 2015. Oh well, as I’ve often said, “there is always next year.”

A Holy and Merry Christmas

Some of my earliest memories center on church services at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Pt. Pleasant, W.Va., and especially the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. It was called the “Midnight Mass” not because, as one would think, it started at the strike of 12 a.m., but because the actual taking of Holy Communion, and the closing of the service, was around midnight.

Making your life count

Does my life really count? Am I making a difference? Those are questions I ask myself and God every day - some days more than others. I too often get caught up in details of matters that really don’t matter one bit in view of eternity. That’s the battle of busyness.