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Value your moments

I am not a morning person. I am up and about early because I have to be, but not pleasantly so…Taking my boys to school is an example. In a single parent home, I am charged with the duty of waking everyone up, getting baths, breakfasts, and whatever else, together. And it is never pretty. I yell and scream, threaten and cajole, and still barely make it on time.

Don’t settle in Haran

“Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.” - Genesis 11:31-32

Life by the Spirit

How does a Christian keep away from sin and grow in Christ? I place those two statements together because they belong together as simultaneous actions. In Galatians 5:16-26 Paul gives the answer. He begins by saying we should, “Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (v. 16).

Scrambled eggs with a side of regret

Have you ever heard the saying, "You can't unscramble eggs"? It's a very true statement when cooking breakfast and even more true when referring to mistakes you've made. We've all messed up and most likely have regrets. What do you wish you could go back and re-do? Your past mistakes can either liberate or incarcerate you. How do you deal with mistakes of the past?

Church News

The 16th anniversary banquet honoring Rev. Darrell J. Martin, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Altheimer, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall of New Home Missionary Baptist Church , 3000 Orange St. Tickets are $15 each or $25 a couple. For tickets contact Trevice Whitmore at (870) 692-5625.

Be Still and listen…

When I was growing up and I thought I might get into trouble when my father had something to talk with me about, or to ask me about, I would try to control the conversation by steering it in the direction I wanted it to go. I would talk and talk, often at a very fast pace, in hopes he would either forget what it was he wanted to talk or find about, or give up. It never worked. He would break into my stream of words when I would finally breathe, and say what he wanted to say or ask. Generally I would just stare at him while he made his point, all the while trying to think what I might say next to get off the topic. "Did you hear me, Van?" Dad would ask. I'd say, "Yes, sir." He would look at me with doubtful eyes, and with a sigh answer, "I know you heard me, but did you listen?"

The value of personal Bible study

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? What about bungee jumping? Have you ever caught a 100-pound fish while deep sea fishing or hit a hole in one while playing golf? Maybe you've run a marathon or won a top award for your hard work. Perhaps you've not done these but have heard someone describe a great adventure. It is never quite as exciting to hear about it as it is to experience it.

Church News

Brooks Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello will observe the second anniversary honoring the pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. James H. Spinks starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a musical. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the guest speaker will be Rev. Larry Rogers, pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Gould.

From Adam and Eve to Me

" And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Rev. 12:9)