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How to stop a gossip

“Rumor has it…” What is it about having the edge on juicy information? What drives people to be the first to have and share some inside information? If someone starts off a sentence with, “Guess what I heard?” you had better be careful to check that information as truth before sharing it. Why is it we love rumors and gossip? What is even more ironic is that they are both forms of lies. If Satan is the father of all lies (John 8:44) then why do people, Christians especially, run to them sometimes like moths to a flame?

A Lenten reflection

When my father died I was devastated. I was relatively young, as was he, and we were close — even though my parents were divorced and I lived with my mother in another community. The loss was enough to cause me to register shock. One of my coping devices is to compartmentalize, which I did in this case. As a result, I did not have to deal with my emotions until much later.

Conviction verses condemnation

God does not work in condemnation, guilt, and shame. He doesn’t say, “Shame on you” but “shame OFF you.” Condemnation, guilt, and shame are tools of Satan meant to tear you apart. Satan is a thief and his goal is to steal, kill, and destroy your life (John 10:10a).

Lions deal with parity, not panic

The more I hear the question, “What is going on with UAPB?” the simpler the answer is to me — even when a lot of things have occurred that have brought the Arkansas-Pine Bluff football team to its current situation.

SEC teams retreat on road

LITTLE ROCK — One hundred and twenty-six games are not going to be enough to sort out which Southeastern Conference teams get into the NCAA Tournament, which ones land in the NIT, and which ones are left out.

How a long putter saved one player from quitting

LITTLE ROCK — Before a putting green was built to the right of the first tee at War Memorial Park, a hump bisected what is now the 18th green. To the left was the pin for the final hole; to the right was the practice green and our group made so many trips around the circuit that the path from one hole to the next was often worn thin.

Arkansas holds key to Kentucky, Missouri

LITTLE ROCK — Halfway through the ninth and final SEC overtime of the day, 7-foot, 245-pound Willie Cauley-Stein dove for a loose ball and gained possession for Kentucky. During the next 2 1/2 minutes, the 12th-best free throw shooting team in the Southeastern Conference made eight straight.

Derby points good for fans and tracks

LITTLE ROCK — In the graded earnings days of thoroughbred racing , trainer Bob Baffert would be making Kentucky Derby plans for Super Ninety Nine, confident the smashing winner of the $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park had done enough to secure one of the 20 spots in the starting gate at Churchill Downs.