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Dishonoring our dutiful shepherds

In the wake of the Pine Bluff City Council’s decision to revoke any commendations for officers who participated in the standoff and justified killing of Monroe Isadore, some perspective is warranted. Despite an amazing transformation over the last three years, many people believe the PBPD is biased and broken. This decision is emblematic of those feelings.

When cops kill, and when cops die

Most interactions between American police and citizens are routine, civil and no worse than briefly unpleasant for those involved. But among some cops and some populations, the relationship is fraught with chronic distrust and fear. The result is an intractably toxic climate that spawns deadly consequences.

The promise of rest remains

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it…” (Hebrews 4:1-10).

The ‘simplicity’ of getting fit

I’ve NEVER heard anyone say “You know, I’d like a really pretty house, but I don’t care if it has a refrigerator or bathrooms”. But I hear “I just want bigger arms” or “I only want to work on my waist” quite frequently. From a fitness professional’s perspective, they mean virtually the same thing.

Our Father’s Love

We’ve recently celebrated Father’s Day by showing our fathers just how much they mean to us. In so many ways, fathers are the under-recognized keys to the success of families.

YOUR BEST LIFE Tips for Living Healthy in South Arkansas

The food labels we see today are a result of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990. In attempting to better inform consumers about what’s in their food, the Act attempted to standardize the labeling guidelines of packaged foods. The NLEA requires each label to include the serving size, number of servings per container, the nutrient composition of food, and the list of ingredients, among other things.

Work, work and more work

It is an awesome thing to have a strong work ethic throughout life’s journey because the harvest is very plentiful but the workers are so few. Jesus Christ had an outstanding work ethic with the ministries He was called to while here on earth.

Your legs have a second chance at JRMC

Many Americans suffer with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), which refers to any disease of the circulatory system outside the brain and heart, and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which happens when arteries become narrowed due to build-up of fatty material called plaque. You’ve probably also heard this referred to as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Plaque deposits cause the arteries to stiffen and become blocked, which limits the supply of oxygenated blood throughout the body. This can cause different types of health problems, depending on the arteries that are blocked.

The Myth of ‘Toning’

If asked how they envision their ideal body, I would imagine that many individuals would say something like: “nice and toned”. And when most people talk about being “toned” they mean a firm body with some muscular definition and little body fat. Agreed?

Outside The 4 Walls

“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4: 3-7 KJV

‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is a claustrophobic thriller

The claustrophobic thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane” isn’t a direct sequel to the 2008 hit “Cloverfield.” The two movies share DNA, but that’s it. This entry, from first-time director Dan Trachtenberg, working under the tutelage of producer J.J. Abrams, is “Room” meets “Misery.” And like a hostage is how I felt for 103 l-o-n-g minutes.

Fruits and Vegetables — Fresh vs. Frozen

Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber — all of which improve health. Eating more fruits and vegetables may even help protect against heart disease. Fresh produce may not always be available and frozen varieties are convenient; however, their nutritional value may differ.

God, Lord of the Breakthrough

“And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. And David came to Baal- Perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal- Perazim” (2 Samuel 5:19-20).

Angry outbursts learned behavior, not inherited trait

Q. My husband is angry all of the time and yells constantly. He gets so upset about the election that he screams at the television until his face is red and he is shaking. I’ve asked him to go to a doctor, but he says it’s too late to change and he inherited his temper from his father. I told him that he can change, but do you think he really can?

Above average cleanliness not indicator of OCD

Q. I am really neat and keep my house spotless. My husband says I have OCD. He has told all of our friends and now every time I clean my rugs, people say it’s OCD. Even our children have started calling me “OCD Mom.” It is my understanding that having a normal, clean house is not a mental health problem. Can you explain OCD to my family?

‘London Has Fallen’ rises to the occasion

“Olympus Has Fallen,” the hit about terrorists taking over the White House, was not on my Top 10 list of 2013 movies, but it was among the runners-up. The same might happen with the sequel. “London Has Fallen” goes more global, with a different breed of terrorists taking aim at a number of world leaders, before settling back down on the U.S. president as the main target. But it also features an uptick in action, destruction, and violence. Yes, it’s time for another exercise in rah-rah patriotism and a kick in the teeth to terrorists everywhere.