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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.

‘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.

Book Notes: Where is baby Bella?

“The Widow” is a quiet thriller that ratchets up the suspense, page by page. Four nicely drawn main characters, along with all of London and surrounding communities, wrestle with the incomprehensible abduction of a sweet little toddler seen playing in her fenced-in backyard one minute, utterly missing the next. What happened? Where is she? Who took her?

Life for Life

I wish to thank The Pine Bluff Commercial for the public forum section that is printed weekly. I agree with Pastor Jesse C. Turner concerning, “Life for Life.”


The human body ONLY obtains calories from proteins, carbohydrates and fats … well, and alcohol. Protein, carbohydrate and fat — all necessary to sustain human life — are considered “macronutrients.” Alcohol has no nutritional value, therefore isn’t a macronutrient. Each gram of protein and each gram of carbohydrate contain four calories. Each gram of fat contains nine calories (each gram of alcohol has seven). Though all macronutrients are necessary to sustain life, each serves a different purpose.

Depression not character flaw

Q. I am in my second semester of college. Lately I have been feeling depressed for the first time ever and falling behind in my work. I have talked with a school counselor and she agreed that I’m depressed. She suggested medication and therapy. My parents, who are paying for my insurance, are highly against medication and “telling my problems to a stranger.” They tell me that my problem is my lack of faith in God and that I don’t pray enough. I feel so confused. Please help.

Food for Thought - Fighting memory loss

Nearly 3.4 million Americans suffer from memory loss and another 5.4 million Americans over the age of 70 suffer from memory loss that impacts their ability to live independently. Memory loss is described as unusual forgetfulness or amnesia, which effects the ability to remember new events, recall past events or both. Some memory loss may be short term or transient. However, prolonged or worsening memory loss may be associated with an organic disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Cast of ‘The Choice’ picks their 5 favorite love stories

Maggie Grace’s role in Nicholas Sparks’ locally filmed “The Choice” was almost too easy, the actress admitted on set in 2014. Her supporting role is that of the intuitive sister of leading man Benjamin Walker. She’s the first to recognize that the neighbor he’s butting heads with, played by Teresa Palmer, is actually his soulmate. “I just show up and root for love,” Grace said.

One man’s spiritual journey captured in ‘Risen’

Just in time for Lent, and from the same folks behind “Heaven Is For Real,” comes the faith-based “Risen.” It isn’t so much the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as it is the telling of how one man found faith when he discovered Yeshua, as Jesus is called here. So, don’t expect an Old Testament swords-and-sandals actioner. This isn’t that movie, no matter what the trailer promises.

Maximize your ‘fitness’ time

Just as in life, there are many cliches in the realm of health and fitness. One that most of us have heard is: “doing something is better than doing nothing.” While that may be true, is that the extent to which we value our time and effort? Not me! And as a result, I strive to make sure I am getting maximum benefit out of the time I do have. The time we dedicate to our health should be highly valued as well. In the interest of maximizing your “fitness time,” I’d like to introduce the overload principle.

God is love

Valentine’s Day is set aside to show love to one another and many people get gifts and expressions of love. Some people don’t get these things though and are lonely.