• On Higher Ground

    Sweeping floors and dusting shelves for the Master Himself


     “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:22-23).

  • From a Mother's Heart

    What does it mean to have intimacy with God?


    “I Love You,” someone whispers, but what does it mean? What is love? If someone asked you to define love, what would you say?

    Today the word love is tossed around loosely far too casually. Modern society is confused about love. Motion pictures and TV productions often portray love as a cheap relationship because it is based on a fleeting feeling and not on a deep commitment.

  • Spiritually Speaking

    The Lord our God is one Lord


    Wasn’t this past weekend beautiful?

    Sixty degree plus weather and sunshine. One of my younger grandchildren brought a big smile when they remarked, “I sure am glad winter is over.” I didn’t have the heart to tell them that most likely it was not over.

  • Where we stand

    I was pleased with the number of people and the interest they showed at last Thursday’s Community Watch meeting at the Cherry Bottom Baptist Church.

  • In my perfect world

    In My Perfect World

    Whatever happened to Junior High?

    By Kathy Jeffers Smith


  • Commissioner's Corner

    Welcome to the Commissioners’ Corner! This column will be used for informative purposes only and does not intend to stress any point of view. If you have a particular item you would like to discuss, please contact Peggy at the commission office at 562-9961.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Joy can be found in the midst of cold snowy winters


    Our Christmas morning snow was so beautiful; it was breathtaking. Something so rare for us here in East Tennessee. Then the snow we had during the second week in January seemed to stay with us longer than usual. Here where I live next to the mountain, we had snow on the ground for 12 days before it all melted.

  • On Higher Ground

    Reminders that God really does hear us as we pray


    “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

    How about a remembrance from the hot summertime to provide a little warmth here in the dead of winter?

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

  • Faithful Words



     Giving an answer for the faith within us


    “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you….” (See I Peter 3:13-16, RSV).

    The Apostle Peter wrote his first epistle to Christians who were scattered and under persecution. They were being sought-out and harassed because of what they believed and how they lived. In the early going, Rome was not a “Christian Empire.”