• Spiritually Speaking

    I have written many times about Galatians 5:22-23 naming the fruit of the Spirit. There are nine fruits listed, of course the first one is love, the greatest one. When we think of fruit we think of something that is produced, it is noticeable and you can see it.

  • When good goats go bad

     Sometimes life really does imitate art. 

    Well mine does anyway. 

    And last Friday was a prime example of it.

  • In the schools

    Do you remember when you were in school?

    Do you remember your first teacher?

    Do you remember your principal’s name?

    Do you remember the teachers who made you feel important?

  • Spiritually Speaking

    We are answerable for our decisions


    Are some things as confusing to you as they are to me? I am referring to a commercial I saw, especially over the holidays. There was no way I could bring the two thoughts together and make any sense out of them. It was a false misleading message. The commercial was advertising a non intoxicating beverage.

  • Faithful Words

      Why and how do we choose a church?


    “And Jesus said unto them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men’” (See Mark 1:9-20 , RSV).

  • On Higher Ground

    Opportunities to share the faith come at unexpected times


    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).

    Scripture exhorts us to be ready anytime to speak our faith with others because we cannot always see the Divine appointments the Lord arranges for us.

  • How easy is it to veer off course?

       How do seemingly good people cross the line into criminal behavior?  That question crossed my mind on Monday as I sat in criminal court.

    Watching as one by one the defendants made their way to the bench, they appeared to be the standard batch of offenders with the exception of two- former LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker and former director of schools Dr. Michael Martin.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    How we enter into a new year can be a challenge


  • On Higher Ground

    God has plans for you even when the future looks bleak


    “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.  You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

  • From the Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell


    I’ve been enjoying some of my summer’s work the last few cold days.  When temperatures dipped down into the teens, and snow was blowing by horizontally in a stiff wind, a good fire sure did wonders to stave off the chill.  A fire has an unexplainable magic and calming effect to it.  One can contemplate many things while gazing into the blaze.  I suppose that can be traced back to the days of “Og” when man first utilized fire to stay warm in the cave and keep critters at bay.