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  • In My Perfect World

    By Kathy Jeffers Smith

     

    Yes, after 30 years, I decided to do some smoking again - cigarettes, that is.  After all, I needed a break. My husband’s recovery has been slow in this latest hospital stay - it’s frustrating and discouraging to watch, sitting by his bed day after day. Then there are the multitude of things to do that are just piling up back at the farm, and the decisions to make that could profoundly impact both our lives.

  • Spiritually Speaking

    What do we choose to worship?

     

    I often find myself writing an article pertaining to a current Sunday school lesson. If you do a little studying, the thoughts stay in your mind. The scripture was about Asa, he was the sixth King since Israel started having Kings.

    There were 33 Kings that did evil in the sight of God and nine that did right. II Chronicles 14:2-4 gives this account of Asa; “And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.

  • Faithful Words

    FAITHFUL WORDS

    Hope for the nations

     

    “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3, RSV)

  • On Higher Ground

    The thrill of anticipation of a newborn baby

     

    Somehow we must have known this one was going to be a girl. We were agreed on a girl’s name but not a boy’s. Susanna. A combination of Susan, Anne, and Nancy, three girls who had had a significant impact on my wife Marcia.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    The light of the fact that Jesus is coming again, what kind of people ought we be?

     

    In II Peter, the third chapter, the Apostle Peter was teaching about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In (verse 11), he asked this question, “What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?” (verse 14)  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

  • Faithful Words

    FAITHFUL WORDS

     

    Four ways to look at giving

     

    “Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (See 2 Corinthians 97, RSV)

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

    It started back in late summer. Wife Yvonne and I peeled, sliced, and placed out in the hot July and August sun, bucket after bucket of apples.  The sweet, juicy slices baked under the sweltering star until they were completely dehydrated, shriveling and crinkling up into chip-like vestiges of their former selves.  After the drying process was deemed finished, we placed them into freezer bags for storage.

  • On Higher Ground

    Fans for the opposing team are people too

     

     “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers”  (Ephesians 4:31).

    Last Saturday was a rare treat for Marcia and me. We attended the Tennessee vs. Ole Miss homecoming game at Neyland Stadium. It was the first time in years we’d been there for a game. And accompanying us were our son Josh and his wife from Maryland and our daughter Susanna and her husband from Nashville.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    A dark night exploding with brightness

     

    I’m sure it was just another ordinary night for the shepherds as they watched over their flocks the night that Jesus was born. They had no idea what was about to take place; but then the extra-ordinary happened.

  • What about Thanksgiving?

     It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

    This is where if I could I would insert the sound effect of a record player needle scratching across a vinyl LP and me saying “What?!”

    I mean really, did I miss the memo or have we quit celebrating Thanksgiving?

    Now, before those of you who have already decked the halls quit reading for fear that I am just about to jump up on my soapbox, don’t worry, I’m not going to start preaching.  Well, at least not much.