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Columns

  • 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.

  • On behalf of our children

      Does your child wake up every morning with a fear of attending school? Or does your child come home from school in a poor mood, maybe with unexplained bruises and scrapes? Or does your child often ‘lose’ or ‘forget’ his or her belongings at school? Have you ever considered that maybe these incidents are actually not so coincidental?

    Your child may be a victim of bullying. 

  • On behalf of our children

      Does your child wake up every morning with a fear of attending school? Or does your child come home from school in a poor mood, maybe with unexplained bruises and scrapes? Or does your child often ‘lose’ or ‘forget’ his or her belongings at school? Have you ever considered that maybe these incidents are actually not so coincidental?

    Your child may be a victim of bullying. 

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Thanksgiving should be at the heart of our celebration

     

    Think about how often in a day someone does something for you, however small. How often do you say thanks? Now think about how often God helps you in a day. Think about how much God has given you. How often do you say thanks to him? Thanksgiving is a celebration of the giver and the gift. We should celebrate often.

    God is not against celebration!

    He wants us to celebrate, but for the right reasons.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

    Now don’t get me wrong, fall is always a beautiful time of the year.  Some showcase super-brilliant foliage.  Others are, well, more drab, with less splash and panache.  I would have to personally rank this fall as being a little less spectacular on the scale of falls I’ve experienced. 

  • Faithful Words

     

    Basic training for Christians

     

    “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wile sof the devil” (See Ephesians 6:10-20, RSV).

  • On Higher Ground

    Little did they realize the far-reaching impact of their action

     

    Mom and Dad both showed up at school for the performance.

     That was a real treat.  They could see their 7-year-old son in his grand one-line role as a pilgrim at the first Thanksgiving Day feast.  We all wore elaborate costumes made with construction paper, scissors, and paste.  Since this play was being performed in the school cafeteria/auditorium, the teacher instructed each of us to slip over to the tall floor microphone to say our lines.  

  • Our Faithful Friend

  • From a Mother's Heart

    The debate that is raging in America is about truth

     

    Jesus Christ had a very interesting encounter with Pontius Pilate about credibility. Jesus said “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice” John 18:37. And then Pilate asked, “What is truth?” John 18:38.

  • On Higher Ground

    Broke and wounded, but better off by far

     

    “It’s football time, in Tennessee!”  John Ward’s enthusiastic announcement sent shivers of excitement down our collective spines every fall as the University of Tennessee cranked up their football machine.  And over the years many a young athlete thrilled us with his unusual running, passing, blocking, or tackling skills.  One such man was quarterback Jimmy Streater.