Today's Opinions

  • Being at peace, being a peacemaker

     I can’t seem to get away from writing about the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Several weeks ago I wrote about the first two, love and joy. Today I am going to write about peace. We are surely living in a day when we search for peace in a very troubled world.

    Peace is defined as quietness, rest, harmony, order and security in the midst of turmoil and temptation. If we strive to live pleasing to God and His commandments, this is where we find peace.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell


    It’s happened once again. On Feb. 2, that weather prognosticating critter known as Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his den to see if winter would continue its bitterness or if there’d be an early spring. The portly groundhog was surrounded by the members of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, all clad in top hats and tuxedos, as well as nearly 15,000 noisy spectators when he forecast an early spring for 2011. 

    Thank you Phil, we needed a break from the winter blahs.

  • Faithful Words

    The signs of salvation


    “I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13, RSV).

  • On Higher Ground

    Bricks and clocks are not so important there


    Sometimes I have to step back, take a deep breath, and look at the bigger picture.  Otherwise I can’t see the forest for the trees.  For this and other reasons, I participated in a short ministry trip to New York City about a week ago.  It helped me regain perspective.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Don’t allow the candle of hope in your life to go out


    What has caused you to feel that the candle of hope in your life is soon to go out? Could it be civil war in your home of some kind? Discord in your marriage? Turmoil in your business or work place? Is the source of your hopelessness nothing you can really pinpoint just a general feeling of depression? Disillusionment? Discouragement? Are you convinced Jesus Christ will reign in the world at some future time, but you don’t know what difference that makes in your life today?

  • Faithful Words

    The three worst mistakes in life


    “And he said to them, ‘Take care, and beware of all coveteousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possession.’” (See Luke 12:16-21, RSV).

  • 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.