Four-year-old Molly is at her neighbor’s Nicole’s house. She likes to go with her big brother when he plays with the neighbor boys. And Nicole loves having a Molly around. Being the mother of three rambunctious boys, she liked spending quiet girl time with Molly.

We come now to a very interesting question in Ecclesiastes 1:10, “Is there anything of which one might say, ‘See this, it is new?’” (NASU)  Changes in technology are coming so fast these days it makes one’s head spin.   Technological advances have changed the way we do virtually everything, …

The rough rocky road seemed to get narrower as we drove along. Even though it was August, the foliage was bright green, and the sides of the road were lush with green grass and flowers. It was a beautiful, unseasonably cool summer day. The forecast for the day was rain, but it was a lovely a…

Ecclesiastes has a great deal to say to every generation including mine.  The author of Ecclesiastes does not name himself, but the description he gives of himself leaves us with only one logical conclusion: Solomon.  The book opens by declaring itself to be the words of a particular person …

The startled sheep, the blistering heat of the day, his sore feet and aching back were now inconsequential. A voice reverberated in his head, “I AM THAT I AM”. He called and whistled as he gathered his father-in-law’s sheep, but his mind wasn’t on the task at hand. How would he tell his wife…

The mountain road wound along the ridge, stretching on ahead, hugging the land, and taking each turn in easy stride. It was a beautiful drive with the forest, alive with green, lining the road for as far as the eye could see. Occasionally, Black-eyed Susans along the road created a profusion…

Kneeling down in the dark room he felt that familiar pang. He began to mutter the name of Jesus, but he was distracted by the discomfort. He winced as he wiped sweat from his brow and redoubled his efforts in prayer, but he was distracted, troubled. Preaching in the synagogue he had proclaim…

God asks an interesting question in verse 10, “An excellent wife, who can find?” NASU  Verse 10 begins a poem that ends with verse 31.  This poem lists in great detail many wonderful qualities which if practiced would result in producing an excellent wife, whose worth would be far above jewels.

A few weeks back I was traveling along US Highway 71 and suddenly realized I was in trouble. My eyelids were getting heavy and my head was beginning to nod, and I knew I needed a pick me up. However, along this lonesome stretch of highway where telephone lines are made of barb wire and WIFI …

His physical discomfort was only matched by the anxiety, panic he suffered as he watched for even the slightest movement. Sweat soaked through his already filthy garments as he waited, watched, longed for something to change. More and more people crowded around, and it was becoming increasin…

Maggie, my Golden Retriever, was out of sorts. Usually, she wants a lot of attention, but today she wanted nothing to do with me. Immediately after eating, she went upstairs. I had to call her back downstairs so I could let her outside before I left for work. When she came back in, once agai…

God really is the Master Teacher.  Nowhere else can one find such amazing insights into human behavior.  I am thoroughly enjoying our trip through the Bible examining our Maker’s questions.  What a library the Bible is!  What a book Proverbs is!  Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see a man who is…

Oh, the questions God asks.  I am thoroughly enjoying our trip through the Bible examining our Maker’s questions.  Proverbs 27:4 says, “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?” (NKJV)  The two phrases describe two different individuals. Neither is right.…

Softly splashing raindrops hit the windshield as I drove out of town early in the morning. The skies were overcast, and a blanket of grey shrouded the landscape. I watched the raindrops trickle down the side windows as the wipers kept the windshield clear. The drops were steady but soft, and…

“You will be riding with me on the Megalodon,” my daughter said. Everyone had such a good time floating the Ouachita River the week before that we decided to do it again this weekend. Last week six of us floated the river in a rubber raft while the rest of the group used paddleboards. This w…

Proverbs 26:1-11 contains a detailed though not complete list of characteristics of a fool.  Those verses also explain how to respond to a fool.   Verse one tells us that we should not bestow honor on a fool.  Verse three reminds us that sometimes a whip is needed for a horse, a bridle is ne…

There is an old Jewish saying, “Two men argued over a cow. One pulled on its head and one pulled on its tale, while it was being milked by a lawyer.” We have an epidemic in the United States. Frivolous lawsuits are paralyzing this country. Not only are court dockets tied up at every level of…

The house was with a flurry of activity as kids and adults prepared for a day on the river. We were excited because the Ouachita River levels were perfect for floating a raft. Seven adults, four kids, food, drinks, a rubber raft, and three paddle boards including the Megalodon multi-person p…

The days seemed to blend together with one day pass- ing, almost unrecognizably different from the previous day. It was a seething tinc- ture of failure, disappoint- ment, doubt and regret. His clothes smelt like someone else’s herds. His feet trod down paths that were famil- iar, yet foreig…

Black clouds began to sprawl across the sky as we sat at Papa’s Mexican Café. It was our weekly family night, and we were having a wonderful meal at Papas. The kids wanted to sit at their own table separate from the adults. They were making up storylines for their very own superhero movie. F…

In Proverbs 24:21-22, God presents a question that is hard on most of us and particularly hard on me.  “Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious, for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?”(NIV) 

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the me…

In Proverbs 24, God asks you and me a very significant and difficult to answer question with eternal consequences.   We should consider our answer very carefully.  We also ought to understand that our answers are not given so much by our words but with our future actions. 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”

The warm evening sun shone on the towering and picturesque Roark Bluff. The Buffalo River rushed past the bluff, which is one of the most iconic and photographed bluffs along the river. In an open grassy field at Steel Creek Campground, over one thousand people gathered, waiting for the conc…

can still remember the summer of 1967. I was just a kid, but it seemed like the world was changing. 1967 became known as the Summer of Love, and the song All You Need Is Love by The Beatles was the anthem. Just like other kids from around the world, I loved The Beatles. I remember visiting m…

As Father’s Day approaches, I hope that you are making plans to attend church with your father.  I also hope you are spending some time thinking about fathers and your father.  Few would dispute the fact that our families and thus our society are riddled with significant and deeply rooted pr…

It seems like I spend a lot of my time answering the phone. If my hands are full, or If I am inside or under a vehicle, the phone is likely to ring. One day, I was setting a windshield in place when the phone began to ring. I had to finish setting the windshield before I could answer the pho…

In Proverbs 23:29-35 God asks a series of generic questions that are basically directed at all of us.  The questions are rhetorical.  A certain answer is expected.  He doesn’t usually spell out the answer, but He does in this case.  Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has compla…

“For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” Isa 51:3

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

Back in 2016, I purchased a 1960 Rambler American. I have always loved these little cars. They are very simple with a small flathead six-cylinder engine that produces 90 horsepower. When I bought the car, the previous owner told me he had cleaned out the gas tank and rebuilt the carburetor. …

In Proverbs 22:20-21, God asks, “Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge,  To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may correctly answer him who sent you?” (NASU)  God has certainly written to us “excellent things of counsels and knowledge”.…

An issue that our quaint city has been facing for some time now is: what to do? Mena is a scenic town with lots to benefit from. However, tourists and those passing through tend to reap most of these benefits sense most activities seem tourism directed.Once a thriving place to hang out, Mena…

A reader I will call Maria recently called and asked me to write about kidney stones. I can’t speak from experience (thankfully) but I’m told passing a kidney stone is worse than giving birth. At least you have a sweet baby after giving birth but all you get after passing a kidney stone is a rock. 

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

Asking questions is a very good way to coax your pupil into examining himself.   The Lord, throughout His Holy Word, has asked some outstanding questions.  He is the ultimate questioner and the best teacher one could ever have.   He asked a very good question in Proverbs 20:9, “Who can say, …

Last weekend, I made a trip to southeastern Kansas with my Daddy to the area where he grew up. We went to church at the little church in Thayer, Kansas, where his family attended church. I have many fond memories of the Thayer church. When I was a child, we always attended there when we were…

“My purpose and passion for Relay for Life is different today than it was in 2012,” shared Tabatha Vieira, the 2019 Polk County Relay for Life Caregiver of the Year.

God asked a very good question in Proverbs 20:9, “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’?” (NIV)  The rest of the Bible makes it clear that all have sinned, everyone has missed the mark, no human is good, our attempts at righteousness are as filthy rags.  So, cl…

“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”

It was a beautiful spring evening with blue skies, fluffy clouds, and a perfect 70-degree temperature. The redbuds and dogwoods were in bloom, showing off their glorious beauty. I had not driven my little Rambler American for several weeks, so I decided that this evening would be a great tim…

This article should be Part 7 on stress and sleep in my Alzheimer’s series. I promise I will get back to that. But the diet part of Alzheimer’s prevention keeps preying on my mind. Why? Because diet matters to all illness, illnesses that can make you sick and take you down long before Alzhei…

“And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.” 

In the middle of Proverbs chapter 17 there is an odd little question.  Verse 16 asks, “Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?” (NIV)   The NASU asks it a different way, “Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, when he has no sense?…

The annual Plant Sale sponsored by the Polk County Master Gardeners will be held Sat., May 11th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Polk County Fairgrounds Education Building. Traditionally, this sale has been to provide the community with a reliable source of healthy plants, well-adapted …

The car made its way along the rough, rocky county road. The idyllic pastures and the cattle they contained gave way to woods as the road gained elevation. After a sharp bend in the road, the surface became smoother as the road neared the top of the mountain. When the car climbed out of the …

Whispering and surmising amongst themselves, Peter, James, and John discussed the malady. Another disciple, wanting to be included, interrupted and said, “I knew the child’s mother. She was a God-fearing woman but his father, he was a scoundrel.” James argued that certainly it had to be the …