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 …

Proverbs chapter 8 is a familiar passage to most people who take their Bible study seriously.  It provides wonderful insight into wisdom: what it is, its call, its virtues, its worth, its availability, and its rewards.   Many have argued with good reason that Proverbs 8 also uses a personifi…

It can be difficult to get take a trip on an Amtrak train from Mena, Arkansas, in particular if your destination is west.  The Amtrak station in Texarkana is 100 miles away and the one and only west bound Amtrak train is scheduled to leave Texarkana a little before 6am.  Not knowing if it wo…

April 9 is the tenth anniversary of the EF-3 tornado that devastated portions of Mena in 2009. The Associated Press article that ran in newspapers nationwide the day after the storm stated, “Authorities began a house-to-house search Friday for possible victims of the tornado that struck a ‘d…

A new program for the children of Polk County begins this month with an exciting new show of Youth Art from across Polk County.  Sponsored by Quincy and Jeremy Thornton of Mena Title Company, this is an annual showcase of the work of our budding artists with cash prizes given at an awards re…

Throughout the Bible, God asks many questions of individuals and of whole groups of people.  We can learn a great deal by formulating our own answers to these questions.  It would be wise to remember just exactly who it is that we are answering.  The Bible is also clear that we will one day …

The sun is still below the horizon as I walk on the beach listening to the sound of the waves. The moon is full and hanging low in the horizon to the west. The beach is transformed by the white-silver light of the moon, which gives the morning a magical, otherworldly feel. As each wave rolls…

His stomach rumbled as he leaned his back against the cool, damp cave wall. He was alone with his thoughts and the reek of not having had a bath in days. He wiped the sweat from his brow and tried to recall what it had felt like when he had last stood before the man of God or had seen his br…

The Polk County 4-H program partnered with Mena Regional Health Systems to present the nationally recognized Stop the Bleed program on March 18. Twenty-five Polk County 4-Hers and parents became certified in lifesaving techniques taught in the program. Kohlea Carmack, an 11 year old 4-Her wh…

Mena is known for it’s beautiful mountains and rivers. Folks come from all over the country to visit our antique stores and vistas. However, something they probably don’t count on seeing is all the trash. While efforts are made to burn out the underbrush and local wildlife from surrounding f…

The Mena Art Gallery, hub of the developing art district, has seen elevated growth in the art community within the past year. Artists moving into the area, attracted by the many opportunities and activities surrounding the arts, new businesses focusing on art and related products, contribute…

The calendar tells us that March 20 is the first day of Spring. But the roller coaster temperatures of recent weeks, including 19 degrees F, have confused many of the plants, and left most of us longing for the promised warmer temperatures and longer days to come. 

Hello Americans, this is Paul Harvey. Stand by for NEWS! For many years I tried to arrange my work day so that I could be near the radio when Paul Harvey would start his daily newscast with those familiar words. Paul Harvey had a voice and style that made him seem like a friend was telling y…

Sitting within the recesses of the dark, damp tent Abram was plagued by his actions. He had heeded too quickly to the words of Sarai. It made sense at the time but now, his impatience had driven a wedge between him and Sarai and possibly between him and God. He loved his child Ishmael, but h…

Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson accompanied UA Rich Mountain’s SGA leadership: President Breanna Lewis; Skylar Beck, Public Relations; and member Raychel Woody to the State Capitol in Little Rock Monday for the kick off of Drug Prevention Week (March 11-15,2019). UA Rich Mountain has joined 18…

On February, 15 in Mena, Arkansas, a total of 55 local students participated in UA Rich Mountain’s 4th Annual Science Fair sponsored by the Math and Science Program. Of the 55 participants, there were a total of 28 projects, 21 for competition, and 7 for display. The event was held in the Ou…

John sat at the piano in his bedroom. Pressing the record button on his cassette recorder, he started to play. After playing several measures, he began to sing. “Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be. When our time has come, we will be as one. God bless our love. God bless our love.”

In the most recent devotional of this series, using the story of King David being forced to choose the punishment for his sin, I recommended that we choose as David did and place ourselves into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, great, great!   The Lord’s mercies to us are indee…

Do you desire to expand your knowledge of self-sufficient living? Have you wondered what it would be like to live a simple and holistic life? Well, you will have the opportunity this June 14-16 at The Ouachita Off-Grid and Sustainable Living Festival.

A bitter, vile taste filled his mouth as he looked at her. She simply looked away. It wasn’t supposed to be like this; he had lied to them. Swarthy and conniving, he had convinced them…had convinced her that it would be worth it. Now embarrassed and wrought with guilt, they tugged at the len…

By the time he met the English merchant Michael Locke, Juan was a was a well-traveled seaman, who had perfected his skill as a pilot in the Spanish navy. His early voyages were to China, the Philippines, and New Spain; modern-day Mexico. In 1592, Juan led an expedition north up the coast of …

Many times in the Bible the Lord directs questions to specific individuals.  I find it interesting and helpful to pay attention to the context and the answers to those questions.  David gets his share of them.   Second Samuel 7 recounts a time when David is firmly established as a powerful k…

Ornamental grasses have become increasingly popular in home landscape use. Ornamental grasses are generally low maintenance. Once established, most only need periodic combing, and sometimes, depending on the variety, an annual cut-back. General advice often states to cut them back in the fal…

My mother-in-law was a sweetheart. There was little she wouldn’t do for her son, me, and our daughter (her only granddaughter).  It was painful, therefore, for any of us to watch as she changed from a loving, caring person to a woman who couldn’t remember whether we had just arrived to visit…