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Several years ago I received a homemade seasonal card from a young girl in the church with the words, “I wish you a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a New Year.” I chuckled at the omission of … more
For the majority of you reading this column, America has always been called a Christian nation. Even someone as amoral as our current president feels the need to pay lip service to this … more
Now that the dust has settled on another Christmas season, let’s review some aspects of the gift-buying and gift-giving process strictly from an economic standpoint with the help of Wikipedia and a … more
As we look to the future of 2019 and what it will bring, it may be beneficial to review 2018 and the situation and events that unfolded into what has proven to be one of the most difficult farm years … more
A fresh start. An opportunity to improve one’s quality of life. The chance for a measure of redemption in your most cherished relationships. Such are the challenges and hopes of a new year, yet … more
If you were to examine a list of the most popular names given to children born in America over the past year, you might have a difficult time finding many, if any, little girls who have been named … more
Have yourself a Mary little Christmas. No, it’s not a typo. I wrote “Mary” intentionally. It’s a simple play on words, but the meaning it holds for you and me this Christmas season is … more
Our family sat down to dinner one day several years ago, and our 5-year-old said he wanted to bless the food. We bowed our heads, turning our attention toward Heaven, and he started: “For God so … more
The gospel of Luke tells its readers that a multitudinous choir of angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The hearers of those words were poor … more
Several years ago, I read a story of a journalist who was interviewing a group of children about their understanding of the Nativity scene. One child was asked what she thought about the true meaning … more
According to USA Today, more than 20 billion hot dogs are consumed in America each year, an average of 60 hot dogs per person, meaning the majority of us either enjoy hot dogs or at least know a … more
Memories of past childhood Christmases are warm, precious memories. In those long past times, life was a great deal simpler. My preacher dad, my younger brother and I would head for the Ozark forests … more
American politicians can’t seem to make themselves wait until 2019 to start acting like it’s 2020. Former vice president Joe Biden wants us to know that he’s “the most qualified person in … more
Among my best childhood memories was the distinct smell given off by a live Christmas tree that permeated our house each year during the holiday season. We always had a live tree during those … more
It’s almost Christmastime and that means, among other things, a break from school, time off from work, giving and receiving gifts, eating lots of goodies and fellowship with friends and … more
With Thanksgiving already gone and Christmas still several weeks away, maybe this would be a good time for us to discuss, analyze and learn more about an item called a spork. Spork, is that really … more
A man who got lost on some back roads asked a local resident how to get to a particular location. “Well, you go a mile down this road,” the man responded, “take a right at the first paved … more
My Baptist preacher dad could make the story of the wayward tribe of the of fleeing Hebrews come vividly alive in his unique, fiery sermon delivery. Distraught that the Promised Land seemed to be a … more
It was dark — really dark. I could see my surroundings once I got under the neighborhood street lights, but getting “under” them was a challenge. I had neglected to take a decent flashlight on … more
Thanksgiving has crept up on us once again, meaning for most of us a glorious time of celebrating, giving thanks, food, fellowship, friends and family over the next couple of days. Maybe so, but … more
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