Jesus allows joining into family of God

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God"… — John 1:12 In preparation for an upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebration a reporter commented that she wasn't Irish. The organizer of the event emphatically stated, "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!" I must admit I am […]

Trip to canyons refreshing

A few weeks ago, Prissy and I drove "out home" to see the canyons and to allow this woman from lma a few minutes to collect a little sanity in order to keep going for a while longer. That peace and quiet there can be found no place else for me and is most necessary […]

Everyone should pursue joy in life

I went to San Antonio for work-related business recently. While riding the bus from the airport to my hotel, a soothing baritone voice came across the intercom saying, “Approaching Joy.” The announcement meant that Joy Street was the next cross street, but it recharged the joyful attitude that I generally experience. God wants us to […]

Is spanking useful in raising children?

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Parents should separate own self-esteem from child’s performance

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There’s become a common phrase for what used to be called “stage moms”. Today it’s “tiger moms!” This is not exclusive to moms, though. In the sports world there have always been dads pushing their boys to be the next great something. So just what is that all about? Lest we think this is only […]

When is the best time to start potty training?

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Tonjia: Developmentally speaking, there are two important things to remember about potty training children. First, girls typically reach developmental milestones more quickly than boys and thus potty train earlier than boys do. Second, potty training depends upon a child’s ability to control bladder and bowel functions. In most children, awareness of these functions does not […]

Crises can be overcome

Debra Whittington Being a Christian doesn’t exclude people from having hardship or difficulties in their lives. We wish our lives would progress smoothly, but alas, we all have our share of troubles. When a predicament arises we are surprised because bad things always happen to the other guy, not us. We all face problems now […]

While always near, God saves from “afar”

Leonard Lauriault Our preacher, Harry Gipson, passed away recently and because he liked to encourage others with a good joke, his brother, who performed the funeral, repeated some of Harry’s favorite jokes, as did other family members. Having come from eastern Kentucky, one particular joke of which I’ve heard many variations, was about the wise […]

God has control, not people

Debra Whittington “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” Hebrews 10:25 Where were you on that Sunday morning when the lights went out? We went to church. When we arrived, a discussion was in progress on what to do next. Since there were no lights in the Sunday school rooms we all gathered in the […]