Even when I was a “big” girl, my dad would pull me onto his lap, stroke my hair and speak words of affection. I will never forget the look in his eyes, a look of deep love and admiration. He might ask, “Are you daddy’s girl?”  He knew, but he was affirming our father-daughter relationship an…

As we are looking currently how we are suppose to be conveying what Gods specific will is to folks, a good way to do this is to inform them a chart is a very easy way to understand. Sort of like a blueprint a welder, electrician or a machinist needs to have to make absolutely sure the ultima…

The fires of hell create no light. When Jesus described the punishment for those who rejected faith, he said that they, “shall be cast out into outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” Matthew 8:12.

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STILLWATER, Okla. – Social media carries more weight in managing food recalls than originally believed, according to recent Oklahoma State University research.

Andy was only a green 20 year old when he was called to his very first pastorate out in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Located in a rural isolated community, this tiny church was accustomed to getting “newbies” as the pastors. Preacher boys needed somewhere to learn pastoring and public speaking…

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With the 2021 Memorial Day Weekend upon us, the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center researchers are gearing up for their annual expedition. Although last year with the pandemic, it wasn’t held, this is giving the group a chance to get back together and get into the field. 

In fervent prayer for my alcoholic brother, seven years older than I, God gave me one word: “triumph.” Time went on, I didn’t see it for a while. 

Leadership can be complicated, but for John Ross it seemed as if conflicts continually emerged to impede the Cherokee Nation. First it was a clash between Old Settlers and the New Arrivals in 1839, followed almost immediately by what evolved into years of murders instigated by either the Tre…

The shepherds returned to the fields after visiting the newborn Jesus.  They were elated and “glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen as it was told unto them,” Luke 2:20.  Wise men traveled to see him and returned to their country with great joy. When his…

Adair County Resource Center Food Pantry was open Thursday, May 20 and provided food to 42 families. They will be open again Thursday, May 27 from 8 - 11 a.m.

If the weatherman is right, by the time this paper comes out, we will be in the middle of a rainstorm. Hopefully, we will have some sunshine in-between the showers so everything in the garden does not wash away.  Guess we will just need to be thankful for whatever comes.

John tells us of Jesus’ life and mission to save us. He tells us of miracles that prove who Jesus is. This is necessary for establishing our faith. Why do we need faith? Faith in Christ results in eternal life. “But these [accounts of miracles] are written, that ye might believe that Jesus i…

We are continuing our study on prayer. We need to always make sure we are in line with our Apostles (Paul’s) direction on teaching in Romans thru Philemon. We are here on earth as ambassadors of Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:20 and are not in our homeland yet.

One of my favorite memories is from the earlier years of our marriage, when our two sons were just beginning elementary school. During those years, we often traveled in a van all over the eastern half of our country, singing and preaching. Some trips were short and easy, and those were ones …

I hope all the mothers out there had a good day with your family.  We are officially celebrating next Sunday, but Jim did get me a lovely card and a beautiful hanging geranium today. Being a mom had been wonderful, but having grands is beyond wonderful. I am thankful for all the family God h…

We are discussing prayer in the age of Grace as our apostle has shown us in Romans thru Philemon. We, as humans, can come to a place, we may not know what to pray for. God has given us instructions in Philippians 4:6 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 as to how to pray, will say when we are overwhe…

Well it didn't rain on our Strawberry Festival parade or the rodeo. It was a truly beautiful day and a very large crowd. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the work of Fletcher Park and all the benches, which  were really appreciated all day and those on the courthouse lawn. They we…

Our family traveled a lot years ago, singing on Sunday morning in churches in other states. Back in those days, when you attended church you were expected to dress more formally than is accepted today. Therefore this entailed having to pack suits, ties, and dresses, along with ‘non-church clothes.’

Yesterday we laid to rest one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to know. Billy Dean Hamblin made his last visit to the Westville Methodist Church surrounded by an amazing and beautiful array of flowers and a church full of friends and family. He was as honest as the day is long,…

As we are continuing our series on prayer, we want to make sure we are praying according to this dispensation we are in. Remember we are not in the Old Testament and we are not in the New Testament. So, our Apostle Paul gives us instructions on exactly how to pray in this age of Grace we hav…

It was a cool week, but we had a good soaking rain and now the sun is shining. Gardens should be sprouting, and it is finally time to plant flowers.  I will try to get that accomplished this week.

In the next few weeks, we will study prayer and how it affects a believer in the inner man, which is the soul or the real person we are, which lives on after the body expires. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, in order of importance: spirit, soul and body.

From our original homeland in eastern North America, Cherokees have moved all over the world. Wherever we go, our Cherokee identity goes with us. A new virtual event series aims to strengthen those bonds. The series, called “Cherokee: Wherever We Are,” will bring Cherokees together from arou…

Ever been caught in a situation where your say-so doesn’t carry enough weight to make a difference? When you totally disagree with the decision, but there isn’t much you can do to change what’s coming?  I can hear the resounding ‘Oh Yeah!’ from every reader.

The weeping woman looked into the tomb. Jesus’ body wasn’t there but two angels sat at either end of the place where the crucified Savior had lain. “And they say unto her, woman, why weepest thou” John 20:13.  Mary was looking for her Lord who had delivered her from satan and whom she follow…

Today after church we hurried home and found out Riggs’ team had won their first baseball game for today, so would play again at 1 p.m. and then again at 4 p.m. if they won the second game.  

In Mark 9, Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a mountain, “and he was transfigured before them,” Mark 9:3. The wording implies, that by the power of God, Jesus was changed in form and appearance.

Adair County Resource Center Food Pantry will be open on Thursday, April 15, from 8:30 am. to 11 a.m.. They were open last week April 8, 2021 and gave food to 39 families.

And God said, “Let us make man …” Genesis 1:26. Your life is the will of God. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” Psalm 139:14. He “possessed” Psalm 139 :13 you, was your God and the source of your life, in your mother’s womb.  He is great enough to make each of us the focus of his att…

How does one move forward after suffering a loss? This time of year we reflect on the cross and Jesus’ death for our sins. I think of his loved ones at the foot of the cross suffering such loss. For three days all hope was lost.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter weekend. I always look forward to church on Easter, not only for the message, but also for the hymns we sing.  I remember most of them from my childhood. Easter is a wonderful time to resume going to church or visiting one for the first time. Perhaps someon…

Every Easter there I would go, racing across the yard at my parents’ home, trying to beat my little brother to all the brightly colored eggs that were hidden everywhere. Fun – you bet. Competitive – I can still remember whining because he found more than me. Family oriented – oh yeah, all th…

In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” This is often applied to our church contribution, but it goes well beyo…