I can answer for myself and no one else. I can, however, be an influence and a leader of those that, also, must give an answer. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God,” Romans 14:12.

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The chaos and destruction witnessed recently at the nation’s Capitol seems unfathomable. It would be as inconceivable to the World War I generation as it is to many who watched live or replays with horror and disbelief as Americans attacked and terrorized other Americans.

Adair County Resource Center Food Pantry was open on Thursday, Jan. 14 and gave food to 126 families. They will be open again on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. Jess and Michelle Merriott enjoyed their granddaughter, Mela Merriott from Broken Arrow, OK. Mela is the daughter of Matt and…

For more than a decade it’s been characterized as “no fun.” Now, in 2020, the intent is the same but with a different description. Patriots players are not allowed to be themselves.

In Lamentations 3, Jeremiah considers the afflictions he had suffered as God punished his nation for sin. The prophet bore burdens which were heavy and numerous. He says, “I am the man who has seen afflictions because of the rod of his wrath,” Lamentations 3:1. 

Homeowners who are wanting to add trees and shrubs to their landscapes should start making plans to grab the shovel and head outdoors in the next few weeks. The winter season is a good time to buy bare-root plants and prepare them for planting in February or March.

Alright let us continue with our teaching on how God, as recorded in the scriptures, can let his saints know when the actual time of their departure from earth is. Or for that fact, in our daily lives, he can and will do things for us in dreams and or visions or other means to help us. 

Several years ago, Andy contracted an illness that landed him in the isolation unit of our local hospital for two weeks. Visitors had to wear a mask, gown and gloves. He commented later that those weeks of seeing no expressions on faces caused a strong feeling of isolation, which led to a lo…

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Love of the great outdoors is deeply engrained in Cherokee culture. As in many Cherokee families, I have lifelong memories of camping, hiking in the woods and enjoying time on the lake. These experiences help shape our ideals of preserving public lands.

So I predicted three things that came true: That there would be rioting on January 6, that the president would encourage it, and that people would die. What I didn’t predict, however, was that the rioters would get inside the United States Capitol. That still blows my mind.

Keeping a community clean is essential for reasons from health to economic development, but like one rotten apple in a barrel, it just takes one person to spoil a neighborhood.

I was flipping through my Spatula Ministries calendar and when I came to January 10, the verse seemed to be the perfect way to start my column, “A good friend puts up with your worst moods, goes along with your worst ideas, and always sees the best in you.”  

As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities. All Oklahoma citizens should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and foc…

William Cowper, 1731-1800, was born into the home of an English clergyman. His mother died when he was six years old. He grieved so much over her loss that it affected him the rest of his life. He eventually went to law school, but had so much anxiety that he had a mental breakdown. He attem…

Motivators have developed a formula for success composed of the acronym A.P.E. - Attitude, Preparation, Effort. Those who are dedicated to having the right attitude, are well-prepared, and put forth great effort put themselves on the pathway to success. This formula is not just for sports te…

It was an absolutely beautiful brisk fall morning, and Sam just couldn’t resist making his trek to the downtown bank on foot, normally done by car. Some exhilarating fresh air, and much-needed exercise, plus the chance to greet any friends who had the same idea of enjoying the unusual day – …

I took the tree down this week. Another holiday season has come and gone. My second Christmas without Steve. I still cried. I miss him. But this year there was also joy. I was able to sit with our children and enjoy their conversation and laughter. I was able to enjoy our precious grand baby. 

There’s a field near our house where geese like to hang out and snack on leftover crops. He was enjoying watching the flock so much, the car behind me had to honk to get me rolling past the stop sign.

Even with a new year, a clean slate maybe,  still come the same God relationship issues.  Being a parent and grandparent, I often worry about my children's, my grandchildren's, and my great-grandchildren's relationship with the Lord.

Two hundred years ago, the brilliant statesman and inventor Sequoyah presented the Cherokee syllabary to the Cherokee Nation. This year we are honoring the bicentennial of Sequoyah’s historic achievement that brought widespread literacy to our tribe.

 On Wednesday, January 6, a joint session of Congress convened to count the electoral college votes and I contested the votes from several states. The reason I contested the results was not a political decision. It is because I firmly believe the procedures surrounding how the electors in se…

Quietly and without fanfare, President Donald Trump is making a lethal exit, as his administration executes the most people during a presidential transition in more than 130 years. This unprecedented lame-duck killing spree mocks Trump’s campaign caricature as a criminal justice reformer.

Twinkling stars softly speak. The sun rises like an exultant bridegroom or a runner that has just won a race, Psalm 19:5.  All around there are witnesses of the Creator speaking in a language that all people understand.  “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are cle…

Do you think Chris Paul, now working his magic in Phoenix, a team that’s won six of eight games to begin the season, understands that one season after elevating the Thunder he’s sinking them instead?

Happy New Year to everyone!  Let’s hope 2021 will be a healthier year for all of us. Jim and I are quarantined with the virus as I type this, but are doing quite well, at least for now. Dr. Dan Eischen put an interesting post on Facebook this morning and I am going to use it for this column.  

In addition to my love of plants, I have always admired birds and can spend hours watching them. As a young boy growing up in Iowa, my favorite birds were the scarlet tanager and the Baltimore oriole, which often made nests in our trees. 

The 2020 4A-4 District Football Post season were recently announced and one team member was recognized, Tight end of the year is Garrett Catron of Stilwell. In the 4A-4 All-District: Stilwell: Geremiah Noisewater, WR/DB; Carson Bullock, OL and 4A-4 All-District Honorable Mention: Stilwell: C…

It’s a new school semester, a clean slate, yet how many students will finish the year who started? Or drop out this semester? It may seem cool to be out of school, but how many drop-outs wish they would have graduated?

Charles Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities with these words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, …

In regards to our last article discussing how Bigfoot can use different ways to hide itself, I would like to continue this by talking about an incident that happened on a Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center expedition that was held in Adair County.  

It was supposed to be statement Saturday, the day Indiana would cap a decades-long bowl losing streak and show the College Football Playoff Committee it made a mistake keeping the Hoosiers out of a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.

Twinkling stars softly speak. The sun rises like an exultant bridegroom or a runner that has just won a race, Psalm 19:5.  All around there are witnesses of the Creator speaking in a language that all people understand.  “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are cle…

In a recent History Channel special the hundred greatest innovations in the past century were discussed.  Surprisingly the invention of dice was named as a major innovation.  We are all familiar with the expression, “roll the dice.” It simply means leaving our future to blind luck.

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State freshman wide receiver Brennan Presley had a career night Tuesday at the Cheez-It Bowl, helping lead the Cowboys to victory.

We often sing, “to Christ be loyal and be true.” The lyrics say, “He needs brave volunteers.”  In the context of the hymn, those volunteers are especially called to,  “stand against the powers of sin.” The work of Christ relies on the power of volunteers.

In this short article this week I would like to give the web address from Grace Ambassadors which is a dispensational chart lesson. As I write articles it is best to convey at times an actual teaching from a person, as I believe a picture paints a thousand words. 

Finally, we are in the last week of 2020!  It has been the strangest year in so many ways.  Not only are we still dealing with a deadly virus, but there were food shortages, people without jobs, homes being foreclosed, and hurricanes, floods, and fires.  I pray, as I know all of you do too, …

Well, the Christmas turkey fell apart. I mean, it literally collapsed fell apart. It looked horrible, but it tasted great. This occurred when I tried to turn it over. All my life our family has cooked turkey breast down (so the white meat will be nice and moist) until it’s almost done and th…

Today I noticed people were nicer than usual, friendly, well-mannered. I even received a few good hearted, “Merry Christmas's” as I left a store.  

Merry Christmas one and all, may this be a celebration of the birth of Jesus and a time of joy.  We are not having church now, due to the pandemic, but Dr. Dan Eischen emails several of us his sermon. I watched In Touch with Charles Stanley this morning, and with a few added words of my own,…