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For those who try to live for the Lord and want to please Him, I’m sure you know what I mean when I say there are times when the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. When it comes to maintaining a red-hot enthusiasm for the Christian life, we are not robots, but rather we are emotional h…

As Facebook comes under fire from Congress and the public, it was inevitable that it would make an act of contrition and try to mend its ways. But its planned remedies don’t strike at the real problem: Facebook’s need for profits at the expense of decency.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that the school choice bill passed earlier this year is unconstitutional is hardly a “crippling blow” – as the Courier-Journal describes it – to the commonwealth’s school choice efforts.

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Water just may be the most critical material to the human experience. I know some of you might place your iPhone, car or truck, or Netflix credentials high on the list. Think more seriously about base needs: water, food, sustenance.

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I know it's just the middle of October and might feel too soon to think about Christmas, but if you are looking to reach out to a child in need this holiday season, there is an exciting project you can work on right now.

For those who occasionally think about how to maintain and increase the spiritual aspects of your life, we must consider that our decisions are directly associated with accomplishing our destiny. I have thought about this for many years and have come to the conclusion that desire is one of t…

I had someone suggest to me the other day in regard to my students, “Choose your battles.” Well, when you have 20 to 30 kids every other hour, there are a lot of choices. Especially when each one of those kids has a cell phone.

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Some phrases used professionally, and to a lesser degree in informal communications, tend to rub me in the wrong way. I admit that even though these commonplace statements find no favor with me, sometimes I use them too. When that happens, I always and immediately feel like slapping my own f…

If Mark Zuckerberg seems irritable, he has good reason. His Facebook Empire is facing a digital scandal provoked by a former employee turned whistleblower.

The Bible refers to a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory but what does this mean? I believe one answer would be the contentment of the conscience for those who know God and have decided to live in the awareness of His presence. How can we do this? We can train our minds to think about…

I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on September 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.

Developing trends among some local governments don’t necessarily match Washington’s expectations that the portion of the $900 million in federal coronavirus funds designated for local governments to spend on infrastructure projects will reach those most in need.

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During October, there’s also likely a National Grilled Cheese Day, or an International Whale-watching Week, or some other contrived moment of time set aside for a special cause, phenomenon, or activity. That thing—setting aside some time every year for pet interests—always catches my attenti…

Hope is one of those dynamic words that deserves the title of catalyst when it comes to change. It is a spiritual attribute that God’s people should use regularly as it is filled with life, excitement, and positive energy. Your first reaction to the idea of hope may be one of skepticism beca…

As summer gives way to fall, the school building has become a little more humid, as if the educational structure is finding its balance between the seasons (There’s a metaphor there, I am sure). The air in the halls is a little thicker, and the kids wander dutiful through it, pushing back th…

As we continue to watch events unfold in Afghanistan and see what many consider a failure to exit properly, it is important to remember that, historically speaking, failure is common. Many of the men that we consider our greatest presidents experienced failures. What sets apart some presiden…

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This week, for the first time since the novel coronavirus pandemic effects changed everything, I will be traveling to a conference in Hunstville, Alabama. Every event, seminar, or conference that has happened since March 2020 was postponed or was converted to a virtual platform. I go to many…

Everyone wants a Savior especially if it’s free. The Biblical concept of crucifying our carnal nature and becoming a living sacrifice for Christ has never been popular. The martyrs and everyone who faces persecution for Christ understand there is a cost to loving God with all our heart, soul…

Not only does the sun shine bright on our old Kentucky home, but plans to harness its power while providing farmers income from harvests of abundant, clean, renewable – and cheap – energy offer warm potential for a state historically dependent on fossil fuels.

This is an editorial written by the editorial board of The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky, and published in The Daily Independent, our sister newspaper, on Sept. 21.

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The word is relatively new, though the action has been part of the internet’s bad actors’ playbooks since the 1990s. Doxing is the act of leveraging the vast, sometimes private, information available online about a targeted person or organization. The word isn’t all that inventive. It comes …

The idea of not being spiritually prepared to trust Christ because of a lack of interest is like being told that you have been scheduled to box a champion fighter this coming Friday night, even though you have no boxing experience and are in terrible physical condition. It’s too late to star…

At the end of the school day, after the students have left, I am leaning back in my chair blindly staring up at my ceiling. Eventually, my wife makes her way down from her classroom and opens my classroom door and asks, “You ready?” I nod as I drag myself to the door and habitually swipe at …

The pandemic’s telework environment sets the stage. Upon that, it’s surprising that there hasn’t been such a tale as this until now, and especially within the organization of America’s largest employer. It’s surprising that a rash of these stories hasn’t some to print from all over. The vast…

Some time back I dedicated a column to a special lady. It was an honor to share memories from her former cheerleaders and pay homage to the legacy she had created as an educator and a coach in Whitley County. Tonight I’ve battled to muster up the right words to honor her yet again, this time…

Soon after Jesus had resurrected, we find a beautiful passage found in John chapter 20 that is a wonderful example of how much God loves us and wants to encourage us. The friends and family of Christ were gathered together after his horrific crucifixion and were still grieving over his death…

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Those of you who’ve reached the quarter-century mark, in terms of time served on earth, possess the common sentiment, and state nearly in unison, that you will never forget that fateful Tuesday morning 20 years ago. Right now it may even be the same time that the shocking, unbelievable news …

Instead of writing an entire new article, I want to recycle one I wrote back in January of 2019 but make some minor changes. Back then I was writing about the upcoming election and comparing it to the 1856 election. With the major crisis we are seeing right now, you can decide if my earlier …

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and he desires to spend quiet time with us. Our heavenly Father beckons us to draw near to him as he longs to be with His children. As we go about our busy day, many times we do not realize his presence but nevertheless, he is there. May we listen with our ear…

It is 5:30 a.m. It is quiet in the house, but I can hear the rain outside. It's a slow, heavy rain, because I can hear the laden drops hitting the grass outside the window and sometimes the windowpane. The moment is a bracing calm before the day.

Our mugs are unique in many ways. That ellipsoidal-to-spherical thing resting atop your neck is unique to you, and that includes cases of identical twins. A couple eyes, ears, brows, and nostrils join the solo acts of mouth, nose, and chin to populate the orchestra of anatomy, which if you’r…

We acknowledge God’s blessings in our own life as well as those around us. Of course, we have our share of problems and struggles, but for the most part, the Lord has provided for our basic needs, and to be honest, he has also given us a lot of luxuries. Our seasons of difficulty might be wi…

Gov. Andy Beshear’s latest political gyration involving leaning on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to mandate all children in every public school across the commonwealth don masks for 270 days – the entire school year unless the board relents, which is unlikely – helps strengthen the c…

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The concept of criticality is one that some would argue includes varying degrees, but for others whether data is critical or not is a binary question. There are all sorts of laws and guidance I’ve been privy to since at least 2001 that have invoked the critical label. Earlier, in the post-9/…

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