Generally speaking, people are not excited about being told what to do. This is probably one of the greatest reasons why the world rejects the Bible and the ways of God. In fact, it’s rare to find anyone that is excited about taking advice, even good advice. Think about yourself for a moment…

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If we’re not brown, we’re embarrassed. Racial color distinction will be gone or blurred at best. So, it will be in America in another 100 years as predicted by our sociologists. Continuing our free international trade of goods, services, capital and labor will make it happen.

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It is 5:35 in the morning. It is too early to be at school, so I’m sitting at my desk at home. As I type away on my keyboard, I notice my Han Solo action figure standing stolid beside the screen. He is similar to the Batman bobble head that keeps vigil at work. I always liked Han Solo, the r…

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A few months ago I started looking online for a gratitude journal to purchase. Surprisingly to me, there’s an overwhelming large selection of them. There are gratitude journals to fit everyone’s needs from age, sex, occupation, humor and even how much time you wish to spend writing in them.

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At the time of writing this I have no idea who the Governor of my home state will be for the next four years. As you read this the day it’s published or afterwards, you do.

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(Columnist’s Note: This reprint from 2016 is one of my favorite “introspective” columns, and it’s as true of high school as it ever was of college. Getting to adulthood is tough, and being there is even tougher.)

One of the most profound questions humans desire to understand is what happens when our physical heart stops beating. Some say the spirit departs from our body and we are aware of what is going on as we continue to advance in the crossing-over process. We’ve heard stories about individuals w…

Every spring an array of blooming daffodils proclaim the place of a long-gone pioneer home of early settlers. A rugged frontier family had planted these immemorable bloomers to decorate a steep bank in front of their log house around 1800.

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

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Having worked in an elementary school for the past 10 plus years, I honestly can’t imagine doing much of anything else. I grew up in a school. I rode to “work” with my mother every day, her classroom was always just down the hall from me. Looking back over the course of my life those years s…

My wife and I received a nice yellow flyer in the mail the other day. The informational sheet arbitrarily listed gubernatorial candidates and their stance on certain topics. I looked at the flyer as I stood there by my mailbox, dead leaves at my feet with a slight chill on my neck, and as I …

People have fought for the right to have a say in the laws that governor them since the very beginning of our nation. From a Revolutionary War and Civil War, to long marches and huge conventions, Americans were willing to do anything for their ability to vote.

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At least a couple times every year I write about my own or someone else’s trials with computer criminals who steal, replicate, or otherwise appropriate credit cards. It’s happened at least four times to me since around the early 2000s. The most recent occurrence is fairly typical of the scheme.

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“Scary monsters, super creeps / Keep me running, running scared” — “Scary Monsters and Super Creeps” by David Bowie

Obedience includes the humble and sincere acceptance of the authority and will of God. It’s not only conforming, but also demonstrating our devotion through our thoughts, words and deeds. The general concept of compliance both in the Old and the New Testament is based upon us yielding our wi…

Sunday Church service started with someone assigned to pull the rope to ring the bell. Our modern cell phones leave none of us wondering what time it is or when the church service will begin. So it is that the long-standing Church tradition (starting 400 AD) of ringing a bell atop a church, …

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I can still vividly recall the paper “treat pokes” my Pappaw would stuff with candy for Halloween. He didn’t have drones of trick or treaters at 1423 Lot Mud Creek Road, but the ones he did have he took good care of.

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That's right, most thoughtful observers agree that on Tuesday, October 29, the internet will celebrate its 50th birthday.

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“Seems to me that doers never dream enough / And dreamers often do nothing at all / And to find that middle ground is rough / But I'll be damned if I let go / Stop looking for the balance”—Steppenwolf “The Balance”

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One rainy night this past June, a shy and scared tabby cat showed up at our apartment. Soaked from head to toe, she cowered beside our outbuilding in the back yard. My husband who is allergic and very vocal about his detest for most felines felt the urge to provide a box for her to sleep in,…

A visit to Haiti discloses a most disturbing scene — parents holding their crying children who are desperately hungry, yet these parents doing nothing to feed them. Of course, these parents are totally excused because they have no food; themselves seriously malnourished.

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The other day, one of my students asked me if I had always wanted to be a teacher. As the words fell from his mouth, I enacted one of my superpowers and stopped time. I looked across the teenager-filled room and took a moment to speculate their time in life. Indeed, it was in their seats man…

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Ahhh, the Chinese. We've been unable to enjoy a week's news cycle during past months without getting a [usually non-]update about our relationship with China. We two political, military, and commercial powerhouses are at odds in many ways. The Chinese are very much distinct from us in at lea…

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(Columnist’s Note: I have not updated a single thing in this reprint from 2015 — which means the oldest Gen Xers are, alas, no longer under 50. I’m in my late 40s now myself. But every other word of it holds true, a fact that scares me more than I would like to admit.)

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I found myself standing in "Bucks Hardware" in downtown Jellico on Wednesday. Having lived just up the road in Williamsburg for the majority of my life, I had never been inside the quaint and rustic store. My friend Lori who was visiting from out of town insisted we take the time to go insid…

Milly and I spent a week with them. They sing late into the night and play cards by the light of the moon with laughter filling the warm night air. Their songs were primarily giving praise to God.

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Recently, my sophomore English class finished reading the tragedy "Antigone," a Greek play involving a strong-willed protagonist who stands up to society and tyranny despite her age and station. Personally, I love the play, and every year enjoy reading it in class. While the words to the scr…

As just another messenger for God’s kingdom, I’m eternally grateful for the privilege to serve Him. We are living in an hour where the window of His grace is open and there is much to do before Christ returns.

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I suppose this is as good as a place as any to introduce myself, my name is Jarrod Mills and if you’ve picked up a copy of The Times-Tribune in the last month or so, there’s a possibility that you’ve seen my name. I’m the newest staff writer here at the paper and honestly, I couldn’t be more…

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“When the light begins to change / I sometimes feel a little strange / A little anxious when it's dark”—Iron Maiden “Fear of the Dark”

Not one of us can escape it. We are continually forced to make choices every waking moment; from the beginning of our rational life to its end. The only humans exempt are: 1. children before the age of reason (often referred to as the age of innocence); and 2. demented adults. So it is that …

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I'm currently taken by a song by Christian artists King & Country. It's actually my favorite go to song for my morning commute to work.

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If a person admits to an immoral act after being caught, should that person gain any veneration? Should integrity be publicized when there is no choice but to submit to guilt?

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On July 25 there was a presumably important phone call between the president of the United States and his Ukrainian counterpart, President Volodymyr Zelensky. As you likely know there have been many moments of political or security interest since then with the same nation-state. Ukraine issu…

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Columnist's Note: This reprint from way back in 2015 is one of my all-time favorites, and I was reminded of it last weekend when my mother asked me to tie the "corset" portion of her "Downton Abbey" costume and then refused to stand still while I did so. We all must pay for our raising. Sinc…

We can spend most of our life focused on trying to preserve and elongate our earthly stay but we all eventually come up as losers. Death, regardless of how earnest, educated and determined we are, wins. Yet, highly disciplined efforts can abate aging and death, gaining some time, even years.

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