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 You may not recognize the name, but Ben Talley’s column appears in the Sunday edition of the Bristol Herald Courier every week. Ben was an elementary school teacher on the Virginia side … more
 We set our hands to accomplish many things in the lifetimes we’ve been given on this earth. Most of that revolves around some type of power or control. We’re only human, and we feel … more
 Way back in the book of Genesis, Jacob’s younger son, Joseph had an active relationship with either his own dreams or the interpretation of someone else’s dreams. He also had an … more
 Words are, indeed, the building blocks for human communication. According to the estimate made by one source, there are well over 170,000 words currently in use in the English language. … more
Sammie and I, along with K.G. and her mom and dad, were enjoying an after-church meal at the Marina Grill, in Wilmington, North Carolina - c crab dip and clam chowder plus strawberry waffles, … more
The definition for the word arrogance is in a sense the “confidence in one’s own abilities.” We are built for a spirit of humility, and, when we clothe ourselves in our own … more
“NELLY! Dooooon’t liiick my legs!!! I just put on lotion!” After showering, our daughter Stacia had applied a generous sloshing of cream to her legs. Sauntering out of the … more
 “IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEEEEEE!” Those words will fill the stands at Neyland Stadium, in Knoxville, in a few days. They will echo off the surrounding hills and … more
 Some people have a way of stirring up trouble and/or chaos. Some keep constant turmoil brewing all the time, while others seem to always speak calm into every situation. What are we personally … more
Psalms  14:1 The fool has said in his heart there is no God. Proverbs 1:32 The prosperity (our own complacency of feeling smug and satisfaction with oneself) will destroy the fool. Proverbs … more
Do you remember “On the Road With Charles Kuralt?”  I remember the name of the show more than the actual program. A book in my library by the late Mr. Kuralt has the words “On … more
 We all have that one family member or friend that can whip up a meal with no notice and feed several people, all in a few minutes. That person is usually someone’s grandmother, and … more
There’s a guy who is mentioned a few times in the New Testament that possessed a unique, but not proprietary, quality. This man’s acts changed the course of lives and impacted the gospel … more
It has been said that the three most important aspects for success in retail or real estate is location, location, location. It was never beneficial to us as children to sell lemonade from our front … more
It’s really easy to get caught focusing on the gold, silver, and bronze medals decorating the elite at the Olympic games.  Take a good look at the medals coming out of Tokyo this … more
The summer Olympic Games were not able to happen last year for obvious reasons. So, after rescheduling for this year, we are now able to view games again through the wonders of television. Some of … more
If you could choose one person - anyone from any time - to add you to their prayer list, who would you choose? Let me state the obvious first, then ask you to reconsider the question. My first … more
 Every person ever born will die. World wide 162,000 die every day and 358,000 are born. People will die in 2 conditions - SAVED OR LOST. The saved will go to HEAVEN and the lost will go to … more
 Having visited the Old Burying Grounds and Capt. Otway Burns’ grave, in Beaufort, North Carolina (That’s Bo-fort. Bew-ford is in South Carolina), and having eaten at the Sanitary … more
Maybe we should talk more about it, you know, the one little word in the vocabulary of mankind that implies “condition.” We were told as children “if” we do our chores then we … more
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