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 A few years ago, we began to make plans for a freedom celebration in White County with professional fireworks, vendors, games, and entertainment. It was our first year, and we and the county … more
 Recently, the Wiles’ family minivan picked up a new passenger on a road trip in Indiana, a middle-aged man name Gary who gave us a humbling life lesson. When Ashley spotted him, good ole … more
Eleven years ago, on Father’s Day, our favorite daughter-in-law learned that she was expecting her first child. Approximately nine months later, Whitney presented our only son with his first … more
 Growing up on a small southern Tennessee farm, we had a few ponds to keep us busy from time to time. We would fish or skip rocks, we swam in them when it was warm and walked on them when they … more
 Acts 26:24, And as Paul spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad. (crazy, insane). But Paul said, I am not mad, most … more
In my last column, I wrote about some of the sad experiences of Memorial Day for our family. I also pointed out that our brother-in-law, who had passed away on Memorial Day, had left a life of … more
 They may be in your car, in your piggy bank, or even in your pocket right now.  They are of immense value, more than you would ever think, and they may be near you without you ever knowing … more
In the Old Testament book of 2nd Kings chapter 5, a Syrian army commander named Namaan was stricken with leprosy. The disease was incurable and caused the person to be outcast, have painful sores on … more
 Last week, my wife and I celebrated our 17th anniversary, with one of our kids duly noting, “Your marriage is old enough to drive and almost old enough to vote!”  Ashley and I … more
“I don’t want today to ever end!” Katie Grace, our stinking cute seven-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, paused for a moment and studied my face, which must have had a … more
St. Andrew Church will host a night of lively musical prayer, worship, and fellowship beginning at 7 p.m., June 11, 2021, at the church, 829 Valley View Dr., in Sparta. Includes praying the Divine … more
The old saying, “Close only counts in horseshoes,” was right. In the game of horseshoes, a ringer and a leaner are addable points, but you also get to count who is closer in the event … more
 “‘scuse me. Where y’all from?” As we finished our delicious dinner at Charm Family Restaurant, in Ohio Amish Country, a large party seated themselves in the booth … more
Sweat was dripping everywhere from my aching body as my legs screamed at me.  Then, the cheering erupted.  High fives and hugs dominated the moment as the gracious volunteer hung the heavy … more
 Hebrew 5:11-14 says about Jesus a high priest AFTER THE ORDER OF Melchizedek, we have MANY things to say, and are to explain to you, seeing ye are dull of hearing, For the time ye ought to be … more
 Have you ever taken a minute to think about where you are and what happened in that very spot in generations past? Have you really thought about who may have had conflict or celebration on the … more
Grayson, our stinking cute 10-year-old grandson, loves football. Tackle, flag, whatever. Playing or watching. Preferably playing. Offense or defense. He has a lot of talent on both sides of the line … more
 Allow me to begin with a question, “Have you ever found yourself caught up in a storm you didn’t ask for? Or maybe placed into a system you weren’t designed for?” In … more
 Hebrew 5:11-14 says about Jesus a high priest AFTER THE ORDER OF Melchizedek, we have MANY things to say, and are to explain to you, seeing ye are dull of hearing, For the time ye ought to be … more
Almost every day someone - mother, father, grandparents - asks Katie Grace how her day has been, and almost every day K.G. says, exuberantly, “It was the best day ever!” Or else she … more
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