Category: Columns

It Seems To Me… Keeping Your Freedom

by Pastor Steve Ellison July 4th is a lot of fun and a timely reminder about the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. It also provides an opportunity to remind ourselves of a much more important freedom. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come “To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners.” (Isaiah 61:1 NASU) Jesus attributed it to himself in Luke 4. Furthermore, Jesus said in John 8:31-36, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’? Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (NASU) Paul expounded on the theme of freedom in Christ in Galatians 4 and 5. He pointed out that prior to our new birth, we were slaves to sin (our inability to keep the Law). Galatians 5:13 points out a significant danger in the Christian life, “It...

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Hope to Health: Let’s Get Crazy!!!

by Tiffany Anderson Mineral Wells has been known for their well water for quite a while.  They not only bottle this awesome water, they had a bath house, spa, and hotel which all had access and use of this great water. Mineral water is like liquid gold. We have discussed in a previous article, the benefits of alkaline vs. acidic water. They sell No. 2 to No. 4which is based on the amount of minerals and alkalinity available in the water.   We sell the No. 3 and the No. 4. The reason we only sell those is because they have the higher PH and more minerals are available. Mineral water is important because it will add minerals back into your system and when you drink just plain water that flushes out all the minerals and nutrient out of your system. When you buy drinking water at the store, they filter or kill all of the nutrients and minerals and then they add chemical minerals to the water. Crazy water is all natural minerals that come from the well.   It includes sodium bicarbonate, calcium, chloride, fluoride, magnesium, zinc, sulfate, silica, potassium, and manganese. All of these minerals have a positive effect on your body. This water has been known to help with fatigue, bone health, neutralize pH, expand blood vessels, break down fats, carbs, and proteins, stabilize radicals, strengthen hair...

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Despicable Me 3 – Movie Review

by Bob Garver “Despicable Me 3” barely contains any of the franchise’s trademark Minions, and the little we do get isn’t really related to the rest of the movie. It’s as if the people at Illumination Animation almost let a “Despicable Me” movie into theaters without any Minions – the horror! I personally can’t stand the Minions, mainly because of the way they talk, and was glad to see them kept to a minimum this time around. Just my luck, the movie in this series that uses them the least is the one that is most lifeless otherwise, which...

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Hope for Today: How to Overcome Loneliness

by Clint Decker   According to experts in the field of human behavior, loneliness is at epidemic levels.  Millions are walking through this dark valley and every day the numbers are growing. It may seem odd as to how people could feel so lonely in our modern times.  With all the technology available it may seem like an impossibility.  But it is true.  Social media, television, movies on demand and having an ability to instantly connect with anyone anywhere does not remove the struggle. I grew up as a Pastor’s kid and moved often.  My personal fight with loneliness came in my sophomore year of high school.  We moved again and I felt like I could not fit in to the new school in a new town.  I responded by withdrawing to my room.  My grades plummeted and my parents became deeply concerned. Here I was surrounded by people at school, church and my family, but overwhelmed by loneliness. By no means was my story unique.  Loneliness is a common human experience.  Why do we feel this way?  In an article from Time on this subject, it begins by saying “Humans were not designed to be solitary creatures.”  The author is partially right.  We were not created to live in isolation, but she does not identify who we were created by, which is important. All of us were created...

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In the Tree House: Your Island

by Samantha S. Daviss   Sometimes you may feel like you live on an island, isolated, alone, busy, and the world or activities are going on around you, and you are missing out on fun activities, and you are missing out on things. When the truth of the matter it, that island you are on, is perfect. It is the island that you have created for yourself. You wake up one morning and you have received a text from a friend, just saying “Hi” and you know someone in your life is thinking about you; or you are sitting outside watching your kids play and jump and tackle their daddy on Father’s Day, just as they should be doing; or your dirty little dogs come running up to you and give you all the love in the world. Sometimes, there can be those days, that we get so wrapped up in work, or activities, or just life in general that we feel that everyone else around us is travelling, or having fun, or relaxing and enjoying life. When the fact of the matter is, everything you have worked so hard for, is right there at your fingertips. There may be a stress in your life, or a missing piece to your personal puzzle at that moment in time, or you just maybe feeling a little blue; but that is...

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