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Verses 15-23 of Proverbs chapter 5 contain a series of related questions dealing with the issue of marital faithfulness.  Really they are all part of the same question.  The question is asked in three different ways in verses 16 and 20. In 17-19, God answers the question for us and gives us …

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The DeSoto Central High School Marching Band, the Pride of DeSoto Central, last week became the first Mississippi band to perform in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. Photos courtesy: groupphotos.com.

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Proverbs 8 is a familiar passage to most people who take their Bible study seriously.  It provides some wonderful insight into wisdom: what it is, its call, its virtues, its worth, its availability, and its rewards. Many have argued with good reason that Proverbs 8 also uses a personificatio…

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In the team’s third try in four year, Olive Branch High School claimed the school’s first state girls’ basketball championship Saturday night in a come-from-behind victory over Starkville.

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As Solomon was assuming the throne after David’s death, the Lord directed Solomon to make a request of Him.  Solomon asked for wisdom.  God was happy to grant this request.  Late in his reign, Solomon wrote many wise sayings which are published in the book of Proverbs.   Not all of Proverbs …

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The Northpoint Christian School girls basketball team repeated as Tennessee Division II-A state champions last weekend with two convincing wins at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

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More than 400 people turned out to celebrate the winners and runners-up in the annual "DeSoto's Best" competition at the "DeSoto's Best Party" at the BankPlus Training Center in Southaven. Guests were treated to music, entertainment and prizes. The eagerly-anticipated event was sponsored and…

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Not only is king cake good, king cake is wildly popular in this part of the world. It’s true there are king-cake haters out there. I know a few. But my theory when it comes to king-cake haters is that they have never eaten a really good king cake.

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‘I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days’

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The history of God’s people was a sad tale.  Their behavior continually cycled. But it seemed to always wind up worse than the previous cycle.  Soon after Solomon’s death, the nation split into two kingdoms. Not long after the split, the idolatry of the northern kingdom (Israel) became so ba…

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"Night to Shine," sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and recently held at Longview Point Baptist Church, was an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs. Attendees were treated to a red-carpet entrance, professional hair and make-up stations, a formal dinner, and specia…

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The Southaven Chamber of Commerce held its Quarterly Luncheon at the Landers Center as business leaders heard about heart issues and their prevention from cardiologist Dr. Darrell Sneed with Stern Cardiovascular and Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

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On the evening before His crucifixion, Jesus unloaded fantastic theological truths one after another on His disciples. The account of the evening is found in John 13-17.  One such truth, revealed in several ways imbedded in this passage, is the fact that He is deity.  One of the ways is foun…

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A friend recently told me that he was moving to the Point Clear/Fairhope/Daphne, Ala. area. Upon hearing this I expressed my regret that he would no longer be living in town, immediately followed by the standard plea that I issue to everyone I know who moves to the Point Clear/Fairhope/Daphn…

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God granted an extremely rare privilege to Moses in Exodus 34:6-7, “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniqu…

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The book of Micah is a marvelous book.  Few passages of Scripture are better known than Micah 6:8 which adorns the alcove of religion in the reading room of the Library of Congress, “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you; But to do justice, to love kindn…

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More than 1,000 people turned out for the 17th annual Crystal Ball at The Arena at Southaven this past Saturday night. The event is one of the largest social gatherings in the Mid-South and the main fundraiser for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

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My wife and I were dining with friends and the conversation —  as it often does in my world — turned to “restaurants.” The discussion was spirited. Everyone was naming favorites and giving opinions on them. Someone mentioned one particular restaurant, and the rapid-fire banter came to a halt…

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The Red Door Market, presented by the DeSoto Arts Council, offered a daylong shopping extravaganza, which culminated with music and mingling during the cocktail hour at One Memphis Street in downtown Hernando.

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Someone once said that the four seasons in Mississippi are: Almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas. Others named the four Mississippi seasons as: Dove season, deer season, duck season, and turkey season.

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Members of the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce met for another in a series of monthly luncheons the Chamber holds during the course of the year. Attendees heard a presentation from Parkwood Behavioral Health System on retirement preparation.

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Members of the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce met for another in a series of monthly luncheons the Chamber holds during the course of the year. Attendees heard a presentation from Parkwood Behavioral Health System on retirement preparation.

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The items we assign “value” to tend to change throughout our lives.In 1987, I was 26-years old and had just opened our first restaurant. My dream at that time was to one day own a restaurant in Aspen, Colo. and a restaurant in Destin, Fla. The idea was that the seasons are so opposite that I…

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Chief of Police Don Gammage and members of the Olive Branch Police Department treated deserving youngsters in that city to Christmas gifts for the holiday season at the Olive Branch Super Walmart. The tradition is an eagerly anticipated event.

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Most societies around the world attach at least some significance to the changing of the calendar from one year to the next.  Here in the U.S. we celebrate the changing of the calendar by watching football, putting on feasts, throwing parties, and making resolutions to improve ourselves in s…

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One of the greatest of all mysteries is the eternal, omnipotent, and omnipresent God voluntarily subjecting Himself to the limitations of time, space, and the flesh. The Second Person of the Godhead, the agent and sustainer of creation, came to live in creation, as one of the creatures. How …

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste. I ponder on things that most people won’t spend their valuable time on. For instance, take movies. Is it hard for the loved ones of an actor who has passed on to sit and watch his old movies? Seems to me that would be a bitter-sweet pill to have to swallow.

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Two thousand years ago faithful Jews were looking in anticipation for the promised Messiah, but I imagine most had grown weary and were totally wrapped up in their own lives, especially surviving. After all, it had been about 400 years since they had heard from the Lord. When Jesus was born …

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Long before “Red Letter Christianity” became a catch-phrase or a movement, I was uncomfortable with the concept of having some words of the Bible in a different color than others. To the best of my recollection, I first selected and purchased a Bible of my own using my own money was about 19…

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DeSoto County helped celebrate the Christmas season with parades in Horn Lake, Southaven and Olive Branch. Hernando will hold its Christmas parade on Monday evening, Dec. 12.  

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Many people have referred to a recently coined term “thanksliving” in both secular and sacred ways.  With the Thanksgiving holiday recently passed, now would be a good time to examine our everyday lives to see if they reflect an attitude of gratefulness to our Creator. Second Timothy 3:2-5 r…

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Another year bites the dust. It’s been good — most of the time. There have been some ups and downs health-wise. See, I get weird things wrong with me. I’m talking weird. Stuff that normal people don’t deal with. That’s me — not too normal.

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A 5K run for Blackwell Animal Rescue at Horn Lake's Latimer Lakes Park helped raise funds for the organization which helps stray animals find homes and responsible pet owners.

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I don’t believe in past lives or reincarnation, but if I did I would imagine several of my former selves lived in this area of Italy. The first time I ever set a foot on the soil of this part of Tuscany I felt at home. There was an instant connection and, what I imagined would be a, life-lon…

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The Old and New Testaments alike condemn theft and thieves. We are commanded not to steal in Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 5:19, and Leviticus 19:11.  Proverbs 30:8-9 provides some sobering commentary on stealing, “Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me …

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My country just completed a very rancorous election season that seemed as if it would never end.  I do not watch television. I do read internet news but my connection is data restricted so I do not watch online video news. Thus, I did not endure what many of you did. However, I know that pas…

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As Jesus was preparing to return to His Father, He gave some parting instructions to His disciples.  Those instructions apply to all Christians in all places and in all times. Thankfully the promises embedded in the command apply as well. Matthew 28:18-20 records these instructions, “Jesus c…

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 Debbie Jenkins and Danny Burns of Hernando announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jesse Ingram, to Andriano Dement, the son of Joseph and Aracelis Dement of Leakesville.

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Kids across America are growing, and some are earning, a lot of "green" participating in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. This year, more than 1.5 million third-graders in 48 states have gotten hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages with high hopes to win "best in…

  • By Dale Lilly
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There are few things at this juncture of my life that give me the willy-jeebers (that’s a Dale word). I’ve learned not to be reduced to jelly by a thunderstorm with accompanying light works. I pay very little more attention to the weather when there is a tornado warning. The only weather tha…

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