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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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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…

  • 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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Even without television in my home, I have not been able to escape the shroud of evil that we have cast over the current election.  Sadly, it seems that we could not have come up with two more unqualified candidates for POTUS if we had sat down and plotted a course with that as our end goal.…

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I might be the only southern writer/columnist/author working today who didn’t grow up drinking iced tea. It wasn’t due to lack of exposure to iced tea. Our family drank a lot of it. My grandmother hosted elaborate Sunday lunches several times each month in which her formal dining room table …

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If you are anything like me, you seek your own comfort, maybe even above all else.  I cannot seem to help myself. I have a terrible tendency to avoid pain at all costs. I simply seem to enjoy myself when I am at ease, comfortable, and pain-free. Suffering seems to be a thing to run from. God…

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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the gover…

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The gospels are not designed to be exhaustive, chronological descriptions Jesus.  Each gospel is written in order to present a particular side of the magnificent Messiah.  Our Savior is far too altogether lovely to be illustrated in one painting.  Therefore, in addition to all of the Old Tes…

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This week, I sat in a man’s office with whom I am acquainted but do not know him well. I have no idea what church he goes to. if at all, but there was a well-used Bible lying on his desk. In the midst of our conversation, I mentioned that church attendance is a good thing. His facial express…

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Ephesians 5 begins by telling us to be imitators of God.  We are told of the contrast between darkness and light; also we are told not to walk in darkness.  Furthermore, we are reminded that light is found in nothing in the world but rather in the Person of Christ.  Ephesians 5:15-17 builds …

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When Paul found it necessary to leave the island of Crete, he left Titus in his place of leadership.  Paul tasked Titus with finding and developing leadership for the various churches on the island. The first chapter of Titus makes it very clear that it is more important to look for characte…

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One of the most frequently asked questions by media located outside of the South is, “What is the difference between Southern cooking and Northern cooking?” If you live down here, the answer is easy; you grew up eating the difference every day.

  • By Steve Ellison
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Ephesians 5:1-6 is a sobering passage, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.  3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named …

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This devil doesn’t have a red tail and horns. He doesn’t go by an evil moniker such as Lucifer. This devil is made of sugar and spice and has a cutesy name. This evil doesn’t live in a fiery pit, but dwells in a small retail space just off of the campus of the University of Southern Mississi…

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The first great principle of Bible study is a reliance on the Holy Spirit to guide you. There are other important principles. One is to let scripture interpret scripture rather than letting tradition interpret.  Another important principle is to accept the plain reading of scripture.  Someti…

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Many of you remember days when you did not lock your house or your car. For most of us that time has long since passed. It seems that the new morality is that if you don’t get caught then you are not guilty and there is nothing wrong with what you did. However, I must remind you that thiever…

  • By Robert St. John
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My friend Julia Reed once said, “You would never see a naked block of cream cheese in the South. It will always be coated with one of at least three delicious things: Pikapeppa sauce, Jezebel sauce, or pepper jelly.”

  • By Robert St. John
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My friend Julia Reed once said, “You would never see a naked block of cream cheese in the South. It will always be coated with one of at least three delicious things: Pikapeppa sauce, Jezebel sauce, or pepper jelly.”

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Anger is a problem for many of us.  We often embarrass ourselves because of anger.  Anger causes us to say things we may not mean and certainly should not have verbalized even if we did mean them. Anger is the catalyst for many crimes causing many people to do things they never would have do…

  • By Dale Lilly
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We need to go  back to the horse and buggy days. Either that, or get a transit service going in DeSoto County. That’s the thought that creeps into my mind when my car starts acting up. I know nothing about the mysterious workings of the piston thingies that supposedly makes it go vroom-vroom…

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I write from the midst of 2016 American culture.  Strife, fear, distrust, anxiety, anger, resentment, angst, cynicism, and dread abound. Racism (which by-the-way no race has a lock on), economics, and politics separate us in an unbelievable way. We as Christians ought to take a long hard loo…

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The main message of Ephesians 4 is that Christians ought to endeavor to preserve the gift of unity that God has blessed us with. Unity is not something we have to create. It is a gift that we are called to preserve. In case we might think that we do not have unity, the Holy Spirit points out…

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The first 11 verses of James chapter 3 tell of the power of the tongue. Mostly they describe the wickedness and destructive power of our speech.  Sadly, these verses point out our inability to keep our tongues in check and the wretched consequences of our words. These ideas were not original…

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Without question, the signers of the Declaration of Independence understood the gravity of their action. Surely they understood enough of the possible consequences that they must have agonized over the decision. Certainly they must have envisioned that most of them would lose their money and…

  • By Dale Lilly
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I may be older and wiser — well, maybe not — I’m definitely older and a whole bunch’a wiser than I was in my mid-20s.

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We live in strange times. Significantly more people believe in heaven than in hell. That makes no sense to me. If heaven exists, it stands to reason that hell exists also. If hell exists, surely someone is going to spend eternity there. For a human being, a sojourner on this earth looking fo…

  • By Robert St. John
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I have two teenagers on the household payroll who think I am absolutely clueless. I feel like I’m fairly “plugged in” when it comes to modern culture. Though, it’s likely that the actual problem lies within the previous sentence. People who are hip and cool today would never use the term “pl…

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For centuries Christians and non-Christians alike were in perfect agreement about the importance of fathers to the well-being of families, neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, and countries. In recent times, that truth has been conveniently ignored in order to keep from casting aspers…

  • By Robert St. John
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Mississippi’s greatest pastimes are football, hunting, and fishing. I love football on all levels. It’s a game I know very well, it’s a game I played, and it’s a game that I enjoy watching my son play. I love football so much that I can sit in the stands and watch a pee wee game and be total…

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Church members have a lot of misconceptions about Christian fellowship and Christian unity.   The New Testament speaks much of being of one accord and being in unity.  Agreement is not unity.  Agreement can be simply a matter of behavior. Unity will involve attitude and heart. Unity will inv…

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