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Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” more
Sometimes a single word can bring a thousand memories to mind, words like: “Mom,” “Dad” or “Sweetheart.” Some names from the Bible are like that. Adam and Eve make us think of Paradise Lost. Noah brings to mind the flood. David makes us think of Goliath, Bathsheba, his role as Israel’s king and the twenty-third Psalm. more
One of the things Jesus asked his disciples to do was to abide in him. In more
The debate between predestination and free will stands as one of the most enduring and complex theological discussions within Christianity. It delves into the very essence of God's nature, human autonomy, and the interplay between divine sovereignty and human freedom. This discourse is not merely an academic exercise but touches upon the personal and existential aspects of faith, salvation, and the human condition. more
Fate, and perhaps some divine intervention, combined on Wednesday with goodwill and volunteerism in the nick of time to facilitate the delivery of balloons and chocolates to nursing home residents for Valentine's Day. more
In a night awash with vibrant shades of pink, the West Plains High School Lady Zizzers transformed their home court into more than just a battleground for high school basketball supremacy. They turned it into a heartwarming symphony of community spirit, athletic excellence, and philanthropic endeavor. The 11th Annual Pink Out event, held on a Thursday night that will be etched in the memory of many, wasn't merely a sporting event; it was a beacon of hope and solidarity for the cancer patients benefiting from the Ozark Healthcare's Cancer Treatment Center.The evening kicked off with the junior varsity squad of the Lady Zizzers taking the hardwood by storm. In what can only be described as a dazzling display of teamwork and skill, the junior varsity team laid down the gauntlet with a commanding 56-12 victory over Parkview High School. Ashley Culton, a name that would resonate throughout the night, led the charge with an impressive 14 points. Not far behind, Delani Wahome and Zoe Shrubb each contributed 10 points to the scoreboard, weaving through the defense with ease and finesse. Aubrey Tidwell, with her 9 points, showcased the depth of talent in the Lady Zizzers' ranks, while Jewelia Willard added a crucial 6 points. Lydia Harris, Cameron Brill, and Brylie Osborn rounded out the scoring, demonstrating that every player plays a pivotal role in the symphony of a team's success.As the varsity game took center stage, the anticipation in the air was palpable. The Lady Zizzers varsity team, not to be outdone by their junior varsity counterparts, stormed to a breathtaking 77-23 victory. Allyssa Joyner, in a performance that could only be described as nothing short of spectacular, picked up another double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Olivia Lawson, with her incredible 22 points, proved to be a force to be reckoned with, leaving the defense scrambling to keep up. Zoe Shrubb, adding 15 points, showed the versatility and depth of the Lady Zizzers' attack. Ashley Culton, carrying her momentum from the junior varsity game, added another 6 points to her night's tally. Mylea Adams, Cameron Brill, and Lucy Hafer, each contributing 2 points, exemplified the essence of team play—every contribution matters, no matter the size.The wins were sweet, but the essence of the Pink Out event transcends the bounds of the basketball court. The Lady Zizzers' Head Coach, beaming with pride not only for the athletic prowess displayed by his teams but more so for the monumental community support, highlighted the true spirit of the Pink Out event. It's a testament to the power of unity, the strength of a community coming together for a cause much greater than basketball.Special recognition was bestowed upon the employees of West Plains Bank, whose tireless efforts year after year ensure the success of the Pink Out event. Their dedication and hard work behind the scenes are the unsung melody that harmonizes the event's success.As the night drew to a close, the Lady Zizzers and the community of West Plains proved that basketball could be more than just a game. It can be a catalyst for change, a source of hope, and a vehicle for bringing a community together. The Pink Out event, with its blend of athletic excellence and philanthropic endeavor, showcases the best of what sports can be—a unifying force for good.The team's heartfelt thanks extend to all sponsors, donors, and shirt buyers, whose generosity ensures that the real winners of the night—the cancer patients of Ozark Healthcare's Cancer Treatment Center—receive the support they need. In the end, the scores will fade into the annals of high school sports history, but the impact of the 11th Annual Pink Out event will resonate far beyond the basketball court, in the hearts and lives of those it aimed to uplift.  more
Last Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena was supposed to be a David vs. Goliath showdown, with the University of Missouri Women's Basketball team squaring off against the No. 1 titan South Carolina. But instead of a slingshot victory, the Tigers found themselves in a bit of a pickle, taking a tumble with a final score of 45-83. It was a rough night, but not without its highlights and, dare we say, moments of sheer basketball poetry. more
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I am standing on the corner of Walnut and Grove streets. Before me stretches an asphalt parking lot. more
Eagle Heights Independent Baptist Church, located at 1078 CR 8570, West Plains, MO 65775, is proud to introduce Mountain Moving Ministries, a transformative faith-based recovery discipleship program designed for both men and women. This innovative initiative aims to guide individuals on a path of recovery, helping them reintegrate as productive members of society through a holistic approach that emphasizes spiritual, personal, and professional growth. more
Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the Lord, and when ye find him, call upon him; and when he shall draw nigh to you, 7 let the ungodly leave his ways, and the transgressor his counsels: and let him return to the Lord, and he shall find mercy; for he shall abundantly pardon your sins. (Brenton's 1851 Greek Septuagint) more
In Lamentations 3:22-23 we read, “The steadfast love of the Lord never more
Eagle Heights Independent Baptist Church, located at 1078 CR 8570, West Plains, MO 65775, is proud to introduce Mountain Moving Ministries, a transformative faith-based recovery discipleship program designed for both men and women. This innovative initiative aims to guide individuals on a path of recovery, helping them reintegrate as productive members of society through a holistic approach that emphasizes spiritual, personal, and professional growth. more
The story of the first sin, often referred to as the "Original Sin," is a foundational narrative within the Judeo-Christian tradition, found in the Book of Genesis. This narrative has been interpreted in various ways over centuries, with differing views on who bears the ultimate responsibility for the first sin. To explore this question, it's important to examine the roles of the main entities involved: Eve, Adam, Satan, and God. Each has been attributed with a degree of responsibility for the event by various theologians, scholars, and believers. more
A few years ago, I read an Our Daily Bread devotional by Mike Wittmer, about a mountain climber who reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2019. He was treated to the unique perspective of sunrise from the 29,032-foot mountain peak. He must have felt elated at having reached this famous location. Unfortunately, the climber did not survive the descent after his remarkable achievement. The high altitude had overtaxed his heart, and he died while descending the mountain. Wittmer explained medical experts often caution climbers to not view the top of Everest as their ultimate destination, but to realize “they’re in the death zone” until they reach lower altitudes. more
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. more
“Be still, and know that I am God.” We find these words in Psalm 46:10. Take some time to read and reflect upon these words. What do they mean to you? Be still. Stop talking; listen; stop arguing; stop complaining; switch off your phone; step away from the computer; be quiet; rest; rest in the Lord; let God’s peace flood your mind, heart, and spirit. And know. Stop doubting; be sure; be certain; lean upon God and experience his strength; remember the times the Lord has been close to you. That I am God. The Lord God is Gracious, Almighty, Loving, Merciful; God is Creator of all that is; God is love; God is my refuge, my hope, my rock, my redeemer; the Lord is my Shepherd; God is ever-present, a help in times of trouble; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Take time today to be still and experience God’s presence anew. May God bless your week! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches, Willow Springs and Mtn. View. more
The debate on the Nature of Christ, known as Christology, remains one of the most profound and enduring theological discussions within Christian thought. Spanning over centuries, this debate seeks to understand the complex nature of Jesus Christ, who is acknowledged as both fully divine and fully human. This article delves into the historical context, key arguments, significant councils, and lasting impacts of this theological discourse, offering a comprehensive exploration of Christological development through the ages. more
Each Christmas someone in my family gives me a book they know I will use for future columns. This year my wife, Kelly, gave me Great American Trivia. Today’s column is based on it. more
Today, I read a scientific article about our philosophy of "self" compared to various Eastern ideologies. Although largely unnoticed, modern Western Culture places a massive emphasis on "self" even in our churches to the detriment of God. Consequently, my attention turned to Scripture regarding the existence and identity of "self" and how the concept relates to the meaning/purpose of life as God ordained. more
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