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The first two chapters of Colossians are written so that we might see Jesus more clearly.  The last two chapters of Colossians are written so that we might be able to examine ourselves to see if we have indeed seen the Savior as He is. Chapters three and four test us to see if our character …

  • By Robert St. John
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  • By Pastor Steve Elllison
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Searching the Scriptures is a commendable work.  Acts 17:11 praises the Bereans, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (NASU)  We need to remember tha…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Oh, the questions God asks!  He really is the Master Teacher.  Nowhere else can one find such amazing insights into human behavior.  Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”  (NASU)   It is easy to see the obvious truth in…

  • By Dale Lilly
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When I was growing up my grandmother had an “old maid” cousin. Now wait a minute. I know that’s not politically correct but my grandmother said she was an old maid and this was in an altogether different society than what we occupy now. Besides, Miss Bessie would tell anyone who listened tha…

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  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Oh, the questions God asks. Proverbs 27:4 says, “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?” (NKJV)  The verse describes two different individuals. Neither is right.  Each is guilty of wrong attitudes and almost certainly guilty of wrong actions.  By the wa…

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  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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There is an old Jewish saying, “Two men argued over a cow.  One pulled on its head and one pulled on its tale, while it was being milked by a lawyer.”   We have an epidemic in the United States.  Unnecessary lawsuits are paralyzing this country.  Not only are court dockets tied up at every l…

  • By Dale Lilly
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Just when you thought the country was going to hades in a handbasket because of drug and alcohol addiction, up crops another malady — Facebook Addiction Disorder.

  • By Robert St. John
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To live 90 minutes away from one of the top restaurant cities in the world is an embarrassment of riches for a restaurateur/food writer/food lover. It would be as if Bruce Springsteen lived next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, or if Joe Montana lived a hop, skip, and a l…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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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 …

  • By D. W. Wilber
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I recall from my childhood often times being told by my parents about why America was such a great country, such a wonderful place to grow up and live.  A country that we should protect and defend with all of our might from all of those other people who wanted to take away the freedoms our U…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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In Proverbs 24:21-22, God presents a question that is hard on most of us and particularly hard on me.  “Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious, for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?” (NIV)  

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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In Proverbs 24, God asks you and me a very significant difficult to answer question with eternal consequences.  We should consider our answer very carefully. We also ought to understand that our answers are not given so much by our words but with our future actions.  Proverbs 24:11-12, “Resc…

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Bonsai Rendezvous is Brussel’s Bonsai’s annual convention held over the Memorial Day weekend and attended by hundreds of avid bonsai hobbyists from

  • By Steve Ellison
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In Proverbs 22:20-21, God makes a significant statement while asking an equally significant question.  God asks, “Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may correctly answer him who sent you?” (NASU)  

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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God asked a very good question in Proverbs 20:9, “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’?” (NIV)  The rest of the Bible makes it clear that all have sinned, everyone has missed the mark, no human is good; our righteousness is as filthy rags. So, clearly, the exp…

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The annual event showcased 36 of the 'best and brightest' students from the senior classes of DeSoto County Schools and Northpoint Christian School at Mesquite Chop House. BancorpSouth and the DeSoto Times-Tribune partner with the schools to honor the selected students and also provide a $50…

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‘If you don’t do a lot of stupid things while you’re young, you won’t have funny things to talk about when you’re old.  ’

  • By Robert St. John
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I dreamed of travelling as a kid. My parents purchased a set of World Book encyclopedias when I was about four-years old, and — for more than a decade — that was my conduit to other parts of the globe. I dreamed of far-off exotic lands and what they must be like, the people, the animals, the food.

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Mr. and Mrs. Andy Moore of Montpelier are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Moore, to Connor Todd Popeck of Olive Branch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Popeck of Olive Branch.

  • By Dale Lilly The Gilded Lilly
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Editor’s Note: I have once again had a request to tell the story about crime and punishment and two young whipper-snapper tomboy girls who lived to regret the sin that only two little twits can conjure up. It happened to me and my BFF. The trick is — if you’re gonna do it — don’t get caught.…

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Rodney and Jill Moore of Mooreville are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Moore to Luke Jones of Oxford, son of Timothy and Kimberly Jones of Hernando.

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Hundreds of "mudbug" enthusiasts turned out for the 13 annual Mudbug Bash, held just off the historic Hernando Square, on Panola Street to raise money for the Palmer Home for Children.  

  • By Dale Lilly
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‘Women have the advantage over men in that when things go wrong we can throw a hissy fit and bawl for a while. It makes everything a little better. ’

  • By Dale Lilly
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‘Women have the advantage over men in that when things go wrong we can throw a hissy fit and bawl for a while. It makes everything a little better. ’

  • By Robert St. John
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When my wife meets people at one of my book signings or speeches, they say things such as, “Your husband is so funny, I’ll bet he keeps the whole family in stitches.”

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The DeSoto Arts Council opened its new headquarters this past week to much fanfare as artists, patrons and visitors alike toured the renovated former city hall building which dates from the Art Deco period of the 1940s.

  • By Robert St. John
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The restaurant business is a cruel mistress. She has swallowed and spit out more entrepreneurial dreamers than anyone cares to count. Professional foodservice can be a merciless line of work. I have survived over 38 years — 30 as an owner — due to a large amount of luck, good timing, willing…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Throughout the Bible, God asks many questions of individuals and of whole groups of people. We can learn a great deal by examining those questions and formulating our own answers. It would be wise to remember just exactly who it is that we are answering. The Bible is very clear that God sees…

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James and Kesha Roberts of Olive Branch are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Allison Roberts of Olive Branch to Patrick Ryan of Germantown, Tenn., son of Patrick and Sherrie Ryan of Germantown.

  • By Robert St. John
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As we age our vocabulary grows deeper and more advanced. There are words I use today that were never in my lexicon in my youth. “Lexicon” would be a prime example.

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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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.

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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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.

  • By Steve Ellison
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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…

  • By Dale Lilly
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‘Plastic surgery can’t make you younger or more beautiful, because beauty is in your eyes, isn’t it? It’s in your soul; you can’t strap it on.’

  • By Robert St. John
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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.

  • By Dale Lilly
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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’

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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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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