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“For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” — Psalm 116:8, 9

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We sure did have a nice weekend in Tallassee thanks to the hard work of some very dedicated individuals in the community. If you missed it, you missed a lot.

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I kind of know what I want to say I just don't know where to start. He has always been a part of my military life even when I got drafted into the Army. The days and nights we traveled together to camps, recruiting, even to foreign countries, and he never changed. We watched them build three…

This past weekend at church, the wonderfully talented musician Glenn Person was at the piano and performed a soul-stirring rendition of “It is Well with my Soul” as an offertory — one so powerful the congregation applauded when he finished singing.

I remember a line from a violent and disturbing movie I saw many years ago, back when I sometimes watched movies like that. A man with a mental disability had been hired to build a fence. The homeowners watched him as he stood and held a board, turning it one way then another as he thought i…

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

This week has been tough. Just when I thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did. I was shaken to the core with the terrible loss of a dear friend, Emily Moore. Emily graduated from Tallassee High School. She was a daughter, a mother, a sister and a true friend. She left this world too…

All we need to know is neatly summarized by Jesus Christ in John Chapter 13, Verse 34, as he speaks to his Disciples.

With Memorial Day behind us, summer has unofficially begun. And it went from 0 to 100 in .02 seconds on Lake Martin.

So in the past few weeks I think I’ve offended the religious community, particularly the Baptists, Republicans, those who automatically want to speak to the manager and folks with thin skin. If you’re not on that list, give it time. I’m sure I’ll get to you shortly.

I have a great-granddaughter and she is like all great granddaughters, she says some things that are funny to me. Her name is Natalie Ruth and in the future I will refer to her as Natalie because it's easier to write than great-granddaughter. 

I have a great-granddaughter and she is like all great granddaughters, she says some things that are funny to me. Her name is Natalie Ruth and in the future I will refer to her as Natalie because it's easier to write than great-granddaughter. 

If you have already listened to last week’s episode of Inside the Lines Podcast, you already know my thoughts on high school athletes returning to practice June 1. I am craving the return of sports as much as everyone else but I have to admit I’m a little worried an early return during the t…

Romans 3:10b-12: “There is no one righteous, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away; all alike have become worthless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one.”

I am a big fan of A.C.T.S. I don't mean the fifth book of the New Testament, although I do love that book. I mean the Association of Christians in Tallassee for Service — a joint ministry of about 20 supporting churches around our community. I love the fact so many people in need have been h…

When it was announced state superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey was going to be addressing all of the state’s music educators, many of us braced for potentially bad news.

I remember the lake before it was the popular tourist attraction it has become today. We did not own a lakehouse but my grandfather signed a 100-year lease on a lot that sat way back in Adams slough. There were only a few cabins in the slough, maybe five.

I keep referencing this quote from Mark Twain: “Politicians are like diapers and should be changed just as frequently.” And at times I feel like I’m simply using a new stick to beat the same dead horse ad nauseum to no effect. In this case the dead horse is the Alabama Legislature and the st…

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

The Benjamin Fitzpatrick Bridge is once again in the headlines. This week, one of the bridge’s light posts fell in the middle of the afternoon. Luckily, no one was injured.

A prodigy is defined as “a person endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities.”

Recently, I wrote an article about the things I was here before and remember when we first used them such as polio vaccine that literally abolished polio. TV dinners, microwave ovens and color TV ... someone brought to my attention there are a lot of things that have come and gone during my …

Mother's Day will soon be here and I am sitting at my kitchen table writing my thoughts. I have had two filing cabinets for years and years. In those filing cabinets I keep my tax records, bill of sales, insurance, collectibles and pictures. Recently I decided to go through these cabinets an…

“Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’” — Mark 1:16-17

I have noticed it is hard to do door-to-door, one-on-one evangelism during a pandemic. But it occurs to me that evangelism is: more important than ever; more challenging to do than ever, considering social distancing; we have a great opportunity to reach people right now because they are sea…

I’m sitting here looking out my window at 9 a.m., and the sun is shining, there’s a breeze and a bird playing and chirping a happy tune or maybe he’s just humming “Freebird” as bounces from branch to branch.

I have a personal rule not to speak of politics — ever. It's just too divisive and often turns an otherwise friendly conversation into the antonym of the word friendly. I just don't go there.

A sure sign things are returning to normal: After a few weeks in which Americans were united in the common cause of staying well and being safe, we are now slipping effortlessly back into the harsh polarization of our attitudes in the culture wars.