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With excitement, Dr. Ted A. Deatherage announces his daughter Corey Deatherage will begin practicing in his office as a dental hygienist. more
Nestled deep in the heart of West Plains lies a tale that spans continents, skies, and hearts. It's the story of a man who, against the odds, changed the very skies above rural America. From humble beginnings in a one-room schoolhouse to taking charge of one of the nation's largest air ambulance services, William Roy (Bill) Chritton, Jr.'s life stands as a testament to perseverance, love, and vision. more
All musicians are invited to West Plains Underground’s Open Amp Jam Session at 6 p.m. today in the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Trish Knight St. more
From the number twenty-seven, 1985 issue. more
In a digital age where data analytics and scientific scrutiny often take center stage, Charismatic Christianity offers a compelling case for the enduring relevance of faith. Rooted in experiential spirituality, like speaking in tongues and prophecy, this movement breathes new life into modern Christianity, defying and complementing our rational world. Originating in the 20th century, it emerged almost simultaneously across different global regions, highlighting its universal appeal and its independence from traditional religious structures.The demand for empirical evidence in today's society can make religious experiences appear suspect. Critics claim the Charismatic focus on spiritual gifts could lead to anti-intellectualism. However, proponents argue that these experiences fill a deep human need for direct communion with the Divine, often missed in debates that swing between scientific materialism and religious orthodoxy.Charismatic Christianity is an intriguing blend of conservative and progressive elements. It maintains core Christian beliefs like the Trinity while encouraging individual spiritual experiences that break conventional norms. This paradox extends to its social impact—Charismatic churches often combine traditional moral teachings with progressive social outreach and racial inclusivity.Beyond individual spirituality, the Charismatic movement influences broader society, including politics and economics. Its congregations frequently spearhead charitable work, providing both spiritual and material aid. The focus on ‘baptism in the Spirit’ fosters a unity that transcends racial and cultural divides. Globally, the movement thrives, particularly in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, often acting as a catalyst for social change and challenging the perception of Christianity as a ‘Western’ religion.However, the movement isn't without its criticisms. It has been accused of promoting a ‘prosperity gospel’ that exploits vulnerable believers, and its experiential nature can sometimes be manipulated by charismatic leaders for personal gain.As we navigate an increasingly complex world, Charismatic Christianity continues to grow in appeal, offering a faith experience that is both immediate and transformative. It serves as a potent reminder that religion is not just intellectual theory but a lived reality. This movement stands as a beacon for a faith that remains both grounded and adaptable—a faith that speaks to the timeless human need for the mysterious and the divine.   more
The Book of Psalms repeatedly speaks of praising God. For example, Psalm 34:1 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Imagine if that was true. Imagine, if throughout each day, we praised God…acknowledged God’s power, grace, mercy, and love. If that was true, our prayers would express gratitude, amazement, and devotion to God. Praise doesn’t make requests but instead exclaims, “How great Thou art!” Prayers of praise articulate our willingness to yield and submit ourselves to our Lord. As a result, we won’t be so self-absorbed and focused on our wants. Psalm 106:1-2 “Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his love is eternal. Who can tell all the great things he has done? Who can praise him enough?” We know God’s love because we know God’s only Son, our Lord and Savior. May we praise him again and again. May God bless your week! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches, Willow Springs and Mtn. View. more
I love the parables found in scripture. Jesus often used these fiction-al stories to teach spiritual truth in unorthodox ways. While they frequently make truth more understandable, parables can also have the opposite ef-fect on those who are not open to Jesus and make them miss the truth. more
NOW THE LORD IS THAT SPIRIT! 2 Corinthians 3:17 more
In this week’s column, I want to talk about something that we all go through from time to time as Christian believers. more
Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property, say Missouri Department of Conservation officials. more
A new lake-property-focused real estate report from Lake Homes Realty shows listing prices in Arkansas have exceeded those of last summer. more
Work-related stress can severely harm someone’s mental health and, without proper support, lead some to turn to substance abuse and even suicide. more
In the pages of American automotive history, the name Locomobile holds a special place, capturing the imagination, ambition, and pioneering spirit of a young nation on wheels. At the dawn of the 20th century, the Locomobile Company of America emerged as a significant player in the burgeoning automobile industry, only to fade away in subsequent decades. Its story, however, offers an invaluable lens through which to understand the early automotive landscape, technological advancements, and market forces that shaped the American dream. more
Hello, brunch aficionados and kitchen virtuosos! Gather 'round my virtual kitchen island. If you're just waking up and your tummy is already muttering curses in languages you never taught it, you’ve come to the right corner of the Internet. It's time to orchestrate the Sunday brunch of your wildest Pinterest dreams. I'm talking about the kind of brunch that convinces you Monday can be kept at bay by sheer willpower and caloric intake. more
Saturday, September 2nd we will change our opening time to our regular hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is Labor Day Weekend and many of our vendors will have great specials for all your BBQ’s and gatherings with your family and friends! Morrison Family Farms and Brassfield Farms will have meat specials. more
Well foodies, August, and summer are ending, and our meals will change with the new season. And I'm ready, so ready.  One favorite that is good all year around is grilled cheese sandwiches, even better are patty melts. Combining the two with shredded chicken or pulled pork smothered in onions, peppers, and toasted on garlic bread makes for a hearty meal. I love this idea, it's perfect if you have leftover smoked meat, paired with your choice of cheese has my mouth watering. I'm sharing a recipe for BBQ chicken to get you started but you can really use any meat. I know I'll be adding these to my fall menus to start. Don't let your summer end before trying this upgraded grilled cheese sandwich done right.  more
Ozarka College officials in Melbourne, Ark. announce they have hired a new director of admissions and a lead faculty member for its culinary department. more
Local McDonald’s restaurants will again celebrate area teachers this fall with the launch of the fourth annual McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Awards. Nominations will be accepted online through Sept. 15 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/moeducator23. more
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