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Prevailing prayer, a more sure word of prophecy

Jesus Christ, Almighty Jehovah God’s only begotten Son, throughout the gospels instructs us to pray. As God’s Holy Word declares: We ask, we receive, we seek, and we find. We knock and the door is opened unto us. We must first surrender our lives to Christ through conviction from his Holy ...

Let’s Go, Mountaineers!

MOUNTAINEERS — Autumn Saturdays spell adventures that are very special to a portion of our state’s population. Some awaken in the wee hours of the morning to begin their trip. They have been preparing since mid-week to make sure they arrive in Morgantown for game day. These gold and ...

Observing and learning from nature

The forests and wilderness areas, while being home to wildlife, also offer many opportunities to experience the unique and unexpected in nature. Recently while leading an Edible Plants Hike at Canaan Valley State Park our group was joined by a curious yearling doe who seemed genuinely ...

Journey through the work of the cross

The journey through the work of the cross we began so many months ago has now reached its conclusion. We have discussed in depth several words associated with Jesus the Christ and his work on, through and beyond the cross. It seems appropriate to close out this topic with a concise summary of ...

Taking a closer look at Psalm 42

That day was a Psalm 42 kind of day. It was as hot and humid as a North Carolina summer day could be and I had a yearning to be cool and comfortable. I had a longing to walk through the woods on my grandfather’s farm, where the shade of the trees would offer relief from the stickiness and ...

Preparing for Earth’s last, great revival

A challenging book I once read is entitled: “From Pentecost to the Present, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever” by Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter. My subject is “Preparing for Earth’s Last, Great Revival.” King David returned the Ark of the Covenant to Israel, after 100 years of absence. ...

Reading the clouds, predicting the weather

Most of us at one time or another have enjoyed gazing into the sky and watching the drifting clouds changing their shapes and capturing our imagination, and in some ways connecting us with nature. It is more than just a nice picture show. The clouds are a wonderful, age-old gift from mother ...

State Fair promises family fun

Heritage events are high in importance to most West Virginians, and one of these annual premier activities will be staged Aug. 9-18 at Fairlea in Greenbrier County, when the State Fair of West Virginia opens. School calendars have been made more fair-friendly this year, so children can ...

Treating everyone as neighbors

Fifty years ago, the volatile year of 1968, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” began on public television. You remember the scene. Fred Rogers, slim and smiling, appeared, waved and entered his TV home. Inside his home, he removed his jacket and dress shoes, slipped on a sweater and sneakers, ...

Wisdom is free to those who ask

Well y’all, I did it. I left my Miss Know-It-All in the hands of total strangers and drove away. As you’re reading this she has officially been on duty as an intern for the Buffalo Dream Center for one week. And I’m terrified she’s never going to want to come home. You see, Chad and ...

Creating the ultimate survival kit

Whether you’re planning to be up in the Rocky Mountains or deep in the Dismal Swamp, a survival kit can suddenly become your best friend if it contains what you really need to survive. And, almost every outdoorsman will claim to know what’s best to carry in a survival kit. One guy will ...

Summer Bouquet

ELKINS — Most will admit that their usual outdoor activities have been disrupted for the past three months by weather patterns that have offered us almost no relief. From bitter cold and snow into April to fighting frequent flood down pours and sky-high temperatures into early July, our ...

Honoring the unsung heroes

A number of years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a performance of the United States Air Force Tactical Command Band. This premier concert band was sharp, precise and often electrifying. The enjoyable evening was made possible by the excellent display of talent from the ...

The Holy Spirit and the heavenly dove

Greetings in the precious name of Jehovah God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, our soon-coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and their Mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). To begin this article, pastor/poet Phil Patchett offers “Sister Magaha’s Song”: “I’ve arrived, I’m safely ...

Remembering our farm neighbors

Growing up on a farm, we didn’t have what you would call “next door” neighbors. The closest neighbors lived over the hill or down the road apiece. We only saw them once in a while, certainly not every day as you would living in town. Adjoining our property to the north were the Brights, ...

Let’s get caught up, everybody!

Hey y’all! It’s been awhile! Well, over a year actually! I’m very excited to be resuming my column. A lot has happened since my last column. I had just returned from Thanksgiving holiday in Florida with my dad, Bob, and my sisters. So, let’s catch up. 2017 started out normal. Chad ...

Helping hands

Take a moment to look at your hands. If you are like most folks, you take your hands for granted, unless you are experiencing arthritis, carpal tunnel, or a dislocated finger. The healthy human hand is truly amazing, one of the most complex components of our bodies. Perhaps you know that the ...

Natural tinder may just save your life

As we hit the trails for outdoor recreation, we must be aware that even on the most innocent of hikes things can go wrong. Preparing yourself for the worst of scenarios can help turn a potential tragedy into a triumph. Imagine … you lie back down on the trail wincing in pain as your ...

Fresh & Local

ELKINS — Elkins’ summer Saturday mornings always supply an occasion for getting dreams wrapped up. Focus must be put on dressing for the day, and for many, the first destination is our area’s Farmer’s Market located behind the downtown train depot and open from 8 a.m. till ...

Everybody has a story

My father grew up in Ripley. His family moved to Charleston during his sophomore year of high school and he graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School. Other than a stint of World War II military service after high school, he spent the rest of his life in Charleston. When my father turned ...