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One of the most awesome things that a person can ever experience is for the God of Heaven to hear and answer our prayers. I have no idea what I would do if God did not answer my prayers. Answered prayer is the reality for every child of God who is in fellowship with and right with Him.

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If there is one characteristic that describes this world it is rude. Unfortunately, being rude has become a way of life for many Christians as well. There are many ways to be rude, but what I want to focus on today is our speech. The words we say and how we say them give insight into our hea…

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

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The 93rd General Assembly convened with a traditional day of swearing in ceremonies for new members, followed by the governor’s speech in a joint session of the legislature. Then lawmakers immediately got down to business.

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A little over 10 years ago, I made the decision to spend the rest of my life as a physician. I wanted to do it because I felt the medical field would allow me to take care of others, while at the same time provide me with rewarding challenges. Since then, that decision has taken me through a…

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Someone once wisely wrote, “Yesterday is forever gone, and tomorrow may never come. Today is a gift from God; that is why we call it the present. So use it wisely.” There is a lot of truth in this quote (of which there are several versions by different authors). The only day we can really co…

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Jesus turned the world upside down. He did so not only with His life and death, but also with His teaching. What Jesus taught was unheard of, especially His teaching on love. We have been looking at the thought of protecting the reputation of our Lord. People should see Jesus through us, and…

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Tax forms for 2020 will soon arrive in our inboxes and mailboxes. It is time to begin preparing our tax returns, and hope that our tax withholding and estimated payments will satisfy our tax obligation.

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James Landers of Cave City visited the Guard office recently, bringing with him a clipping of one of long-time Guard associate editor Larry Stroud's columns. For many years the title of Larry's column was “What the ???” and it covered many topics that he and our readers found interesting. La…

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This whole pandemic thing pivoted on March 16. I recall the day vividly.

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Over the weekend I made a blueberry muffin cake. The recipe said to drain the blueberries, but I didn’t. I thought it was such a pretty color. It stained my hand and my kitchen counter and my cake was purple.

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Winners of the Miss Evening Shade pageant held recently by the Future Homemakers of America were: Kathleen Royal, Miss Evening Shade; Cheryl Lowe, first runner-up; and Kathy Pierson, second runner-up.

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LITTLE ROCK — When the Arkansas legislature convenes the 2021 regular session, the first major challenge on the agenda will be ensuring that the public can still safely participate in the democratic process.

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1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord besto…

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A few weeks back we began looking at the idea of protecting the reputation of Jesus. If this is the first time you have heard of such, let me remind you that Christians are ambassadors of Christ. People can’t physically see Jesus, but they sure do watch us. What opinion do people form of our…

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Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to a new year. I like the fact that we have the opportunity to get a fresh start--sort of a physical, mental and spiritual do-over.

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New year, new you? Nah, we may try to change and we may change a few things in our life, but we are still us. I still complain about wearing a mask, I still question the election but I still plan on paying my taxes, getting done everything I should, and even calling the new President by his …

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Once upon a time, before I worked in the personal care field, I worked in Mental Health. I did case management for individuals living in the community with severe mental health diagnoses that did not qualify to be institutionalized.

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‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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Arkansans have joined the effort to collect the stories of Natural State veterans and preserve them with the Veterans History Project (VHP), enabling future generations to learn from these courageous individuals. I was proud to congratulate the Librarian of Congress on the 20th anniversary o…

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It is hard to believe that 2020 is coming to an end, but let us pray that 2021 behaves better than 2020 did. I never thought I’d see the things we saw in 2020. While hate, anger, anguish, and strife have all been the main headlines this year, we must not let such heartbreak steal our hope an…

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There is something refreshing in the knowledge that we are given opportunities to start over and begin with a new slate. When we begin a new year, we all look back to the last year and reflect on the events of the year, good and bad, as we look forward for some things to change.

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According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 117 million Americans today (about ½ of all American adults) have one or more preventable chronic diseases, and regular exercise favorably influences most common chronic diseases. We have ample scientific evidence which supports th…

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Last year about this time, we were all probably a little more optimistic to what the new year held. We had more positive anticipation and the unknown wasn’t quite so frightening. If we knew then what we know now … So, here we are again. Superstitious dinners like black-eyed peas, hog jowl an…