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Spring housecleaning a common ritual

Years ago, spring housecleaning used to be, and perhaps still is, a backbreaking ritual. It involved hanging rugs out in the sunshine on clotheslines and then beating the dust out of them with a wire rug beater or a long-handled broom. It demanded that mattresses be carried out into the open air, placed on chairs and left to soak up the sun’s rays, which surely helped to rid them of musty odors and pesky germs.Housewives attacked every nook and cranny with a vengeance. Curtai...

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Smart snacks for families, children

Smart families can take a cue from some of our fast food restaurants, which increasingly are offering healthier side dishes and snacks. One of the best options is to limit fast food meals so they are an occasional, infrequent treat.Another long-term strategy is to eat at home and to pack a healthy lunch that includes nutritious snacks for all members of your family, especially children. Providing smart snacks is important as children head back to school and need the right sort of f...

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Understanding the meaning of Easter

Growing up as a child I didn’t understand the spiritual significance of Easter, nor did I understand the role of Jesus Christ and how the story of Jesus is the story of Easter. As a child properly understanding how Easter egg hunting, special musical church cantatas and sunrise services all were connected was not exactly easy.

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Watch for the signs

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most significant event in history. Over the last few weeks Easter has been the topic of this column and I’m sure the subject of many a sermon but what about the significant events of the future?The religious elite of Jesus’ day were looking for the coming of the Messiah, but when He arrived they rejected Him. They should not have been taken by surprise, there were signs. The virgin birth, the trip to and from Egypt, Herod’s ...

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A suffering servant, the life-giving Messiah and an empty tomb: Isaiah 53

The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the center of Christianity. The church is reminded each Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, that it was this day that is the point of demarcation for all humanity. It is the empty tomb that makes it possible to live a life filled with God.The story of the resurrection is found at the end of all four Gospels. However, the story was told long before the event took place. The prophet Isaiah told of the cross event six hun...

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Planting by nature

Our forefathers paid a lot more attention to natural events than we do now. They had no radio, TV or newspaper to provide weather trends, so they looked to nature to tell them when to plant beans or when to strip hickory bark for chair bottoms.One thing they watched for was when plants bloomed or leafed out.For instance, when forsythia blooms it’s a good time to plant beets, lettuce, onions, spinach, peas and radish.When the service berry tree blooms (al...

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Resurrection comes in many forms

It is the Easter season when Christians remember and rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God, from the dead. We believe he was crucified willingly and became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The gulf between man (because of his disobedience and sin) and God had become so great and so complete that Jesus came to earth, dwelt among man and became the bridge that restored man’s access to God, as well as providing eternal life.The Bible warns us that to th...

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The unexpected — a great teacher

The unexpected things we receive in life are always the best.I am mindful that this statement can be made for all things good, but the unwanted unexpected things that are unwelcome do not fit into the ‘always best’ category.Recently I spoke at Encounter Community Church. Encounter is a new church plant in Ownesboro-Daviess County. Their intent is lead people to an encounter with Jesus Christ.On Saturday, the University of Kentucky played Wisconsin ...

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Special services mark Holy Week

We are in the midst of Holy Week and will soon celebrate Good Friday, a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.Christ agonized on the cross for six hours. During his last thee hours there, from noon to 3 p.m., darkness fell over the whole land. With a loud cry, Jesus gave up his spirit. There was an earthquake, tombs broke open and the curtain in the Temple was torn apart (rent in twain) from top to bottom....

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Pest management tips for veggie gardens

Now is a good time to start thinking about pest control for your home vegetable garden.You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.Examples of the IPM approach inc...

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After that day, there was no stopping Him

(Luke 9:51) Ever been resolved to get something done? Ever been so resolute that you were determined that nothing would deter you from the seeing the task through to completion? Have you ever noticed that so often the things that people are so unwavering to about really don’t make much difference in the forward movement of humanity? I am a teacher and have watched students so determined to get an A on a test that they spend endless hours in preparation. They forsake family and friends, ...

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Team TKO’s fight against juvenile diabetes

Longtime, regular readers of this column already know that I, along with son Christopher and 5-year-old grandson, Tyler Kane Ochs (TKO) are diabetics. I’m type 2, which means I get by with oral medication, paying close attention to what I eat and as much physical exercise as I can muster. Both Chris and TKO are insulin dependent, but Tyler gets the short end of that stick. Chris usually only has to do blood tests and injections twice a day.

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Unity without uniformity

Are we heading toward a global church, a pluralistic church, a uniform church with little diversity? Denominational exclusives are disappearing fast. What traits are found in our particular denomination that others don’t have? With fuzzy edges surrounding most denominations, they find themselves more and more homogeneously bundled. Without need for adjustment in belief and worship, church-goers are feeling a freedom of religious mobility — casually changing denominations due to pe...

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Happy to welcome spring

Spring is the time of year when everything seems new. It is a time of hope and of starting over. It is a season when things that were dead are revived again. Soil that was cold and frozen warms beneath the rays of sunny days.I love to watch the season unfold and the dreary dinginess of the mountains disappear beneath greenery and blossoms on the hills and valleys. Debris is swallowed up by new grass and wildflowers bursting forth.

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Winston Churchill 1st honorary US citizen

Early in the days of World War II, I remember distinctly the family huddled around the radio listening to the voice of Winston Churchill. He not only inspired the Brits, but encouraged Americans as well. He was truly a man for all seasons and a statesman never to be forgotten.

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4-H Camp is coming up soon

Fifty students, ages 9-13, from Harlan County will be attending 4-H Camp at J. M. Feltner 4-H Camp in London June 23- 26.Campers will have about 20 classes from which to choose during the four day event. Each camper will select four classes for each day. Some of these classes will be basketball, arts and crafts, nature, archery, no-sew fleece, volleyball, riflery, swimming, canoeing, ropes challenge, foods classes, sewing, tennis, line-dancing, games and recreation. Sally Dancing a...

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All about a turkey’s lifestyle

The day-to-day life of our native wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is pretty routine most of the year: Hang out with friends, feed during the day and roost in trees at night.The bird is a tremendous hiker, walking long distances in a day. It is wary, nervous, and constantly on the move. It is also a swift runner preferring to run from danger rather than fly. But fly it can for short distances with surprising speed for their bulk. They’ve been clocked at flying 55 mph, but wh...

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