THOMAS/Ignorance and apathy

The joke is told about a poll taker who asks about ignorance and apathy in the country. “I don’t know, and I don’t care,” says the respondent.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The gift of Christ

The song of Zechariah we find in Luke 1:67-79 is called “Benedictus,” meaning blessed. It begins with “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel.”


For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  


Mrs. Mittie Kennedy, of the Coldewater community, has just received her first letter from her daughter, Imogene Kennedy, U.S. Army nurse, now held a prisoner by the Japanese at St. Tomas Camp, Philippine Islands.

EDITORIAL/Yes, Virginia

In one of the most famous editorials ever written, “Is There a Santa Claus?,” a little girl from New York was given the definitive answer to the question.

EDITORIAL/The dawn of redeeming grace

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.


The Red Cross would like to take this opportunity to thank the ladies of Neshoba County and of Philadelphia for the many hours of service they have so willingly and cheerfully given during the past year.

THOMAS/Let them eat chicken

The worthies attending the United Nations COP28 climate summit in Dubai are mostly not eating meat. That’s because they believe and have been told that meat leads to flatulence and flatulence leads to “global warming.”

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The wonder of Christ’s love

The Song of Songs presents to us the infinite depths of the love Christ has for His people whom He redeems by His own life. In this section of the book, the glory of King Solomon and the blessedness of his bride are used to depict the believer’s blessedness in Christ.


Hope that Sgt. Niles H. Withers is alive but perhaps a prisoner of war was strengthened here this week by the contents of a letter his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Withers, of this city, received from the War Department. 

THOMAS/A disappointing non-debate

If you watched the so-called “debate” between Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis and California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom (a presidential candidate in waiting), hoping to witness something that elevated the political rhetoric from the corrosive to the tolerable, even the admirable, you were probably disappointed. I was.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The love of God in Christ

In Song of Songs 3:6-11, we see the joyous caravan of King Solomon, who has gone to Egypt for his bride and is bringing her back through the wilderness to his throne. The passage, though, points to one greater than Solomon.

BIBLE SELECTION/Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.


To the delight not only of numerous admiring members of the congregation to which he is minister but to friends over the entire section, the Rev. Hugh C. Castle has been returned as pastor of the First Methodist Church here for another year.

THOMAS/Evangelicals conforming to the world

More than 150 Iowa “faith leaders” have announced they are supporting Donald Trump in the state’s forthcoming caucuses.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The Lord’s sustaining grace

During Thanksgiving, we think of the pilgrims at Plymouth. It often appeared that they would perish in the new land they had come to.


Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  


Members of Philadelphia Post No. 138 of the American Legion cheered loudly at their Armistice celebration at the Hut last Thursday evening as Commander T.J. Mayo held the note representing the final indebtedness on the Hut and set fire to it.


Thanksgiving remains one of America’s most undefiled holidays.

BIBLE SELECTION/Colossians 1:9

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

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