Local Columns

Make the decision to be obedient to God

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Every day we make countless decisions. Some require little to no thought. We automatically go to different places at different times with little to no regard to making this decision. Other times we agonize over what decision we ...

Easter lilies symbolize the resurrection hope

Most authorities agree that a missionary, Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems are ...

People my age are getting up there

The mail brought notices prompting a you’re-kidding-me kind of reaction from yours truly. You know how it goes when you’re thumbing through the mail — bills; junk stuff; flyers; money-please appeals; and an occasional honest-to-goodness card from a human being. Then something stands ...

Celebrating our cultural heritage

The Ohio Valley, like much of the United States, is a melting pot of cultures, with residents representing a variety of nationalities through their ancestry. We take pride in that heritage, often passing down the lessons taught from our parents and grandparents to the next generations, ...

Sowing spiritual seeds this spring

I hear a lot of people complaining of the recent cold temperatures and snow showers. Are you ready for spring? Warmer weather means people will be planting seeds and growing beautiful flowers. Maybe not you, but God wants all of us to plant spiritual seeds. Every believer in Jesus Christ is ...

Selective hearing challenges listening

I have selective hearing. By some definitions, this means I’m wired to decide what to hear and what to ignore, although the ignoring isn’t on purpose. Not usually. I might not necessarily be hearing the main thing that’s being said — what I should be focusing my attention on — but ...

Strike showed community unity

However you might refer to it, the strike (or work stoppage or walkout) by West Virginia’s teachers will go down in history. It was only the second time in the state’s history such a mass walkout of educators has taken place. The first time, in 1990, didn’t include all 55 counties, ...

My grace is sufficient for you

2 Cor. 12:7-9 For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me, even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. ...

What’s that white stuff on your nose?

So Better Half and I were sitting next to each other on the couch, where we were in the midst of having a “discussion.” That word in quotation marks is code for “argument.” But that’s really not important here, the topic we were agreeing to disagree about, no doubt something ...

It’s a good idea to take a look back

We’re trying to wrap up The Weirton Daily Times’ entries for this year’s Better Newspaper contest from the West Virginia Press Association. We do this every year, even though, for me anyway, it has never been about getting awards or certificates. This job is about making sure the people ...

Fortunately, we can be forgiven for our sins

We are in the middle of Lent, and one of the things that we frequently focus on in Lent is our own sinfulness. In the Ten Commandments we are told do not kill and do not steal. Many people think that since they have not shot a person they are not guilty of murder, and that if they have not ...

Hasta mas tarde, mom, Senora Hout

I picked my mother up earlier this week — her ashes, that is — and off we rode home together for the first time in a long time. I anticipated being very emotional about this, this being yet another part of the journey since the Feb. 8 death of Ruth Ann Scherrer Hout in which my siblings ...

The growing influence of our youth

There has been a visible youth movement in our country when it comes to gun regulations. Following the most recent school shooting, the students of Parkland, Fla. didn’t sit back in their grieving and anger. They stood up and let their voices be heard. They did news interviews, they held ...

Teachers continue walkout; two weeks left in session

Having loomed over the legislative session for weeks, a statewide walkout of teachers and school service personnel came to fruition on the 44th day of the 2018 regular session, as thousands of red-clad protestors filled the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday. In its initial days, the first ...

Reaching out for the strong branch of God

I recently viewed a television documentary concerning Yellowstone National Park. One of the segments focused on the frequent forest fires the park encounters and the devastation of tens of thousands of acres such fires bring. Once tall and majestic, thousands of beautiful pine trees are left ...

Get the politics out of the Olympics

The Winter Olympic Games currently are taking place in South Korea. It’s usually enjoyable to sit back, when time allows, and watch the splendor of the opening ceremonies, the spirit of competition and the celebrations of victory. It’s a time when athletes from around the world are ...

Teachers, tension both visible at W.Va. Capitol

As the 60-day regular session neared the two-thirds point, tensions at the Capitol were on edge as a second teachers' rally wrapped up the fifth full week of the session. With teachers filling the Capitol, and packing the House and Senate galleries, negotiations on a pay raise bill for ...

There is always hope because God is the God of hope

There is hope in the world. All hope is not lost. According to the Bible, God is the God of hope. The word hope in the Bible is from the Greek word “Elpis.” “It means a desire of some good with an expectation of obtaining it.” Jeremiah 29:11 from the Bible says, “I know the plans I ...

Going around the mulberry bush again

We’re going around and around the Valentine’s Day mulberry bush once again this year. Wednesday is the big day, with Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday this year, so I guess fish is a good thing to figure for dinner. That’s probably a given. But what about that special gift ...

Election season is fast approaching

It seems as if there is always an election of some sort taking place. Two years ago, the nation elected its president, as well as some state and federal officials. Last year, West Virginia held a special election to decide on a road bond. Now we are heading into the so-called “mid-term ...