From My Heart to Yours











Bro. Bill Scroggs

April 5, 2020 No Gathering in the Church Building

March 29, 2020 No Gathering in the Church Building

March 22, 2020 No Gathering in the Church Building

Fruits of the Spirit

March 15, 2020
What the world needs now is…
When do we not need the fruits of the spirit? I can’t think of a time when one or more of the fruits of the spirit would not be welcome.
And… now more than ever think of how much good could be accomplished with a little bit of love, or joy, or peace, or patience, or kindness, or goodness, or faithfulness. With one good crisis (real or imagined) after another what could be defused and accomplished with an application of the fruits of the spirit.
The apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:22 speaking about the fruits of the spirits, “Against such, there is no law.”
Let’s start an epidemic of the fruits of the spirit all around us. Let’s positively impact those with whom we are in contact. The world needs this now more than any other time we have seen in our lifetimes.


March Came In Like a Lion

March 8, 2020

When March came in this week we hardly got a sprinkle and very little strong wind. However, our neighbors in Tennessee were not as fortunate.
There were over two dozen folks killed and in the small town of Cookeville, eight people were killed on one street.
As our hearts go out to those people, I can only imagine if we had lost that many folks even as close as Little Rock, Morrilton, Conway or Russellville how that would affect us as we have friends and relatives in those cities even if it didn’t directly hit our area.
Being a survivor of three houses hit by tornados and having live through several other times bring back memories of the ways we were impacted by the damages.
There are storms all around us, these storms seldom leave you unchanged. Some people lose material items that can be replaced, sometimes photos and other priceless objects are lost. Some people draw closer to GOD realizing HE is able to sustain us and helps us to understand what is really important.
Our prayers go out to those affected and pray they can find encouragement in these words from Deuteronomy 31:6 that says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified for The LORD your GOD goes with you; HE will never leave you or forsake you.”

Arkansas Credit Card

March 1, 2020
It can be called an Arkansas Credit card or Mississippi Credit card or some folks called it a Gas credit card. I am not talking about a piece of plastic that fits in your wallet, I am referring to the piece of hose that country boys (and apparently some country gals) keep in the back of their truck.
Now back in the day a lot of folks knew how to use those hoses to be able to get some gasoline for the mower. Also, it was used to get fuel for a car when you or your friend has run out of fuel.
I thought about this when I saw a commercial about the gambling corporations trying to keep some other groups from cutting in on their territory. One group that was siphoning wealth from Arkansans wants to keep an out of state group from cutting in on their territory.
That is what a siphon hose does, it transfers what is held by one entity into a second container decreasing what was first held by the first and increasing what is now in the second. If it sounds confusing, it is intended to keep you confused so the ones that can least afford it don’t figure it out.
Proverbs 18:22 explains the dilemma this way, “He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.” In other words be ware lest we are the ones siphoned.

What If You Only…

February 23, 2020
You can fill in the blank to the words above in your own way. My thought came thinking about Ann Vance’s ‘Birthday Month.’ What if you only had a short month to celebrate your Birthday? What if you only have one extra day to celebrate your birthday? What if you only had 31 days to celebrate your ‘Birthday Month?’ What if you only had one more birthday to celebrate? What if we had the answer to that question?
In reality, we are not promised next year, next month or even our next breath. We sometimes think we have more time and we make plans for such, but we are reminded how short life is in James 3:14, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” One translation describes our existence as a ‘puff of smoke.’
So, what if you only _____? I think the best if not the only answer is found is in Ecclesiastes 9:10 that tells us, “Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
Fill in your blank, fill it in with an answer only you can give. Fill each day looking forward to the next, but ready to complete the chapter you are working on today.
What if you only…? What if you don’t…

Be Kind!

February 16, 2020

‘It’s important to be kind. You can’t know all the times that you’ve hurt people in tiny, significant ways. It’s easy to be cruel without meaning to be. There’s nothing you can do about that. But you can choose to be kind. Be kind.’ (Anonymous quote posted by Christine Turel). This statement was made by a sweet little old lady known only to God but witnessed by a store clerk who took note of this woman’s random act of kindness to someone she didn’t know and who would not be able to repay her.
In 1 Corinthians 13:4 one of the attributes for love is, “Love is kind.” When we remember acts of kindness bestowed on us by someone for no apparent reason how special it is.
God set the example for us, loving us when there was no logical explanation and no way for us to repay the favor. God’s act of kindness, sending His Son Jesus to pay the price for our sin when we didn’t deserve it, was the greatest act of kindness ever.
As a Christian, one of the best things we could do is follow His example with acts of kindness to others.

  Blinding Snow!

February 9, 2020
Did you see the blinding snow this week? I didn’t either. In fact, where we were it would blind you looking for the snow. I think we all like a nice little snow that looks good falling and even on the ground, yet it really doesn’t have to stay long or even stick to the roads.
As a young boy I always watched out of the classroom window for the snow to start and usually was the first one to see the flakes falling. Of course, my teachers were less than excited for me to share that information with my class (especially if I announced it without raising my hand).
With all the trash and hog wash we have seen over the last several months we can use a beautiful snow to lighten our hearts and make us feel like a kid again.
A breath of fresh air can be found in these words from the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”
While I am thinking about those things, I would love to see a nice pure white snow.

Groundhog’s Day

February 2, 2020
This day has been a day I remember from the deepest recesses of my memory. This was not because I had an interest in the sleepy rodent they would drag from his lair on this day to make a prediction for or against six more weeks of winter. The reason this day was important to me was that it was my Mother’s birthday. And, for as long as I can remember at least one person would ask her if she saw her shadow. I remember as Mom celebrated her 81st birthday, she was reflecting on the previous 4 plus years and her journey with her cancer.
Mom was discussing the fact that she had lived a good life. She spoke positive words about her life and Dad and expressed her pride in the children she had raised and the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren and at that time one great-great grandchild, Hadleigh. The conversation turned to Psalm 90:10 saying the number of our years is three score and ten and if by might four score. We laughed about her having celebrated her ‘mighty’ birthday and even her ‘Mighty first’ birthday.

If my memory serves me correctly, this was just a few weeks before she was given the final verdict on the progression of her cancer. When her doctor gave her the final news she graciously asked him if she could give him a hug. Then she thanked him for all he had done and assured him all was well. This is why I remember Groundhog Day with fond memories.

Abuse of Power

January 26, 2020

Abuse of power, where have we heard that before? Hmmm… Maybe like 50-5,000 times this week, or for sure over the past few months. How about you, have you ever abused your power? I want to take a different angle on this question.
As a child of GOD, we have at our disposal The One who created the heavens and earth. The One and only One who was/is able to satisfy yours and my sin debt. Is it not just as much an abuse of power to leave on the table unused our appropriations from The Heavenly Father? What are we thinking? It is like having a T-bone steak on your plate and choosing chicken nuggets.
We have the King of Kings and Lord of Lords at our disposal and His own Son, Jesus Christ as our advocate between us and Him. Not to utilize what we have at our fingertips is an abuse of the power we have been given.
The writer of James 4:2 reminds us that, “ye have not because you ask not.” How convicting is that to abuse the power we have by not even using it?

You Are Special

January 19, 2020

Seriously, who are we kidding? Haven’t you really noticed how weird you are? Or … is that just me that’s strange? You don’t have to answer that. Really, most of us have something we would change or eliminate to make us feel better about our self. And yet, as we look around we can feel better by thanking God that He made me like I am, instead of like the person down the pew.
For real, each of us is special in our own way. God said in Jeremiah 1:6, “I knew you before I formed you in you mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart.”
Yes, you were created differently, yea special for a purpose. What we think is a quirk is exactly what endears you to someone else. You are just what someone else was/is looking for and the abilities with which you are gifted are exactly what someone else needs.
Now, celebrate you, but at the same time, let those God has placed in your sphere of influence know how much they mean to you. You may be the world to them… after all, you are special.

Shut Up and Listen!

January 12, 2020

I remember someone saying we have two ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we speak. We live in a day when we want to be heard and not have to listen. Sometimes, when life is tough and hardships engulf us with more questions than answers, we Christians start doubting God and questioning our faith. Too often, we seek other things for help—drugs, alcohol and other self-help solutions—to no avail.

“Oh, but I have been praying and agonizing with God over my situation until I am just about prayed out!” you say. I believe you, but far too often we get caught up in talking “to” God when we need to be quiet and listen to Him. How often have you been opening up God’s Word and letting Him speak to you? The Bible is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). God desires to have a two-way conversation with us if we will only allow it to happen.

Perhaps it’s time for us to shut up and listen for a change? Psalm 46:10 reminds us, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
That would/will be awesome!

New Decade

January 5, 2020
After living in seven decades, passing half a century, a new century and a new millennium, you would think a new decade would not be a big deal. But… I guess I am getting a bit more nostalgic or sentimental in my more ‘seasoned’ age.
As we enter a new year and new decade we are reminded of fresh starts and even double fresh start. How many fresh starts have we had and how many more will we get? We aren’t promised even our next breath and as GOD has been so good to us already, we must appreciate the miles and years He has given to us.
As I begin this year, I can think of some things I want to accomplish, but I also think about some things I want to eliminate. I want to get shed of some excess pounds the years have added. I want to bless someone or someone(s) with some of the things I have collected over the years. Now don’t get me wrong, there is not much of real value, but it seemed important to me at the time.
Knowing time is of the essence, I want to follow the advice of the wise writer of Hebrews 12:1 who said, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

Running Out

December 29, 2019
As you read the title, what comes to your mind? Food, gas, ammunition, or any number of things can come to mind. I was thinking about the days left on the 2019 calendar. Every day helps to wear out this year’s calendar and by ending this year, we wear out this decade. This time of year has challenges as we start breaking into the new calendar and by this time next week we will have had to write 2020 probably multiple times.

We are running out of time which is like land… they aren’t making any more of it. The minutes we get to spend with family and friends at this season are precious and fleeting. It doesn’t help that everywhere you look you see reminder of 4, 6, or 10 years ago the good times you had with children, grandchildren friends or parents, some of which are no longer with us.
The days, years and miles of our lives are clicking along and as we grow more ‘seasoned’ the years speed by more quickly with each year. We are ever reminded of missed opportunities and how our tomorrows are never promised. The writer of James 3:14 reminds us of the brevity of life with these words, “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow, you are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
Kiss 2019 goodbye and embrace the opportunities of 2020! Happy New Year.

The Distractions

December 22, 2019

Everyone must go to his own city to be counted which was just another way of figuring out how to be sure each person would get to pay taxes.
When you think of how confusing this would be in this day and age multiply that thousands of times in a time when travel and communication were not as advanced. You show up without reservations and find out you can’t stay with relatives and there is no room in the only motel in town. To complicate matters Mary is due to be delivered. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords has been crowded out either by accident or providence (Romans 8:28).
When the devil thinks he has won… not so fast. God is able to use it for His good if we just see it. I thought about the distractions of the season we face in 2019, at a time when we should have gone from the blessing of Thanksgiving to the Joy to the world of Christmas we found our nation mired in the normal retail hustle and bustle plus a season of all things impeachment.
Now coming off the animosity of hatred and lying and… The first phase is over all involved set it down and go enjoy the celebration of the Savior’s birth. Hopefully a Holy hush will fall into our lives that we might find ourselves rejoicing and praising God saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)


December 15, 2019

The Traveler
This month as well as last month most families do almost as much traveling as we do the rest of the year. From the short trips back and forth to the grocery store for that last-minute item to the longer trips to visit relatives or friends, we have to make the preparations for those trips. As we make some of the longer trips, we have to be sure we include all we need, but not to take ‘all of the house’. Sometimes when the packing is complete, we try to see what or if anything can be trimmed from the load. Then when we arrive, there almost always is the fact we have forgotten something.
Have you ever tried to think about the journey Jesus made from the throne room of The Creator of the universe to come to a small place that did not even have a place close to adequate for a normal citizen of this world much less the birthplace of a king. No ‘my pillow,’ no rattles, no extra cash, no comfort foods (especially at CHRISTmas,) or any of a billion things He had at His disposal from the beginning of time.
He may not have had Capital One in His pocket, but… He had the I AM on His side.. He brought to us the one thing this world needs now. The thing he did bring to this world is this. He brought the love of God to us in the flesh. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

  Another Reason To Rejoice!

December 8, 2019

As I mention often, we should not just have one day for Thanksgiving, but pour out thanksgiving and rejoicing all year long. If you had no reason at all to rejoice other than your salvation, that ought to keep you busy every day.How many things about our salvation could we count if we just began to think about it? We are blessed to live in a country where we are free to worship and praise God for our salvation. Thank God for the many times and ways He has protected us from outside influences and even protected us from ourselves.
This week I am rejoicing that we have exceeded our goal of $1600 by more than $400! This comes on the heels of exceeding our Dixie Jackson goal as well as a good offering for the Local Food Bank in honor of Carroll and Nadine Satterwhite as well as a good oatmeal offering for the Conway County Care Center.I rejoice each time we get to see our God showing Himself strong to help us reach and exceed our goals. I am proud of you and blessed to serve with you as your pastor.
The apostle Paul sums up my thoughts with these words in Ephesians 1:16, “I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.” I do rejoice giving thanks to God for you.
“We are commanded to stop (literally)… rest, relax, let go, and make time for Him. The scene is one of stillness and quietness, listening and waiting before Him. Such foreign business in these busy times! Nevertheless, knowing God deeply and intimately requires such discipline. Silence is indispensable if we hope to add depth to our spiritual life” (Chuck Swindoll). The writer of Psalms 46:10 gives us this advice: “Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10). God, let my stillness worship and honor You. Amen.

Tis The Season!

December 1,2019
The turkey is demolished, the cranberry sauce reduced to a small pile that will at least be recognizable due to the color and other little bowls of what-is-it will get cleaned out in a couple of weeks to make room for Christmas treats.
Next week our choir joins with the community (or vice-versa) to begin the season at the Petit Jean State Park, and we are finishing preparations for our church cantata. It is a blessing to be able to spend time with these folks and we all can give thanks to Phyllis Adams and the dedication she puts into our choir, not just to exhibit a technically pleasing product, but to be sure the message comes through as well.
With this season of course comes our annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. As we started a couple of weeks ago, we are well on our way toward our $1600 goal. The scripture for this year is Revelation 7:9, “I saw a great multitude from every nation and every tribe.”
I think to see the multitude we must start where we are. We must see the multitudes around us and we must be careful to see us as God sees us. The ten spies saw themselves as grasshoppers in their own eyes instead of seeing themselves up to the task as God did. We can make a difference to the multitudes even from where we are, if we keep our eyes on the real reason for the season.
Bro. Bill Scroggs


November 24, 2019
When I was growing up Thanksgiving was truly a big deal. Our family would make one of our annual pilgrimages from usually Jonesboro to Beebe. That is where Dad’s Mother lived and most of her children would come to ‘MawMaw Scroggs’ for a feed extraordinaire.
There were 13 children in Dad’s family so when over half got there with children and grand-kids, in-laws, near kin and extra friends there was a house and yard full. As we gathered the boys would play football and stand around the fire cracking pecans from ‘MawMaw’s’ trees while some of Dad’s brothers would swap old stories and aggravate us boys while the women laid out the feast.
The women probably shared recipes and other tidbits of interesting family news concerning who was not there or was on the way and who wasn’t going to make it and why. You have to remember this was in days when cars and tires especially were not as dependable as they are now. Nor were there cell phones and heaven forbid one would make a long-distance call (especially before 7 o’clock pm).
We would give thanks to God for the food, family and our country where we could get together like this, and dig into a feast that seemed to be as large at the end as it was when we started. We were thankful for food, family and fun with cousins we seldom were able visit with. At the end of the day we were full, tired and looking forward to the next time we get together with aunts, uncles and cousins by the dozens.
Remember these words of 1 Thess. 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” Don’t wait for a day, give thanks every day.

Thanksgiving Season

November 17, 2019
All summer we hear someone say, “I sure will be glad when it cools off.” All winter long someone says, “I can’t wait for it to warm up.” And… it could be the same one.
When the weather cools off seldom is anyone heard giving thanks for the nicer weather and inversely when it warms up the praises are forgotten because we are not satisfied with one thing or another.
Does that sound familiar? Hopefully the culprit is not you, but there are people who thrive on finding something wrong. I will never know why some folks are like that or why they might want to bring down others with their constant state of depression.
The writer of 1Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of GOD in Christ Jesus.”
While you are giving thanks in all things we can join the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4 and “Rejoice in The Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice!”
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Veteran’s Day

November 10, 2019
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Fast forward to 2019 a time when our culture is so wrapped in its own sense of self-importance, we need to be reminded that someone, nay many someone’s have paid a price for our freedoms. God has blessed our country to allow us the freedoms we enjoy, but to help protect others around the world from oppression even though many have failed to embrace our help.
In addition to thanking our veterans we must give thanks to God for His protection of our veterans and this country. We are so blessed. Remember these words in Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord.”
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Oatmeal Offering

November 3, 2019
About this time every year we are tasked with providing a simple item for the Conway County Care Center food progr
  Some years it is peanut butter and some, as this year, it is oatmeal.
A jar of peanut butter, a can of vegetables, a box of Fruit Loops or a box of oatmeal, while small to us may be magnanimous to the recipient.
I remember as a child the March of Dimes drives where a card was placed in our classrooms and everyone was supposed to bring a dime. For some the dime was a stretch, and for some of us we were blessed to have an extra dime or two for those who didn’t have any to give. Those dimes added up to help eliminate Polio in my early years.
These giving opportunities cause us to remember how blessed we are, and maybe even some of us remember when we were a recipient of someone’s generosity. In Acts 20:35 the writer reminds us of these words of Jesus who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
On behalf of those who will receive the offering of Oatmeal you gave, Thank you. As Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “When you have done it unto the lease of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

Bro Bill Scroggs


Pastor Appreciation

October 27, 2019
Now stay with me on this despite the title, you know you can’t judge a book by its cover. Starting by late summer to September you start seeing and hearing advertisements about Pastor appreciation day, week or month. It puts me in mind of the ads for Back to School sales and also the Hallmark holidays like National Pancake Day or National Milkshake day, etc.
I appreciate the fact that I am appreciated, however you folks make me feel appreciated all year long. You show your appreciation by your presence, faithfully being in GOD’s house for most if not every service.
I appreciate the facet that we as a church are a close-knit group, yea even family in compassion for each other. Hardly a month goes by that one or more of you brings to everyone’s attention a way we can meet another’s needs. Galatian’s 6:2 illustrates your compassion with these words, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
You make me feel your appreciation by your texts or calls or emails or cards just because something triggered you to think of me. I feel appreciated by your comments of application from something you heard Sunday morning or evening or Wednesday night.
Thank you for the many ways every day, week and year that you extend to my family and to myself. That being said, I appreciate you more than you can begin to know


October 20, 2019
My first experience with a Gideons New Testament was when I was about 4 or 5 and I saw a New Testament that was given to my uncle as a freshman in college. Then when I was in the 6th grade I was given my own copy. I actually had a Bible of my own, but this was special because it was given to me and also my classmates at school. I know several classmates said this was their only Bible they ever had. I also remember seeing classmates carry this as their only Bible well into Jr. High.
My next copy was given when I was in basic training in the U.S. Army. Although I had my Bible with me, I was able to carry this copy in my pocket and that was a blessing during some trying times away from my family and friends. I have found comfort in hotels as I found the Bibles placed by the Gideons and turned to some of the suggested verses laid out to bring comfort to those of us traveling.
My last copy was given to me a pastor. It is a little larger than small copies given to younger folks. This copy fits well in a suit coat pocket and I have used it on many occasions in hospitals, at grave-side services and on personal visits. Many times as an individual and as a church we have sent Bibles through the Gideons in lieu of flowers. We never know where the Bibles and testaments may wind up or be found, but one thing we can know for sure, “God’s word will not return void, but will accomplish what God intended it to do and shall prosper in the thing whereto God sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

October 13, 2019  No Heart to Heart.

I Will Praise The Lord !

October 6, 2019
The writer of Psalm 9:1 says, “I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart.” Every time I think about this verse, I challenge myself with trying to remove the things that clutter my ability to praise GOD with that kind of abandon.
What are some things that take pieces of our hearts? What about anger and bitterness? If you have ever tried to pray, worship or praise GOD when you are mad or upset about something or someone, you know what I am talking about. What about the Razorbacks or our other sports teams? If you let it have such an obsession, it keeps you from being able to give proper attention to the only One worthy of praise and worship.
This world and its trinkets are fleeting. When Nick Saban’s team won the National Championship a few years ago, he said in an interview right after the game, “Well I probably will take off the rest of the day and then start preparing for next year.”
That showed his focus was razor sharp on what was the object of his affection, but it also showed how temporary success was to fulfill his satisfaction. Folks, nothing satisfies like emptying self of sin and clutter to be able to truly worship with our whole hearts.

Have You Heard The News?

October 29, 2019
I remember as a youngster when you would meet a neighbor or relative across the fence or on the road the topic turned to the news. Whether it was what Walter Cronkite said on the evening news, what a neighbor said or what one relative had learned from another. Times were simpler then and usually it only took a short while to catch up on the latest. However often, even the most important news may have traveled too slowly or been missed completely.
Fast forward to today where technology instantly spreads news even around the world in just seconds or at most, minutes. Just as gossip in the past century travelled faster than boring news, today fiction often outpaces truth and usually never gets completely corrected.
The rule many times is if it is the loudest or told the most often it becomes more believable. The true good news is told to us by Jesus in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh to the Father but by me.” That truth never changes. That is the best thing about the truth, it is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Always tell the truth so you never have to try to remember what you told. That is the Good News.

Who is My Neighbor?

September 22, 2019
This question was asked of Jesus in the story of the good Samaritan by an expert of the law. Sometimes the legal experts asked questions to try to trick Jesus, sometimes they asked the questions for clarification and sometimes for personal application. When we reflect on that question, and look at the way Jesus answered him, we should think about what that means to us.
Growing up our neighbors were next door, across the street, around the block and up the road. As time went by our ‘neighborhood’ expanded to as big as you can imagine. Your neighbor can be in your local, in another town, even another state or multiple states as we watch the Vances who have never met a stranger.
With neighbors, we become family. When one has a heartache, we all share the tears. This year’s motto for Dixie Jackson is, “I am Dixie Jackson.” Not just for the week, for the month or year, we are commissioned by Matthew 28:19 to affect our neighbors with these words, “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations.” And… there you go our neighborhood just got bigger.

Moments In Your Mind

September 15, 2019
Many of us have significant triggers in our life that jar your memory concerning where you were when… We remember where we were and how we felt when we learned our president Kennedy was shot. We remember where we were and how we felt when we saw on television the realities of the Viet Nam war. We remember where we were and how we felt as we learned of the deaths of Elvis, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Robin Williams and many other entertainers.
Many of us remember where we were and how we felt as we watched victories in our space program also the tragedies in the same. Most of us remember where we were and how we felt on 911 and the days following it as we together tried to pick up the pieces.
Not all of our memories have to be bad or sad. Many of us remember when and how we felt when our spouse chose us or agreed to join their life with ours. Those feelings were compounded by births of our children, grandkids and some great grandkids.
The greatest moment was when I learned personally Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God lest any of us might boast.” That is victory when we understand that, “every good gift and every perfect gift comes from God” (James 1:17).

There Is Sunshine in my Soul Today

September 8, 2019
When I sat down to write this, a stream of sunlight beamed through my window to brighten my day. Naturally, I thought of the song in our hymnal, “Sunshine in my Soul,” by Eliza E Hewitt. Since this song is a song of praise, it is, as usual, “one of my favorite songs.” We are bombarded on so many sides with trials and afflictions that it is good to be reminded of a reason to sing praises unto God daily.
I thought, what if the sun were not shining? Would I still be excited and praising Him? My initial answer, and I hope my final answer, would be “yes.” I do choose to praise and honor God not only when the sun is shining in my yard and in my life, but also when clouds and trials are on the horizon.
The clouds bring rain, which can be a good thing, and the trials work on my patience, which also is a good thing. The message in the song reads, “When Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in my soul.”
Every day may not bring sunshine, but when we open our minds, we will see the Sonshine in our hearts. It is there to warm us, commission us, and encourage us to be a blessing to someone else. Paul’s letter to the Galatians reminds us: “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (6:2).
Let someone see the Sonshine in you!

And They’re Off

September 1, 2019
Usually that statement is used at horse races. However, when the Jones (E.K.) and Vance (Miss Ann) twins are concerned it can take on a whole new meaning. For instance, when a thought popped into the mind of one or the other to go canoeing the other said, “Why not?” The average person in February would have not said, “Why not?”, but would have said, “Are you crazy?”
These two ladies are definitely a different breed. Both have had challenges in the past month and each was worried they wouldn’t be available for the canoe race.
These are two ladies (Strong Women) have no desire to sit around rusting out but live each day to the fullest. Paraphrasing Psalm 139:14 you can hear E.K. saying, “Rejoice, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are Your works!” And without missing a beat Ann would echo the remainder of that verse, “and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Yes, they’re off, on their next adventure. Are you able to keep up?

Can It Get Any Crazier?

August 25, 2019
It seems every week something pops up that is for lack of a better word, weird. I mean even as a teenager growing up in the 60’s and early 70’s with all that was going on then such as Woodstock and Viet Nam protestors and all the confusion that came with those times, this is weird.
In this ‘free’ country where “give and take” has helped us to center ourselves and even bring ourselves back from destroying ourselves by our radical ideas, the divide has become so great. What we are seeing is the extreme contrast of good and evil. Never before has the comparison been as black and white or as open as the difference between sin and righteousness.
For a while the lines were blurred by tolerance and an amount of listening and talking without being vicious and malicious against those who do not agree with us. We should not really be that surprised because as Romans 8:7 reminds us, “The carnal mind is at enmity with God, for it is not subject to the law of God, not indeed can be.”
The greater problem is that the enemies of God will see the title of this article as a personal challenge. May God help us.


August 18, 2019
This week has also been a whirlwind as many of you helped with feeding Fern Bess’s family and friends on Monday. Then Annie Rozvika had to make a trip back to the hospital and is finally getting better after another surgery. Bob has still been recuperating in Little Rock and has made a lot of progress in the week since his surgery
When our friends are not around, it just isn’t the same. While visiting with Bob and Annie we must be careful not to say anything funny. It hurts to laugh. Since both of these are happy people, it is hard to keep from remembering something humorous. But, I bet it is even harder on Bob. With his quick wit I’m sure his mind is racing with jokes and funny expressions.
It was great to see E. Kaye on Wednesday looking happy and healthy, just moving al little slowly. I know we all can’t wait until everyone is back healthy and we can at least chuckle about it.
Romans 12:15 reminds us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” It is a lot more fun to rejoice with those who rejoice, but opportunities to be a friend come in all shades of emotions.
Just think, we do not even know what this week will bring.

What A Week

August 11, 2019
It’s said if you want to accomplish more you have to do the large things and the smaller things will fall in place. But… what do you do when the big pieces just keep dropping into your week?
You just manage. Last week we helped Barrett, Courtney and Hadleigh move to NW Arkansas and this week should have been a little slower. This week we had one surgery scheduled (Annie Rozivka) and I had a memorial service to attend of a friend from the past. Added to that Reta started back to school training before the children come back next week.
On early Tuesday morning Fern Bess passed away causing further stress on the mountain.
Then a test sent Bob Cody to the hospital for further tests and the scheduling of bypass surgery. Mrs. EKaye was admitted with her own problems leading to surgery and Annie had surgery on Wednesday. Another friend from the past at the same time was undergoing back surgery in a 4th hospital.
Through all of this, many of you have ministered to these families and even to me letting me know of your prayers for me during this time. In all of this I am reminded that life is short and nothing is for certain. Proverbs 27:1 reminds us, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Life is precious value each day.

The New School Year is Here!

August 4, 2019
The new school year is here! The new school year is here! Children everywhere are reacting to the news! Some are happy, some are sad, some are apprehensive and others glad.
Some are beginning the journey and others are completing the task begun several years ago. In our family we have a first grader and at the other end of the spectrum we have a senior in college.
Those of us who have been out of school for several years know that education continues for the rest of our lives. In fact, probably as we grow more senior we have become more adept at learning due to technology improvements such as google and Siri.
As we come into the more seasoned years we have more aches and symptoms to research and learn about. The most important thing to get out of all this, is to get wisdom and not just increase knowledge.
To be happy the wise writer of Proverbs 3:13 says, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”

GOD Bless America!

July 28, 2019
As we remove the last few pages of the July calendar, we have gone from celebrating the birthday of our great country. Even the celebration has been tainted by the very freedoms of speech paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of the men and women who helped to form and shape our country.
A few years ago, one of our presidents made the statement, ‘we are not a Christian nation.’ That one statement has caused more division in our country than any of the wars other than maybe the Civil War. It opened the doors to empower radicals who stand against Jehovah God. We now are to the place of being the only group of humans that can be verbally and financially attacked. Our unity has been fractured by our courts and our political systems like never before.
Thank God we have a remnant of Christians who can still bring salt and light to this nation that is in trouble. Thank God we have seen judges appointed that can make righteous decisions to help return our country to a state of following Godly principals.
The writer of Proverbs 14:34 reminds us, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
God forgive us and return us to the place of bringing honor to You.

The Beauty of It Is…

July 21, 2019
This week as we were riding in the car, Hadleigh said, “The Beauty of it is…” and I looked around to see that she was making a video of the trees going by. Many times, when we are driving somewhere, Reta or I will point out something of interest and as we pass it again, Hadleigh will point it out to us.
When we look and listen to all the hoopla in the world today, it is easy to miss the beauty all around us. This week we had another terrific full moon, and it came through after days of rain and clouds.
Often there is beauty if we just open our eyes and let God’s love shine down on us whether by light of the moon or sunlight or even on the darkest days when we are surrounded only by the Son-light.
The writer of Psalm 24:1 reminds us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Not only is the earth and all that is around us beautiful, but you, as God’s crowning creation are one of His prized possessions.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

The Day After Tomorrow

July 14, 2019
Tomorrow will be the middle of July, and I always remember as a boy that as soon as the 4th of July was over I felt the noose tightening as we drew closer to the beginning of school. Those dreaded words began to invade the peace and sanctity of our summer vacations, “Back to school sale!” I can remember being riled up as I heard parents and others gleefully laughing about school getting ready to start back up. Now all of that may not have been true, but from my perspective that is how I remember it.
One thing I do remember in a positive light was the “Christmas in August” missions offering for the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home. Now you can see that “Christmas in August” is “Christmas in July.” It has become a necessity because school starts earlier and no longer can you just send paper and pencils and crayons, each school has its own list of ‘needs.’
It is a blessing to be able to give to those children who have so many challenges and for us to let them know that we do care. Remember these words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”


July 7, 2019
This week Reta noticed they had started showing some Christmas specials. She made the comment that it was still six months until Christmas then realized it was only about five months till Christmas.
My first reaction was, ‘No, it can’t be!’ Yet, as we were figuring it up it, we are that close to Christmas and, even to the end of 2019. The clock ticks on and on with no stopping, marching through hours to days to weeks and months adding to our years.
These days are added not to show how many we have put behind us, but to remember the memories that have been created during that time. To be able to look back at the good times, the trials and the victories we have gone through and recall and re-live the moments.
Yes, time is moving on we must remember to cherish what time we have and know we have so precious little of it to waste. Philippians 4:14 reminds us, “Whereas ye know not what is on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

In God we Trust! Liberty

June 30, 2019

As we read this today most of us have never lived a day under the oppression and ownership of another country. We have been blessed to live in The United States of America. Many of our ancestors either fled their countries or willingly came to America with the dream of freedom and hope for a better life for themselves and their family.
However, even in The United States there are millions of citizens and visitors who live every day of their lives under the bondage of sin. Many have never contemplated the level of their captivity and its cost to their family and themselves.
God looked down throughout history and saw the great need of mankind and knew what man thought his problem was, was only a symptom. God knew sin was man’s problem while man looks at outward signs such as failing health, debt and a myriad of other worldly problems.
God looked at us with our plight and sent His Son, Jesus to set us free from the bondage of sin that has held each of us captive. We are reminded by Jesus in John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
My prayer for you today is that Jesus has set you free to ring the bells of heaven and truly let freedom ring!

Is It Global Warming?

June 23, 2019
Boy, have you noticed how hot it is getting? We are being warned that our “carbon footprint” is causing the problem, and solutions are being explored and invented daily. Among an abundance of other solutions, we are encouraged to cut down driving and buy some of the Government Owned GM cars that get better mileage. Suggestions have been made that diapers, or at least recycling devices, be placed on cows so to cut down on the methane gas being released into our fresh air. Where will it end?
It will end when we understand the weather gets hot in the summer. And to think of the millions of dollars that have been spent to study this fact. All weather patterns are cyclical to a certain degree. In fact, you will notice that even with our weather reaching toward three digits, we still are not setting that many new records.
In reality, we will not make a huge difference with what we can do, but together we can make some difference. We are reminded by the Psalmist, “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). We need to remember that man in his ignorance is wrong in when, in what, and in where he searches should he leave God by the wayside. We who are God’s children know Who is the owner and know He has let us borrow the earth. May we be good stewards of what H

Happy Father’s Day

The first Father’s Day celebration was held June 19, 1910 at Spokane Washington. That makes this the 109th anniversary of the first celebration. While none of us were around to remember the first celebration, but we can remember one or more Father’s Day celebrations from our past. I personally have no bad memories, though I have some friends whose most vivid memory is a bad or sad time.
I am blessed with a terrific dad who has set a great example to us ‘Warts’ as he calls us five children. Dad was/is consistent in his examples for us from the way he treated our mother, to the work ethic he instilled in each of us, to his commitments to his civic organizations, to his love, support and commitments to his church. Now dad is not perfect, I mean it is not like he walked on water, but he did walk worthy of the calling of being a dad.
As I became a dad my decisions have been influenced by the example that has been left for me to follow. When I have faltered in my adult life it was not that I didn’t have proper training and even a legacy to look to, my failures are my failures. I not only have a great dad; I have The Heavenly Father’s word to follow.
Matthew 7:11 reminds us, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” What a challenge!
Bro. Bill Scroggs

The Rise and Fall of 2019

June 9, 2019
We are almost half through 2019 and who could have predicted all we have seen and gone through to this point. In a time when peace on earth would be really nice, our world is rocked from top to bottom and from east to west by confusion, hatred and distrust on every continent on earth. Not only is there a spirit of mutual disrespect between countries, but how many countries of the world are torn apart with civil unrest from within? We don’t have to have enemies from around the world to destroy us, we have (as a country) elected leaders who can’t get along with each other and try to divide us.
These challenges did not begin in 2019 and most likely will not be solved this year. Ronald Reagan once said, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God , then we will be a nation gone under.”
Isaiah 5:20 reminds us, “Woe to the nation that calls evil good and good evil.” Maybe it can’t change a country, but maybe, just maybe a flood can show Arkansas a way to turn back to The Creator and seek Him while He may be found, and call upon Him while He is near (Isaiah 55:6-7).
Bro. Bill Scroggs

A Time to Pray

June 2, 2019
Our state is in a crisis of natural disaster or disasters. Our state is in a turmoil from flooding and tornados and other high winds. We have had unusually high amounts of rain this spring and now we are getting water from Kansas and Oklahoma to go along with more rain this week. Over the years Arkansas has channeled and used engineer control measures to be able to control what nature deals us. Then we are reminded again that our best efforts pale in comparison to the magnitude of all that God is able to send our way.
What is the purpose of the opportunities we are going through? My finite mind can’t begin to know, but I can trust God in all we are going through. The apostle Paul tell us in Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”
Will it cause us to call on Him sooner than later? Will we be more inclined to realize we can’t control? If we lose all will we learn He is faithful in all things? One thing for certain regardless of future lessons, we can ‘weep with those that weep’ as there is much hurting and many who just need to know that someone cares. Pray for our neighbors who are going through this time of loss.

A Fitting Tribute

May 26, 2019
When we try to find ways to pay respect in America it seems we always come up with a ‘day’ to honor the occasion.
‘A’ day to honor our mothers; ‘A’ day to pay respects to our dads; ‘A’ day to celebrate our country’s birthday; ‘A’ day to lump the appreciation of all of our presidents; ‘A’ day to remember our veterans; ‘A’ day not to work to celebrate the labor movement and ‘A’ day to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Each of these occasions are for good causes, but most including Memorial Day have been reduced in importance as time has gone on. Too many may not even know why the occasions are celebrated.
Many only know the days as a time to be able to get off work. I mean seriously thousands of men and women gave their lives that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in our country, and not only cheapened to one day, but even that is lost on the occasion.
Take time to remember those who gave their lives as well as the families who shared them with us. Pray for our country that we might become a nation that respects God and our soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Remember the words of the Psalmist in Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” May God bless the U.S.A. once again as we return and remember HIM.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

We Are Blessed!

May 19, 2019
As I write this we are preparing for the Family Fun Day. The weather this time of the year is unpredictable and showers/storms are first out then in then out for Saturday. We have been blessed this spring with good weather for our land dedication and also for Easter services and for Mother’s Day. If we do have a little rain on our parade, so be it. In Matthew 5:45 we are reminded, “it rains on the just and the unjust.” We can’t expect everything to go perfectly, and if it doesn’t, we are still way ahead.
I was blessed to be able to spend time at the Baptist building with Dr. Sonny Tucker and some other folks. As we listened to the reports I was blessed to know that ‘you’ were there. When we give to the Cooperative Program it is amazing all of the things in which we get to be involved.
While we bless others, whether it is one of our three big missions efforts (Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong or Dixie Jackson), the local food bank ministry, Baby Bottles for Abundant Life crisis pregnancy ministry, the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, spreading cheer through our Fun Day or any of the other opportunities we find, we are blessed to get to be apart of it.
So being a blessing is getting the blessing.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Mother’s Day

May 12, 2019
Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Years ago children would go home to their Moms and enjoy a good home cooked meal. Of course, Mom didn’t mind, because she was getting to spend time with her brood.
I remember as a young man in junior high there were a few of my friend that had lost their moms. I really could not comprehend the feelings they were going through; I just knew I did not know what to say or what I could do to make it better for them. As I lost my mom in my early sixties, the feelings were not as hard as they would have been in my teen years but missing her is just as real. Even three years later I think of things I would love to tell her or hear her tell me.
The wise writer of Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise and call her blessed.” Remember to honor your mother and if you can, at least call her today. God Bless our mothers who are here this morning.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Every Day Is a Holiday

May 5, 2019
When I was in the military, we had a ‘harassing’ statement. It was, “Every day is a holiday, every meal a banquet another fine day to serve the corpse!” that statement came up often as things would tend to go from bad to worse.
The truth is, as a child of God we have reason to celebrate every day. We begin our relationship with God and it just keeps getting better as the days go by.
While God can’t love you more than He always has, as we grow in the relationship with Him, we love Him more. It is hard to fathom the love He had/has for me/us and desires for us to spend time with Him. And… that is just the beginning! After our time here on earth is over, we will get to start all over in heaven with no pain, no sorrow and no death.
The writer of Psalm 103:1, reminds us to, “Bless The Lord O my soul and all that is with me bless His holy name!”
Bro. Bill Scroggs

To GOD Be The Glory!

April 28, 2019

When our church was started it was not without challenges. As always, first you have to have a place to meet That was provided by the Gentry family and at times the church met at the Amphitheater at the park. Property was donated by Bro C.L. and Betty Harris and a mobile home was borrowed from the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Desiring a more permanent structure GOD provided enough resources from members contributions and grants from Dixie Jackson State Missions of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. This is the primary reason we are a church giving to missions, because we were blessed in our infancy with others helping us. Now we are blessed to be able to return the favor.

The land north of the church had been leased from a Christian man who had an interest in this ministry. Upon his and his wife’s passing the property was purchased from their heirs. This was the completion of a dream from early in the life of our church.

This is not the end of the story, but rather a continuation as we rejoice and praise GOD for these blessings and look forward as HE directs us to use it that HE may get all the glory. Praise to GOD as written in Jude 1:24-25, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Guilty – Not Guilty

April 21, 2019
When you stand before a judge, they will ask you. “how do you plead?” Now that is where it gets complicated. If the truth is known, most of us who have stood before the judges have been guilty. Some plead guilty and others not guilty. Most pleading not guilty have been influenced by an attorney, who for a fee will negotiate for you even if you are guilty.
There is some bad news. We are all guilty. In Romans 3:23, the apostle Paul reminds us that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Yes, we are guilty and deserve punishment.
But.. There is good news! God loved us so much that He sent His Son so that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Also, Jesus became the attorney for us 1 John 2:1b says, “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus the righteous.”
So, we are guilty. But the one who is not guilty (Jesus) paid the debt we owed allowing us to go free and then the one who paid the price pleads our case with the Righteous Judge (God) who happens to be His Father!
What a deal!

The Green New Deal

April 14, 2019
If you have been anywhere this week you have seen too much of the ‘new green deals.’ It’s everywhere I tell you, it’s everywhere! On Wednesday, strangely everyone drove their green car or truck. Even those who had washed their rigs had found they had collected more of the green stuff. In case anyone wanted to blame someone else, Carroll Satterwhite assured us it couldn’t have come from Oklahoma because they don’t have trees. Hey, it’s spring! That is just the way it is this time of the year. Oh, but we have seen this before. In fact, every year the green clouds come back. The thing that is a problem for us or at least an inconvenience has a purpose. The clouds of pollen are necessary to bring new plants and fruit.
God puts or allows challenges to come into our lives for a reason. The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” Hang on, whether we are covered in green or brown and wet from the rains, God is in control and has your best interest in His plans.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

April is Here!

April 7, 2019
Wow! It is 2019 and we are already in the fourth month. Hopefully we won’t have any more freezing weather. After all, it is April! It may reach eighty degrees by mid-week.
This week I got to see several of my little grape hyacinths popping up all over. There was one yard where they had nearly taken over the whole side of the yard. And yet over in the parsonage yard there was a forty to fifty square foot section with nothing but pine needles and yet a single grape hyacinth popped up there by itself.

Spring lets us watch as the world awakens from the winter bringing us new surprises each day. As I watch the trees and flowers, weeds and grasses each doing what they were intended to do, I wonder if I am able to do what I am supposed to do. I mean can I be as willing to bloom with a group as the daffodils do or the yard full of grape hyacinths, willing to add their bloom to the cluster or the individual bloom willing to stand alone being all he could be.
Seasons change to allow each of us to become what we were intended to be at each turn in life. God has a plan and you are included in it. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Welcome Spring!
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Where Have All The Flowers Gone

March 31, 2019

Ain’t it funny, how time slips away? Almost five decades ago I met a special young lady that caught my eye and captured my heart. After a very short time I knew this girl was special and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.
Ain’t it funny how time slips away? There was a song from at least the 60’s that said, ‘Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?’ Another verse said, ‘Where have all the young men gone? Long time passing?’ I look around and say, “Hey, I am still here!” Then I look in the mirror and see how the years have sculptured the ‘laugh’ lines on this young man’s face. I see how the years have silvered what hair is still on my head. I no longer have to wonder how my hair would look ‘tipped’ or frosted.
Ain’t it funny, how time slips away? As the years pass it is like a burning taper, the candle gets smaller as the puddle of wax gets larger. In other words, as the years pass and life get shorter our piles of life experiences get more abundant. Life is short like the wise writer of Ecclesiastes 1:2 says, “Life is fleeting, like a passing mist. It is like trying to catch hold of a breath; All vanishes like a vapor; everything is a great vanity”.   I have been blessed to be able to spend this time with the bride of my youth that God gave me and it is a privilege to wish Reta another, “Happy Birthday!”Bro Bill Scroggs

Another Super Moon

March 24, 2019
Wednesday evening, the day of the vernal equinox, gave us a beautiful super moon. This was the third and last super moon of 2019. A full moon always gives us a beautiful sight, but when it is closer than normal and also full it gives a view that can’t help but cause us to contemplate the magnitude of our great creator.
Our puny minds can only scratch the surface of the infinite wisdom of God. Sometimes as I marvel at all the things of beauty God places in front of us, I feel like a child so easily entertained by a balloon or maybe even a rock. Just as we figure out what thrills and entertains our children and grandchildren, no matter how simple it was, I am sure our Heavenly Father is pleased to see how His creation brings excitement to us and draws us closer to Him.
Genesis 1:1 reminds us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If that is not enough, God created us and allowed us to be a part of His creation. Let us never lose the childlike wonder as we observe daily the many things He puts before us.
Bro. Bill Scroggs


March 17, 2019
Every day we come to intersections which give us choices. You may continue straight or turn right, left, make U-turns or in other places you can just continue to go around-about in circles. There are some cross roads we come to that alter our direction while others carry us on to our destination and others to our destruction.
The St Patrick’s Day was originally celebrated as a ‘Dry’ Holiday. For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17. (The one exception went to beer vendors at the big national dog show, which was always held on Saint Patrick’s Day. Since the crossroad to make it acceptable to celebrate as a drinking holiday it was estimated a few years ago that over $300 million of beer is consumed annually on St Patrick’s day.
We have observed similar results in our lifetime contributing to the moral decline in our country and the world as a whole. It is time to come to the crossroad found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Yes, I think this is the intersection we must come to and take the road less travelled.

Is It Sneaking Up On Us?

March 10, 2019
We have had some cool… no we have had some cold weather this week and we have had some gradually warming days mixed with mist to gentle rain. It appears we are looking toward several days not falling below freezing. Is it possible that the time change is heating up the earth as folks of years gone by feared?
Or is it possible that global warming taking place right before our eyes? You know I am just having a little fun even though there is a lot of hot air in Washington and scattered on either coast.
The reality is, Spring is coming, as it usually does, slowly warming accompanied by a variety of storms. Each day will bring new blooms, buds and birds and many other reasons to praise the LORD.
The writer of Hosea 6:3 gives us this challenge, “Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the Spring rains that water the earth.”
Bro. Bill Scroggs

What A Day

March 3, 2019
Most of our days have some good to great points as well as some not so great opportunities. In the past couple of weeks, we have enjoyed some beautiful weather. We have also been able to endure days of rain and some frigid weather. But it could be worse. We have areas of our state and neighboring states that are flooded.
When we look around there will always be someone who faces greater challenges than we faced this week. In fact, when we are having even one of our worse days, we can watch the news and find many folks we would prefer not to switch places with.
Each day whether with challenges or only blessings, was created just for you. In Roman’s 8:28 we are reminded that, “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”
And… since all things are working together for our good, we need to just hang on and enjoy it.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Birthday Month

February 24, 2019

When our girls were young, we had a rule in our house; You can’t talk about your birthday until it is the month before your birthday. This was to cut down on the discussion right after Christmas as to what this one or that one wanted for their birthday.
Now fast forward a ‘few’ years and we find Ann Vance who celebrates a ‘Birthday Month.’ Now to say that she enjoys it is an understatement. And she explains it by saying, “February is just a little month.” In reality it, isn’t just February, Ann Loves life and people and … She wakes up each day ready for a new adventure and dragging as many folks kicking and screaming along with her.
Maybe a month of celebration is not a totally bad idea. In this fast-paced world where time flies whether you are having fun or not, we may need a few extra days to get it all in. Even with just two girls we have trouble being able to celebrate their birthdays on the exact day.
But more than that we are not limited to expressing our love and appreciation for our friends and family to one day. With those extra days it gives us more opportunities to practice Romans 12:15 which reminds us to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice!”
And Reta said, “You forgot to mention my birthday month is coming up, Just saying!” (and she meant it.)


February 17, 2019     No Bulletin on February 10th  so same article.


February 10, 2019
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed or just felt. They have come to assist you through a hard time, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. Then, suddenly, the person disappears from your life. Your need has been met; their work is done.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share or grow or give back. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They give you great joy. Believe it; it is real. But only for a season.
Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons—things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all your other relationships.
The above paragraphs have been copied so many times the original author is anonymous, but the application is still true.
The apostle Paul in Romans 8:34 says, “Jesus is at the right hand of God, making intercession for us.” We find that in our lives, not only are our friends there for us, but God has sent His Son, Jesus to make intercession for us, and He will never leave us or forsake us.

It Is A Choice

February 3, 2019
“We stand at the crossroads, each minute, each hour, each day, making choices. We choose the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, the passions we allow ourselves to feel, and the actions we allow ourselves to perform.” (Benjamín Franklin) Every choice we make moves us closer to or farther from the relationship God wants with you.
A teacher of mine once asked this question concerning items of character, “Is it legal, is it moral or close?” Over the years that question has haunted me as I watched people I respected make choices with which I could not live. The main trouble is that so many things have been named ‘legal’ that were questionable or completely against the law when we were younger.
As the children of Israel were preparing to enter the promise land, Joshua expressed to them how God had led them and therefore made this commitment, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15. Then in Joshua 24:20 he gave the children of Israel this warning, “If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.”
Pray for America! We are making choices every day that show we have forsaken Jehovah God.

It’s Such a Strange World

January 27, 2019
In the Christmas Cantata we did this past year, a line keeps rolling through my mind, ‘It’s such a strange world’. The longer I live the more truth I see in that line. I remember when my first child, Rhonda was born something happened I couldn’t explain. I was shaken by the realization of a love that was for someone I had just met. I was reduced to a bundle of emotions I didn’t even know I possessed. About the time I got over it, a couple of years later, we had another child. Years later as each grand-child was born the feelings were multiplied beyond what I thought possible.
Then when our great-grand daughter was born the blessings of the miracle was again ratcheted up a notch beyond my greatest expectations. I have been blessed with wonderful children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild that are healthy.
This week as people celebrated The Sanctity of Life, a counter group passed a bill in New York allowing living babies from abortion to be killed since the abortion didn’t kill them. This goes against everything God wants for us. We are made to realize how special we are by these words in Psalm 139:14, “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Pray for America, we are becoming a more peculiar people every day.

What Causes That?

January 20, 2019
Do you ever wonder why certain things happen? Why do certain things get moved or changed when we think we have everything under control?This week we had not one, but two of our members scheduled for surgery, and not one, but both were postponed indefinitely. Both surgeries were needed and one of the members had waited patiently while the other finally worked up the courage to go ahead and get it done.
Strangely both were cancelled within days of the surgery causing frustration and confusion not only to the patients, but also to those of us who are friends.
When something like this happens, it is time to give thanks! Why, you ask? Because 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Whenever we get to see the big picture, we will understand that behind many of our strange circumstances God has been at work on our behalf. Romans 8:28 tells us, “All things work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose.”
Rejoice, give thanks and see what He has planned. Best wishes Sharon and Marvin!


Finishing Strong

January 13, 2019

At half time of the College Football National Championship with a 31-16 lead over Alabama, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, said, “But… This is Alabama; Nothing is less important than the score at halftime.” When I heard those words come out of his mouth I thought, ‘how true’. Many times, we have seen decent teams with a comfortable lead fall behind in the third and fourth quarters.

Andy Andrews. said in 2005, “In the game of life, nothing is less important than the score at halftime.” That is what crossed my mind as I thought about what Dabo said. Many start well and live lives of example early on, but, some of us are in the third or fourth quarter and life has slowed us down.

Now is the time to follow the advice of Paul in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Even as we grow older and sometimes slowdown physically, that shouldn’t cause us to slack off on our passion for God and our relationship with Him.
God, help us to remain strong as we finish the tasks you have given us. Amen.

The Beginning of The End

January 6, 2019

2019! It is hard to believe we are in the last year of the second decade of the second thousand years after the birth of Jesus. It seems like just a few weeks ago we were celebrating the 200th anniversary of our nation’s birthday. Then only a few days back millions were pondering what would happen as the clocks rolled over past midnight at the end of 1999.

Now we are just twelve months from beginning the third decade of this thousand years. Many of us are in the second half of the century of our lives.
We have seen war, we have seen relative peace. We have seen recessions and inflation and the rollercoaster all around it. We have seen returns to God when faced with adversity and we have seen the depths of degeneration of sin as our combined generations.

As we follow the children of Israel, we see the struggle between walking close to God and walking away from Him because He had so blessed them. As Americans we know the struggle is real. I remember Abraham denying that his beautiful wife was his wife not once, but twice, and wondering how he could do his wife.
Then we look at Peter one of the three closest friends of Jesus as he denied Jesus three times. I always thought to myself and in moments of pride saying. “I would for sure not deny Jesus three times.” In reality I would fail at least as miserably as did Peter.

America is at one of those crossroads where we have turned our back on our creator and the one who sustains us. We must return to the admonition of these words in 2Chronicles 7:14 (NIV), “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

We are again at that crossroad of a return to God and new beginnings; or are we on a certain course of judgement for America… again

Joy to The World!

December 30, 2018

From as far back as I remember, Joy to The World has been one of my most favorite Christmas carols. I almost said my favorite, but then I thought of a couple of others that rank right up there close to the top. I don’t have any that I do not like, but any that have praise or joy are moved to the favorites very quickly. More than anything this world needs joy, praise, and peace on earth.
The world seems to have a lot of trouble finding something to praise in these economic times. And… if you are looking for the answers in man’s solutions you will always be disappointed. However, if you put your eyes back on The reason for the season you will find true peace, true joy and the reason to praise God not just at Christmas, but throughout the entire year.
Do you need some good news? Of course, you do! we all want and need good news. The good news has come to us, so let us rejoice with the angels as they said in Luke 2:10, “Fear not for, behold, I bring you great joy, which shall be to all people.”
God bless you as you worship with Bro. Eddy today and Happy New Year to you and your fami


The Peace on Earth

December 23, 2018

The journey to Bethlehem was over, now to rest for the night. But… hold up, they have over booked and there was no room at the Inn. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems nor is it ever as bad as it seems.
Romans 8:28 reminds us that, “all good things work together for good to those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” We know that Joseph and Mary were certainly called by God for His purposes and we see also the part the Inn keeper played to be willing to provide what he had to be used for Jesus’ birth.
In the stillness of a stable the King of Kings was born. There the trip from heaven to earth was finally over. No, in reality is had just begun. For but a moment a hush fell over the city as this phase of the mission was complete.
Out in the country side a host of Angels could not remain silent, they proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” The message they proclaimed is the same for today, the only real peace on earth comes to us through Jesus, God’s gift to us not only at Christmas, but all year long.

The Journey

December 16, 2018

Can you imagine the trip to Bethlehem made by Joseph and Mary in her final days of carrying Jesus on His journey to humanity? I have no personal experience, but from ladies I have heard the last few weeks of pregnancy are not that easy without the ride on a donkey. Aside from the discomfort to Mary and the inconvenience to Joseph, can we picture the contrast of the King of Kings leaving His place with the Father to take on the form of a tiny, toothless baby dependent on two imperfect parents just doing the best they can.
Jesus left the comfort of a perfectly comfort controlled environment to have to put on the skin of a baby having to be cared for and carried everywhere for the first part of the trip. He knew what it was like to be hungry, thirsty, tired, ridiculed and every other challenge most of us face as a human. Yet He faced it all in obedience to our Heavenly Father Who loves us and wanted to bring redemption for us all. Jesus made all of the sacrifices heading to the cross, the biggest sacrifice of all because God loved us enough to allow Him to go through that.
Truly Jesus is the perfect answer for all our needs. Isaiah 9:6 puts it like this, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The Recipient

December 9, 2018

In our lifetime we have gone from letters and party-line telephones to cell phones and even texting rather than direct conversations. Years earlier important messages were brought to us by telegraph messages. Now as soon as a thought has hit our brains (or maybe in some cases before it hits our brain) it is dispatched to one or more recipients through Facebook snapchat or any number of other forms of social media. With some of these platforms it is even worse than an eight-party line. With most party lines you at least knew who else was listening.
The message to Mary was delivered by an angel of the Lord who gave her these words in Luke 1:30, “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.”
Just like many other messages delivered in those days and even now, I am sure it was somewhat confusing and at the same time troubling. The young girl with plans for a simple life with her soon to be husband the carpenter had her world rattled with that message. From that day forth her plans were forever changed.
The same thing happens to us when the Holy Spirit calls us into a relationship with God through His son Jesus. Our life including our entire destination is forever changed… for the better.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

The Message

December 2, 2018

Every day we are greeted in a variety of ways from Hi, Hello, How are you, Yo, and others more or less formal. Most are at least semi expected but some could be troubling. For instance when a caller addresses you by your proper (legal) name and asks for your date of birth it is not always a good thing.
In Luke 1:28-29 we see these words, “And ⌊the angel⌋ came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.”
As you can imagine this was no ordinary message delivered by no ordinary messenger. And… the message was being delivered to an unusually special young lady. Mary was not special because of her relationship to Joseph, though that was special also. She was special because of her relationship to God.
This message to Mary started not only her and Joseph on a miraculous journey, but has in fact impacted each of us on our journeys through life. The question to each of us is… How do you respond to the message?
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Don’t Stop!

November 25, 2018

The turkey has been reduced to leftovers or maybe even memories. The football season (at least for the Arkansas Razorbacks) has come to a merciful halt. Even the annual battle cry of “Wait till next year” is only heard for the most part at a whisper instead of a rebel yell as in the past.
Black Friday is past and hopefully you found the deal you wanted since ‘Black Friday’ began almost a week or more early for many of the stores. Some folks are breathing a sigh of relief as others have only taken a deep breath for what December holds.
But wait… in the hustle and bustle of the season were you able to really give thanks? Hopefully you were able to squeeze it in, but now is not the time to quit. Get up and make each day an opportunity to rejoice and praise The Lord. The major part of giving thanks is to understand and remember that, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).
Make Thanksgiving not a holiday, but a lifestyle and blessing to others.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

It’s Beginning!

November 18, 2018

We are hurling through November like a bowling ball in a vortex being sucked toward the gutter. By the time you are reading this we are just days away from Thanksgiving and before you can sleep off the effects of the turkey dinner, black Friday sales will have come and gone and it will be cyber Monday. If this doesn’t make sense to you, you are blessed but to most folks this will be all too familiar. Then we are facing the countdown to Christmas.

We truly are blessed, and we need to take time to reflect on the blessings we enjoy. We must give thanks not only for the material possessions, but for relationships GOD has given us. As we give thanks, we are reminded of chairs that will be empty this year due to loved ones lost. It will remind each of us that time is short. We must give thanks to our loved ones and let them know the value they are in your life.

Remember it is not only the big things we need to give thanks for, but also the seemingly small insignificant things as well. Give thanks for the smiles that come your way, the giggles and squeals of delight of a child, the hugs of a friend and even the minutes of peace you get with your spouse or close friend.

Remember these words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that says, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of GOD in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Thank a Veteran

November 11, 2018

World War I veterans are gone. WWII veterans are passing away at an alarming rate as are Korean vets. Vietnam Veterans and even the veterans of the first Gulf war are senior adults. For years it was hard for me to think of the veterans of today being so young. Then I think of how young we must have looked to our mothers, dads, grandparents and veterans who went before us.

I think of changes in equipment and technology that has improved to help the lives of the soldier’s families in the past 40 plus years since I went to basic training. This generation has grown up with a cellphone in their pocket since junior high or in some cases earlier. We had to stand in line to make a call home on a payphone at least until we were able to make friends with the communications units.

The inconveniences pale in comparison to the scars and wounds many of these young men and women carry with them both physically and emotionally, having seen and lived through injury and inflicting injury to folks near their age. Since the 1970’s our military forces have been voluntary meaning of their own free will they serve our nation

Jesus willingly went to the cross to pay the debt we owed, laying down His life for ours. When you say your prayers thank God for our men and women in uniform who protect our freedoms and for Jesus who died to make us free indeed.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

The Time Change

November 04, 2018

One of the customs of Americans that creates confusion and lots of discussion of opinions is the moving forward and backward of our clocks during what we call Daylight Savings Time. Many people would love for us to stay on Daylight Savings Time year-round while others like the change back and forth and still others want to just leave it alone altogether.

Personally, I like the extra daylight in the afternoon we enjoy during the spring and summer months. I also enjoy the one Sunday (today) per year that we can grab the extra hour of sleep, unless we stayed up later because we got an extra hour.

The truth is we have the same twenty-four hours each day to use and how we choose to use it is up to us. Whether early, late or somewhere in between we must use the time and talents God has given to us. The writer of Ecclesiastes 9:10 reminds us, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”

Remember whether we have more daylight or less, use your time wisely.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

The Speed of Life

October 28, 2018

Wow, 2018 is quickly slipping away. November is just a half a week away and we are less than 60 days from Christmas which means 2019 is peeking around the corner.

Each year has its blessings and I am reminded that God has been good to us as He is good all the time. God is not the God of minimums, but He is the God of abundance. Too often because of the ‘speed of life’ we miss the blessings of every day. It seems we go from opportunity to opportunity (trial to trial) without realizing what our awesome God has done to carry us through the last one.

One of the blessings that touches me is the privilege of getting to serve with you here at FBCPJ. Thank you for all that each of you do to make our church special not only for each other, but for our guests. The apostle Paul reminds us in 1Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Thank you for being a blessing to me and my family.


Raise Your Hand
If You Want To Be Normal

October 21, 2018

I remember a few years ago when I was a teenager that most of the folks I grew up with apparently had a fear of being ‘normal.’ Everyone in their effort to be individuals became just as weird as everyone else.

You would think that as time goes by folks would grow up. However, judging by the photos I see on Facebook and other places, the guys seem to still be trying to look like each other. Most of them have the same haircut, (wide part) and colored gray or at least silver streaked. Their beard and mustaches are colored to match their hair.

I really can’t believe how so many of these guys my age are trying to look like senior adult men… But, I digress. The normal now is still not what I want to be. I do not want to act and look like the crazies of my generation or like the radicals of this day either.

We must reflect these words of 1 Peter 2:9, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

I don’t want to be normal when I can be one of God’s unique and yes, even peculiar people.


There is Action, Suspense, Scheming…

October 14, 2018

The main character is a strong determined man with a mission on his mind. He has assembled a rogue team of friends to help carry out his plan. The operation begins to break down as the team dissolves. One of the more trusted, (the treasurer) conspires with the enemy. The main character accuses the toughest one of being weak and even says he will deny knowing him. The three closest friends including the toughest one and the one who said the main character loved the best, fall asleep during the most important prayer meeting of their lives.

Of course, I am talking about Jesus and his disciples, one of whom betrayed Jesus (Judas.) One betrayed Him three times even using profanity to deny their relationship. And… heaven only knows where the others were as Jesus walked alone to the place of the cross. However, that is only the beginning of the story. After His death and burial, it was found that the tomb was empty. Jesus had risen from the dead!

The story never gets old! In fact, it grow sweeter as we insert ourselves into this part of the thriller, obeying Jesus as He challenges us with the same words he used to call the followers of the first century in Matthew 16:24, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

What a Fun Weekend

October 7, 2018

Last weekend was a fun packed weekend and even the largest partiers were not able to take it all in. Friday night was EHC Picnic. Followed by breakfast at the church and then the 5k Praying Ninja Warriors walk/run (only Ariel, Easton, Abigale and Jeffery ran). By now the Battle of the Bands had started and some were able to attend while others were able to attend the Morrilton Homecoming.

Sunday Evening we were blessed by several songs and groups singing the oldies and then got to enjoy the “Warsher Womens” bringing down the house. The evening was topped off with tacos and cherry cobbler and other treats!

We even survived with Wayne and Phyllis away getting to see their youngest of six grandchildren baptized. We are reminded by the writer of Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” This weekend most of us got a good dose of that medicine and that was truly needed.

Praise The Lord!
Bro. Bill Scroggs

Because You Care

September 30, 2018

Missions work cannot just be put into a bucket or two. We actually have three major emphasizes for our missions, International (Lottie Moon), North American (Annie Armstrong) and State (Dixie Jackson) offerings. While we support these annual offerings, we also support the Conway-Perry Association and the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home on an ongoing basis.

Then we get to help with the Oppelo Food Bank and the Abundant Life Pregnancy Center in Conway County. Let’s not forget the drive for peanut butter or oatmeal in which we get to participate through the Conway County Care Center and we always have needs that pop up in our neighborhood. These are not obligations, but ways we are blessed which let us share with others as God has blessed us. We are reminded of this blessing in Luke 12:48 with these words, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”

On behalf of those we get to help, “Thank you for caring.”
Bro. Bill Scr

Just Wait Until Next Year

September 23, 2018

The above statement seems to have become as much a part of the Arkansas Razorback’s rally cry as ‘Woo Pig Sooie.’ With the new changes in our program this year there have been a few changes. Even after just three games the new philosophy has become, ‘It’s going to take a few years to get the losses turned around.’

This is not especially good news to those of us who are becoming more senior as the pages of the calendar are torn off. Now realistically, most of us are not clamoring for a national championship this year, but we would like to win some or at least not lose in such an embarrassing a manner.

I am not giving up on our team just yet, in fact I hope we get pleasantly surprised. The truth is, we will be disappointed if our hope is in a man or team. The only real hope is in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the real deal! In fact, He assures us with these words in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life.” I like that! As a matter of fact, it is great to be able to stand with a consistent winner, not later, but now.

Have You Ever Noticed…

September 16, 2018

There are hundreds if not thousands of shades of paint colors from which to choose. Yet, no selection can totally capture the brilliance of a sunrise or sunset. Anything man does to try to duplicate a picture in his eye is replaced in the next second by an even more magnificent view. A drop of rain sliding down a rose petal or the sun reflecting off a ripe apple, each scene is met with greater vision… if we look around.

As much as we notice the clouds, the flowers and fruits, do you see the beautiful people around you? There are smiles, frowns, furrowed brows of concern and even bristles of anger. Sometimes we see individuals as they are and sometimes the true feelings are completely camouflaged. Someone appears completely happy, yet they can be hiding guilt, shame, hurt or a multitude of other feelings.

Each of us is unique and each of us is complex, yes, too complex to be summed up by a snapshot or quick glance. We are reminded in Mark 12:31 to: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The principal of our Dixie Jackson State Mission Offering is to see and notice our neighbors around our state who life may have scraped off the brilliance and bruised the shine. Remember the question in Luke 10:29, “Who is my neighbor?” The answer is: ‘Whoever God puts before us that we can.’

Bro. Bill Scroggs

She Was A Fine Christian Lady

September 9, 2018

A 107-year-old lady passed away in Star City. She was a friend of Wanda and Nolen Owen. When Wanda told me about it, she made this comment, “She was as fine a Christian lady as you could ever know.”

As I thought about that I thought about what a great testimony she had left. Many times as folks grow older we hear things about how cranky or crabby they got as they grew older. In some cases, our crabbiness is mentioned no matter how young we are. The fact is a couple of folks I worked with had the motto: ‘Life forces me daily to add to the list the number of people who can Kiss My Grits!’ What a blessing to see and hear about someone who lived an exemplary life and has gone on the be with the Lord.

I can’t go back to yesterday, but hopefully my walk and talk from here on out will be a better example just from hearing of the legacy of this fine lady. Let us live in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord my strength and my redeemer.”

Bro. Bill Scroggs

Living On The Edge

September 2, 2018

There was a commercial a few years back that said, “If you aren’t living on the edge, you are taking up too much room.” That sounded kind of funny until I started thinking about trying to live on the edge at this age. Then I started to realize, ‘the edge,’ changes throughout our entire life.

As a child, ‘Don’t,’ was a challenge to see what the thrill would be. ‘Don’t touch that stove!’ ‘Don’t jump off of that!’ ‘Don’t…!’ and on and on.

Then in youth the dares and stakes became larger as well as the consequences. Then somewhere, usually about 25, your brain matures so we start making rational choices. Even then, occasionally, we find the desire to take a risk or so. And as we grow more mature we find that growing older is not for the weak of heart.

Many take the risk of surgeries and even take the meds prescribed by our physicians even after reading the potential side effects. So, as the one living on the edge, rest easy knowing Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Bro. Bill Scroggs

                                                                                                                   An Interesting Interruption

August 26, 2018

On my walk back from the post office the other day, my tranquil thoughts were disturbed by angry yelling coming from a truck at the intersection about a half block away.

The truck was on a cross street and was loudly discussing the fact that a car was not moving from the street on the right in front of him. The funny part was the car had a stop sign and the truck’s street did not.

The car finally went ahead, and the truck drove on with the driver still giving the driver of the car what for. If I had been 2 minutes earlier or 2 minutes later, I would have missed this episode.

How many times are people in the right place at the right time to catch us in our moments of weakness.

I was reminded of the psalmist’s words in Psalm 141:3, “LORD, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.”

Lord, Help us.

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

August 19, 2018

Can you recall where in the Bible that scripture is found? As a matter of fact, those words were penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Many times, good sayings may be attributed to the Bible when they are actually from a secular source. It is important to know where our advice came from and in some cases, to avoid the words of wisdom because of where it came from.

The writer of Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” These words ought to be an encouragement to us to be able to live strong, pure and holy lives in the world today.

The truth is we all face adversities and trials in this world, but God’s word, The Bible, gives us instructions and a path to follow so we are not bamboozled by a world that lives by bumper sticker theology.

We are encouraged by the Apostle Paul with these words in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


 Beautiful Summer Rains!

August 12, 2018

How precious are the drops of rain we are blessed to receive throughout the months of June, July and August.  We have been blessed with some decent rains throughout the past several weeks, but as August hit, it became very dry.  However, this week we received some nice rains. These showers of blessing came at just the right time.

In reality, this is what God does for us every day. He daily gives us the drops of mercy and grace in just the amounts we need. Even with all of his afflictions and trials, the apostle Paul received confirmation from God that, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

As we give thanks to God for each visible and invisible gift of love, He gives to us each day our daily needs.


            Home Again

August 5, 2018

1900 miles later and it is great to be able to be home. We had a couple of things on our list to accomplish while we were gone. And, as it happens on any vacation, there are always variables that enhance the trip.

One of the top objectives of our trip was to see our friends, Phil and Linda Chapman. We were able to have a nice visit on our first day out. It was great to see them face to face and reminisce about their years on the mountain. The next day we relaxed and saw the sites of downtown New Orleans. There were several interesting sites, but none that I feel the necessity to drive 600 miles to see again. Wednesday, we made the pilgrimage to the site of the Tabasco factory. While it was mildly amusing, I can now say, “Been there, done that.”

The last day we got to stop by and see my sister and wade out into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The visit with my sister was a highlight, the gulf, not so much.  The best part of our vacation was getting to spend some minutes with Reta, clearing out our minds before school starts.  Of all the sites we saw, none was better than Petit Jean Mountain and the chatter of the fellowship of breakfast on Saturday morning.

What a blessing to, “Praise the LORD who has given his people peace, as he promised he would.” (1 Kings 8:56)


Why Does… ?

July 29, 2018

Have you ever just wondered about something? I often find myself asking Why, How, What or other questions about some aspect of architecture or even structure in nature.

This week I kept looking at a strange feature in the outside structure of a building. Why was there a cross beam in front of some of the windows? As I continued to look it became apparent to me that it was a honeycomb structure.
The pattern God gave the bees was not just an interesting pattern, but a structure of strength.

Look around today for the confirmation God has placed before you to remind us of these words in Psalm 139:14, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Then let us add the first three words of that verse that says, “I will praise Thee.” Yes, the answer to many of our questions can’t be answered by man’s answers, but by God’s answers. You (we) were made to praise and bring honor to God.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

This World is Not my Home

July   22, 2018

I remember when a few old timers would sing that song and at the time I thought, ‘what a quaint old song’. 

In the current world situation, I find not only myself singing the song, but some of the rest of us youngsters singing it without knowing the original words.

The things we held dear and felt were secure are no longer a sure thing. We learn over and over not to hold dear the things of this earth and to look forward each day to the time of reunion with loved ones and our Heavenly Father.

I think about Enoch and the words, “He walked with God and was no more” (Genesis 5:24). How sweet it would be to just draw closer and closer to God and see less and less of the violence, bickering, pride fullness, prejudice and hatred that is rampant even in our own state.

We are to be the salt and light in the world, but we are not to get comfortable with the way it is.

The apostle Paul, in Romans 12:2 reminds us, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, wil                           

Walking With God

July 15, 2018

When we think about walking with God, one of my first thoughts turns to Enoch. Enoch was the man who walked with God and was no more.

His walk was so special that God just took him to heaven to be with Him. As special as that was, my thoughts turn to others that walked with God on earth with the trials of the day.

I am reminded of a young man named Daniel. Daniel had a close walk with God that did not take away the challenges of the moment, but we find God walking with him whatever we do, God tells us he will be with us always, even to the end of the world. (Matthews 28:20).

May we walk with God through the smallest or largest trials wherever we encounter them.

If You’re Happy and You Know It

July 8, 2018

As we have celebrated our independence there was no reason for anyone not to be happy… Or was there?
First off at one time England and its citizens probably were not happy when we declared our freedom from them, but hopefully they have at least gotten used to the idea.

There are some who are terrorists that just want to make us miserable. Our reasons to celebrate give them excuses to try to take away our joy. They want to make our lives uncomfortable and keep us in fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” When someone is so unhappy that they want to destroy your happiness, you can know they are far from God and need Him.

The truth is, most of the time when someone destroys our happiness it is because we let them. It is because we forget that our joy and happiness come from within and not from external circumstances. So when we have that joy, joy, joy down in our heart it will bubble up and come out, and our face will surely show it!

  My Country Tis of Thee

July 1, 2018

Sweet land of liberty, land that I love. As we approach the celebration of our country’s birthday, we have a lot of pride in who we are and from where we have come.

 Grit and determination in our beginnings were fueled by our faith in God and a sense of unity of purpose. Not only has a lot of our country lost their faith in God, but we see multiple divisions within ourselves. Many of the fractures we now have in our country can be attributed to the fact that much of our country has turned their back on the precepts and values of God.

We are reminded by the writer of Psalm 33:12 who said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

 Is there any hope for us as a nation? Yes, if we follow these words from the writer of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

Twice in My Life

June 24,2018
Ever since I was a cub scout I have carried a pocket knife. The scout’s motto is “Be Prepared”, so to meet my obligation I kept one in my pocket. When I was in junior high we would drop knives, so I kept two or three in my pocket to try to trade up for what I wanted. If I got a good one I would quit carrying that one and get another cheap one to have to trade.

When I went into the army I was told to leave all knives at home. Sure enough all knives and certain fingernail clippers were also confiscated. I really think that was just a ploy to make us buy stuff at the PX because about 2-3 weeks later we were able to buy them.

I have a cheap little knife I have kept up with and carried for over 20 years. I was always looking for a small “Sunday” knife to carry in my dress pants and this one works. It has now been considered ‘contraband’ twice and that within 10 blocks. The first time was when I was visiting someone in the Children’s Hospital a few years ago and then again last week as I tried to go into the building for the Miss Arkansas Pageant. They didn’t even look in my Altoid box so I thought about putting it in there and slipping it in.

The writer of Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”’

I decided it would be better for me to be obedient and in doing so set a better example. God help us to make better decisions to bring honor You.

Bro. Bill Scroggs



June 17, 2018

The Baby bottle campaign ends today, so please get your bottle
to Ann Vance.

Let’s keep in mind the Food Pantry. Donations may be left in the
fellowship hall.

Mable Steward Brannon
Our sweet Mrs. Mable joined other saints in heaven on Friday, June 15th. She and her husband Roy Brannon were leaders and Charter Members of FBC of Petit Jean

She spent many years working at the Museum of Automobiles and treasured getting to greet visitors and share about Petit Jean Mountain. She loved to tell stories of her growing up around Plainview, Ar., Mr. Roy;s time being a personal guard of Mr. Rockefeller and of course, her daughter, Phyllis and son, Lee. She was famous for her delicious CHOCOLATE PIE! Mrs. Mable will be truly missed by FBC Petit Jean. To God be the glory for her life.

Services will be at 2:00, Tuesday at FBC Petit Jean.

Never Alone

June 10, 2018 

When we are born we are cared for by our parents, grandparents or other caregivers for the first several years of our lives. As we grow we develop friends and are nurtured by Sunday School teachers, pastors and others along the way. Then when we went to school our list of friends grew as well as our independence from our parents and family.

Our circle of friends waxed and waned from time to time according to our activities. At times our relationship with family and even God is moved to a lower priority if we are not careful. Through the middle and later decades of our life our group of friends change. I am no longer surrounded by girls’ softball folks, army buddies, band parents or even coon hunters.

Sometimes even in a crowd as our priorities change we can feel alone.  However, whether lost in a crowd or in the wilderness, you are never by yourself. The writer of Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us of God’s care with these words, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”


Peace With God

June 3, 2018

Looking around we see a lack of peace all around us. We see country against country, neighbor against neighbor and even brother against brother.
Every time peace is mentioned we turn around once or twice and the prospect of peace has evaporated.

Pride, greed and hatred are running rampant. What a shame. Everywhere we look someone is looking at how they can cheat someone else because they are not satisfied with what they have.

Our problem goes back to the age-old problem of sin. Man has always wanted what we were not supposed to have. When we sin, it separates us from our relationship with God.

But… God Himself desired for us to be brought back into the right relationship with Him. In spite of our messing up God wants us back with Him. Romans 5:8 puts it this way, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

In spite of all we have done, God wants to make it right for us. Romans 5:1 reminds us, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

With all the problems in the world the good news is we have peace with God. Praise The Lord!

Memorial Day

May 27, 2018

The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the birthplace because it observed the day on May 5, 1866, and each year thereafter, and because it is likely that the friendship of General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and General John A. Logan, who led the call for the day to be observed each year and helped spread the event nationwide, was a key factor in its growth.

General Logan had been impressed by the way the South honored their dead with a special day and decided the Union needed a similar day. Reportedly, Logan said that it was most fitting; that the ancients, especially the Greeks, had honored their dead, particularly their heroes, by chaplets of laurel and flowers, and that he intended to issue an order designating a day for decorating the grave of every soldier in the land, and if he could he would have made it a holiday.

Over the years as with many of our holidays, the true significance has been overshadowed by recreation and materialism. Let us not fall into that pattern.

God bless the soldiers and families who gave of themselves to protect the freedoms we hold dear. Remember the words of the Psalmist in Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” May God bless the U.S.A. once again as we return and remember HIM.

Give Thanks!

May 20, 2018

As you read this I can just hear some of you saying, “Good grief Preacher this isn’t November and it sure isn’t a cold spell!”

But… Yes, I say Thank you! Every time I look around there is another reason to Praise GOD and give thanks for you. Why should I/we wait to give thanks for all of GOD’s blessings on us.

We just finished the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and exceeded our goal of $1600. And then with a project born of a vision by Phyllis Adams and carried out by Wanda Owen, we added another $300+ to bring our total over $2000! Names were gathered, lists compiled, papers folded, cut and holes punched to complete the project. Thanks to Wanda for all she did.

Thanks to all who have worked on the property next door. E.Kaye and Cecil Jones, Clayton and Linda Jones, Gwyn and Greg Gasaway, and Ann Vance. Then we have Wayne Adams, Nolen Owen, Bob Cody and Clayton Jones working on the parking lot and church through the re-roofing process.

Thanks for all the things large and small to keep our property looking great inside and out. The property next door is taking shape in part due to volunteers (more to follow about that later) and will present many opportunities to serve over the next several months.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Bro. Bill Scroggs


Our Mothers

May 13, 2018

I always knew our mothers held a special place in our lives, but for the first six decades of my life I never had to celebrate a Mother’s Day without mine. A friend of mine lost his mom when we were about 11 or 12 and I remember his reactions at the time. Another friend, when I was in early high school, lost his mom and it was even more devastating for him because they had a closer relationship.

I remember Reta losing her mom several years after her dad had past away and it was different even from the passing of her dad, but at the time I still had my mom.

Since I became a pastor in 1988, I have conducted the services for several mothers. As I preached many of those services, I realized that there was coming a time when I would say goodbye to my mom and knew it would have a deeper meaning after that time.

Now that mom has gone, when our family talks or gets together, we laugh and reminisce about days in the past with mom and someone always brings up something mom taught them and often wishes they could ask her where … (something) is or how she did something. I often wish I had just a minute to tell her one more time that I love her. No, I would not bring her back for that, just wish I had told her more often.

The writer of Ecclesiastes 3:2 reminds us,” A time to be born, and a time to die.” Spend time with your parents while you can and parents spend time with your children.

Bro. Bill Scrogg 


May 6, 2018

Unity is more than just a word that seems elusive, it is something we desperately need. This year’s theme for The National Day of Prayer was Unity and there is probably no greater need for our country and world.

Unity is splintered at almost every turn. We see peace and unity split by fear, hatred, distrust, prejudice and everything in between. The world can’t begin to hope for unity until we are able to find it in our families, neighborhoods and yes even our churches.

Unity, like love, is easy to say, but requires action, even work to make it happen. We have to be willing to let others be first and even right from time to time. Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.”

For unity to come, we must let it begin in and through us. When unity comes it is like a breath of fresh air. The writer of Psalm 133:1 puts it like this, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Bro. Bill Scroggs

Hang In There!

April 29, 2018

Nearly every time I have a conversation with my dad whether on the telephone or in person he will say, “Hang in there” as we are finishing the visit. It is a little thing, but sometimes even a tiny word of encouragement goes a long way. The fact is I have almost not even noticed that he was saying that, as well as so many little witticisms he used when we were growing up.

What made me even think of it this week was that Reta has for several years bought caterpillars for her classroom to watch as they ate their food and then attached themselves to the lid and hung upside down until they began to hatch from their cocoon.
No one had to tell them to attach to the lid and spin their cocoons, but by instinct they did what they were supposed to do. Probably in the wild it was more important to climb up on higher limbs to keep from being washed away by rains and maybe even to protect them from predators.

While nature gets their commands from their DNA we are blessed to have our parents or others to give us instructions even if it is for the simplest tasks. The writer of James 1:12 gives us these words of encouragement, “Blessed is a man who endures trials (hangs in there), because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that He has promised to those who love Him.” God Bless you and Hang in there!

Bro. Bill


Can We Say, “Spring Has Sprung?”

April 22, 2018

Gentle April showers, check. Thunderstorms every few days, check. Fresh ticks and buffalo gnats, check. Things are blooming, check. A layer of pollen covers everything, check. The warmer temperatures are here to stay, maybe, or maybe not so much. We have had nice weather this week in fact it has even been hot by some folk’s standards. It definitely is time for spring to be here, after all it is a month past the official date of spring. The camp sites are filling up, trails are bustling with hikers and there is activity all over the mountain.

The writer of Zechariah 10:1 gives us this refreshing picture of spring, “Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.”

We might could say, ‘Spring has Sprung,’ but get real, this is Arkansas and spring means it can change at any time when you think you have it all figured out. All in all though, it is a great time to Praise the Lord!

The Loss of Another Friend

April 15 ,2018

This year, 2018 has started off with the loss of several of our neighbors here on the mountain. The latest of these is Mr. Hank Shaw. Hank had battled leukemia for some time. He had tried conventional methods of trying to overcome it and then some not so conventional and even experimental methods.

Hank moved to the mountain in 1959 and lived here with the exception of a few years in the military and a time in college for almost 60 years. Hank loved his family, his wife of over 50 years, his sister and his son. He called himself just a regular guy that loved the outdoors, his family, his mountain and his dogs.

Psalm 121:1-2 naturally would be a couple of Hanks favorite verses. He paraphrased slightly by saying, “I will lift up mine eyes unto this mountain from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.”

His help welcomed him home and one day we too will get to join him where there is no more pain or sorrow.

It Is Just Arkansas Weather

April 8, 2018

It seems that every week we see something strange in our weather patterns. Many folks comment on the weather. In fact, as early as the 1800’s, Charles Dudley Warner said, “Everybody talks about the weather, But nobody does anything about it.”

Obviously, it has not changed much. We have had spring almost all winter and now that ‘spring’ is here we have Freeze warnings! It must be that global warming Al Gore warned us about. It is always good to have a voice of reason. If you complain about the cold this weekend someone will quickly add, “You will want this cool in August.” When we were up to our ears in rain in February, someone added, “Be glad, we will need it for planting season.”

We can’t change the weather, so we better just enjoy it. The apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:11 to learn to be content in whatever condition we find our self. When we learn to be content with where we are and whatever comes our way, we can sit back and watch while others waste their time fretting and complaining. Then comes the good part. We get to see that all the fretting and fuming never really changes a thing.

Rejoice! It is just Arkansas weather! And… again I say Rejoice!

He Is Alive!

April 1, 2018

Can you imagine the conversations on the first resurrection morning? The women first spoke to the angel of the Lord at the empty tomb who informed them that Jesus was not there, telling them to see where He was laid and then told them to go tell the disciples. As they ran breathlessly back to town, probably all they could get out was “He is alive!” With all that had transpired in the past forty-eight to seventy-two hours, there surely was no need to ask, “Who?”

There were few to none who had not witnessed or heard what had transpired. Many were processing what all of these events would mean to them, their culture, their government, their ‘religion,’ and truly the world.

He had been sold to the Romans by the ‘religious’ leaders many trusted. He was betrayed by one of His own followers. He was to be the Messiah, yet now lay in the grave. Yet… It is all changed by the words, “He is alive!” To many, that may have been even more confusing, but with Jesus alive, things were different. They were better, the living could go on. Praise The Lord, He is Alive!

In all the darkness surrounding our world at this resurrection season the good news to the world is still, “He is Alive” No Fooling!

It Is Official!

March 25, 2018

Without so much as a whimper or a squint from the eyes of Punxsutawney Phil, spring has officially arrived!
The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, tornados are hitting, and temperatures are rising into the eighties! And… except for the tornados these are welcome sights.
Even though this winter was not terrible, except for the part of not getting some good snows, most are welcoming these latest changes.

A beautiful addition to our church property is the flag pole standing where the old maple tree stood for so long. The folks who worked to help choose the pole and flags did a great job and with the nice spring wind blowing it looks marvelous!

The folks have started planting some crepe myrtles and other plants to give the property to the south additional beauty. We are waiting with anticipation to see how this project comes together. With this nicer weather I am sure Miss E. K. and Miss Ann will have something each of us can do when you get ready to volunteer.

With all of the beauty around us we can rejoice with the writer in Psalms 122:1 who said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of

What Hat Should WE Wear?

March 18, 2018

As I write this, I think back to past Hat Days! Days where we have seen a lot of thought and creativity, as well as a few of us that have no creativity and it shows. The same can be seen in real life. Many of us have occupations that come with hats and many times our hats were a reflection of our personality. Some hats have a certain purpose while others are simply for fun or advertisement.

Over the years I have worn many hats. Some were required while others were indications of my support for my sports teams. Some of my hats were an indication of my preference for all around seasoning and others are to express my love and allegiance to my Lord. Sometimes a person’s hat is out of character and they might as well leave it off.

The Apostle Paul gives us this advice in Colossians 3:10, “and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”

More than outward appearances may we put on the new man to show the world our Heavenly Father Who created us.

Is It Here?

March 11, 2018

With ‘It’ being spring, we can only hope spring is breaking through. The ground hog says, ‘Almost,’ but there is a lot of confusion. I mean this week we have seen temperatures from below freezing to seventy degrees. Daffodils are blooming and a skim of ice on the water in the ditches. Trees are budding, and robins are bob, bob, bobbing along. We definitely have enjoyed some spring like showers which will help keep the burn bans away as well as prepare the ground for crops.

Hopefully the Flu season has just about run its course, and we will all begin to breathe a sigh of relief. Today our time changed to Daylight Saving’s Time. I always like having more sunlight at the end of the day than earlier.

The writer of Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” I think we are ready for a new season.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

You Have Got To Be Kidding Me!

March 4, 2018

We have just completed the wettest February in history. I do not remember hearing anyone that was wanting more rain. In fact, most were wishing for it to slow down or stop at least for a little while. However, as I listened to the sounds of nature the other night, I heard the frogs ‘calling for rain.’ At least that is what the old timers used to say when I was growing up and the frogs were hollering.

As I listened I thought ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ Everyone is about saturated, the burn bans are lifted, the ponds, creeks and rivers are full and someone or something is not satisfied?
Then I wondered to myself, ‘Or do we not understand the language?’ I mean I don’t speak frog any more than they speak English. Could it be that what I perceive as being ungrateful was really the frogs using what they had to lift praises to God in their own way?

The writer of Psalm 150:6 reminds us who should praise the Lord with these words, “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Heaven forbid that I should remain silent and let a frog praise God in ways greater than I do.

Another Legend Goes Home

February 25, 2018

This week the world lost legend as Heaven welcomed another resident. The Reverend Dr. Billy Jack Graham left this earth behind to be reunited with his wife and a host of family and friends. Much has been printed and many tributes filmed and recorded as people from all walks of life have shared what an impact Dr. Graham had on their life.

I personally have been to see Dr. Graham in a crusade where possibly many of you attended. It was easy to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit both in the stadiums he filled as well as when he was on television, either live or recorded. What a blessing to have been in the presence of several great servants of GOD in my lifetime. In almost every case I was impressed by the feeling of humility that surrounded each of these men.

For several years myself and others have asked and or wondered who the next evangelist to the world will be. Franklin Graham, Dr. Billy Graham’s son is coming along, but does not exude the power or charisma his dad did. The question of his successor was raised this week and almost in the same breath the question was asked, “Or has he been aborted?”

That question is haunting as millions of babies continue to be killed each year and our legends pass into eternity each day. God help us.


Uncle Lonnie Gasaway

February 18, 2018

When I first met Bro Lonnie I heard one after another call him ‘Uncle Lonnie.’ I heard many referring to him as “Uncle” and him responding as a loving relative. After a short while I began to wonder how many folks he was kin to, or… were there not many forks in the family tree up on Petit Jean.

Very quickly I came to understand that Brother Lonnie Gasaway was ‘that uncle,’ not the weird uncle that everyone avoided, but “That Uncle” everyone wanted to be around and was compelled to listen to as a gifted storyteller.

You didn’t have to be around Bro Lonnie very long to know he loved his wife, Agatha of 69 plus years, his daughter Gwyn, his son Greg as well as a host of nieces and nephews both biological and otherwise claimed.

He was an avid sportsman, especially loving those Razorbacks. He stuck with the Hogs winning or losing, but his smile was ear to ear when the Hogs were winning.

Bro Lonnie loved to sing, and you could see him singing every verse even if he didn’t have his hymnal opened. He was rejoicing and praising God and his savior Jesus Christ. ‘Uncle’ Lonnie is now with The Heavenly Father compiling tales to share when we get to have our reunion with him.

Love Is…

February 11,2018

When I was a child, I spake as a child, but when I became a man I theoretically put away my childish ways.

As a youngster we made Valentines boxes for our cards and sent cards to each person in our room. I remember paying special attention to details on the cards for that one or two or three special girls to be sure it was worded just right to convey my exact heartfelt sentiment. I also remember being very careful to pick out a totally generic card for that “creepy girl” that might get the wrong idea on such an occasion and try to take advantage of it.

I wasn’t like my brother who wouldn’t send a card to the “creepy girls” unless mom found out and made him. Then I think he pitched them in the trash, so those girls couldn’t get confused as to his intentions.

As we grow older we understand what love really is and how God loved us even if we were the ‘creepy’ ones and sent His Son, Jesus to pay the price for our imperfections.

Yes, you are special to God. He loves you just as you are and desires that you return that love to Him.


February 4, 2018

As I write this I can hear at least one of our men say… “That’s a deep subject” to which another will quickly add, “Yep for such a shallow mind!” And I can resemble that this week.

Dealing with the Flu this week was not on my radar… or agenda. In fact, I tried to leave it off my calendar completely. I find that I always get to learn something when I slow down. Some things I get/must learn over again. My mind is not as sharp as it needs to be when I am down to the point of having to take extra meds. To try to write or read takes longer because I keep losing my place or dropping off to sleep.

I am alert enough to realize it makes good sense not to try to make legal transactions after sedation. I make “badder” or “worster” decisions than usual. I see how Reta feels when I like it about 68 degrees. When she says, “It’s not that cold,” I know I have a situation.

I learn how to empathize with you in your plight as you empathize with me and my bunch during our trial. I learn again how weak I am and how to let go and depend on God. I am reminded of the last words of Jesus to us in Matthew 28:20 teaching us, “To observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” And that’s the Good/Great News!


Troublesome Times Are Here!

January 28, 2018

Just as the words of the song from Jesus is Coming Soon, we are living in some exciting and interesting times. They could be called troublesome times as well as they could have been most of our lives. We have had racial trials, economic trials as well as wars and rumors of wars. As we look through history we can see that probably every generation could have said the same thing.

The good news is that whatever comes around tomorrow, will not surprise God. He has already seen and knows our next week, next month, next year and for that matter, our next breath.
In fact, knowing God is in control and is with us through it all is a great source of comfort to me. Knowing that His plans for us are good helps when we see the blithering idiots who think they are in control.

It is good to have a shepherd to lead us as we see in the 23rd Psalm, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Praise God!


Not A Creature Was Stirring

JANUARY 21, 2018

The temperatures fell and fell and fell some more. For even me the cold was beyond noticeable, it was inconvenient and even imposing. You could even say it was rude, I mean it was all up in our business.
When I went out to take the trash I could feel and almost taste the cold through the chatter of my teeth. It was so cold I almost put on a jacket just to take the trash out to the street.

One thing strangely missing was the sound of birds and squirrels. I heard not one sparrow, starling or finch. There was not even a squirrel scampering, rustling the leaves, chattering, teasing and intimidating me. Now that was a strange feeling. Cold and strangely even eerily quiet. It was as if the cold had frozen the sounds. The silence was broken as the engine in an automobile slowly turned over and started. Even the sound of the engine seemed muffled. It was bitterly cold.

As the temperatures rose above freezing on Thursday, guess what? Yep, the birds were singing, and the squirrels were chattering, and all was closer to back to normal. Every creature was doing what it was born to do. Even the animals know to do as the psalmist says in Psalm 150:6, “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD!”

Let us Praise Ye The Lord!

That Kind of Day

January 14, 2018

Have you ever had one of those days that never seems to end? I mean a day that started off in a way that was not as well as you might have wished. Maybe your alarm didn’t go off and you woke up late. Then something was wrong with the clothes you had planned to wear and your coffee maker messed up so your breakfast didn’t go as planned. Your car is on empty and since you are running late, you coast into work barely on time, running on fumes both physically and emotionally. What a great day to have an evaluation at work and maybe announce job cuts in your company. What a great day to rejoice and remember to quote Romans 8:28, huh?

But, what about THIS kind of day? You awaken refreshed by a good night’s sleep, before the alarm goes off, ready to face your day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and their fragrance literally fills the air. You have a spring in your step, a smile on your face and psalms and songs on your heart and tongue. You just enjoy your fellowship with God.

It was probably just such a day as in Genesis 5:24 that tells us, “Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Now that is the kind of day I would love to have.

Cold Enough

January 7, 2018

The least necessary question asked this week would be, “Is it cold enough for you?” In fact, even the warmest blooded among us have been satisfied. I do like it cool, but it doesn’t have to be in the single digits for me to be happy.

In the summer the question is just changed to, “Is it hot enough for you?” The truth of the matter for me is that it is almost always hot enough for me. I mean you can always add more layers to stay warm, and put on more clothes than the law will allow you to take off.

The reality of it is that there are days of the year to please everyone. And if we just admit it most days are at least tolerable.
We are reminded in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

While we wait on the warmer, embrace the cold and if that doesn’t work for you hug a friend… unless they or you have the Flu. Then just knuckle bump.

The End of The  Year

December 31, 2017

As the days of the year are counted off I start noticing about November how quickly the year is winding down.

As we look back, I can remember when the years changed from the 1900’s to the 2000’s, and the concerns there were with computers from cars to refrigerators to banking issues. And… like most fears we have faced before, we survived with little to no disruptions to our lives.

Now we are already into the second decade of Y2K, we still face each new year with its own set of opportunities and challenges. What will 2018 bring? What economic, political and cultural trials or blessings will this year present to us?

No matter the direction our year goes we can depend on God who knows everything about our next days, our next month and even this year and the years ahead. God has reminded us in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world”. With that in mind we can face our new year with a sense of confidence and excitement.

When Out On The Lawn

December 24, 2017

In the Christmas poem “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” the line “When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter” conjures up some interesting visions. And I won’t even begin to try to describe the trauma I get when I imagine them “throwing up the sash.” I guess my mind just makes some weird turns, maybe even ‘U’ turns.

But really, when we think about the real first Christmas, think about the noise the angels made before the shepherds. What a special praise fest. I am sure the praises were the inspiration for the shepherds making haste to go into Bethlehem to see the Christ child.

After all the commotion at the manger, the angels left and the shepherds went back to their fields glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Despite all this excitement, Mary was able to keep all these things and pondered them in her heart.

It is important for each of us to celebrate the birth of Christ. Some will celebrate with a “Hark!” while others, “How still we see thee lie.”

Merry Christmas to all!

Bro. Bill Scroggs

Christmas is Coming!

December 17, 2017

It is always fun to watch the younger children as they begin to anticipate the days of gift ‘receiving. They have the wide-eyed wonder of what ‘Santa’ is going to bring them and even get excited just to get a glimpse of the old whiskered one.

This past week after going to a Christmas parade where participants were warned not to dress like Santa because the ‘real’ Santa was going to be at the end of the parade, Hadleigh has been so excited to tell everyone about the ‘real’ Santa.

For thousands of years the messiah was promised, and the world was told the ‘real’ savior was coming. Yet when Jesus came and was born in simple surroundings, most of the word missed Him because they were looking in the wrong places. Don’t miss the real reason for the celebration by getting caught up in the wrappings and trimmings of the season.

The real joy to the world is found in Luke 2:11 with these words, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

Bro. Bill Scroggs

The Road to Bethlehem

December 10, 2017

Over two thousand years ago a young couple made their way to Bethlehem, the city of David for a census called for by Caesar Augustus. While they were there the time came for Mary to give birth to Jesus who came to bring salvation to all of the world.

As I thought about the circumstances and the trials they must have had at that time, I thought back about forty years ago when Reta was expecting our first child. We were warned not to travel any farther than necessary in the last four to six weeks, so we pretty much stayed put for the last few weeks. We only lived about a mile away from the hospital and I remember us planning the route and timing the trip a time or two. The longest part of our journey was getting Reta into and out of the car. There were few unnecessary trips made during that time due to Reta’s discomfort.

Luke 2:1-4 tells us, “it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

Every bump on the road to Bethlehem was an answer to prophecy for our benefit. Jesus made the trip from heaven to earth to be born of a virgin, going through all that was necessary to bring salvation to us.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

 Leaving Your Mark

December 3, 2017

This week as I was thinking about the approaching CHRISTmas holidays, I pondered on the fact of celebrating the birth of Jesus.  There are very few men or women who have their birthdays celebrated for very long after they have left this earth. There are some, but they are most often remembered for giving us a day off more than for who they were. We celebrate the birth of Jesus more than any other birth and for most of us, instead of our memory waning as time goes on, we see our passion for the ‘true’ reason for the season growing.

The life of Jesus is remembered not only in the Bible, but we even today find ourselves motivated by the words from His mouth and the words written by eyewitnesses.  We find these words and actions of Jesus drawing us closer to God day by day

We also remember the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus. There is so much Jesus left for us to remember Him by.  We can only leave the legacy we want by reflecting the love of Jesus that has impacted us.

Matthew 5:16 reminds us , “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


Oh, The Pushing and Shoving!

November 26, 2017

What a terrible sight! The pushing, the shoving, the growling, the gnashing of teeth, the elbows flying and the all-around confusion. And then after lunch… the family began to discuss politics with as much fervency as they used to devour the feast before them.
Conversations about a subject one is passionate, many times reveals the depth of character of the person, or the lack thereof.

The game known as ‘Black Friday’ is an interesting time that some people endure in able to get a bargain, while others thrive on the risk and challenge aspect of the game more than the products they get. At the end of the day, our differences are what make us strong. The apostle Paul gives us this advice in Romans 12:16, “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”


Take Time To Give Thanks

November 19,2017

It is that time of the year when giving thanks is getting squeezed out by the commercialism of mass marketing Christmas. Our country if not the whole world has so chased the dollar value of the season that it leaves both consumers and retailers frazzled and more than a little bit disillusioned about the reason for the season.

The weekend set aside to say thanks has been so pushed and pulled out of shape for what it was intended, that it is not recognizable. In fact, one retailer is trying a novel new approach. They are setting Thursday aside to let family and friends enjoy the time and give thanks. What a deal! It may actually blow people’s minds enough to be profitable for them.

Whatever the rest of the world is doing, take time to give thanks this week for all the blessings you have.
Give thanks for family, friends and for the real reason to give thanks to God for His gift to us, His Son, Jesus. And… take this advice from the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “ In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Veteran’s Day

November 12, 2017

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Fast forward to 2017, a time when our culture is so wrapped in it’s own sense of self-importance we need to be reminded that someone, nay many someones, paid a price for our freedoms. God has blessed our country to allow us, not only the freedoms we enjoy, but to help protect others around the world from oppression even though many have failed to embrace our help.

In addition to thanking our veterans, we must give thanks to God for His protection of our veterans and this country. Remember these words in Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord.

You As An Individual

November 5 ,2017

Have you ever thought about how weird you are? I mean there is absolutely no one like you. Psalms 139:14 reminds us of our uniqueness and the ability to celebrate that characteristic with these words, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

I remember as a young person wanting to be an individual not in a freakish way, but to dress and act in a way to set myself apart.

So… I bought myself a couple of pairs of bell bottoms with a 2-inch cuff to go with my 2-inch, two toned tan and brown stacks (shoes for those not of my age). Of course, I had a pair of red-white and blue shoes to go with my white belt. The more I tried to ‘fit in,’ the more I found myself not me. I quickly grew out of those phases and even though I was different than a lot of the world at that time, I recognized me and liked who I was.

We are reminded by the apostle Paul in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”


Pastor Appreciation

October, 29, 2017

The time for a pastor to appreciate the fold God has entrusted to him cannot just be limited to one month a year, or one day in the month of a year. I am blessed to be your pastor, not just in October, but throughout the year and years. Y’all are a blessing to my family and me throughout the year.
Reta and I are enjoying this weekend because some of you stepped up to help make breakfast for our friends and neighbors this Saturday morning. I appreciate Ms Ann Vance stepping up to volunteer, not only her talents, but to also enlist others by volunteerism, coercion, black mail or whatever means necessary to get the job done. How ever you were enlisted or drafted, I appreciate all you do every day.

The apostle Paul expresses my feelings for you with these words in Philippians 1:3-5, “I give thanks to God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
I appreciate you and give thanks to God for you. Thank you for the many ways you extend your appreciation to me.
Bro. Bill Scroggs

A Weird Thing

October 22, 2017

When you start a journey, if you have no idea how to get there, you can go old school and get out a map, or go to your GPS, or google it on your computer, or just take out your phone and ask SIRI to find the route. The next choice is do you want the closest route or the quickest route. You may also want to choose a scenic route to see attractions you may have previously missed. In other words there can be many ways to get to the same destination.

When you are born we start on a journey that begins with directions from parents and other kin folks or caregivers moving or carrying you from place to place. As we grow our mobility increases and so do our choices. Our journey brings us closer and closer to eternity. We were born with a bent to sin which must be paid for. The path leads to judgement in hell.

However a weird thing happened, Holy God sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for us. Romans 5:8 reminds us, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s Love for us is weird indeed.

Bro. Bill Scroggs


Born To Be Mild

October 15, 2017

Every August to September Arkansans go Pig Crazy and Hog Wild with the start of a new football season. By October, however, reality has again set in, and we have established that we are not the powerhouse of the SEC…again. We again settle in to a season of once again being out of the running for the national championship or even for the leader of the SEC.

Instead of wild we find ourselves mild. I don’t think many of us woke up hoping to be known as mediocre. Each of us is made unique and special in our own way.
We must not only accept our limitations, but we must also capitalize on our strengths.

In Matthew 5:5, we are reminded these words of Jesus: “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” With that in mind, we should realize that walking with God is much greater than anything this world has to offer.

When our ways are pleasing to the LORD, all else falls into place, and that fall triumphs all other accolades on earth.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

A Mine Field

October 8, 2017

Most of us grew up in simpler times. We could play outside until dark without fear. We could walk to and from school without worry about abduction, stalking and a million things children and parents must be concerned about today. Now children are taught about “stranger danger” and other things they will have to worry about before they lose their first teeth.

We grown folks recognize potential dangers all around our children and grandchildren. Even things as simple as riding a bicycle is complicated by helmets, goggles, elbow and knee pads and gloves. The cost of the safety equipment can easily eclipse the initial investment of the bike. These childhood trials pale as the youngsters grow into adolescents with predators all around from the playground to the internet.

As parents and grandparents, we must help guide our charges through the mine field they face growing up by every means possible. We teach, train and set the examples for them to follow. Then we must pray for God to intervene on their behalf when we can’t be everywhere we are needed.

The writer of Ephesians 5:15 reminds us how we must behave in these perilous times with these words, “Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk–not as unwise people but as wise—” (HCSB).

Bro. Bill Scroggs

To Tell The Truth

October 1, 2017

An old show that has been revived is “To Tell The Truth”. It is funny to see how many people are fooled by the ones who are lying.

We live in an age when too many make their living by fooling others. Some fool us by illusions called ‘magic,’ and lots of us enjoy that whether or not we ever figure out how it was done.

We even like watching someone skilled in card tricks and other illusions, but we don’t like someone to plain old lie to us. That is why we are disappointed when our elected officials contort, stretch or in many other ways mutilate the truth.

It is great to know some things are straight and honest from the beginning such as Paul said in Titus 1:2, “In the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”

To tell the truth, GOD is the real deal.

Bro. Bill Scroggs

Does a Game Change Anything?

September 24, 2017

By the time you read this the headlines will have been written considering the game between Arkansas and Texas A&M.

Arkansans will be reading about what a ______ (great, mediocre or disappointing {fill in the blank}) job the coach, team or certain players did this week.

All this past week the buzz around has been about the importance of this game to coach Bielema’s career. If he loses he will be closer to becoming unemployed. If he wins he is safe for at least a day or two.

As hours of these questions were discussed this week many others around our nation and even our half of the world were dealing with real world problems.

Some were returning to their homes to view the damage or lack thereof from the hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida.

Just south of us Mexico was reeling from one earthquake when hit by a second more deadly one.

For those folks, our piddling problem doesn’t even compare. Regardless of the outcome of the game(s) let us remember to pray for our neighbors dealing with true reality and not just a game.

Living For Jesus

September 17, 2017

One of my favorite songs is the title of this article. The lyrics were written by Thomas Obediah Chisholm and the first verse goes like this:

Living for Jesus a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.

These words playing over and over in my memory serve as a challenge for me to reach for a closer more consistent walk with Jesus, which in turn draws me closer to my Heavenly Father. The more I live for Him the more I see that God Himself desires that we walk with Him and live in a closer relationship with Him.

The writer of 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us of God’s patience toward us with these words, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Let us live for Jesus so others truly see Jesus in us.


Bro Bill Scroggs

You Don’t Grow Old

September 10, 2017

George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” With that in mind, we know some folks that will never grow old. A week ago, E. Kaye “Speedy” Jones and accomplish Ann “Houdini” Vance once again showed up at their canoe race with tricks up their sleeve. Arguably the two most senior entrants, they probably had as much or more fun than anyone there.

Part of their charm is that they know they are headed to ‘the land where you will never grow old (heaven.) It is said that it takes less muscles to smile than to frown. Certainly, these two young ladies have helped each of us to smile and use less energy.
The writer of Proverbs 17:22 tell us, “A joyful heart is good medicine (HCSB.) And E. Kaye reminds us every day, “Rejoice!”

Saying Thanks

September 3, 2017

We can collectively say “Thanks” to God for the showers we received this week. We did not get the massive amounts of rain that was predicted, and we can praise God for that. Most of Arkansas missed the storms that were supposed to hit, and instead we got a nice amount of rain to replenish our trees and lawns. We can thank God for the safety of His protection through the storms that many others had.

This welcome rain, and rains we have received this summer, will allow our friends camping out to have a fire this weekend. For those of us who have sat around the fire swapping stories and just fellowshipping, this will be another blessing to give thanks for as memories are made.

I am thankful that many years ago Arkansas Baptists started a Disaster Relief program through the Dixie Jackson State Missions Offering. Today we have teams in the south Texas area, feeding folks that were affected by the storms. It is a blessing to have the Disaster teams in state, but even greater is the blessing of being able to help our neighbors (missions) wherever they are in the world. The apostle Paul reminded us of this as he quoted Jesus in Acts 20:35 with these words: “I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Bro. Bill Scrog

Above and Beyond”

August 27, 2017

Today marks the beginning of our month long effort for the Dixie Jackson Offering for State Missions. Each gift will be used to help spread God’s word right here in our state. Please pray and give as you are led. Together we can make a difference!

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond is the theme for this year’s Dixie Jackson Arkansas State Mission’s offering. As I pondered this, I felt a twinge of pride for our group of believers.

Above and beyond fits Petit Jean First Baptist Church. We are a group that opens our doors weekly to our neighbors and as we talk to them, we find that they feel comfortable here with us whether in worship or breakfast or community meetings, voting or any of the many ways we open our doors to our friends and neighbors.

This past few weeks we again went above and beyond by helping Sharon and Luis Leon get to The Mayo Clinic for Luis’s surgery. As you read this they should be in the motel waiting for a couple of fast and furious day leading up to Luis’s surgery on Wednesday the 30th.

You are there with them in prayers, concern and finances. Truly you have gone above and beyond in helping to meet these needs. You have shown on earth the spirit of these words from Jesus in Matthew 25:40, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Bro. Bill Scroggs


Better to Remain Silent…

August 20, 2017

Have you ever watched life without turning the volume up? A week or so ago I watched a situation play out that may have been even funnier without sound than with it. As I sat at a stop light, a couple approached from the side to cross. The lady quickly ran across and looked back to see her husband still on the other side. She began to frantically motion for him to come on across.

You should know this was about mid-afternoon and I was the only vehicle on the road. The man shook his head no and pointed at the light motioning with his hand and mouthing the words, 5, 4, 3, 2… I could not help but laugh as I watched her level of frustration escalate. I could not hear what she was saying, but as a husband of 40+ years my imagination may have been more exciting that the realty. And, I could see the playful excitement in the husband’s eyes as he watched her reaction.

Remember these words from the apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:15, “Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk–not as unwise people but as wise—(HCSB)”
After all you never know who might be watching or listening. 


How Blessed We Are!

August 13, 2017

We have good news and bad news mixed in with every day, and with that we must choose how we respond to the negatives.

My dad put it this way, “Some days a man eats a bear and some days a bear eats a man.” We live in a world where there are a lot of sad and terrible things that happen in our lives. Many people just focus on the bad things and express it as “I just have bad luck.” I have even had some people tell me, “You’re just lucky.” I know the truth, I am blessed beyond what I deserve, but lock has nothing to do with it.

The truth is God is working on our behalf if we just give Him half a chance because He loves us and is concerned about our well-being.

Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us how concerned He is about us with these words, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” What a blessing that is.

Rev  Bill Scroggs

Dog Days of August

August 6, 2017


As a youngster, the words ‘Dog days of summer’ were haunting to me. I knew it had something to do with the continual, unrelenting heat that came with the last of the summer vacation. Mom once said the days were so hot and not even fit for even a dog except to just lay around. Of course, with the popularity of air conditioning things have changed a lot.

While I went through this season as a growing boy it was my opinion that I could feel the choking ‘dog’ collar tightening as the start of school loomed more and more inevitable.

These days can bring excitement. The youngsters ‘get’ to start their new school year hopefully in a new grade. Reta gets a new classroom of pliable students to mold into the scholars that she can send on up the line for their next mentors.
The wise writer of Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

What God calls purposeful for us we must not call bad (a dog,) but embrace as the ‘day that He has made and rejoice in it!’

By Rev. Bill Scrogg

Yea! School Is About To Start

JULY  30,  2017

There were two things that made our summer fun come to a screeching halt. The first thing was the announcement for ‘Back to School Sales!” and the other was the start of the ‘Christmas in August’ mission effort for the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home in Monticello.  When I was younger, the announcement of those two events stirred up fear in my heart for the inevitable start of the beginning of the school year.

Now as I have matured I try to ignore the back to school sales but I look forward to our offering for Christmas in August. In fact we so look forward to it we start in July so the offering can be there before the youngsters start school. We will be sending the offering soon so pray about what you want to give and let’s give these kids a good start to their school year. Also pray for these children.

Pray for their safety as well as their future so God will use this offering far greater than just for the money.  Remember these words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

How Will The Headlines Read?

July  23, 2017

Many years ago, a friend of mine was under conviction for his sins and many times he asked me, “How will my headlines read?” As he related to me a recurring dream of being arrested and his sins being broadcast to the whole world. After many months or even maybe a year or so, his dream, no, nightmare came to pass. While he and his family lived through this nightmare, it could have been avoided had he heeded the warning.

Almost every week we see a public figure brought to humiliation by their actions. In today’s world, there are cameras and recorders in almost every public location you enter. So many things come to light that may not have been exposed in the past.

We are reminded by the writer of Numbers 32:23 that there is a time of accounting and making known of your deeds with these words, “Be sure your sin will find you out.”

The good news is that our relationship with God can be restored and He wants it to be restored. He provides the way in 1John 1:9 in this way, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Now that is great news!

Bro. Bill Scroggs


Level of Commitment

July 16, 2017

The very attitude toward commitment has changed in our lifetime, and not for the better. In days gone by, deals were made on a handshake and sometimes even without a handshake. In fact, the financing for the purchase of my second house was arranged with just a phone call to a banker I had not even met at the time. The way I was treated by that bank as a young man, led to my loyalty to that bank thirty plus years later and two moves away from that town.

Today people change jobs, cell phone carriers, internet providers, cable or satellite company and on and on. We have no sense of commitment to anything past the immediate meal before us.

I was reminded of Peter when he stepped out of the boat to walk on the water committed to walking with Jesus and taking his eyes off Jesus, Peter began to sink. In his failure, Peter was exposed by the outward appearance of his wet clothing. The problem today is there is seldom any outward evidence of the failures of commitment and if there is, it is largely ignored because we know someone who is worse than we are.

The good news, no, the great news is that God is committed to you. He encourages us with these words in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”



Have You Ever?

July 9, 2017

Almost every week someone starts a conversation with the question, “Have you ever?” It doesn’t matter if the subject is sports, gardening, movies, health issues or practically any other subject, the stories begin to fly. Everywhere we go there is a world of people with experiences most of us would never believe. Each of your friends has a story from their life that could help explain why they are the way they are, or why they are where they are in the process. Some people jump into life creating many of these interesting responses while others are content to sit on the sidelines and let life roll on by.

The truth is you are different from everyone you know. For some you can say, “I wish I had this trait or that trait” that your friend has. For others you say, “Thank goodness I am not like them.” We can thank God with the Psalmist in Psalms 139:14 that said, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Thank You Lord for making me as I am. Even with the quirks I have and without the weird quirks of my friends.



Let Freedom Ring!

July 2, 2017

In our lifetime, we have enjoyed the freedom of being able to worship as we please much like our parents and grandparents. The methods, frequency and even fervency has changed due to technology, transportation and methods of communication. These changes have not all been for the better.

Men and women in early America faced hardship and challenges to carve out this country that we love. Many gave their lives to forge the principals of our freedom for the life liberty and pursuit of happiness we enjoy today. The trouble with trying to live in the shadow of our forefather’s dreams is that too many times the passion is lost through the lack of struggles and the presence of complacency.

Our nation was created and dedicated on Godly principals abiding deep within the fibers of our founder’s DNA. The convictions were so engrained in their hearts they were willing to fight to have the privilege of thinking for themselves and worshipping the God they loved.
America was made great because they lived and died by this knowledge and conviction found in Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” May we return to those principals and convictions so we can let Freedom live in our hearts again.



Thank You

June 25, 2017

Last weekend y’all helped to celebrate my birthday. I want to say thank you, though that seems inadequate for the things y’all have done, not only last week, but throughout the year. You are a special group of friends not just to me and my family, but each member of our church knows the bond we share is greater than just acquaintances and greater than even most friends.

You have made me and my family feel welcome from the first visit to the mountain. Even just talking to Mrs. Tommie Adkins the first time on the telephone, I sensed something special about this church. Over the years I have witnessed it again and again as many folks, (now friends) have experienced the same thing. There is a love and bond here that must be shared.

Thank you for sharing that love and compassion for my family and me once again last week. 1 John 4:7 tells us, “Dear friends let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” This is evidence of your love, Thank you.


Happy Father’s Day

June 18, 2017

Over the years I have observed many different styles of dads. Some were very tender and compassionate while others were harsh and even cruel. Some had the patience of Job and others were as quick tempered as a rattle snake, ready to strike at the slightest provocation.

I can remember dads who used the time with their children as teaching times not in old schoolmarm sort of way, but in a nurturing style, promoting learning. They would use little things to teach principals taking each lesson in bites their children could handle. They would rejoice in the successes and encourage further growth. Other dads that acted like they were irritated to ‘have’ to be with the brats (and no wonder, they were brats). If their little one asked a question they were met with a sharp rebuke either physically or verbally or both. Many times you would see the child recoil in fear even before action was taken because they knew what was coming.

In myself, I have seen several of these dads. Some of their examples helped mold me into the man I am today, mellowing to make even stressful events productive learning tools for my children and grandchildren. Consider these words of Malachi 4:6, “He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Let us become the dads and granddads God wants us to be. Then it will be a Happy Fathers Day.


Abilities Unlimited

June 11, 2017

Every day we find one more thing we are not able to do. Mobility limits us in ways that did not slow us down yesterday.  When we drop something, we think before we bend over to pick it up because it is further down than it was when we were younger. Also, when we get bent over, it takes more effort to get back up.  But, when we see our strong women and the things they can do, it is an inspiration to each of us. They are like the Energizer Bunny. They are “still going” and “still going.”

A few years back a couple of our ‘seasoned lady citizens’ decided to take up canoeing. Now mind you it was cool weather when they started and by mid-summer they were competing.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”  So, as we think about our diminished ability, we should perhaps remember that the children of Israel were small in their own eyes because they saw themselves as grasshoppers.

We must pick ourselves up and remember these words from the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Living under these thoughts helps up to see that our abilities are unlimited.   



June 4, 2017

When we wake up each day we have certain things we believe are going to happen. For instance, we think when we get into our cars, we expect them to start and take us where we want to go. When we go to the wall and flip a switch we expect to see the light come on. If we go to the refrigerator we expect not only the light to come on, but for our milk to be cold and tasty.

I hate to pour the milk onto my cereal only about half way full to see chunks spilling onto my cheerios. The expectation then is turned to disappointment especially if that is the last of the cereal and/or we have no more milk.

Even though we have many things that are dependable, things of this world can sometimes disappoint us. However, we can depend on God.  Hebrews 13:11 reminds us that God and His Son Jesus is: “the same yesterday, and today and forever.”

I am glad that God is not only dependable, but exceeds our expectations.


Memorial Day

May 28, 2017

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May,  was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

How America chooses to celebrate this special weekend is as varied as we really are. While some who have lost a relative or friend will place more importance on the significance of the holiday, others will just pocket the time and live it to the max on themselves.

That being said, maybe it should remind us that is what freedom is all about. That is part of the sacrifice the men and women gave and that we have the privilege of making choices every day whether anyone else likes it or not.

We ought to respect and honor the folks who gave their lives for our freedoms, but that was not part of the deal they made when they agreed to serve our country. After all it would not be freedom if we were required to celebrate it a certain way.

I am proud of the men and women in uniform serving our country and stepping up to answer the call as countless soldiers have in the past. 

We are reminded of these words from Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” As we remember the ones who gave their lives, let us remember our creator who made us the country we have been.

May we return to being a nation whose God is The Lord.


We Are Blessed

May 21, 2017

Many times in my life a question has come to mind.  That question is, “Why have I been so fortunate to live in this country at this time?”  I have been blessed to live in an age where we can have the comfort of climate controlled houses and even heated and cooled transportation. We have the ability to keep our food stored at a safe cool temperature for days or even freeze and keep it for months.

Our food can be prepared in the convenience of our homes with stoves, microwaves and other kitchen appliances.  We can pick up a simple meal from the window of our car or sit down in a restaurant offering almost any venue one can imagine.

In less than a half a day, with the transportation we have, we can be in one of the six states that border our state or possibly any of the other state that border those states.

All of these things, as great as they are, do not compare to the blessings of being a child of GOD. We have direct access to HIS power, strength and love on a daily basis because HE loved us enough to send HIS Son Jesus to pay the price for our salvation so we can have everlasting life (John 3:16).

For sure, we are blessed! 


Mother’s Day

May 14, 2017

What is the difference between a mother, a mama and a mom? First and foremost, mom is much simpler to spell. I don’t believe even the most cultured mother ever tried to teach her child to say ’mother’ as their first word.

‘Mother’ is the more formal term of endearment given to the lady who cooks our meals, washes our clothes, doctors our skinned knees and tends to our broken hearts and bruised feelings.

A mother becomes a mom as she helps to catch fish, tadpoles, grasshoppers and worms (especially for the little boys), and tolerates an occasional frog, bug or minnow pulled out of a pocket.

A mother becomes a mom as she takes her brood on outings to the library, the local park, the pond, creek, or other swimming hole.

A mother transforms to mom as she evolves into a teacher, nurse, psychologist, chef, or a myriad of other tasks she is required to handle in a day’s time. God gifts the mom to be able to ‘make it better’ while still handling many other opportunities every day.

A mom or mama becomes a mother as she ages gracefully with her children. As her children become how old their mom ought to be (somewhere between 40 and 50 usually), a metamorphosis takes place. It is like going from the familiarity of ‘Doc’ to ‘Doctor’. The child begins to understand what mom has done and has gone through, and gives her the respect she has earned as a mother.

I thank God for all the great mothers, who were or are terrific moms to kids, or as dad would say, ‘warts’ everywhere.



We Could Use a Little Rain

May 7,2017

We could use a little rain. In reality we can use a little less and we can only use a very little. We have had enough rain to satisfy almost any person and too much for most of us. In fact, most of us want a few days to recuperate and maybe get caught up on our yard work.

As the spring rains come and go, we will again be looking for a little rain before we know it. The excessive rain we have experienced this past week, or so, has shown us again just how limited we as humans are. Poor and wealthy alike have seen their property destroyed. Matthew 5:45 remind us that it rains on the just and the unjust. We see very quickly that things are not as important as people.

Our cooperative program dollars, as well as Dixie Jackson State mission’s offerings, will be used to help our neighbors across Arkansas and the rest of the mid-south that has been affected by these storms.

God, thank You for the rains we have received. Thank You for blessing us to be able to help our neighbors and in doing so, reflect the love You have shown us. And we could use a little less rain, at least for now. Amen


Sealed With A Kiss

April 30, 2017

When I was young, (and I was once), I sometimes got a note with the initials ‘S.W.A.K.’ Somewhere down the line I was informed that meant ‘Sealed With a Kiss.’ This came to my mind as I was contemplating the kiss of Judas that sealed the deal that identified Jesus as the leader of the Jews whom the Roman soldiers were seeking. This kiss of betrayal did not ultimately seal the fate of Jesus, but forever in history has sealed the image in our minds of the one who sold a friend for thirty pieces of silver.

A gesture considered to be an act of love, was bought for approximately a month’s wages in his day. Considering each piece of silver worth a day’s pay, it would never be thought of as just ‘all in a day’s work.’

The true fate of Jesus was not sealed with that kiss, it was actually put into play from the foundation of the world when God provided His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for us. In Ephesians 1:4 the apostle Paul says it like this, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”

Our Lord and Savior received the kiss of betrayal to seal with a kiss the love of His Father toward us.


April 23, 2017

From conception to the grave life is filled with challenges. Our first million or so challenges were beyond our control, and praise God we had a Creator that guided us through the first nine months.  After that we begin to face some challenges we can control and even some challenges we create. Some of the challenges we face can come from external sources.

I am thinking about the times of which we are aware  in the Bible, where the devil challenged God’s servants, including His Son Jesus. First, the devil tempted  Eve and Adam, then challenged Cain with his relationship with his brother. What about the challenge to be obedient and follow God for Abraham, Noah, Jonah and a host of other servants of God?

In the same way, we can find ourselves tempted or challenged, if you will, on almost a daily basis. We are faced with, at the very least, a diversion of our attention and loyalty to God. Probably most of our challenges could be solved by following Matthew 6:33 that says. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

And yes, that too, is a challenge.


Victory in Jesus

April 16, 2017

“I heard an old, old story. How my Savior came from Glory.” These words from the familiar song, “Victory in Jesus,” stir memories not only of the song, but also of the victories each of us have had as we walked with Him.

We remember the saving power that brought us from our captivity in sin to a relationship in His presence…there no longer to be a palace slave, but to become a child of The King of Kings.  From debtors to sin and spiritually bankrupt, we become heirs of The Heavenly Father. No longer are we rejected as we rightfully should be, but we are accepted as “family” because of the blood of Jesus that sets us free and covers a multitude of sin.

We didn’t straighten up, but we were brought into a right relationship with God because of the sacrifice of His Son Jesus.  In Romans 5:8  we are reminded by the apostle Paul, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God, thank You for this victory. 


Powered By

April 9, 2017 

Everywhere we look we can find a thirst and, in some cases, even a need for power.  At one time, an advertisement appeared entitled “Powered by Intel.”

Most of us remember the two country boys who asked the question, “Has that thing got a Hemi?”

Especially during this time of the year, we see many commercials for emergency generators to provide power after storms knock out our electricity.  On his television show, Tim the “Tool Man” Taylor always called for “More Power!”  Most of the time such a request resulted in disaster.

Also, many advertisements exist claiming extra strength, muscle, and timely endurance through vitamins and supplements. Ultimately, the trouble with most advertisements is they over promise and under deliver.

The apostle Paul gives us encouragement today with these words in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!”

Now that is a promise with real power.



The Birds Are Singing!

April 2, 2017 

“The sun is shining, the birds are singing and catfish are flouncing!” That is a phrase my dad used to say many times a year in our life when his day was going good.  I now find myself using a similar phrase on a regular basis.  My expression goes like this, “The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the fish are biting, and look where I am.”

I use that phrase at work as an opportunity to start or end conversations. The person I use it on many times will ask, “Are you a fisherman?”, and I get to answer, “No. I’m more of a wisher man. I wish I were fishing.”

We are breaking into spring, and if you listen just a little, you will hear birds all around you singing. As I listened to some this week, I thought that they too, must be rejoicing in the sunshine and warmer weather.  It is exciting to see and hear the sights and sounds of spring. They remind us to, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” (Psalm 159:6).

The birds are singing! Let’s join them!


Weak After Weak

March 26, 2017

We live in a time when week after week we see one crisis after another in our country. As far as that goes, we go from one dilemma to the next, day after day, week after week and month after month all across our world. The more man tries to fix the problems, the more clearly we see that man’s solution will not cure many of the problems the world is facing.

God knew the problem man faces is rooted in sin. The apostle Paul summed it up this way in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  Man’s weakness only sees weak answers to our problems (gun control, immigration reform, larger prisons, destruction of nuclear weapons, etc…). Each of man’s answers falls short because of weak thinking.

The answer comes when we understand that Jesus is the answer. Isaiah 55:9 reminds us that, “God’s ways are higher than our ways”.

The solution is simple. We must give our weakness to God who is able to use our weakness to show Himself strong.


March Madness

March 19, 2017

The motto of the NCAA basketball tournament is March Madness, but it could also describe the weather we have seen this month.  The past several weeks has given us temperatures below freezing as well as climbing into the eighties.

The warmer weather caused many trees and flowers to bud early and in some cases to flower. After the freezing weather, snow and sleet, I saw several flowers laying on the ground.

It is an interesting year and I am sure we have not seen the last of the opportunities. And… I am fairly certain we won’t have to say, “it was boring.” So far we have been spared from any major storms of ice, snow or tornados. We know God has protected us through it all and He has promised to: “be with us always, even to the end” (Matthew 38:20).

We will be able to say, “God is good all the time” and “All the time God is good.”


Well, Well, Well…

March 12, 2017

What an interesting week. There have been some beautiful blue skies with warm sunshine. We, also have enjoyed rain mostly with storms with which we were not quite as happy. And even now as I write this, there is a forecast for more thunderstorms and a possible dusting of snow for this weekend.

And to boot, we understand we will be losing an hour this Sunday under the guise of daylight savings time.

At least we can’t say it has been boring, but the good-news is God has assured us that, “He will never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5).

Knowing that, we can say, ‘Praise The Lord!’


Give Us This Day

March 5, 2017

Jesus taught us to pray in this way in Matthew 6:9-13, “give us this day our daily bread…” As we pray this we can realize, He already has. He has given us the bread of life, His word.

We are told in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  “The Holy Bible is the Word of God and if we receive and enjoy His word each day, it will give us the strength to face each day.

The prayer of Jesus also reminds us that God gives us forgiveness as we forgive others, reminding us to be loving to others as He is loving toward us. The prayer reminds us instead of being a sponge, to be a channel of blessing letting God’s love flow through us.

Whether the Weather

February 19, 2017

Thank goodness our weather is not controlled by an overstuffed rodent pulled from his comfortable liar on the 2nd of February. However, many wait patiently to see Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction and even more, wait to see the predictions proved wrong.

This week either side of the argument can be made in fifteen minute increments. Sometimes I think GOD has a sense of humor that HE uses to show us just how little we really know.  We get up and dress in a heavy coat because it is below freezing and are in short sleeves by the middle of the afternoon.

Sometimes we flip from channel to channel watching multiple weather forecasters to see if we can get a more favorable opinion.  After all, each of them was possibly right for at least fifteen minutes. 

It is a good thing that GOD has it all under control. The writer of Daniel 2:21 reminds us, “HE changeth the times and the seasons: HE removeth kings, and setteth up kings: HE giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.”


God So Loved

February 12, 2017

If February is known as the month of love surely GOD is the personification of love. All that we are and all we ever shall be is because HE loved us from the beginning to the end.

GOD is our creator. HE said in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our own image.” We are HIS crowning creation. He created the universe and said, “It is good.” HE created the animals and said, “It is good.” HE created the plants and said, “It is good.”

Then… when GOD created man HE said, “It is very good.” As HIS ultimate creation, I can only imagine HIS broken heart as our sin separates us from HIM. Yet HE loved us and provided not only a way, but the only way to a right relationship with HIM.

“GOD so love us that HE gave HIS only begotten SON that whosever believes in HIM shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”

That is love beyond description and is absolutely out of this world!


Come All Christians,
Be Committed

February 5, 2017

I came across the title above while scanning our Baptist Hymnal. What caught my attention is the way this could be twisted either positive or negative. Most of the world seriously thinks we ought to be committed.  Not in the way we would like to be committed, but in a looney bin.

The truth is we must show the world we are committed. Like never in our lifetime, the world needs to see our dedication to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 16:24, (and us today,) “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

That is the level of commitment we must strive for.


 What Makes You Feel Alive?

January 29, 2017

The title is a question that was part of a commercial that was on television as I prepared for this article.  Since I only saw a portion of the ad, it sent my mind into a series of questions concerning the focus of this question. 

Was it toothpaste? Was it deodorant? Was it a vacation destination? In reality, no matter how they try to sell it, external forces seldom bring joy to us, but rather bring disappointment instead of the promised results.

Jesus gives us not a solution, but ‘the’ solution with these words in John 10:9-10, I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

What a blessing when we come to God through Jesus (because He is the only way) we get to really live.

Now that will make you feel alive! 

Is It Contagious?

January 22, 2017 

During the flu, cold and virus season every time a cough or sneeze is heard we are driven to protect ourselves from the maladies at hand. Demonstrations have shown just how far a cough or sneeze can travel through the air. Compound that with a hug or handshake and see how quickly a bug can be transported around a room.

But there is something even more infectious, yes even more contagious than the flu, cold or virus and that is Love.

Communicable diseases debilitate and cramp the body but LOVE affects the world. 1 John 4:18 reminds us, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.”  Yes, “beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

LOVE is contagious, indeed infectious. Let us spread GOD’s perfect LOVE  to others.

Given Enough Time

January 15, 2017

Given enough time, many things can happen. Given enough time, most of us learned how to ride a bike. Given enough time, most of us learned how to swim. Givenenough time, most of us learned how to read and write. Given enough time, most of us settled down and got married. The settling down had to be given a little more time for some of us, if we ever did.

Given enough time, there are many things we can learn to do, but… for some things, there just isn’t enough time. Some of us will never have enough time to straighten up, and none of us will ever have enough time to get good enough to deserve the love GOD has given to each of us.

The writer of Galatians 4:4-7 reminds us that, “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Thank GOD, HE had enough time for us.

Cold Enough For You?

January 8, 2017

I doubt there is anyone reading this who can say, “I wish it would have been a little colder this week.”  Even us diehard cool weather fans were more than satisfied for it to warm up a bit. This kind of weather will put icicles on your chill bumps if you’re not careful.

I think sometimes GOD uses some interesting ways to show us humans that HE is still in control in ways that are unexplained to us. Man whines about global warming and HE shows us single digit temperatures in Arkansas.  Next week we will see the 50s to 60s, and everything in between.

I say, “Rejoice!  These sub- freezing temperature are temporary”.  Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the LORD always; again, I say Rejoice!”


The World in Solemn Stillness Lay

January 1, 2017 

The last week of the year is always a time to “breathe a sigh of relief” from all the hustle and bustle. It builds from October through November and climaxes in December, then decrescendos to a quiet few days, only to begin all over again in January.

This time of the year I always think of the peacefulness of Bethlehem.  After the Angels heralded the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds,  peace then settled in on the manger once again.

It gives me time to re-tool and reflect on the new year ahead. This year my solace was interrupted by a couple of aggravating events, including monthly inventory. But, challenges tend to put things in perspective, and that is good, too. It allows us to see how temporary things can be.

Philippians 4:8 reminds us, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Thank you for letting me enter a few minutes into my own world of ‘solemn stillness laying.’