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 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 24, 2019 

Spiritually Speaking

Who are your favorite Hebrew heroes? You know the ones I mean. Old Testament men and women of faith who: “conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 17, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, it was the end of a 400-year sojourn in the land of Egypt; but it’s also remembered as a new beginning. When Joshua led the next generation of Hebrews across the Jordan some 40 years later, it marked the...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 10, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

On any given day, when classes are in session at NWOSU (Ride Rangers Ride), the parking lot at College Hill is packed to the borders with student vehicles. There are no signs indicating that the lot is available for class-time parking but folks have...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 3, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

James 4:7-10: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    April 26, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

About a year ago, the Lord blessed Becky with a motor home. When I say, “The Lord blessed Becky,” I don’t mean to imply that I don’t enjoy the gift as well, but this is something my wife has wanted for years and had almost given up hope of...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    April 19, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

From this preacher’s perspective, Easter Sunday is a mixed bag of blessings. There is, of course, the hope that attendance will increase as “two timers” (those who only attend services on Christmas and Easter) reclaim their connections to the...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    April 12, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Life has been going by rather quickly as of late. Friends of mine, more senior than myself, assure me that time speeds up as we age. Forgive me, but I’m not sure how that makes any sense. Perhaps it has something to do with how long it takes to...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    April 5, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Part of this morning’s lecture in Ethics rotated around the teachings of Confucius, the 6th century BC scholar who wanted to bring China up from the brink of ruin. While we were discussing Confucius’ ideas on “the morally superior person” we...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    March 29, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

I’ve started over on my exercise routine. For months, I’ve been finding a reason every day at 3 not to go across the street to the Wellness Center and invest in my future health. As a result, my back hurts from carrying my front. So, Monday,...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    March 22, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Since the schools are out for spring break this week, I’ve been thinking about all the places our friends, family and students might be. The Northwestern News included a few candid shots of students along with their travel plans for the week. Of...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    March 15, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Our granddaughter is six. Our “living room” has several hundred square feet of open floor space, with just a few narrow columns to interrupt our play. As a result, Papa and “Binky” spend a lot of time doing dribble practice, swatting a...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    March 8, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

We’re currently preparing for the third installment of a short series on “Love,” to be presented at College Hill Church of Christ next Sunday. As it turns out, the apostle Paul (whom I am plagiarizing heavily) had more to say about what love...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    March 1, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Caution. While the following article is not intended to be unkind, it is decidedly less than politically correct. This afternoon, our favorite daughter used the phrase “fleecing the sheep.” I hadn’t thought about that concept in quite some...

 

Spiritually Speaking

When I count my blessings this week, one that moves toward the top of the list is the fabulous fact that I am not – have never been – do not aspire to be – a school superintendent. On days when the Oklahoma weather turns nasty, they are stuck...

 

Spiritually Speaking

I’m sure you’re familiar with that passage of scripture that calls us all to be “subject to the governing authorities.” As a middle-aged citizen in good standing with the City of Alva, County of Woods, and the State of Oklahoma, I rarely...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    February 8, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

This morning in class, I was talking about myself again. Today’s story centered around the idea of the “weak will.” Most of us have found ourselves in a situation (or two) when we knew the right thing to do but just couldn’t come up with the...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    February 1, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Nicodemus came to Jesus. Nicodemus came to Jesus “after hours.” Nicodemus came to Jesus after the hustle and bustle of a growing ministry had quieted down for the evening. He came to Jesus at night. It would be easy to get so caught up in the...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    January 25, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

This week's Newsgram contained the 2019 Basketball Special. Within its pages were pictures of several area junior high and high school teams, as well as photos and rosters for the current incarnation of the men’s and ladies teams at NWOSU (Ride...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    January 18, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

My 40th high school reunion is fast approaching (North Mesquite High, Class of ’79 – “Stomp ‘em Stallions!). As a result, my Facebook account has been flooded with pictures of rapidly aging Texans claiming to be my age. Mind you, some of us...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    January 11, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Last week, I received a call from a young man who worships with the family at College Hill when he’s in town attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University (RRR). It seems he has run into a snag with his FAFSA (Free Application for Federal...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    January 4, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Having been out of the office for about a week, I’m just now getting around to Friday’s article (it’s Wednesday afternoon). Some might accuse me of being a procrastinator – one who always seems to put off until tomorrow what they ought to do...

 

Spiritually Speaking

One tick of the clock, one famous ball-drop in Times Square, and another year will officially begin. Of course, in the time it took to write that intro an infinite number of new beginnings have taken place. Any moment, every moment is the right time...

 

Spiritually Speaking

With only a few days remaining until Christmas 2018, please let me wish you and all your family a happy and safe holiday week. For as long as I can remember, Becky and I have taken the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s Day as our...

 

Spiritually Speaking

One of the problems with being a Bible Thumper is having to watch TV commercials that unwittingly push your “that ain’t right” button. The other day, I was triggered by the tag line on the new Honda commercial – mind you, I drive a Honda and...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    December 7, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I...

 

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