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 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... Full story

 
 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...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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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“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things,...

 

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“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3, ASV). Let me be among the first to welcome you to the Christmas season. May your days be merry and bright! It’s Black Friday:...

 

Spiritually Speaking

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV). Paul’s opening salvo, in verse one,...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    November 9, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol” (1 Corinthians 13:1, NIV). Many may recognize this passage from marriage counseling or a class on dating, but when Paul...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    November 2, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Just before the beginning of each month, we receive a copy of The Christian Chronicle, a brotherhood newspaper reporting on churches of Christ from around the world. Since I’m not quite as avid a reader as my wife and daughter, I don’t take the t...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 26, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

One would think that ministers should be among the most optimistic folks on the planet. However, from time to time, we suffer from the same disappointments and misgivings as everyone else. In the process of our ministries, we often have the chance...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 19, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

We have entered that time of year that my Pop might have called “good sleeping weather.” I’m not a fan of severely cold conditions but crisp mornings and cool nights will do just fine. The change in the temperature also reminds us that it’s...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 12, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Here’s a concept you may not have given much thought. The Scriptures (and the Old Testament in particular) are full of prophecies. Most of them fall easily into one of two broad categories: general (which have a point action, one-time fulfillment)...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 5, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Homecoming is such an exhilarating time of year. For some, the excitement has its epicenter at Herod Hall, where several well deserving young ladies will vie for the honor of becoming the next Miss Cinderella. A time-honored tradition at NWOSU, this...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Now wait just a minute minute! If you are like the infernal grammar checker on Microsoft Word, you probably think I goofed up and randomly repeated a word. I did not! The first “minute” should be pronounced with long vowel sounds and means...

 

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In the early 1980s, I was doing the vocals for a garage band called “The PH factor.” The musicians were young and dedicated – they had a strong work ethic and practiced several hours every day. I only performed three or four concerts with them...

 

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Are you familiar with the term “hermeneutics?” According to the Oxford Dictionary, it is “the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of a Biblical or literary text.” In other words, hermeneutics is the answer to the...

 

Spiritually Speaking

What in the world would make an otherwise intelligent (and handsome) man in his mid-50s drive more than five hours to watch an event that lasted less than 15 minutes? You may have guessed it. There was a grandchild involved! And, judging from the...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 31, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Has anybody noticed how much preachers like to talk? I suppose it is part of the job description – at least during our allotted time on Sundays and Wednesday nights. For most of us, every few minutes of yapping is preceded by countless hours of...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 17, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

While preparing for next Tuesday’s inaugural classes for the fall semester, I was repeatedly reminded of the role that one’s world view plays in just about every part of life. In Old Testament introduction, we will be talking about the creation o...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 10, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Raise your hand if you hate giving blood. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Some of you actually raised your hands – earning some strange looks from the other early morning coffee drinkers at McDonalds. Some were a bit more demure and raised hands in...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 3, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Soon it will be time to start another semester. Professors are putting together syllabi and making sure their policies and procedures are securely in place. Students are putting the finishing touches on their summer vacations and making arrangements...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    July 27, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

This morning, bright and early, I had another visit from Alva’s finest. Mind you, I’m 57 years old and, until recently, had never been called to the door by a police officer. That’s a pretty good run, if you ask me. However, if you’re...

 

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