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 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    July 12, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Please accept my sincere apologies for skipping last week’s edition. I think I must have experienced one of those famous senior moments. I woke up Friday morning with the nagging feeling that I’d forgotten something and, soon after, realized what...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 28, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

This month, the world is engrossed with its favorite sport. Football. Of course, we’re not talking about good old American, Friday night, do or die, pom-poms and marching bands football. The sport in question is commonly referred to as “soccer...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 21, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

About four and a half years ago, when Lynn Martin first offered me the opportunity to write a weekly column for the ARC Friday edition, I felt really honored and raring to go. He warned me that, given time, a weekly deadline (even just one) could...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 14, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Well folks, the Alva School of Music has officially gone to the dogs. The bittersweet news was announced Friday evening at the final exercises of the 47th Annual Singing School. Next year’s school will be held in Weatherford (home of SWOSU – Boo...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 7, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

It’s Monday afternoon of Singing School week. According to the flier, this is the 47th annual Alva School of Music and the congregation is playing host to around 35 students from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The euphemism, “herding cats” might c...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 31, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

When I was a little kid, my parents often had “singings” at our home. Daddy was a talented worship leader and loved to host gatherings where 15 or 20 friends would cram into our living room and sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Of course,...

 
 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...

 

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