Solomon, The Teacher/Preacher, dealt with a subject in Ecclesiastes 7, which has been a hot topic of conversation in every century. Ecclesiastes 7:10 reads, “Don’t ask why the old days were better than now, because that is a foolish question.” (CJB) Everyone has certainly heard someone speak longingly of the “good old days”. Everyone who is old enough to remember former times has most likely at one time or another said it himself. On the negative side, all of us hear from time to time, someone pointing out that things are so much worse today than in the past and getting worse by the day. It is popular to state as fact, that young people have it a lot harder today in terms of staying morally pure because of an increase in the number and intensity of temptations. I am guilty of saying that myself. Maybe we should change our thinking. Solomon clearly has a different viewpoint. He asserts all throughout Ecclesiastes that nothing changes, all remains the same. Certainly, technology has changed the way we do everything, both for the good and the bad. Technology is only a tool. It can be used for Godly or devilish things. Thus, it would seem that the level of temptation itself has not changed.

In a 6-0 vote, Mineral Wells City Council on Tuesday evening issued a reprimand to Mayor Christopher Perricone after an independent investigator found three of 13 identified complaints against the mayor violated the city's charter.

Last week we explored the mysteries of apple peelers. But, what of the apple itself? Fall might soon be in the air and apples are one of winter’s most treasured fruits.

Most of us, including myself, place a far greater value on possessions than we should. The Bible has a lot to say about possessions, namely our attitudes toward them and what we do in order to obtain and keep them. Material possessions are not bad, in fact they are necessary for our survival, but we should be very careful about how we allow them to influence, control and even enslave us. If possessions are dangerous, but we must have them to survive, how can we protect ourselves, or at least reduce the danger?

Growing up in East Texas a meal that brings back memories of home, comfort and satisfaction is pinto beans and cornbread. Add some collards or a salad and a glass of milk and you really have my mouth watering. A similar meal evokes the same response; Purple hull peas, cabbage, tomato relish and cornbread. And when I describe these meals to clients, they all nod in agreement and usually they relate some memory of home. Why does the thought of beans and cornbread strike such a universal chord? Perhaps part of the reason is that beans and peas of various types have been nourishing human populations on the planet since the dawn of civilization.

As can happen when we have a special exhibit, other members of our community cull through their collections and find similar items to loan items to the museum. Our continuing exhibit of rare Inuit items is now joined by an exceptional number of collectible scrimshaw carvings.

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Solomon asks, “how can one man alone take care of himself?” His obvious conclusion is that he cannot. A man needs family and friends surrounding him. Solomon points out several examples. Two men working together can complete a job much more quickly than one alone. A man who is injured or sick will recover much more quickly if he has someone to care for him. If a man is attacked, it is much easier to defend himself, if he has one or two others to fight alongside him.

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