When it comes to finding our place in this world, let's consider two categories.

The first one I call, "floating down the river." Picture a scenario of someone napping in a small boat without a compass or a paddle. Having a spectator mentality, they have no map or intentional direction but rather are just hoping for the best.

"The devil reigns supreme here," he said matter-of-factly. I didn't write it down, but knew I wouldn't forget it.

The year was 2006. My friend, Tanya, and I were in a training for volunteer chaplains at a women's prison in our county. Those in the room hoped to be allowed to do Bible studies with the female inmates there.

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I really didn't know what to expect when I sat down to read Drema Ferrell's new novel, "Betaken." Odds are, I told myself, it's a fond look back at life in Appalachia.

WILLIAMSON - If you have ever had aspirations of being a detective, you will have a chance to test your skills this weekend as HKL Productions will host an interactive murder mystery dinner show Saturday evening at the historic Rose G. Smith Theatre in the former Williamson High School.

My beloved and I were sitting outside a manor last Friday. (Never said that before!) It was the Warrenwood Manor in Danville. We were there for a wedding rehearsal and were waiting for the rest of the bridesmaids and groomsmen to arrive.

Maybe it's not a full-fledged "destination" just yet, but it's certainly starting to attract attention from waterfowl hunters in surrounding states.

Suddenly, the call came one morning. The doctor called and said to my wife to not eat anything and to bring our bags. Our hearts were stirred as we realized this was the right time.

Four years ago I stepped out in faith and spoke with the editor of our local newspaper about submitting an article.

I brought him a couple of examples of my work and was surprised when he asked if I would be interested in writing a weekly column. This was very encouraging and in January 2016, "Living on Purpose" began. The inspiration for my writing is simply to relay God's message.

"Lord, teach us to pray." This request was asked of Jesus immediately after he was heard praying publicly.

Were his disciples fascinated with the words that were used? Did something special happen when he finished? Or, could people feel the presence of God every time he opened his mouth?

"Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into Heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." This event was known as the ascension of Christ. It must have been similar to viewing a sunset.

In every sense, we can say that our conscience is much more important than we think. In fact, one of the challenges within our human development is that we are seldom taught to consider our conscience at all.

Several weeks ago, nine from our church in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, met 14 from Orlando, Florida, for a medical mission trip in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by World Hope. A medical clinic was held in Hope Church. We also interacted with the World Hope Academy students who were next door.

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The family of Willie Viars of Whitman would like to wish him happy birthday, as he turns 80 on Friday, Aug. 9.

The bag limit for mallard ducks has been cut in half.

"This is a big deal," said Mike Peters, game bird project leader for the state Division of Natural Resources. "For the past 20 years, we have experienced liberal seasons with six-bird-per-day bat limits and 60-day seasons, with mallards being a big part of the harvest."

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HUNTINGTON - Tickets for the Autumn Colors Express excursion train running from Huntington to Hinton during the last weekend of October will go on sale Monday, with prices ranging from $149 to $599 per person, the company organizing the trains said Friday.

The Biblical account of David and Goliath is one of most popular stories from the Bible.

You remember that Israel and the Philistines were enemies as this true account finds them preparing for battle, but also in somewhat of a strange standoff.

A few weeks ago, World Hope held their annual medical "camp" at Hope Church in Nairobi, Kenya, aided by volunteers from Floyd County, Kentucky, and Orlando, Florida. (Hope Church is on the fringe of the Kawangware slum.)

The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

In 2002, a group of pastors were in Nairobi, Kenya. They were in the Kawangware slum. It was bad. Worse than bad. They stood in the most awful part, where garbage was dumped, drugs were sold, women were raped, and dead bodies were found. It was called "Hell's Hole" for a reason.

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HUNTINGTON - A Tri-State rock band from the 1970s is reuniting for a one-night Huntington show.

The Logan Brothers Band will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the American Legion Hall, 1421 6th Ave. Admission is $10. Attendees must be 18 or over.

CHARLESTON - The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

There are so many stories I want to tell you about my mission trip to Kenya, but Holy Moly! we are smack in the middle of vacation bible school! In fact, today is the third day of it and I am about to explode! Not from frustration or exhaustion, but from excitement! It's the best week ever!

Everyone knows there is an abundance of chaos, disagreement, and anger in this nation and around the globe. I would not be an honest messenger of God, if I said this old world did not have some serious problems and that there is nothing to be concerned about.

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on "Toy Story 4," which is rated G and playing in theaters.

From Disney and Pixar Animation Studios comes "Toy Story 4" - a charming and visually appealing animated film full of emotion and adventure.

Those of us who are married have learned the closer we are to our spouse the more sacred and meaningful our love becomes. When we listen, laugh, cry, reveal our most secret thoughts, hopes and concerns, this is an important part of learning to trust and know them.

As I boarded the plane, a flight attendant told me to put my carry-on in the First Class overhead compartment. I wasn't in First Class, there was just room there for storage. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it in the bin. I pushed and shoved but it wouldn't budge.