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The greatest gift in the history of the planet is Jesus Christ and there is nothing more valuable than the privilege to walk and talk with Him.

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Way back, in the ‘90s, I listed some land for sale for an elderly gentleman who was living with a niece. At the moment he was executing the listing agreement he seemed to be hard of hearing. Several months later, I received an offer to purchase his property. When I got to his home my first w…

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Authoritarians control their flock with flattery about their inborn goodness and fear-mongering about the outside forces threatening it. 

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Farmers in Anderson, Freestone, Leon and Limestone counties who made some hay will have a chance to exhibit their wares Oct. 25 in Teague.

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I, as well as most others who string words together, will never be confused with Robert Frost, the poetry genius from whose pen flowed marvelous words about his beloved New England. One of his best--published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1915--was "The Road Not Taken." Actually, it was

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When there is no difference between a spiritually blind world and those who claim to be God’s front-line warriors, society falls deeper into spiritual darkness.

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Most people are receiving much less personal mail than ever before. Computers and cell phones are now the new mode of communication.

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Most of East Texas looks like spring—not fall. Lots of flowering plants that the recent drought kept from making their blooms earlier are flat beautiful.

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It feels strange, as an American, to admire a queen, but there is nothing strange about admiring Queen Elizabeth II. 

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One of the more frustrating items in creating cash flow models for clients is what they expect to receive from social security. For many people, their social security benefits will be a major part of their retirement income.

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With each passing year, I am less likely to categorize occurrences as coincidences, happenstances or even "blind hog" luck. Now, it is probable that on significant matters, I'll classify many of them as divine interventions or acts of God, His angels or others He might designate.

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So what drives every Christian to serve God? I believe He gives His people spiritual gifts and they receive inspiration from the Holy Spirit who empowers them to accomplish His will. 

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She is a medical student at Kabul University. On the video, widely shared on social media this week, she cries as she describes being forced to marry the Taliban's Interior Ministry spokesman six months ago. "(He) beat me a lot. Every night he raped me." She tried to escape and was turned ba…

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Enjoyable weather is coming soon. For many parts of the country September through November offers many pleasant days. Don’t waste them by spending all your time starring at the television or Facebook. You still have some life to live. Spending four or five hours a day watching what everyone …

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Just about the time it seems like the bills have been paid for a spell, the dreaded tax statements start arriving. And lo and behold many homeowners will find a bigger bill to pay this year than in 2021. Our esteemed tax gurus say this is because property values have rose significantly. It i…

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The death of the longest-serving White House Pastry Chef, Roland Mesnier, brings back warm memories to those of us who worked in the Reagan White House, as it also does for the Presidential Staff of Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. In Washington, it is rare f…

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It’s a spiritual revelation to comprehend that words have power and where there is privilege there is also responsibility.

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Ken Burns’ documentary about Mohammed Ali contains an interesting and pivotal moment that might have determined the destiny of the young athlete.

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At long last, after months of drought, those involved in the business of growing the food we eat are happy with the recent rains. Their only hope is that these “blessings from above” will continue to come our way.

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"Doting" is an adjective often used to describe grandparents. In the case of Rick and Becky Cadden, however, "pranking" might be a better fit.

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Like lots of kids, I grew up in the rural area surrounding Jacksonville, but we “country kids” felt as much attachment to the city proper as the “townies.” Jacksonville was not only our education destination, but it was the hub of our shopping and a considerable part of our social interactio…

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Since the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump's Florida home, big media have been churning out stories about how the raid on Trump's turf has pushed some conservatives to abandon their support for law enforcement.

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One of the most misused words in the English Language is “agent.” Have you ever heard the phrase “He’s my insurance agent?” Well, guess what. He’s not; he represents the insurance company, not you. So, what exactly is an agent. An agent is an individual who has a duty of faithfulness and loy…

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The Supreme Court’s recent rulings on abortions and guns shook the American body politic. As Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his concurrence, the court’s decision to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion was "a serious jolt to the legal system.” In another systemic jolt the s…

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God has been stirring me for the last several years to realize there are many levels in our relationship with Him and that we are to be continually progressing through the stations of the tabernacle on our way to the holy of holies. He desires to give everyone a personal revelation to become…

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It is back-to-school season and fall is right around the corner. I hope all of our students, teachers, administrators, and parents had a safe and rewarding return to school.

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Beast (R, 93 minutes) is a man versus animal fright story set in Africa. Some game poachers ambush a pride of lions and shoot all of them except one. The survivor becomes a vicious rogue that attacks humans for revenge.

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According to the IRS, a $400,000 or more annual household income represents America's top 1.8% income-earners. Per IRS Publication 6292, there were 154 million tax returns filed in 2019, thus approximately 2.8 million people earn over $400,000.

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The 1970’s was the time I returned to my goals and the business world. Things were still the same with the Vietnam War - messed up in Washington D.C. with more of the same. Five years earlier, we departed for a simpler life fifty miles from Houston to be near a small town and raise our famil…

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Drouth, little grass or hay and record feed prices—a crisis situation that continues to grow and fester. Some relief is available for farmers who need assistance for 2022 livestock forage losses. And that probably means all producers in east Texas. Questions about the Livestock Forage Progra…

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While going back and forth about what to write this month, the topic of “old letters and cards” kept coming to my mind. No matter how many times I started to write about something else, my thoughts returned to those precious old letters that I have stored away from my daddy who passed away i…

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We laughed intermittently for weeks about our decision to embark on a 3,000-mile road trip because we didn't have time to fly. As the date neared and mass media folks conveyed horror tales of passengers stranded in airports or delayed, our decision to take to the highways seemed well-founded.

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The path to victory was never promised to be an easy one. It’s filled with faith blended with hard work, persistence, and a passion to follow God’s directions.

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In the fall of 2020, a patient in Augusta, Georgia went to the local Veterans Affairs medical center for a minimally invasive urologic surgery, according to a new report from the VA's Office of Inspector General.

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I’m concerned that the Texas State Board of Education is considering dropping the use of BC (Before Christ) and AD (anno Domino…”year of our Lord”) as historical dating systems in textbooks and replacing them with a “non religious” system, BCE (before common era) and CE (common era). Conside…

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Life and the world are always changing. What you can do today is not guaranteed for tomorrow. Do what you enjoy while you can. 

Umpteen years ago, I entitled a speech--cleverly I thought at the time—"From Adam’s Rib to Women’s Lib.”

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Jacksonville Police Department personnel conducted the recovery of a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck Thursday morning from Lake Jacksonville.