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I can still smell the aroma of the freshly opened box of crayons and two sharpened Husky pencils. The distinctive scent of Crayola Crayons and shaved wood just smelled like the beginning of education.

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History can be linked to any profession. It is certainly linked to the study of the Christian faith. All our lives in many ways can be linked to the study of history. We all have a biography. Our families have histories. In some way our lives, our families and our Christian faith is identifi…

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“To be or not to be; that is the question.” If I remember my literature correctly, I’m pretty sure that Shakespeare (Hamlet) wasn’t speaking about the COVID-19 vaccine. I shall not, nay, I will not speak of what thou shouldst do as far as the vaccine goes (sorry, I got a little caught up in …

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Three of the richest billionaires on Earth are now spending billions to exit Earth’s atmosphere and enter into space. The world is watching — and reflecting.

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This week, President Joe Biden was asked whether he had any message for social media amidst a dramatic rise in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases thanks to the delta variant. Biden immediately responded that companies like Facebook were responsible for murder: “They’re killing people — I…

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As the last presidential election approached, one could sense that something was wrong with the polls. The race felt tighter than the polls indicated, and specifically, Joe Biden’s solid lead in the polls felt less solid than the surveys suggested. As they had in 2016, pollsters appeared on …

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A “whispering” campaign is always to be suspect. Paul had his detractors among the Corinthians who suggested that he wasn’t actually an apostle, but a power-hungry impostor who desired to subvert the real work of Christ, which “they,” the real Christians, were promoting. Does that sound familiar?

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For the past few months, a debate has been unfolding over what it will take to address the country’s infrastructure needs.

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According to Monte Nesbitt, Jim Kamas, and Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Fruit Specialists blueberries are truly an American fruit, with several species native to North America. There are over 10 varieties of blueberries. Blueberries are relatively easy to grow when a…

Nearly 60 Texas House Democrats left the state last Monday for Washington, D.C. in an effort to stop passage of a Republican-led elections bill. This in effect blocks all legislation since the House doesn’t have a quorum present. As the Austin American Statesman and other media outlets repor…

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Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity serving Gregg, Harrison and Upshur counties has served our community since 1985 to eradicate poverty housing and create safe, decent, and affordable homes. But we are more than a nonprofit housing ministry. We envision a world where we share one humanity,…

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This week while reading the book of Nehemiah, this writer is impacted again by the devotion that Nehemiah exhibited toward the work that God had directed him to do. He was not a preacher or prophet, but a simple cupbearer to the king. This usually meant he drank first so that if the drink ha…

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The brains of men and women couldn’t be more different. I’m sure that by pairing the two, the Good Lord above has had lots of laughs.

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More Republicans than Democrats appear to be “vaccine hesitant” — that is, reluctant for one reason or another — to take the COVID-19 vaccine. They’ve gotten the treatment you might expect in some quarters of the press. “Right-wing anti-vaccine hysteria is increasing. We’ll all pay the price…

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“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” This quote is from Alice in Wonderland but I’m of the opinion that a tea party is an adventure, especially when you have it with people ages 4 to 80.

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Today we’ll talk about how to write the classic New York Times column, using Thomas Edsall’s recent “Trumpism Without Borders” as our example. It must have taken him about 40 minutes to write it.

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I grew up in a poor, undocumented family. I was lucky — we got our legal residency, I got an education, and now I have a good job. But no one should have to count on luck.

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Standing here at Heritage Baptist Church in Jefferson on this July evening, with the sun setting behind our buildings, it is amazing to view the enormous shadow that our church makes. Have you ever been fascinated with shadows? This writer has ever since he was a child, and still is.

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The Democratic Party’s No. 1 priority is to pass a voting “reform” bill that would federalize elections under rules favorable to Democratic candidates. It’s more important than infrastructure, or massive new social spending, or anything else, which is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senat…

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This Independence Day, a poll from Issues & Insights revealed that only 36% of adults aged 18-24 said they were “proud to be American,” compared with 86% of those over the age of 65. This shouldn’t be surprising. America’s children have been raised in a system dedicated to the propositio…

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Jesus once said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). This was an offensive statement to fellow Jews, so much so, they immediately picked up stones to throw at Him, not simply to injure, but kill. Why? Because in their mind, His statement was a violation of their religious laws and it wa…

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“You are what you eat!” This saying has been around for a long, long time. I think it is meant to encourage healthy eating so that you live a long, healthy life. In the south, (back in the days when I was growing up), eating was not dictated by “healthy”; eating was dictated by what was read…