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There is a passage about God’s presence and God’s work that we need at this critical time in our experience. In the Old Testament book of Zephaniah God says that He is present with His people (3:14-20). Then He promises to do some specific things for His people. He comes to His people. Zepha…

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There is a passage about God’s presence and God’s work that we need at this critical time in our experience. In the Old Testament book of Zephaniah God says that He is present with His people (3:14-20). Then He promises to do some specific things for His people. He comes to His people. Zepha…

Kansas hasn’t voted for a Democrat in presidential elections since 1964. From 1995 to 2002 and from 2011 to 2017, Republicans in Topeka held the iron trifecta of the governor’s mansion, the state House and the state Senate. In 2016, Donald Trump walloped Hillary Clinton in this quintessentia…

While summer travel plans are down 15 percent this year when compared to 2019, AAA still forecasts Americans will take a combined total of 700 million trips this summer. This means scammers will be in full force. One common scam which takes place during summer months is the “Grandparent Scam…

I remember it as clearly as yesterday. There it was in my Weekly Reader: “By the year 2000, the United States and the rest of the world will be using the metric system.”

This weekend is July 4th. I know several of us will enjoy times with family, lots of good food and fireworks. While celebrations may be downsized from what we are used to, may we never forget the reason for this day.

Our founding fathers believed the president of the country should represent all the people, not just a few. When the president favors a particular group and even excludes groups from the public forum, then he should be removed from office.

Arrests made by the Marshall Police Department

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Clay Center, Kansas – I was out of town working when I was informed that our community had been vandalized with racial slurs in multiple locations. My first thought was, “What?” I had written two recent columns on George Floyd’s death and racial issues. I had been following the news in what …

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We’ll leave the light on for you” is a motel chain’s slogan. It also appears to be a principal coronavirus measure for the state of Texas, where the number of available hospital beds is more influential with top leaders than the number of sick or dying Texans.

Racism is a heated issue today, and sadly most of the world has chosen an unpleasant response to the issue. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

D L Moody was once asked why he urged Christians to be filled constantly with the Holy Spirit. “Well,” he said, “I need a continual infilling because I leak!” He pointed to a water tank which had sprung a leak. “I’m like that!” he said. It’s a fact that living in this sinful world we do need…

For those of you who find your kids (or yourselves) bored with nothing to do, try the local library. I love to read and have read about 20 books so far during the covid virus time. A few of our grandkids LOVE to read and their moms are great about taking them to the library. Library cards ar…

From the time that we are small we are taught that lying is wrong. To tell the truth is right. Truthfulness, likewise is part of every ethical system. It is vital to society, essential to any education system, and it is vital to all family life.

Ponds can serve many purposes. Well-managed ponds can provide irrigation, an easily accessible water source for livestock and can be tremendous wildlife habitat. Primarily, many ponds are used for recreational activities such as boating, swimming and most often, fishing.

When I was a kid, things didn’t break as often as they do now. If you bought something at Sears Lawn and Garden, you needed to run over it with an 18-wheeler to render it nonfunctional.

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21. Sonora Smart Dodd founded Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910. Its first celebration was on June 19th. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children in Spokane. After hearing a sermon about Mother’…

As the country struggles to vanquish coronavirus, Americans are witnessing a bizarre phenomenon in which some authorities tolerate and even praise highly politicized mass gatherings while at the same time suppress small activities — like taking children to a playground — that are important t…

In a normal year, local officials seeking reelection would have been on the ballot a month ago. Local elections were supposed to be held May 2 in Texas but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, just like the runoff elections that were originally to be held that month.

In January this year the world watched as China became the epicenter for Covid-19. It began spreading country to country eventually reaching the United States impacting tens of thousands of lives. In an effort to love our neighbor and help fellow citizens fight against this unseen disease, w…

A treasure chest full of gold, jewelry and other valuables worth $1 million was found in the Rocky Mountains, according to author and art dealer Forrest Fenn, who hid it more than a decade ago.

We know we serve a perfect God. He never makes a mistake, He is never wrong, He is never early or late. There is nothing He does not know, nothing He does not see or hear. There is nothing He cannot do. He created all, sustains all, and He does it all from perfect love. Yes, we serve a perfect God.

In the South, the only thing you can say that’s considered bigger fightin’ words than, “Why didn’t you put beans in your chili?” is to speak ill of dry rub on ribs. First, let me say that I don’t fall on either side of the chili or rib fences. I can consume chili with beans just as easily as…

There are many things to be said about blame. The most important is its relation to sin. Blame is irrevocably linked to evil human nature and what results from it. People want to do what is sinful but do not want to accept the consequences.

Most of us have heard of the story of “The Little Engine That Could”. The moral of the story was to teach children the value of confidence. The “little engine” was the only one who was willing to pull the train over the tall mountain.

I’ve always worked at least two, sometimes three jobs. My dad said it built character. Maybe so, but what I noticed was that it built my bank account.

Jesus faced great hostility and hate. He went about doing good, healing the sick, delivering the depressed, freeing the demon possessed, defeating spiritual enemies. The leaders of the community, the Pharisees, opposed Him, rejected Him, accused Him of being Satan’s helper—Beelzebub’s worker…

School is officially out, although, for most of us, we’ve been at home since March; still “in school”, but not the traditional brick and mortar style. Most districts in the area were able to have graduation ceremonies in some shape, form or fashion. The class of 2020 missed out on a lot the …

Are you looking for a punch recipe for you and your honey? Try this Lemonade Honey Punch recipe from the National Honey Board:

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a disruption to food and agriculture supply chains. Many are worried about the availability of food at the grocery stores. It seems that some food items have been over purchased or that the supply has been limited.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if all ‘we’ had to fight about is the ‘mostest?’” my mom said on Friday. In my family we constantly have an ‘argument’ if I love my mom and grandma the most, or if they love me the ‘mostest.’ It would be nice if that’s all we had to fight about, but this week especially …

What do you believe you are on earth to do? Are you here to make as much money as possible? Are you here to have and care for a family? Are you here to become famous? Nothing wrong with those things, but do we think that is God’s ultimate expectations for us? If not, What does God expect of us?

A year ago, this writer had the opportunity to visit the grave of Horatio Spafford. Spafford penned the words to the famous hymn “It Is Well with My Soul”. He is buried in Jerusalem in Mount Zion Cemetery. It is a private cemetery that tourist rarely get to see, and it was a blessing to have…

The yards had been mostly vacant on the street around the corner from our house, save for the tricycles, small bikes, and other toddler transportation.

Summer is here and the heat and the sweat is being taken over by clouds and rain showers. I know I will be wishing for this when July rolls around, but right now, I’m kind of tired of it and ready for sunshine. I guess some of us can’t be satisfied. Yards and gardens look amazing. My dad has…

We are not the first people facing crises. In the Old Testament the Prophet Isaiah confronted a people who were coming to the end of a long national crisis in the 40th chapter of his prophecy. There is a call for the Prophet Isaiah to speak to his people who have been in a great crisis. “Pro…

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 allowed restaurants to increase occupancy to 50 percent and relaxed his earlier executive orders that limited certain other public activities over the last two months to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Are you looking for more Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Service virtual classes? Want to get out of a cooking rut? The good news is that there is help! Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents from Smith, Gregg and Houston Counties are teaming up to present “On the Road to Healthy Living M…

As I was sitting working on putting the newspaper to bed on Thursday night I received a text message from back home. ‘Wyndi, Ms. Sybil passed away tonight,” my mom said.

Many folks enjoy bird watching. One of my daughters put out a hummingbird feeder for a school project, and what joy she had to see them hover in to drink. It was pretty cute to watch her sit at the window watching those little birds fly around. Her enthusiasm about the venture was contagious…

Rush Limbaugh single handedly revived AM radio. In 1988, his syndicated talk show brought people back to a place they had left for the FM dial.

Memorial Day is this coming Monday, May 25. Memorial Day is the last Monday in May- a day we honor men and women who died while serving in the US Military.

We all have been challenged with social distancing during the COVID-19. As our elders stay inside their homes, their apartments and their residential communities, we search for ways to connect with them as well as to make their lives and their care better. SuzanneAssaff Blankenship, author o…