Most people believe they are better listeners than they really are. Often friends are just waiting for you to take a breath so they can share their own words which are much more important. John Wayne put it this way, “People are short on ears and long on mouth.”

We give and take advice on a daily basis. Yet seldom do you give advice to someone 200 years in advance. But when James Burns in Ireland wrote to his son James in America in 1796, I felt he was speaking to me today.

Zion Hill to offer ‘Men and Women of the Bible’

Over 300 community members gathered Friday at East Texas Baptist University’s Baker Chapel in the Rogers Spiritual Life Center for the 2019 Great East Texas Hymn Sing.

Pastor Sherry Crenshaw, Michael English, Cecil Miller, Sharon Crotteau, Regina Davis and Barbara Kring were among the Waskom First United Methodist Church members and friends who volunteered at Newgate Mission in Longview on Aug. 28.

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“Pastor Miller, thanks for coming over on short notice. My wife and I appreciate it. We are at a loss and don’t know what to do with our son, Tom. We just can’t handle it anymore. He’s an adult and has been out on his own for a while. For years we’ve dealt with his unpredictable behavior and…

KARNACK — New Vision Missionary Baptist Church’s inaugural “Save Our Sons” fishing day proved to be a success last Saturday as more than 40 people, including 28 kids, indulged in a day of fishing, fellowship and faith at Caddo Lake State Park.

CLAY CENTER, Kansas — There are millions of people carrying such heavy burdens all across our world. They cannot sleep at night and wake up tired. They have regular appointments with their counselors. Their attempts at hobbies and exercise are strategies to find relief.

Wiley College‘s Campus Ministry program teamed up with several East Texas churches this week to offer a free Vacation Bible School series to children throughout the Marshall community.