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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…

New Vision Baptist Church in Karnack celebrated its third church anniversary on the Fourth of July with a spirit-filled, standing-room only crowd. Guests traveled from Dallas, Gladewater and Monroe, Louisiana, for the occasion.

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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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O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, o Lord. [Psalm 139:1-4]

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As Independence Day approaches, we need to be thankful for the freedom that we have experienced in our generation. We have never known slavery. We have never suffered through Communism. Other than September 11th, we have witnessed few of the horrors that past generations have had to endure. …

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One often hears this expression, especially in a classroom, “Now pay attention!” That is a way of saying, “Listen! Give your attention to what is being said or done.”

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How important is the Bible? Something so incredibly valuable can never be assigned a dollar amount. Romans 15:4 states, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Do you believe this? H…

Someone wisely said, “Being a father is the most important role I will ever play and if I don’t do this well, no other thing I do really matters.”

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If you heard that Horseshoe crab blood is a necessary medical marvel, would you believe the story? It is true. Companies capture millions of crabs, take part of their blood, and release them back into the ocean. $15,000 is the going price for a single quart of this precious substance.

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I have been reading about Paul’s life following his conversion experience with Jesus on the Damascus Road. As you recall, Paul [then Saul] was a zealous persecutor of the members of the Way. He was on his way to Damascus in search of more believers when he met the Christ. The event is worth …

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For many years, an archaeologist named Howard Carter searched in vain for the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Most of his peers believed it was a futile search, but Carter disagreed. For more than thirty years he continued his search. Finally, his last sponsor decided to stop funding the project.

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Kelli Taylor and a friend of hers hosted the first Bless this Mess Rally in 2019, inviting members of Taylor’s Christian women’s Facebook group to come together to hear local women speak — and this year the event is open to all women across the community.

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Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember our brave soldiers who have given their lives to protect our land and keep us free. It began as a day to honor the Civil War dead, but after World War I the holiday expanded to include all who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

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What is a good friend? Well, good friends are loyal and accept you for who you are during both the good and bad times. Good friends are also honest, loyal, and trustworthy. Most importantly, people want friends who listen to them.

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When young David met Goliath on the battlefield, he was faced with many questions that challenged his faith. Any battle entered as a Christian will often bring up more questions than answers. That is what faith is all about! Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,…

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“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” [Romans 15:5-6]

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Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” A godly mother can make all the difference for a growing child. Moms, do not take your job lightly.

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The hymn “He Hideth My Soul”says this, “A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away; He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day.” As we study the book of Revelation, we find encouragement in how great Jesus is.

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Someone once said, “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” For the Christian, it may well be put this way, “A man is not old until regrets take the place of the will of God.”

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“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1). What do you think of that statement from the Bible? It should make you stop and reflect on the kind of life you are living.

This week, Jerry Cargill presented a check in the amount of $150,000 to the city of Marshall to assist with the construction of the new Marshall Pet Adoption Center. This check represents the second scheduled installment of a commitment, from Friends of Marshall Animals, to raise $450,000 fr…

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What is the value of the resurrection of Jesus? To the Christian, nothing could be more priceless. When Jesus rose from the dead, everything changed. All things in the future were different because of this great event.

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“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” [Micah 6:8]