The new year is an opportunity for a new start. I once heard about a leader that regularly took a block of time in December to engage in planning and goal setting for the next year for his organization. The way our annual calendar is set up, it provides a vision for that. It is the end of th…

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Actor Spencer Tracy said, “Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is.” Having a water leak in your plumbing system is not fun, especially if it cannot be located easily. Water follows the path of least resistance and where you see water surface is often not where th…

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One of the oldest churches in Texas, Cumberland Presbyterian of Jefferson, established in 1852, has a brand new pastor. She is Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick, formerly Associate Pastor of Marshall’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She officially began her tenure as pastor of the Jefferson church, Jan. 1.

The new year has arrived, and with it comes a clean slate with infinite possibilities. Some people will resolve to start diet and exercise, and the gym will be filled with people working off the holiday pounds.

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Christmas is over for another year. The year 2019 has flown by, and a new year is about to begin. Before embarking on this fresh start do not forget there are still a few important days left before the year concludes. One key to starting the new year well is finishing the old year right.

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Hurting people are everywhere this Christmas. Tragedy, divorce, separation and death are found any direction we look. Two weeks ago some dear friends lost their 16-year-old daughter suddenly and tragically. How can we celebrate the joy of the season when all we feel is hurt? How can we enjoy…

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The parishioners of New Hope Baptist Church in Gary put on a live nativity last Saturday and Sunday at their church. The live walk-through nativity took visitors through the story of Christmas, Pastor Steve Jackson said. 

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We are all familiar with the story of the virgin Mary. The Bible account of her life and Jesus’ birth is read by millions every December, and the name Mary is given to countless people. Mary receives a special visitor, the angel Gabriel sent from God to ask her to make a very difficult decis…

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I was talking to a friend about the way our emotions heighten at Christmas. We were discussing how much more we miss departed loved ones at Christmas. I suppose that is because Christmas is such a family centered time. Most of us have an empty chair or two at the Christmas dinner table. It i…

Author E. B. White said, “To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.” There is a lot of truth to that. We should fill the weeks leading up to Christmas Day with peace and happiness, but too often we experience a holiday of worry. People stress about w…

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‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ was written to celebrate some of the traditions many people take part in each year during the Christmas season. This song was released over fifty years ago but remains a much-requested song year after year.

In the 9th chapter of Mark, we find the account of a boy who was possessed by an evil spirit. The boy’s father brought the boy to Jesus to drive the spirit from him. The father said to Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”