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When the “world famous” Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Feb. 2, who could know we were in for a such a cold snap? Although I never put much stock in a groundhog weather report, it does seem like it was pretty accurate this year.

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You may have seen this acronym, “K.I.S.S.” It stands for “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. When I heard a motivational speaker present this lesson, my first thought was “Don’t call me stupid.” But the longer he talked, the more sensible he sounded. We do tend to complicate so much of our life to the…

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“Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send …

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This Valentine’s Day will be unusually cold for our part of the country. The weather folks are referring to something called a Polar Vortex. This is an arctic blast with a capital ‘B’!

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“The butterfly has long symbolized a renewal of life. The caterpillar signifies life here on earth; the cocoon signifies death; and the butterfly signifies the emergence of the dead into a new, beautiful and more liberated existence. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross movingly tells of seeing butterflies…

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“The son said to him, ‘Father I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him.’” [Luke 15:21-22]

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I began writing these articles in 1998. My first article was entitled, “God’s Peace Can Give Comfort.” The article described the peace I had experienced at the time of the death of my daughter, Stacey. I wrote this in that first article: “The only peace for me came from my belief in God and …

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“If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it.” It was hard to see these words at first, hard to see through the tears. The story I was reading had touched my heart so that I found myself crying. It was the story told by a mother of the loss of her infant son. He was born on Christ…

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“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shal…

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Since contracting Covid-19, the virus that has swept across our world, this writer and his family have practiced quarantine. Although restrictive, the redeeming factor is that it does not last forever. This is a temporary setback that will soon pass.

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Members of Waskom First United Methodist Church prepared Advent boxes again this year. Each box is filled with 25 individually wrapped and numbered gifts, one of which is to be opened each day beginning Dec. 1 through Christmas Day. Church members, friends, and Pastor Emanuel Echols filled t…

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Jonah was in the belly of a big fish, when out of his mouth came these words: “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.”

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.…

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Deer season is upon us, and everywhere you look, camouflage is in style. This writer thinks it is classy and elegant year around, but that is beside the point. When hunting season begins, hunters start thinking about how to blend in.

In November 1870, a community of people along FM 1917 north of Marshall gathering on a parcel of land owned by Rufus and Charlotte Woods with the intent of forming a new church in Harrison County. The group originally worshiped in an arbor constructed on the site.

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First United Methodist Church in Waskom is happy to announce Reverend Emanuel Echols has been named to lead their congregation as Pastor, in addition to his current pastor role for Zion United Methodist in Marshall.

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Social media is an amazing tool for connecting with the past. Someone this writer has not seen since kindergarten and who lives 1,052 miles away sent a message. This was our first communication in almost 40 years! If you have ever had something like this happen, write, and share it.

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Parishoners of St. William Catholic Church gathered Saturday in Anderson Park in Carthage for a public prayer of the rosary. The prayer event sought to solve America's key problems by turning to God. The national event organized by America Needs Fatima sponsored rosary rallies at noon on Oct…

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It is sad to see so many lives that are lost every day. Each person is important to God and none are ever forgotten by Him. There is never a good answer to why terrible things happen to some folks. The age-old question is “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It is hard to properly answ…

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HARLETON — From bullying, suicidal thoughts, loneliness, and many other issues today’s students are facing, a group of Harleton ISD students gathered together Wednesday to hand their burdens over to God during the annual “Fields of Faith” event at Wildcat Stadium.