• Updated

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.

  • Updated

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…

  • Updated

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.”

  • Updated

“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.…

  • Updated

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.

  • Updated

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.

  • Updated

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.

  • Updated

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.

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…

  • Updated

“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” [Luke 23:41-43]

  • Updated

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…

  • Updated

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.

  • Updated

How do you pray for your church? 2 Thessalonians 1:11 says, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.”

New Beginnings Baptist Church wants to be an active part of the community. For the past eight years, they select a Sunday to close the doors and open their hands to serve the community.

  • Updated

How do you pray for your pastor? Romans 15:30 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.” Pastor’s need prayer as they maneuver through the intricacies of 2020. Race issu…

  • Updated

After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elija…

  • Updated

True Vine Baptist Church to host annual revival homecoming

  • Updated

Two Texas Baptists representatives Jane Wilson, Discipleship Specialist, and Gus Reyes, Director of the Christian Life Commission, visited the East Texas Baptist University campus in September. Wilson was the keynote speaker during chapel and special guest lecturer during the “Empowering Wom…

  • Updated

Spiritual renewal and revival are essential but how do we know how to respond? Well, we all need revival, but sometimes that demand is greater than we even understand. While researching for a sermon, this writer came across the following list on a blog called WWW.halffullandoverflowing.com. …

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, al…

  • Updated

A pet lion mauled to death a Czechoslovakian man a while back. Repeatedly this man was denied permission to own a lion but he ignored the warnings and the law. Sadly, the 33-year-old paid dearly for his negligence.

In celebration of America’s hardworking people, East Texas Baptist University hosted Labor Day weekend events for ETBU students. A series of exciting and engaging student-life activities such as a concert from Curtis Grimes, fireworks, a barbeque lunch, and intramural activities provided stu…

Proverbs 17:6 says, “Children’s children (Grandkids) are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”

The technology of 2020 and the ease in shopping online is incredible. Recently, Heritage Baptist Church’s office placed an online ink cartridge order on a Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday morning FedEx delivered it. That is truly amazing!

  • Updated

“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” Fear is overwhelming our society. People have reasons to be afraid as violence is common, storms are brewing, and viruses are invasive. Fear has even reached its tentacles into the church and caused such fear that many are no l…

  • Updated

On-campus student life is in full swing as East Texas Baptist University begins the 2020-2021 academic school year. The year kicked off with almost 400 students enrolled in the August Mini-Terms, which allow completion of the equivalent semester-long courses in one-week and two-week class of…

  • Updated

If you could travel back in time, what would you do different? How far would you go back? If you are a history buff, maybe you would return to a favorite spot in time. If you have made a poor choice in life, or had a disaster strike, you might return to just before that moment so you could f…