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“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

THEY ARE KNOWN in Texas and surrounding states for home-made ice cream. Only their home- made is actually cranked from the use of a John Deere engine and their bucket is of a 10-gallon size compared to the old-fashioned 1-gallon ice cream freezers still found in the heat of the summer on the…

“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”

“Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.”

Garage sales are a little ridiculous if you think about it.  As a society we spend untold millions trying to protect the sanctity of our homes from intrusion, and then we hold garage sales, where the entire point is to lure nosy strangers onto our property to rummage through our personal belongings.  I spend most of my time at garage sales fighting off my three daughters from hauling merchandise back into the house.  And let’s face it.  The stuff we put up for sale at these events is one “Thanks for coming” away from the city dump.  I mean, who really wants to purchase a Target sack full of used My Little Pony underwear?  (Oh, never mind, I actually got a dollar for those.)

“I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.”

“We the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve.”

We all want success. We all want to be successful students, employees, parents, grandparents, and the list goes on. Those of you who own your small business, you want it to flourish and thrive. In our world, success is usually indicated by measurable outcomes such as good grades, job promotions and raises, and children who go to college to make a nice family. We preacher types are not immune to this world’s way of quantifying success.

Oh, to be young enough to dance the night away... how many times have we heard that phrase and wished it to be true? For, Inez Deutsch, a young lady of 99 years of age, she doesn’t wish it, she lives it with the full determination of being happy and a mission of making others happy the remai…

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,

God made clear, already in the Old Testament, that the life of flesh was in the blood and that He gave it on the altar in order to make atonement for souls (Leviticus 17:11). So, there should be little surprise that, in the New Testament, Jesus’s blood sacrificed on the cross is said to reconcile us to God (Colossians 1:20). The many bloody sacrifices under the old covenant pointed forward to the single bloody sacrifice under the new covenant in Jesus’s blood (Hebrews 9:12-414; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Fall officially begins Monday, Sept. 23, and toward the end of this week Mother Nature has given us a smidgen of what is in store. In Kilgore, we know Fall has arrived by watching for the arrival of the pumpkins that initiate the annual Pumpkin Patch at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Th…

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Summer tends to hang around in East Texas like a lingering house guest who should have taken the hint when you started freely walking around the living room in your underwear. In fact, our hottest weather often rears its glistening, blistered head right around the time we all start to go pumpkin-spice wackadoodle and break out our fall wardrobe–even though we’ll soon be wringing vats of sweat out of our flannel and corduroy.

“Don’t let the mind limit what an able heart can do.”

A major concern across the nation this week has set off alerts and rightly so as it is one that affects our youth. When that happens everyone stands ready to protect in whatever means possible. Vaping, the use of an E-cigarette (electronic or battery operated) is the culprit in this case.

God’s written word never ceases to be relevant. I encountered this truth first-hand while preparing my sermon on Matthew 25:31-46. This passage depicts Christ as both judge and king who separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep are placed on the right, signifying their righteousness. The goats are moved to the left, signaling their condemnation.

“I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not too sure.”

It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren’t enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely.

When it’s hot in Texas, it’s hot and when it’s not, it’s not. It has truly been a hot few weeks lately with Labor Day being one that had everyone seeking a cool spot. Charlie’s Sno-Balls & Seasonal Tanning was the hot spot for a cool down with colorful icy treats especially upon that day…

Ever since I read John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil while working at a bookstore–when I should have been dusting shelves or replacing the urinal mints in the men’s room–I’ve had a strong desire to visit Savannah, Georgia.  As luck would have it, my wife recently invited me and two of our girls tag along with her on a business trip to the Hostess City of the South while my eldest and most expensive daughter stayed home to attend dance team practices and victimize my VISA card.

Although Genesis 6:5 can rightly suggest that in some sense things could not get any worse, our society seems to be sliding more towards lawlessness. Consider first the standoff last month in Philadelphia where six officers were shot by a gunman while crowds of onlookers taunted, shoved, and threw things at the police. Consider second a school curriculum with anti-police rhetoric proposed last month by the California Department of Education (but eventually withdrawn). And, other examples abound.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”

Labor Day is upon us. It is a day that honors the American labor movement and contributions that workers have made to the development and growth of our country. It is always celebrated on the first Monday in September allowing workers to celebrate a long weekend of last official holidays off…

In January 1931, call it 89.5 years ago, 76 residents – all eligible to vote in Texas elections – petitioned Gregg County Judge W.R. Hughes for an election to incorporate the rural hamlet of Kilgore.

Aside from whatever other heart trouble any one individual might have, the real heart problem from which we all suffer is a moral evil so great that we ourselves cannot understand but which ultimately only the Lord can diagnose, as expressed in His Word (Jeremiah 17:9-10; confer Luke 16:15; Romans 8:27; Revelation 2:23).

“Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom realty.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  

For the past dozen summers, my family has made the drive of nine or more hours (depending on the number of putrid gas station restrooms we visit) to Orange Beach, Alabama.  This year, in addition to my wife and three daughters, I was accompanied by my mother, my in-laws and two of our nieces, so the drive basically took the entire month of July.

God’s written word never ceases to be relevant. I encountered this truth first-hand while preparing my sermon on Matthew 25:31-46. This passage depicts Christ as both judge and king who separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep are placed on the right, signifying their righteousness. The goats are moved to the left, signaling their condemnation.

In a world filled with various diets and the latest fads for weight-loss and body-building, it is common to find serious problems getting tossed in to the mix. Gluten-free products address a real health issue called Celiac disease; much like sugar-free products for diabetes, it has been caug…

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.”

“Today you will meet a beautiful stranger. Actually hundreds of beautiful strangers. Everyone is beautiful and you know almost none of them.”

At the risk of this column’s being mistaken for one by my syndicated Kilgore News Herald colleague Dr. Roach, I encourage everyone to take care for themselves, their families, and their pets in our August East Texas heat! Especially those who work outside should drink extra water and, when they can, take breaks inside air-conditioned spaces. And, after several fatalities nationwide, apparently not to leave either family members or pets in turned-off cars does not go without saying.

THERE were three that never gave it a second thought, three gals who stood at the end of a grocery aisle perusing the multitude of jars and trying to decide which one to purchase that was the closest to what they were accustomed to eating.

“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

The title and illustrated cover of the book could easily be defined as an attention grabber. It is one that piques the curiosity enough to draw you in, to curtail the desire of wanting to know the rest of the story and even more so after hearing the author speak.

To visitors from all over the world, the city of San Antonio is a salsa-infused melting pot of Texas history, art, and culture. To the delight of my three daughters, however, it is so much more. In fact, they could do without the history, art and culture altogether as long as they’re within walking distance of a Starbucks, a fashion retail center, and an appropriate backdrop for a cute selfie. Luckily for them, San Antonio has it all, and all of it accepts my credit cards.

“We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.”

As we discussed in a recent Midweek Bible Study, the passage almost sounds like it is meant to be funny. After Jesus heard Martha and Mary’s sending to Him that his friend Lazarus was ill, St. John’s Gospel account essentially tells us that, “since” Jesus loved them, He stayed two days longer where He was before going to Lazarus. We might ask, “Who does that?” In this case, apparently Jesus did!