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You may have heard the proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime of crushing debt after he buys the boat, trailer, tackle, depth finder, trolling motor, etc.” Seriously, though, despite my dad’s best efforts throughout…

When we read the Bible, we can easily wonder how God communicated to His chosen and sent human messengers and how those messengers in turn communicated to God’s people, the answers to both of which questions relate to how God communicates with us now.

It’s time for another installment of “Places you should go before you can’t tell a presidential executive order document from one of your White House German Shepherd’s training pads!” Yes, recently my wife and three teenage daughters took a week-long family trip to Charleston, South Carolina…

In the wake of recent mass shootings, President Joe Biden managed to avoid being blown over by a gentle breeze in the White House Rose Garden to announce several marginal executive actions on gun control that were met with tepid applause from the left and bulging forehead veins on the right.

Based on its latest survey, which essentially suggests that more people in the United States plan to attend Easter services tomorrow than attended them last year, though not as many people as might have attended Easter services in other years, the Pew Research Center last month said that the…

Holidays are a big deal at my house. While raising our three daughters, my wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed Halloween costumes, visits from the Easter Bunny, and Valentine’s Day parties — and we even let the kids join in most of the time. Seriously, though, now that our girls are teenagers…

My home state of Texas has recently become a national punching bag for politicians and pundits after Mother Nature gave the Lone Star State a giant frozen wedgie in the form of a week-long record winter storm that caused widespread suffering from power outages, water shortages and the closur…

Last Friday, January 22, was the 48th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that essentially legalized abortion, and that anniversary and the subsequent murders of more than 60 million conceived children have not passed without notice even this year: for example, there was a Rally for Life last Saturday in Austin, and there was a March for Life yesterday in Washington, D.C.

David Ring is a nationally recognized evangelistic, author and motivational speaker. He was born dead until 18 minutes later he showed the world he was meant to live and to overcome the challenges of cerebral palsy. Since 1973, Ring has challenged thousands of people with his message, “I hav…

As some people age, they begin to lose a certain degree of excitement about simple life experiences like snow days, finding a penny in a parking lot or putting on a pair of fresh underwear still warm from the dryer.

But not me! I revel in these moments, probably because I still feel like a kid a heart–at least until my hair stylist breaks out her lawn equipment to trim my eyebrows.

THERE was a time when all young men looked forward to receiving their first real gun. Usually that gun would be a .22 single shot, and if lucky it would be a J.C. Higgins Brand from the nearest Sears Department Store. That was also where you purchased your BB’s, .22s and shotgun shells — and…

Last Friday, January 22, was the 48th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that essentially legalized abortion, and that anniversary and the subsequent murders of more than 60 million conceived children have not passed without notice even this year: for example, there was a Rally for Life last Saturday in Austin, and there was a March for Life yesterday in Washington, D.C.

As some people age, they begin to lose a certain degree of excitement about simple life experiences like snow days, finding a penny in a parking lot or putting on a pair of fresh underwear still warm from the dryer.

But not me! I revel in these moments, probably because I still feel like a kid a heart–at least until my hair stylist breaks out her lawn equipment to trim my eyebrows.

As some people age, they begin to lose a certain degree of excitement about simple life experiences like snow days, finding a penny in a parking lot or putting on a pair of fresh underwear still warm from the dryer.

But not me! I revel in these moments, probably because I still feel like a kid a heart–at least until my hair stylist breaks out her lawn equipment to trim my eyebrows.

My 91-year-old uncle, whose soul our Almighty God recently summoned from this vale of tears to our eternal home, felt blessed to have O negative blood, which is “the universal blood type,” and so he was a consistent blood donor; for example, his obituary mentioned his being recognized for do…

Perhaps it was a word said, perhaps it was a dream — but for whatever reason something occasionally comes along to “jar” or “shake loose” a memory about the past. Once that happens, it jars the memory of another and another to where, like puzzle pieces, the story falls into place. It happene…

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Recently, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and Bummercloud in Chief, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concerns over families gathering together for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oh, for the love of modern technology. There is nothing like sitting in a restaurant and watching a woman (much younger than your are) toss their new cell phone across the room and with much frustration clearly stating “modern technology is so frustrating!”

OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way. 2020 was the year of COVID-19, also known as corona (minus the lime), the plague, the super crud or, as my dad calls it (and most other contagious illnesses), “the rooty-gootus.” But what else happened in 2020?

If there was a way for Texas to expand health insurance coverage to nearly a million of the state’s most vulnerable people, enhancing their access to needed care, I think we can all agree that would be a very good thing.

When I was a child and growing up in a small rural town, the nearest public library was 30 miles away. Periodically a book mobile (a library on wheels) would arrive at the school and we could “check out” books.

What is wrong with our World? Look around, and you will see suffering, tragedies, sorrow, evil and death. Why is the world such a mess? Perhaps it is because man is polluting the world, or maybe it is big government overreaching and enslaving the citizens. On the other hand, it could be unco…

Now that we are well into the month of December, my three teenage daughters have provided me with their extensive Christmas lists — both electronic and hard copies — in triplicate. Full of the typical objects of adolescent desires like designer clothing, electronics, jewelry and luxury vehic…

Thanksgiving has almost forever been my favorite holiday. The pace is right, the faces are familiar and relaxed, and — for those of us not charged with weaving the crust atop the pie or deviling the eggs — there is simply no pressure.

One television viewer may cheer for or yell at game-show contestants and another television viewer may cheer for or yell at athletes or the referees of their competition, but both viewers would probably admit that their responses at home do not really make a difference to the outcome of the …

It is the holidays, with winter fast approaching. There is nothing any better than a good book to read or to give as a gift. Publishing houses scramble to get the latest print edition into the marketing place and all boast of having the latest bestseller. Requests for an interview with the a…

When Kenneth Smart hired me to be sports editor at the Kilgore News Herald back in 1987, I assumed he did so because he found someone willing to work 80-hour weeks covering sporting events for basically enough money to keep gas in the truck … to cover more sporting events.

If you had a roof over your head on Thanksgiving this year, you were blessed. If you had food on the table, you were blessed, and if you were acknowledged somehow and sometime throughout the day by family and friends, you were blessed.