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A set of 1,000 English vocabulary cards sits on my office shelf. They were printed in the 1950s. The words on the cards are beautiful—the font, the design of the box, the words themselves.

No, we don’t want to buy your “extended warranty” for our pickup! And please never call us again! But the calls did not stop. Callers continued their efforts offering a great deal on an extended warranty. Some folks report at least one call every day—with the caller asking for the car owner …

We read in Job 23:9, “When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.” Job always contended that if a heavenly court were convened, God would find him “not guilty.” The problem we see here is Job was having a problem finding God.

In Proverbs 29:20 the Bible says, “Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” Terrible battles, wars, destroyed relationships, ruined friendships and shipwrecked marriages have resulted from hastily uttered words. Words are powerful and forceful t…

Jeremiah chapter 2 seems to be one long diatribe of the Lord against His chosen people. He chose them not because they had any characteristic at all that made them more desirable than any other nation. In fact, He chose them before they were even a nation. Just as God created Adam from nothi…

For those who occasionally think about how to maintain and increase the spiritual aspects of your life, we must consider that our decisions are directly associated with accomplishing our destiny. I have thought about this for many years and have come to the conclusion that desire is one of t…

As the years go by, it seems I grow more introspective. I have done most all I will ever do, my children are grown and gone, and my work life is set and all directions pretty much settled. I smile nowadays at the energy and enthusiasm of youth, how they chase the butterflies and fly their ki…

Back in the “old times”—many years ago—Texas had the world by the tail when it came to having real influence in Washington, D.C. Our Texan congressmen had the power to make or break agriculture, business, military or other issues that affected our citizens. Now that power is no longer held i…

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One of the best baseball books ever written is Roger Angell's "The Five Seasons." In it, he chronicles what he considers the most pivotal set of seasons in baseball history. Spanning from 1972-1976, he highlights seismic changes to the game of baseball like the introduction of free agency an…

The Bible refers to a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory but what does this mean? I believe one answer would be the contentment of the conscience for those who know God and have decided to live in the awareness of His presence. How can we do this? We can train our minds to think about…

Evangelism. What comes to your mind when you hear the word evangelism? Maybe, a street preacher, a huge stadium revival, or names like Billy Sunday, D.L. Moody, or the great Billy Graham.

Just shy of 1500 years before the Messiah, the Son of God ,came into the world, the children of Israel were following Moses to the Jordan River, and they were about to cross it into their inheritance which God had promised them. However, two and a half of the 12 tribes (Reubenites, Gadites, …

In verses nine through thirteen of Jeremiah 2, God made it clear that He was not happy with those men who had been charged with shepherding the people of Israel because they were mixing idol worship with the worship of the one true God. Obviously, God would not, could not, should not stand f…

So I was sitting at the table, minding my own business, thinking no evil, happy with life, on my first cup of coffee. It had been a long summer, but you could feel change in the air. The mornings were getting cooler. The good Lord has seen fit to give those of us on this side of eternity one…

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One hundred and eighty-six years ago this week, the Texas Revolution began at Gonzales. On October 2, 1835 fighting broke out at Gonzales between Mexican soldiers and Texas militiamen. When the Mexican military commander in Texas received word that the American colonists refused to surrender…

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If Mark Zuckerberg seems irritable, he has good reason. His Facebook Empire is facing a digital scandal provoked by a former employee turned whistleblower.

In my life, I have known more than a few of those people who could be counted on to do the wrong thing every time. I mean, if you wanted something done completely wrong, half baked, half done, “jacked up” and broken down, you could always trust them to do it. These are not to be confused wit…

Hope is one of those dynamic words that deserves the title of catalyst when it comes to change. It is a spiritual attribute that God’s people should use regularly as it is filled with life, excitement and positive energy. Your first reaction to the idea of hope may be one of skepticism becau…

The largest radio receiver in the world is in New Mexico. Pilots call it the “Mushroom Patch.” It’s a huge array of satellite disks on 38 miles of railroad tracks and together they form one enormous telescope to look into the heavens. Our nation spends millions to search for a single message…

Jeremiah 2:1-8 has just a few words of narration by Jeremiah, but the vast majority of the passage is directly from the mouth of God. Israel was designated by the Lord as His chosen people as a mission to the nations of the world. Israel failed to persevere in obeying the Lord. Israel would …

The old man was reminiscing about a visit he had with a customer back in his salesman days. One of his favorite things in life was visiting with customers, seeing where they live, hearing their stories. Most times, folks like to talk, to show you their place, brag on their kids, etc. He enjo…

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This week, the Texas Legislature is meeting to discuss everything from redistricting to electricity and the grid. We've only got a few more weeks left in this special session, hopefully we will get everything done!

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I’ve loved him since I was five years old, yet never got to tell him. He was handsome, funny, goofy, and the brightest spot in this sad, lonely child’s life. His name was Bill Camfield and he gave laughter and fun to me and kids everywhere for years. I knew exactly what I would say if I ever…

Is nothing sacred? Folks who use banks for deposits and check writing are in for a surprise if the bureaucrats get their way. If the proposal for more control of our bank accounts becomes law, be prepared for major problems down the line. As of now, your bank has to file a report with the IR…

The United States has the largest Christian population in the world, 167 million. A study by LifeWay Research revealed 9 out of 10 households own a Bible, but only 1 in 5 Americans have read the Bible in its entirety and more than half, (53%) have read merely a smattering of passages to none.

The eight musicians hired aboard the supposed unsinkable RMS Titanic, from England, Scotland, Belgium and France, knew the end was in sight. The screaming, crying, shouting and horrified chaos as the sub-freezing water claimed deck after deck prompted these eight to try to lend some dignity …

Jeremiah 2:1-8 is Jeremiah’s first message to Israel. It has just a few words of narration by Jeremiah but the vast majority of the passage is directly from the mouth of God. Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, "Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the Lord, "…

Everyone wants a Savior, especially if it’s free. The biblical concept of crucifying our carnal nature and becoming a living sacrifice for Christ has never been popular. The martyrs and everyone who faces persecution for Christ understand there is a cost to loving God with all our heart, sou…

I’m sitting here at my laptop trying to figure out how to set the default font to something more agreeable to me. I write better when I see better. What I have now isn’t what I want and I’m tired of having to manually reset it each time it opens. It is very exasperating. I cannot seem to get…

The first official day of fall came this week on September 22. With it came a welcome cold front across the state and a beautiful Harvest Moon. Fall brings cooler weather, leaves changing colors and this year another special session.

It’s been a long time since we have had a Texas Agriculture Commissioner who wanted only to serve Texas farmers and ranchers, rather than using the office to move up the political ladder. Back years ago, John White was a longtime fixture in the office of supporting Texas farmers and ranchers…

Last week Hurricane Nicholas made landfall, impacting the coastal region of Southeast Texas and neighboring counties. Though the storm hit as a hurricane, it was later downgraded to a tropical storm and then to tropical depression. There are 19 counties under the disaster declaration and fiv…

No spiritual discipline is more important than spending time in God’s Word. There is simply no substitute. Unfortunately, many of us have more Bibles in our homes than some churches in third-world countries. But some rarely read them. The first part of Bible intake we will discuss is the hea…

As I continue my reading in a chronologically arranged Bible, I have made it past Manasseh and Amon and into the reign of the boy king Josiah. Most of the questions God asked of humans were rhetorical but not this pair of questions asked of Jeremiah about 13 years into the reign of Josiah wh…

The idea of not being spiritually prepared to trust Christ because of a lack of interest is like being told that you have been scheduled to box a champion fighter this coming Friday night, even though you have no boxing experience and are in terrible physical condition. It’s too late to star…

I know I’ve got this all wrong. I can feel it in my bones, but still can’t make any sense of it. Nobody would make things this difficult on purpose. But they do.

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You know those people, the ones who start putting out the pumpkin stuff the second the calendar turns from the bitter end of August to day one of the “ember” months.

Over the weekend, we recognized the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We remember and pray for all the Americans who were killed during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. Let us never forget.

I don't remember what day it was exactly, but at some point early this summer I reached a breaking point. I was still driving my old Hyundai (it has since gone to the great parking lot in the sky) on my way to cover a game at Wrigley Field.

Discipline is a word that conjures thoughts from our childhood. But, as Christians, the word discipline should take on a whole new meaning. Always remembering, discipline without direction is drudgery. In Paul’s words, “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On th…

Last week’s introduction to Philemon is available at the Palestine Herald-Pressweb site and it would benefit you to have that as a springboard for this week’s study. It’ll only take you a few minutes to read Philemon, and I urge you to do so before you go further in this column.

Soon after Jesus had resurrected, we find a beautiful passage found in John chapter 20 that is a wonderful example of how much God loves us and wants to encourage us. The friends and family of Christ were gathered together after his horrific crucifixion and were still grieving over his death…

Plenty of obstacles are facing us as our citizens strive to get things back to normal—whatever “normal” was in the past. The Covid virus rages, inflation is taking its toll, the U.S.-Mexico border invasion continues to fester, the fiasco in Afghanistan, a President dead set to print more mon…

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