I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. We have been in our house out here in the Oakwood outback since 2007. Everything was brand new then, even me, relatively. Now, everything is breaking down, including me, relatively. I look at myself in the mirror and it’s the same old face, b…

Rural land owners are often confronted by companies wanting to place pipelines, big electric towers, oil rigs, access roads and other intrusions on their properties. It often comes down to a battle between David and Goliath. One of the biggest problems for landowners is a good source of info…

Christians should be eager to discuss heaven no matter their age. Just the realization our time is so short should motivate us to use every minute in this life to serve Christ to the fullest. Moses prayed, “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” (…

Do you feel judged, guilty and alone in your helpless despair? If you are born-again, simply return to fellowship with your heavenly Father, casting your cares on Him who cares for you. If you have not been born-again, this feeling of guilt is a tremendous blessing from the Lord, because it …

If time and space permitted, I would include here Chapters 14-19 of 2 Samuel, the entire account of King David’s diabolical and tyrannical son Absalom. The story of Absalom is a historical drama that would make Hitler look like a choir boy. Absalom was a murderer, a tyrant, a lunatic and his…

Driving is what I do mostly these days. I go visit customers and give bids. I go check on my crews. I go to the post office, get haircuts, run errands. Sometimes, Margaret has to remind me to go meet someone and sometimes, I act like it’s a chore. But it’s not.

It took two planes to carry some dissident liberal Democrats from Austin to Washington, D.C. last week. As elected members of the Texas House of Representatives they decided to prevent a vote on some new Texas election laws. So, like a bunch of spoiled kids, they took their marbles and left …

Last week we discussed the different heavens: the atmosphere, celestial heaven, and paradise or the intermediate heaven where God resides and where believers reside before receiving their resurrected bodies at the rapture. The term “intermediate” is used to distinguish from the eternal state…

Isaiah 53 has long been one of the most beloved passages of the Old Testament because it so graphically and accurately describes (in advance) what the suffering Servant (the Messiah) would voluntarily submit to for the sake of His people. Isaiah 53 highlights the fact that it is the sufferin…

Jehoshaphat and Ahaziah (2 Chronicles 20:35); David and Michal (2 Sam 6); Abigail and Nabal (1 Samuel 25:3) – These are all examples of what the Lord called “unequal yokes” in the Bible. A yoke, of course, is the device that is used to tie two mules or oxen to each other side by side so that…

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Even though many House members and some state Senators are still in Washington, D.C. to break quorum, special session continues in Austin. The state Senate has enough members at the Capitol to continue working on important legislation we've been called to address. Though these measures canno…

A husband was at the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions for his wife. There were little markers on the floor showing where to stand but it was kind of hard to social distance back in the corner of the drugstore. As sometimes happens, the line backed up an aisle and he couldn’t tell who was in…

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On Saturday mornings in my YMCA weightlifting class all I can think of is Spongebob Squarepants lifting weights that are actually only stuffed animals on the ends of his weight bar.

Wild hogs are out of control. Just listen to farmers raising crops, making hay or just trying to enjoy their land. Several control—or attempted control—methods are used. The old tried-and-true high powered rifle works well. A well-designed trap has a place, and of course a set of dogs that l…

I’ve never jumped out of a plane with a parachute. I think it would be exhilarating. But I am convinced that opening my Bible is far more exhilarating. So, strap on your parachute and let’s dive off into the breathtaking book of Mark and when you reach chapter 5, pull the cord, and read vers…

I firmly believe that those who founded the United States of America intended this country be a nation of ordered liberty, rooted in and affirming of, Biblical truth. My belief is not blind faith. The proof is in their writings, both public and private.  David Barton of Wallbuilders, Peter M…

I watch my little grandson who is almost 3 years old, and it’s amazing how fast he is learning about life. He’s happy when he has his way, but when he’s told no or stop, he bows his head and sticks out his lower lip. How many of us are like this? Ha! All of us! I often think about the many s…

When I was a boy, uneducated to the ways of the world, or of creation or why or when the seasons came and went, or what the heck was a blue light special; still I was happy. I think childhood is like that; you don’t know much about history or geography, or your place in the world but you kno…

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On July 4, 1845 the Convention of 1845 was called to meet in Austin to consider the joint resolution of the US Congress proposing to annex the Republic of Texas. By a vote of 55 to 1, the delegates formally accepted the annexation offer from the US Congress. Texas was formally admitted to th…

Until recent years, service in the military was common for most of our political leaders. Over the last 70 plus years, only four of our Presidents served no time in the uniform of our country. It made no difference early on whether the president was a Democrat or a Republican—just that he ho…

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One of my favorite small baseball traditions is watching what the opposing team does when a player gets his first major league hit. I've seen it on TV a lot and in person a handful of times too. Most recently, I was in the press box at Wrigley for catcher P.J. Higgins' first hit on June 2. 

In the weeks ahead we will be discussing heaven and, hopefully, answer questions you might have and give you hope and assurance of your eternal home. Throughout this series, I recommend that you have your Bible as a companion so you can mark the referenced scriptures.

I hate to admit it, but the truth is I’m not perfect. Not only am I not perfect, but I ain’t even close. In fact, if I was to ‘let all the chickens out of the coop’ the truth is I’ve committed more sins since I got saved than I did before I met the Lord.

As our spiritual values become more centered on God, it’s normal to start looking forward to our eternal existence. For those who are in Christ, how exciting it is to know that our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus, our loved ones, our new name, our glorified body, inheritance, citizenship a…

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I spent a good while catching a frog in my pool. He was a big, long-legged fellow and doing no particular harm but it can be unsettling to the tourists when they encounter wildlife sharing the same attractions. 

Nearly 250 years ago, Thomas Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence which has been our guiding light. One of his statements tells it all! “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taki…

Prior to his murder by a Minneapolis policeman, George Floyd was hardly the kind of character who could be viewed in a positive, much less sympathetic, light. Up to that time, he was quite an accomplished career felon, with at least nine arrests, including counterfeiting, illegal drug usage …

God repeatedly comforts His people by telling them that His discipline and punishment of them is always tempered with His mercy. Thus far in history, the cup of YHWH’s wrath has only been fully poured out at one place and on one person. Only Jesus, God the Son, has drunk the full cup of wrat…

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Today, a man can declare himself a woman, a woman can identify as a man and either one can choose to be neither one or parts of one and some of the other; or incredibly: ‘non-binary.’

It may be a long winter coming up for farmers and ranchers. The recent bountiful rains have stifled wheat, oats and hay harvest over much of east, north and central Texas—and nearby states. That first cutting has been lost and the lost production has to be a worry for the next few months. Fe…

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We humans get risk wrong. We focus on what's top of mind or top of the fear chart — not what's a top killer.

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With session over, there’s time to reflect on what happened toward the end of session and the new laws the legislature passed over the past 140 days.

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Over a 12-year span at UCLA, American college basketball coach John Wooden won 10 national championships and their total of 11 remains a record today. Wooden is regarded as one of the most successful coaches in sports history, and more importantly an even greater person. He was a man of inte…

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King David, after an incredible sequence of events, is finally getting to do something he’s been wanting to do for some years. He’s moving the ark of the covenant from its place of temporary storage (2 Samuel 6:12-22) to its proper place at the center of Jewish life in Jerusalem. 

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I’m officially old enough to begin a sentence with “back in my day” and fill in the blank with something my kids or younger friends don’t care to hear or do not understand.

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