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In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Solomon asks, “how can one man alone take care of himself?” His obvious conclusion is that he cannot. A man needs family and friends surrounding him. Solomon points out several examples. Two men working together can complete a job much more quickly than one alone. A man who is injured or sick will recover much more quickly if he has someone to care for him. If a man is attacked, it is much easier to defend himself, if he has one or two others to fight alongside him.

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The cost of owning a car begins after the purchase. Whether you’re dealing with an oil change or have major repairs to take care of, it’s important to use a mechanic or auto shop who is worthy of your trust. In 2018, BBB received 1.6 million inquiries and over 7,650 complaints on auto repair shops. BBB reminds consumers to do their homework before choosing a mechanic for vehicle repairs and maintenance.

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By Pastor Steve Ellison

Saturday, September 21, is National Museum Day. Each year the Smithsonian accepts applications from local museums to participate in National Museum Day. Again this year, your Vanishing Texana Museum, along with two other East Texas museums, has been selected to participate. Some of the guidelines, like free admission, are things we do already. Other items, like the uniqueness of our collection, make it a bit more difficult.

In the 15th century, Europe was in search of the spice of life. For them, salt was not enough. They also wanted cinnamon, pepper, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. It was for spices that the Portuguese sailed around the southern tip of Africa to reach India. During this time a pound of Ginger was equal in value to one live sheep.

As students dust off their backpacks these last few weeks and head back to school, Fall is definitely in the air. If only our Texas temperatures would cooperate and bring a dose of Fall weather to go along.

Solomon (The Preacher of Ecclesiastes) has examined the meaning of life from virtually every angle. He had the wisdom, the money, and the time to try anything and everything his heart desired. In Ecclesiastes chapter one and the first part of chapter two, Solomon has declared that everything in life is dull and monotonous and meaningless. He then recounts his efforts at finding meaning in his existence by seeking every pleasure for himself that is known to man. Solomon concluded that seeking pleasure is not the answer.

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived has written a terrific little book in which he searches for meaning in life. His search makes him very transparent to the whole world. He refers to himself as The Teacher or The Preacher. Solomon and Ecclesiastes have a great deal to say to every generation, including the current one. As we read through the Bible, pausing to examine the questions that God asks, we come to one in verse two of chapter two of Ecclesiastes. The question boils down to: What does pleasure accomplish?

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Graveside services for Brooklynn Grave Smith-McLelland will be held Saturday, September 28 at Neches Cemetery in Neches. Brooklynn was born September 18 and is survived by her parents, Christa Marie Smith and James Elgin McLelland. Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine is in charge of services.

Joyce Marie Bacon Davis, 63, of Crockett died 9-11-2019 in Crockett. Funeral will be at 11AM,Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Crockett under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Casey Lane Cox, 39 of Weatherford, will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, at Bailey & Foster Chapel, with Rev. Jordan Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in Pilgrim Cemetery. Mr. Cox passed away Monday.