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Ruth, in Ruth 1:1-19, was a foreign woman from Moab who had married a Hebrew. When he died, she chose to go with her mother-in- law, Naomi, to Judah, rather than enjoy the security of her own people. Urged once and then again to turn back, Ruth spoke those cherished words, “Entreat me not to…

East Texas Baptist University hosted its seventh annual Calling Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 20, for ETBU students who are drawn to vocational ministry. The conference provided students with a deeper understanding of identifying and pursuing their callings with opportunities to learn from experienced ministry professionals.

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James Bogs, Panola College alumnus, former Beckville band director and certified musical therapist, shared his journey from music educator to music therapist with the Carthage Music Club in the First Methodist Church Parlor at the club’s October meeting.

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Carthage TOPs 1677 attended the Athens TOPS rally. Congratulations to Ella Sherley for her Recognition on two years KOPs status and to Carolyn Moore being recognized for weight loss between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1, 2021. Thanks to all for willingly participating in reading the walking off candy c…

Is temptation in and of itself morally wrong? What do philosophers say about our tempting desires? What do theologians say? A 7th annual symposium in Kilgore will take up the topic “Are we responsible for our tempting desires?” and all are welcome to join in the discussion with their questions and comments at the free event, Sunday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Devall Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Kilgore College (1116 Broadway Blvd. between Nolen and Elder Streets in Kilgore).

The healing of Bartimaeus, in Mark 10:46-52, is the final miracle performed by Jesus, according to Mark’s Gospel. The setting of the miracles occurs just when Jesus leaves Jericho and begins the last leg of his journey to Jerusalem. Jesus’ eyes are fixed upon Jerusalem; he knew what he was f…

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The Carthage Book Club gathered Friday, Oct. 8 at the beautiful Stillwood property located at 133 County Road 490 in Carthage. It is both a home and a venue, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Ladd Hoffman and family. Dr. Hoffman is a practicing surgeon in Carthage and Henderson. Mrs. Hoffman and her mot…

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Carthage Service League members donated a variety of canned goods for Samaritan House during the October meeting at the Sammy Brown Library hospitality room. This annual collection helps with the meals during the holiday season.

At some point in our lives, we all face fearful situations. But if we yield to what we know is wrong, our lives will be filled with entanglements and trouble. Instead of being frail Christians who make our decisions out of fear, let’s become followers of Christ who hold firmly to God’s stand…

James and John, in Mark 10:35-45, asked for chief places in Christ’s kingdom and were asked in return, “Are you asked to drink the cup that I drink?” (v. 38). The disciples, indignant with the Zebedees, were told, “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant” (v. 43).

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The inaugural Beers & Brats Music Festival was held in downtown Carthage Saturday evening in front of the Esquire Theater. The Country Music Hayride and The Giving Garage Foundation teamed up to host the fundraiser.  Both The Southern Impact Band and The Dusty Boots Band performed as gue…

Job indicates that his suffering would be more bearable if only he knew why it was happening. Job did not know that God had allowed Satan to test his faith, so Job is continuing to seek God. Job, in Job 23:1-9, 16-17, dares to seek a day in court with God. “Oh, that I knew where I might find…

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Carthage Music Club members welcomed their scholarship recipient, Austin Atkisson, who performed Mozart Sonatina, Movement 1, Allegro by W.A. Mozart (arr. by Jay Ernstsolo), at the first club meeting of the year in the Frances Ross Ballroom at Panola College. Atkisson is a young trombonist a…

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I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since my first food column appeared in the Panola Watchman. I hope you’ve tried some of the recipes I’ve offered, and would love to know what you would like to see in future editions. Let me hear from you!

In the beginning, God spoke through his prophets, but in Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12, he is speaking through his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, while on earth, was made a little lower than the angels. He is now crowned with glory and offers us the gift of salvation. We should realize that all things ar…

When Queen Esther, in Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, was asked by the king, “What is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom,” she asked nothing for herself, but asked for the freedom of her people, the Jews. Haman, who had undertaken to destroy the Jews, was hanged on the very gallows he…

What exactly is courage? Biblical courage is a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to meet the challenges of life with fearlessness, calmness and firmness. Courage is fear that has said its prayers, and it fights to the end.

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The Panola College Drama Department will present Dearly Departed, written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones and produced by special permission from Dramatists Playservices Inc., as its annual fall dinner theatre and dessert matinee production on Sept. 24, 25, and 26.

Jesus asked, in Mark 8:27-38, “But who do you say that I am”? Peter confesses every true disciple’s faith, “You are the Messiah” (v. 29). This one from God, the only one who has it right, tells of his suffering, rejection, and death. Those who follow must come to terms with their crosses, an…