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April is designated Child Abuse Prevention Month nationally. In Panola County, we had one fatality to neglect and abuse in 2020. In our Region 4, we had 13 fatalities. And overall in Texas, we had 251 fatalities lost to the hands of parents and caregivers.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Early in the morning on the first Easter Day, three women came to the tomb with spices, revealed in Mark 16:1-8. They intended to complete the rites of burial of Jesus Christ. A heavenly messenger, dressed in white, addressed their overwhelming awe and fear with the words, “Do not be alarmed…

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“All men are created equal.” How is that possible? Equal according to Webster’s Dictionary is the state of being the same, and same is identified as a synonym. The definition refutes logic. We have male and female, different races, tall and short, etc. The use of the phrase in our Declaratio…

Jesus is not only the most important person who ever lived, but He’s also the most controversial. Throughout history, people have hated Him, ignored Him, loved Him, and died for His sake. Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked out of a carpenter’s shop to begin His ministry, and since then, an…

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If you want to see what life was like and what a community was doing in any particular year, pull a copy of a high school annual from just about any hometown and look at the ads in the back.

Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know — Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, ha…

Every high priest is chosen by God, Hebrews 5:5-10, and is also one who can sympathize with the weak. Christ is shown as one whom in Gethsemane, “learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation” (vv 8-9). Hebrews compares the…

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:24-25).

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Conservatives, can we all agree to stop apologizing for our politics and beliefs? Can we choose to back ourselves, and our traditional values, whenever the Left and their media attack dogs try to bully us into shutting up? For years, cancel culture has been tearing down statues, rewriting hi…

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This week marked one of the first important procedural deadlines of the 87th Legislative Session: the bill filing deadline. Friday (March 12) was the last day that members of the Legislature could file bills for consideration. As you can imagine, that resulted in a flurry of bill filings.

We are impatient and want to get there now! In some respect, we are like God’s people in today’s scriptures, Numbers 21:4-9. The Jews are moving from Mount Hor to the Red Sea. They are still very much a pilgrim people, not sure of their destination but anxious about the journey. Their grumbl…

The older I get, the more I realize, at times, I sound “old.” For instance, I was thinking the other day that “easier may not always mean better.” Gosh! That sounds like something one of my grandmothers would have said. Let me explain.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13).

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Have you ever done any genealogy research? My family history includes the Irish – maybe why we love potatoes so much! The potato famine of the mid-1800’s drove many Irish to leave their homeland and head for America. In honor of that heritage, I offer a couple of favorite potato recipes.

Peter and the other disciples could not conceive of a crucified God in Mark 8:31-38 when the one he had just called Messiah said “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering and be rejected and be killed” (v. 31). Notice Peter did use the term Son of God, the Son of Man. Jesus shows his char…

After the floodwaters, God, in Genesis 9:8-17, made a covenant with Noah. “Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth” (v.11). The rainbow is the sign. The covenant, made with the entire race, shows God’s desir…

Have you ever met someone who said, “Jesus never called himself God and didn’t consider himself to be God”? People with this belief fail to acknowledge a number of key pieces of evidence to the contrary. At least 11 times Jesus verbally expressed His deity to His followers:

Peter, James and John, in Mark 9:2-9, were with Jesus on Mount Tabor when Christ Jesus was transfigured. Elijah, the greatest prophet, was there. Moses, being allowed into the promise land, the great lawgiver, was there. In fear and confusion, Peter wants to build three booths and once again…

Jerusalem, in Isaiah 40:21-31, had been destroyed. Its leaders and promising youths had been deported by Babylon, a world power that controlled everyone and everything. In that context, the prophet Isaiah speaks words of comfort and hope. His God enthroned above the earth, sees its people as…

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While the 86th Legislature was sworn in last week, this week was the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor. I was pleased to hear Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick agree with the House's commitment to our public schools. Both renewed their support for our students and teachers and to funding public education. It is only with increased state funding that we can provide meaningful property tax reform to Texans.