What do you want people to remember about you? If you’re a believer, the greatest compliment you could receive is the recognition that you walked with God. To walk with God means to keep Him at the center of our lives.

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What do you want people to remember about you? If you’re a believer, the greatest compliment you could receive is the recognition that you walked with God. To walk with God means to keep Him at the center of our lives.

The prophet in Malachi 3:1-4 tells of a messenger who will prepare the way for the sudden appearance of the Lord. He will be like “refiner’s fire” and “Fullers’ soap” (v. 2) in the community of faith. Priests (the sons of Levi) will be purified and their service and sacrifices, which have we…

God’s love is not like ours. Human love is an affection for another person that is based on feelings and can change at any moment. In contrast, divine love is unconditional because it is not based on our actions, but on God’s nature. His nature is consistent, and so is His love for us.

Jesus, in John 18:33-37, was led to the praetorum, a magnificent palace that Herod the Great built for himself, and that Roman Procurators or agents of the emperor used when they came to Jerusalem from Caesarea. It was the judgment hall. Christ was standing in this palace when Pilate entered…

Hannah, in 1 Samuel 1:11-20, was grieving because she was childless and barren. One day she prayed, “If only you will... give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a Nazirite until the day of his death” (v. 11). Nazirite means one separated or one consecrated. Hanna…

Veterans are an important part of all our lives because they protected the freedoms we enjoy. After their service in the U.S. military, veterans go on to be valuable members of our communities. With that in mind, let us honor them this Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, thank them for their service and celebrate them.

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Panola County has plenty of winding, scenic backroads to enjoy. Anyone who has taken time to explore this section of the Sabine River valley has observed the wooded bottomlands, the wide open pastures and the piney hilltops. It’s actually pretty difficult to pick a favorite view around here.…

Jesus Christ, in Hebrews 9:24-28, did not enter a temple made by human hands. He entered heaven itself. Nor did he offer himself again and again, as sacrifice for sin. “He has appeared once for all... to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself, as indicated in verse 26” He will appear again f…

Veterans are an important part of all our lives because they protected the freedoms we enjoy. After their service in the U.S. military, veterans go on to be valuable members of our communities. With that in mind, let us honor them this Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, thank them for their service and celebrate them.

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Each Veterans Day — this year observed on Thursday, Nov. 11 — we are all reminded of our military veterans and compelled to say thank you for their service. As one of the approximately 2 million Texans who have served in the United States Armed Forces and one who also did a tour in Afghanistan, here’s what I want you to know about the promise our veterans represent for our workforce.

Aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to make us unfruitful and useless. The secret to living a productive life is not found in a pill, a drink, or an exercise routine, but in heeding what the Lord says. God is the One who ultimately determines the number of our days, but we have the resp…

Jesus and one of the scribes agreed, in Mark 12:28-34, that the two great commandments are these: 1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and 2. Love your neighbor as yourself. When the scribe added, “This is much more important than all whole burnt offerings…

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…

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…

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).

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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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.

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…

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Believe it or not, we’re halfway through the third quarter of 2021. In the world of groundwater management, this time of year usually represents the peak of groundwater usage and the highest likelihood of drought conditions. In other words, if we can get through September relatively unscathe…

Paul’s life was an amazing example of perseverance through dangers, suffering, and threats of death. According to 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, he experienced imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecks, and dangers from travel, weather, robbers, the Jews, the Gentiles, and false brethren. His goal was to…

Out of the heart come all kinds of evil, and the first place they go is the tongue, James 3:6. How many of us have wished we had not said that careless word or made that too quick response? Of course, we all have. Whoever invented the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words …

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Muscadines are a type of grape that grows well in our area, ripening in late August to early September. My mother and I both have vines, but I actually prefer to use her purple ones for jelly. The green variety tastes the same to me, but the purple ones make a much prettier jelly.

Solomon’s wise saying about generosity, we find in Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23. A good name is better than riches. “Those who are generous are blessed” (v. 9). The Lord cares for the poor and oppressed, therefore do not “rob the poor... or crush the afflicted” (v. 22).

After Moses died, God gave Joshua the task of leading His people into the Promised Land. Although Joshua had been trained by Moses and had worked under him, the thought of replacing Moses and taking responsibility for these people must have filled Joshua with fear and trembling. Joshua also …

A controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees centered in the conflict between traditional practices and the truth of God, revealed in Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. “You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition” (v.8). This being done today, with such questions definition of a …

The news was quickly spreading. People loved the new teacher in Galilee, and now He was coming to Nazareth. It was a Sabbath day when He stood up among them and began reading from the book of Isaiah. But wait. They knew that guy. Wasn’t that Joseph’s son? He grew up with them. What was their…

Ephesians 5:15-20, is encouraging us to be imitators of Christ. the Ephesian letter counsels wisdom. “Make the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (vv. 16 –17). God was serious about the world. He sent his only Son. …

Life is composed of a series of decisions, which is why it’s important to have a plan for making wise choices. The Bible is filled with verses about prayer and discovering God’s will. If we follow a plan based on God’s Word, we’ll make decisions wisely and avoid the difficulties and heartach…

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For a dedicated cook, a kitchen remodel can be a blessing. During the process, however, it seems much the opposite! I currently have no countertops, no stove, and no sink, so experimenting with recipes will have to wait a while. However, here are a couple of great potato salad recipes for th…

When Joab led King David’s warriors out to fight against the rebellion of his son, Absalom, as revealed in 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33, it was with the words, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom” (v. 5). There was a son who wanted his father dead. There was a father who wanted…

Sometimes, when we think about fearing God, we feel like we might lose out on the good things in life. But the truth is there are many blessings that come with acknowledging God’s sovereignty and power. Here are a few reasons why reverencing the Lord is a very good idea.