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Faith, in 1 John 5:1-6, is the victory that conquers the world. In the context of a baptismal confession that emphasizes love for God and neighbor, this mighty claim is made: “For whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world: our faith” (v.4).

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the…

Happy Spring to you all! We survived the coldest winter East Texas has experienced in all of my lifetime. We’re seeing the negative results of the sub-zero temps with many plants, trees and flowers that have failed to bloom back this spring. It’s sad to see, but it’s the cycle of nature. We’…

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By hour 10 of sitting in the darkness, with no phone or internet and temperatures plunging to 3 degrees Fahrenheit, I knew a slow-motion disaster was underway. There was nothing to do but wait. Without electricity, my well would not pump water, which meant I couldn’t drip faucets, which mean…

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There’s a lot going on in May, with Mother’s Day and graduation to keep us busy. In planning for this month, it occurred to me that on Mother’s Day, the “pros” will be taking the day off, and the “amateurs” will be stepping up to the plate. So, keeping that in mind, I’m offering a couple of …

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Reading through an article on Texas groundwater management can often leave you scratching your head, thinking “Did I just read a military briefing or a baseball statistician report?”

“I am the true vine and my Father is the vine-grower” in John 15:1-8. With these abrupt words John introduces another symbol for our understanding of Christ and Christian disciples. The allegory reveals Christ as the vine, and believers as the fruit bearing branches that are cut away and bur…

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Last week, the House passed the only bill that we are constitutionally required to pass, the state budget. While the Legislature addresses many important issues each session, the budget is the only legislation that we are required to pass or come back for a special session.

Peter and John had been arrested and were being questioned, as indicated Acts 4:5-12. “By what power or by what name did you do this? (v. 7). Peter answered, “Let it be known to all of you ... that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom y…

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Last week, we welcomed the National Champion Baylor Bears men’s basketball team to the Capitol. It was great to celebrate these young men’s accomplishment! Celebrating Texans who have accomplished great feats is one of the biggest aspects missing from this session. I for one am looking forwa…

“We are God’s children now. What we will be has not yet been revealed” in 1 John 3:1-7. To be named and known as children of God is evidence of the love of the Father. Obedience and righteousness are evidence that one abides in him. But what if your father is God? John says that in Christ we…

The first letter of John is about life and light, as indicated in 1 John 1:1-2:2. He begins, “This life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father” (v. 2). Contending against the Gnostic heresy that condemned flesh and bl…

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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.