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Residents of the Elm Creek Park area are invited to join neighbors to sing or listen to their favorite Christmas carols at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, on the outdoor campus of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 135 Methodist Encampment Road.

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This season of Advent is a time for soul searching as we seek forgiveness and anticipate anew the promise of redemption amid these chaotic and evil times. It is a time when we again anticipate the coming of the Savior, the bringer of peace to our anxious souls.

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It was a sweltering day, a hurried arrival at the hotel, and a quick change of clothes before our host driver would pick up my daughter and me to take us to the Arise Conference. I would be presenting Kidz Time Devotional for moms to use to teach their children God’s Word. Lauren and I rushe…

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The lyrics and melody to what would become a remarkable song were composed by a procrastinating 19-year-old seeking God’s belated inspiration. He sat alone, lights dimmed, after midnight seeking direction at a new grand piano. Only a few hours remained before this song was promised, to his P…

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many are already thinking about their Thanksgiving menu, travel plans and seeing those they love. All of those things are great, but what does God have to say about giving thanks, and how do we do that in our everyday life? 

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One of the most excellent books on church renewal I have ever encountered is “Divine Renovation — Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission.” Written by Father James Mallon, this Catholic publication is the creation of the leading pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Halifax, Nova Scotia,…

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You can hear something so many times it becomes white noise. The same message, even if true and wonderful, can grow old and blurry until it fades from awareness. Like elevator music it just fades into oblivion. This can even happen in the spiritual realm with the greatest of all subjects. We…

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My life has been anything but normal for quite some time now. I have discovered that walking with God is anything but boring and normal.

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It was Sunday, July 4, 1976 and we were out of ice.  Old Hickory Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Nashville, was white capping that morning from the gusty winds. Our modest houseboat was tied securely to some trees in a protective cove. Leaving Mom behind, Dad, my older brother and I hopped…

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“Turn that frown upside down,” my mother said to me during my childhood if I was pouting and unhappy about things not going my way.  Before my first day of high school she told me, “Smile and say ‘hi’ to people when you pass them in the halls.”  

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In the practical little New Testament book, the Letter of James, he admonishes his readers in chapter 3 about the dangers of a loose tongue:

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It was a hot summer day in 2009, and Joe, my late husband, and I were sitting in our living room. He was battling a rare cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, and was recovering from a surgery that removed a 19-centimeter tumor from his shoulder. He had lost function of his arm.

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“Eleanor Rigby,” recorded by The Beatles, with vocals by Paul McCartney, marked a new musical direction for the baby boomer generation’s most prolific rock band. The song is often described as a lament for lonely people. Eleanor Rigby’s lyrics conclude with the chorus: 

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Pastor Peter Marty, publisher and editor of Christian Century Magazine, tells in a recent editorial of what the German psychologist Hermann Egginhaus published in 1885 about his work on what has been called “the forgetting curve,” the phenomenon that many researchers still study about.

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On May 7, at around 7:45 in the morning, my mother passed from this life into eternity, from this Earth into heaven, from a hospital bed, catheter and pain patches into the pain-free presence of God. The Lord allowed me to be by her side when she breathed her last. Her face re-

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“The right perspective, to come face-to-face with Jesus, is on our knees,” said Pastor David Mainse, who was described by Christianity Today as “Canada’s Top Trusted Televangelist.”

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In times like these, it is important for people of faith to continue to look to God for strength, courage, assurance and in fellowship with Jesus, who loves us in spite of our fears and sins.

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I love how God is good at being a genius. He always sees our hearts and is attentive to our needs. He is the best friend I have ever had, because he is always around and always listening to me. 

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Motorcyclists from across the region will be in Kerrville for the 2019 Light Up the Hills Regional Retreat, set for Sept. 13-14, featuring speakers and rides throughout the area.

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Five time zones away, on the outskirts of Freetown in Sierra Leone, Africa, is a man from Kerrville, his wife and their three precious children. Their story is unique in that both Geoffrey and Nicole were called to missions and even to this part of the world before they ever met. 

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This summer, I had the joy of taking our grandchildren bowling. The electronic scoreboard quickly tallied each of our scores. Logan, our oldest grandson, asked how strikes and spares are tallied, but since it had been years since I’d kept score, I wasn’t sure. 

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Generosity is one dimension of the vitality of 99-member Sherrill’s Ford Presbyterian Church in rural North Carolina. This small but vital church has a tenacious grip (literally) on the good that sure-footed creatures can bring to impoverished communities overseas. 

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The Christian Women’s Job Corps kicked off the fall semester with a luncheon introducing the new class of interns to the volunteers. The Aug. 22 potluck was well attended, and classes began Aug. 26. Graduation will be Nov. 12 at Impact Christian Fellowship. Shown above are many of the volunt…

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As the writer of the Book of Proverbs admonishes in Chapter 2, verse 6, “Train children in the right way, and when old they will not stray.”

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You may actually know Dr. Geoffrey and Nicole Moses. He was recently a caring hospitalist at PRMC. Nicole is an occupational therapist and devoted mother of their three beautiful children, Myla, Elias and Haven. I pastor their sending church, Kerrville Bible.  

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“You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss!” is the opening lyric of one of the most famous love songs of all time from one of the best romance movies of all time, “Casablanca.” 

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It seems as if most of the whole Old Testament deals with God’s punishment of Israel for its repeated rejection and disobedience, and unfaithfulness of God’s chosen people, yet He loved and favored and blessed them even though they repeatedly disobeyed God’s demands and purposes he had for them.

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Too many times, we listen to other people, popular opinion, the voice of fear, our own insecurities instead of listening to what God says. When we listen to anyone but God, it is like we shoot ourselves in the foot. 

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Are you aware that one of Texas’ most beautiful worship sanctuaries is located nearby? In fact, Trip Advisor ranks it as one of the three most popular attractions in Fredericksburg, the tourism center of The Texas Hill Country.

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Do you know what happened today? Oh, not today 2019. You may be reading this early in the morning and nothing has happened as far as you know. But what happens today may be historically remembered in our nation, world, or even personal life. Yes, we never know what the day before us holds. I…

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Today is a good time to celebrate the goodness and greatness of God. In fact, it is always a good time to do so, because we are always needing to be reminded that fulfillment in life needs to rise above the superficialities and trivialities that constantly draw us away from a deep relationsh…

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For decades in our country, the decline of biblical literacy has been lamented. This decline is often associated with moral and social decline and the rise of indifference to religion. The problem may not only be that people lack information or discussions about religion, but that we don’t d…

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God’s grace is something that has helped me through many hard days in my life. His grace is never rationed, in short supply or earned. It is always hanging around, but sometimes, it is hidden in plain sight because we do not understand it.