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“Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” And they said, “So do, as you have said.” (Genesis 18:4-5)

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Many churches will be observing Transfiguration Sunday this Sunday as Peter, James and John had a vision of being led up into a mountain top experience in the presence of Jesus.

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In an article in First Things by Matthew Schmitz, the writer quotes President Barack Obama saying in 2018, “We live in a time of increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order,” which he traced to a trend that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril the loss of meaning an…

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It was a sunny day, and I walked into The Dove’s Nest, a Christian book store in Kerrville.

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Kirk and Kelle Richter are ordinary Hill Country folks experiencing extraordinary relationships with Jesus. 

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The term “Evangelical Christians” is often misunderstood and misused to describe a cohort of right-wing white supremacist religionists who our president identifies as his supporters and who have adapted to or agreed with his personal values.

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I was recently talking with a lady in our church. Because of circumstances in her life, she has been pondering God’s power. As we know from the New Testament, when a person is “born of the Spirit,” the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within that person permanently. And since the Holy Spirit is fu…

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Walking through the house, I glanced toward the kitchen and decided to grab a cup of coffee. I placed my cup under the Keurig, pressed “brew,” then turned to answer my phone. Turning back, I wondered what in the world had happened. The counter was flooded with coffee. 

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Area women of all ages are invited to a retreat, “Joy in the Journey,” set for Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 135 Methodist Encampment Road.

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After a week of selling baked goods on campus, Our Lady of the HIlls Regional Catholic High School students raised $695.89 for The Pregnancy Resource Center, and the Knights of Columbus pledged to match their donation.  

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In Chapter 12 of the Gospel of Mark, some Pharisees came to Jesus to test him and said to him, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and …

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In his Letter to the Ephesian Church, Paul admonishes from prison the unity of the Body of Christ. These words from the 4th chapter speak to the churches of our day as well:

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Fire and Glory Night set for Jan. 17 at Inn of the Hills

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The Old Testament Book of First Kings describes a vision by King Solomon (David’s son and successor) in Chapter 3, verses 5 to 15 as follows:

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Whether you are pushing the proverbial boulder uphill or have the wind in your sails, whether you are young, old, first time or last time reader, saved, unsaved or unsure, trust me, you need the truth about to be conveyed. 

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Whether you are pushing the proverbial boulder uphill or have the wind in your sails, whether you are young, old, first time or last time reader, saved, unsaved or unsure, trust me, you need the truth about to be conveyed. 

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What will you do in 2020 that will outlive you? The Father of American Psychology, William James, said, “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” 

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“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord,’” says King David in Psalm 122.

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With the beginning of 2020, it is time to take inventory of our lives and prepare for the future. As I looked at my own life, walk with God and where I want to go, I discovered there are things I want to take into the new year and things I need to leave behind. What about you? What do you wa…

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As we begin a new year many people will make resolutions. But if we are honest most of the things we resolve to do or be seem invariably to fall by the wayside and are easily forgotten. Many are trivial or insignificant to begin with – or turn out to be wishful thinking.  

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In August 2017, we loaded my Honda Accord and his Honda Civic for the long drive to Marshall, Texas and East Texas Baptist University. Our youngest was headed off to college where he would play basketball and hopefully get a degree in four years. 

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As we approach the completion of the Advent season this weekend, our focus is now on the celebration of the miraculous birth of Jesus on Wednesday, Christmas Day. 

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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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Could your smile be your legacy? Our legacy is what lives on after we are gone. It’s how we will be remembered. The question is not if you will leave a legacy, because everyone will. The question is what kind of legacy are you going to leave?

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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: