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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. 

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What would you do if you were free?  

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One of the best Beatles songs was one called “You Won’t See Me.” It’s credited to Lennon and McCartney, but it was written by Paul McCartney in a single evening after his girlfriend, Jane Asher, broke up with him.

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In our nation that again has just celebrated its independence in a world ruled by dictators and wannabees who kiss it up to them, the Psalmist reminds us and reaffirms who is really in charge, the One who indeed created the world inhabited by the nations in the first place.

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Br. David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, teaches about the transforming power of living gratefully — not just when something wonderful or special happens, but every day, no matter what is happening.

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You have to admit that scabs are rather gnarly, not pretty to look at or think about. But I’ll bet there are few people who have not sported hard, crusty scabs of one kind or another.

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Back in May, I was listening to the beautiful voice of a woman who was singing the national anthem at the Kerrville National Day of Prayer. When she came to the last line of the verse, she belted out, “O’re the land of the free and the home of the brave.” 

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John Lithgow, a Tony Award-winning Broadway actor, was asked how he motivates himself to perform eight shows a week. He explained he finds encouragement in a statement he attributed to Sir Thomas Beecham, the founder of the London Philharmonic. 

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A character in Tolkien’s “Fellowship of the Ring,” an Elf named Gildor, makes this observation about his people: “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from wise to wise, and all courses may run ill.” 

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Zion Lutheran Church will host vacation Bible school June 17-20 at the church, 624 Barnett St. The theme of this year’s VBS is “To Mars and Beyond.”

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Impact Christian Fellowship hosted its first vacation Bible school June 3-7, with children attending from 8 a.m. to noon each day. With the theme “Game Changers,” Children’s Pastor Brent Davis said the event exceeded expectations.

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Several weeks ago, the youth of the First Presbyterian Church led the worship service on Youth Sunday. Teenagers often are stereotyped as fickle, distracted and holding simplistic religious ideas — if any at all. 

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This year, Kerrville Bible Church turns 40 years old — and the local Christian community will celebrate in style at a special anniversary service and reception June 23.

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In January 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that “insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic” linked to everything from vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and chronic diseases ranging from hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity and even cancer. 

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Driving in my car, I listened to a news station report on the June 6 D-Day celebrations commemorating the day of the Normandy landings — initiating the Western Allied effort to liberate western Europe from Nazi Germany. 

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The beautiful and well-known 500-acre Mo-Ranch camp and conference center in Hunt had a problem. Children from the Rio Grande Valley have not been attending its camps in any recognizable numbers. Why?

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The hot Texas sun was beaming down highlighting the green rows of cotton, corn and melon that lined the road. I was driving down U.S. 90 on my way to Uvalde, thinking of how I love seeing all the fruits and vegetables this part of the country produces. 

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The prophet Jeremiah in chapter 31, verses 31-34, announces a “New Covenant” between God and his chosen people:

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We’ve all heard variations on the notion that the world is comprised of “two kinds of people.” Coke people and Pepsi people. Dog people and cat people. Beach people and mountain people. You get the idea. 

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Debbie Taylor Williams has been named 2019 National Mother of Achievement by American Mothers Inc.  

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A baccalaureate service for all area high school graduates is set for 5 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets.

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Where are you right now in your life? Are you in a difficult situation or a low spot? Are you trying to just keep your head above the water as the storm rages? Do you feel all alone and caught in the waves?