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In the 17th Chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus prays to God for his disciples with gratitude and encouragement as follows:

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Have you transitioned from condemning to caring, from renouncing sinners to receiving them? These are important questions for all Christians to consider. It’s one of the radical changes that happened to Matthew once Jesus rocked his world with “Follow Me!” The story jets ahead from the small…

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Students at St. Peter’s Episcopal School have been busy with a variety of events, including a Texas Independence Day celebration and a visit from the Cat in the Hat.

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation and simply did not know what to do? Are you in a place where you do not have the answer? 

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The well-known passage in the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 31, verses 31-34, declares the promise of a new covenant between God and his people.

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Perhaps one of the most commonly quoted Biblical statements is what is known as the Golden Rule. In Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 7, verse 12, are the words of Jesus: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you, for this is the law and the prophets”

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Tax-collectors were despised during the time of Jesus. These parasitic extorters were considered traitors to God and country, Jewish men who were hired by Rome to extract all manner of taxes from their own people. 

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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,…