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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Updated April 4, 2014 12:40 PM
In his book, “Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives, Charles Swindoll concludes his thoughts on the importance of an impressive finish in life by telling of his experience playing in the Third Marine Division Band. He says he learned that the most important notes are the last few bars of the piece. “You can recover from a rough beginning,” he writes.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Updated April 4, 2014 12:40 PM
When I was growing up you could always tell who the good men were by the white hats they wore. Bad men always wore black hats. That made it rather convenient for those of us who were watching so we knew who would be winning at the end. When you were in trouble all you had to do was look for someone wearing a white hat. Today, nobody wears hats, which has introduced a rather confusing element into our society.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
There I was, sitting in a medical reception area awaiting my call into the office of a Dermatologist. I’ve sometimes been troubled by pre-cancerous conditions that have required treatment or removal, so when an irritation developed around a dark spot hiding beneath my left sideburn, I made an appointment with my doctor to see what it was all about. At the call of the office receptionist, I made my way into a small, sterile, suspense room to wait again, this time for the doctor himself; the ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014
Lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days which, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by the Devil. In modern times, observers of Lent give up an action of theirs considered to be a vice, add something that is considered to be able to bring them closer to God; some believers add a regular spiritual discipline, such as read ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014
I have long ago given up trying to keep up with the Joneses, and not just because they have moved away. I have a hard enough time trying to keep up with myself, let alone trying to figure out what somebody else is doing so I can top them at it. One aspect of trying to keep up with the Joneses is being on top of what is referred to as being Politically Correct.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014
I made the mistake the other night of complaining out loud. It is one thing to complain under your breath so that nobody hears you or knows what you are complaining about. But when you complain out loud, then you run the chance of somebody hearing you. “What are you complaining about,” my wife said directing the question to me. My wife has a delicate way of backing me in a corner where I have to say what is on my mind.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014
“They’re the salt of the earth,” we often say of people we hold in high regard. Why? What’s the origin of this complimentary comment? Our Lord called His disciples the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13) because salt preserves and purifies. He wanted them to know they were responsible for preserving certain values and exerting a purifying influence on others. So are we!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 5, 2014
The public is invited to attend the Ash Wednesday service at First Christian Church at 1105 Oatman Street in Llano. The service will begin at 5:00 pm. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning the Lenten Service, 40 days before Easter. Ash Wednesday honors Jesus’ last journey before the annual Passover season.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 5, 2014
I have been going to church for more years than I care to remember. If I tried to remember how many years it is, I might then remember how old I am. Knowing how old I am does not have any appeal to me. I rather like going to church. I do not go to church because I have to.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • Posted January 24, 2014
Some people have what they call their “bucket list.” I am not too sure what this is all about but it seems to me it is a list of things people would like to do before they “kick the bucket.” Me, I do not plan to kick any bucket as long as I am alive.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • Posted January 24, 2014
On May 6, 1934, a young minister in Charlotte, North Carolina, named Vance Havner, devoted his weekly column in the Charlotte Observer to a problem that relates to discouraged people today: how to find the source of joy in tough times. When Havner penned his message to the people of Charlotte, the world was in the depths of The Great Depression; people were out of work, numbers of his readers had lost their homes and savings; some were hungry.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 16, 2014
I was sitting on the back porch sipping an ice-cold tea with a splash of lemon when I received a text from a relative up north. I was enjoying a pleasant afternoon basking in the winter sun of Florida. I am not sure what God was thinking of when He created the north with all that bad weather and snow and such, but I know what He was thinking of when He created the South especially Florida.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Posted January 16, 2014
Memory is a beautiful thing, that is, when it is working. I must confess there are many times in which my memory is on some kind of a vacation. What I want to know is simply this, how do you know you have forgotten something if you have forgotten it? I do many things I cannot remember exactly why I do them.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 • Posted December 27, 2013
Christmas has arrived and you’re not merry. Memories of Christmases past haunt you with scenes of simpler, more meaningful times. You’re tired of all the commercialism, crime and holiday hype that has come to be a part of what ought to be a season of reflection and joy over what really happened in Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophets of old. “Christmas?” “Bah!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 • Posted December 27, 2013
During this time of the year, a certain controversy raises its ugly red-scarfed head. Year after year, this hullabaloo continues and nobody has taken the initiative to deal with this holiday wrangling. That is, until now. Normally, I am a mild-mannered person and just to be on the safe side, I stay out of telephone booths.