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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 29, 2015
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano commemorated the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision making abortion-on-demand legal in the United States, with a memorial garden of white crosses erected on the church property. Fifty seven crosses comprise a “Cemetery of the Innocents” and reflect the parish’s sorrowful remembrance of the more than 57 million abortions which have occurred since the 1973 Supreme Court decision commonly referred to as Roe v.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 29, 2015
December and early January featured the annual college football bowl games, nearly all of them ending with trophy presentations. The last few weeks have brought trophies to deserving professional teams as they eliminated lesser squads on their way to the big showdown. Now all eyes are on the two teams left in the chase that will soon compete for the most prestigious trophy of all: the one given to the undisputed champions, the winners of the Super Bowl. What makes a champion? A desire to win; ...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
After a Broadway dinner theater, a Mystery dinner theater and many bags of Costa Rican coffee sold for fundraising, the Llano community now has the chance to hear first hand about the work going on in Costa Rica.  Ray and Lidia Zirkel, full time missionaries in Costa Rica will be here to present all the many facets of their work there.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
Recent press releases on the length of life for men in Iceland took many by surprise. Conventional wisdom had touted the value of a warm climate in causing one to live longer. Now, it seems, the facts prove that heading for cooler climbs may be a better idea. The average lifespan of a man in Iceland is currently 81.6 years which is the longest in the world, though the current Icelandic eruptions of smoke and ice may temper the enthusiasm of any who had suddenly been motivated to retire there. ...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
I must confess I do have some old-fashioned biases. I would be the first to admit I’m not up to date on the latest fad or trend. Reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the year before me, I have to take some calculations. To be a well-dressed man today, according to the latest fads and trends I have noticed, I need to throw away my belt and let my trousers drop all the way down to my knees. Let me go on record as saying, never in a million years will that happen. Then there is ...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014
All my life I have been careful about succumbing to the temptations of life. I have not always been successful and have fallen into some. Oscar Wilde famously said, “I can resist anything except temptation.” We all know the end of his life. Temptation is the hardest thing in life to resist.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
The Llano Ministerial Alliance invites your family to enjoy the 18th Annual Christmas Stroll December 10 at 6:00 pm. This Llano Christmas tradition is a perfect way to slow down from the hustle and bustle of the season. The Christmas stroll will take you under the canopy of lights as you visit seven of Llano’s churches.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
A group of wise men with singing camels was recently sighted at the Methodist Church Family Life Center.  The three emissaries from the East explained that they were searching for a newborn king.  Unfortunately, their first stop is into the court of the devious King Herod, who sings disgustedly,”You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Magi” to them.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
In his book, “LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS,” the still highly regarded nineteenth century minister, C.H. Spurgeon, wrote: “I have one blind eye and one deaf ear and they are the best ear and eye that I have.” This trainer of ministers was simply passing on the advice of Solomon written long before him: “Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken” (Ecclesiastes 7:21). When I hear someone say, “I’m always the last to know about trouble in my church,” I know I’m in wise compa ...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
Being successful is something we all desire. Everyone, at least everyone I know, wants to succeed at what they are doing. Most of all they want to succeed in life. In the world there are several things that mark success. You can take all kinds of courses on being successful.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
“Do you still look out your study window and give thanks?” asked my grandson, his question being drawn from memories of childhood. Allow me to explain. During one of the most difficult periods of my life, I started this early appointment to give thanks because of the following wise words from A.W.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 13, 2014
The Llano Ministerial Alliance will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Wright Street, Llano, Texas. The annual sermon will be delivered by Father Jerry Sneary of the Grace Episcopal Church of Llano. Other local ministers will participate by leading out with various scripture readings and prayers.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 13, 2014
I have known for a very long time that every day has 24 hours, every hour has 60 minutes and every minute has 60 seconds. I want to thank my first grade teacher for drilling this information into a rather thick skull. This information, along with a lot of other information, has helped me get through life up to this point. I also know every week has seven days except for the Beatles, who think there are “Eight Days a Week.” I am not sure how they got up to that point, but I have sometimes f ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • Posted October 22, 2014
“This is like driving in a beautiful painting!” Pauline exclaimed while we were on one of our annual October color tours. Well said! The brilliant blending of autumn’s artistic hues is enough to make the blues leave. No wonder millions break away from the rush of routine living, driving thousands of miles to see this annual show of splendor.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • Posted October 22, 2014
RCIA is a process of inquiry and exploration of the Christian Faith for those who have an interest in Catholicism; and, for those who want to deepen their understanding of the teachings of the faith.  Materials used in the class are the Catholic Bible, the US Adult Catholic Catechism and the “Catholicism Series,” by Father Robert Barron.   Classes begin Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 6:20 p.m., and meet weekly through November 12.  The first DVD in the series is  “Amazed and Afraid: ...