The Apostle John wrote, "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." John 1:17 (ESV) John referred to the law given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai and to the truth which is reality revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. But what is the…

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Two weekends ago, my daughter Kristen drove Carole and me to San Angelo to see my granddaughters play in an All-West-Texas softball tournament for 8-to-12-year-old girls. My son, Rush, helps to coach their teams in Alpine and he arranged for our lodgings. Although the sun was scorching, it w…

Historians who tired of seeking origins that mattered much probably risked losing their licenses oh, 1.4 centuries ago. That’s when they scattered like quail in a hailstorm trying to identify the “inventor” of the hamburger.

An eating plan that helps manage your weight includes a variety of healthy foods. You should include a lot of foods with color on your plate and think of eating the rainbow. When you add color such as dark, leafy greens, organs and tomatoes, even fresh herbs you are loading your plate with v…

“It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men,” is the famous quote from writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Countless men and women have dedicated their lives to helping children. Most successful people in the world will point to those special influences fro…

When the 87th Texas Legislative Session began in January, it was predicted the session would look dramatically different than any in Texas History. Due to the Capitol pandemic response, there were many opinions about how the pandemic-restricted session would unfold. Some even stated the Legi…

If only life could be as simple as that Blue Bell ice cream delivery guy’s view of his job. It seems to take simplicity to another level. “I eat all I can and sell the rest.” That’s what the ad says, as company leadership leans on the old saying about life being a “cinch by the inch and hard…

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with the nutrients kids need to grow, be strong and healthy and perform well in school. Unfortunately, most children don’t eat enough. Here are some ideas on how to make meals nutritious and delicious by incorporating fruits and veggies in fun and interesting…

The purpose of the church is holiness. The church has been set apart by God for God. He said because “I am holy you are to be holy.” A purpose is a reason for being or existence. On the other hand, when we speak of mission in the church, we are looking to do something. The difference between…

Galveston, once the most important port city in Texas, suffered a crushing blow with the hurricane of 1900. Once the waters receded and the extent of the damage became clear, the city faced the overwhelming task of rebuilding. One of the most important tasks, surviving residents decided, was…

Protecting our herds from pests and disease is a constant chore. Cattle producers are on the front lines, working with researchers and animal health officials to identify new threats and mitigate risks to the cattle industry.

President John F. Kennedy famously stated, “The raising of extraordinarily large sums of money, given voluntarily and freely by millions of our fellow Americans, is a unique American tradition... Philanthropy, charity, giving voluntarily and freely... call it what you like, but it is truly a…

For the adventurers and dreamers of the world, there are no limits. Wiley Hardeman Post was born on his parents’ cotton farm near Canton in November 1898. He was born on a farm with no electricity in a time when airplanes were still just a dream, but within a few years, he would become one o…

I spend a good chunk of time each week working with, learning from and encouraging fellow senior adults. It seems to me that the ones best able to “finish the race” don’t spend a lot of time employing the adverb “too.”

There are some fundamental truths that Christians generally affirm. Truths like salvation is by God’s grace, there is a God who created everything out of nothing, Jesus Christ is the only Son of God not made but eternally proceeding from the Father and trusting in Jesus is the certain hope f…

One man’s trash, they say, is another’s treasure. Years ago, when I was visiting my son Rush on a ranch near Marfa, I went to the barn and claimed my treasure from a barrel in the hay stall. I brought home a feed sack filled with bundles of used baling wire — the kind they still use to bind …

Watermelon is an American summertime favorite. Throughout the summer months, many cannot get enough of this sweet treat. There are more than 1,200 different varieties of watermelons. Watermelons provide a refreshing way to help us reach the MyPlate recommendation of 1-2 cups from the fruit g…

This is a sensitive subject. So, please let me begin by saying that racism and prejudice is an evil that we must always oppose — and oppose with vigilance. Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed of a day when people would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…

Reports of COVID-19 cases and deaths have declined sharply across Texas since vaccines began to roll out in December. In the past two weeks, the average number of reported new cases of the virus in Texas has held at about 1,100 each day. That number at the beginning of the year was around 20…

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A few months ago, a guy with a needle and syringe poked a tiny hole in my left shoulder to vaccinate me against COVID-19 and its various and voracious variants. It was a Saturday morning, and I sat in an office upstairs at the Parker County Courthouse along with many other two-legged pin cus…

For youngsters, the wheels of time turn slowly, no matter how many “hurry ups” they desire. Indeed, dream fulfillment is painfully slow.

In the U.S., about 4.2 million adults over the age of 40 are either legally blind or suffer from impaired vision. Age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma are the leading causes of blindness and poor vision among Americans. An impor…

I did not live in Dennis very long — I only went to first grade there. We then moved to Tin Top, where I have many memories, good neighbors and residents, and a lot of history to talk about. I do recall many names in Dennis other then Youngs and Bunches: Collins, Davis, Brown, Nash, Smethers…

WASHINGTON — In progressivism’s political lexicon, “equity” is a synonym for government-directed social outcomes that improve conditions for particular government-favored groups. Equity is enhanced when government policies — e.g., affirmative action — narrow disparities of outcomes among gro…

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common bacterial infections in women. Approximately 50-60% of women report at least one UTI in their lifetime, and one in three will have at least one symptomatic UTI necessitating antibiotic treatment by age 24. Men also suffer from UTIs, however…

Summer in Texas brings memories of warm nights, the start of school and the return of football. But it also means something else for Texans on the Gulf Coast: hurricane season. As the summertime seas cause the storms to build and swirl, a careful eye must turn to the weather to avoid the per…

Of all our feelings, there is none more disturbing than helplessness — especially when it involves the plight of someone we care about or love. It takes real courage just to be there!

As a children’s book author, there is no higher honor than having a child tell me that they stayed up late to finish one of my stories. But my heart was touched even more deeply on June 22, when the Weatherford City Council recognized me for my writing. As a former resident of Weatherford an…

Whatever is said usually doesn’t measure up to sheer artistry, since brush-and-easel greats can land haymakers to writers who are armed only with words.

Get back to normal. That has been our unified goal since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in North Texas in March 2020. Fewer COVID-19 cases and safe increases in social gatherings are positive signs that we are getting closer. After witnessing firsthand as patients struggled to bre…

Staying healthy during the summer can be a difficult task due to vacations, summer camps and busy schedules. Here are some tips for you to stay healthy this summer season.

The law “was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.” (Galatians 3:19) Paul was referring to the 10 Commandments. He said the law was added because of sin.

The early 1900s was a formative time for education in Texas. Sidney Mezes, a one-time president of the University of Texas, rose to the forefront to serve as such a leader as well as a diplomat and a thinker. In the process, the son of a pioneer gold prospector in California became one of th…

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