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“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we must answer.”

“The voice of one calling out, ‘Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’ ”

People might get tired of stories about my father Ted and his summer in Mississippi. They might roll their eyes when I, once again, write about how he faced hostility and the KKK during his time in the places that have become legendary for their ferocious efforts at silencing Black voices an…

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Around 1960, my brother discovered a plastic animal buried in the dirt under the big oak tree behind our house on Waggoner Street in Greggton. It was a brown cow, but knowing not the difference, he called it a bull and named it “Butt.”

When Kenneth Smart hired me to be sports editor at the Kilgore News Herald back in 1987, I assumed he did so because he found someone willing to work 80-hour weeks covering sporting events for basically enough money to keep gas in the truck … to cover more sporting events.

“...But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness...”

There has not been a lot of normalcy during the fall of 2020 when it comes to football. Other than one NFL game where fans were “kind of” loud, there has not been a major home field advantage.

As we approach the end of a very unnerving, often tragic and confusing year, it is perhaps inevitable that a lot of us have forgotten the quadricentennial of an early formative event in American history: the landing of a weary but persevering band of travelers at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts…

Donald Trump’s presidency has been a four-year stress test of America’s constitutional system. Trump’s belligerent governance has weakened the bipartisan fabric — rooted in prudence, decency and comity — that ties our multi-branch system of government together.

“Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us ...”

“Those on the rocky soil are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and yet these do not have a firm root; they believe for a while, and in a time of temptation they fall away.”

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and in a godly manner in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, C…

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SAN DIEGO — Former President Barack Obama’s memoir — the first installment of which went on sale this past week and weighs in at 768 pages — appears to be an interminable love letter. To himself.

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“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need.”

I wasn’t exactly an “A” student when it came to history during my school days, so some of my facts could be wrong about the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lunchtime is a safe time at many restaurants in East Texas. As I walked into one last week, the hostess smiled (you can tell smiling eyes behind a mask) and asked to take our temperature.

As we say “farewell” to the 45th president in a few weeks, I thought it would be instructional to look at the topic that has bedeviled Donald Trump the past four years — Russian interference into U.S. presidential elections.

Today's Bible verse

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we must answer.”

Hebrews 4:13

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