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“For You created my innermost parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”

“ 'Woe to the rebellious children,' declares the Lord, 'Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin ...' "

Small town life is slower. I’m reminded of what I traded when I left Ashdown for big city life. Here’s a message I received this morning:

A full moon was rising a few weeks ago when Al McBride and Gary Williams wrote letters to the News-Journal disparaging my commentaries about the evil ways of Donald Trump. I’m taking to calling him our “non-president” because he’s not fit company to be included in the ranks of our other form…

Going food shopping feels like getting punched in the gut. You pick up a whole roasting chicken, hoping it will feed four, and see the price: over $10 in many New York area stores — a staggering $18 if the bird’s organic. Apples are close to $3 a pound. And forget buying a steak; you might h…

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

In 1955, an unmarried pregnant University of Wisconsin graduate student left her home and traveled to San Francisco to a doctor who took in unwed expectant mothers, delivered their babies and helped arrange adoptions.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

I was always a big fan of mythology. My particular favorite is Athena, also known as Minerva, goddess of wisdom. She is said to have sprung fully formed from her father Zeus’ head, which was probably a great relief for his wife Hera.

In one of those occasional unexpected pairings of events that can make politics both interesting and unpredictable, the campaign of Democrat Beto O’Rourke to upset Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s bid for a third term just got a big boost.

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”

Browsing around the Internet, I came upon a post by a fellow named Kevin Kelly who was offering 103 life lessons on the occasion of his 70th birthday. I had never heard of him, but I liked what he had to say.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. A prayer of a righteous person, when it is brought about, can accomplish much.”

Editor’s note: Kimberly Johnson with Refuge International originally posted this entry on Facebook, describing an experience she had in March in Guatemala.

Job openings in Texas reached an all-time high in February at 932,000, far exceeding unemployment (about 635,000 at present). While that’s beneficial for those looking for work, it’s presenting notable challenges.

It all started with the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, and it’s one of the few lingering effects of the experience that hasn’t tempted me to seek intense electroshock therapy.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”