Columns/Opinions

Thu
28
Jan

"Refresh with God’s water of the word" by: Caleb Gibson

   On the very last dinner Jesus had with His disciples, He did a very symbolic act. He washed the disciple’s feet. Now during this time, they walked everywhere they went.  
   They also wore sandals everywhere they went. This resulted in very dirty feet.  
   They had a custom because of this, the servant of the house would take water and a rag to clean the guest’s feet. This was a metaphor of Jesus washing us with the word.  
   When Jesus went to wash Peter’s feet, Peter would not let him because he felt unworthy. Jesus then explained how important this was. Peter replied, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”  

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Thu
28
Jan

"Going hog wild" by: Rob Murray

   Pulled pork shoulder smothered in mouth watering barbecue sauce, or dry rub spare ribs, or just good old fashion smoked ham! 
   Wild Hog is Delicious! 
   Those of us that are lucky enough to live here in Matagorda County are also lucky enough to be able to go 
   out and shoot a hog or two, or 12 any time we want! 
   We live in a pig-rich environment! 

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Thu
28
Jan

"Hunting the marked bird" by: Rob Murray

   Last time, we discussed the Art of the Fetch and how to teach your dog to fetch a duck bumper and bring it back to you. 
   If you have been following along, your pup should be able to retrieve a bumper and bring it back to you.
Remember, we aren’t concerned at this point that the dog doesn’t hold on to the bumper and reliably hold it until you take it from its mouth. 
   We are concerned that you and the dog are having fun and that they are going out and getting the bumper and bringing it back to you.  

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Thu
21
Jan

"Remembering Rickman’s roles" by: Jessica Shepard

   As I’ve said before, I’m an avid (or rabid?) fan of music and movies.
   Unfortunately, in these last few weeks both of those worlds have been dealt some serious blows.
   The loss of Alan Rickman has impacted my life a little more than David Bowie or Lemmy Kilmister.
   Not just because he played an iconic role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.
   No, I’ve enjoyed his sarcastic wit since he first took to the silver screen as Hans Gruber in the first “Die Hard” movie.

 

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Thu
21
Jan

"Silent march impressive way to honor MLK" by: Mike Reddell

   It was a privilege for me to walk with folks in the Silent Unity March Saturday morning that was organized by the MLK Committee of Matagorda County.
   I was there initially to take photos of the march, but I wanted to join the estimated 150 people who walked from Avenue C to Linnie Roberts Elementary.
   As the name of the march implies, we walked in silence along Avenue C and there were scores of residents in their front yards who were waiting for the procession.

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Thu
21
Jan

"Making minor changes in our lives day to day" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   The last article I wrote was about making minor changes in our lives as our New Year’s resolution. 
   I can honestly say that practicing the pause has already begun to change me.
I no longer feel the urge to lash out at anyone because if I take the time to pause and pray about the situation I can see the situation differently. 
   I had been ill for about two weeks. Something different every few days, from being sick to my stomach, to having a migraine that made me sick to my stomach again. 
   Being in quarantine (which is what I call it) in my room so as not to infect any other sist

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Thu
21
Jan

"Don’t look for short-cuts; Look for Jesus" by: Betsy Monico

   I witnessed an interstate closure this morning before the sun was even good and up. 
   I spotted a warning sign right before I reached Dallas. The sign informed me that all lanes of I-45 would soon be closed. I quickly went back to my “Dukes of Hazzard” days and surveyed my surroundings. 
   I have been known to go off-road in these situations and find the nearest ditch that can possibly be crossed; however, there was no escaping this one. 

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Thu
21
Jan

"God gives us wisdom in all aspects of life" by: Caleb Gibson

   God gives us wisdom for every area in our life.  
   He guides us in marriage, parenting, church life, and even in the area of our careers.  
   No, money is not going to drop out of the sky, but God does give us the power to get wealth.  
   The Bible tells us, “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth,that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deut. 8:18). 
   So what does this mean when God say He gives us the power to get wealth?  
   I believe that one of the ways that He does this is in the area of ideas. I love the show Shark Tank.  

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Thu
21
Jan

Area churches, businesses kick off 2016 Daniel Plan on Valentine’s Day

   On February 14 area businesses and churches will kick off the 2016 community wide Daniel Plan, which has revolutionized the concept of healthy life styles at the Nature Center at 12:30 p.m.
   The gathering will include registration, a light lunch and then group trail walks. 
   Well-known pastor and author, Rick Warren (author: The Purpose Driven Life), developed the Daniel Plan in his church when he realized that the reason diets and exercise programs were just not working for him and others was because God was left out of the diet and exercise routine. 

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Thu
14
Jan

"A dilemma: Do we go for fluffy hearts this year?" by: Jessica Shepard

   Sometimes, when a new holiday rolls around, I’m a bit torn between wanting to decorate and not.
   It’s also rather hard when you work from home, too.
   I mean, sure, we got the “project” tree and ornaments all packed up.
   But, Valentine’s Day looms around the corner and my mom and I debated getting those decorations out of the attic.

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