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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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Thu
14
Jan

"Wait for opportunity in a difficult market" by: John Sample

   Well, if you thought last year was not much, this one is really starting off poorly. 
   We have been able to wipe out the total gains of the fourth quarter in the first six trading days of 2016. 
   Moreover, the earnings environment is not supportive either. 
   We had no gain in the second quarter of 2015 and negative results the last two quarters. 
   I hate to bring this to your attention but a year of earnings declines has a tendency to predict an economic recession. 
   That is with the Federal Reserve deciding it is the perfect time to raise rates to head off inflation.
   I am not much for the predictability of Santa Claus rallies or the first 10 days of trading in a new year but I could really use some good signals for a change. 

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Thu
14
Jan

"You should worship God’s beauty, not tremble in fear" by: Caleb Gibson

   There always are questions that I have had about the Bible.  
   Until God showed me the truth, this one question boggled me for my entire life. 
   What does it mean to, “fear the Lord?”  
   Now these words are scriptural, but it does not mean that we need to tremble and be scared of God. 
   Many teach that the Bible says, “fear the Lord” means to have a reverent fear of God. 
   This is one way to look at it, but I believe that there is an answer that is actually hidden in the Bible. 

 

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Thu
14
Jan

"We should stand out like the cardinal, offer hope" by: Betsy Monico

   I will continue on this week with some more deer hunting observations and call it part two. 
   Last week I shared an account of how I followed my hubby through the mud to get to and from the deer stand out in the boonies.  
   He led me there safely because he knew the path well. 
   He helped me make it back to the car in the dark without harm, reassuring me often that he had a gun if anything scary jumped out of the woods. 
   I drew a connection between following my husband on the hunt and following the Lord in my life. My hubby knew the route way better than I did. 
   I was wise to stay a step behind him. Likewise, the LORD knows the route in life we should take way better than we do too….obviously! 
   He created us. He created the world we live in.  We are way better off when we let the LORD lead and we follow. 

Thu
14
Jan

"Learning the art of the fetch" by: Rob Murray

   If you have been following along on this series of articles about dog training, then your pup should have a firm understanding that you are their Alpha leader, they should be looking you in the eyes when you call their name and they should be heeling, sitting and reliably coming to you with the “Here!” 
   Today, we teach the art of fetching! Most hunting dogs and labs in particular, are born with some, or a lot, of inherited drive to fetch an object. 
   We need to get the drive going…
   I start my pups fetching with small white bumpers or small teal size Doken duck dummies; both of which can be bought on-line or at sporting good stores. 

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