"No barriers exist between us, God" by: Caleb Gibson

   The Bible says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”(2 Cor. 3:18).  
   This analogy of the mirror speaks that God wants us to look to Jesus.  
   Just as we wake up and look in the mirror before we leave the house, God wants us to look to Jesus. 
   Many times when we approach God we look to ourselves, our insecurities, and our failures.  
   Instead God wants us to behold, “the glory of the Lord.” How do we behold Jesus?  
   We behold Him by seeing Him in the Bible. 
   Every story of the Bible points to the cross.  
   For instance, when you see the story of how Abraham gave up his son his only son, the son that he loved, you see Jesus.  

"Beginning important step toward community" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   On Aug. 5, 2015, I became a novice with the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Victoria. 
   This was a private ceremony so I was not able to invite a lot of people, but my family and my parish priest was able to come. 
   The novitiate is the initial step into becoming part of this community. During the first year of the novitiate which is called the canonical year, I do not leave the convent.  
   I receive the habit and a white veil because I have not yet taken vows.  
   I also received my sister name, therefore I am now called Sister Maria del Rosario. This name has sentimental value to me as this is the name my grandmother wanted to give me when I was born instead of just plain Rosario. 
   I am to study our spirituality and church law throughout this whole year, along with learning more about the daily lives and ministry of the sisters. 

"Relearning respect may work for some" by: Mike Reddell

I attended the start of the Blackcat football team’s two-a-day workouts Monday to take photographs for the Sentinel.
   It was perfect two-a-days weather for Texas football – temperatures in the high 90s, hovering around 100, plus a good-size dose of humidity.
   Not to worry, however, Head Coach Lupe Florez carefully follows Texas UIL strictures on football workouts. Those include, among many areas, a required four-day acclimation period.
   It’s a good thing. Heat stroke or heat exhaustion are among worst-case scenarios for any age.
   Watching the lads, I tried to conjure up those two-a-days of my yesteryear. The problem with that now is I realize, as I realized last week, my football years spanned the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson.

"Birthday wishes for Mike: He’s reached that age" by: Jessica Shepard

   A large amount of locals know my step-dad, Mike Reddell and have known him longer than I have. 
   Though, that has mostly been in the professional sense, since he took the publisher position of the Tribune way back in 1997. 
   I met him a few times over the years, but only really got to know him after he married my mom in 2007. 
   I’m not going to lie and say I took a shine to him right away. 
   Like all moody teenagers, the prospect of having a step relation of any sort was not something I entertained happily. 
   However, he has proven himself time and time again to be the best stepfather any child could have. 
   He understands what it’s like to wait for the writing muse to descend. 
   We even get into deep, philosophical discussions about vampires, zombies and other myths and legends. 

"Stock market reflects hot summer inactivity" by: John Sample

   We have moved into the dog days of summer. 
   I am not sure my dog appreciates the heat, and solely for his benefit, I have moved my act to the mountains of New Mexico for the next two weeks. 
   I don’t know about my Lab, Rugby, but I am enjoying the reduction in temperatures. 
   Now I just have to gear up and get with the litany of projects my cabin requires. 
   I do this while the various equity indexes seem to be on holiday. Nothing really moves this market.
   The lack of activity in the indexes clouds many interesting stories. While consumer confidence is lacking, it does not keep them away from show rooms at auto dealers. 
   The Ford F-150 and the Explorer are driving sales as consumers ignore electric cars with the price of gas lower. 
   Chrysler sales were boosted by sales of its Jeep brand. 

"Start living today 1 step at a time" by: Betsy Monico

   Luckily I remembered tonight before we shut it down totally to go and close the door on the chicken coop. 
   My boys brought in the eggs earlier and opened it up so that the chickens could have some fresh air.  
   I always feel sorry for them if they are stuck inside too long.  
   I also felt sorry for them when our Jack Russell massacred part of their family. (That is another story and a subject here that I do not need to bring back up….ever!) 
   I nominated myself because my girls were all settled sitting clean and pretty on the couch.  
   My boys were in the shower.  
   My husband was already asleep.  
   I grabbed the high powered flashlight and headed on my way thinking positive thoughts.  
   I sometimes freak myself out in the dark! It is really dark here too. I mean really dark! 
   I kept my flashlight pointing down right in front of me.  

"Taking the next step forward to become a sister" by: Rosario Resendez

“...An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.  
   “But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world - how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 7:34-35 
   Pretty soon I am going to enter my novitiate, this is the next step in the process to become a religious sister. 
   I came home for a week to visit my family and to have a short vacation since during the first year of my novitiate I cannot come home for a year. 
   I really wanted to go to the beach during this time.  
   I actually wanted to go fishing, but since my dad and my uncle had to work I settled for just hanging out at the beach.  

"Abba, Father among great names for God" by: Caleb Gibson

   There are so many great names of God.  
   Some of these are, “El Shaddai, Elohim, Yahweh, and Jehovah Jireh.” These names are all used to describe God.  
   Did you know that when Jesus was on this earth He actually gave us a new name of God?  
   This is one of God’s greatest names, it is father. 
   The Bible says, “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Rom. 8:15).  
   Jesus did such a perfect work on the cross. The moment we received God’s free gift of salvation, we became a child of God. 

"Book Review: ‘Go Set a Watchman’ a first draft, not continuation, of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by: Lisa Carillo

Lisa Carillo

  From the moment I read the first page of To Kill a Mockingbird, I’ve been a fan of Harper Lee.
   Not a typical fan, mind you, I’m a rabid fan bordering on girl crush.
    Her exquisite prose, the characters who jump off the page and make me question my own, her adherence to the philosophy that she had published one novel and she would publish no other, are but a few of the reasons I consider Harper Lee to be the greatest American novelist. (Feel free to argue with me on that one.)
   As a reader and fan, I was fine with the one perfect novel from this brilliant woman.
    I’ve also resigned myself to the fact that I shall never sit across a lunch table and share a bottle of wine with one of my literary idols.
    In my fantasy, I would call her “Nelle” and she would call me “Lis” and we would discuss all things literary and political.

"Movie nerd’s lament" by: Jessica Shepard

   As I’ve said before, my family is quite proud of our “Nerd” status; especially when it comes to movies.
   Watching at home doesn’t quite have the same seat-vibrating surround sound and teeth-chattering coldness that the theater does.
   But, I am sad to say that so far this summer, the only movie I’ve seen in theaters was “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
   It isn’t for lack of trying.
   I actually had a whole list of movies I wanted to see.
   “Jurassic World,” “Ant-Man,” “Tomorrowland,” “Inside Out,” and “Terminator: Genisys,” are some of the few that I’ve had my heart set on seeing.
   So far, I’ve fallen short and many of them have already left movie theaters.
   Or, will be leaving soon.
   I could chalk it up being a vehicle short at home.
   Possibly to the other events distracting me.


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