• A WORD TO A WEARY WORLD

    (Editor’s Note: “A Word to a Weary World” was published on the first day of Advent by Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. John Whitten is lead pastor of The Gathering at

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  • THE CASE OF THE SHRINKING WOMAN

    By NANCY PATRICK I grew up as a big girl. I reached my height of 5’ 7” when I was a twelve-year-old sixth grader. I always stood on the back

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  • ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES

    By LORETTA FULTON Local and area Catholic churches will be have penance services during Advent, which begins Sunday. Advent marks the beginning of a new church year and is the

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  • JOY TO THE WORLD (AND MORE)

    By LORETTA FULTON What could be more Christmasy than an outdoor sing-a-long ending with merry carolers belting out “Joy to the World” or an operatic rendition of Handel’s “Messiah”? How

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  • LET’S HEAR IT FOR TREES

    By JIM NICHOLS The two trees are rather like twins in many ways. They stand next to one another, separated by perhaps thirty feet. One of the trees is on

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  • THE DAYS OF YOUTH AND DREAMS

    By DANNY MINTON When I was young, my friend and I would climb a tree and jump from the branches like we were parachuting from a plane. There were two

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  • A WELCOMED PAUSE

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury It is a simple request, embodied in a one-syllable, five-letter word. Yet, it is potentially sobering, whether perused by an individual, or considered

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  • FOOD PANTRIES, MEALS AID STUDENTS

    By LORETTA FULTON The neatly arranged rows of boxed and canned foods, diapers and wipes, laundry detergent and other household goods make a statement that this pantry is tended to

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  • MISSION: THANKSGIVING THIS FRIDAY

    By LORETTA FULTON The parking lot of Arrow Ford will be busier than usual on Friday, Nov. 22, when the 21st annual Mission: Thanksgiving is held 7 a.m. to 7

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  • THE CHALLENGE OF MORAL DISGUST

    By LORETTA FULTON When your mother de-Friends you on Facebook, you know you’ve got a problem. Dan Stiver, a religion professor at Hardin-Simmons University, was at a philosophy conference when

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SPIRITUAL HONESTY IN THE BIBLE BELT

By NANCY PATRICK Living in the Bible Belt of America has many advantages. Christian people who live morally upright lives, support their families, participate in their communities, donate to charities, and exemplify integrity and honor comprise the majority of the community. In spite of the positive aspects of living in a Christian community, some people feel alone and alienated when

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TEN MEN SHOWED UP

By JIM NICHOLS Sometimes it is best just to do what is requested. The request was simple. “I have to move out of my house at 5:30 tomorrow evening. I cannot do it physically by myself; I need some help.” Moving from one house to another is complicated. The fact that there are sometimes positive outcomes might smooth out the

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AN IMPERFECT WORLD

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury This would be a terrible time for the meek to inherit the earth. However, it would be a sobering time to acknowledge that TV revenue to major university football programs has greatly changed views on what intercollegiate athletics are supposed to be. It would be great if our nation were swept by a

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LIVES STARTING OUT AND FINISHING UP

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury At neither occasion is humor expected, but when it’s an added bonus, the comments eliciting laughter are the ones most remembered. Current examples were separated by some 50 miles and 74 years. Both were in churches–at a memorial service in Farmers Branch and at a parent-child dedication in Burleson. There were many smiles–and some

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ENNEA–WHO?

By NANCY PATRICK I only recently heard the term “enneagram.” I felt a little behind the curve when I discovered that most of my family already knew about it, so I jumped at the chance to attend ACU’s Summit this fall when I saw a two-day course on enneagrams listed in the program. Before you get bored and quit reading,

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BE KIND

By JIM NICHOLS A news report recently identified interesting results. A large number of college students (2,700) from five countries—three from Western cultures and two from Eastern cultures—took a common survey. The content of the survey forced the students to narrow down which characteristics they considered most important as they chose a lifetime mate. The survey took a progressive approach

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