• Interfaith Council Presents Video tour of Curtis House Cultural Center

    CURTIS HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER630 Washington St325-701-7804Facebook Instead of meeting in person for the 2020-2021 programming year, the Abilene Interfaith Council is presenting video interview with local religious figures or tours

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  • One Thing

    By DANNY MINTON In the movie “City Slickers,” Mitch, a city boy, has a conversation with Curly, a rough-looking cowboy. The conversation goes: Curly: Do you know what the secret

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  • In the Face of Crisis

    By NANCY PATRICK Many of us will talk about the hardships of the year 2020 for a long time. This year has indeed made life difficult for more than one

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  • Markers Along the Way

    By JIM NICHOLS If one tends toward a somewhat cynical view, transitions in life do not seem so significant as they do to others. Graduations, proms, weddings, and even funerals

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  • Spiritual Comfort Food From Psalm 103

    By LESLIE STRADER Mashed potatoes and gravy. Fried chicken. Chocolate cake. There’s a reason it’s called “comfort food.” We turn to this nostalgic nourishment (those are some of mine anyway!)

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  • Meals on Wheels Honoree: ‘I Just Do What I can’

    Editor’s Note: Everyday Ministry is an occasional feature of Spirit of Abilene, highlighting people who weave ministry into their everyday lives. If you know someone you would like to see

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  • LDS Delivers Truckload of Bottled Water

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsFor Further Information: Kristy McDonough                                                                                                                                          ksmcdonough89@gmail.com325-665-2200 By Kristy McDonough   On Sunday, February 21,

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  • More Than A Watermelon?

    By DANNY MINTON Look at the picture above. What do you see? Everyone will probably describe the picture in the same way. It’s a watermelon. It’s a green watermelon with

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  • Falling Leaves

    Falling LeavesDedicated to the Black Lives We’ve Lost By STEVEN T. MOORE I look out the window, having realized evening approaches, and the golden hour — blazing like fire —

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  • The Parakeet and Big Red

    By JIM NICHOLS Perhaps you have heard the joke about the man who went for a walk. During the walk, he saw a woman talking to her dog. When he

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Receiving the Moment

By JIM NICHOLS Another author used the phrase “receiving the moment” as a paraphrase for contemplation and it struck a positive note with me. It was an admonition to pay closer attention and see what memories and aspirations God calls up from seemingly unnoticeable events. The biting wind of the day had relaxed to near zero leaving only a clear,

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Lost At Christmas

Editor’s Note: Jim Nichols wrote this piece for Spirit of Abilene just before Christmas 2019. The message is too good not to re-post for 2020. By JIM NICHOLS “No more let sin and sorrow grow,Nor thorns infest the ground;He comes to make His blessings flowFar as the curse is found.” Somewhere in town is an unknown clerk at a convenience

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Spread the Word: How Are You Helping Others during the Pandemic?

“The Year of COVID-19” won’t be celebrated by many people, but don’t discount the innovation and creativity that continues to pop up because of the pandemic.  Spirit of Abilene would like to share the innovative and creative ways that congregations, or individuals, are coping with the chaos brought about by the coronavirus. What does your “Everyday Ministry” look like during this

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LDS in Salt Lake City Brings truck Load of Food to West Texans

By KRISTY McDONOUGHLocal communications director, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsksmcdonough89@gmail.com One of a series of semi-truck loads of food rolled into Abilene and San Angelo on Feb. 23, bringing more than 41,000 pounds of food from Salt Lake City, the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Food Bank of West Central Texas in

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Masks: Coming and Going

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury The market for masks has changed dramatically during the past year. Until then, they were largely worn by health professionals, New Orleans Mardi Gras revelers, and, of course, robbers counting on ‘em to provide incognito status. That was then and this is now. Around the globe, rank and file wear them during all waking moments,

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Eat at Jason’s Deli, Benefit Children’s Hunger Fund

Jason’s Deli will be donating 25 percent of its sales on Monday, March 1, to Zion Lutheran Church to purchase food for the church’s partnership with Children’s Hunger Fund. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Catclaw Drive location only. Mention “Zion Lutheran Church” when purchasing a meal, and the proceeds will be automatically applied. Zion Lutheran raises money to

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Pew Survey: Most Black Americans Cite Black Churches in Move Toward Equality

Pew Research Center Black churches have historically taken on numerous civic roles in Black communities, stretching back as far as the antebellum period. And many, though not a majority, were involved in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In fact, most Black Americans say that predominantly Black churches have helped Black people move toward equality in the

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Another Number 88

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Dallas Cowboy great Drew Pearson’s candle of hope was down to final flickers. Recently, though, the Pro Football Hall of Fame recognized the greatness of this National Football League star who was named “all-pro” three times. Old number “88”–who set numerous team records in the 1970s-1980s–was named  to the 2021 HOF class, unleashing tears from

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Laura Lacey Johnson

Editor’s Note: Laura Lacey Johnson is a former employee of KTXS-TV, the Community Foundation of Abilene, and Howard Payne University in Brownwood. She now lives in Missouri and is an author and creator of Christian videos. Her latest contribution follows. To see more, go to https://lauralaceyjohnson.com Say the following Scripture with me aloud: “I am sure of this, that he who

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