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Recently, Pat and I were looking for a spring that came out of the toilet tissue dispenser. She was changing a new roll of tissue. Anyway, she had a flashlight, looking under her bathtub, and she was commenting how dusty it was under there. She was telling me how she uses this yardstick and …

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When we as a nation, family or individual open our life to separation from God, we open ourselves up to the ways of destruction and evil. The last word in devil is evil. We must shut the door in the face of our enemy, the devil that comes to steal, kill and destroy and to put our trust in Je…

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I chose the title of today’s parable based upon something my grandmother would say to my twin brother Paul and me, when we would spend a week or so with her and our grandfather during the summer. As 11-13 year old boys can be, my brother and I could be a bit bothersome, at times. Everyone ha…

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The year was 1993, and my wife Barbara and I went to one of our favorite seafood restaurants in the Clear Lake area. The owner met us at the door, inviting us to come in because she had a very special guest that she wanted us to meet.

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Romans 12:1 declares, “I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” The part of the body that most represents our life to God is our hands.  A quote from Mother Tere…

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I’m sure the headline of this parable is familiar to most. Normally, it’s a response to someone who suggests a particular outcome or solution, to a problem. It’s usually a way of saying, “It ain’t happening!” It’s a term of sarcasm, usually. Perhaps there has been a dispute between you and a…

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When our daughter, Paula Cunningham Jackson, was still a teenager, she opened her first checking account. She loved it and felt so grown up, as I did when I got my first one. The “honeymoon” was over when Pat received a letter from the bank that her account was overdrawn. When Pat confronted…

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On my journey back home from Africa, I sit in the Johannesburg, South Africa, airport. I have made it back from Kenya, East Africa, and I find myself reflecting on the strangest of all conversations that I’ve ever had in my life.

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We all know the legendary Tiger Woods has been playing golf since he was 2 years old. Tiger shared a story in a recent interview of how his father always asked him two questions while being trained in the ways of golf. His dad always asked, “Tiger, where do you want the ball to go” and “How …

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Mother Nature is one of the most common terms you’ll hear today, especially on a lot of TV’s nature programs, etc. I looked up the term “Mother Nature” on Wikipedia and I found out all I wanted to know about it and where it came from. It’s mythical, which means it’s like a fairy tale. It’s a fable.

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I am not a hunter, but I do enjoy guns, shooting guns for target practice, and being outdoors. I went deer hunting one time back in 1963 with a good friend and his family in Mason, Texas. Like I stated in a parable the other day, I know the year it was because a friend of my friend came to v…

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Today is the most important day of your life. We’re not promised a tomorrow. We’re not to worry about the future because there’s enough happening right now to fill your day.

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I put out a protein bucket for my cows, and my young bull decided to tip it over and play with it instead of lick out of it. Protein buckets have a dark molasses mixture. My bull has a white face, but now most of it is stained with dark brown molasses, and he does not even realize it!

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Have you ever seen a child’s eyes light up when you put him on a horse for the first time? He feels like he’s ten feet tall, and suddenly he’s seeing things he’s never seen before because his position and perspective have changed. It’s as if a whole new world has opened up for him.

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I don’t know about you, but when I see an actor or actress, especially a young one, who is able to portray someone who has lost a loved one, or has experienced a particularly sad occasion in their lives, I am extremely impressed. The thing which impresses me is not the sad look on their face…

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We pulled into Maryville, TN for the first time ever.  It was on the route home according to my phone’s navigation program.  The phone would “speak” telling us which turns to take, but we accidentally hit the mute button and took a wrong turn.  We were so far off course even the navigation p…

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He just stood there as the other children in the Sunday School class clapped their hands along with the song.  A girl in the class went to him and held up her hand.  He held up his, and they begin to clap their hands together to the beat of the music.  It was such an act of compassion on her…

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The year was 1978 and Barbara and I were on our first trip to the Holy Land.  We saw all of the special sites on that wonderful tour but today I will only mention our tour of the holy town of Bethlehem. 

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When my twin brother, Paul Cunningham, and I were growing up (some might argue that this hasn’t taken place yet), our Mother and Dad made sure that we had a Christmas tree and perhaps a few lights outside, the house was decorated inside with Santa, reindeer, sleighs, and all the other things…

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You are invited to join Faith Presbyterian Church for worship on Sunday, December 26 at 10:30 a.m. Our guest pastor will be the Rev. Hector Rivera-Velez.

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I suppose that when we get older, we all look at the obituaries in the newspaper. Everyone jokingly says that they do it to see if their name is in there that day. I always look at them. When you get to be my age and you see, almost on a daily basis, people who are your age or even younger, …

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The first vehicle I ever drove had no turn signals. You put your left hand straight out the window to turn left; out the window and down to signal you were stopping; and out the window with your arm bent 90 degrees at the elbow to signal a right turn. Some drivers gave poor signals. There we…

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This weekend all across America, families will be celebrating Father’s Day. We need to understand that the strongest unit of relationship on this earth is the family. Before God ever formed countries, governments or even His church, He made the family.

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Growing up in the small community of Lynchburg, west of Baytown, I was the youngest of three sons. I was only 5 years old when my brothers would host some sports spectacular events in our big front yard.Of course, when the teams were divided, I was usually the one that never got picked to be…

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It seems to me that most doctors, even GPs don’t use the tongue depressor much anymore. I may be mistaken, but I don’t recall mine using one in years. Maybe he thought my face was depressing looking enough, and he didn’t want to add to it.

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The year was 1978 near the spring Easter season and my wife Barbara and I were on our first of many tours to the Holyland.  What an exciting trip and a special time to be in a holy place.  After much touring, we looked forward to the Friday that we would take the way of the cross and walk up…

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As has been said several times, as of late, 2020 and so far, 2021 have really been something, haven’t they? Not only with the pandemic and all that has come with that, which has affected all of us in some way, whether it’s been someone you know who’s been struck with the virus, or even worse…

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NEW YORK — Justin Verlander has that look: four or five days of stubble when he takes the mound, a focused glare, a game-day demeanor that if not quite ornery is admittedly intense.

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Though the occasion was somber in nature, spirits were high for Saturday’s balloon release ceremony held in honor of softball coach Wade Waltman, who passed away June 20

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On June 21, I received a release from a news service that bore the headline: “Vicious Catfish Attack Sends Florida Boy To Hospital”. An accompanying stock agency photo showed a menacing-looking catfish.

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When 6-year-old Oliver Richard, a resident of Mont Belvieu, was chosen to participate in the Astros’ “base stealer” program in between innings at Tuesday night’s Astros-Mets game, his decidedly literal interpretation of the word “steal” led to maybe the game’s most riveting moment—even in co…

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The team members said participating in the games helps them with work, is a positive experience and generally good for mental health.

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Despite efforts by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, outdoor writers, and many newspapers – totaling over 100,000 words of copy – untold numbers of people still think seeing a fawn alone means it’s abandoned. Too many want to help it.

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Summer is here and ready to stay for the children of Goose Creek CISD. About seven years ago all the high schools decided to import summer sports camps for every child from fourth to ninth grade to help foster and grow in the Baytown area. 

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Kaitlynn McDaniel hits line drive for the Anahuac 15U softball team.The Anahuac team captured the district championship for second year in a row. The 15U team is coached by Trent Hart, Ryan Cook and Lindsey Hedges. Next up is the Ranger State Softball finals in Sulphur Springs July 8-10.  (P…

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Jasmine Moore, a Ross S. Sterling graduate and outside hitter for Bethune-Cookman University’s women’s volleyball team has been named to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference Second Team.

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Water polo originally was slated to go varsity in 2019, but COVID got in the way, It’s the first sport to be added since 1998 when the UIL approved wrestling

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Water polo originally was slated to go varsity in 2019, but COVID got in the way, It’s the first sport to be added since 1998 when the UIL approved wrestling

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The public is invited to the Mi Promesa a la Comunidad Family 5K Walk/Run this weekend. The event is free and open to families. 

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Free Fishing Day in Texas is June 4. Each year on the first Saturday in June, Texans can fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.

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This year’s CCA Texas STAR Tournament offers anglers twice the chances to win, as the number of tagged redfish released for the tournament has been doubled for 2022.

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The Baytown Wolverines, a 17U team comprised of players from Lee, Goose Creek Memorial and Sterling high schools, competed in the Albion Hurricanes FC Memorial Day Cup. With a two-win and one-tie record, the Wolverines advanced to the finals, winning 2-1 against the Klein Toros and were crow…

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On Saturday afternoon in NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional action at Bogle Park, a three-run, sixth-inning outburst backed freshman pitcher Sophia Simpson’s complete-game shutout as No. 16/18 Texas softball (43-19-1) stunned 3,115 red-clad fans in attendance by shutting out No. 4 Arkansas (48…

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As Lake Travis fishing guide, Alan Christenson Jr., and I shared fishing stories recently, I mentioned that on a recent trip to Lake Austin, all I caught were a couple of zebra mussels. My lure being slowly fished along the bottom in hope of catching a rare lunker bass caught the mussels as …

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Houston-born and raised Lee Martinez said he knew he would be in a position one day to be an athletic director. 

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In Dallas, Steve Kerr and Jason Kidd did not want to talk about basketball. LeBron James made no effort to hide his anger. Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, a young father, called the news “devastating.”

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This year’s CCA Texas STAR Tournament offers anglers twice the chances to win, as the number of tagged redfish released for the tournament has been doubled for 2022.

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Ever wondered what becomes of those 13-plus pound largemouths caught by anglers in Texas in late winter and spring during the Legacy ShareLunker competition?Well, they are donated to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department o be taken to the Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens and placed …

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Chris Hrabina gets a little emotional talking about the closing of Houston Raceway Park. His son, Slate, 12, has been involved in junior drag racing since he was about 5 years old and grew up at the iconic track – just as Hrabina himself did, starting around the same age. 

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It’s the time of year to turn your thoughts, dreams and talk toward saltwater. The Texas coast, in particular. We’re blessed with about 361 miles of coastline, and our bays are chock full of fish and shellfish — too many species to list! And many of them are considered game fish and delightf…

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Lady Mustang Alaina Schaeffer smacked a three-run home run during a five-run third inning, leading Friendswood to a 7-3 win over Crosby in the opening game of a best-of-three Class 5A softball playoff series Thursday night in Friendswood.

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With a five-run fourth inning and then six more runs in the bottom of the fifth, it was enough for the Crosby Lady Cougars to run-rule the Angleton Ladycats 11-1 in the Class 5A Region III area round matchup in front of a packed, loud and boisterous crowd.

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Goose Creek Memorial High School sophomore goalkeeper Layla Anaya and junior defenseman Gloria Martinez were named to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches 2022 All Region team.

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The season came to an end for both Barbers Hill reigning championship teams — the Barbers Hills Eagles boys baseball team and the Lady Eagles softball team — over the weekend.