religion

There’s an old Southern gospel song I remember from my youth. Beaumont song leader Melvin Elkins will likely remember this one, too, from his more than 40 years of singing in churches large and small: “This world is not my home. I’m just a passin’ through.” The premise of this song is that while we spend our allotted years here on earth, Christians must keep in mind that we are not going to be here forever.

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Many of those who have a family, go to church, and are involved in day-to-day activities, still they have a way of saving up many pent emotions, feelings and even words. With the slightest of triggers, they find themselves lashing out at others during this time because they are basically unhappy, out to prove a matter, or generally miserable. No one that I know of really has a Norman Rockwell painting lifestyle. Some have beautiful homes, money to buy great gifts, and have food in abundance, but someone has worked hard to put all of that together.

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In last week’s column, I mentioned four things I have said to my grandchildren in the way of advice. They’ll work for your kids, too, and for those you love who are not biologically yours. Basically, I suggested they choose a job they love so they won’t dread going to the office or the field every day, and I said that they should never be afraid to ask questions when they don’t know the truth involved.

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Seldom do I ever write a column to a specific age group, nor do I try to dispense advice to folks when I am not qualified or trained to do so. I do have opinions, as does any decent wordsmith, and I do share them in various ways with those who choose to give me the time of day in reading my work.

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Contending for years that the most difficult task any individual has to do in life is to maintain balance between their educational, professional, charitable and family time, I’ve personally never seen this effort so daunting. Just think of your own holiday calendar from Thanksgiving through the New Year. We all love our friends and family, our coworkers (mostly), our neighbors, and those we come into contact with all year long, but when the holiday parties take up every night of the week, where is the time to dedicate to family?

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The last month of 2012 came as a big surprise to me. Now, I don’t mean that December rolled around — it always does. But this December did not follow any plan I had made, and I am a planner and somewhat of an organizer. I know what I intend to do and usually have a plan to get it done in a timely manner.

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I’ve been giving some thought to the beautiful photograph of the brave and fierce looking lion someone sent me on my Facebook page. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps we can get a wrong message from the saying that has been attached: “Walk in like Goliath and fight like David.” We all remember cartoons and stories from our youth explaining clearly that the lion is the king of the jungle and when he roars, the other animals cower in fear and run to hide. He is known to be a killer when he is on the hunt for food or guarding his den.

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It’s no secret around my house that I love the holidays. From pre-Thanksgiving through the first of the New Year, I have decorations, music, ideas, plans and, so far, the energy to make them happen. I also celebrate a milestone birthday this year among all the other festivity. My home now has bright fall leaves in oranges, golds, rusts, reds and yellows, although they are silk and not real. They are carefully nestled among pumpkins, gourds, nuts and other similes of fall.

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“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus reaffirmed this Old Testament truth by repeating it, living it and gaining victory over the devil with God’s Word. Today we will hear Him speaking words in parables. I am reading from Luke 16:19-31.

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Brenda Cannon  Henley

An article caught my attention recently, and I found it to be interesting reading. The writing centered on the word “ego” and what it basically means in our lives. I have often heard a person say, “That guy has such an ego.” Or perhaps, “That woman thrives on her own ego.” But what do they mean?
One writer describes ego as the “I complex.” In other words, life is all about the one person, and they thinks they’re more perfect than their counterparts. Generally, it is difficult to be around someone with a big ego even if they haven’t accomplished a lot to brag about in their life.

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