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With all your Heart!

” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and your neighbor as yourself .”   Matthew 22:37-39 On her way to work, my daughter heard a promo on the radio about the “Houston HP Marathon”. She decided to run the half marathon and immediately found a web site that gave detailed instructions on how to prepare. She then faithfully prepared herself for a challenge like she had never attempted. Even though she played on the University tennis team she had a long way to go to be in condition to “survive” the 13+ mile run. There were 14,000 people who ran the marathon, half marathon or the 5K. Runners had a computer chip attached to their foot in order to track their time, and in order for others who may choose to track their progress from home computers (my idea

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On the way… but not there yet

“…it has not appeared as yet what we shall be.” I John 3:2b [NAS] “What will become of you?” has been sighed by many a frustrated teacher with more than one exasperating student. In moments of frustration it is easy to think what is being experienced at the moment is a sure sign of what is to come – and the future does not look too promising. Brief moments of time may be a snapshot of a persons life but do not necessarily tell the whole story. Our oldest son grew taller than most of his friends when he was in elementary school and he excelled in sports. I frequently reminded him to be careful not to “gloat” because this may not be how it would always be. He wondered why I was so “negative” about his physical future. I said,” look at your friends dads and look at your dad

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This Christmas: Go Home a New Way

Christmas is filled with grand traditions for most families and communities. Going home means seeing the worn nativity scene on the mantel like it is every Christmas and simple faded ornaments made by the hands of children who have long been adults. But with the comfort and joy of tradition, there may be a need for something fresh and new! A Seekers Reflection Matthew 2: 10 -11 (NAS) “And they came into the house and saw the child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed from their own country by another way.” “By some we are known as Magi, by others wise men, and still others kings. Scholars have speculated about our number, our origin and

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Beans Will Come Up!

Beans Will Come Up!

As we think – so are we. Proverbs 23:7 We reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7 Dr. Guy Newman was a great motivator and word crafter. He was president of the university that I attended. One of the few chapel messages I remember was centered on a story he told. “A young farm boy was given the task of helping plant the family’s large vegetable garden. His friends waited impatiently in the shade for him to complete his chore so that they could play baseball. The planting was slow, the friends grew impatient and soon he was left alone in the field. Row after row he broke the hard earth, dropped a bean, patted the soil over the seed, and took a step and then dropped another seed. The tedious process ruined his plans. He could hear the rowdy boys at the ball field! Angry at the unfairness of his task,

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September 2003

The railroad came to the central Texas town of Brownwood in 1885. The train brought people, cotton, supplies, and vitality to this pioneer town. The proud Santa Fe Depot stood as a symbol of the strength of the community until the automobile and airplane caused it to close its doors in the summer of 1968. With various failed attempts to bring it to life, it decayed and was lost in a neighborhood of neglect. Through the efforts of concerned citizens in 1998, the once neglected depot was renovated as a community center and it became the catalyst for restoration of the historic downtown area. No one wanted the Depot to deteriorate, but lack of purpose, a plan and regular maintenance allowed it to quietly slip into disrepair. It doesn’t take much neglect to undo a lot of excellent work. The sooner the decline is stopped, the sooner the restoration can

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

Then you can’t: live in Texas, be a parent or be a Christian The saying made famous by President Harry Truman, “If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen” has great meaning for Christians who are attempting to live their life of faith in this world that is boiling over with difficulties. I live in central Texas and we survived several days of over 100-degree weather. A cold front came today—the weatherman promises it will not top 95! We learn to cope with the heat. I used to brag about our endurance and toughness until a friend in the “snow belt” reminded me that Texans never have to “shovel heat.” No matter where we live or who we are, we will face the scorching of life’s trials. When life gets too hot to handle. Stress/Anger/Depression can be signs that we are getting burned out on life.

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Free to Travel on

Galations 5:1: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” What a great privilege we have as citizens of the United States. We have so many freedoms to go, say, be and become! In all of this freedom comes the challenge of choice and the responsibility for those choices. How much greater the freedom for believers and the responsibility for our choices especially as they impact our relationship to God, influence those around us and impact who we become. Many of us see great potential for new adventures in faith, relationships and personal improvement. Christ’s call is for us to join him on a great journey. It is important for us to pack correctly if we are to make the most of the trip! We have been set free not just from something but to

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