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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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