Category: Columns

It Seems to Me: But God!

by Pastor Steve Ellison   “But God” are two of the greatest words ever written. They are found in Ephesians 2:4 and other places in the Bible. God spells out man’s condition very clearly in the larger passage (Ephesians 2:1-10).  The person who does not know God, does not have a relationship with God, is in a terrible, terrible mess.  God promised death to all mankind in the Garden of Eden, if we ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; we have all eaten from it.  That is the image that Paul draws from in Romans and here in Ephesians 2.  The person who does not know God is not sick and in need of a physician; the person who does not know God is dead, dead in his trespasses and sins.  He is under the power of and in bondage to the evil one.  He cannot even call for help.  Christ did not come to make us feel better or feel better about ourselves.  He came to call us from the grave, to resurrect us.   Praise God for Ephesians 2:4-7, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up with Him, and...

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Woods, Waters, & Wildlife: A ‘Cool’ Catch

It’s been said that whatever you do on New Years’ Day, you’ll do all year long. I’ve tried to apply that with a number of my favorite activities, and so far, none of them has carried over even to January 2. It makes me wonder who said that to begin with. A couple of guys I know may hope there’s some truth in it. But then again, they may not. Tim Cook is the state conservation director for Texas Bass Nation. He was aware of rule changes concerning the Texas Parks and Wildlife Toyota ShareLunker program. This program previously...

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch – Feb. 14

It is so funny to watch the cows when cold weather hits. They act absolutely different than normal. Today, it was cold, sleet was coming down, snow came also, and the wind was blowing…the cows went wild!! Even the Momma cows were running and kicking their heels up in the air. Either they thought they were going to get fed again or they were trying to get warm or they were just wild, wild, wild. Of course when they are running and kicking up their heels if another cow doesn’t pay attention they most likely will be hit at some time....

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Texas Drilling Permits & Completions Statistics for January 2018

The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,166 original drilling permits in January 2018 compared to 956 in January 2017. The January total included 1,036 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 18 to re-enter plugged well bores and 112 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued January 2018 included 243 oil, 78 gas, 784 oil or gas, 55 injection, two service and four other permits. In January 2018, Commission staff processed 739 oil, 179 gas, 44 injection and one other completions compared to 418 oil, 84...

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Neuroplasticity: Time to REWIRE Your Brain!

byTiffany Lee Anderson As we embark into a New Year, I find clients feel they are wired to get diseases because that is what they see generationally. I am here to talk about neuroplasticity which is the brain continually reorganizing itself by forming new neutral connections throughout life. This information allows us to know that with the proper routine, we can change to become a better being, healthier individual, and positive person. Healing of the body, mind, and soul begin with the mind. We tell people all the time to be mindful about what they do what they say, what...

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