Category: Viewpoints

It Seems to Me: Death Before Sin

The first great principle of Bible study is a reliance on the Holy Spirit to guide you. There are other important principles.  One is to let Scripture interpret Scripture rather than letting tradition interpret.  Another important principle is to accept the plain reading of Scripture.  Sometimes that is literal; sometimes it is not.   Genesis 1 and 2 is a case where the plain reading is literal.  Some (perhaps well-meaning) Christians have attempted to find millions or even billions of years between the first and second verses of Genesis.  It is my contention that there is no Biblical evidence for that nor is there any other kind of evidence either. The problem arises when Christians try to help God out by trying to contrive a way to make the Bible match current “scientific” understanding.  I placed quotes around science because it appears to me that this so-called science is not very scientific.  It seems apparent to me that this science has been tainted by the need to retain tenure in teaching positions and also in keeping government grant money flowing.  As Christians, we are always on solid footing when we hold fast to the idea that it is science which must conform to Scripture not vice versa. The plain reading of Genesis 1 gives absolutely no indication that there was a long period of time between the first two verses. ...

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Dear Editor -Health Hazard

  Dear Editor, Has anyone ever driven by the Food Pantry in Fairfield, Texas?  I live across the street on the back side the food pantry!  One occasion I returned home and could not enter my driveway until I got out of the vehicle and asked “please don’t pull forward so I may get to my home.”  Various times I have had difficulty leaving because of trucks, be it food trucks or Dollar Store trucks.  Trash is blown across the street into our ditch, resulting in various types of boxes and paper.  There is always left over food discarded BY THE  DUMPSTER BUT NOT IN THE DUMPSTER.  I have photos available should the editor not feel necessary to print.  I am NOT against the “Food Pantry” and think it is a blessed thing to do for the needy.   We have issues with raccoons and skunks at our home that must delight in their midnight snacks!  I go to city hall and they call and it is eventually cleaned up but the same thing happens over and over again! Should I be able to “twitch” my nose and go back in time, as a little girl, I would see a field across the street with a large oak tree.  Family stories, passed down, tell of Sam Houston once giving a speech under that tree. I believe truth to the story,...

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Dear Editor – Memorial Benefit for Officers

  Dear Editor, When I heard about the ambush in Dallas, I wanted to do something. I come from a family of Law Enforcement Officers. I had an uncle who was an MP in the Air Force, an uncle who was a Sgt. with the DPD for over 11 years, my dad was the Sheriff of Navarro County, I graduated from the Police Academy and worked for the CPD and now my son has graduated the Police Academy and is currently employed with the NCSO and is on their Honor Guard. I guess you could say we are a Blue family. We definitely back the blue. When I found out that one of the five officers that was killed was one of our own, who I went to school with, worked with at CISD & whose kids went to school together, I knew I had to do something. So after talking with several people this benefit was born. Then with the tragic loss of Officer Darren Murray, we decided to make it a benefit for both families. The outpouring has been overwhelming. Everyone has come together to help make this a great benefit. We have received donations from New York, San Antonio, Round Rock, the DFW area as well as from merchants here in Navarro County. We will have a BBQ dinner, silent/live auction and Faster Horses Band will...

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It Seems to Me: Stop Stealing

  Many of you remember days when you did not lock your house or your car. For most of us that time has long since passed. It seems that the new morality is that if you don’t get caught then you are not guilty and there is nothing wrong with what you did. However, I must remind you that thievery is not a new issue. The Ten Commandments contain a prohibition against stealing. Many Old Testament passages speak about dealing with thieves and thievery. Psalms 50:16-18 gives an interesting description of the wicked, “to the wicked God says, “What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth?” For you hate discipline, and you cast My words behind you. “When you see a thief, you are pleased with him.” (NASU) One aspect of wickedness is happily associating with thieves. John 12:6 identifies Judas Iscariot as a thief long before he sold Jesus to the religious leaders.  First Corinthians 6:10 declares that thieves will not inherit the kingdom of God. Satan is a liar and a murderer but he is also a thief. Ephesians 4:28 adds a new and novel twist to the prohibition against stealing. As part of the instructions to Christians concerning putting off the old man and putting on the new man verse 28 declares, “He who steals must steal...

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Dear Editor: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump This Week

Dear Editor, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump This Week The media had a feeding frenzy yesterday when Trump publicly asked the Russians to “find” Hillary Clinton’s erased emails.  Pundits from the left accused him of asking the Russians to commit espionage against America.  That’s laughable.  The Russians and certainly the Chinese communists already possess the deleted 30,000 emails from Clinton’s unprotected server. If an unemployed Romanian taxi driver with an outdated laptop could hack into her files, which he did, does anyone seriously think that enemy governments with IT geniuses and super computers have not already done so?  The security breach happened when Ms. Clinton assumed that she was above the law and her own State Department regulations and used her at-home computer for secret communications about America’s business.  The actual espionage that has already happened is Clinton’s baggage. Mr. Trump has also come under fire for saying that Mr. Putin is a stronger leader than Mr. Obama whose legacy Hillary promises to continue.  Saying unpleasant things like that does not make them untrue; it just makes them unfortunate.  Putin is a strong leader, albeit a Mafia-type criminal one. Mr. Obama has still never had the moral courage to say aloud the name of our main enemy – Islamic terrorism. Coincidentally, Islamic terrorism is also a key enemy of the Russians as well.  Mr. Putin has a vision of...

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