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Defend yourself by being aware

On Saturday, about 200 children learned self-defense skills thanks to a partnership between the Cedar Park Police Department and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office hosted its second Children’s Self Defense Academy to … more

One birth changed everything

There was one birth that shook the world and split time in half.  There was one birth that overcame death as He breathed life. There was one birth who received gifts fit for a King; gold, frankincense and myrrh. There was one birth with the power … more

Why I won’t accept the election results

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. - Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) Let’s get my inflammatory title out of the way first. I will … more

My Garden of Life

I just finished watering my crops. Since most of them are planted in 5-gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, I have to water them just about every day. It seems that the ones planted into the earth stay hydrated longer and … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

I believe the answer to our question is no, animals don’t have souls. However, before you stop reading, let me say I believe this is a more complex theological issue. Because animals may not have souls doesn’t mean they aren’t in Heaven. In … more

A Christmas trophy worth the trouble

Every family has those traditions and days that help define their family. I personally know some families (although I shall not divulge any names unless there is enough cash offered) that are adequately defined by April 1.  For me, Christmas Eve … more

Single, but not alone

So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and, once again, you just stood on the sidelines and watched while everyone else did all the romance stuff. You watched while everyone else did the special date thing and the traditional flower thing … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: Faith column writer Dale Chrisman didn’t have a contact number at the end of his column. I only got as far as the first two paragraphs before I sensed I was reading similar unenlightened nonsense found in the pages of the Austin … more

Exploring the nature of truth

One of the things I’ve learned in my life is that truth is controversial. You wouldn’t think so, would you? I mean truth is truth. The opposite of truth is lies. No one would willingly choose a lie over the truth…or would they? Have you ever … more

It’s all in the house: Cleaning out a good way to assess your spiritual life

Everything we need or want is always in the house. What does that mean exactly? I’m glad you asked. In the Bible, there was a woman who lost a coin. In total, there were 10 coins; however, she lost one. This woman was relentless in her search; she … more

The Amazing Wonder of A.G.E.

I have just celebrated my recent birthday. By now, it is getting to be old business for me. Just another day of the year to celebrate something, which just happens to be my birthday.I believe that if it is my birthday, I should be able to celebrate … more

Where do we go from here?

Judging by the vote totals across the country Tuesday in the presidential election, there are probably more than 55 million truly disappointed Americans today. Anyone looking for a mandate will have to look to the next election, and that brings … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

Christmas is the greatest time of the year. It’s where everyone celebrates the birth of Jesus. I love this time of year! His birth brought hope, salvation, forgiveness, victory and life for mankind. In the book of Psalms 91:16 it reads, “with … more

Abbott's pen cut transparency like a sword

Editor’s note: This editorial was previously published in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, reprinted with permission.With the simple act of signing his name, Gov. Greg Abbott completed a trifecta of failure by all branches of state government to … more

Documenting the Manification of Jody Fuller

Last week, I drank my water from a straw. We all slip up from time to time, so let me explain.“Wild at Heart” was released in 2001, but I just recently got around to reading it. It’s an awesome book and very enlightening, in a manly kind of … more

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Share your appreciation for our veterans

The first beer I drank in public without looking over my shoulder was on a plane from St. Louis, Missouri bound for Tucson, Arizona, and it was one of the best ever. I don’t even remember what brand it was but it was how I got it that made it so … more

Still time for giving

With just over two weeks to go before Christmas, trees are beginning to be populated with festively wrapped gifts of every size and shape, as we count down.That same anticipation around the holiday hits many people differently, though, as they … more

The Horse Whisperer and Ice Cream

Lucy, Emily, and I were driving to Mimi’s house and talking about who knows what. I’m sure it was something I was doing wrong. You know, ever since she’s been pregnant, I can do no right. more

Commissioners failure

Dear Editor, Three Williamson County commissioners violated the U.S. Constitution when they interrogated constable applicants concerning their religious opinions about abortion and same-sex marriage. Specifically, Article 6 states that no … more
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