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If you have spent considerable time in Texas, chances are you have seen “Lonesome Dove,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry of Archer City, Texas. If you are a true Texan, you’ve probably seen it more than once, and you just may have seen the other three adaptions in the series. Keeping the chronological order straight is a task to be conquered with careful reading and note taking.

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Chief David O’Neal Brown

The historic events that have transpired in the nearby cities of Dallas and Baton Rouge have affected every Texan. Many that have long been silent have found voices and have spoken out both verbally and in print. Every person I know has an opinion.

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If you read this column on a regular basis, you may think this article is a contradiction compared to the one I wrote recently urging our readers not to quit. That writing had to do with not giving up, not letting go, trying one more time, and hanging in there. This week, I am urging us to quit some things. Life is a complex mixture of hanging in there and being wise enough to know when to let go of things that hold us back, and in some cases, people who hinder our progress and happiness.

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I remember when I was a very young Christian getting discouraged about a matter within our church family. I went to the pastor’s office and talked with him a good while about the incident and asked for prayer and instruction. Because my husband and I worked on the church staff, Dr. Hutson was not only my spiritual leader, but my employer. My needs concerned him and he wanted to help. He wisely gave me sage advice that I have tried to remember since that time.

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“Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders and the judgments of His mouth” (1 Chronicles 16:12).

My friend, Dr. Ron English, a man of God with whom I worked for many years, sent this thought to me today, and it is fitting because another friend asked me this week what got me through the really rough spots of life. 

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