Opinion

As a boy, our house was not blessed with air conditioning. Most of our neighbors’ homes were the same. Our families were mostly refinery working-hand dads and stay-at-home moms. Most of us have long since become immune to the pungent odors produced by the various industries surrounding Port Arthur. Some, however, did not.

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With all of the weather related occurrences in our natural habitat in the last few months, folks are beginning to wonder if some of those old Bible prophecies might be more than just fodder for Sunday sermons by rambling old preachers of the gospel. Several dear friends of mine who have no more than a passing interest in religion, church or gathering with other believers have found the time to ask me what I think about them, and more importantly, what I think might be coming in our future.

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In the past several weeks, we have discussed prayer and its many forms and trustfully, I hope we are exercising our duty and privilege to pray daily for ourselves, for others, our nation and our world.

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Christians are called on in Scripture and from the pulpits and podiums of our land to be many different things as examples to the world. One of the most common and often used symbols for Christians in service is to be the light of the world. I don’t think anyone reading this column today would doubt that our world in many ways is in darkness.

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As a lifelong Texas resident, I feel the need to write concerning the approval process of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. As I am sure you are aware, this project is awaiting a Presidential Permit for the pipeline to cross the U.S./Canada border.

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It is likely that nearly everyone remembers where they were 10 years ago when the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. were attacked by a terrorist group and where a group of brave passengers on Flight 93 made the decision to rush the cockpit – giving their lives – to save others. But do you remember how you felt on Sept. 12?

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In football, the term “H-back” is generally applied to a very athletic individual who is pretty much an all around utility player. He can occupy many positions and is usually considered one of the better players, not particularly at one position, but very useful at several.

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Thoroughly enjoying teaching the adults at our church here on the Bolivar Peninsula in our Sunday school hour, we have recently delved into the subjects of salt and light. Common enough sounding topics, but so much information is contained therein that we have had long discussions, wonderful illustrations from real life, and many opportunities to ask questions and to offer opinions. This is what good, quality teaching is all about, in my opinion. It is not necessarily one “expert” standing and giving his or her opinion for hours on end.

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Oscar Mauzy, former state senator and Supreme Court justice, had a large sign hanging on the wall of his senate office. It read, “Forgive and remember.” Unfortunately, too many voters have not adopted the part about remembering. It is my belief too many voters do not necessarily forgive — they simply forget.

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