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To say that 2020 has been challenging is an understatement. In fact, I would imagine that many of you are like me, and just want to ban the word “unprecedented” from all use from here on out. We’re left questioning what else could go wrong because it feels like everything that could, has alr…

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I once heard about a Christian barber who had recently learned about evangelizing. Wanting to do his part, he decided to start witnessing to his clients one by one. His nerves hit that first morning driving to his shop, but he quickly convinced himself it would be worth it.

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Only 83 more days left and the year 2020 will finally be over. Many people find themselves asking, “What else could go wrong?”

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As a young pastor, I had the privilege of having lunch with Pastor Jack Hayford. He was one of America’s most prominent pastors and spiritual leaders. Pastor Jack retired in 2000 from a large church in Van Nuys, California.

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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”– I Thessalonians 6:16-18

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“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air, and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters,”

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Growing up, there was a joint effort of church, home and family, school and community reinforcing a set of values—hard work, respect of others and their property, honesty, even the importance of faith to name a few. But things don’t work like they used to. The culture has changed. And we wit…

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Beginning in 2010, NBC working together with ancestry.com, began producing a TV show called, “Who Do You Think You Are?” Based on the British show of the same name, each episode focuses on a celebrity who, together with genealogy experts, traces his or her ancestry as far back as they can go.

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I was 15 years old when my dad had his first heart attack. It was one they call the widow maker. Thankfully he survived and regained his health over time. My mom played a big part in that. She heeded the doctor’s advice and helped my dad make the adjustments needed. My dad walked every day, …

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There are people who live in the “signs and wonders” movement. They look for signs to make themselves believe. Signs and wonders are never a guaranteed cure for unbelief.

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Editor’s note: On Dec. 28, 2018, Elaine crossed over to that Eternal Shore and her family, friends and readers are missing her. The Advocate is reprinting Elaine’s articles.

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It’s been said that “a Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to a person that isn’t.” I have found that to be true. That’s why, years ago, I developed the habit of daily Bible reading. I’ve owned several Bibles that I’ve studied and preached from over the last 40 years. They’re not all …

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The Most Rev. Brendan J. Cahill, bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, will officiate the first “Blue Mass” in Victoria to celebrate, thank and pray for peace officers, firefighters and paramedics at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory, according to a Catholic Diocese of …

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“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and on…

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In different times, we must live in different ways. This was a recurring thought as I recently taught through the book of Numbers. Numbers is one of the books that oftentimes gets overlooked by Christians, but it shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

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When I was in the seminary, one of my favorite classes was church history. Our history professor had a wonderfully quirky sense of humor.

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Editor’s note: On Dec. 28, 2018, Elaine crossed over to that Eternal Shore and her family, friends and readers are missing her. The Advocate is reprinting Elaine’s articles.

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We all have defining moments in life. Maybe it was the day we were married or had our first baby. Maybe it was when we received that long-awaited promotion. Or, perhaps, the day we retired or held the hand of a parent as they retired from Earth into eternity. Defining moments make clear the …

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We are entering a busy season of our lives, and we will easily get carried away in the frantic schedule of back-to-school, of the coming elections (God, have mercy), and before we know it, we’ll be in the holiday craze. And to add to the regular chaos, we get to figure out how to do this in …

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One of the most prominent characteristics of God that immediately comes to the mind of most people is His power. Nuclear weapons, laser beams, superheroes with superpowers... We’re bombarded with images of power through literature and media. But all of those images, and all of the potential …

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Though you’ve probably never heard of her, Clara Maass was a true American hero. Born in 1876, in East Orange, New Jersey, Maass was the daughter of poor German immigrants, the oldest of nine children in a devout Lutheran family.

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Most of us have heard of the 12 disciples or followers of Jesus. They’re introduced to us in the four gospels. We quickly learn that these men probably wouldn’t be considered for the “Who’s Who” list of their day. They weren’t the most talented, religious, educated or even well-known guys. T…

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Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry and other nonprofit organizations have seen a decrease in volunteerism since the pandemic hit.

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When I was in my early 30s, I flew to a developing nation to minister to a group of pastors in that region. My hotel was in the capital city, which was big and busy. They had just recently put stoplights at the intersection near where my hotel was.

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It was a stressful morning. This last week, we held the funeral for one of the oldest and most respected members of our congregation. I painstakingly planned how we would maintain the proper social distancing. Our ushers were instructed to not let people congregate in the church entryway. Ma…

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Editor’s note: On Dec. 28, 2018, Elaine crossed over to that Eternal Shore and her family, friends and readers are missing her. The Advocate is reprinting Elaine’s articles.

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These are trying and stressful times. We have the pandemic along with the pandemonium and its violence across the nation. I’ve heard, “Pastor, I don’t think I can handle one more thing.” Like a forest fire, hurricane, flooding or earthquake? And we have a national election coming up that’s l…

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In his dialogues with the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, a guy name Phaedrus supposedly said, “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.”

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Cuero will host its 94th Annual Jamaica with a brisket dinner and tamale sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 6.

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First Presbyterian Church was organized on Oct. 2, 1841, a time when Victoria had fewer than 1,500 residents and the Republic of Texas had a population of about 70,000, according to a booklet published by the church on its 175th anniversary in 2016.

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I’ve heard it said, “There are no great testimonies without great tests.” And 40-plus years of devoted Christian living has proven to me — that is definitely true.

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Christopher Columbus, Henry the Navigator, Vasco de Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Ponce de Leon – they all have one thing in common. They were explorers during the Age of Discovery. They sailed uncharted waters. They faced the open sea not knowing what laid ahead.

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We are in a mess today, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Actually, we are facing dual pandemics: a medical pandemic and a cultural pandemic. Yet, deeper still and at the root of both of these, is a spiritual pandemic.

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After a long week of work and worry, the weekend always feels good. From the time I was little, I loved Saturdays. You get to sleep in. You get to watch cartoons. You get to rest.

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