Commentary

Wed
12
Mar

Freedom

By Andy and Meghan Melton Trinity Church Littlefield.
 
My heart has been so pressed to share how God our Father sees His children. As I was seeking the Heart behind this tugging in my heart, I realized many people don’t realize who they are in Christ. When I received Jesus as my Savior, I would spend so much time asking for Him to forgive me. I even remember being tormented because I feared I wouldn’t remember one of those sins and not ask forgiveness. Isaiah 54 was a life changing revelation for me. I encourage you to study this chapter in Isaiah on your own, but let me share verse 14 with you. It says “In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.” I tell you one thing, I didn’t feel like I was established in righteousness.
Sun
09
Mar

‘Flappables’ Twisting in the Wind…

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
One can determine much about a man by observation, taking note of the way he dresses and carries himself. Overalls--like “duded-up” western wear -- can easily deceive, however. Overalls carry no guarantee that the guy farms, nor do boots and chaps necessarily mean the man wearing them has ever mounted a horse.
 
Wed
05
Mar

Court rules on same sex marriage

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — In the final week before Tuesday, March 4, Primary Election Day, candidates put on final pushes in hopes of getting enough votes to be their party’s nominee for the general election in November. A ruling by a San Antonio federal court on Feb. 26 moved a hotbutton issue front and center, giving candidates a last-minute opportunity to delineate their stand. In a case brought by two samesex couples, San Antonio U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declared unconstitutional the Texas law and a related state constitutional amendment that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of out-of-state samesex marriages.
 
Sun
02
Mar

Let’s Hear It for Butterflies…

by Dr. Don Newbury
 
Let’s face it. When national leaders agree to attend summit meetings, we don’t expect many tangible and/or desirable results. More likely, whatever proposals are on the table will cost billions, take great chunks of time and eventually run off the tracks. Additional probable results include ill will, insincere apologies and/or posturing, not to mention much media window dressing. Often, leaders wish they hadn’t even called the summit. It’s rare indeed when biblical admonition gets much traction. One that comes to mind immediately is Isaiah’s quote from the Lord: “Come, now, let us reason together.”…
 
Sun
23
Feb

It’s Round-Up Time in Texas . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
For the longest time, “roundup time in Texas” meant “headin’ up and movin’ out” cattle. Cowboys atop horses undertook the
massive undertaking. They paid special heed to the “young ‘uns”--“little dogies,” if the song lyrics are to be trusted. (NOT doggies, “dogies,” long “o.”) Whoops, hollers and thundering hooves were sounds of excitement, all of this happening “when the bloom was on the sage,” harmonized by the Sons of the Pioneers.…
 
Wed
19
Feb

Candidates showing differences

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Counting down to Primary Election Day on March 4, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis remain the presumptive frontrunners for governor in their respective party races. For lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio stands alone as the Democrat vying for that powerful office, while Republican primary voters will have a field of four candidates to choose from in that race: incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; Jerry Patterson, land commissioner; Todd Staples, agriculture commissioner; or Dan Patrick, chair of the state Senate Committee on Education. While agreeing on most issues, one popular way those four Republican candidates seek to differentiate themselves is by publicizing lists of endorsements by various political action committees and other special interest groups.
 
Sun
16
Feb

Freedom to Exhale . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
So far as I know, none of my elementary schoolmates made it to the Metropolitan Opera—unless as a member of the audience, usher staff or clean-up crew. On balance, our highest musical aspirations might have justified our inclusion in church choirs, but without expectation to be chosen for solos. When Christmas pageant time rolled around, we risked minimal embarrassment by shooting for silent roles—perhaps as shepherds. Donning masquerades as camels might best have fit our ability—front or back end—as long as each end knew what the other was doing….
 

 

Tue
11
Feb

Permanent School Fund reaches new high

By Ed Sterling.
AUSTIN — Texas’ 160-yearold Permanent School Fund had grown to $29 billion, a record  high value, in December 2013, according to a report from the Texas Education Agency on Thursday, Feb. 6. The fund was created by the state in 1854 with a $2 million investment. Last year was a good one. In fiscal year 2013, which ended Aug. 31, the fund earned a return of 10.16 percent — the highest return earned by any major state of Texas investment fund. Recent strong returns also made
the Permanent School Fund the best performing major state fund over a three-year period ending on Aug. 31, 2013, with a return of 11.07 percent.
Sun
09
Feb

Why we love children

A kindergarten pupil told his teacher he’d found a cat, but it was dead. “How do you know it was dead?” she asked him. “Because I pissed in its ear and it didn’t move,” answered the child innocently. “You did WHAT?!!” the teacher exclaimed in surprise. “You know,” explained the boy. “I leaned over and went ‘Pssst!’ and it didn’t move.”

 

Sun
09
Feb

High Above It All ...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Inside on TV news, talking heads described ravages of California wildfires raging across the landscape. Outside, my neighbor Josh was ready to climb into his pick-up, heading for his firefighting shift 40 minutes up the freeway. Fresh from hearing descriptions of modern firefighting technology, I asked him to explain so ordinary guys like me could understand. “Doc, you’d do well to keep it simple,” Josh answered, smiling. “Firefighters just spray the wet stuff on the red stuff.”…
 

 

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