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“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”  Psalm 145:18

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Jesus came. I often think about how much worse our world would be if he didn’t come. Jesus came to us in the midst of adversity. Oddly, Jesus will return to a world still struggling with and in adversity.

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“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon

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“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.” - Maya Angelou

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I know you have heard the saying, “Boy, if I could just go back, I’d sure make some changes!”

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“If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind. Fathers like mine don’t ever die.” - Leo Buscaglia

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce invites you to its premier event benefiting 2022’s Leadership Summit Series, The Summit Shoot, a sporting clay shoot taking place this Friday, Nov. 12. The event is being held at the Ellis County Sportsman’s Club with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and an…

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Ten years ago, as a funeral director, I waited on a family. The man’s daughters came to the funeral home to make arrangements. I noticed one of the daughters appeared to be angry and later even expressed she didn’t want to be present for the arrangement conference. I later learned she held t…

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As I went into the crispness of a fall morning, down the streets of warm homes awakening to another day, a few of my townsfolk heading out to get errands started, I couldn’t help but embrace the wonderful sense of community we are experiencing here in our fair city. 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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In the fall 1988, I was a junior at Whitney High School. I performed a routine for a fun UIL category that involved a microphone, music, and me. It was lip-syncing, and I chose Reba McEntire’s “Little Rock.” Out of 40 contestants, I walked away with fourth place. Losing to Sonny & Cher a…

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“Dune” is one of those works of science fiction that often gets overlooked and pushed to the side when placed up against bigger titles. However, with its latest adaptation to film, I think people will be flocking to get lost in the world of “Dune.”

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I am sitting here writing this article looking into the eyes of my first grandchild. It’s easy when you’re just out of high school or college, entering the real world, and finding your place in it to feel a bit invincible. Unless you suffer a major health crisis or endure another life-alteri…

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“Never underestimate a cycle breaker. Not only did they experience years of generational trauma, but they stood in the face of the trauma and fought to say, ‘This ends with me.’ This is brave. This is powerful. This comes at a significant cost. Never underestimate a cycle breaker.” – Unknown

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Golly, time has flown by. It doesn’t seem like it’s been almost a year since we distributed 80 Warmth of Winter Christmas bags to those in need. It’s time once again to start getting holiday bags packed with the items that will keep a person warm during the upcoming cool days and cold nights.

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Did you know when you were born, a spiritual war immediately began and still rages today? The battle is between God and Satan over where you will spend eternity.

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“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull

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Have you ever read a scripture in the bible and thought to yourself, “I have no idea what that means!”  

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For 26 years now, I’ve struggled through the month of October. My first wife, Jimmie Lou, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 1995. We jokingly referred to her as the Breast Cancer Awareness poster girl that year. In subsequent years, the joking became much more difficult as the di…

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For 26 years now, I’ve struggled through the month of October. My first wife, Jimmie Lou, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 1995. We jokingly referred to her as the Breast Cancer Awareness poster girl that year. In subsequent years, the joking became much more difficult as the di…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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Movies about superheroes and villains have become so commonplace it’s hard to find something that makes a noticeable impact on audiences. Hollywood’s latest attempt, “Venom: Let There be Carnage,” is a prime example of how bored filmmakers have become with the genre.

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Typically, I do not worry, especially if it is something in my life that I cannot control. I am not being judgmental, but some people worry about everything. Studies have determined that people who are chronic worriers can literally take years off their lives. Any doctor will tell you that i…

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On Aug. 15, 2021, the Waxahachie Sun addressed certain information, or more accurately described as misinformation, disseminated through a Facebook post made by Mr. Travis Smith regarding sales tax derived from food trucks and what governmental entity ultimately receives the tax. Mr. Smith, …

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If you’ve never lived outside of this corner of the world, you might think that every school district is filled with exceptional students, highly skilled and committed teachers and staff, families that support our young people in every learning experience and extracurricular activity in whic…

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Frankly, I think the people of this country are being played. That isn’t to say, however, that I’m interested in forcing my own thoughts of dealing with a pandemic on anyone or anything. How others choose to live in what are strange, turbulent times made stranger and more turbulent by the fe…

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In his final performance as James Bond, Daniel Craig has given audiences a tremendous parting gift. Since taking on the role in the 2006 film “Casino Royale,” Craig has elevated the character’s status to new heights and leaving a single question for people to ponder: What’s next for 007?

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According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, behind only skin cancers. In fact, the ACS puts the average risk as a one in eight chance that a woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. And according to the World Healt…

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There’s an old saying to be leery of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and that’s the message conveyed in the new film, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

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I saw something the other day that I loved, it read, “When prayer becomes your immediate reflex instead of your last resort, the whole battlefield begins to tilt in your direction.” How often do we push the panic button, taking matters into our own hands when the wheels fall off our wagon?

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When “The Sopranos” first aired in 1999, it was groundbreaking. Over its six seasons, the show immersed its audience into the seedy underbelly of organized crime mixed with themes of family and loyalty. The new film, “The Many Saints of Newark,” shows how choices early on shaped these indivi…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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Just like so many others, I would like to feel better about America. I would like to believe that we as a nation are better than what we have revealed ourselves to be. The truth is, however, we are not. We are exactly who we are — and who we are must be transparently assessed, acknowledged, …

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A few weeks ago I attempted to lay out for you what the impact is on the people, you and me, of this city when it comes to truth about the taxes we pay. Today, I hope to provide more awareness as it relates to those taxes. Why? Because the constant shrill over taxes coming from a few folks, …

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I am amazed by a lot of things. I am amazed that the pandemic is still here. I am amazed at what seems to be an incredible increase in violence and discord, not so much in the world, but here at home. I am amazed at the number of families who do not attend church. I am also amazed at the num…

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Tara and I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone in HD10 who put their faith in me to be their voice in the Texas Legislature. Our positive campaign for freedom, liberty, and constitutional limits on governmental power resonated with thousands, and I look forward to working every …

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“Life can change so fast, so unexpectedly. Love when you can, while you can, as much as you can.” – Mandy Hale   

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Halloween is almost here, and I always look forward to the creative decorations and the bowls of candy. I especially enjoy seeing the parade of clever costumes people invent. Speaking of costumes, it’s a bit of a costume party here every day. No, not literally, but when I look around the cen…