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Thu
30
Jul

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?

In the hectic, busy world we live in, can we experience peace?

 

Has your hectic schedule and intense lifestyle robbed you of your sense of humor, peace, joy, and contentment in life? Has time become your enemy?  As you watch the minutes tick away, do you easily become frustrated and angry?  Looking back on your day, are you filled with regrets for things left undone because you just didn’t have enough time?

More importantly, as God observes the events of your day, do you think His heart is filled with sorrow for the choices you’ve made?  Were you too busy to hear His voice directing you to call a friend, write a note of encouragement, or simply sit in awe at the beauty of a rainbow?

Thu
30
Jul

Grand Saline Library

Our summer reading program is coming to an end very soon.  All entries to the reading challenges must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.  We will be giving away $25 and a Kindle Fire for both challenges.  We would like to thank Lisa Morgan for teaching yoga for us this week.  We had a great turnout for her class. We would like to thank everyone that took part in our reading program this summer.  We’ve had a record number of people use the library this summer. 

August is approaching fast and we use the month after summer reading to catch up and do some much needed housekeeping.  While everyone is preparing to get back to school things slow down at the library just enough that we can work on projects such as cleaning DVDs, inventorying books and completing reports. 

Tue
28
Jul

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?

In the hectic, busy world we live in, can we experience peace?

Is it realistic to believe the balanced life includes peace, harmony, and vitality in your marriage? Can you balance husband, children, laundry, meals, and teaching a Bible study?  Of course you can, if you remember what you achieve in your marriage depends on your relationship to Christ.  If you are developing a close personal relationship with Christ, your marriage will grow in intimacy also.  

Mon
27
Jul

State Capitol Highlights

Governor's order enhances readiness on military bases

 Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas.

Abbott’s action comes following the July 16 shooting on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that resulted in the deaths of four U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor. A suspect was killed at the scene. An investigation is in progress.

“It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order,” Abbott said. “After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil. 

“Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base.”

Sun
26
Jul

Remember to love while keeping Christianity

Today, God’s true New Testament Church finds herself in a time that most thought would never come in America. 

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States has been thoroughly written and spoken about by people of every sector since the day of the ruling.  The difference of thought is caused by the fact that most Christians hold to a Biblical worldview and the contrasting side of this issue holds to either a Theism, Naturalism, Secular Humanism or a Postmodern worldview.

This has caused a gaping chasm that is wider apart than any Democrat or Republican issue disparity.  The rhetoric has been heard and now the church must be about the Great Commission left to us by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20.

Sun
26
Jul

Remember to love while keeping Christianity

Today, God’s true New Testament Church finds herself in a time that most thought would never come in America. 

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States has been thoroughly written and spoken about by people of every sector since the day of the ruling.  The difference of thought is caused by the fact that most Christians hold to a Biblical worldview and the contrasting side of this issue holds to either a Theism, Naturalism, Secular Humanism or a Postmodern worldview.

This has caused a gaping chasm that is wider apart than any Democrat or Republican issue disparity.  The rhetoric has been heard and now the church must be about the Great Commission left to us by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20.

Sat
25
Jul

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. reported the following arrests for July 14 - 21, 2015

 

Cody Lyn Allbright, 17, Van, was arrested on site for minor driving under the influence, minor in possession of alcohol, minor in possession of tobacco, and violation of driver’s license restriction.

Jackie William Ballard, 62, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for injury to a child, elderly or disabled with intentional bodily injury.

Michael Lavaughn Banks, 35, Tyler, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

Paul Lewis Belyeu, 43, Flint, was arrested on an Erath Co. warrant for theft of property.

Austin Layne Brasher, 25, Tyler, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated, and on a Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 warrant for stopping, standing or parking on main traveled way.

Fri
24
Jul

Same-sex unions – question of law

In looking back over my service as State Representative in House District 2, I have never had more contacts, questions, expressed concerns or outright rage concerning questions regarding the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage. My staff and I have had many of the same questions and, like you, we want answers.

You may recall in the Regular session of the 79th Texas Legislature we approved a Resolution defining Marriage in Texas as being one of one woman and one man.  I was a co-author of that Legislation.   By a vote of the people of Texas, 253 of the 254 counties overwhelming approved this resolution to be added to the Texas Constitution. With the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution granting states the right to decide these issues, many are at loss to the position of activities judges legislating from the bench.  I am outraged. 

Wed
22
Jul

Pets can bring up good memories of times gone by

Carol Whatley, Guest Columnist

 

During my childhood, the only "vacation" we ever took as a family was going to visit other family in Ohio. It was a 500 mile trip from northern Alabama to southern Ohio, and of co8urse my father had to make it in one day. The day began about 4 am, when my sister and I were awakened, put into the car in our pajamas, and off we went. We shared the backseat, our feet in each other's faces, and tried to sleep. Along about Nashville my father would grudgingly stop for a potty break and gasoline, all the time watching the other cars and saying, "I have to pass them all over again."  In those days there was not yet an interstate highway system. This means we drove through the hilly, twisting terrain of Kentucky and I was the lucky one who was always carsick. Every single time I would throw up without warning, somewhere near Paducah. It was sort of a family tradition.

 

Wed
22
Jul

Covering the news, not making it

Brad Blakemore, Publisher

 

In the July 26 issue of the Van Zandt News we published a story on the front page of the paper titled “Officially Dunn.” The story was on the first same-sex marriage in Van Zandt County since the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling granting same-sex couples the right to legally wed.  

As a result of the story, we have received both positive and negative feedback from our readers. Some thanking us for running the story and congratulating the two men who were married by JP Herbert Dunn in Wills Point.  We have also had a handful of negative reactions from our readers questioning our decision to run the story at all and asking why we felt it deserved front page coverage.   

Was the first same-sex marriage news in Van Zandt County? Yes. Does everyone have their own opinion on the subject? Of course.

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