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Hebrews 12:1,2 tells us to “run the race — the race that God Himself has chosen for us — with endurance, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” That’s a pretty … more
I recently heard a radio broadcaster say the North Carolina Education Lottery that’s been around since 2005 and raised $5.5 billion in education funds is responsible for teaching today’s … more
The art of communication and the attendant skills to create thoughts and word pictures that capture readers’ imagination seem to be a slowly diminishing art these days. We have slowly become a … more
“I just feel like God is telling me to do this.” Ever heard someone say that? I have. In and of itself, it’s not a bad thing. God does, in fact, use our emotions on occasion to speak to us. … more
Last year, Florida attorney and philanthropist Hugh Culverhouse Jr. donated $26.5 million to the University of Alabama. The university, grateful for its largest private contribution ever, … more
Information, knowledge and facts are powerful tools for making changes in our society that often benefit those who feel voiceless, ignored or disenfranchised by the established powers that govern our … more
This week’s column will address several questions, comments and suggestions that have come across my desk (doesn’t that wording sound official?) from readers over the past few days in connection … more
“We are not supposed to judge,” is a remark often heard when people consider the rightness or wrongness of current lifestyles or practices such as sexual perversion, abortion, illegitimacy, … more
Father’s Day, that semi-holiday stuck sort of in-between and around Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July will be celebrated Sunday, June 14. … more
I felt most fortunate to be able to participate and play in team sports during my high school years. Our coach had placed a large sign over the basketball court time clock and scoreboard that read, … more
In his book, “Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life,” Chuck Swindoll develops a picturesque theme of how the seasons of our lives seem to follow the seasons of the year. Now, living in North … more
Change is inevitable, so when it comes to dining out in restaurants, the landscape in this area has changed drastically since the 1950s and early 1960s — sometimes for the better, sometimes not, … more
Retirement. The term has such a beautiful ring to it. It speaks of the time to get to work on that bucket list of things you always wanted to do and places you wanted to visit but did not have the … more
In today’s heated political climate, abortion stirs immediate strong emotions. For many journalists, it is the “elephant in the room” some seek to avoid. My purpose is not to stake out a pro … more
We’ve all experienced a myriad of sounds or noises during our lives, including some that stay with us and become either pleasant or not-so-pleasant memories. As you read about sounds I recall, … more
Our kids are much older now, but they still enjoy being “kids” sometimes. For instance, the other night I heard one of them excitedly say, “Let’s play hide-and-seek!” Now, I enjoy a … more
The following suggestions are not sanctioned by any governing body or organization and are provided merely to help make life easier. Never assume the shortest checkout line at the grocery store … more
I’m departing from my usual column to pay tribute to the late Christian author, Rachel Held Evans. Ms. Evans, who passed recently at the young age of 37, had earned the title of the “Voice of the … more
Most of us have certain goals, aspirations or ambitions throughout our lives. At one time it seemed like the primary aims of many folks included such things as a good job, good health, wealth, … more
I never heard about driver’s ed when I was a teenager. At age 16 I was licensed to drive after being tested on a Johnston County Model “A” Ford school bus. That bus had a gear shift in the … more
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