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You saw it reported in the Del Rio News-Herald on August 7. The San Felipe-Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District will be getting $600,000 less to spend this coming year than planned. That means it is time to tighten the belt, right? Make sure the priorities are covered, right?

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“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny,” quoted by Stephen Covey in his book, 7 Habits of Successful People. This quote speaks well about how thinking directs and determines the successes and failures in our lives. Take a moment and reflect. Have you ever thought of something happening, good or bad, and BOOM it happened!? You may be inclined to say that the resulting action was a coincidence, but in reality; the seed of a thought cultivates subsequent actions.

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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

God is the author of marriage.

We read in Genesis Chapter 1, verse 27, first story of creation, “God created man in His image, in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them.”

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“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile (destroy) the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1st Cor.3:16-19).

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: Hay ocasiones que la forma de vivir parece natural, donde el sufrimiento y la amargura dominan, pero déjame decirte que en Cristo esto no es natural.

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Recently my wife asked me if I was praying for rain. I told her not earnestly because I had not really thanked Him enough for the last rains He sent earlier this summer. It has been dry and so hot lately but we are trusting in the Lord to provide.

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How deep is our love? Got your iron boots on? Sometimes that depth of our love is being tested and we may not realize that. We can put limits on just how much we are willing to love our neighbors, or even brethren in Christ.

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Puppy scams are now targeting people who want to rescue a dog, not just purchase one through a breeder. If you are looking to adopt a dog use extreme caution with online services.

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We never want to allow the fear of God to leave us as Christians. I am speaking of the holy reverent fear of the Lord. We all need to continually walk in the fear of God as Creator, Lord of all, and the all-consuming fire that He is. We don’t want to become complacent in our walk with Him. We keep from doing so by continually allowing the Lord to teach us that we may grow in Him. It is a process we never want to turn away from back into perdition. When all we hear is peace and safety spoken unto the Lord’s church no matter what we do that just is not scriptural and can cause one to lose their fear of God.

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Traveling through Europe is interesting! Also, there I found out that while many people have watches, still not so many really have time … I saw a lot of tattoos. It will be easily accepted when the anti-Christ introduces “the mark of the beast” as a fashionable tattoo – including the chip, of course.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: La muerte siempre sorprende y entristece a las familias, y qué difícil es cuando llega por un ser querido, y por lo regular la consideramos como una pérdida que nos lleva a cuestionar a Dios, pues nos sentimos inconformes por esa decisión divina.

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I remember the time I went to town and decided to eat dinner at one of the restaurants before going back home. While I was eating, a young couple came up and sat down at the table next to mine.

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May the Lord be with you. It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it? Must be if I am reading this, how about you?

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How you see and think about yourself before going on a diet has a large bearing on your ability to successfully lose and maintain your ideal weight. It’s an established fact that people who have lost significant pounds, 20, 30 pounds or more, may still see themselves as obese.

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I heard a complaint about the Del Rio News-Herald the other day. As a member of the Readership Advisory Board, I paid attention. A group of ladies were talking about how often they heard about events in the newspaper – after the event had already happened. “Why can’t we hear about these events before they happen?” they wondered. Well, I have a few ideas.

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They are known by several names like Giant Redwoods or Giant Sequoia and they do not grow just anywhere. They are the largest trees in the world by total mass. They may grow to a height of 150 to 280 feet tall and have trunk diameters of 16 to 23 feet.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: La comunicación es la base de las relaciones humanas y cuando pensamos en Dios tenemos la Oración para hablar con él, y mantener una comunicación activa, y así poder contarle nuestros problemas, necesidades y tristezas, y también darle honra a nuestro Salvador;

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The mirror of the Word of God shows a man the things one has not apprehended as of yet concerning godliness. We see what we are, then the loving conviction of the Holy Spirit leads us into repentance. If we dare say no to what we see, are we not like the religious sect of old who shrugged their shoulders & turned the other way, forgetting what has just been shown unto them.

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My mother started her day with a Pepsi. She was seriously addicted to the caffeine and the sugar rush – much like those who need their coffee to get going. Even when there was little money for other food for the family, she somehow was able to get her pop. (I know, you call it “soda” or just “coke” here in Texas, but my mother and I called it “pop” in Iowa).

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Les saludo con gusto pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: Toda persona reconoce los buenos y los malos caminos, pero hay ocasiones que el dinero fácil y el orgullo se conjugan en el corazón, y entonces la persona toma una decisión equivocada.

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What goes in will often come out, concerning what we allow to go into our minds. From the mind to the heart, things can travel then they either come out as rivers of good or bad stale waters that can ruin ourselves and others around us. Look at Judas who betrayed Christ. The thought to betray the Lord was not the sin, it was when that sinful thought was conceived in his heart, then Satan the Word of God says, entered into Judas. Most of us know the rest of the story. So in other words if not careful the devil can take us far off of the straight and narrow beginning with what might seem like a subtle thought.

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Sadly, it is something we are losing in America and I heard someone say, “If you can destroy the families you can destroy the country.” I watched one of my grandfathers and my dad work hard to keep our family together.

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I am told on a regular basis, “write something that makes us feel good.” I understand that we want to live in comfort where we gravitate toward information that allows us to relax and enjoy life and it’s wonderful to train our mind to be a positive thinker.

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Many small businesses accept payments through Square. For a small fee on each transaction, Square can turn a smartphone or iPad into a payment station. But scammers are taking advantage of the service’s popularity by sending phishing emails that appear to be official correspondence.

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The most daunting of tasks is not climbing the highest mountain, nor sailing around the world. It is living for Christ 24/7, and it can be quite humbling at times, as well as challenging. However, the end result of this lifelong endeavor is far beyond anyone could ever think or hope for.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: El amor de Dios es para todos, por tanto sus eternas promesas son para ti y para mí. Él en su infinita bondad tiene una palabra actual y poderosa para que toda persona viva alegre, segura y en paz.

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I’ve heard the old saying that “life is not a bed of roses” for as long as I can remember. I understand what it’s trying to convey but I’ve also thought that it would not really be all that great to lay down on a bed of sharp thorns. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say our journey will have its ups and downs and unfortunately, most of us will experience our share of hard times.

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Recently my wife and I took a trip to the Davis Mountains in West Texas. She wanted to visit some bird-watching friends. We had a great time and the scenery was so different from where we live.

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BORDERLINES: I think it was Thomas Jefferson who said “A nation that doesn’t keep up with the new words on Facebook will be doomed to never repeat them.” Or words to that effect. Jefferson’s tweets were always a little cryptic.

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We had to travel about 50 miles to look at them. Upon arriving my wife got in the pen with them and looked them over very carefully. After asking the owner some questions, she picked one and then I picked one.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy. A veces se batalla para aceptar los consejos, aunque por lo regular tienen la intención de mejorar nuestro desempeño, y qué mejor si vienen de Dios.

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I am sure that many of you can remember when life was not so demanding and filled with anxiety or at least it seemed that way. I was raised in the city so when I had a chance to go to my grandparent’s house out in the country it was like going on vacation.

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Children are a wonderful blessing! How exciting it is to hold a little baby and imagine the person they will become along with all the great things they will experience and accomplish. These feelings of expectation and happiness are amazing and hopefully will continue as we watch them grow throughout our lifetime, however, as children develop beyond their formative years and into their teens, our excitement often turns to confusion and discouragement. No one is perfect or has all the answers, and we might as well face the reality that even with our prayers, sometimes our offspring will not always go the way we thought they would.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de Hoy: Dios nos declara grandes promesas para que toda persona pueda caminar en este mundo con alegría, paz y esperanza.

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God made the rainbow as a covenant between Himself and mankind, that He would never again destroy the earth by a flood of waters. Whenever God would see the rainbow, the scripture says He would remember that covenant.

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This Wednesday we celebrated our nation’s birthday because independence was declared on July 4, 1776. The first observance of our independence occurred in Bristol, Rhode Island on July 4, 1777, and it was celebrated with a 13-gun salute in the morning and evening.

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Every few months it seems we hear about another major hack of consumer information. In the wake of these massive data breaches like Equifax in 2017, which exposed the personal information of millions of Americans, a new federal law will soon allow you to get credit protection, without paying a fee.

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The CRAAP Test was created by the Merriam librarians at California State University, Chico in 2010. What I am about to share is not just for students. It is for anyone who cares to learn, understand, and share true and correct information. Folks like you and me. Ready for some CRAAP? Here we go:

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This is what was in my spirit to touch on yesterday. Infidelity among the married, even in the church, also the problem with pornography, and sexual immorality in the Lord’s church. God wants to heal those involved. We don’t want to condemn and judge but to buildup and correct out of love.