This Sunday marks the start of what Christians have traditionally called “Holy Week.” This is a time that our focus is on the central teaching of Christianity, that God sent His Son into this world to save people from their sin. This week is when the key events that accomplished our salvation took place. Over one quarter of the Gospel accounts – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – describe the events of this week leading up to and including His crucifixion and resurrection.
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There’s a great line in the little-remembered 2001 Johnny Depp drug kingpin saga “Blow,” where the protagonist gets busted dealing pot and is sent to the Danbury Federal Penitentiary in Connecticut. Upon conferring with his coke fiend cellmate, Depp’s voice-over remarks:
March 13 marked the 60th day of legislative session, which was also the last day to file new legislation. In total, there were 6,324 pieces of legislation filed. There were 4,121 bills and 132 constitutional amendments filed in the House, and 2,005 bills and 66 constitutional amendments filed in the Senate. Today, I will discuss a few of the bills that have been filed.
To say that the last few weeks have been unique for me would be an understatement. They have been a whirlwind of emotions. My wife found out she was pregnant at least 2 months ago. About 4 weeks ago we realized something was wrong, we called the doctor, and went in expecting to hear the news that she had lost the child around the 10th week. But to our surprise, the doctor said, “Yes, you lost one, but there is another who is doing fine for the moment.” We had to go into the hospital for less than 24 hours because they wanted to keep a close eye on her blood loss because it was so significant. We now sit at about 13 weeks along, and it seems that the baby is doing well, morning sickness has returned, and the normal pregnancy issues in the first trimester are a part of her everyday life.
Before Denton voters went to the polls in November to decide the fate of a citizen-proposed ordinance to ban fracking in their city, oil and gas industry representatives and supporters assured them repeatedly that passing the measure would only set the city up for lawsuits that it would most certainly lose.
The Denison City Council took a step Monday night to bolster its police force by establishing a reserve police force. The new force will support regular members of the police force during special events and when there is a need for additional officers.
Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words — words can wreck your life.
My neighbor and good friend recently spent the morning picking up pecans. She drove to a nearby farm where she spent the next few hours underneath the towering pecan trees gathering up fallen nuts. This was not hard work, but repetitious. It often results in stained hands and strained backs and is rapidly becoming a lost and dying art.
The legislative process is now fully underway: bills are being heard in committee, and this month bills will begin to be debated by the full House. As of this writing, approximately 5,500 bills have been filed by both the House and Senate. This week, the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, which I chair, heard House Bill 11, a border security bill. On Thursday, I presented a bill to the Transportation Committee relating to the Red River Boundary Commission, and members from our local community traveled to Austin to testify on this bill.
I’ve done a lot of funerals in my 20-plus years of ministry, far more than I thought I would ever do. Every service touches me in a unique way and with each funeral I seem to come away with a life-lesson I needed to hear. Recently I was taught a valuable lesson as I eulogized a certain man. His name was Dillon.