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Life presents so many opportunities and choices, do you choose chicken or beef? Do I turn right or left? Do I watch Netflix or Amazon? Some of these decisions may appear trivial but with hindsight we can see what an impact they can have on us. How do we know if we are making the right decisions? I believe one of the rights the Lord has granted us is the ability to choose our own path. We take the advice of others, combined with our own experiences and “gut” feelings to go through life.

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Who do you think you are?! is a question that is usually asked in anger or frustration over something you have done to someone. They probably know who you are but the statement is a comment that you don’t have a right to do whatever thing you just did to them. But in Matthew 4—when Jesus is tempted in the wilderness— we see that this question is what the devil always goes to.

Volunteers from Matlock Tire Service & Auto Repair in Lenoir City made a difference at Loudon County Habitat for Humanity.

Like many, I will forever remember where I was when told that Baptist pastor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been murdered for his witness to the Christian faith.

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Free tickets for children for the annual Shrine Circus at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield now are available at the Webster County Citizen office on the west side of the Seymour square.

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Nathan Ivy was named the new executive director of Episcopal City Mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. Most recently, Ivy served as a project director with Vision for Children at Risk in St. Louis, promoting the wellness of young children in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He has also worked with Urban Strategies, Inc., Washington University, and the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Clubs. Ivy is a lifelong St. Louisan, born and raised in Webster Groves.He says he is looking forward to partnering with the ECM board to develop a shared vision and goals for the future. He'll also be working with the staff to facilitate effective operation of ECM, and building relationships with the people critical to the success of the organization.

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SOUTH BEND — The Odd Fellows Cemetery on the Old Raymond-South Bend Road is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a $31,400 grant from the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Work has already begun on the near centuries-old cemetery, and a work party is being held on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Chances are, your humble, obedient servant here will never be invited to teach at Hamline University, a Methodist school in St. Paul, Minnesota. For one thing, I’m almost old enough to be president of the United States — that is, well beyond my professorial sell-by date.