Alone. Not Lonely.

For the last several months I have been going to the same restaurant – Sweet Confections Café in Belton – nearly every day of the week for lunch. After ordering, I sit down alone at the corner table, purposely facing the front door so that I am not distracted by the television up behind my...
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So You Want To Be A…

A lawyer? A pro football player? A nurse? An accountant? A mom? A firefighter? A farmer? It seems that at various times in our lives we want to be one thing or another.  Maybe even a couple of things at the same time.  Many times these ideas are influenced by other people or circumstances.  And...
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Keeping Your Communications Golden

Advances in technology and a more fast-paced world cause many of us in our daily lives to communicate more informally. Our smart phones enable us to text and send emails with ease. Social media options are varied including Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. In all of these communication and information venues, we are able to share...
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Comfortably Uncomfortable

I’m the type of person who loves to be comfortable. I love knowing the plan. I’m the individual who wakes up in the morning and maps out the day. It’s easy, it’s convenient, and it’s most certainly comfortable. Last November, I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant...
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Tips for Organizing a Speech

One of the most basic requirements for a good speech is to organize it clearly. No matter how entertaining or interesting your speech is, you must have organized material for your audience to truly understand it. A speech should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Introduction First, gain the attention of your audience. The goal...
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23/1

As I grow older (I did not say old), I am making more visits to hospitals to visit friends with surprising sickness, chronic pain, and disabling and sometimes terminal diseases.  In my mind, this should not be common to the 45-55 year old.  In my profession, it is important to workout, eat healthy and try...
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Making Disciples

The moment a student arrives on a college campus, they are confronted with many opportunities to get involved.  There are organizations that want your participation.  There are churches that want you to be a part of their fellowship.  There are classes that demand your attention and your time.  Sometimes it is overwhelming. All of these...
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Professing a Calling

UMHB is in the initial stages of what we are calling the Vocare Initiative, a title based on the Latin for “to call.”  The focal point at this juncture is looking at how the main two connotations of the concept, a call to ministry and a call to a certain career (i.e. vocation), are two...
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Stop Working

My name is Nicholas Jones, I’m 31, have two kids and a wife, have earned two degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and I have never worked a day in my life. That statement might lead you to believe that I was either born extremely wealthy or lazy or both. Unfortunately for me, I...
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