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Why, my soul, are you so downcast?

Since before the world was made, God has known you and loved you. He has never taken His eyes away or ignored you. If you were to write down all the blessings and victories He has given to you, they would prove He has called you, has been guiding you, and has many wonderful things planned for your future. Do you believe this today? Is your life heading in a direction that you are excited about, or are you downcast?

At this time of year, it’s common for many people to be filled with a mixture of emotions. Some are dealing with anxiety,

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Justice, security and order dependent on faith in action

To accomplish anything in this world, for something to transition from an idea to reality, knowledge, will and action are necessary. A simple example of this would be building a house. Knowledge alone will not produce a house. The house itself is the fruit of knowledge, will and action.

We can apply this same analogy to building harmonious, prosperous communities, and constructing a society that is characterized by justice and equity. Moral action is light — it is the building material for safe and peaceful communities,

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Courier Letters to the Editor 12-7-22

Let’s keep the spirit of Christmas

Dear Editor,

Christmas is upon us. A time of the year when all can be like family, no matter the race, religion or non.

Seems people this time of the year are more forgiving than at others. Well, not all, of course, for the spirit of Scrooge is still alive and well.

People who hate Christmas are a truly a sad bunch. Could be happy and joyous but had rather snarl and snap at our heels and ankle, gnawing away. Maybe they’re

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Do you have workout goals?

We love our new exercise coach. This is the young student who used us as guinea pigs for a college class project, graduated and has now been hired by the senior center as our permanent workout guru. It’s only been a month, and already we want to make him Employee of the Year.

Somehow he managed to convince the town to spend large dollars to outfit a space in

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Using God’s speech filter in our conversations

As I’ve prayed for spiritual awareness over the years, the Lord has been patient with my lack of understanding and has graciously allowed me to labor in the area of communication.

When having a conversation with someone, listening intently helps to discern what is on their mind, but most importantly it’s even more important to listen to God in order to know how He wants us to respond. For the Christian, there is no higher responsibility than to monitor and]

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Embracing the lighter side this Thanksgiving

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, let us turn away from the toxic negativity that has darkened the view of the world for so many of us these days and embrace the lighter side.

There are a whole lot more good and wonderful things to be thankful for than there are things to be complaining about.

Need I list some of them? I think you already know pretty much what they are: sunshine, family and friends, the love of God, a comfortable standard of living — and that just about anybody

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Much to be thankful for

I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving with my family, but many times I become distracted from the intended purpose. Between football, conversations and pumpkin pie, it’s easy to forget how much we have to be thankful for.

Sadly, many have forgotten or maybe they have never known the history of human suffering that is associated with the Pilgrims. It’s been recorded that the new colony was focused on giving God thanks for His blessings and protection, as William Bradford is quoted, “Being thus arrived

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-23-22

No justice to be found?

Dear Editor,

On Dec. 30, 2021, my 1998 Toyota Tacoma was stolen from my yard, located near Liberty and in Pickens County. Deputies with the sheriff’s office did an awesome job in recovering my truck and arresting two suspects.

Since that day, I’ve been an active part of the justice system. I’ve filled out paperwork, collected estimates in repairing the damage to my truck and been in the courtroom for every hearing.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, was my 12th appearance in court, for an expected plea by one of the suspects.

When the case was called, I, along with an advocate and another of their victims, stood for the charges. A Pickens County deputy walked over

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Goodbye to one of country music’s greats

Back in 1980, when my wife Kathy and I were dating, she told me a story about the adventures she had at Myrtle Beach when she was 18, hanging out with some guys who played in a band at a club called the Bowery.

It was the summer of ‘73. The band was called Wild Country.

She showed me a picture of them and told me how great they were.

“They’re going to be famous someday,” she said. “They made a record.”

“Yeah, right,” I thought to myself, having made a record with my own band in 1973 and not yet

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Get ready to shop small

Black Friday may be the longest day of the year. Used to, it was just the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, the pre-Black Friday sales started well before Halloween.

Black Friday, of course, is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, but there’s another day that puts me in the holiday spirit. It’s the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is when people are encouraged to shop on Main Street instead of in the

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