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Most of us won’t be called to such sacrifice for God. Most won’t be called to ordained ministry. But we all will be called, dozens of times a day, to say ‘Yes’ to God, to answer simply: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” 

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When “the plan” seems to go horribly wrong, we may just need to accept the possibility that we were following the wrong plan in the first place, and press on with an unbridled willingness to risk failure all over again.

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Sometimes people are born gullible, and others get that way through a series of circumstances including desperation. This explains why some folks turn over their entire life's savings to con artists who email them about long-lost relatives who will pay millions, if they'll only send $5,000 to some faraway locale.

When we take a step back, view President Donald Trump’s grievances with the media from a wide-angle lens, we get a chicken-or-the-egg vibe. Does Trump call the media “the enemy of the people,” because he knows it will get his crowds and his base riled up? Or do his crowds and base distrust the media because their president told them to?

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Thomas Jefferson is one of America's most revered Framers. He is credited with the concept of the "separation clause," which serves as the underpinning of the First Amendment and prevents government representatives from foisting their religious views upon a hapless public.

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Besides the national media, the press includes community newspapers. Not publishing rumor or innuendo, community journalists strive to provide a consistent source of reliable, fact-based reporting on topics of local interest.

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This past week, Oklahoma state officials announced they still have not been able to draft a new execution protocol and there is no plan to date to resume executions. Based on the bungling that has occurred in Oklahoma, the date executions are to resume should be easily decided: there should be none. 

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Forget for a moment what seems to be the underlying motives for the prosecution of Paul Manafort. Let's pretend he was not, at one time, President Trump's campaign chairman. Instead, let's look at what he's accused of.

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When my mind is at peace, sometimes it drifts across the galaxy, to stars, planets and worlds unseen — and, perhaps, never to be seen — by men and women on Earth.

Space may be the final frontier, but the Trump administration’s decision to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. military is absurd, unnecessary and will divert taxpayer dollars away from actual needs, like repairing our flagging infrastructure, supporting a failing entitlement system or simply addressing the compounding national deficit.

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It is more than painful to imagine a world where all of the people in it were defined by or only known by the things they had done in the past. This statement would be true whether you’re talking about the bad things you’ve done or even the good things you’ve done.

Fall is my favorite time of the year, mainly because of what most people think of as "football weather." The cool, crisp evenings remind us of days gone by, when we shared flannel blankets and sipped hot cocoa (or something stronger) in the stands at our respective high schools or colleges. For most Americans, football season is a time met with great anticipation - especially in these parts, if you're an OU fan ready to rumble with OSU adherents, or vice versa.

The guardians of social media are quick to flag and block what they consider hate speech and racial intolerance. Good for them. There really is no place for hateful intolerance. Except, in their world, when it comes to one demographic and one political philosophy, then there is no line that can’t be crossed.

Our thanks to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., for reminding Americans that there are alternative ways to understand the relationship between politicians and the press, beyond the vilification frequently resorted to by our current president.

A new podcast masterfully tells the story of a hip-hop legend and shows why podcasts are the best medium for in-depth examinations of hip-hop. 

Gardens are a place of reflection. I often find myself in the garden mulling over events and occurrences that make up my days. I find myself on my knees pulling crabgrass and considering the interactions I have had with others, measuring myself against the Highest Standard.

None of us are perfect, we all have our quirks and idiosyncrasies. When someone decides to look past our faults and foibles and calls us friend, it is cause for great celebration indeed.

I have to admit that I never seriously paid much attention in high school history class when we discussed the Age of Enlightenment.

In many suburbs of metropolitan areas, housing additions have strict covenants in place to force homeowners to keep up their yards and homes. Other residents see that as a benefit, since one person's poor maintenance can bring down property values in the entire neighborhood.

Across America at least 95 percent of people incarcerated in state prisons will be released back into their communities at some point. Successful transitions are challenging, as reintegrating into life on the outside is hard for all parties and families. Difficulty securing employment and stable housing, combined with re-establishing healthy family relationships, can prompt severe anxiety without the proper support system.

One of the biggest problems ordinary Americans have with government at any level is its apparent apathy toward the people it’s supposed to serve. The bureaucratic mentality that has regular folks convinced their “public servants” have been kicking them to the curb is what got Donald Trump elected president, and it’s also the reason many decent officials get swept out with the rest of the trash.

Black people are at our strongest when we are in groups. There is a sort of energy that passes between our people, when we stand together in the face of tragedy. It is all too familiar and far too common, but it is certainly there. As I stood and watched my people set up before the rally in support of a death row inmate, I realized something that shook me down to the soles of my feet. I had been here before, in another time with another name but perhaps the same brown eyes. I had been here before and now here I was once again. I watched brown faces hug and kiss other brown faces and smile and laugh.

The Department of Interior accidentally flashed its metaphorical pantaloons recently when it dumped a group of documents that revealed the review of 27 national monuments ordered by President Donald Trump is a sham.

While Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is willing to admit the issue of NFL players kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner is “complex,” Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones goes a different route, saying, “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.”

The Cherokee Nation recently acquired more than 60 acres of land in Delaware County. The site is one of the historic endpoints of the Trail of Tears, which is especially significant in 2018 as we commemorate the 180th anniversary of the forced removal of the Cherokee people to Indian Territory, now modern-day Oklahoma. The tract is adjacent to the grounds of the former Oaks Indian Mission, a mission that served multiple generations of Cherokees. The acreage, which also houses an historic Cherokee cemetery called God’s Acre, is a significant part of our history. Now, it is part of our bright future as a tribal nation.

For eight years, the Obama administration engaged in a never-ending display of weakness on the international scene. It genuflected and bowed to Third World leaders and leaders of terrorist nations in an effort to appease the unappeasable. In some cases even delivering pallets of cash.

Just days after Oklahomans passed by a wide margin a measure to permit the use of medical marijuana, opponents began dismantling their intentions. It's not the first time they've tried; prison alternatives for nonviolent crimes, and relaxed alcohol laws, are two recent examples. Voters didn't know what they were casting ballots for, said several legislators - some of whom have since been caught in motel rooms with teenagers or mistresses.

Just in time for the fight over confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and midterm elections, the Internal Revenue Service just made dark money even darker.

If we are to maintain the control of “We the people” over our government, and constrain the ill effects of this president on our republic, we all — of all parties — must make our voices heard loud, early and often. 

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