FREE FISHING LICENSE
Wow! Did you hear? Anyone regardless of age can get a free fishing license! In Texas this usually runs about $45. OK … but what’s the catch? I mean, nothing is really free. Someone somewhere has to pay for your “free” license. Well, let me tell you where you can get it. Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). So, all you have to do is follow or become obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ, then, start your fishing! And the good news is that Jesus paid for the whole thing when He became the sacrifice on the cross for the sins of mankind. The Bible tells us that all we need to do is to turn away from our sinful and empty manner of life (that’s called repentance) and turn in faith to God through the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for salvation. The apostle Paul wrote, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). He later states that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God’s free gift of salvation is only through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. And for those accept this wonderful gift, Jesus tells them to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations… commanding them to obey all that I have commanded” (Matthew 28:19-20). And that is what is called “fishing for men!” So, there you have it! That is the free fishing license, a license to fish for people for Jesus. Follow Jesus, and He promises to make you fishers of men!
In response to the recent letter in “Your Turn” from John Lister, I want to offer my praise to God and my most sincere thanks to Mr. Lister for a winsome, truthful and courageous presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. May God cause Mr. Lister’s testimony to bear much spiritual fruit. Praise the lord!
Judith Wagner Fuller
WE WILL PREVAIL!
Many of us experienced loss, financial hardship, sickness or emotional turmoil in 2020. But we also celebrated a few triumphs along the way, made sweeter by the struggles. Although we stayed physically apart, many of us came together to help friends, family, neighbors and even strangers struggling with the pandemic’s physical, emotional and financial tolls. I take great pride in your Precinct 4 staff members who overcame countless obstacles to continue serving residents. We completed two new roads, expanded our trail system, and responded to thousands of work-order requests from people like you. In addition to their usual duties, your Precinct 4 team worked with community partners to provide masks, hand sanitizer and food to vulnerable first responders and the public. To reduce flooding in Kingwood’s Elm Grove neighborhood, the commissioners court unanimously approved an agreement with the City of Houston to buy land in Montgomery County linked to flooding in downstream communities. We hope to use the land for flood mitigation projects to protect Harris County residents long into the future. I’m proud of all the work that went into this agreement and look forward to seeing these flood mitigation projects come to fruition. Although I view these accomplishments with peace, I also look forward to a new year filled with opportunities of joy. My colleagues and I welcomed Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey to commissioners’ court Jan. 1. As many of you know, Tom served as the mayor of Spring Valley Village and spent decades as a civil engineer. I’m confident the court will benefit from his leadership and expertise in flood control and other areas. I also want to recognize the contributions of Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack. Steve has been a fearless advocate for Harris County residents – especially for those in his Precinct 3 – for more than 30 years. A former police officer and constable, Steve was an unwavering friend to law enforcement and crime victims throughout his career. I also count him as a friend and ally for the nearly 10 years I have been honored to serve beside him on commissioners court. Happy “retirement” to him as he straps on new and exciting ways to serve our community.
Commissioner, Precinct 4
CONQUER FROM WITHIN
Around 1959, Nikita Khrushchev (premier of the Soviet Union), said, “Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright: but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you have communism.” The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” It is questioned as to whether Khrushchev is actually responsible for this quote.
Here are the primary levels of government control required to create a socialistic state:
1. Health care
2. Increase poverty
3. Increase debt
4. Gun control
7. Religion – remove the belief in God
8. Class warfare
9. Speech – Both written and spoken
Sound familiar? I believe you will have to admit this looks a lot like current Democratic Party policies.
OUR REICHSTAG MOMENT
Democrats have suddenly embraced the sanctity of a civil institution. They and many left-leaning individuals are calling it false equivalency to compare the riot at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 with the riots that rocked the country after last year’s police-involved killing of George Floyd. In a way, that is accurate, but not in the way they mean. Responsible liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, criticized what happened in Washington, D.C., but many on the left encouraged the riots in many of blue cities last year or mischaracterize the terror that unfolded as ‘peaceful.’ The riots of 2020 caused many deaths and over $1 billion in property damage. Big Tech is a huge supporter of controlling the narrative and stifling voices it doesn’t like, witnessed by the broad deplatforming of Parler, a competitor to Twitter favored by those on the right. Some of the planners of the riot at the Capitol utilized Parler. But, funny isn’t it, that none of the social media applications used by BLM or Antifa get purged? So, when they say deplatforming is about violence, it’s not. It’s about control. Parler is working to come back. We need more speech, not less, and many responsible voices used Parler. In 1933, a deluded communist set fire to the German parliament, the Reichstag, and the Nazis used that as a pretext to cement their power and stifle opposing voices. Big Tech, the Democratic Party, and much of the mainstream media are part of a vicious hive mind that is now replicating 1933 to gain permanent control of the information narrative. This really is our Reichstag fire moment.