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About Checking The Mail

I am Carl Feril, a minister and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. I am married to Janet, who is far better than I deserve, and have two wonderful sons. CW is living in Waterloo, KS and is married to Kelly through whom I have 4 step-grandsons and 10 great-grandkids. Orrin lives here in St John and is married to Meagan, and they have Jayce and Mara. God has blessed me beyond measure and I hope to share all those blessings with others.

Sidney, TX

It is a little town like any other little town, but unlike all others in another way. Sidney is a small community in Comanche County Texas, my family home. While my father, like most young men of his generation, left … Continue reading

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Living Like It Is Real

Paul says, “Its time people!” Time for us to really recognize where we are and what we are about. It is time to see the battle is won, forget the filth of the earth, the hopelessness of the old ways… the potential for tomorrow is here. The new heaven and the new earth are on the brink of appearing, and we are closer than we have ever been. Continue reading

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Hope for a Broken World

As Tom and I processed the next few weeks, we were working out our timing so each of us would have holiday time with our families. He and Pam are gone to Kansas City this weekend for their Christmas there, … Continue reading

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Christmas in Sidney

Well, it is an established fact that the world is so large that Santa can’t get to every little town in the world on a single night. With some delicate negotiations, arrangements were made for Santa Claus to arrive in … Continue reading

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Goodbye To My Brother

Since I began preaching, I’ve been telling stories as a method of relating points from the story of Jesus. Sometimes a bit of foolishness, other times something poignant, but always I’ve used illustrations from my youth. Over time, many of … Continue reading

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A Favorite Time

HOME!  I’m home this week and on a Sunday. I’ve never been gone this much from my home church in my life. I’ve missed you. Not only have I missed seeing you, I’ve missed telling you the stories of Jesus. … Continue reading

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When the Pieces Come Together

Small choices are the building blocks of character formation. Being like Jesus is usually formed in little things that at the time might not seem significant. A choice to use kindness in place of trying to win, or the decision … Continue reading

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I Found Me a Bass Player At The Party

People are important, relationships are meaningful, and it takes energy to maintain them. Janet and I planned to spend Friday and Saturday with some friends we met in Oxford at a music festival. It is actually three couples from Wichita, … Continue reading

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Tossing and Turning?

It is this heaven given peace that will move beyond anything that we can describe. It will begin to regulate our thoughts and emotions, helping us as we face the enemies that surround us. Temptations lose their power before one who is God centered. The forces of darkness are exposed as powerless when we walk side by side with Jesus in this world. Continue reading

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Success or Significance?

“I’ve been successful, but it is more important to be significant.”   Continue reading

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