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Orrin Morris

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ORRIN MORRIS: The prolific purslane makes it a pest in the garden

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." (Psalm 24:1)

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ORRIN MORRIS: Consult an experienced Southern Cook before preparing polkweed to eat

The U.S. population has passed the 314 million mark, but while that has occurred, the total world population has passed the 7 billion mark.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Indians used strange looking coneflower to make dye, tea

In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve met Satan, who was in the form of a serpent.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Yarrow used to treat stomach, liver problems

Matthew 13 tells of a large crowd that assembled by the Sea of Galilee to hear Jesus speak.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Contrary to its name, Siberian wallflower thrives in hot, dry environments

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Touch a young sensitive briar and watch the leaves close up

Psalm 43:5 reads "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Cherokee rose is beautiful to behold but its thorns are torturous

The central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is God's love.The message is that God loves each of us to the highest degree that we humans can understand; that is, every effort to establish fellowship with us is for our well- being.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Wild everlasting graces our fields for many months

The imagery of angry gods that must be placated by extreme sacrifices has dominated the religious expressions of primitive people around the globe. In some cultures, even the sacrifice of children has been practiced to placate the angry gods.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Black mustard cooked, eaten as greens during Colonial days

I call today's species a roadside wildflower because it thrives in some of the most barren habitats.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Mullein used as remedy for warts, bronchitis, whooping cough

It is especially gratifying to hear readers of these columns express excitement about discovering a new wildflower.

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ORRIN MORRIS: American Indians used loostrife to treat kidney problems

One of the great hymns of faith is titled "My Hope Is Built." The words were penned in 1834 and set to music in 1863.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Bergamot used for treatment of fever, bronchial infection, acne

The prophet Isaiah foretold of the beauty that awaited the Hebrew exiles when they returned from captivity.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Bee balm appeals to large bees, hummingbirds

Psalm 103, written by King David, begins, "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name" (v.1).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Look for buttercups in fields, on roadsides

The Book of Psalms opens with a description of a man who trusts the wisdom of God as his guide, "... his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

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ORRIN MORRIS: California poppy fills highway medians with beauty

Psalm 65:11 is especially fitting for the wildflower we examine today.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Some Christian groups assign bedstraw religious significance

The wildflower bedstraw (Galium tinctorium) we examine today is a bothersome species that grows everywhere you do not want it.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Mock orange citrus fragrance catches your attention

One day, during my meditation time, I happened across a verse in the Book of Proverbs that reminded me of the political arenas into which we are thrust through November.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Experience the aroma of fragrant snowbells before they are gone

An appropriate preparation for Easter is the ancient call of Isaiah found in Chapter 55.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Be careful when taking beauty berry seedlings or cuttings

At the end of the sixth day of creation the writer of Genesis noted, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (1:31).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Rugosa rose reminds us of the crown worn by Jesus

The season of Lent has begun, and the second Sunday of the season is this coming Sunday.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Take a hike in moist, open woods to find Virginia bluebell

The scripture verse, John 3:17, has greatly impacted my life and ministry. It reads, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Find blue-eyed grass at Panola Mountain State Park

The warmer weather of this week instills hope in me. Spring is coming and winter's grip of last weekend is lessening.Already, the heleborous is blooming, the crocus and the periwinkle are budding, and very soon the blood root and dandelion will spread forth their leaves.. Yes, spring is coming. May

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ORRIN MORRIS: Self-pollinating hepatica is one the earliest wildflowers to bloom in spring

In the Bible, the word family is much broader than father, mother and children. The biblical usage is what we refer to as the extended family. The family may include several hundred people from great-grandparents to the children and grandchildren of all younger brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins.. The

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ORRIN MORRIS: The reddbud is also known as the Judas tree

This month will probably start the burst of spring blooms. I have already seen chickweed, dandelion, saucer magnolia, and henbit in bloom. Soon we will see redbud. The redbud (Cercis canadensis) has another name, the Judas tree.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Moss verbena a metaphor for how to find righteousness with God, neighbors

The diversity of the wildflower kingdom is minor compared to the diversity of humanity. Every individual is unique although he or she dwells within a family, a community or a culture.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Chickweed reminds us we 'have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God'

Most of the year my garden plot has been covered with chickweed. We have sprayed some with herbicides but not those close to the cool weather crops. Some chickweed we pulled up by hand.When spring comes, I will till the garden but all I will do is fold under the seeds that were on top and bring up from underground the seeds that were tilled under last fall. Soon these pesky plants will sprout, bloom and produce seeds. The cycle in the fight with chickweed continues.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The unique and exotic pool sprite exists in our own front yard

Charles Darwin's observations have made a profound impact on modern thought. There are at least two issues his theory of evolution did not address: how, when or where life began and how to explain gravity.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Oconee bell reminds us of the diversity of God's world

One of the most frequently repeated verses in the Bible was first recorded by King David when the Ark of the Covenant was finally brought to Jerusalem -- his song of praise in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. In verse 34, we read "O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever."This very phrase is repeated five other times in the Psalms (106:1, 107:1, 118:1 and 29; and 136:1).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fragrant virgin's bower can trigger allergies, cause dermatitis

The concept Jesus taught us when instructing us "to love our neighbor as ourselves" is of divine dimensions. We are to relate generously, putting the well being of those who are the objects of our love above our personal desires and pleasure.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fragrant virgin's bower can trigger allergies, cause dermatitis

What will the new year hold for you and me? We don't know, but hope is vital to our daily activity. We hope for improvement in our health, our income and our security. We hope to maintain strong family ties, enduring friendships, and stable communities.The New Testament writer Paul, in First Corinthians 13, concluded "now abideth faith, hope and love: but the greatest of these is love" (v. 13). Faith, hope, and love are interdependent. The true attitude of love always reflects in tangible actions.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Shepherd's needle can cover your pant leg before you know it

Sheep herders were the first mortals to hear the angelic announcement. Once I became old enough to learn what it meant to shepherd sheep, I wondered why they were chosen to first hear the good news. Theirs was a tedious and smelly job. Furthermore, sheep are among the lesser intelligent animals and require constant vigilance.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Shepherd's needle can cover your pant leg before you know it

The Gospel writer Luke includes in his account of the Christmas story the announcement to the shepherds.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Christmas cactus prefer a tropical climate, but can bloom indoors during winter

The Christmas Season deserves a focus on some plants that actually bloom during this time of year. Thus, we are going to depart from the straight and narrow to examine the Christmas cactus. My mother had one for at least 30 years. As a child, I saw them in neighbors' homes during Christmas in Nebraska. As a teenager dating, I saw them in my girlfriends' homes around Christmas. As a pastor, I saw them in parishioners' homes.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Christmas cactus prefer a tropical climate, but can bloom indoors during winter

The Christmas Season deserves a focus on some plants that actually bloom during this time of year. Thus, we are going to depart from the straight and narrow to examine the Christmas cactus. My mother had one for at least 30 years. As a child, I saw them in neighbors' homes during Christmas in Nebraska. As a teenager dating, I saw them in my girlfriends' homes around Christmas. As a pastor, I saw them in parishioners' homes.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Lily-of-the-valley symbolizes purity, and is a treasured gift

In the middle of the 19th century, a gospel tune was written entitled "The Lily of the Valley." Based on Song of Solomon 2:1 it reads,"I have found a friend in Jesus,. He's everything to me,. He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;. The Lily of

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ORRIN MORRIS: Morning glory thrives in vegetable, flower gardens

"Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Harlequin glorybower is known by many other names, including tree-of-good-fortune

Jesus instructed His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"(Matt. 7:7). The wildflower for today required a lot of seeking to identify its name and origin.. One of our

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ORRIN MORRIS: Primarily found in Texas, autumn sage grows well in Georgia

When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a celebration at the end of the harvest. The fields were filled with shocks of corn, and the snow fences were installed across the prairie landscape. The shelves in the cellar were filled with "canned goods" and bushel baskets were brimming with Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, and anything else that could be stored.One of the Biblical descriptions of a thanksgiving celebration is made by the prophet Jeremiah. He described the return of the Hebrew people from Babylonian captivity in these terms: "And they shall come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, And they shall be radiant over the bounty of the Lord -- over the grain, and the new wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; and their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again" (31:12 ).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Harlequin glorybower is known by many other names, including tree-of-good-fortune

Jesus instructed His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"(Matt. 7:7). The wildflower for today required a lot of seeking to identify its name and origin.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Primarily found in Texas, autumn sage grows well in Georgia

When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a celebration at the end of the harvest. The fields were filled with shocks of corn, and the snow fences were installed across the prairie landscape. The shelves in the cellar were filled with "canned goods" and bushel baskets were brimming with Irish

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fragile Indian pipes live only a few days, and die when touched by humans or animals

When I was a child back in Nebraska we spent class time reviewing the significance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The first lesson was how the early European settlers were aided in many ways by the natives who taught them how to live from this new land. After the first harvest was completed, a feast was held.Whether fact or embellished lore, the feast was a celebration to give thanks for the abundant crop made possible by mutual support between families, clans, tribes, races and religions.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Devil's bite endangered in the North but not the South

The first time I was aware of Halloween, the children who visited our house in Omaha, Neb., frightened me. I was so scared that Mom had to hold me. Those big kids had scary faces and were dressed like ghosts, pirates, witches, and vicious animals.. Mom told me about Halloween

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ORRIN MORRIS: Colonists used wild indigo as a dye for clothing, linens

In chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation there is a phrase used at the end of the special instructions to the seven churches of Asia, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." That is sound advice for all of us, especially

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MORRIS: Abundant catchfly plants found in dry woods, fields

Gifts are hard to accept when we have done nothing to deserve them. I think it is as hard to accept cash as it is to accept an object when we have done nothing worthy of such generosity.. On the other hand, many of us find it easier to accept

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ORRIN MORRIS: Buds, blooms, seed cases coexist in the prairie dock

Psalm 40:5 reads, "Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with Thee; if I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count."That verse summarizes my feelings of wonder at

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ORRIN MORRIS: God has created a world of unique creatures, including us

This fall, Jennifer Baker and I are teaching about 50 children at the Sketching Pad in Olde Town Conyers. Perhaps the most important principle we teach them is, "You are unique.". No two students develop at the same speed, so we try to lead them not to compare their

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fall brings false foxgloves to roadsides, embankments

The Creator has put the seasons in order, even as He set the moon and stars in the heavens. In Genesis 1:14, the biblical writer noted, "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be

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ORRIN MORRIS: Visit to outcropping can be good for the soul

Life has been, is and will be filled with many uncertainties, disasters and illnesses. Some are the results of our bad choices, others are the consequences of bad choices made by others, and others are the result of the vagaries of life.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The word 'blessed' is deeper than words like lucky, happy

In the art of sketching, the ability to see as an artist is very important. A person who is good at sketching will see shapes, values (shadows and highlights), and textures.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Orange daylily is a lazy gardeners best friend

Charles Dickens began "A Tale of Two Cities" stating, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." That is the way I look at the current situation -- locally, nationally and internationally.