The First Time I Went to Black Church Our small college town had a great pastor. If ever there was a man who loved God with all his heart, it was the preacher we called Brother Jim. He preached a little fire and brimstone, mixed it with a generous helping of love, and faithfully fed his flock. One Sunday, Brother Jim announced that another congregation of believers would be joining us in a few weeks. He and a friend wanted to combine their churches for a Revival. That meant the singing was going to be out of this world. And we
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Like the line that divided our days into increments before and after 9-11, life has now become measured by what we remember before Covid-19 and how much has changed in the months after. Where do you turn when times are hard? To whom do you go for strength to get through this kind of turmoil? How do you keep going when you feel like giving up? Is there any hope that we can get through this and actually be better for it on the other side?
These are such hard times, aren't they? One thing happening after
Thou Shalt Wear a Mask
Here we are in the middle, or peak, of a global pandemic, the likes of which no one living on our planet has ever seen before. In four or five or six weeks (anyone else losing track?) time, we've adjusted from going to staying, from out to in, and from carefree to way, way, way careful. This week, masks become mandatory in Dallas, and while I'm ready, I must say that I am so very glad Moses wasn't instructed to inscribe an 11th commandment on his tablets of stone: Thou shalt wear a mask.
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Texans love their churches. Many of us have grown up going to church, and we still love to go. We’re passionate about the worship, excited about the message, and proud of the pastors who lead us. They are great leaders, faithful servants and really good authors, whose writings make lots of
Isn't it interesting that Helen Keller was such a visionary, though she went through life without being able to see? We can learn a lot from a woman like that. Years after her time on this earth, Ms. Keller's words are still encouraging people to see life as a daring adventure. An Ailment of the Eyes Recently, I came down with an old fashioned case of the dreaded pink eye. Otherwise known medically as conjunctivitis, the symptoms of this ailment include several annoying things, like redness, itchiness, and waking
Are you moving to a new city or simply finding yourself in the need of a fresh start? Where we worship is an important decision, and it may take a few uncomfortable moments to figure out. But there's no real way around it. If you're going to go to church, you have to be a visitor in the beginning. Don't let the fear of being new hold you back. Here are 5 good reasons to visit a church you've never been to before. New Beginnings Several years ago, in the time between our 4th and 6th moves, I was speaking regularly to women's
Dear Grandparent: This is #25 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together. May God add his blessing to every word. THE VERSE Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed. His compassions never fail; his mercies are new every morning. Great is your
Dear Grandparent: This is #24 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together. May God add his blessing to every word. THE VERSE Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. THE
Dear Grandparent: This is a complete list of 66 faith-building Bible verses that I'm memorizing with my granddaughter. The whole idea was born out of my desire to leave behind the ultimate spiritual legacy inside the heart of my first grandchild and any who might follow after her. But don't get the wrong idea. I was a very reluctant grandmother. In fact, I went into it kicking and screaming like some kind of spoiled two year-old. Here's the story of the 66 verses that pitched me off the pity train and placed me onto the right
Dear Grandparent: This is #23 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together. May God add his blessing to every word. THE VERSE Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,