June 20, 2022 - Good Morning! It’s Monday, June 20.
Over the next few days, I’ll be outnumbered by females... in my own home! My two daughters and my granddaughter will be visiting, and when you add in my wife - that’s four to one. Outnumbered! And very happily so. We haven’t seen our youngest (the New Yorker) since Christmas. A sweet reunion.
My father was born on June 18, 1913, in North Zulch, Texas - a northern suburb of Greater Metropolitan Zulch. Just kidding. It was, and still is, a largely rural area about a hundred miles north of Houston. His father was a sharecropper, which means he worked incredibly hard, and someone else got most of the profits. At least my grandfather had a 16 member farm team - his 16 children! It was a culture built on hard work, with little opportunity for education. And then something happened that changed my dad's destiny.
June 17, 2022 - Good Morning! It's Friday, June 17.
I'm taking a day off today - my first in a while. It's been a busy time in our church lately. And we're thankful for that! The odd, eerie quietness of the church calendar during much of the pandemic period is giving way to more and more opportunities for ministry events and programs. To God be the Glory!
June 16, 2022 - Good Morning! It’s Thursday, June 16.
On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln was nominated to run for the U.S. Senate. On that day he delivered one of his most famous speeches, a speech that included the famous line, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”.
But that phrase wasn’t original to Lincoln. Like so many of his memorable lines, it came from the Bible. In Mark 3 (and in Matthew and Luke, as well), Jesus speaks those words to the Pharisees. The more accurate translation of that word “house” is “household” or . . . “family”.
June 14, 2022 - Good Morning! It’s Tuesday, June 14.
In the 1700’s, Francis Hopkinson was a judge, author, musician, composer, member of the Continental Congress, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. And on June 14, 1777, his design was accepted for the flag of the United States. And you always thought it was Betsy Ross who did that!
June 13, 2022 - Good Morning! It’s Monday, June 13.
Last week, here in the paradise that we call “Deep East Texas,” we reached triple digits for the first time this year. And next week it’s predicted to be above 100 every day, with heat indexes of 110+. Yikes! I think we may be in for a long hot summer.
I had the pleasure of coordinating the music for our Vacation Bible School this past week. Music has always been a big part of the VBS experience. There was music in the Opening Rally each morning and Music Camp each afternoon, and a Music Class for each age group.
June 10, 2022 - Good Morning! It’s Friday, June 10.
We’ve come to the last day of our Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Center. God has blessed with lots of fun and lots of music and crafts and teaching. A focus of the Bible Study classes this week has been the man called David. He was a shepherd, a warrior, a general, a statesman, a diplomat, a musician, a poet . . . a King.
June 9, 2022 - Good Morning! It’s Thursday, June 9.
In the summer of 1967, a very odd event occurred, one of the strangest moments in the history of popular music. A year earlier, Hollywood producers had created a “made for TV” rock band. They called it “The Monkees”. The four actors (mediocre musicians, at best) became instant celebrities and their show climbed to the top of the ratings.