Submitted by Doug Fincher

“The Blow-out” by Doug Fincher

"Consider how the wild flowers grow...”  Luke 12:27

April 12, 2021 - Back in the seventies, I had an appointment to preach a morning service at The Old Salem Baptist Church near Newton, Texas. When Amber, my youngest daughter, said she’d like to go with me, I told her that my old pickup was not air conditioned and that all my tires were treadless “may-pops.” It was during one of the “leanest” days of my life and I warned Amber that it would be an exceptionally hot summer drive.

“You Boys Be Careful” by Doug Fincher

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1

March 22, 2021 - Mother accomplished a near impossible task when she raised her ten children on so little ... no car, no telephone and often no food. Sometimes our food consisted of only what we could get hunting and fishing. We picked peas on the halves and cotton for two cents a pound, but were fortunate enough to have some better-off-than-we-were relatives that kept us in hand-me-down clothes.

“A Church for the Birds” by Doug Fincher

“Eutychus fell out the window because of Paul’s long sermon...” Acts 20:9

February 22, 2021 - In the late fifties while I was a student at ETBU in Marshall, Texas, I was asked to preach at The Bonaldo Baptist Church in Nacogdoches County. The church was composed of the descendants of the early Spanish settlers: the Acostas, Molandes, Ariolas. The Bonaldo Creek and the Loco Creek ran near this community and into the Angelina River. The church decided to name their church after one of them and wisely chose The Bonaldo.

“The ‘Ill-Wind’ Squirrel Hunt” by Doug Fincher

February 15, 2021 - Although James Cannon and I were both from the Shelbyville, Texas area, I first met him in 1970 when I became pastor of Fletcher Emanuel Baptist Church in Lumberton, Texas. James was our Youth Sunday School teacher, a member of the Lumberton tax equalization Board, and was highly respected resident in the fastest growing town in Texas. We became close friends and often hunted together.


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