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Unity Court No. 61 Order of Calanthe will recognize faithful servants from the Galveston County community at 6 p.m. today at Live Oak Baptist Church, 1020 32nd St., in Galveston. For information, call Ruby Mitchell, 409-763-5120.

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There seems to be no end, on the virtual bookshelf, of relentlessly positive religious tomes. Nationally-known mega church preachers seem to be especially susceptible to offering patented faith formulas for wealth, victory and happiness. They may be most likely to promise the moon and the st…

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Prayer is often our last resort, the final step in a hopeless situation. We refer to it with such phrases as “he doesn’t have a prayer,” or “there is nothing left to do but pray.” But it is perhaps the most important aspect of our human condition.

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Overcomer’s Outreach will meet at 7 p.m. Fridays at The Salvation Army, 4210 Texas Ave., in Texas City. Call Joseph Davis, 832-820-1203.

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It probably will surprise few that given Harvey’s impact on Dickinson, 54-year-old Pine Drive Christian School is no longer able to meet at 705 FM 517 E. Instead it has temporarily moved, The Rev. Ted Duck, pastor of Pine Drive Community Church which hosts the school, explained.

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The length of every football field is 100 yards. Every pitcher’s rubber is 60 feet six inches from home plate. The bases are 90 feet apart. But when the game is played, all things are not equal. One athlete is playing before the home crowd and the other isn’t. The cheers that fill the stadiu…

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In the ancient, undated book of Job, one suffering man seeks answers from the Almighty for some 39 chapters. In a running climax of disasters, the last of which takes all his children as a “great wind” destroyed the house they had gathered in, the prophet grieves, mourns, defends and, perhap…

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Editor’s note: Alert readers will have noticed the absence of both Faith Focus and Our Faith last week. Harvey took your correspondent offline with damage to home and cars, but we’re back with this special storm edition of both columns. Additional caution: Please call before acting on any of…

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History is like an expedition, like Lewis and Clark searching for the Northwest Passage. Each generation helps chart the journey with its twists and turns, and each picks up where the other left off.

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The entire nation has been galvanized by the reports of Hurricane Harvey, an unexpected disaster of unprecedented proportions. The fourth largest city in the United States drowning under an endless deluge of rain that buried neighborhoods, streets and thoroughfares underwater.

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Chosen Ones Outreach Ministries of Galveston will have a clothing giveaway from noon to 1 p.m. today at Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ, 2628 Ball Ave., in Galveston. A complimentary lunch also will be provided. For information, call the Rev. Edward Lawson, 409-497-2138.

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That handsome, white-haired couple you may see conversing over burgers and fries at the Friendswood McDonald’s has a history known to only a few. Married for 59 years now, the pair said that God brought them together at a grill. The year was 1958, three years after Ray Kroc first discovered …

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At least once a year I write a column about my dog, Buddy, a tricolor Corgi. Buddy found me eight years ago. He had to spend some time wandering the streets as a stray and endure the indignities of animal control and Corgi rescue to do it. But he succeeded. They called him “Tex.” But he soon…

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St. George’s Episcopal Church will have its Paint with Wine and Cheese event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at 510 13th Ave. N. in Texas City. Artist Lee Runion will lead the event. No experience is needed. The cost is $25 per person. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. To RSVP,…

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A few decades after the Civil War, a lone Methodist circuit-riding preacher stood on the banks of Chigger Creek to address the faithful farmers who rode or drove their buggies out on a Sunday morning. The group who heard him later went on to found what would become League City United Methodi…

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Throughout August you’re invited to take a self-guided tour, with or without shoes, through the re-creation of third-world family residences called Compassion City. The display, created by a local family, is housed in the parking lot on the south side of Friendswood Methodist Church, 110 N F…

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Perhaps somewhere out there some extraterrestrials are listening to Jimmy Carter’s greetings and Chuck Berry singing, “Johnny B. Good” on the recordings launched into space aboard Voyager in 1977. Voyager has left the solar system and is in interstellar space.

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Overcomer’s Outreach will meet at 7 p.m. Fridays at The Salvation Army, 4210 Texas Ave., in Texas City. Call Joseph Davis, 832-820-1203.

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For the last two weeks, this column has covered Christian romance novels which have become very popular among the faithful. Now, we’ll turn to some real-life romance with couples married 40 years or longer who trust that God has both brought and kept them together.

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There will be gatherings of youth ages 12-18 for basketball and Bibles at La Marque’s Abundant Life Christian Center gym at 5130 Hallam St., at 6 p.m. Sundays all this month.

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We have all seen the evidence: shattered glass on the pavement, cars with smashed fenders and bent bumpers pulled over to the side of the road, passengers standing around wringing their hands, sometimes in tears, red and blue lights flashing in the night. Each year the Federal Highway Admini…

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Whether you find yourself in a used book store or the new books section of your local public library, much of what you’ll see on display are romance novels. The trend toward marketing romance has been going on for years now and shows no signs of abating. For believers, many of whom enjoy the…

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August means back to school and the first church sponsored festival for this year along these lines will happen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Jones Park, 7100 Jones Drive. It is sponsored by Galveston’s The Island Church.

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When we think of people who are religious, many conjure up images of old men with long gray beards, black capes and stooped shoulders. Some think of ascetic monks living in the desert. Others picture nuns robed in their habits whispering prayers as they finger their rosaries.

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The good news which the church seeks to spread has never been limited to the pulpits of cathedrals. It’s also been offered in the marketplace and in whatever media was available at the time. During the Middle Ages, puppet theaters re-enacted the stories of saints and biblical characters for …

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It is that time of year when families gather for the annual reunion: aunts, uncles and cousins, some twice removed. They find familiar faces that frame the memories of their youth and tell stories passed down through the years, embellished with each cycle of telling. “Do you remember when …?…

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Just a few years after the Civil War ended, Galveston’s First Union Baptist Church began. The founders hailed from Boston and were part of an interracial, anti-slavery association. The new church immediately began planting daughter churches around Texas as those freed began to form their own…

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Galveston’s Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will honor its pastor for the last five years, the Rev. Norman Van Johnson Jr. at 11:45 a.m. Sunday and at 3 p.m. on July 30 at 2127 37th St.

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Straight Way Church will have its Vacation Bible School nightly at 6:45 p.m. through Saturday at No. 21 state Highway 3 in Texas City. Free for all ages. For information, call 409-229-6352.

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Four years ago Rick Warren’s son, Matthew ended his life with a self-inflicted gunshot. Rick Warren is author of one of the bestselling books of all time, “The Purpose Driven Life,” with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide. Rick and his wife, Kay, have been open about their grief and …

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Neighborhood Missionary Baptist Church will have its Vacation Bible School nightly at 6 p.m. through Saturday at 1800 Neighborhood Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 Oleander St., in La Marque. For information, call 409-935-6633.

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A quick search on the Christian scriptures for the word “blood” returns a citation sufficient to cover each day of the calendar year. Beyond that, the symbolism of blood is basic to both Christianity and Judaism. All of the major religions accept and generally encourage blood donations as an…

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Myopia. I learned the word when I was 10 years old. The optometrist checked my eyes and told my parents that I was nearsighted. I didn’t know I was nearsighted. I thought everyone saw everything the way I saw it. Trees were green blobs, the landscape blurred into blotches of pink, green, bro…

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Overcomer’s Outreach will meet at 7 p.m. Fridays at The Salvation Army, 4210 Texas Ave., in Texas City. Call Joseph Davis, 832-820-1203.

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Texas City’s First Baptist Church will celebrate Rev. A.L. Bell on his 11th pastoral anniversary as their shepherd at 10:15 a.m. July 16 at 2120 36th St. North with guests the Rev. Mose A. Jones and his Bethlehem Baptist Church of Houston.

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Recently, NBC News published an article asking the question, “Is the Universe Conscious?” The article referred to a paper by Gregory Matloff, a physicist at the New York City College of Technology. Matloff is not alone. Others who support the idea that the universe is conscious of itself inc…

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Overcomer’s Outreach will meet at 7 p.m. Fridays at The Salvation Army, 4210 Texas Ave., in Texas City. Call Joseph Davis, 832-820-1203.

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In a little noticed location, behind an unmarked glass and oak door across from the downtown League City fire station, you can find Iglesia Betania. It’s a growing, bilingual church which is seeking to welcome both locals and internationals.

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The tropics are making news again, right on schedule with Tropical Storm Cindy. To our north, there may be some houses of worship serving as shelters, but not here in Galveston County where such might represent an unsafe practice.

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A number of years ago I attended a conference at the Harley Davidson factory in Kansas City. A number of pastors and church leaders assembled at the factory to spend a few days touring the facilities and visiting with the administrators.

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Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ’s Chosen Ones Outreach Ministries of Galveston Inc. will offer its free Kids Café Summer Meals program from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (breakfast), noon to 1 p.m. (lunch) and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (snacks) weekdays through July 31 at 2628 Ball St. in Galveston…

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Islanders now know that the Franciscan friars who have shepherded Catholics here for some 37 years are departing for other work. Diocesan priests will assume the leadership of Holy Family Parish on July 1.

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ACTS Christian Church will host a free food distribution from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 401 10th Ave. N. in Texas City. Identification and proof of Texas City residency are required.