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Every day we are bombarded with new allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by celebrities, corporate executives and politicians. The list is long. Perhaps it started with Bill Cosby, then Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and others. The list is growing by the day.

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Since 1919 or so, America has marked Nov. 11 as a day to celebrate her heroes in the armed forces. Congregations have often noted this initially secular holiday and added their blessings to those who sacrifice their safety for others, a central theme of several faiths.

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I was preaching in a little Baptist church in Estes Park, Colo., when Devin Kelly blasted his way into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. We have all heard the stories of the carnage. The pastor’s 14-year-old daughter dying on the floor, the associate pastor, Brian Holcombe, str…

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In these days of Kindles and smartphones, eBooks have come to be better sellers than their paper and ink predecessors. How then to explain the robust and extended celebration at League City’s Chabad of the Bay Area Jewish Center over a handwritten Hebrew parchment scroll?

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The Rev. Tim Franklin of Texas City’s The Connection coffee bar and church would like to invite you to the Family Fall Car Festival benefiting Camp Hope. It will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 at 9300 Emmet F. Lowry Expressway.

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It was Halloween, Oct. 31, 500 years ago. A little known monk left the monastery where he lived and walked, almost unnoticed, the few blocks to a church at the other end of the street. There he nailed a handwritten document to the wooden door for all to see. Like a single flaming match dropp…

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There’s a nonprofit group searching for a few good congregations. They’d like help in spreading the word that there’s a desperate need for donors to sign up. Currently, there are some 117,000 people clinging to hope on a national list for organ transplant.

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La Marque’s Abundant Life Christian Center hosts its biggest conference of the year each November. This year they are adding a free concert to their annual Unshakable gathering beginning at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 at 601 Delaney Road with headliner Building 429.

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Next Tuesday, miniature ghosts, goblins and super heroes will emerge at dusk to comb the streets in search of candy. It is a long tradition in America, one I grew up with as a child and one I enjoyed as a parent. It is, perhaps, one of the few traditions we still celebrate outside with our n…

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Martin Luther, whose challenge struck at the roots of the Roman Church of his day, began his campaign as an artistic utilitarian. He didn’t end his quest as one, but instead adopted popular art and music as potent weapons alongside the printed words of his campaign for reform.

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Galveston’s 36th annual Island Oktoberfest will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 27 and again from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 28 on the grounds of and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie. Admission is free with attendees welcome to dress German. The festival will feature c…

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“Same Kind of Different As Me” opened in movie theaters today. I first stumbled across the story in 2010 when my son-in-law suggested it to me. The book had been out since 2005, a true story that bridges the social and racial divisions of our day.

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Five hundred years ago this month, a Catholic monk, theologian and teacher pasted his 95 theses challenging the status quo to a grand debate. It worked, of course, in ways that Martin Luther could never have dreamed. European culture was changed by this man who was a revolutionary in more wa…

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Few events in history will extend to a 500th anniversary, so it shouldn’t be surprising that you’ll see a number of events, documentaries, articles and more on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation this month, a half-millennia since he took on the orthodoxy of his day.

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Two weeks ago we visited Rocky Mountain National Park. The elk were everywhere. Their bugle echoed through the hills. Peaceful cows grazed in the meadows under the watchful eye of the antlered-bull that gathered them for mating season. Through winter and summer they disappear into the vast f…

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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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Among the world religions, Christianity is set apart by its singular dependence on creeds, confessions and a clear canon of scripture. The idea of using a series of propositions to encapsulate truth goes back to an early church document known as the Didache, which some scholars date to the f…

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Every Ribbon Tells a Story will have its third annual Praising Him in Pink program at 6 p.m. Saturday at Texas City’s First Missionary Baptist Church, 2120 36th St. N.

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We spent last week near Vail, Colo., with another couple. The mountains were ablaze with golden Aspen, a great place for reflection in our “golden” years. We were young when we first met. My wife and the other two were fresh from high school graduations in Texas and Kentucky. I was older and…

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Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ will celebrate its 97th church anniversary with a banquet at 7 p.m. today at 2628 Ball St. in Galveston. Krystal Berry will be the guest speaker. Zoie Abdullah and Tina Caldwell also will be on program. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. F…

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It is sung that Jesus loves the little children. The following will underline how one of these children falls outside the images this beloved song generates. For one thing, he is 71 on the outside and no longer small. Inside, he remains forever 8 mentally. Deeper still, he is faithful beyond…

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The Mercy Park Association of Galveston will observe a special Mass for the Our Lady of Fatima’s Centennial Anniversary at 12:10 p.m. Sunday at Galveston’s St. Mary Cathedral Basilica, 2011 Church St., with the Rev. Jude Ezuma celebrating.

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Why is there so much violence in the world? Why does North Korea continue to fire missiles and threaten the world with nuclear war? Why do terrorists continue to kill innocent men, women and children? Why does war continue in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq? Why do earthquakes, hurricanes, torna…

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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.