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I like to watch young people falling in love and getting married. I like to watch them strolling arm and arm, pushing a stroller, spreading a blanket on the beach and listening to the waves. Love is always new. For thousands of years it has remained the fresh and vibrant theme of novels, mov…

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Less than one in 10 Americans will donate blood this year. Of course, blood types are independent of denomination or faith tradition. League City’s OakCreek Bible Church is one of a number of local churches that are seeking to make it easy to give with an on-site blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1…

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Christian contemporary music is a multimillion dollar enterprise. It once sold hundreds of thousands of albums or CDs in stores, but now has become a somewhat smaller industry offering digital music files mostly to a limited demographic. Experts in the music business suggest that it can be h…

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There will be many Passover and Easter events all over our county. Far too many to treat fairly in this space, so please check the listings for details. Since almost all faith events this week will be focused on a holy day, we’ll use this week to address some ongoing topics in the news as we…

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I was 29-years-old when my father died of multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. He was 53. Only hours before his death, I spoke with him. Our eyes met during that final visit, the same eye contact we had shared from my birth, though his eyes were growing gray. I held his hand as he dr…

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First Christian Church, 2400 21st St. N., in Texas City, will have the following events: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 9 a.m., and an Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., today; Palm Sunday service, 10:45 a.m. Sunday; Maundy Thursday communion service, 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Good Friday (church will be…

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Galveston’s RV parks are part-time home to retirees and mobile workers from as far away as Canada, but many are located on the West End of the island, far from most churches.

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The birds are the first to wake each morning. I have listened in the predawn dark for the first twitter from the trees. Like sentinels they watch for the first faint glow in the east and, long before the sun rises, they start their sunrise celebration. Sometimes I think they are surprised wh…

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The Santa Fe Family Worship Center will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 13601 FM 1764 in Santa Fe. Barbecue sandwiches also will be sold. For information, call Julie Gregory, 281-433-8541.

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In the old south, farmers knew when to expect the white cotton bolls to erupt into view in their fields each spring. They knew also that after their crops were harvested, another annual event would take place: that tent crusades would pop up in those same fields to inspire and entertain rura…

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Bread has become a delicacy. When my wife sends me to the store for a loaf of bread I stand dumbfounded in front of the shelves. Which bread to buy? There’s white bread, whole wheat bread, gluten free seven grain bread, garlic bread, rye bread, and a dozen others. Then there are bagels: plai…

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The Rev. Kerry W. Tillmon is often cited as the senior pastor on Galveston Island. While that claim may be debated, he is clearly the longest-tenured pastor at his West Point Missionary Baptist Church where he will celebrate 32 years in harness at the 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. services on April 9…

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The Stephanie Davis Women’s Missionary Society of Shiloh A.M.E. Church will have a prayer breakfast honoring Lillie Mae Franklin from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the St. Augustine Episcopal Church hall, 1410 41st St., in Galveston. The Rev. Helen Davis will be the speaker. A $25 donation per p…

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In 1896, a hardy group of immigrants found the (Swedish) Zion Lutheran Church here in Galveston. Sometime later, Clifford Halvorsen picked up some early life lessons there.

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Texas City’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a new senior minister, the Rev. Danielle Cox. She’ll be installed at 3 p.m. Sunday at 2400 21st St. N. with a reception to follow the service, though she’s no stranger here, since she’s been serving at First since last July.

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Once a congregation has bought the land or picked out a ready-made place to buy, its focus will turn from real estate to finance. High finance at that. Most are not prepared for the process, local experts said. But with a little advanced planning they might fare much better.

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Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church’s Senior Mission No. 1 will have a prayer breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at 302 N. Oak St. in Texas City. “The Rewards of Prayer” is the theme. A $7 donation is asked of adults and $3 for children. For information, call 409-938-7460 or 409-771-0276.

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Most of our conversation, it seems, revolves around our bodies and money: how we look, how to stay healthy, how to remain young, how to become wealthy.

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First Baptist Church will be giving away food donations to those in need of assistance from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at 2120 36th St. N. in Texas City. For information and qualification guidelines, call Samantha Hawkins, 409-927-9287, or the Rev. A.L. Bell, 903-780-4798.

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Galveston County boasts a handful of megachurches, these being defined by those with more than 1,000 souls in attendance on any given Sunday. But most churches, here and across America, serve no more than 100 people on that day.

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In the famous Irish play by Beckett, Waiting for Godot, the title character, who represents God, fails to show up to meet the pair of protagonists. More optimistically, Webster Presbyterian Church will now encourage volunteers to capture God in nature — with their cameras.

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Recently, Casey Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “Manchester By The Sea.” When the movie received numerous Oscar nominations, we decided to watch it. The movie looked romantic. What could be more romantic than sunrise over the bay, New England houses lining the shore a…

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When thinking about Jewish history, basketball isn’t top of mind, but that might change a bit if you sample the first ever foray of the Houston Jewish Film Festival to reach the island.

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From the outside, it’s just an old house with a few signs touting “furniture resale.” To the visitor, it appears to be but another thrift shop — one that offers home furnishings instead of kids’ clothes or last year’s fashions. But to its clients, this is a beacon of hope. A place where one …

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There was a day when we assumed that our elected officials told the truth. All that changed when Richard Nixon lied about the Watergate break-in and proclaimed, “I’m no crook.” Our confidence took another major hit when Bill Clinton told us, with passion, that he never had sex with that woma…

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One of the great lessons taught in every sport is the importance of finishing well. An athlete or a team can stumble at the start, but it’s how they finish that makes the difference.

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Folks gathered on a recent Sunday in a rented one-room facility that borders on League Park in the old downtown area of Galveston’s largest city. They constitute what may be one of the youngest and smallest Christian fellowships in the county. The congregation is known as Five Solas Gospel Church.

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ACTS Christian Church will have a free food giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon today at 401 10th Ave. N. in Texas City. ID and proof of residency in Texas City is required. Call Mercy Morgan, 713-569-9467.

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I bought my first computer in 1982, a Commodore 64. It used a 340k floppy disk and operated with machine language. After typing in the machine code, the little floppy started to whir ... and whir ... and whir a little more. It whirred so long that I could get a cup of coffee or make a sandwi…

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Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will have a community yard sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at 401 Third Ave. N. in Texas City. Booths are available for $25. For information, call 409-948-3993.

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Last week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight. Humanity is now only two and one-half minutes away from total annihilation. It is the closest the Doomsday Clock has been to the moment of ultimate catastrophe since 1953.

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Chris and the Magnificent Singers will have a musical at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jericho Road Bible Church, 6901 Moore St., in Hitchcock. All gospel groups and soloists are invited. For information, call Chris Ray, 409-440-8945.

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In the heyday of hippies and Jesus Freaks, one man was best known for drawing members of the drug, surfing and counter cultures back into church. His name was Chuck Smith. In the 1960s he ran Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, Calif. Over the decades, his work has extended to a loose association …

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Laura Seifert, founder of Yes Ministries will speak to the Friendswood Prayer Breakfast which will run from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Feb. 18 at Heritage Park Baptist Church, 2732 FM 528 in Friendswood.

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Last Friday, with one stroke of his pen, President Trump swept away more than two centuries of American history in which we prided ourselves on our generosity, our goodness and our commitment to embrace the oppressed. He replaced it with fear and self-interest. With that same stroke of his p…

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Likely, we have all encountered a demanding soul, someone who relentlessly pursues excellence as much as they demand it from others. With their bar set high, we — who attempt to clear it with great effort and sometimes a little pain — often find at the end that we are far better than we had …

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Straight Way Church will celebrate its 31st annual church anniversary with a pre-anniversary celebration service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at No. 21 state Highway 3 in Texas City. Bishop Andrew James and Living Word Resurrection Bible Church will be the guests. For information, call 409-938-4353.

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On Jan. 18, the city commission in Texas City approved a proclamation that this Sunday will be Pastor Rudy Rios Day. The man to be celebrated has spent a quarter century ministering at one church.

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The Galveston Voices and Echoes of Praise will host a musical at 5:30 p.m. today at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3602 Sealy Ave. Galveston County soloists, choirs, ensembles, instrumentalists and praise dancers will perform with headliners including the Wright Cuney Angels and Massiv…