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Spoken 4, a gospel quartet from out of Branson, Mo., will be with First Christian Church at 7 p.m. Saturday to offer their unique blend of music in concert at 1204 Ross St. in La Marque.

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When my daughter was little, I rocked her to sleep every night and sang the same song: “Jesus, There Is Something About That Name.” One line in the song says, “Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away, but there is something about that name.” My daughter is now grown and the mother of three. S…

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Rev. Robert Woodward III, would like to invite those in need to a free assistance and referral event sponsored by Galveston’s Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ as part of its Chosen Ones Ministry from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at 2628 Ball Ave.

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Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom will hold Israeli Folk Dancing classes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays with a cost of $4 a session or $35 for all 10 sessions for members and $5 a session or $45 for nonmembers. All sessions will be at 16020 El Camino Real.

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Celtic Christianity has a term to refer to those moments when the separation between this world and heaven becomes so minimal that we sense the presence of God. They call these “thin places.” They are the places where love and compassion reign. Where forgiveness overcomes resentment. Where s…

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Not all New Year’s resolutions are kept. Weight loss, for one, and gym memberships seem to both often flag out by March in many cases. Another tough one may be reading all the way through the Bible. So, for 2018, we’ll offer some statistics and advice on tackling this entire compilation of 6…

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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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If your faith tradition values good health, Galveston’s First Lutheran Church would like to help you implement your fitness resolutions for 2018 at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday beginning Jan. 2, 2018, at 2415 Winnie St.

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With all the gift giving of the past week, we have welcomed some new names into our homes: Cortana, Alexa, Siri and Google. The computers want to talk to me. They want to recognize my voice. They want to know where I am at all times, to track my browsing and shopping history on the web, mayb…

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When you think of the formal practice of a faith, it probably involves some special building, a certain change in tone from ordinary life and, probably, an officiant of one type or another.

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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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The special event sermon may date back to the birth of the Christian church as reported in Acts, chapter 2. There, Peter addresses an overflow crowd on the Jewish holiday of Pentecost about the resurrection. Now, Easter and Christmas tend to see boosts in attendance at contemporary churches.…

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Texas City’s Hopewell Baptist Church will hold its Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve worship services, which will be at 9 a.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Dec. 31. Night watch services will start at 9 p.m. Dec. 31. All events will be at 316 S. Pine Road.

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Despite Facebook, email and e-cards, Americans will purchase and send approximately 1.6 billion Christmas cards this year. Christmas cards lift our spirits, keep us connected and represent a tangible expression of thoughtfulness in an increasingly digital world. Christmas is the time to comm…

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Harvey Weinstein, Garrison Keillor, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Al Franken — the list goes on as powerful men fall one by one from the public’s grace. Each headline a consequence of accusations of sexual misconduct. The list, totaling over 50 to date, seems to build with each news broadcast or…

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Last week astronomers discovered a massive black hole with a total mass greater than 800 million suns. Scientists estimate the black hole is over 13 billion light years away and formed just 690 million years after the origin of the universe. Such dimensions of time, space and mass boggle the mind.

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Hanukkah is probably the most widely known but, perhaps, least understood Jewish celebration. It is also the most recent. Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur all have roots in the scriptures, but Hanukkah recalls the liberation of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem from hostile, foreign force…

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Today Show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kolb fought back tears last week when they announced their colleague, Matt Lauer had been fired by NBC following sexual harassment charges. Lauer, one of the most beloved and trusted journalists on television for the past 20 years, joined a long …

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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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What do the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Art Linkletter, Scott Hamilton, Lee Majors, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Nicholson have in common? In addition to their obvious name recognition, less apparently, all were adopted as are some 135,000 children annually in the United States.

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The Angels of Prayer Warriors group of Galveston’s Shiloh A.M.E. Church will present an evening of songs of praise at 7 p.m. today at 1310 29th St. Also in the offing, the Sensational Clouds of Zion, will be their featured guests. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.

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The turkey has been carved and every morsel of meat stripped from its carcass. We have dined on leftover dressing, turkey sandwiches, and I guess we are destined for turkey soup. The Black Friday lines are gone leaving behind happy shoppers who braved the wee hour crowds and got the good dea…

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I like Thanksgiving, partly because it resists being hijacked by commercialism. I like the sounds of family and friends laughing around the table. I like the fall leaves scattered about the lawn, the crisp mornings and the smell of turkey baking in the oven. I like what goes with it: cranber…

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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.