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Galveston’s Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church is turning 129 with a celebration set for 11 a.m. Sunday at 2920 Ave. M 1/2. There will be a special emphasis that day on honoring cancer survivors with the event co-chaired by church members Carolyn Softly and Rose Collins, who have both faced…

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Restaurants were packed, flower shops put on extra staff, greeting card racks were picked over as we honored our mothers. Next month, we will fire up the backyard grills and head to the lakes to honor our fathers. We know intuitively that this is right. Regardless of our nationality or ethni…

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We live in a time-crunched world. Parents whip up a quick breakfast for bleary-eyed children before bundling them into cars to be dropped off at daycare and school. Some grab a drive-through burrito before negotiating traffic on the freeways while juggling cellphones. Weary from long hours a…

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Church Women United will hold its May Friendship Day and Human Rights Celebration afternoon tea at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Galveston’s First Presbyterian Church, 1903 Church St.

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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 Christian church did not invent the hospital. The Romans had created a series of military clinics hundreds of years before Pentecost, but the church became the western world’s major medical provider as Rome became Christianized. Church monasteries often incorporated healing spaces in the…

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The world waited most of a week to learn the name of England’s new prince, born to William and Kate on April 23. Finally, on April 27, we were introduced to His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. For much of the next century we will likely follow Prince Louis alongside his brother and…

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Church of True Faith will have a fish dinner fundraiser beginning at 10:30 a.m. today at 1202 First St. in La Marque. Dinners are $10. To place an order, call 409-218-5452.

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It may not be emphasized in seminaries or preached from ivory towers, but wise children of all ages understand that before one can really picture a Heavenly Father, a God who knows you right well, much less envision angels or miracles, it really, really helps to have a few good fairy tales u…

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Christine Rosen, writing in The New Atlantis, stated, “Americans love images. We love the democratizing power of technologies — such as digital cameras, video cameras, Photoshop, and PowerPoint — that give us the capability to make and manipulate images. What we are less eager to consider ar…

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The dozens of new, small churches meeting in schools, motels and strip centers might well envy Friendswood’s Reach Church at 104 Whispering Pines Ave. There, the Rev. Tracy Barnett preaches to a debt-free flock that owns 5.5 acres with a 5,500 square foot building and extensive parking, maki…

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I grew up in the Tom Landry era of the Dallas Cowboys. When he was hired for the expansion team in 1960 they had little prospect for success. After going winless in their first season, Landry told the team his priorities were God, family and football, in that order. Bob Lilly, who had just j…

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You may have noticed that Rev. Robin Reeves of Texas City’s St. George’s Episcopal Church was one of our Everyday Heroes in the recent Profiles magazine from The Daily News. Reeves said that appearance inspired her to provide her congregation with 350 special gift bracelets. A simple kindnes…

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Congregation B’nai Israel will have its annual Grand Bazaar Rummage and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday at 3008 Ave. O in Galveston (early bird shopping will be available each day at 7 a.m. for a $20 entry fee). For information, call 409-765-5796.

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For centuries Western Civilization has embraced the Ten Commandments as the bedrock for law and conduct. But, in the twenty-first century, such an assumption no longer holds true. Bit by bit the Ten Commandments are being chiseled from their central position in our culture.

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One might hope and pray for a para-church ministry to help out after an event like Hurricane Harvey. Nonprofit volunteers were often viewed as faster than government help. They certainly required less paperwork. Still, if you did get to sign on with such a ministry, you’d never expect the he…

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It’s commendable when any faith-based aid organization comes to help hurricane victims and even more remarkable when some of these organizations choose to remain for years of relief and restoration efforts here.

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The national Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse is busy up in Houston with Hurricane Harvey work, but perhaps less so here in Galveston County. So, if you have a Harvey-related need, they’d like to hear about it so that they can extend their restoration offerings here.

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Five years ago the earth shook and a mushroom cloud rose above the small town of West on April 17, 2013. A devastating chemical explosion leveled a large section of the town killing fifteen and injuring more than 200. Last year a memorial was constructed near the site so that those who were …

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Easter is all about grace and The Grand will be offering a post-Easter, traveling Broadway treat titled, “Amazing Grace” at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 14.

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Passover form a historical view is a commemoration of Israel’s liberation from the bondage of Egyptian slavery.

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Easter Edition — It doesn’t get any bigger than Easter for the roughly 300 Christian churches here in Galveston County. The entire expanse of this edition wouldn’t serve to detail their special services this Sunday, some of which will begin before sunrise.

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Every time I write a check, I document the date with reference to the most important event in human history. This year is 2018 A.D., Anno Domini, Latin for “Year of our Lord.” Approximately 2018 years ago Jesus was born. Any date before that is B.C., “Before Christ.”

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Music defines modern churches perhaps as clearly as their theology, at least from a consumer perspective. Large churches often hold an early, “old folks” service replete with organ, hymns and even a choir. Their later services will more likely be one with “words on the wall,” that is, chorus…

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In Minnesota, winter releases its grip by degrees, reluctantly retreating with snow skirmishes that last through April into the 1st of May. The northeast is bracing for a possible fourth winter storm next week. But in Texas, it is winter one day, spring the next, with summer soon to follow.

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The Rev. D. N. Benford Sr. would like to invite you to a revival. Benford is almost certainly the longest-serving pastor of any church in Galveston County in our lifetimes. He has pastored Texas City’s Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church for some 67 years, and counting.

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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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Musician Joe Buchanan wasn’t born Jewish, but after converting to the faith some six years ago, he’s brought his unique blend of country music to an ancient tradition that had not previously been well-acquainted with that genre.

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Some readers have asked when I am going to write another Buddy column. Buddy is our tri-color Pembroke Corgi that we adopted nine years ago. His story is available on Amazon in a book I wrote, “just the way he told it to me.” He is still happy and healthy, but his energy level, like mine, ha…

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Aldersgate United Methodist Church will have a garage, plant and hamburger sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 13217 FM 1764 in Santa Fe. For information, call 409-925-2552.

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We just laid to rest Billy Graham; a man who profoundly shaped the spiritual life of our nation in the last half of the 20th century. Preaching a simple message of saving faith in Jesus Christ, his messages inspired millions to repentance and faith.

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The good folks at La Marque’s St. Michael’s Episcopal Church learned something that most professional service dog trainers have long known: Training the owner can be harder than teaching the dog.

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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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Seeing eye dogs have been welcomed by congregations and almost everywhere else for generations, but recent headlines show the confusion that has arisen from some newer classes of animal helpers.

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Cancer is not new to our family. My wife is a breast cancer survivor, as is her sister, who has been battling Stage 4 cancer for the past four years. My father died of multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow, when he was 53. He bestowed on me a lifelong memory of courage, faith and grace…

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Hollywood has long offered divergent views on what aliens from space would bring to Earth. From the friendly “E.T.” of Steven Spielberg to the aggressive monsters of “Independence Day” to the flesh and blood robots of “Battlestar Galactica,” there’s no consensus on what would happen if we ma…

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League City’s Interfaith Caring Ministries’ will hold its eighth annual 5K-themed fun run and walk titled, “Unleash Your Inner Super Hero” beginning at 8 a.m. March 10, starting and finishing at 151 Park Ave in League City.

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I have been inspired by Billy Graham since I was an older teenager. He burst upon the scene in his California crusade in 1947 when I was one year old. But I didn’t pay attention to him until God laid His hand upon me for Christian ministry when I was 18.

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Progressive Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 26th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Jonathan Steele Sr., and his wife, with a pre-anniversary service at 7 p.m. today and the anniversary service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at 5820 FM 1765 in Texas City. The Rev. Marc James and t…

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The Bible doesn’t take sides in the age-old choice of cats versus dogs. In fact, to the first approximation, it doesn’t address the ideas of pets at all. Ancient Hebrew culture, though favors the ideal of big cats, that is, the motif of the lion over that of dogs. As hard as it may be to bel…

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Not everyone dresses up for worship, but it remains a good idea to do so when you’re looking for work. Hence Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom is collecting appropriate interview apparel for low-income women who will be seeking employment. Donations are being accepted through March 15.

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Skiers fly through the wind like birds landing lightly on the snow, lugers plunge down the chute at 90 mph in a death defying dive, skaters slice through the ice and downhill skiers carve moguls on the mountain. The PyeongChang Olympics stir memories: the magnificence of the mountains, the s…

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This week, we’ll take another look at a couple that is pastoring a local church together. This is a relatively new phenomenon, but it has taken hold here, so if you have a co-pastored church, you are welcome to ask your pastors to share their stories with us for a future column.