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The America I grew up in was seen as the shining light on a hill. We took pride in the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. Instead of decimating our enemies after World War II, we helped them rebuild. Germany and Japan embraced freedom and prosperity and became two of our strongest allies.

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Progressive Missionary Baptist Church will conclude its summer revival at 6:30 p.m. today at 909 40th St. in Galveston. Evangelist B. Wesley Austin Jr. of the Cornerstone Community of Faith Ministries will be the speaker. For information, call 409-939-2405.

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A casual search of the Bible reveals the word prison shows up almost 80 times. Many of these citations are not personally applicable, such as the suggestion in the Book of Acts 22:4, that Saul put more believers in prison than anyone else before he became St. Paul. Still, some of the remaini…

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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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There was a day when we felt we could trust those who spoke to us, the Presidents who led us and the journalists who interpreted the news. We believed Washington “could not tell a lie.” Lincoln was known for his honesty. We always knew we could trust Walter Cronkite, whether he was reporting…

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Not long after Hurricane Harvey’s waters receded, the Rev. Leanna Brewer, a pastor from Burleson, drove around our island looking to deliver a load of diapers and food to someone in need. What she found was a large man standing just outside a building. In front of the man was a table. In fro…

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Anchor Point’s Pathway to Hope Summer Family Camp will run June 25-29 at University Baptist Church at 16106 Middlebrook Drive in Houston this summer. This program has been developed for children from hard places such as foster care, adopted, trauma, abuse or neglect.

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St. John’s Baptist Church will have a pre-pastoral service for its pastor, the Rev. Louis Simpson, at 7 p.m. today at 2917 Sealy St. in Galveston. The anniversary service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Gaidi Burgess and Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church will be the guests. For informa…

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This has been a long time coming. Long ago, in 1891, Texas saw the inauguration of the first native son as its governor. Elsewhere, a fellow invented the game of basketball. But right here, a bishop blessed what we believe to be the first African-American Catholic Church in all of Texas.

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The Interfaith Caring Ministries Resale Shop is on the move and looking for your help. After 18 years at the corner of Bay Area Boulevard and state Highway 3, the store will relocate to 803 E. Nasa Pkwy Suite 118. Sales from this venue help support Interfaith’s charity work including its foo…

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An Atlanta businessman boarded MARTA to make his daily commute to work. He stood in the crowded car scanning the newspaper accounts of crime when he felt a stranger bump him. He instinctively felt for the wallet in his back pocket and found it missing. He folded the paper and kept his eye on…

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Young families embody the hope and dreams of our future. Few scenes move me as much as a young couple strolling along the seawall pushing a stroller; fathers splashing in the surf with their children while young mothers lounge on the beach; children laughing in the park flying kites with the…

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The Salvation Army Center of Hope will have its Blood & Fire Revival daily at 10:30 a.m. today through Sunday at 601 51st St. in Galveston. The Revs. Regi Pope, Brian Benjey, and Walter Jones will be the featured speakers. For information, call 409-763-1691, Ext. 75313.

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Picture yourself as the pastor of a small church in mid-county. Your congregation has aged a bit as has the surrounding community, so finances are tight. Your board decided to eliminate the flood insurance policy for your paid-up campus as part of a cost-saving campaign.

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Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church will have a fried fish dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 3215 Broadway in Galveston. Dinners are $10 each. Delivery is available for five or more orders. To place an order, call Sandra O’Neal, 409-502-1389, Willa Richmond, 409-739-9821, or Elma Ja…

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It might be that those of any established faith can in some way pity the naturalist. Since for those who hold that time, chance and matter are all that exist, there can be nothing supernatural. That is, in a naturalistic, closed system there can be no miracles, no eternal destinies, no objec…

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Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom will present its Epicurean Bites of the Bay event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Johnnie Arolfo City Civic Center, 400 W. Walker in League City.

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It didn’t take long to record the first murder in human history. The Bible’s first death was a homicide. Cain, enraged with resentment, jealousy and anger attacked his brother and killed him. Since that moment, much of human history has been written in blood.

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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…