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Holding the Rope: 3 Requests

Thanks to each of you that pray for our life and ministry. Here are three prayer requests for this week: Beginning Tuesday, I’ll be camp missionary at Piney Woods Baptist Encampment near Corrigan, Texas. Pray that God will plant missions seeds through the stories and ...

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Curious/Amazed/Shared

You’ll enjoy this You Tube video of our whale watching trip.  Wow! The Week that Was My 2016 mantra is simple: Stay Curious. Be Amazed. Share about it.   It’s pretty simple. It’s who I am. At age 60, I am committed to remaining a ...

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Funny Things in Church

    Funny Things in Church It seems often that hilarious moments occur during the most serious and solemn events. Many of the funniest things I’ve ever seen have happened in church. I guess it is because a great part of my life has been ...

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What is Success? Most Likely to Succeed

This post is from my first book, Stories from the Creekbank. Enjoy!   Most Likely to Succeed It was Saturday in the middle of the busy summer camp season. After a great week of youth camp, I was enjoying lunch with some of our summer ...

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Parking in the Woods

This is a hidden gem from our first book,  Stories from the Creekbank. Enjoy! Mrs. Helen Every season at Dry Creek is beautiful in its own way. The winter months are no exception. Winter group campfires are my favorite event at the prayer garden. My ...

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The Week that Was

Looking back over the week Wet footprints I walk on the porch where six generations of my people have stepped. I’m at the Old House on the edge of Crooked Bayou Swamp. It’s a place of solitude as well as loneliness. I need both in ...

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Keep your Hooks Sharp

Reas Weeks   I never knew Reas Weeks . . . but I sure know some good stories about him. Reas (pronounced “Reese”) was a bachelor in Dry Creek who lived on the bank of Bundick Creek. He lived way back in the woods, never ...

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The Outdoor Life: Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know On a beautiful Spring Saturday, my three sons and I went to work on the nature trail at the camp. As we hiked through the woods with our saw, pruning shears, and other gear, we were filled with the camaraderie of ...

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The Friendship Lane: Thoughts on Getting Along

    Yesterday’s post concerned the issue of land ownership in Uganda.  If you missed it,  you can read,  “This Land Ain’t for Sale” here.     The story featured in both the podcast (audio) and post (below) is called “The Friendship Lane.”  It’s one ...

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He was a man and faith and everyone’s favorite.

He was a man and faith and everyone’s favorite.   These are remarks from the funeral of my hero, Jimmy Barrett. The purpose of a memorial service is three-fold: We celebrate a life well-lived. If anyone ever accomplished this, Jimmy Barrett did. Secondly, we gather ...

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Holding the Rope

A quick note: I depend on friends and readers for prayer support. I need it and don’t take it for granted. Here are three needs for the week:   I am taking part in today’s funeral service for my lifetime friend and mentor, Jimmy Barrett. ...

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The Week that Was

  Friends gave me a copy of Bethel Baptist Church minutes from 1900. This resolution touched me.  It’s a reminder that all of us should take time for self-examination, repentance, and renewal.     DeDe celebrated her birthday this week.  This is our Life Group who ...

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An Obscure, but Touching, Creekbank Story

This story is from my first short story collection,  Stories from the Creekbank. I hadn’t thought about this story in years. It still touches me as I re-read it after all of these years. Enjoy.   Love is still love… in any language                     Now ...

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A Reader Favorite: Bro. Hodges’ Best Sermon

Bro. Hodges’ Best Sermon You’ll enjoy the Audio Podcast of this story.   The preacher stood in the middle of the muddy red clay road staring at the problem straight ahead.   It was a long way from his pulpit, and so he had no idea he was ...

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