Archive for November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008

We hope each of you has a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving video.

Giving Thanks

November 25, 2008

While travelling on my current trip to DC to visit family, I began reading the Amerian Way Magazine on our flight…thankfully the new portable DVD player worked its magic on our 2-year-old son and I had some time.

The cover story is of Maya Angelou and I just want to give you a few quotes from a woman who has mastered the use of words.

“I am grateful. I am truly grateful. I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with bulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”

“No matter how bad it gets, I’m always grateful to know that I don’t have to stay with the negative. I don’t have to continue in this climate of cynicism.”

“When you get, give. When you learn, teach.”

“You’ll have to know me very, very well to hear me complain. I’ll protest like the dickens, but I don’t complain.”

“I may be remembered as this tall, mean black lady, but I hope not. I hope I’ll be remembered as a kind and generous and funny and love and brave. And grateful. Always grateful.”

Missions Photo Contest Winners

November 25, 2008

We’ve posted the winners of the Annual Meeting Missions Photo Contest here. It was so fun to see all of the photos come in. We hope you enjoy!

Good news from Brownwood

November 25, 2008

Rick Davis, pastor of Brownwood First Baptist, reports on his blog that five teenagers made public professions of faith Sunday. Then he noted:

“I think the praying Texas is doing for lost people at noon each day is resulting in baptisms in our churches.”

This reminds me that I haven’t been consistent in this regard, but I know many have been. In case you missed it, as part of Texas Hope 2010, we are seeking 100,000 people to pray at noon everyday for the lost to come to faith in Christ and for the needs of the hungry to be met. Sign up here. But more importantly, pray!

Thanks for the great news and the reminder, Rick.

Fly me to the moon

November 20, 2008

nasaWhile touring recently, Dutton, which leads worship at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, met Shane Kimbrough. After talking, Shane asked the band if he could take one of their CDs to work with him. Of course, the band said.

By the way, that’s Shane in the picture on the left. He’s part of the Endeavour mission that’s going on now. That’s right, he works for NASA.

Texas Baptist music is being played in space. Too cool.

Photo courtesy of NASA.

Free advent guide

November 20, 2008

Stan Granberry just shared with me that BaptistWay Press is offering a free Advent-Christmas devotional guide. The resource is the result of cooperation between BaptistWay Press and the North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance. The guide has daily readings from Nov. 27-Jan. 4.

The guide is offered in several different formats. To check out the guide, click here.

Looking for a sermon illustration?

November 20, 2008

I’m not a preacher, but this might be a good sermon illustration for someone. I’ve heard this story in multiple places recently.

Check out this week’s story about golfer J.P. Hayes, who made a decision that may have cost him a spot on the PGA Tour. But he kept his integrity.

An opportunity to help people in Galveston

November 19, 2008

I know people continue looking for ways to help those affected by Hurricane Ike. With the Christmas season coming upon us, this may be an easy way to do that.

First Baptist Church in Galveston will be distributing items such as household supplies, cleaning supplies, baby items, clothes, furniture and toys on Dec. 6 and 13. If they have enough items, the church plans on doing it twice more in January.

The church is accepting donations. For more information about donating items, call the church at 409-763-1671. Help make the holiday season a little brighter for those on Galveston Island.

Dallas Baptists reach out to chaplain in Afghanistan

November 19, 2008

A while back, I shared an opportunity to help support U.S. troops in Afghanistan by supporting a BGCT chaplain’s ministry there. One of the ways the chaplain connects with troops is by offering free movie and book rentals. He also provides cards for troops to send home to loved ones.

He was looking for more cards, movies and books. And Texas Baptists have been sending him supplies. One of the more recent reports I’ve seen, indicates Pathways Ministries sent 13 boxes of supplies to the chaplain. The items included:

  • 1,233 cards and envelopes
  • 39 books
  • 10 magazines
  • 80 DVDs
  • Additional pens, playing cards, tablets, pads, envelopes, etc.

Thank you, Pathways. I know the chaplain appreciates what you’ve done. I’m sure the troops will as well.

If you’d like more informatin about how you can support the chaplain, call 888-244-9400.

Baylor student dies in a car accident

November 18, 2008

A Baylor University sophomore died in a car accident on Saturday. The memorial service times have just been announced.

Here’s the information from the Baylor web site:

A visitation and memorial service have been set for Baylor University student Melissa Ellen (Missy) Blackbird, who died Saturday in a one-car accident near Tomball.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 I-45 South. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3901 S. Panther Creek Dr. in The Woodlands.

Though a sophomore by hours, Missy was a first-year student at Baylor and resided in Brooks College. She was a bioinformatics major. She is survived by her father William, her mother Pamela, her brother Shelton, her grandparents, Al and Barbara Blackbird and Donald and Nancy Dailey, several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, and her dog Puffy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Missy’s memory may be made to Diamond Star Ranch, P.O. Box 9872, The Woodlands, TX 77387 ( Diamond Star Ranch is dedicated to aiding and assisting troubled teen girls and their families through the care of horses.

Please continue to keep Missy’s family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time.