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Unique Christmas Gift

December 7, 2009

 Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift this year?

Would you consider a mission trip?

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to go with the Singing Men of North Central Texas to Ukraine April 18 – May 1, 2010.

Travel will be up the Dnieper River aboard the Viking river cruise ship, Lomosonov from Odessa to Kiev. Each mission partner will serve on a ministry team supporting the 10 evangelistic concerts.

For more information please contact me, or

Don Blackley, or


Straight Up, Day 4

August 17, 2007

God’s love is big and my heart is full. Here are a few reasons why:

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Straight Up, Day 3

August 16, 2007

Besides self-inflicted bruises on my chin and my leg, this has been a good day. (They’re working me hard!) There are some kids here that know that they are called to a different life than they have been living. There are also kids that are acting so hard, but I can tell that they are listening.  Some kids have been honest enough to say that they think it’s too hard or there’s too much to give up. All the more reason to pray. We had a lesson on purity (girls and boys split up) and so the picture of the girls with the crowns are their princess of purity crowns. They also went to the high ropes course today with some elements that take a bunch of courage. So many were afraid, but overcame that and had a great time. The Gospel is being shared constantly. Johnny and Byron are plainly and boldy taking every chance they have in front of the kids to let them know of God’s love and sacrifice for them.

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The point of change

June 26, 2007

I have a theory about people who are passionately committed to following Christ. I believe those people can pinpoint the moment their life changed and they devoted themselves to God. The theory doesn’t always prove to be true, but most of the time it does.

My theory seems to work in the case of Scott McIntosh, the new pastor of North Orange Baptist Church in Orange. He recently shared his testimony in the Orange County News. Read the powerful story in its entirety, but here’s a glimpse into McIntosh’s tale:

McIntosh spent time as a bouncer in a bar and was also not above stealing from a family member to make ends meet.

“I spent two years living in my 1969 Ford Fairlane 500 from the time I was 17 until I turned 19,” he said. “I would bathe about once a week and I had an aunt that was hard of hearing that I would steal money from. I’d go over there and she’d be watching television with the volume as loud as it would go. And I’d go to her bedroom and take money right out of her purse.”

McIntosh said he’d buy a bottle of shampoo and a bar of soap and go down and bathe in the lake.

“But when I was 21, I finally got my life on track,”he said.”A friend of mine invited me to Super Summer, a Christian camp in Dallas. They fed you and you had a place to sleep so I was all for going.”

But as he listened to the speakers at the camp, he realized something that he had been overlooking in his life for a very long time.

“It was the first time that I had ever heard that God loved me,” he said. “I’m not saying that the Catholic Church doesn’t teach that. I had just never paid attention or listened when I was growing up.”

McIntosh then went back to Lanier High School, at age 21, and finally got the last credit he needed to graduate.

“I know firsthand that the number one thing that gets people turned off to life is hopelessness,” he said.”But with the Lord, I finally had something to live for.”

This summer, hundreds of kids are attending Super Summer. God will use the event to changes many of the participants lives forever. Please pray for the students and leaders of Super Summer.

Living life as a group

May 30, 2007

This month’s Ecclesia church is Watermark Church in Boerne, a recent church start sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Texas and First Baptist Church in Boerne. The church gathers on Sundays, but does Bible study and fellowship through small groups throughout the week. Using this method, the congregation already has grown to more than 500 people in worship each week.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Notes from the back of bus 2

April 25, 2007

Wednesday we are to travel from Graz to Salzburg for the last concert.

Our travel since we arrived in Prague has been by two coaches. Once attached to a coach the groups have become families. My previous experience with the Singing Men of Texas led me to the back of the bus and I brought Beth with me with some reservation on her part. The family that has formed around us at the back of bus 2 has a reputation for frivolity. Beth observes: “I think they thought I would cramp their humor – well it hasn’t stopped them from cracking jokes and telling funny stories. We have all laughed hard. I know the churches where they serve are blessed to have them. They are talented, caring, and passionate about sharing the Lord through their music. Be sure to thank them for all they do when you see them.”

One technical note, this post is being written on the bus as we travel. Thanks for the aircard!

Wisdom from bus 2:

What English words end in -dous?

Tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. Also, the rare zoological word annelidous.

New photos are up this morning from the concert last night in Graz.

BGCT Annual Meeting invitation from Steve Vernon

April 23, 2007

Plans for the 2007 BGCT Annual Meeting are well under way. We hope that you are making plans to join fellow Texas Baptists for fellowship, worship and business. 

More information at:

Prague Spring

April 18, 2007

The use of the above title is not an attempt to provoke or bring up bad memories of a brief however ultimately doomed attempt at democracy here many years ago.

It is however an acknowledment that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities on earth anytime of year however spring in Prague is spectacular. The sky is clear, the air is crisp and everything is blooming in colors beyond description.

Traveling for over 24 hours could not subdue the awe our group felt this afternoon as we strolled Charles Bridge and nearby narrow streets.

This evening we had dinner with Rev. Jan Titera, General Secretary of the Czech Baptitst Union and Rev. Milos Solc, Pastor of Prague First Baptist Church and their wives at our hotel.

We start again early tomorrow for some touring and inviting folks we meet to two concerts Thursday; St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square at 2:00 P.M. then Prague First Baptist at 7:00 P.M.

Just as surely as spring comes to Prague, freedom came as well. It was delayed for several years however the delay may make it just a little sweeter for those who lived under totalitarian oppression.  The message the Singing Men of Texas shares here offers freedom even more beautiful than this city.

BGCT is…

March 28, 2007

Here are just a few ideas from Texas Baptists on this video of what the BGCT is:

Texas Baptist people commited where they are to sharing the Gospel and living out the Gospel in their own lives

Partners in ministry, missions, starting churches and strenghtening existing churches 

Family of people coming together to work for the Kingdom of God

Diverse churches

Cooperation of Texas Baptist churches

How would you complete this sentence?

BGCT is ______________

Discovering SH 207

March 25, 2007

I had the privilege this weekend to attend the first ever Inpire! event in Plainview. Inspire! is a creative experience for Texas Baptists. It is designed to inform, equip, and send Texas Baptists inspired to new involvement in missions, evangelism, and ministry. Over one hundred Texas Baptists from the panhandle region participated in worship experiences and training sessions to expand their vision and sharpen their skills in ministry.

A bonus for me was the drive from Dallas to Plainview and back. Driving Texas this time of year is a special treat for me and traveling alone allows me to listen to whatever music I like (or none at all).  I really enjoy traveling with others but sometimes traveling alone is theraputic.

 A quick glance at a map revealed an undiscovered treasure for me. SH 207 runs 199 miles from Post to the Texas/Oklahoma border southeast of Guymon, OK.  There is nothing wrong with US 84 to Lubbock and then IH 27 north to Plainview however I have made that drive several times and decided to try something new.

I was not disapointed in the choice. SH 207 is a real Texas treasure. Gently rising from approximately 2,600 feet in Post to nearly 3,200 feet in Floydada, SH 207 runs alongside and sometimes up and over the Caprock Escarpment, the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado. Along the way uninviting semi-desert grudingly gives way to fertile farmland. Recent springs rains have turned the landscape unusually green and someday soon I will learn the name of the purple plant that was brilliant in the sun Saturday evening following thunderstorms Friday night.

I hope to return to SH 207 soon and explore north of Floydada where the highway goes through Palo Duro Canyon and on to the Oklahoma border.

 I also hope Inspire! the event that brought SH 207 to me will represent the rebirth of the evangelistic zeal that has identified Texas Baptists.