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I was watching one of the older television series yesterday, and two of the characters were playing poker. One of the men had been winning profusely, while the other guy, as you might guess, was losing profusely. The guy losing was questioning the man who was winning almost every hand, askin…

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County Commissioner Hahn, a friend of mine, was attending an event at the nursing home where his mother lived.  A man who was to lead them in some songs put the Commission on the spot to come lead instead.  The Commissioner is not a singer at all, but gave it a try.  When he finished he pass…

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Recently, I heard the story of a young couple that went on their honeymoon. They were staying in a rustic wooden cabin in a beautiful forest setting. At the break of dawn, a woodpecker started its loud pecking and pounding on the roof of their rented log cabin. The noise was so loud they cou…

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The title of the parable today, boys and girls, comes from the theater arts. It’s said during rehearsal by a musical or theatrical director. It means to add emotion to a technically correct but emotionally sterile performance. In other words, the actors and musicians know their lines, and th…

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The year was 1975, and I had signed a recording contract with Warner Brothers in Hollywood, California as a singer and songwriter.  In the spring of 1975, my manager Steve Binder, the director of the Elvis Presley 1968 Comeback Special, called me and said, “Get ready, you’re going to Nashvil…

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Willie planted his jalapeno peppers on a row next to his bell pepper plants. When mature he harvested some of both plants and his wife, Lutie, prepared a meal with them. However being planted together, they cross-pollinated. The bell peppers were hot and the jalapenos were bland!

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A well-known dictionary publisher was asked to select the ten most expressive words in the English language.  Here is the list:

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I was visiting with an elderly couple that retired to our community.  The lady told me some very interesting things she and her family had done and well known people they had entertained. 

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One of the most helpful, but at the same time, the most aggravating pieces of technology today is the ‘auto-correct’ feature on your cellphones, laptops, computers, and anything else you can think of, where you use a keyboard to type in text. It is so helpful because it will seemingly predic…

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Just recently, I ran into an old high-school buddy and after visiting with him for a few minutes I asked him, “Where do you work?”  He quickly jumped back and said, “Work?”  Don’t you know that’s a four-letter word?”  I responded, “Yes, but so is love!”  

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This past Saturday, my twin brother Paul came down for a visit. It was the first time I’ve seen him since his battle with the infection that he had. I went to visit him in the hospital, but he was in no condition for visitors, for sure. He was, however, very glad to see me. But it was so goo…

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My oldest son and I were working on a tractor.  Jeff was under the tractor trying to get a bolt loose.  I got a large hammer and told him to hold the wrench on the bolt while I took a swing at it.

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A schoolmate of mine, Harold Scarborough, as part of his job at Scarborough’s Pharmacy, would sometimes work at the grill which was in the store. He told me one time that a man came in there and was ordering his breakfast and told him, “I want two eggs, just right”. That really about sums it…

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I Thessalonians 4:16 declares: “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: And the dead in Christ shall rise first.” Verse 17 states: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in t…

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Mark was telling his young son about a special event they were getting to attend. Mark told Luke, “Now Luke, I don’t want you to get too excited about this.”

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Without a doubt, I have been impressed and influenced by the Rock and Roll legend, Elvis Presley, since I was nine years old.  The year was 1956 and my brothers and myself received a very special gift for Christmas.  It was a turquoise radio.  One Saturday morning I was listening to the loca…

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If you’re like me, you have watched enough westerns and police shows to have that statement memorized. It’s the demand used by the guys in the white hats, or the guys in the suits or blue uniforms. It’s the command that tells the outlaw or the criminal that there are no more options. In othe…

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I finished my message at the graveside service of an elderly veteran. The funeral director, with his assistant, came to fold the flag and present it to the family.  The director was almost finished when he stopped, unfolded it, and started over.  This time he put an extra little fold at the …

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Recently, Pat and I were looking for a spring that came out of the toilet tissue dispenser. She was changing a new roll of tissue. Anyway, she had a flashlight, looking under her bathtub, and she was commenting how dusty it was under there. She was telling me how she uses this yardstick and …

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When we as a nation, family or individual open our life to separation from God, we open ourselves up to the ways of destruction and evil. The last word in devil is evil. We must shut the door in the face of our enemy, the devil that comes to steal, kill and destroy and to put our trust in Je…

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I chose the title of today’s parable based upon something my grandmother would say to my twin brother Paul and me, when we would spend a week or so with her and our grandfather during the summer. As 11-13 year old boys can be, my brother and I could be a bit bothersome, at times. Everyone ha…

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The year was 1993, and my wife Barbara and I went to one of our favorite seafood restaurants in the Clear Lake area. The owner met us at the door, inviting us to come in because she had a very special guest that she wanted us to meet.

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Romans 12:1 declares, “I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” The part of the body that most represents our life to God is our hands.  A quote from Mother Tere…

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I’m sure the headline of this parable is familiar to most. Normally, it’s a response to someone who suggests a particular outcome or solution, to a problem. It’s usually a way of saying, “It ain’t happening!” It’s a term of sarcasm, usually. Perhaps there has been a dispute between you and a…

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When our daughter, Paula Cunningham Jackson, was still a teenager, she opened her first checking account. She loved it and felt so grown up, as I did when I got my first one. The “honeymoon” was over when Pat received a letter from the bank that her account was overdrawn. When Pat confronted…

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On my journey back home from Africa, I sit in the Johannesburg, South Africa, airport. I have made it back from Kenya, East Africa, and I find myself reflecting on the strangest of all conversations that I’ve ever had in my life.

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We all know the legendary Tiger Woods has been playing golf since he was 2 years old. Tiger shared a story in a recent interview of how his father always asked him two questions while being trained in the ways of golf. His dad always asked, “Tiger, where do you want the ball to go” and “How …

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Mother Nature is one of the most common terms you’ll hear today, especially on a lot of TV’s nature programs, etc. I looked up the term “Mother Nature” on Wikipedia and I found out all I wanted to know about it and where it came from. It’s mythical, which means it’s like a fairy tale. It’s a fable.

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Baytown Christian Academy scored on its first two plays from scrimmage in 6-man football action against Grace Christian Friday night and won 50-0.

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The Anahuac Panthers scored their highest point total of the season last Friday in a 65-12 boat race past the Hardin Hornets and now face perhaps their toughest regular-season challenge this Friday in District 10-3A-1 favorite Orangefield.

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The Baytown Lee Ganders got back on the winning track in a big way with an impressive offensive showing in their 51-13 victory against Goose Creek Memorial at Baytown's Stallworth Stadium on Friday night.

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La Porte, given an outside chance of reaching the playoffs this year, knocked off another higher rated team Friday, scoring three straight TDs in the second half to catch and hold off Barbers Hill 34-27.

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The high-octane offense of Port Arthur Memorial was hitting on all cylinders as the Titans cruised to a 47-7 victory over Baytown Sterling on Thursday night at Stallworth Stadium. 

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The Dayton Broncos were looking to make a splash with undefeated Santa Fe in town to play before a packed homecoming crowd in the District 9-5A, Division 2 opener for both teams. 

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Sterling’s Brock Glasscock was the first across the finish line in last Friday’s Bulldog Invitational at La Porte, leading the Rangers to a third-place team finish.

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Just when it appeared the Baytown Lee Ganders were poised to rally past La Porte Friday night, the Bulldogs turned the tables.

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Week 4 has been circled on the BCA schedule since offseason workouts. The opponent, Bryan St. Joseph’s Catholic, was supposed to provide BCA its toughest test of the regular season.

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The 19th annual Barbers Hill Sports Hall of Honor will induct four new members at a special ceremony this Saturday at the BHISD Leadership Support Center’s J. Justin Jenson Conference Room.

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The Lee College Navigators, 13-5 in the early season, play six matches in three days this weekend, including hosting the Friday-Saturday Lee College Volleyball Invitational.

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The Barbers Hill Eagles are looking to knock Crosby out of the top spot in the Houston Chronicle’s Class 5A rankings as they host the Cougars at 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium.

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It was, in a very small sample size, the game of the year in District 8-5A, Division 1 and Crosby running back Levi Fontenot was a big reason his Cougars toppled Baytown Lee 41-21.

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As tough as Friday’s 69-17 loss to La Porte was for Goose Creek Memorial football fans to watch, read or hear about, Patriots first-year head coach Daniel Ragsdale saw plenty of favorables from his players.

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Lee’s Kenzi Forman, left, gets a high toss for her serve and Evan Graham, right, eyes the ball against Barbers Hill in team tennis matches Friday Sept. 9 at Lee High School.  

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Overcoming the handicap of being without its returning offensive player of the year and the challenge of taking on the state’s No. 9-ranked team in Class 3A, Division 2, the Anahuac Panthers went to work Friday night.

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Four turnovers, two blocked punts and a lot of wide-open La Porte receivers won the night for the Bulldogs Friday as they opened District 8-5A play with a 69-17 beatdown of Goose Creek Memorial in La Porte.

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Crosby's Hailee Sauceda hits a forehand return in a team tennis match against Port Neches-Groves on Friday Sept. 9 at Crosby High School.ss

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Phillip Young serves for Lee's tennis team in a Friday Sept. 9 team tennis match against Barbers Hill at Lee High School.

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If you find yourself looking for an exciting, fast paced, high scoring, new brand of football, make your way over to the campus of Baytown Christian Academy and Bulldog Field this fall.

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Big plays in Friday night's win over New Waverly came from Brooks Henike with a pick six in the first half and some wild hijinks on extra points.

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The Crosby Cougars took advantage of several Baytown Lee miscues as they defeated the Ganders 41-21 at Cougar Stadium Friday night.

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Barbers Hill’s Kody Fuentes passed for 261 yards while leading the Eagles to 436 yards of total offense in their 42-10 win over Montgomery last week. Fuentes, the Baytown Sun’s Player of the Week for Sept. 1-2, passed for two TDs and ran for another one.