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Hello Baseball Fans

Hello Baseball Fans.  This is going to be a different kind of post for me so get ready!  I have recently helped a friend with a new website.  He is a baseball historian and he wanted to Honor the Black Ball players of yesteryear.  Sports-Trivia-1920-Detroit-Stars, Hello Baseball Fans

He and I built a website that does just that too!    Please let me introduce you to Bob, The Baseball Man, Bob May.  He has been a Baseball Historian for many years and is also an author.  Here is his new website that is only for honoring the Black Ball Players from long ago.  Please take time to check this out and read his articles and history information.  There is a lot of GREAT information on this website.  He knows his stuff when it comes to baseball, for sure!  You can find his book there too!  The Best Season – The First Ninety Games.  Also, you can purchase that same book from his website.  Please take your time and enjoy!

So, here is the link to the best website that honors our Black Ball Players from yesteryear.

www.honoringblackball.com

Black Ball Players, Hello Baseball FansI  know you will enjoy reading all about the wonderful accomplishments of those players.  Please feel free to leave Bob a comment or two on the pages that are there.  He would love to hear from you and hear your opinion of each one.

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CHRISTMAS CAROLING – WHAT A JOY!

Well, I am finally able to sit down and write a post… oh my goodness… it has been difficult at best to find the time and mindset to do this. I had planned on writing this afternoon and it just wouldn’t happen. I have been gathering much information for my next post on the Prayer series… There is a lot to read about and figure out which is really following Biblical story line or someone’s idea of how they think it happened and even where it happened… Yep, there are folks out there that have their own ideas for sure. Nonetheless, I am gathering information and pictures and will be posting soon on the Split Rock at Horeb. It is a fascinating journey and the symbolism is wonderful.THE PEANUTS GANG REJOICES IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Tonight, however, was an absolutely memory making night that I just had to share. Tonight’s events may be old hat for some but for me it was a first. As you have read before, I am a member of a wonderful church and the people there are absolutely some of the most welcoming folks I have ever met in a church. From the first day I stepped foot in the church 1 ½ years ago, it has been a blessing.

Well, tonight was the Church Choir Christmas Caroling party.  We all met at Garth and Vickie’s house (the Worship Leader and his lovely wife), dropped off all the food and then loaded up into 4 vehicles and took off to sing Christmas Carols to 4 elderly shut in folks. Oh My … it was so much fun and such a blessing to see the smiles and gleaming eyes when we started singing. There were 25 or so of us that stood out in the cool night air and sang the beautiful Christmas Carols to these lovely folks. I tell you what, I don’t know who was more blessed, the folks we were singing to or me. It was one of the loveliest evenings I can remember. The voices blended so beautifully and licima_da_conegliano_god_the_fatherlted through the night air and the stars danced above as we were Christmas Caroling. It was such a memory maker evening.

I think the best thing of all was the smiles on the faces and the sparkle in the eyes of the recipients of this wonderful night of harmony.  We all were singing with nothing held back. It was grand! I believe God even smiled and that was a blessing for sure!

The first lady at age 92, told us, after a couple of songs, that she was reminded of a time when she was a Christmas Angel in a Chinese Christmas Pageant. Her voice had excitement and her eyes had the look of that eight year old girl that was in that wonderful pageant as she told us that she had two sisters that were much prettier than she and they had beauxmas angel 2012tiful curly hair, but she was chosen because she was the right age. She just gleamed! After a couple of more songs she reminded those that remembered, that she had been a member of the church for quite a number of years. She never said how many but the previous Worship Pastor and her had joined at the same time… and the previous worship pastor was just a child when he joined, I believe that was the story… Anyway, Then we sang a couple more for her and wished her a Very Merry Christmas and on to the next one. Did I mention that she sang every song that we sang, and didn’t miss a lick. She was gleaming the whole time.

The next little lady was a very tiny lady that had a smile that would stop Rudolph! Picture3She was a pleasant lady that loved the songs, too. She complimented us on our harmony and just glowed with excitement as we sang. She too sang along with every song. She noticed that we brought Santa along and we all laughed because one of the Choir members looks just like Santa and actually does Santa gigs for various places. She thought it was a great touch. I noticed that many of the choir folks went up to hug her and personally wish her a Merry Christmas. I heard many of them say “I love you” and she responded in like manner. She has been a church member for many years as well.

The next folks had to stay just on the inside of the front door. The daughter held the door open a bit so they could hear the melodious tunes. She sat on her walker and her husband leaned over her and held her shoulders as we sang to our hearts content. I could see their smiles when we sang a song that was apparently one of thjingle bells with red boweir favorites. The Jingle Bells added a little bit of levity to the song Jingle Bells… obviously, and that made them smile and move their heads back and forth. Their son and his wife lived next door and they were out in the front yard with us and thanked us profusely for coming to sing for his parents. Again, the love of the Choir members and the love that I saw in the faces of the recipients was incredible.

The last folks we sang for were quite nice. The lady stepped out on the front porch first and then her husband came. Their puppy dog stayed just inside the door listening as well. I had seen them at church at one time, I think. I am not sure, but I think the Mr. may have been sick or had some sort of health issue because as we sang our hearts out I could see the Mrs. glance over at her husband with the look of “are you overdoing it, dear?” from time to time, but she never said a word and he didn’t seem to mind standing there listening to our melodies. He gazed over the crowd, shielding the bright porch light from his eyes, every now and then, so he could see the entire group. He had a stern face that would soften every now and then with the memory of the songs that we were singing. When we sang our last, they wished us a Merry Christmas and were almost sad to see us go. joy_to_the_world-e1354734985741They enjoyed the music so much and the Mr. asked “where did you get all these folks?” He had a smile that was from ear to ear and both the Mr. and Mrs. were absolutely pleased with all the songs we sang. Several of the Choir members went up to hug them and tell them they loved them. It was a very tender time for many of them.

Then after all of the Christmas Caroling, we headed back to the house where the food was… at least the folks in our vehicle were hoping there was some left, because the son, home from college, was left at the house. Lo and behold, when we arrived, there actually was food left. 1We ate some of the best “finger food” I have ever had and had a wonderful time of just visiting. We gave Garth and Patti (the pianist) their Christmas card and gift and I think they were both surprised. The two of them do a lot for our Church and Choir and we wanted them to know we appreciated them greatly! After that, we just had a fun time answering Trivia questions about Christmas. Garth was the Questioner and we had to answer. It was fun and informative. Not that I actually retained any of that knowledge though… it was just good fun.

So that was my memory making evening. Maybe not a monumental evening to some, but for me… well, it was because of who I was with. The Church that God led me to 1 ½ years ago has been a blessing beyond what I could have ever imagined.

Thank you all from Shady Oaks Baptist Church! The Choir, Sunday School and Congregation! You have all blessed me tremendously, just being able to be a part of your community. I am forever grateful for each of you! And especially for Julie… she drove the vehicle that I was in tonight. She tolerated six of us laughing and carrying on while she tried to follow the much to fast lead cars. And thank you Hurst Police for looking the other way as our caravan sped down Bedford Road tonight – I didn’t really see any Police, but if they were there, they must have turned their head because we were not going 35 mph! Oh My… but we made it safely, nonetheless.

That’s gonna’ wrap it up for me on this post. Thanks for reading my memory making evening events. It was priceless to me!

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AGREE TO DISAGREE

There have been times in my life that I have met someone that I really like that I just do not and cannot agree with certain things that they do in their life. They may be a Christian, however, there are just some things that they do that I don’t agree with or I cannot agree with how they conduct themselves in certain situations. I still love them and care about them as a person but to be able to maintain my composure I ask God to help me be kind, gentle, compassionate and humble around them. Sometimes I can do this pretty good and others… well, not so good. I also know a couple of friends that really had some differences and tried to talk them through between themselves. They mulled over back and forth for hours about certain “spiritual” things and certain scripture in the Bible and just could not come to any kind of mutual ground. Unfortunately that certain discussion led to a very upsetting ending. imagesIt hurt both parties and did what we thought might be irreparable damage to the relationship. However, time did heal and the two beloved friends of mine are alright once again. There may still be some differences but they have agreed to disagree and still love each other the way God intended. I have witnessed this first hand and it can be done with love.

Apparently, even when Jesus and His disciples walked the earth there were the same kind of disagreements. Why? Because we are human and humans have issues. Paul talked about this in Ephesians in the letter to the church at Ephesus. He used a very strong word in the first sentence to emphasize how important this was to him and to the “church”. Paul used the word “beseech”. We don’t use that word very often if ever in our language today but it is a good word… here is the definition – beseech: ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat. Paul was urging the people in the church of Ephesus to be kind and loving. Bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:1

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you[a] all.ephesians430

It is a very important way to conduct ourselves if we call ourselves Christians. If the world does not see Jesus in us, who will they see Him in? I have also heard it said that we are the only Bible some people will ever read. Living for Him means to live the best we can with those we love and those that are not so loveable.

Matthew 5:46

43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’[q] and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies![r] Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends,[s] how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

This is very important to love one another and live in harmony as much as possible.  However, there are some folks that I just absolutely cannot abide with their beliefs.  I cannot agree and never will agree with them and maybe they will never agree with me.  Those folks… well, I have to just love them as Jesus would but let them live at a distance and leave the rest to God.  They know how I believe and I know what they believe, yet we will never agree.  So, I just leave them up to God.  Yep, some I have to let go of and let God take care of them.  That is a very hard thing for me to do, however, I know they will never hear what I have to say so I will leave the seed that I planted to God for His growing.  120119_Ephesians_4_15_16

One of the songs attached is one by Susan Ashton and it is several years old. However, I do love the song because it talks about two friends that are disagreeing on some things yet one of the friends wants to just agree to disagree in love. The second song is by Nichole Nordeman.  It also speaks to the same topic.  They both carry a very important message.  Enjoy!

The Song – Agree to Disagree – Susan Ashton

The Video – What If – Nichole Nordeman

VICTORY OVER THE ENEMY

In this day and age, we are bombarded with many attacks from the enemy!  We, as Christians, MUST claim victory over the enemy – Satan!

I have experienced, first hand, the enemy and his unhappiness at my activity to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  He is not happy when we try to help those folks around us to see that God is NOT DEAD! And that He loves each individual on the planet.  God does not wish that any should perish but have everlasting life! 2_peter_3.9_nkjv_wallpaper

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[b] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Dear friends, when you share God’s wonderful Word with others and try to explain to them that God is a good God and He loves them, some will NOT understand or WANT to understand.  You have done your part, you must leave the results to God.  That is the hardest thing I think I have ever done.  I see these folks and want to share eternity with them.  I want them to know the Saving Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ and His love for them.  I want them to experience the love and acceptance and  forgiveness that I have experienced.  However, not everyone is willing or able.  They have closed their minds and hearts and there is nothing that you can do to change that.  God has to do His work.  Some will come around eventually and some will not.  Unfortunately the lord of this world – Satan – has blinded the eyes and hearts of those folks.

2 Corinthians 4:1-6

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God,[a] we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice[b] cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 03656f84907a5730e9c838b8037e5cd2In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[c] for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

So, with that said, all we can do is pray and seek God ourselves. Pray for safety from the evil one and pray for those that are mislead and unbelieving. That is where the Armor of God has to be put into place.

Ephesians 6:10-18

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10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Be strong in the faith, pray, tell others and leave the rest to God. When you have been silenced by the unbelievers, just pray for them.  Never give up!  God is Alive!

The Video – I Still Believe – Russ Taff  (lyrics are below)

The Song – I Still Believe – Russ Taff

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I STILL BELIEVE (Lyrics)

I’ve been out in a cave for forty days
With only a spark to light my way
I want to give out I want to give in
This is our crime and this is our sin
But I still believe, I still believe
Through the pain and through the grief
Through the lies and through the storms
Through the cries and through the wars
Oh, I still believe
Oh, I still believe
Wow, love, love, love

Flat on my back out at sea
I’m a hoping these waves don’t cover me
I’m turned and tossed upon the waves
When the darkness comes I feel the grave
But I still believe, I still believe
Through the cold and through the heat
Through the rain and through the tears
Through the crowds and through the cheers
Oh, I still believe
You can’t take that away from me
No! I believe
Wow, love, love, love

I’ll march this road and I’ll climb this hill
Upon my knees if I have to
I’ll take my place upon this stage
I’ll wait till the end of time for You
I do believe, I believe
You can’t take that away from me
Oh, I still believe

For people like us in places like this
We need all the hope that we can get
I believe, I believe
Through the shame and the grief
Through the heartache, through the tears
Through the waiting and all the years
I still believe, I must believe
Oh, I still believe
Oh, love, love, love
I still believe!>

WOMEN OF FAITH

Tonight was the first night of the Women of Faith Conference in Dallas, Texas.  I am fortunate enough to join about 17 ladies, most from my church and most of them from my Sunday School Class.  It has been a most wonderful night and one that has helped me grow more, again.

Since it is the hour that it is, I will not be posting the next post on Prayer – Abram.  I will catch up with that either tomorrow night or Sunday night.  This Women of Faith Conference will last through mid afternoon tomorrow and it promises to be one of growth, love, sharing and worship all in one!  I am honored to be able to attend with these ladies.  They have welcomed me into the church and class with open arms and I am forever grateful.  They are becoming wonderful friends and I want to thank you ladies for having me along this year and many years to come!

This is one of the songs we heard Nichole Nordeman sing tonight.  Awesome lady and artist.

The Song – I Want To Leave  A Legacy – Nichole Nordeman

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FABULOUS FORTY YEARS LATER

Well, folks, this post will most likely be the end of the memories of the Fabulous Forty Years Reunion. It was the best and I look forward to the next time we get together… which I understand will be sooner than 10 years… we all enjoyed ourselves so much!

All I have to say is our class of 1974 has CLASS!! We were a beautiful group of folks last night! All gracious and kind and fun. Laughing and carrying on like we were kids again… at least some of you were… lol.CLASS OF 74 COLOR

God has blessed me so much with such wonderful memories and as I have said many, many times before, I am blessed with such wonderful friends and more than my share, it seems sometimes. I am grateful for each and every one of you. I really do thank God every day for you too!

I will not continue on the subject but I could … there is a lot more to say about the ones I visited with last night and ones I didn’t get to visit with much. The organizers were fantastic and all went well and everyone was totally happy, I think!

I said it on my post yesterday and I will say it again, I am so proud to be from the Class of 1974 from Forest Park High, Beaumont, TX. Although I didn’t actually graduate from there (I moved away at the end of my Junior year) but I will always claim them. I started going to school with all of them in 7th grade and moved back and forth a couple of times. So proud to be associate with them!

Thank you to all that made it possible!

Forest Park Trojans And Forest Park Trojanns (Drill Team) TROJANNS3(Wish I had a picture of Igor (our Mascot) to go with the Trojann’s picture).

 

 

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