Gayle kept cows for Jack Benney and Alfred Hitchcock. He was an encourager to me.

Gayle Potter was a fascinating man. I didn’t know all this stuff about him. He led an interesting life. More than that, he was an encourager of missions and to missionaries. We knew him during our contact with the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene TX.

He passed away earlier this month. Read his obituary here.

#people, #texas

Hugh’s News & Views (Ed Temple)

REMEMBERING ED TEMPLE

And who, you ask, was Ed Temple? Well, for 41 years he was the women’s track and field coach at Tennessee State University, a predominantly black university in Nashville. Mr. Temple passed from this life on Thursday, September 22, 2016, two days past his 89th birthday. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Charlie Smith)

CHARLIE SMITH

In my years of endeavoring to preach the gospel of Christ, I have had the privilege of knowing and associating with the finest people on earth. Among these is a whole host of faithful gospel preachers, some well known in the brotherhood of Christ, others not so well known, but all of them men of tremendous dedication and commitment to the cause of Christ. This week, in keeping with my intention to write from time to time about ordinary, everyday people I have known and loved, I want to tell you about a simple, down-to-earth gospel preacher by the name of Charles P. Smith, Sr., but known simply as Charlie Smith. Continue reading

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Winford Claiborne in hospice care

We’ve received word that bro. Claiborne’s health has taken a turn for the worse. He is now in hospice care. He is not eating, is very weak, and is not expected to live much longer, according to news received from the family and passed on to us. Please remember him and his family members in prayer at this moment.

#people, #tennessee

Hugh's News & Views (Shorty And Grace)

SHORTY AND GRACE

From time to time, I like to write about some of the great Christians I have known, loved, and appreciated over the years. A few months ago, I wrote about James (Brother Jim) Shelby of Clarksville, Tennessee whom I knew back in the mid-1960s. Today, I want to tell you about James Heulan (Shorty) Lowrey and his wife, Grace, whom I knew in Mobile, Alabama in the 1970s.

Heulan stood at least 6′ 6″ tall. Hence, he was known affectionately as “Shorty.” Grace, on the other hand, was a real “shorty,” probably no more than 5′ 1″ tall. But they were a perfect match for each other in every way that counted. They never had any children. Shorty was a master craftsman and worked for Delchamps, a well-known chain of supermarkets along the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Gulf Coast. Grace worked at home, when she was not working in the Teachers’ Supply and Resource Room at the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ! Grace was blessed with many skills, including the art of writing poetry. Continue reading

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Mother Has Gone Home

Eulala Williams 100th for Fellowship RoomIt is hard for me not to have death, departure, and the other side on my mind these days, and rightfully so, after just losing my mother whom I had cared for full-time for over six years. She had lived in our home over ten years. We were always close, but those precious years made us grow even closer. A few years ago I started journaling things mother said and did and shared them on Facebook, a social media on the Internet. People fell in love with mother and looked forward to reading the almost daily posts. Now they write to tell me how much they miss reading them.

In my thoughts about death, departure, and the other side, I think about the thoughts we have when a person dies. There may be rejoicing because “the old coot is finally gone and out-of-the-way,” or because they are “out of their pain,” or because we know they are now happy in their long-awaited home in heaven. There may be happiness because we know we will be reunited with them and all the saved ones in glory. Continue reading

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(#88) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:28-A Kingdom Divided Against Itself (Matthew 12:25)

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:28: “In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.”

While the Israelites were united under Solomon’s God-blessed rule in their Promised Land, the queen of Sheba said: “Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness” (2 Chronicles 9:8). After Solomon died, their kingdom divided when Rehoboam “did not listen to the people” (1 Kings 12:15), then “all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them” (1 Kings 12:16), and they killed his tax collector (1 Kings 12:17-18). When people see their leaders do not listen to them, they try a different government leader, as Israel did with Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:25-33), often with worse consequences! Government leaders should follow the Word of God (Deuteronomy 17:18-20), because “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). All rulers who believe in their own sovereignty and power have succumbed to their self-deceit, because, as Paul said, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1). Without acknowledging God’s authority the government is corrupt. “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days” (Proverbs 28:15-16). Certainly, one should not accept nor be taken in by the rich delicacies offered by the king (Proverbs 23:1-3).

A few ways leaders keep their people in line include: (1) murdering their opponents, (2) constant propaganda of lies, (3) forced labor or (4) limiting the population. Examples of each include: (1) Tyrannies and dictatorships always fear the masses, and often seek to annihilate their opposition within their own land: Egyptian Pharaoh and Israelites (Exodus 1:7-12); Mohammedans/Moslems against Jews, Catholics, and Bible-believers; Roman Catholic Inquisition for hundreds of years; Joseph Stalin in Russia; Benito Mussolini in Italy; Adolph Hitler in Europe; Mao Tse-tung in China; Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; their names are legion, and their victims number in the hundreds of millions. (2) This was done by (1); and today includes the constant mantras of “Global Warming,”  “Evolution,” “World Economy,” “Carbon Footprints,” “Bigger Government Necessity,” “Broken Medical System,” “Radical Right-wingers,” “Crazy Bible-believers,” ad nauseum. (3) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:13-15); those mentioned in (1); economic slaves (Proverbs 22:7). (4) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:16-22-the God-fearing midwives refused to murder innocent born babies!); the genocide of abortion (including partial abortion); government-backed “euthanasia;” government-controlled medical care; et al.

Countries ruled by a minority, who do not listen to their majority population, will suffer “downfall.”

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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