On Sunday the Sunset pastor began a four-week series of Advent messages titled “What Is Advent?” Advent means coming, and it refers to the coming of Jesus into the world at Christmas. Sunday’s message was titled, “Advent Means Comfort,” from Isaiah 40:1-2: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem….” The world in ancient times, and the world today, needs God’s comfort. We need it because we’ve all sinned, and our sin puts us in uncomfortable situations. We all sometimes, because we’re human, get sick and tired, but our sin causes us to be extra sick—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually—and extra tired because our sin over time tears us down. Here’s an example. In our county we have a lot of drug use and abuse. If you’ve ever known anyone who’s addicted, you know that they are sick people. At first, the devil tricks them with a good feeling, but the end of it is devastating. The devil has always operated in this way—with a deception and then a kill. In ancient times, about 700 BC (Before Christ), God called the great prophet Isaiah to proclaim God’s will and God’s warnings to apostate Israel. God had graciously brought his people out of slavery in Egypt, and into Canaan’s promised land, under the leadership of Moses and Joshua. But when Joshua and his generation died, the...Read More
Author: Cheril Vernon
Footwear Have you ever wondered about the lowly foot? Just think about the foot. It is delicately constructed with 26 bones, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments per foot. It travels an average of 65,000 miles in a lifetime. Ever think about how people for centuries have continually mistreated their feet with different kinds of footwear? About the mid-14th century, Europeans came to love very narrow shoes as long as three feet in length. They originated in Poland and were supposed to keep the witches away. A chain was worn around the wearer’s neck to keep them in place. Toe length was regulated by law, and it seems that only the rich were permitted to wear the very long extended tips. At the turn of the 15th century, wide shoes took the place of long shoes as the favorites to wear. Some even measured 12 inches across. Sensible Mary Tudor finally decreed that the width of a shoe could be no more than 6 inches. Next came the chopine or platform shoe, which sometimes reached heights of 20 inches or more. In Hamlet, Shakespeare writes about a ladyship being closer to heaven in her chopine. The drawback was that...Read More
Mary Ann Stokes, age 85, of Crockett passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 at her residence. Mary graduated from Centerville High School in 1950. She and her husband, Roy moved to Alvin in 1966 and lived there until 2002 when they made Crockett their home. Mary was a loving wife and mother and loved her family dearly. She was also a member of the Central Baptist Church She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roy C. Stokes of Crockett; daughter, Carroll Standley and husband, Walter of Lovelady; son, Doug Stokes and wife, Pam of Ennis; grandson, Stephen...Read More
Jacqueline (Jackie) Laverne Hicks was born June 1, 1950, in Elkhart, Texas, where she attended Henry High School and later entered Job Corps in Oklahoma. While there she met Joseph Maurice McNeal, with whom she had a son, Edward (Skeeter) Hicks. She later made Houston, Texas her home and raised her only son, Skeeter while working for Fleming Foods where she made lifelong friends who became her family. Jackie loved spending time with her coworkers. She was always putting others needs before her own, up until her last days. During her failing health she continued to worry about her...Read More
Anita Gail Hall, age 60, of Grapeland passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at her residence. She was born April 5, 1957 in Athens, Texas to parents, Herman McLendon and Grace Josephine Abbott McLendon. She was a cowgirl who loved her horses and her dogs and was a member of the Davy Crockett Riders Club. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Jeff Hall of Grapeland; children, Keith McGuire of Alabama, Brad McGuire of Grapeland, Kevin McGuire of Athens; grandchildren, Dalton McGuire and Canyon McGuire; mother, Josie McLendon of Wills Point; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a...Read More
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