Blackie was the main character in a book my grandfather gave me when I was a boy. Blackie and his numerous relatives were, and are, well known to Americans. Their range is from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and southern California to northern Canada. Everyone who recognizes the difference between a robin and a cardinal must recognize this large black bird, often seen flying over the countryside or standing along a road or in a field.
From all directions I am being asked, "What must we do in this world that we hardly recognize anymore?" I am sure others would agree, we need to stay serious in our Christian walk. All denominations need to start praising the Lord, continually thanking Him and do as it says in the Bible: "Pray without ceasing." The praises to the Lord always preceded the battle. It's written that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear in this context is reverence for who God is. Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pastor Connie Barr's Sept. 27 message title was "Faithfulness to God is Blessed" and her scripture base was II Kings 8:1-3 and 6. This was a continuing study of Elisha and spoke of the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do to you). She asked that everyone meditate on what we are thankful to God for and remember that if we take care of things dear to Him and He will take care of things dear to us. She said, "You cannot out give God. Give Him a teaspoon filled and He will give back a scoop shovel full for us. Turn your hearts back to God; love one another." Acolytes were Susan and Shelby Davis.
October is on its way. October with its bright blue weather. It's October and more and more tree leaves are changing to the colors of fall. Cottonwood tree leaves are turning yellow, maple leaves are changing to red and yellow, oak leaves are becoming red and yellow and brown. Sumac leaves are dark red.
New Conservation Officer Bill Beville is Jennings County's new conservation officer. He joins Steve Reinholt, who has been assigned to Jennings. The second conservation officer's position was designated for Jennings County through the efforts of State Rep. Dave Cheatham and State Sen. Johnny Nugent, as well as the public. Beville comes to Jennings from Fayette County, which is also part of District 9. He had been assigned to Fayette since he joined the force five years ago. He and his wife, Paula, and son, Seth, 3, are now residing on SR 3N. Schoolhouse Project gets Big Boost The Jennings County Preservation Association's plans to moved the Walnut Grove Schoolhouse to the Muscatatuck Park will become reality sooner than expected thanks to a $10,000 donation the group received last Thursday, Sept. 20 (1990), from the Arvin Foundation. Thursday, September 24, 2015
Have you ever had something happen in your life that was so exhilarating and exiting that you could not wait to tell someone else? This happens quite often with my kids - especially when it something they have seen, heard or experienced for the very first time. It is entertaining watching and listening to them attempt to recall and recapture the experience to someone else. In Acts 4, Peter and John had seen the Lord Jesus Christ risen from the dead and they had heard Him tell them to be His witnesses in the world. Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pastor Connie Barr's Sept. 20 message title at New Bethel UMC was "God Gives His People Victory Over the Enemy" and her scripture base was II Kings 6:15-17. She said that the lesson could be subtitled as Chariots of Fire. She encouraged everyone to open their eyes and not just follow the crowd. Thursday, September 24, 2015