Sunday, May 29, 2011

Running to God

The teenagers singing a special at church today
What a wonderful day it has been.  There were at least 13 visitors in the services at Walnut Street Baptist Church this morning making the attendance be way more than normal.  The message from God was taken from Jonah chapter 2 on the subject of "Running To God."  It was an exciting text.  The teenagers sang a special before the sermon and the song they sang went along very well with the message.
This afternoon was uneventful allowing time for a short nap.  A Skype session with Jason and Angie was enjoyed very much this afternoon.  It is good to hear that all is well there.  The evening services went well with a message from the book of Proverbs Chapter 8 verse 22 through the end of the chapter on the subject of "Wisdom's Credentials."  There was a special deacon's meeting after church that brought joy to the pastor.  The teenagers had a pizza party in the fellowship hall after church and it looked like they were having a good time.
The question was asked by many, one of another, concerning plans for Memorial Day. Most have the day off and will be doing special things on that day.  Except for a deliberate pause to remember those who died for their country Monday will be business as usual at this house.  Mow the yard, visit the nursing home, work on sermons, work on bulletins, and a visit to the gym will consume Memorial Day. God bless you.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Sarah, Justin and me at Cabelas
Sarah and Justin spent the night with us last night and this morning Justin drove us up to Cabelas north of Fort Worth.  We had a really good time.  We ate breakfast at McDonald's and Lunch at Cabelas.  It was fun to watch the fish being fed and to walk around looking at all the gear.  We returned home having bought nothing except lunch there.  After supper here at the house they headed home and we went to pick up a few things at Wal-Mart.  Janie exercised while I watched then I exercised for about 2 minutes on the same device.  I had to repair her exercise device after I broke it twice.  My repair made it better than new.
The road in front of where my mother was raised
I got 100 feet of para cord the other day and this evening I braided it so that now it is just 20 feet long.  20 feet braided does not tangle near as bad as 100 feet unbraided.  Using this method and knowing braiding will reduce the length by a factor of 4 allows one to make useful lengths up and have them available in a backpack.  If you need 20 feet of cord choose the braid that is 5 feet long.  If you need just 10 feet of cord choose from your pack the braid that is 2 1/2 feet long.  I think I will place 3 lengths of braided cord in my pack a 10, 5, and 2 that should suffice.
Church tomorrow and that is my favorite day of the week.  It is Memorial Day weekend and I hope we will have a big crowd at church.  God bless you.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Boy Scout

My mother-in-law took this picture today with my cell phone
It has been a busy week as you may be able to tell being my last blog was Sunday and this is Thursday.  We spent Monday visiting at the nursing home and getting caught up on work at the house.  Tuesday we had the Ladies Bible study but did not go down to Lorena for services there.  I had a headache that lasted three days.  It is gone today and I am glad.  Headaches don't usually hang on that long for me.  Wednesday was usual and this morning we left for Henderson stopping to eat lunch in Corsicana.  When we arrived we took my mother-in-law to the cell phone store to get her account straitened out.  That took a while and afterward we took her out to eat.
New Vargo wood stove
When I was a child I wanted to be in the boy scouts.  My mother and father said no and I am sure at the time they had good reason.  Camping out is fun.  I love the outdoors and especially hiking.  I have purchased a new hiking stove.  My older brother put me onto it a year or so ago.  I watched some youtube videos of it in use and liked what I saw.  Janie allowed me to purchase the thing and it arrived yesterday. It is a Vargo Titanium Hex Stove.  It weighs just a little over 4 ounces.  This evening just before sunset I went outside here at my mother-in-law's house and gave it a try.
My day hiking back pack
I have a small day pack that I have put together which contains some survival/camping/hiking gear.  I keep it in the car and take it whenever I go for a day hike.  It has a 2 quart water bladder. I have a first aide kit, knife, snacks, a freeze dried meal for 2, flashlight, cook stove, a pot, fire starter,  and a handful of other things that would help if I got lost in the woods.  Getting lost should not be a factor due to the fact I keep my GPS in the pack as well with fresh batteries.   The Boy Scout motto is "Always be prepared" and I think that is a good idea.  This pack weighs 9 pounds with its current contents including water.
Breaking up some twigs, it only took a handful
I took my stove out of the pack along with my pot and set it up to boil 2 cups of water.  It only took a handful of twigs according to the youtube videos I had seen and sure enough that is all it took.  I placed three cotton balls in the bottom of the stove and then piled some small twigs on top. I used a fire steel to light the cotton balls but the fire burned only a minute then went out.  I added another cotton ball and put a little alcohol on it and this time it caught on and burned real good.  I placed the pot on top and started the stop watch on my cell phone.
8 minutes to boil 2 cups of water with twigs
It took right at 8 minutes to bring the water to a rolling boil.  I was amazed at how little wood it took.  you can see the little pile of twigs next to my foot and I did not use all of them.  I left the little door open most of the time for it seemed to burn better that way.   The problem with using wood for fuel is the soot.  It blackened the pot and the stove.  I used soap, water, and elbow grease to clean them both up.  The carrying case for the Vargo will be needed to put the stove in so that it does not soil everything it touches.  When hiking and primitive camping water is usually a precious commodity so you don't want to waste it cleaning a stove or the exterior of a pot.
I like this new stove it is definitely a keeper.  I plan to cook with it when I take my grandkids hiking and camping during the three weeks we keep them this summer.
Vargo stove setup and ready to go
Tomorrow morning I will be taking my mother to a doctor in Longview.  It is time for them to check her pacemaker.  I plan to take her to a fabric store and then over to Gary, Texas for some reminiscing.  I will take some pictures of our outing and post them here.  God bless you.
Ready for the pot

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Smile

A smile, it costs you nothing
For your face tis good.
For when you are a smiling,
doing as you should,
Encouraging another
Bringing joy and cheer.
And with each smile my brother,
And my sister dear,
You a ray of sunshine bring
On ones cloudy day,
For Jesus wants us to sing
Share His joy for aye.

Janie and I out for a walk, she took lots of pictures.
The next 5 church bulletins are composed leaving 8 more to get done before Janie and I leave for the ABA messenger meeting in June.  The poem above is one I wrote for next Sunday's bulletin.  This work, the 8 bulletins, along with preparing 33 sermons must be finished in the next 3 weeks.  The Devil will have no workshop here.  The reason for the deadline is due to the fact that we will be keeping 5 grandkids for 3 weeks.  This will require all hands on deck and leave little time for other work.
Our attendance was up and we had good services.  There was a lot of people interested in the summer mission trip to help the people in the tornado ravaged region of Alabama.  Our church is collecting supplies and a group from our church will go to deliver them and to help with the clean up.  I am so pleased as pastor to have people so willing to volunteer to help others in need.  God bless you.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Preaching to The Pews

Having lunch with my mother on Friday
I had a good visit with my mother on Friday.  I took her out to eat since I am never able to be with her on Mother's day.  We went to see my dad's grave after lunch.  I enjoyed the visit with her.  She is doing very well. 
We got back to Hillsboro Friday night after driving through some hard rain.  We drove 55 mph most of the way (48 mpg was nice).  It is good to be back home.  I went to the store this morning and to the bank this afternoon.  I left Janie at the house and went to my office at the church.  I thought I would give the church bus a try and it cranked right up and I moved it just a few feet.  It is going to have to make two long trips in July hauling kids to church camp. 
The auditorium was a quite place this afternoon and the pews had to sit through a 45 minute sermon from the book of Jonah.  They were silent and completely unresponsive to the preaching of God's word.  Not one of them came forward to rededicate their lives during the invitation.  None of them repented of their sins.  None of them got saved. 
My mother's house
Actually I imagined the pews full of people, 500 in number.  Hundreds of them were shouting "AMEN." Mixed in with the "AMEN"'s  were shouts of "Halleluiah" and "Praise the Lord." I had to often stop to give time for the crowd to settle down a bit.  When I gave the invitation 50 people walked the isle most kneeling to pray and others waiting in line to talk with me about being saved or requesting to be baptized.  It was a glorious imagining.  I had a vivid imagination as a child and often it rears its head in my adult life.  I love to preach and I must confess that often the enthusiasm of the congregation, or the lack thereof, affects the enthusiasm of my preaching. 
The prediction of the Rapture occurring today did not come to pass.  It was no surprise to me.  The Lord will come in His own good time.  Just make sure your ready for when He does come.  God bless you.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Janie took this picture while on our walk
I am use to being given a toothbrush when I visit the dentist office and I did get a toothbrush.  When I was a kid in Massachusetts I went to the dentist one time and was given a rabbit and thought that was odd.  Today the dentist asked if we would like some fresh barnyard eggs and gave us three dozen.  The four hour drive we made to go to this dentist is worth the drive.  We always enjoy our visit there.  We went to a Bible bookstore while we were in Center which had been recommended by the dentist's receptionist.  It was a nice little store and we bought some greeting cards.
Back at my mother-in-law's I put a fan together for her.  Janie and her mother cooked some supper which consisted of hard boiled eggs covered with melted butter, boiled potatoes and some left overs from the refrigerator.  It was all good.  Janie and I took a long walk.  It was a beautiful evening for it.  God bless you.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


An all too familiar scene, Janie and me on the road
Out of bed.
Groceries bought.
Off to work.
Lesson taught. 
Sermon finished.
French spoken.
Sermon done.
Laziness broken. 
Sermon done.
Cadintosh learned.
Blogg complete.
Rest earned.
There were seven merry hearts in my class tonight.  The message helped them to be so.  Micah chapter 4 will do that to a child of God.  The cares of this world left the room, chased away by God's Holy word.  Where two or three are gathered in His name, He will always be there.  There were hungry hearts there tonight, longing to be fed.  Those hearts did not leave disappointed.  Truth be known, our hearts but snacked upon a small morsel found in the midst of a container full of spiritual food.
Tomorrow the car will drink much fuel,  the dentist office will chew up a bit of cash, legs will burn lots of calories on a long walk, and a beloved MacBook Pro will consume much information.  God bless you.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Delete Contact

Simultaneous IPhone snap shots at the wedding rehearsal
It was kind of a sinking feeling, a strange kind of finality deleting from the cell phone contacts list the names Tommie Wooldridge and Marie Rogers.  They were both long time members of Walnut Street Missionary Baptist church who died recently.  Hopefully funerals will slow down a bit and give the membership time to recover from this loss.  The teens at the church are planning a trip to help deliver donated relief supplies to the people affected by the recent tornadoes in the south.  This will be a good experience for them to help out others that are in need.  It will give them cause to count their blessings when they see the flood ravaged areas and the families that have lost everything.  We are so proud of our teen leader and the hard work she puts in every week.
French lesson, workout at the gym, Sunday's sermon, Wednesday's sermon, should consume most of tomorrow.  Five hours of driving, a dentist appointment, and a very long walk should devour Thursday.  Doctoral thesis will eat up all of Friday. 
I talked with my youngest daughter today.  She went for a doctor's appointment and they say all is going well with the baby.  The doctor guesses the weight at 1 pound 4 oz.  September 18th is not far away.  We have a lot of exciting things happening this year.  The trip to France and the birth of our eleventh grandchild to name a few.  God bless you.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Janie visiting with her mother and sisters
I ordered 10 bound copies of my book "The Proper Observance of The Lord's Supper."  It is a paper back book with a nice colorful laminated cover.  I wanted to try out web publishing of books to see about the price and how it works.  If I like the look of the book I will buy more copies so those who might be interested in the subject and my studies of it can have a copy.  There is another Online company that publishes books on demand and it looks real promising.  When I get ready to publish my book on the Song of Solomon I may give them a try.  The book I am writing now will be much larger than my first book and will be a hard cover book.
I am planning to write a fiction novel next based on my blog "Tribman."  I am actually looking forward to that project.  I loved the books "Tom Sawyer" and "Treasure Island."  It is that kind of adventure that I use to day dream about as a child.  Writing "Tribman" will be like putting down on paper my day dreams of adventure and intrigue. 
I mowed the yard today while Janie was at the Ladies Auxiliary meeting.  I was tired today.  I guess it is all the activities of weddings and funerals with a whole host of other things that I have been involved with which finally caught up with me.  I took a nap and feel much better now.  The nap however throws me behind on my work so I will start the vicious cycle again by staying up late and getting up early. 
I had a very short visit with my brother-in-law who lives in Mississippi on the occasion when the above picture was taken.  We talked Bible for about 20 minutes and it made me hungry to talk with him more.  I would love to spend a whole day with him and talk.  He loves the Lord and the Bible.  That is probably why we get along so well.  Before his stroke we mostly talked about hunting and fishing but now its mostly Bible.  God bless you.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Plighting Troth

My Brother and Sister-in-law before the wedding began.
The wedding went very well.  Everyone remembered and executed their part flawlessly.  The reception afterward was good and the picture taking did not last long.  Janie and I had a real good time.  There is only one place in the Bible where wedding vows are stated (Hosea 3:3).  If all vows were as short, weddings would not be very long.  I like the groom very much.  He seems very loving and caring especially toward children.
Back in April 1973 I flew from Boston to San Diego to attend my brother's wedding.  Little did I know that by the end of that year I would also be married.
Tomorrow will be a very busy day.  I will be up about 6:00 AM and finish up about 9:00 PM.  I will preach a funeral service tomorrow afternoon.  That will be my 8th funeral this year.  I would much rather have baptized 8 than to have buried 8. Our oldest daughter had a fender bender today.  No one hurt and I am glad of that.  My sermon in the morning will be taken from the book of Jonah.  I am looking forward to that short series.  God bless you.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wedding Bells

Our son-in-law and daughter at their church/daycare building
We went over to Henderson on Thursday thinking we had a dentist appointment but that is not until next week.  We figured this out before we got all the way there so it was just partly wasted travel.  We went to Palestine instead to visit with our daughter and son-in-law there.  We had supper with them and then went back to Hillsboro.  This is Friday and we are about to head back to Henderson for my niece's wedding rehearsal.  The wedding is Saturday morning and then we will head back to Hillsboro.  While we were in Henderson yesterday we upgraded Janie's cell phone to an IPhone.  We wanted to give Sarah Janie's old phone because Sarah's phone was very old.  Janie likes her IPhone and now you can expect to see all kinds of pictures posted on her Facebook page.  I often take candid pictures of her and post them and now she can pay me back. 
A candid shot of Janie heading for the car
I have a funeral on Sunday.  This lady was 100 years old and she was the cause of my preaching through the book of John.  She was a really sweet lady and will be missed.  Also Sunday the Texas Mission builders director will be at our church to evaluate the work that needs to be done to our building.  The building was erected in 1983 and needs a lot of work to replace rotted boards and siding.  It is a major project and is going to cost a lot.  TMB will provide the labor for free so the cost will all be in the materials.  I am guessing the materials will cost well over $10,000.00. 
We followed this truck for several miles. What is that?
We saw a prayer answered this morning.  We arrived at the hospital to visit one of our church members and the nurse was having a hard time starting the IV.   The nurse left the room and we had prayer that the next IV attempt would go well and it did.   I don't like being stuck with a needle and I hate to watch someone being stuck repeatedly. 
This last picture is of a truck we followed for several miles.  It turned out to be a tire company of some kind.  I think that is a picture of an American Indian.  If the two green bars had been black I might have thought the artist was depicting an Indian run over by a car.  Well I had better put this away and head for Henderson.  God bless you.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


The funeral today went well and was better attended than I had expected. I really enjoyed the services in Lorena tonight. The singing was outstanding. We saw a beautiful sunset on our way home. I finished the sermon for Sunday and have chosen the text for Sunday night. God bless you.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Me and Tommie Wooldridge
I went to the nursing home this afternoon to sit with a good friend and faithful fellow church member.  She died 30 minutes after I arrived.  The funeral will most likely be Tuesday.  I won't know until in the morning the exact details.  I have been pastor at WSBC for 8 and 1/2 years now and at first the deaths of church members was not so deeply felt but the longer I pastor here the more my emotions are stirred.  If my memory serves me well this will be the 30th Walnut Street church member I have buried since coming to Hillsboro.  It is hard to imagine that we have lost that many to death in such a short time. 
Our services today were good and well attended.  We had some visitors and our attendance at the evening services was very good.  We recognized the mothers in our congregation and gave them a small gift consisting of a bookmark and a pen.  Our sound man was out of town and the substitute was unable to connect to the internet so Jason and Angie were not able to see our services.  Janie spoke with all three of our children today receiving warm mother's day greetings.  I sort of took Janie out to eat.  She wanted something we could take home and eat not having to fight the crowds.
This week is going to be another busy one.  I have a meeting at 8:30 Monday morning then I preach at the nursing home at 10:00.  I have the funeral most likely on Tuesday which may knock out the Ladies Bible Study.  We plan to have services in Lorena Tuesday night.  Wednesday will be a normal day.  We have a dentist appointment on Thursday in Center, Texas and plan to take our daughter, Sarah and her husband out to eat Thursday night in Palestine.  Friday afternoon is the wedding rehearsal and Saturday the wedding in Henderson.  Well I will need my rest so I better get to bed. God bless you.  

Friday, May 6, 2011

Something New

Janie focused on her work
I lowered my mother-in-law's closet bar so she can reach it better.  It is the closet in her bedroom.  We moved Janie's dad's clothes out of that closet so that my mother-in-law could but her things in it.  I also removed the door and frame from her new closet so that her chair would fit allowing her to get as close as possible to the clothes.  After that project was through I did a little Bible study.  Janie called saying they were on their way back home from Tyler and so I started some supper.  I kid my mother-in-law about the age of some of the things in her freezer.  I took out some peas that were dated 2002 and some turnip greens that were not dated but I am sure they were at least the same age as the peas.  Both were really good.
Janie is driving the first half of our journey home.  She does not like to drive at night so I will be taking over here shortly.  I wanted to get some work done and have made some good progress writing a new database program.  I am looking forward to being home again.  God bless you.

Revival Over, Heading Home

My mother and me on her yard swing
The revival went well and I took the day off today.  Janie and I went to Tyler to do some shopping.  Her sister took her mother to the doctor's appointment leaving us free to enjoy the day together.  Janie will take her mother to the beauty shop Friday and then we will head home.  It will be good to be back at Walnut Street Sunday.  I plan to preach a sermon on the subject of mother's day.  God bless you.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ezekiel 33:11

My mother's contribution to the Nutt reunion
We were up late last night when my mother in law came into the room where Janie and I were and told us that Bin Laden had been killed.  We turned the TV on and watched the news.  Tonight I watched the news and saw crowds of people celebrating his death.  Ezekiel 33:11 came to my mind.  There is a side of me that likes to see justice prevail but yet there is a stronger side of me that says God so loved the world and that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  The death of a lost person brings me no joy.  
The reunion was fun and well attended.  We played games after lunch and we all had a good time.  I am looking forward to next year. 
The Nutts: Juanita, Maxine, A.T. and Patrica
The Revival services have gone well so far.  The attendance has been good and the people are very friendly.  The food has been great and as usual I have eaten too much.  My voice was giving me some trouble today but made it through the message without any problem.  Tomorrow I will spend several hours with the Pastor of the church talking Bible.  I will really enjoy that time.  Iron sharpens iron and we will do each other good. 
This is a short blog for the length of time that it has been since my last one but busy is my first, middle and last name this week.  God bless you.