- For the past week, I've been working on memorizing Ephesians 3:16-19. Four verses may not seem like much but it's been a bit of a challenge. But it's been a good challenge--one I've enjoyed. I just don't do enough Scripture memorization. I would imagine it's that way for most Christians. I decided this week that I'm going to continue to memorize Scripture on a regular basis. I just won't define "regular" right now!
- I'm really enjoying the "3:16" sermon series that we're currently going through. I think it's important for those of us who have been in church for a long time to go back to John 3:16 and rediscover God's love for this world. This series has been both uplifting and convicting. I hope you'll all continue to invite friends and family to this series. Let's not keep all the blessing to ourselves!
- I've received lots of prayer requests lately by way of the Communication Card. I want you to know that I do pray throughout the week for those requests. Let's continue to agree together for the answer to our prayers.
- This week is shaping up to be a difficult one for me. I've got several deadlines and responsibilities converging on me. Please keep me in your prayers.
- Have a great week, everyone! Keep working on your Scripture memorization!
November 13, 1989. 11:30 AM I had just finished my lunch in the teacher's workroom and was walking back to my classroom. I was teaching at San Jacinto Elementary in San Angelo, Texas at the time. Up until then, it had been a typical November day. As I walked past the school office, the door swung open, and a fellow teacher stepped out with a look of concern on her face. She spoke directly to me and said, “Your wife’s on the phone, and it sounds serious.” I ran into the office, took the phone, and heard my wife say, “I don’t know what happened, but your brother is on life support in a hospital in Austin.” Twelve hours later, my father and I were sharing a room in a hotel on I-35 in Austin. My sister-in-law, Sandy, and her six-year-old daughter, Araceli, were in a room across the hall. I hardly slept that night. I would doze off and suddenly wake up to my father crying and calling out my brother’s name. My brother was dead. Osiel had collapsed that morning while his high s