- Today was the first time for me to preach two services since before my surgery. I felt pretty good, although I got a little more tired for the evening service. Still, I'm excited to be feeling so well. I'll be jogging again in no time!
- I mentioned the Judith Viorst book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in my sermon this morning. Bethany reminded me that she had a post similar to the book. So here's the link.
- We pretty much stretched out my 50th birthday celebration for over a week, but I think it's time to put it to rest. Hey, you're only 50 once!
- We are drawing close to the end of our fall campaign. I'm really excited about how well things have gone, from the Sunday services to the small groups. Let's pray that we'll see long-term results.
- Here's a link to the video we saw in tonight's service. I don't know how much longer the video will be posted, but it's worth watching again.
- Have a great week! Don't miss small groups on Wednesday.
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