The Weekly Babble

A Set Apart Defense

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:02

 Today is November 11th, Veterans Day.  Veterans Day is on this day because on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice to end the fighting of WWI.  The day was originally named Armistice Day and was set aside to honor World War I veterans.  Since World War I did not turn out to be the war to end all wars an

Making Every Day Friday

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 17:17

I am writing this on Friday, the end of the work week for many.  Friday is a distinctive day even if you are not on a Monday through Friday work schedule.  There is just something about Friday that sets the day apart.  It could be that Saturday is so special that its eve is held in high regard.  Naw,  that’s too complicated.  Let’s don’t go messin up Friday by thinking too much.  Fridays are just cool, and there is a chain of successful restaurants to prove it.  We all love our Fridays. 

2018 Fall Festival

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 10/29/2018 - 08:10

Saturday, Golden Meadows hosted our 2018 Fall Festival.  God brought us beautiful weather and there was excitement in the air.  We had games and food and vehicles displaying some very creative minds.  We also were blessed to have Super Sam make an extended appearance.  We were ready to meet new people and welcome them to our church.  Everything was in place and it was time for the people, but there was no traffic jam waiting to get in.  Where were the people?  We had prayed for the event and spread the word, why wasn’t there any visitors yet?  Tic Toc, Tic Toc, still no kids hopping out of

Appreciation Days

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:46

October is pastor appreciation month, and to be specific, the second Sunday of October is appreciation day.  I want to say thank you to my wonderful congregation for showing their appreciation to their pastor, that would be me, last Sunday.  They cooked a full breakfast, brought donuts, and gave me cards and gifts.  It caught me by surprise and I enjoyed it very much.  I love a big breakfast.  The breakfast did take the place of Sunday school class.  Was that an added motivation?  Hmmmm?  Just kidding, we all love to share our lives and God’s Word during Sunday school.  I am grateful for an

Rainy Days

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:05

Are you a rainy day person?  Got your answer locked in?  If you are still deciding, please make up your mind before proceeding….. Yaaawwwn…. Ok, we ready?  Next question;  Do you like rainy days?  No, it’s not the same question.  We have all enjoyed a rainy day.  One of those days when you had plans of doing a list of exhausting outdoor chores only to wake up to the sounds of raindrops.  We all know that sound.  All homes have that certain sound that alerts the family inside that it is raining.  You wake up, hear that sound and know you cannot get to work.

The Pleasure of Disappointment

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:20

I was disappointed today while finalizing and reviewing the sermon for Sunday morning.  Does that sound strange?  If so, then this will sound even more bizarre.  It is rare that I am not disappointed while studying and preparing for Sunday morning.  Since we are already into the strange, let us go a step further.  I am grateful for the disappointment.  No, I am not a person that relishes on the negative.  I do not look for the undesirable things in life.  It is nothing like that. 

Getting Rid of the 100s

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 10/01/2018 - 19:50

DFW Airport has recorded a temperature of 100 degrees or more twenty three times this year.  The average is eighteen.  We beat the average, Yay!!  or should I say, Darn!!  Are you glad those triple digits are gone for this year?  I am.  I enjoy warm weather much more than cold, but temperatures in the 100s can wear anyone down.  Extreme heat drains the energy of many things, not just us humans.  Air conditioners, car batteries and tires, the Hydrangeas in front of the church all take a beating in the summer heat of DFW.  What is it about those temperatures in the one hundreds?  If we were t

Stability in Change

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:46

Things certainly have changed in our family this year. I am referring more to the school year rather than 2018. I started a new job on August 20th, which happened to be the first day of school for Olivia. Phyllis also started a new job just prior to the beginning of the school year. These changes brought on a new challenge for getting Olivia to and from school. Not a huge hurdle, but an adjustment none the less. Olivia has made some changes as well. She is now a seventh grade cheerleader.

God, Are You Lonely?

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:50

We all know what it is like to feel lonely, but do we know what it takes to be defined as lonely?  What is necessary to qualify as lonely?  Forsaken, rejected, unloved and unwanted are just a few of the synonyms the online dictionary gives for lonely.  So let me ask you, “Does God get lonely?”  If that is all it takes, then God must be very lonely.  He is forsaken, rejected, unloved and unwanted much more than He is wanted, accepted and loved.  But God understands rejection.  He can handle it, can’t He?  Satan rejected God way back in the beginning.

The Power of Love

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:46

It is Friday night and there is a party going on!  Phyllis and her sisters, Annette and Cathy, have gathered for one of their “All Nighters”.  Along with the sisters, come four additional children.  Of the nine that are in our apartment tonight, seven will probably see the sunrise.  Cheyenne and I will give way to sleep well before that hour.  There will be food and games, stories and laughter, but what is it really that keeps these ladies going all night?  They haven’t had any preparation, no sleeping in late this morning and no afternoon naps.  Instead, they have all worked and taken care