Our Town Times (Timpson, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 5, 2015 Page: 6 of 16
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Dr. Allen Reed, Pastor
“What’s on Your Mind?” - “And let us not grow
weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap
if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9, NKJV
Everyone at some time or another has been discour-
aged. It’s universal. I do, you do, we all do. It’s recurring.
You can get discouraged a number of times. It’s highly
contagious. Other people can become discouraged be-
cause you’re discouraged.
The dictionary defines discouragement as “to be de-
prived of courage, to be deterred, to be disheartened.” All
those D words-and you can throw in doom, depression,
defeat, despair, and disappointment. The mind dwells
on them when life has us pinned down. The New Testa-
ment uses three Greek words to carry the idea of being
discouraged. We always translate them as “to faint” or
“to grow weary” or “to lose heart.”
Did you know that a man was once court-martialed
and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for being a dis-
courager? It happened during the Boer War (October 12,
1899-May 31,1902) at the siege of Ladysmith. The fortunes of the town and garrison were hanging in the balance.
This civilian would go along the lines and speak discouraging words to the men on duty. He struck no blow for the
enemy, not one. He was just a discourager and that at a critical time. The court-marital judged it a crime to speak
disheartening words in an hour like that.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a
progenitor of “positive thinking.” In 1932 he began a fifty-two-year tenure as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church
in Manhattan. During that time the church’s membership grew from six hundred to five thousand, and he became
one of New York City’s most famous preachers.
In his book, Power of the Plus Factor, Dr. Peale relates the story of the time he was in Hong Kong. He came
upon a tattoo studio. In the window were displayed samples of the tattoos available. The one that struck him the
most was, “Born to Lose.” He went inside and asked, “Does anyone really have that terrible phrase, ‘Bom to Lose,’
tattooed on his body?”
“Yes, sometimes,” said the owner.
“I just can’t believe that anyone in his right mind would do that,” said Dr. Peale.
The Chinese man simply tapped his forehead and in broken English said, “Before tattoo on body, tattoo on mind.”
What’s on your mind?
A LITTLE HUMOR: A woman was fussing at her husband. “All you do,” she said, “is sit around with your feet
propped up. Don’t you ever feel any ambition?”
“Sure I do,” the husband said. “I feel lots of ambition when I sit around. That’s why I sit. But as soon as I start
to work, I get discouraged.”
Ramafi Baptist eAMcfiBrMB^
Another wet cold Sunday. Our attendance was down
again but still had a good crowd. There are always those
who are going to be there regardless of the weather.
Our birthday people this week were: Amy Stephens,
Carolyn Mathis, Cliff Coleman, Sammy Samford,
Micky Coleman had a birthday earlier in the month and
I celebrated another one. I won’t tell you how old I am,
but I had four sisters that didn't make it this far. So, I'm
thankful for every year He choses to give me. We had
two couples with anniversaries: Ryan & Charity Arwine
and Larry & Ann Lampley.
On our prayer list we added: Ray Singleton, Terrin
Strahan, Marina Rivara, Tiffany Adams and Karen White.
The flowers in the sanctuary on Sunday morning were
in memory of John Pilkington, the 27th would have been
his birthday. We all miss Mr. John.
Sunday night we observed the Lord's Supper. We do
this at the beginning of every quarter. We also had James
Cawthome to join our church. He will be baptized next
Bro Keith took his message from Psalm 51:1-10 A
Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him
after he had sinned with Bathsheba. David was afraid
that God was going to withdraw from him. God does
only two things with sin. He either forgives it or judges
it. You don't want God's judgment on you. Like David,
you want his mercy. David ask God to give him a clean
heart and renew a right spirit within. To restore the joy
of his salvation and uphold him with God's free spirit.
Thursday, there were only four of us that braved the
cold weather. It reminds me of an old fellow I used to
work for. When we told him, we couldn't go riding be-
cause it was raining, he'd say" the car's got atop hasn't it."
Well, we had a top and a heater. We rode to Marshall, ate
at Cajun Tex. Very good eating. It was my birthday, they
tried to pay for my meal but I said no.They did give me a
Double flowered Quince, called Pink Storm, very pretty.
I think there will be flowers in heaven, it will just make
it that much prettier. Of course that's just my thinking.
We didn't get back in time to play our game. When the
weather gets wanner and the sick folks get well, well
be back in business.
T!he Heritage Corner
“We the people of Shelby County'’ By: David Swanzy
Part Three: Shelby County, Texas Might Have
Naming our county after Isaac Shelby (1750-1826)
might have been different. Actually, I have been unable
to find any Isaac Shelby link to the state of Texas except
for our county’s name. He was certainly a revolutionary
war hero (an officer with the Virginia Minutemen) and
consummate politician (twice governor of Kentucky),
and he was also politically active in Virginia and North
Carolina. At the time, his reputation must have spread
from Kentucky and its bordering states, since today nine
states (including Texas) have a county named after him.
Without knowing for sure, perhaps there were a num-
ber of new Texans coming to the Tenehaw Municipality
from the southeastern states in the early 19th century who
thought of Isaac Shelby as their Revolutionary War hero
and wanted a significant way to honor him. Nevertheless,
there seem to be other choices of names for our county
that reflect our history and that would have been more
meaningful. Three men with direct ties to Shelby County
during its formative period stand out in that regard.
Martin Parmer (1778-1850), legislator, judge, and
signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, lived in
Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas
before moving to Texas. In 1826 he joined Haden Ed-
wards and fought for Benjamin Edwards in the Fredonian
Rebellion. After he fled to Louisiana because of the col-
lapse of the Rebellion, he returned to East Texas in 1835
and was elected as a delegate from the Tenehaw District
(now Shelby County) to the Consultation of 1835. The
following year San Augustine County sent him as a del-
egate to the Constitutional Convention.
Jonas Harrison- Before coming to Texas, Jonas Har-
BY: BUSSELL A. GRAVES
A Prairie in Pieces - Part 2
Across the continent the Great Plains is a huge swath
of land that incises mid-America from northeastern
Mexico to the southern Canadian provinces of Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Western Great Plains
runs through arid landscapes where sediments from
the Rocky Mountains have flowed for eons. With scant
rainfall, the prairie grows short there.
On the eastern side of the Great Plains — where rain-
fall measures up to 40 inches per year — the grass grows
tall. “Of all America’s vanished wilderness, no part has
suffered and declined as much as the prairie,” the Boston
Globe lamented in a 1970 editorial.
When the early settlers arrived, there were 140 mil-
lion acres of tallgrass prairie nationwide. The ecosystems
of Texas and Oklahoma (Cross Timbers and Southern
Tallgrass Prairie) included 49 million acres of that total.
Today, nearly 99 percent of the original prairies are gone.
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (spanning both states) is
the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left in
the world. The elements that make the grass grow so
tall — the rich soil, abundant rainfall, ample sunshine,
temperate climate and moderately sloping topography
— also make it attractive for development. Now, nearly
all the prairie is gone.
“Over the last 150 years, we have lost most of our
grassland heritage,” says Matt White, author of Prairie
Time. “It is a process that sadly is still happening even
though we have such a small fraction left.”
White says that he believes the greatest risk to existing
prairies is the conversion of grasses into improved forage
for agriculture andresidential/commercial development.
“My belief is that black soil was the first black gold
in Texas,” explains White. “It was so rich, so fertile that
soon value of the land skyrocketed as a plowing frenzy
There are times when we can access in the deepest
recesses of our soul, a longing. It is a nagging longing
which we desperately try to suppress. We cover it with
doing the things we know to be admirable and then we
look over our shoulder to grade our actions and to see
if there is approval forthcoming. Was our action com-
mendable? Was it enough? Was it sufficient to quiet the
inner dissatisfaction of personal appraisal? Sometimes
we think we are successful by our business. But if we
are honest, we detect inappropriate irritations. We are
irritable with those we love dearly, we cannot love our
significant others or, for that matter, those to whom we
reach out. Instead, their eagerness for our time and our
compassion seems demanding and inconvenient. After
all, we have our own lives to attend to and the bustle of
real, or even imagined duty, stretches our time and our
abilities. Where is the time for self?
But I think we approach it from a misplaced direc-
tion. The direction we take to solve our dilemma is to
make a better list - more appropriately prioritized for our
courses of action. We read about better time management
whether or not we actually have a multitude of tasks to
accomplish. Seemingly, no matter the length of list of
tasks, the enormity of the simplest thing overwhelms us
and we “stew” about what we haven’t, but should have,
accomplished. We engage in some “mind numbing”
activity to escape our uncomfortable feelings. We have
available to some of us a wonderful tool for just such
avoidance. The internet and social media present ever-
present medication for anguished and disquieted thoughts
and television also allows a numbing escape.
But the time spent somehow doesn’t cure the deep
longing of which I speak. What we need are moments
Here’s what’s next.
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