Friday, September 28, 2007

The End of the Road

When you see any of these signs, it's time to turn around and go back.

Thank you for noticing this blog.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Great Business Names

1. Richardson, TX: Not superior, just decent. 2. Highway to heaven.

3. No Whiner Diner, Carlsbad, NM.

4. No photo: Bullseye Barbers, Jal, NM.

5. Bovines & Swines Bar-B-Q, Hobbs, NM.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Stick Figure Bible #2

Ephesians 5:19 "Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery."

"...Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs..."
Acts 20:27 "I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God."

Ephesians 4:29 "Let no unwholesome communication come out of your mouth."
1 John 3:8 "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work."Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another."Matthew 4:19 " 'Follow me', Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.' "A stick figure wedding?Leviticus 19:32 "Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord..." Leviticus 19:33 "When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him..."

I've Been Discovered!

Well, hold everything! This blog got reviewed by, and here's what Jean Valjean said:

"Frogtown is the unique title given to the Blog written by David Kirk. No drama. No exploitation, no antics, and no Britney Spears pictures... just honest stories shared by an honest man. I highly recommend you stop by, read, and comment."

Thank you to the folks at WebCogito!

(And what happened next? Well, in Frogtown they say, David's ego grew three sizes that day!)
Just got back from a spiritual mountaintop of sorts - Ken Young was leading worship Saturday night and Sunday morning at Golf Course Road in Midland! It was great! We are the only people from Kermit who go to these sort of events. Our spiritual family in Wink just kind of scratches their heads at us.
Here's a Fred Thompson update - for those who need one! You know who you are!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Church When I Was a Kid

This began as sort of a response to this post on Trey Morgan's blog, which is a nice way of saying I stole his idea.

  • I remember the first congregation we went to was Southside in Odessa, now known as Texas and Clements. The building was sold to a black congregation in about 1964, and for awhile we had church in an elementary school building.My folks soon tired of this arrangement and moved to Sherwood. After my mother died, my dad remarried and we started going to Parkview in late 1968. Parkview is sort of famous now because Max Lucado was baptized there. The Lucado family went there until they moved to Andrews in 1966. So I missed knowing them by two years.

  • I remember when gospel meetings lasted a whole week, usually preached by Abe Lincoln (not the president), Jim McGuiggan, or Ed Wharton. Ed was particularly memorable. He would write on a chalkboard as he preached, as if teaching a class. I remember he was the first preacher that explained grace in a way I could understand it.

  • Gospel meetings usually included several responses back then, like baptisms and re-dedications. I remember one in 1970 where no one came forward all week, and the preacher looked all dejected by the end of the meeting. One of the elders even gave a statement about how the meeting wasn't a failure, that seeds were planted and would someday bear fruit, etc. It was markedly unusual.

  • I remember our song leader and unofficial youth minister, Frank Harrell. He never, to my knowledge, held a title such as elder or deacon, but he worked harder for the Lord than anyone I ever knew. He did jail ministry before it was commonly done. On at least one occasion I remember a prisoner being baptized on Sunday morning, escorted by sheriff's deputies. Frank Harrell died in a car accident in April 1997, and his funeral was attended by more people than had ever attended a funeral in Odessa.

  • My perspective on the church is different from many of my readers. I gave up on churches of Christ for several years, believing that no good thing could come out of them. Then I encountered the words of Max Lucado, Mike Cope, Rubel Shelly and others, and my mind and heart were changed. Hey, no wonder some call them change agents!

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Stick Figure Bible

Jeremiah 10:23 "It is not within man who walks..."

" direct his steps."

2 Corinthians 11:26 "I am always on the move..."

"...I have been in danger from rivers..."

" danger from bandits..."

" danger in the city..."

" danger in the country..."

" danger at sea..."

"...and in danger from false brothers."
Romans 8:36 "As it is written, 'For Thy sake we have faced death all day long.' "
1 Corinthians 10:12 "So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!"

Luke 12:19 "and I'll say to myself, 'You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."

"...But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you..."

Matthew 24:19,20 "How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers..."

"...Pray that your flight will not take place in winter..."

Psalms 106:36 "They worshipped their idols, which became a snare to them."

Matthew 25:36 "I was in prison and you visited me."

Proverbs 31:29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

Where bad stick figures go?

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