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Young patient inspires annual gift drive

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By Nicole Jones Seeing her beloved younger cousin go through the harsh treatment needed to defeat leukemia and spend his holidays in the hospital, Friendswood High junior Rylee Burris wanted to do something to help. Her cousin Jack, now 11, was diagnosed when he was only 6 years old. After …

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Faith Matters

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“DEATH VALLEY” By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee Death Valley.  Not the one in California.  Death Valley Not the one in Baton Rouge.  Death Valley as in the part of our hearts and minds that comes alive this time of year just when we thought we’d put it all to rest.  …

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TORN APART By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee One of my childhood prayers has been around a long time.  I learned it at the dinner table.  I taught it to my children.  I recite it now with their children, too… “God is great, and God is good and so we thank God …

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FAITH MATTERS

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By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee “Thank You For Your Service” Chuck Hoover was the paper boy in my neighborhood growing up.  I doubt anyone in Pearland has a clue who he is. My mother looked forward to him coming to the house on ‘collection day.’  Forty cents a week. Five …

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Faith Matters

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By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee “ALL HALLOW’S DAY” I love our culture’s English language.  Despite its difficulties with verb forms and the pronunciation of vowel combinations there are words in our vocabulary that have arrived and have been adopted from other places and have become part of our own.  Words …

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By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee                                             “Important Things” My early years from infancy to high school were in NE Ohio.  The community was just outside of Youngstown and goes by name of Austintown, a place much like the Pearland …

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Faith Matters

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By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee                                      “Either / Or Both / And” It’s a no-brainer to not believe life isn’t full of choices.  We all get to choose.  Every day.  And some choices …

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Faith Matters

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By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee “UPS AND DOWNS” It’s 5:06 am.  In the morning.  My street is dark; but the neighbors’ houses are all lit up and it feels safe going out to pick up the newspaper from the driveway.  The paper deliverer hit a bullseye right between the cars.  …

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Faith Matters

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “Burnt Sausage and the Moral Life” The Psalmist scrolled long ago… “May God remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.” – Psalm 20:3 There’s an old story told long ago back in the 20th century about a seminary professor who was …

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “On Transformation” As recorded in Luke 17, Jesus once said to his closest friends… “Hard trials and temptations are bound to come.” (The MESSAGE).  It’s one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  He didn’t say… ‘might not,’ or ‘should not’… but rather Jesus said… …