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“Let Your Light So Shine” By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee “Hey, man… got a light?”  No smoking.  No kidding.  “Sure, I got a light! I’m gonna let it shine today!” When an infant, a child or an adult is baptized in the congregation I serve a lit candle is presented …

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Iconic Italian restaurant and Pearland staple closes

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By Dr. David Davis     In 1948, Joseph Vitale, known as Big Humphrey, opened up a burger joint in south Houston and once had as many as five locations in the Houston area.     Vitale named the restaurant after his own pro wrestling moniker after a wrestling career …

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“One Day at a Time” by Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee The sun comes up and the sun goes down.  We get each day one day at a time.  I’m writing this on January 6, 2020!  King’s Day.  The day the Christian Church celebrates the Festival of the Epiphany.  The remembering …

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By Rev. Dr. Brian Bigee “THINGS THAT MAKE FOR PEACE” A blessed 12 Days of Christmas to you all!  Thanks to all the people in this corner of God’s kingdom who keep the lights shining on our homes and in our yards to remind everyone of “the light who has …

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By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee “DREAMING OF A W-I-D-E CHRISTMAS” Doing a bit of research here.  It’s Christmastime!  Bethlehem is on a very similar longitude as the Houston metro area.  Go ahead.  Put your finger on the globe and take it for a short spin.  Pretty close.  We know what …

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Honorable Work By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee I walked in early to the Kroger store to buy some smoked salmon and a box of cereal.  The cupboards were bearer than I had noticed yesterday.  After all, Thanksgiving was over 10 days ago, and breakfast is the most important meal of …

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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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“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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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 …