An Awesome Anthem in Church Today

Our Praise Team Leader at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Paris, Texas, Danny White, led the Praise Team in a wonderful anthem this morning during the offertory: “Days of Elijah.” Thank you, Danny, for a great interpretation of this anthem.

The song was written by Robin Mark in 1994. As Robin explains it, the song is primarily about hope. It sings of Righteousness, Restoration, and the Days of Harvest. You can read Robin’s entire explanation behind his song here:

The Story Behind the “Days Of Elijah”

There are many versions of “Days of Elijah” on the Internet, including a beautiful one by Twila Paris, but I found one (posted below) by the US Marines especially touching. I hope you will, too.

As long as America has young men like this who not only love our Nation, but also love the Lord, all is not lost. All is gained.


Flag Day, 2015

Today is Flag Day. The American Flag was adopted on this date in 1777.

Flag Day 2015

Why Don’t They Sing On Sunday Anymore?

The following essay was written by Thom Schultz and originally published on his blog, Holy Soup.  You may email Thom at: .

My wife and I have had many of these experiences as we searched for a new church home after relocating. Look around you this Sunday during church.  Do you see only a few congregants singing?  Maybe these are some of the reasons.

Why Don’t They Sing On Sunday Anymore?

Are You Praying Hard or Hardly Praying?

A little more than one year ago, Jannie and I moved from Longview, Texas, to Paris, Texas. It was hard leaving our little church there, Fellowship Baptist Church.  We had a difficult time finding a church where we fit in, but we finally felt God leading us to Mt. Olive Baptist Church here in Paris.

What an amazing choice that was for us!  We truly feel God was leading us to Mt. Olive Baptist Church. The pastor, the music Praise Team, the Sunday School Class, and the true church–the people–are really what we needed in our lives.

Take today’s service, for instance.

What an awesome church service this morning at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Paris, Texas. Pastor Tim Reger started the service with the baptism of Jacob McNeal, the 10-year old son of one of my favorite couples there: Marc and Wendy McNeal.

Danny White and the Praise Team’s music was awesome…most of the songs were upbeat, old-time, blue-grass gospel songs with a country and western flavor.

Then the Praise Team sang one of my all-time favorites, “Praying Hard,” for the Offertory.

The service was topped off with a wonderful sermon from Pastor Tim about “Who do you say I am?” from Mark 8:22.

The day ended with what we used to call “dinner on the grounds,” a potluck lunch prepared by some of the women in the church. Taco salads, enchiladas, and desserts…, um good.

What a wonderful church we have at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Paris, Texas. Come visit us some Sunday morning. The church is located at 3509 County Rd 42600, Paris, Texas. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. and church starts at 10:45 a.m.

The Floods of 2015

This is a video shot from a drone by Paris, Texas, videographer, Tony Corso, of the Red River just before Highway 271 over it was closed to traffic.

Six weeks of rain in Texas have produced record floods in Texas.

In North Texas, the month of May was the wettest May on record in the 117 years of record-keeping.  The month is the third wettest month of ANY month in that 117 years.  Only April, 1922, and April, 1942, were wetter than May, 2015.

All of the lakes in North Texas have overflowed their banks, as has the Trinity River that flows through Dallas and many other North Texas towns and cities.

The mighty Red River which slices apart the states of Texas and Oklahoma has risen so much that the four-lane Highway 271 north of Paris, Texas, and south of Hugo, Oklahoma, was finally closed to traffic until the historic river recedes.

A New Website

Over the past week, I have made some changes in my Domain Name Server and decided to also build a new personal website.

I now use to host my Domain Name ( and use the website builder Weebly to manage that personal website there.

While it is not at all spectacular as far as websites go, it is just a little personal place where I can celebrate my Scottish roots and host my personal email accounts, a Contact Me form, and a link to this blog.

If you are reading this, I hope you will visit and leave your comments on the Contact Me tab.  You can also leave your comments here at the bottom of this blog entry.

For The Fallen — Lest We Forget

For the fallen

The following are stanzas three and four of the poem, “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon. The original was published in the Times of London September 21, 1914. It is now usually a part of the Ode of Remembrance and the entire seven-stanza poem is recited as a tribute to the casualties of all wars:

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

The normal response after stanza four is “Lest we forget.” Today on Memorial Day, “We will remember them….lest we forget.”

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