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Happy 90th birthday to Lucion Jessie

By Dr. Bob Uzzel Pastor, Wayman Chapel AME Church, Ennis, Texas On Saturday August 13, 2016, family and friends gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of long-time Corsicana resident Lucion Jessie.  This joyous occasion was held at the Bears Den in Corsicana. Lucion Jessie, Jr. was born on August 14, 2016 in Embouse, Texas, the […]

‘The Lord has called me to preach’

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Eleven-year-old Keewan Williams describes his attitude toward life with one word: positive. It’s not just his attitude that’s always on an upward trend, however. Williams’ actions are a reflection of his upbeat attitude. He believes there is good in people and that bringing that good out in others is something he wants to do with […]

In remembrance of Dr. Robert T. Miller: 20 years later

By Rev. Bob Uzzel July 2, 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Dr. Robert T. Miller, a man who devoted his life to Baylor University and to the teaching of Political Science. Robert Thomas Miller was born in Texas in 1920 and received Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) […]

Happy 90th birthday to Dr. Lyle C. Brown

By Rev. Bob Uzzel Sunday August 7, 2016 marked the 90th birthday of my long-time friend and teacher Dr. Lyle C. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Baylor University. Lyle Clarence Brown was born on August 7, 1926 in upstate New York.  After service in the United States Navy, he enrolled at the University […]

In remembrance of Rev. W. E. Carter: 30 years later

By Rev. Bob Uzzel July 15, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the death of Rev. W. E. Carter, a man who played a major role in the early years of my ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Wallace Edgar Carter was born in Elgin, Travis County, Texas on January 31, 1910.  His […]

Revisiting the events that shaped the year 1986

Rev. Bob Uzzel Thirty years have passed since 1986.  Here are some of the highlights of this historic year, which was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.  On January 1, Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, which later became the European Union.  On January 28, the space shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after […]

In remembrance of Dr. Glenn O. Hilburn

By Rev. Bob Uzzel On November 20, 2015, I went to Waco for the funeral of my Paul Quinn College colleague Dr. Weldon J. Walton.  Before returning to Ennis, I visited with two of my former professors from the Religion Department at Baylor University:  Dr. Glenn O. Hilburn, at Hewitt Senior Care Center; and Dr. […]

Death of Muhammad Ali brings back memories of 1974 lecture

By Rev. Bob Uzzel The June 3, 2016 death of boxer Muhammad Ali brought back memories of a lecture delivered on Nov. 20, 1974 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas by Charles Morgan, Jr. (1930-2009), a civil rights attorney who represented Ali in his draft resistance case.  At the time, I was working on my […]

Juneteenth at Comanche Crossing

By Rev. Bob Uzzel On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to read the Emancipation Proclamation and, thus, inform Texas slaves that they were now free. On the same day, the Emancipation Proclamation was read on the Stroud Plantation, home to Limestone County’s largest population of slaves.   The Limestone County city […]

Local pastor heads to Uganda mission

Uganda story Pastor Darrell Nelson

Darrell Nelson, senior pastor at Faith Assembly of God in Ennis, is about to become a gospel globetrotter. He is headed for Uganda, one of 53 nations in Africa. Often seen wearing a white cowboy hat, he is one of five on the team, the others from Damascus Road Fellowship; Paul Penfold, Cooper and Phyllis […]

Kendra Denise Prox, a very special graduate

By  Rev.Bob Uzzel Today I wish to pay tribute to our granddaughter Kendra, a very special young lady who just graduated from two educational institutions. Kendra Denise Prox was born on October 9, 1997 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.  She is the daughter of our oldest child Ericha Bass Prox and her husband […]

In remembrance: Rev. Paul Young 40 years later

By Rev. Bob Uzzel On Sunday May 29, 2015, I attended the 115th Church Anniversary of the Mount Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in Waco.  This was my first time to attend a service at this church in 40 years.  I was invited by Rev. Ben Reese, the current pastor.  This church is special […]

Day of Prayer event set for Thursday

The shelter at Lion's Park will house the National Day of Prayer event in Ennis Thursday evening.

By Mark Warde In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, citizens and churches from Ennis will meet to pray at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park. The public is invited to attend. “We welcome the public,” said Darrell Nelson, who helps coordinate the event. “Residents are encouraged to attend and to participate.” The large, […]

From trash to treasure… Couple finds renewal in recycling

Jimmie and Betty Oates

If the best things in life are free, Jimmie Oates is a very gracious man. Along with his wife, Betty, they have turned free into profit and profit into free. The couple is from Ennis; Jimmie, 82, and Betty, 39, or least when she stopped counting. He was a printer for 30 years on an […]

The Battle is the Lord’s!

Consider the people throughout history who have been victorious, in spite of being outnumbered. Noah was in the minority during the time he was building the ark, but he was victorious. When Joseph was sold into Egypt by his brothers, he was outnumbered, but he was able to overcome the obstacles. When Gideon and his […]

IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY FRIEND JIM TEMPLIN

by Rev. Bob Uzzel On Saturday February 27, I attended the Celebration of Life for my friend Jim Templin at J. E. Keever Mortuary Chapel in Ennis. James Charles “Jim” Templin was born in Ennis on March 15, 1939 to Lee and Mabel Keith Templin. He graduated from Ennis High School and the University of […]

A glimpse of Easter to come

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of our Lenten Season, following the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. There are a total of five Sundays of Lent followed by Palm/Passion Sunday which begins Holy Week and Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with the people singing Hosanna and waving palm branches. This Fourth Sunday of Lent […]

Our Pilgrimage To Desoto Parish, Louisiana

by Rev. Bob Uzzel On Sunday February 21, my wife Debra and I traveled Highway 84 from her hometown of Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas to Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. According to the book “Images of America: DeSoto Parish” by Dr. Emilia Gay Griffith Means (with whom I have talked by telephone and exchanged a number […]

Sharing Hope!

  We are in the middle of Lent – the 40 day celebration of His suffering on the cross. Isn’t it interesting that we celebrate suffering? But are we really celebrating the pain Jesus suffered – or something different? I think we are celebrating hope! What does this celebration mean? As I was reading and […]

Attitude sets the Altitude

Many of us listen to Christian radio or Christian music because we feel it helps us stay focused in walking with the Lord or staying positive for the challenges of each day. I must agree the saying “junk in, junk out / good things in, good things out” does hold truth of how we are […]

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