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AUSTIN—The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the State’s voter ID law will remain in effect for the November 2014 election. The Texas Attorney General’s office released the following statement from Lauren Bean, Deputy Communications Director:

“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed that Texas’ voter ID law should remain in effect for the upcoming election. The State will continue to defend the voter ID law and remains confident that the district court’s misguided ruling will be overturned on the merits. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are a legal and sensible way to protect the integrity of elections.”

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Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons, Other Documents from Houston-area Pastors

 

AUSTIN — Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information.

In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, “Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.”

Attorney General Abbott’s letter to Houston City Attorney David Feldman

October 15, 2014

Mr. David Feldman

City Attorney

City of Houston

900 Bagby, 4th Floor

Houston, Texas 77002

Dear Mr. Feldman:

Your office has demanded that four Houston pastors hand over to the city government many of their private papers, including their sermons.  Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment.  The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.  Nothing short of an immediate reversal by your office will provide that security.  I call on you to withdraw the subpoenas without further delay.

I recognize that the subpoenas arise from litigation related to a petition to repeal an ordinance adopted by the city council.  But the litigation discovery process is not a license for government officials to inquire into religious affairs.  Nor is your office’s desire to vigorously support the ordinance any excuse for these subpoenas.  No matter what public policy is at stake, government officials must exercise the utmost care when our work touches on religious matters.  If we err, it must be on the side of preserving the autonomy of religious institutions and the liberty of religious believers.  Your aggressive and invasive subpoenas show no regard for the very serious First Amendment considerations at stake.

A statement released by the Mayor’s Office claims that the subpoenas were prepared by outside lawyers and that neither you nor Mayor Parker was aware of them before they were issued.  Nevertheless, these lawyers acted in the City’s name, and you are responsible for their actions.  You should immediately instruct your lawyers to withdraw the City’s subpoenas.  Religious institutions and their congregants should never have to worry that a government they disagree with will attempt to interfere in their religious affairs.  Instead of safeguarding that trust, you appear to have given some of the most powerful law firms in Houston free rein to harass and intimidate pastors who oppose City policy.  In good faith, I hope you merely failed to anticipate how inappropriately aggressive your lawyers would be.  Many, however, believe your actions reflect the city government’s hostility to religious beliefs that do not align with ci ty policies.

I urge you to demonstrate the City’s commitment to religious liberty and to true diversity of belief by unilaterally withdrawing these subpoenas immediately.  Your stated intention to wait for further court proceedings falls woefully short of the urgent action needed to reassure the people of Houston that their government respects their freedom of religion and does not punish those who oppose city policies on religious grounds.

Sincerely,

Greg Abbott

Attorney General of Texas


Of Dogs and Chickens

chicken-0011Sonya was shopping for some good laying hens.  She found some that were supposed to be the very best and paid over $30 for one of them.  A few people were giving her a hard time for spending so much for a chicken.  After going on and on, Sonya had the perfect comeback. “Well, I know some of you have paid a lot more than that for a dog and I’ve never seen one of them lay an egg!”

 “First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5)

Danny R. Biddy, Pastor of the Church on Old River since 1977. www.oldriverbaptist.com

 


ExxonMobil Global Recruiting Will Be Conducting

Operations and Mechanical Pre-Employment Testing

 (Please share this information with interested individuals)

 

ExxonMobil Global Recruiting is announcing plans to conduct Operations and Mechanical Pre-employment Testing for the Baytown Area Facilities on November 8 & 9, 2014.  ALL interested individuals MUST log on to our Internet Website www.exxonmobil.com/careers/usa to express interest in ExxonMobil operations/wage positions and to schedule pre-employment testing.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have tested in the past, there is a 2-year waiting period before interested individuals are eligible to re-test.

Test sessions will be available for booking beginning October 20, 2014. Testing slots are limited and guaranteed only by online registration.

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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX 325 AM CDT MON OCT 13 2014

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THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS TODAY…

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. .

DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS TODAY AS A STRONG COLD FRONT SWEEPS THROUGH THE AREA DURING THE DAYTIME HOURS. A SQUALL LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE FRONT AS IT PUSHES INTO THE AREA. WHILE THIS STORM SYSTEM`S PRIMARY SEVERE WEATHER THREAT AREA WILL BE OFF TO OUR NORTH AND NORTHEAST…

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS…HAIL…AND PERHAPS A BRIEF WEAK TORNADO OR TWO COULD DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS WITH THE MAIN THREAT AREA NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 10 CORRIDOR…

GENERALLY NORTH OF A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO HOUSTON TO WINNIE. THE LINE OF STORMS WILL ALSO BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAINFALL…BUT THERE SHOULD ONLY BE A SMALL FLOOD THREAT DUE TO THE RAPID EASTWARD MOVEMENT OF THIS SYSTEM. THE SQUALL LINE SHOULD MOVE ACROSS THE COLLEGE STATION TO CROCKETT AREA FROM 7 AM TO 11 AM…

THE HOUSTON AREA FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM…AND THE COAST FROM NOON TO 4 PM. IT IS POSSIBLE THE LINE OF STORMS COULD MOVE THROUGH FASTER THAN EXPECTED. THE COLD FRONT AND ALL ASSOCIATED CONVECTION SHOULD BE OFF THE COAST SOME TIME IN THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON HOURS…AND THEN THROUGH ALL OF OUR COASTAL WATERS BY MID EVENING. FOR THE COASTAL WATERS…

ADVISORY LEVEL WINDS AND SEAS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST AHEAD OF THE STRONG COLD FRONT AND SQUALL LINE THAT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA IN THE AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY EVENING HOURS. ADVISORIES WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED AFTER THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE AREA TONIGHT AND TUESDAY.

OCCASIONAL GALE FORCE WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE TOO. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY ON TUESDAY…ADVISORIES FOR THE COASTAL WATERS ARE EXPECTED EARLY… AND OCCASIONAL GALE FORCE WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE TOO. CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE AS THE DAY PROGRESSES. .

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS POSSIBLE TODAY.

 


americavetsSaw this on Facebook and was so moved, we are sharing it here!  It will make you PROUD!  

The motto at Old River-Winfree Community News:  

The American PEOPLE will Never Forget!

If you are a vet or have a loved one serving or has served, you will understand.

 This video was uploaded to YouTube on September 17, 2014.

 


Hazardous Weather Outlook

WWW_KTRK_5DAY_320x210HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX 413 AM CDT SAT OCT 11 2014

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WATERS FROM FREEPORT TO THE MATAGORDA SHIP CHANNEL 20 NM TO 60 NM- WATERS FROM FREEPORT TO THE MATAGORDA SHIP CHANNEL OUT 20 NM-

WATERS FROM HIGH ISLAND TO FREEPORT 20 TO 60 NM-

WATERS FROM HIGH ISLAND TO FREEPORT OUT 20 NM-WHARTON- 413 AM CDT SAT OCT 11 2014 THIS

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. .

DAY ONE…

TODAY AND TONIGHT SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL ACCOMPANY A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY THAT WILL BE MOVING ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS DURING THE DAY TODAY.

LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE…WITH MOST AREAS RECEIVING 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH. SOME ISOLATED SPOTS COULD RECEIVE 1 AND 3 INCHES. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…

SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP THROUGH SOUTHEAST TEXAS DURING THE DAYTIME HOURS ON MONDAY. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE FRONT…AND SOME COULD BECOME STRONG OR SEVERE MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM MADISONVILLE TO LIVINGSTON.

THE MAIN SEVERE WEATHER THREATS WILL BE DAMAGING WINDS…ISOLATED TORNADOES…AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL. FOR THE COASTAL WATERS…GALE FORCE WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE MONDAY NIGHT. .

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY.


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Our 6th annual Car Show is happening on October 11th, 2014! If you or someone you know have a classic ride (in our local area) that could be entered we would LOVE to have you! The entry form is embedded within the link below OR you can pick one up here at our store. A range of custom trophies will be awarded to the winners. Participants and guests just the same will be treated to food, cold drinks, and live music from John Farley. The last five shows we’ve held have been wonderful and we look forward to this one being just the same!

“Like” them on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/RandLautosupply

 


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Supercave

101_0323Recently China has laid claim to having the largest “supercave” in the world.  They call it the Maio Room.  It is 30 times larger than the old Houston Astrodome.

In 1994 I visited what I would call the greatest “supercave” of all time.  It was a garden tomb in Jerusalem.  It was not the largest hole in the earth compared to others like the Maio Room, but for three days that tomb held the one who took on the sins of the whole world.  Oh, and by the way, the tomb was empty.

“Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

 

Danny R. Biddy, Pastor of the Church on Old River since 1977. www.oldriverbaptist.com    


Most of us saw the Blood Moon and the Eclipse this morning.  Especially if you are an early riser or you are driving in to work.  Let’s take a look at this phenomenon from a Biblical standpoint:

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NASHVILLE, TN, October 6th, 2014—On October 8, 2014, millions of people around the globe will witness the second of four consecutive “blood moons” – total lunar eclipses. This is a rare astronomically occurrence, according to Pastor John Hagee in his New York Times bestseller, Four Blood Moons (Worthy Publishing). Hagee said, “Not since 1967 – and only four times in the past five hundred years – has a Tetrad of total solar eclipses corresponded to the Jewish Feasts, which historically has signaled the beginning of dramatic events that change the course of world history. This series of blood moons is no different.”

Recent headlines tell of total chaos in the Middle East since the first blood moon back on April 15. The terrorist group ISIS continues to grow in number and strength, crushing resistance across Iraq with extreme violence as it destroys churches and mosques, kills or drives from their homes anyone who does not convert to its brand of Islam, and kidnaps and beheads citizens of countries that dare to stand against it.

Unrest in the Middle East was predicted in Bible prophecy, writes Hagee. And even more history-changing occurrences will come after the second of this four blood moon series and the remaining two set to appear in 2015. The intensity is building and it’s easy to recognize all around the world.

“God has absolute control of the sun, moon, and stars. He has used them in the past to send signals to humanity that something big was about to happen,” said Pastor Hagee.“The heavens are still God’s billboard that sends signals to us today—but are we watching for them?”

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea . . . When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”  —Luke 21: 25, 28 niv

To learn more about the total lunar eclipses of 2014 and 2015, visit NASA’s website here.


AUSTIN—In a decision by Judge Jennifer Elrod, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today lifted the district court’s injunction, allowing HB 2 to immediately go into effect. Lauren Bean, spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, released the following statement:

“This decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”

A federal appeals court Thursday allowed Texas to immediately begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effectively close all but seven abortion facilities in America’s second most-populous state.

A panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans stayed a lower judge’s ruling while it considers the overall constitutionality of key portions of Texas’ sweeping 2013 abortion law, which Republican Gov. Rick Perry and other conservatives say is designed to protect women’s health.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in August that part of the law requiring Texas clinics to spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades was less about safety than making access to abortion difficult.

Yeakel’s ruling in Austin suspended the upgrades requirement. But Texas is appealing, and asked the appeals court to let it enforce the law during that process — clearing the way for the panel’s ruling.

Allowing to go forward the rules on hospital-level upgrades — including mandatory operating rooms and air filtration systems — would shutter more than a dozen clinics across Texas. It means only abortion facilities will remain open in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas.

None will be left along the Texas-Mexico border or outside any of the state’s largest urban areas.

Meanwhile, some clinics have already closed after another part of the 2013 law required doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. That portion of the law has already been upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit, where the state is now seeking a second outright reversal.

 


Out of the Darkness

10009286_612275192190288_710321500_nFred, my son Mark and I were deer hunting.  The two of them went one direction from the camp, the first morning, and some other hunters dropped me off in the opposite direction.  When I was through hunting I decided to walk back to camp.  That evening I walked back again.  However, it seemed like I would never get back to camp.

Mark asked me if it was a very long walk?  I said, “Well I can tell you this, son, it seemed twice as far in the dark as it did in the light!”

 “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” (Isaiah 42:16)  

 

Danny R. Biddy, Pastor of the Church on Old River since 1977. www.oldriverbaptist.com    


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rl-auto-154R & L Auto Supply established in 1984 is located on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree. They are definitely not just an Auto Parts Store. Time is money, so if you need most anything you can find in a hardware store, R&L has it.

Friendly and very knowledgeable staff with superb customer service.   Down home, country friendliness awaits you.

Stop by and visit! You may be surprised at what they have to offer!  More to come as we near the Classic Car and Truck Show October 11, 2014.

This is a video from 2011.  Look how they’ve changed!

 

 

Visit them on FACEBOOK at:  https://www.facebook.com/RandLautosupply

 

 


2169As I sat down at home for lunch with my wife, I looked at her, reached over and took off her glasses and said, “Why do you have on my reading glasses?”

 “Well, that explains a lot! I’ve cleaned them twice and even turned on more lights and still couldn’t see.  I was beginning to think I needed a new prescription!” She said.

 Has a wrong view blinded you to the things of God? Jesus offers sight to all who will see, just like He did for the blind man in John 9:25, who testified, “One thing I know: Once I was blind, but now I see!” 

 Danny R. Biddy, Pastor of the Church on Old River since 1977. www.oldriverbaptist.com    


Show Your Colors

americavetsThe Texas flag is composed of a blue stripe for loyalty, a white stripe for purity, a red stripe for bravery, and a lone star for unity.  It flies at the same height as the U.S. flag in Washington, D.C.  When Texas was engaged in the cause for her independence, Texans were encouraged to “show your colors” as a symbol of allegiance and determination.

For the believer, the Bible teaches us to always show our colors, allegiance to the cause of Jesus Christ.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) 

Danny R. Biddy, Pastor of the Church on Old River since 1977. www.oldriverbaptist.com    


Everyone in the Old River-Winfree Community is doing the Happy Dance in anticipation of the new Walmart Complex opening.

Some of the new Employees and contractor’s working at the complex stop in at Sam’s Express on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree and suggest the date is September 10th.

The Walmart on Garth in Baytown has reached its capacity causing loyal customers to turn away from shopping there because of the long lines at checkout and crowded parking lots.  Loosing customers is not something Walmart wants to see.  

So, with the new Walmart opening, they know their customers will be coming back to that location AND, at the same time, provide a convenient place for us to shop and eat without driving on the congested Garth Road

Below is the updated map of what our area has to look forward to:

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carcontestlogoSolely sponsored and funded by R&L Auto,  Mont Belvieu Auto, and Page’s Paint & Body, the Classic Car & Truck Show is scheduled for October 11, 2014 at R&L Auto on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree.

There will be parking kindly made available by Fellowship Worship next door.  

Participants will be showing off their hard work.  The People’s Choice 1st, 2nd, and 3rd awards are decided on by the people who come by and vote for their favorite classic.

This is a fun, family event that old and young alike will enjoy.   

480349_430033810393086_2065971198_n1R&L invites the surrounding communities to enter their Classic “ride” at the store where the courteous and helpful staff will be glad to answer any questions.  Unique Trophies!

Let’s support them by stopping by!  You’ll be glad you did!  I know we will all be talking about it for days after the event!

Like and follow R&L Auto on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/RandLautosupply

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More Garbage?

 

man_carrying_garbage_bags_on_drive_42-17005190I was hurrying to get the trash can to the street so I would not miss the garbage truck.  Dana was calling out to me to stop. When I turned, I saw she was holding a small bag of garbage in her hand and telling there was a large bag in the kitchen. I was about to put out some garbage, but certainly not all of it.

“But now you must also rid yourselves of ALL (garbage) such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:8) 

 

Danny R. Biddy, Pastor of the Church on Old River since 1977. www.oldriverbaptist.com    

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