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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas tim early on Ever since 1 was a kid I have called Han Indian potato head It was listed in my Boy Scout book as one of the plants that you could eat and I was hungry so I thought Id give it a taste After all it was either something called an Indian potato head or a cattail At least the first sounded edible Taking out my trusty Boy Scout knife I started digging around Dennis Gallaher the thorny stalk that grew out of die ground like a single strand of barbed wire It was die root you went for you see It didnt take long to grow weary I of die chore I finally wrapped my hand low around die plant and pulled I hard But die root was too deep The only I got for supper was a dnmy stalk and a bloody hand I remember that encounter every spring when I begin to plant my favorite garden sitting at die edge of I our patio Centered in die garden is an Indian potato head and every year I1 yank it hard hoping to pull die root all to no avail All diis yanking over die years has only produced mul tiple stands of tiiomy growth and a root grown deeper and deeper The diomy stump is die best illus tration I have of what bitterness does to r reason that wnt cWdea every reader to beware of bitterness CM inan Moses instructed the Israelites to obey Gods law so diat there may not be among you a t root bearing writer of Hebrews said to it fat no one comes short of Ike grace of God that no root of bit terness springing up cause trouble and by it many be The thorny outcrop of bitterness catches everyone who dares to get close You cant walk by bitterness widiout feeling it catch and claw you leaving the bloody scrapes on the hearts and souls of diose who care only whats on die outside Bitterness digs deep into die soil of die soul It is too deep to yank out and 1 must be taken much more seriously f diat die common weeds of other sin Bitterness be dug The root must i then followed to its bitter Otherwise it will lie dormant dig s ging its roots deeper and waiting for the right provocation to show itself above ground So dris year was different This year I planned to treat my bitter root in die middle of my beautiful garden much differendy time but finally I direwdie sixfoot root onto die bum pile at die j back or our property The diomyout crop had barely broken die surface of die dirt but die root had grown under the surface die entire width of die gar case wjfeh bitter from Bands star rising after winning Dove Award By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Leigh Binghams life reads like a storybook tale She was raised in New Braunfels started singing in her church choir as a young teenager and then released her first album with band Sixpence None die Richer at 16 years old hoping to break into die Christian music scene Not only did die first album introduce her to the industry but the bands second album This Beau tiful Mess won a Dove Award for Rock Album of die Year from die Gospel Music Association in April Winning the award was encouragement from God to said Bingham in an interview at her par X jtvMot Even in the modem rock category I didnt expect us to Leigh Bingham Im really fortunate to grow up in such a small said Bingham who still attends First Baptist in New Braunfels The friends Ive been able to make in this town are a good reflection of this Ive been privileged to know such good Sixpence is made up of guitarist and songwriter Matt Slocum also of New Braunfels drummer Dale Baker of Dallas and bassist J J Plasencio of aaiUDUijjiioiiiuiauiiiuiTivTT luiivi PlaHO ents residence Bttunfek We didnt expect i Bingham who graduated from New Braunfels T it from the Christiancommunity Even in die mod High School in 1994 considers herself fortunate to em rock category I didnt expect us to Although the award has thrust the band into die spotlight Bingham said shell never forget her upbringing in New Braunfels be lead singer of Sixpence As a young teenager Bingham said she sang country music songs but had no example for Chris tian musicians beside Pop Music star Amy Grant Beside singing country music there was no oth er outlet for singing widiin die Christian community But her friendship with band member Matt Slocum opened up the door to what has now been four years of singing Christian alternative music I met Matt Slocum in church and that was Gods will for Bingham said He was really into music and tie knew I wanted to sing As his song writing developed I got to sing his The band plans to tour at music festivals this summer but dien take off in die fall to consider what direction die band should take Although die bands not sure of next years plans future holds a wedding with 25yearold Mark Nash on Sunday in Minneapolis Minn Nash is a drummer for another alternative band Pray ForRain i t For BingnahvlSJash was art answer toi prayer i Its been a real relief to me Nash is die most encouraging person Ive Bingham said Hes a very calm peaceful person and thats what Ive needed Hes also a huge fan of Gradsat FPCearn ion May 26 Graduation Sunday at First Protestant Church will be multievent celebration At in die Family Life Center during the annual Senior Breakfast graduating seniors will be honored by members of the congre gation and their guests Graduates will receive words of wisdom and encour agement from Senior Minister Daryl Higgins Copastor Richard Carse and other members of the church staff and congregation Each senior will be pre sented with a gift of inspiration Hie the worship service as they receive personal recognition and applause from the congregation The names of high school gradu ates are Erin Baetge Devin Corby Collins Kimberly Engler Jertt nifer Foreman Kristi Rachelle Rapp Amanda Corey Westbrook Matt White Robert Warner of Virginia College gradu ates are Russell Jonas Lori Jason Coryell and Jessica Lindley Spencer First Protestant Church Scholarship recipients will be given added recogj nition during both the senior break fast and the worship service Recipk ents are asfollows Reno O mann Trust Tiffany Bodemaruv Matthew Graham Burtch Devin Cobb Corby Collins Stefanie Crisp Karen Elaine Kalich Angela Lackey Karla Ormond Amanda Schneider Corey Westbrook Oscar Rapp Scholarship Bodemann Ray Sil vers Memorial Scholarship Fund Kristi Lindeman Corey Westbrook Staat Bartling Memorial Scholarship White Ben A Kraege Scholarship Fund Matt White Schneider Scholarship Recipients Shon Lopez Samuel Davila Michelle Bishop Patrick E Hinojosaij Narciso S Gomez Jason W Padier Tyse Stanley Erica Gambrell Kellejr Poindexter Submitted by First Protestant S BIRTHDAY OF CHRISTIANITY The disciples of Christ were caught up in some thing very much like a tornado on that first Pen tecost Sunday Before Jesus ascended into heav en He instructed His disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for die coming of die Spirit And so they did And early one morning while they were all together praying they heard a sound unlike anything they had ever heard before Now while fishing but this bigger than that The sound they heard was like die rush of a violent wind And it filled die entire house Per haps it was so overwhelming that they had to cover their ears s Then they looked up and saw giant tongues of fire descending upon diem and they were imme diately filled with die Holy Spirit And then some Lee The Flood reports that lady who took him of a gnnd old tree in speaking in other languages And die disciples werent die only ones to hear die sound of that rushing wind Others nearby had heard it and wondered what it was And a crowd was gathering at what seemed to be die center of die disturbance when die disciples began emerg ing from die house Now Jerusalem was a cosmopolitan city filled with people from all over die known world who spoke a variety of languages And every person in diat crowd heard die disciples speaking in their own tongues The people were amazed They hadnt a clue as to what this meant or who these strange men were Some were mocking die dis ciples saying they were drunk Amidst all of the confusion Peter stood and addressed the crowd He spoke boldly and in a loud voice Realize that this was the same Peter who had denied even knowing Jesus This was die same Peter who was hiding behind locked doors after Jesus death afraid for his very life Sud denly however Peter was a new person r Simon Peter went from being an impulsive fisher man into a fearless evange list The Spirit came upon him and he was transformed Notice something else though Simon Peter was transformed to serve Some people who have an experience of the Spirit in their lives focus on die experience and not on die call of God to ser vice These folks are like little Jack Homer sitting in the corner and eating his Christmas pie Remember how it goes He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum and said What a good boy Msgr Eugene OCallaghan The Holy Spirit did not come on die believers so they could sit around and congratulate them selves on their piety The Holy Spirit did not come on diem so they could form an exclusive club only those who had the same experience would be welcome The Holy Spirit came to them so that they could continue die work diat Jesus had begua And we are to do die same We are not called here to share in some special privilege dirough die presence of die Holy Spirit but to serve That is the real sign of die Holy Spirit service By die Power of the Holy Spirit Simon Peter became a channel of blessing to others Thats a great privilege to become a blessing to others And diat is a privilege diat you and I can have as well We can be a channel of blessings Not too long ago there was a church diat was about ready to close because attendance and giv ing were at an alltime low Someone suggested diat diey call people living in dieir area on die tele phone With die help of a few other churches over calls were made in a month Thats a lot of calls When you call that many people some of dwm are going to respond The church also mailed out information about their ministry to anyone who showed and interest The first Sunday after this campaign tftere were 130 new people in attendance in diat small Many stayed after die service to talk over coffee and cookies One woman said diat she hadnt been to church in 16 years but when the calls and die mail came in to her from die church she that it was time to come back She felt it die Lord who had called her Another woman showed up with her young child after not attending church for 11 years She said that she wanted her child to grow up in church but diat she had been putting it off until she got the phone call And die Sunday after diat her husband came too It was a new beginning for die church and for die people who began attending church for die first time in years The church became a channel of blessing to others Thats a great privilege to have Thats die true test of whether die Holy Spirit is alive and well in a church if we are channel of blessing to others Such was die experience of Simon Peter And die same thing can happen to you and me if we let it Some of us have been sleeping dirough a tornado Pentecost is a time of praying for the Spirit to fall on each of us and on our church so diat we too may be transformed and be a bless ing to others Monsignor Eugene O Callaghan is pastor off Sts Peter Paul Catholic Life back through video Members view club as it was during the past five decades Some 330 people went Back To The Future at the New Braunfels Civic on April 25 It was Young Lifes arnual fundraiser and hit years theme was Back To The Future with Young Lift It was look at the from the 1940s when Young Life itaited all they to the 1990s The time travel started JIB one approached the Civic Center where parked with Young Life kidi dressed clothes from the different 1 There was a chanw to see what a YMWf Life club looked like in the 1950s To waich video clips from each and HI bow timti Jwvi To hear from folks who ffHPfffl grown uo in Young Life during the 60s 70s and 80s To witness firsthand what Young Life humor and tainment is like Ask someone who attended about YMC But most importantly tiiere was a chance to hear what Young Life is doing here in Comal County right now Young Life is spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to die high school students of Comal County Cody Bell of Smidison Valley High School and Jessica Sullivan of New Braunfels High School shared about how Christ has impacted their dirough Young Life and what it means to diem to be a part of Young Life in the 90s and hope fully die future It was a great evening of reminiscing and looking forward as Young Life took all that attended Back To The If you have any questions about Young Life or would like to be a part of the future of Young Life Comal y please call the Young Life Submitted by Joug Culpepper Pentecost marked by Holy Spirit AnafroJ expectation hung over the Judean Hlteandthe streets oJ with one fromhdivanaaofa
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