1) One of my elders tried grits last Thursday morning and liked them:
I followed your lead and had some grits at First Watch yesterday. Not bad. See, when I had them before, a long time ago, I didn’t know how you were supposed to eat them (with butter and a bit of salt). They tasted pretty good to me this time.
That's an important point. You should never eat grits plain. Always add something to them or they will be too bland. I personally like cheese grits. A pastor from Wisconsin wrote to say that he first tasted grits when he traveled to the South. His advice: Send your men on mission trips to the South and they'll learn to like grits.
2) I continue to follow the Russellville (AL) Golden Tigers as they make their through the 5A football playoffs. On Friday night they beat Parker 46-21. Next week they play on the road at Buckhorn.
3) Last night's brawl near the end of the Pistons-Pacers game seems simple enough to me. If Ron Artest doesn't go into the stands, nothing happens and the game is not called early. Listening to the ESPN broadcasters immediately afterwards, I was struck by how they repeated blamed the fans. But it wasn't the fans who stormed the bench. It was a player who entered the stands. Being a professional means you keep your anger under control, especially when others are trying to provoke you. "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city" (Proverbs 16:32).
3) I received a nice note from Eva Lodgaard who serves with the Scripture Memory Mountain Mission in Emmalena, Kentucky. After she graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1945, we sent her out as a missionary and have been supporting her for the last 59 years. "Miss Eva" spent many years teaching children the Bible and helping at her beloved Camp Nathanael. Now she is in her late 80s and her health has not been good. She wrote to say that she listens to my sermon tapes and wanted me to thank the folks who send her the tapes every month. She is mostly homebound now and doesn't get out much. But her faith remains strong and she is an inspiration to all who know her. She added this sentence: "I can't do much any more but I do have time and strength to pray." But isn't that the most important thing? God bless Miss Eva for serving the Lord faithfully as she waits her call to heaven.
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