Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This has been a pretty tough week. One woman had been placed in the hospital here then moved to Amarillo. She ended up having a surgery on Friday that seems to have helped her to this point. We are trusting that she will get stronger each day.

Another man was here in Pampa and finally transferred to Vibra in Amarillo where he will hopefully regain his strength. He has had a long journey over the past year and a half. It just seems like he gets strong then suffers a setback.

I did get my face stitched up to begin the healing process. But somehow it got infected and I have had to deal with that issue. It seems to be doing better at this point. I will go back on Tuesday to get my stitches out and see what the next step is going to be.

They told me not to do any strenuous work, bending over or lifting. Since the lawn was looking bad, Joshua came over and did the weed eating. Then on Saturday, Vicki said she was going to mow and I was to stay inside! But she didn’t even know how to get the mower started!

I went out and started it. Then when the bag needed to be emptied, I went out and emptied it. She did a great job of mowing and the yard looks great. Since we have had some rain on it, I am sure that it will need to be mowed again before long.

As we were out in the front yard we noticed something that had been there for some time, but now it was even larger. It is one flower – a zinnia. I’m not sure how it even grew where it did. Vicki hasn’t had flowers out there this year at all.

But in the crack between the concrete sidewalk and the back corner of our front porch it grew. It started growing and we thought it would just die but it didn’t. It is now standing about 15 to 18 inches tall. It is just one yellow flower and seems to be doing quite well.

This made me stop and think. It is much like the Word of God. We don’t always know when or where it goes forth, but we pray that when it goes forth it will reach the hearts of those who need to hear it. We seek to be faithful in sharing the Good News with people and plant the seed wherever we have the opportunity.

In Mark 4 Jesus was sharing about the kingdom of God. He said in Mark 4:26-28 -- 26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

Now I know that this flower won’t make it long, but I am confident that the seed of God’s Word that springs up in the heart of those who believe will never die. Isaiah 40:8 says – “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”

I know I am easily impressed, but God does some amazing things in the midst of our lives. I just hope and pray that the Word of God takes root in the hearts of people across Pampa and grows to be ‘a flower’ that all can experience.

I took a picture of it so people could see it and not think that I was totally crazy. I’m sure my secretary, Mindy, will have a picture of it on our website ( with this article so you can see it if you want. It is totally amazing to see it growing in the corner of the cement walk.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul