Address: 1628 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77551
Phone: (409)762-5566

We Are: The Broadway Church of Christ comprises people who meet regularly to share in worship, study, prayer, and friendship? 

 In Jesus Christ, we have found new directions for our lives, and we are now seeking to follow the Lord’s instructions so we can learn to be people who really care for others.


Broadway church of Christ Galveston

About us

Short week!  By the time you read this, Christmas 2020 may have come.  Presents exchanged.  As Joe Barnett reminded us this week, God sending Jesus is the greatest gift of all!

Happy Birthday to Joe Knox December 24th.  His age is √8.  

A novelty Christmas song by Bill Anderson made us laugh; it reminded us of our dear Brother Dean Knox.  It is called “A Waffle House Christmas.”  Dean loved to go to the Waffle House, just as some prefer Gaido’s or Landry’s.  You may enjoy this novelty song, also.  If so, may you have a “Merry Waffle House Christmas!”

Chris, Emily, Kylie, and Noah flew to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for Christmas.  I asked Chris if he had any relatives in Tennessee.  He said, “No.”  They have been visiting relatives for the past weeks.  Just a “family time trip” to Tennessee. . .. Suzanne Druss is celebrating with family in Denton, Texas.  Although it is a family, everyone is wearing a mask.

Last Sunday, Teresa Fleury was visiting and sitting on Row One!  She brought gifts and cheers!  Everyone was glad to see Teresa, especially Kylie. . .. Bob Jones, who grew up at Broadway, was visiting with his wife, Emily, and son, K.D. (Kenneth Daniel).  His father, Ken, was a close friend and leader in this church.  Bob is a lawyer in Houston.

Sarah Mills reports Trey is recuperating from surgery.  Did not feel able to come last Sunday.  Soon!. . .  Darla Lewis injured her knee recently. . . Still a problem.  Darla will try other remedies besides surgery.  Last Sunday, she was in Sherman.  Tim and Max will travel there this week for Christmas.  Always a positive thinker, Darla has a slogan for next year: “I’m not done.  Here I come 2021.” Last Sunday, she was in Sherman.  Tim and Max will travel there this week for Christmas.

Iris Speed was not feeling well last week. . .. Joan Mertens was in League City.  Family events started already.  She has a big family. . .. On Christmas Eve, Joan and daughter, Ange, donned Santa suits, loaded their car, and delivered presents to people who need assistance this time of year. . ..   Our daughter Carla and Paul have come to visit until after New Year’s.  Also, their dogs, Biggie, and Gus.

WHAT!  The Rose Bowl Game will be played in Texas, instead of Pasadena California.  Breaking a 100 year plus tradition.  My Brother-in-Law, Dr. Jack Scott was president of Pasadena College which sponsors the Rose Bowl parade and game. 
Upon retirement, Jack was elected Assemblyman and then State Senator from Pasadena.  For many years, Mikey and I saw the Rose Parade, sitting in prime seats, and then sat on the 50-yard line for the Rose Bowl Game.  Being kin to important people has its perks!
Thank you for being so generous in supporting our mission outreach for 2021.  To date a historical record: $24,265.00
Don’t Try This at Home.  Everyone has a closet shelf that is beyond reach.  We store things there that we need only once or twice a year, like Christmas stuff.  You should not step on a chair to reach that shelf, as Mikey learned Tuesday.  She fell off the chair and broke two left ribs!  Use a step ladder, especially one with handrails! 
This Sunday, I will finish our studies of the Letters of the Apostle John which are in the New Testament.  The sermon will be based on 3rd John.  It is very short.  Please read it and bring your Bible to church. 

Allen 

 

MY thoughts on the Pandemic by Allen C. Isbell

We are all anxious about the current pandemic. More than 100,000 people in the United States have died from the virus. This is near twice the American deaths in the prolonged Vietnam War, twice the entire Galveston population. Since mid-March, we have suspended our public worship on Sunday and have encouraged each member to have private prayer, devotionals, and on-line Bible studies. Social distancing has impacted every aspect of normal living – work, social events, weddings, funerals, and church services. Churches have suspended public worship assemblies for personal and social health concerns.

But, from the beginning, a minority voice among Christian groups have protested rules about “social distancing.” Some protests are based on Constitutional grounds; others on “faith” grounds. As a lawyer, I am keenly interested in freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and worship freely. As a minister, I am sensitive to any claim that we must obey God and not men. Some pastors and ministers portray the coronavirus more as a “spiritual force of evil” than a biomedical disease. For them, obeying the “stay at home” or “social distancing” orders shows “little faith.” They assure their congregants that they will be “spared” from the deadly virus by special divine protection. They encourage and demand civil disobedience. This belief is rooted in teaching, known as exceptionalism. As applied, exceptionalism means that a true believer will be immune to the deadly virus, though it may be fatal to a non-believer. Suspending public worship is a sign of little faith. I want to share what I have been thinking about.  Spiritual bravado may be deceptively attractive. I have been thinking about the experience Jesus faced in his initial temptations (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus rebuffed the temptation to turn “these stones into bread” to satisfy his intense hunger by quoting Scripture: It is written: Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Cunningly, the Tempter decided that if Jesus wanted to play the “Faith Card,” he had one to play also. So, he took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” the tempter said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” What a dilemma!

If you really believe Scripture, you will jump! If you don’t jump, how can you say you believe what you claim? Jesus had a word that may apply in our current situation. It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Concurrent with faith in God’s care and protection is the responsibility to use reason in making decisions. Part of me is drawn to the claim of exceptionalism.

But do we “put the Lord your God to the test, if we disregard reason and biological information? Soon, we will be meeting together in public worship again. But this decision requires careful thought and prayer, especially because so many of our members are vulnerable to the virus due to age and underlying health issues. The decision to suspend corporate worship was not taken lightly. The question of when to resume corporate worship is not an easy decision. Please pray that we will make the right decision.

Allen C. Isbell

We have resumed meeting at the church site, using the preventative protocols of mask-wearing, social distancing, etc., for everyone’s safety.

We must protect “God’s gift of life, entrusted to each of us!”

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Recent Sermons

The lesson of                           Nov. 29, 2020               Allen Isbell

Lesson from 1Jn. 4               Nov. 15, 2020                  Allen Isbell

Nobody is that good!          Nov. 8, 2020                            Allen Isbell

Allen’s Message                                                                          Allen Isbell                                       Oct. 25, 2020

“You are not who you appear to be.”                               Allen Isbell                                      Oct. 18, 2020

Reopening Day                                                                         Allen Isbell                                      Oct. 4, 2020

What God wants for us                                                Larry Smith                                                Sept. 28, 2020

The Storms of Life                                                         Larry Smith                                        9/20/2020

Click Here to Listen to More Sermons from Allen Isbell, Joe Barnett, and Larry Smith


 


Aleen & Mikey
Our preacher, Allen Isbell, and his wife, Mikey
Joe Knox
Joe Knox, Secretary-Treasurer

Our Minister, Larry Smith, and his wife, Patricia