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

We Are: The Broadway Church of Christ is made up of 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 GalvestonTemporarily, we are not meeting at the church site.

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 than the entire population of Galveston.

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 the issues of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of worship. As a minister, I am sensitive to any claim that we must obey God and not men.

There are pastors and ministers who portray the coronavirus more as a “spiritual force of evil” rather than as 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 up 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

A message from Allen: 

Besides my father, I was influenced by my choices by the Bible and Aunt Bessie. Aunt Bessie was my father’s older sister.  She took a special interest in my sister, Lacreta, and me.

Wanted us “raised” right!

Aunt Bessie believed in right and wrong.  No cerebral discussions of morality. She used metaphors; she pronounced a truism.  Brief and to the point.

When one of our many cousins started dating, “hanging out”, or getting married, and Aunt Bessie thought it was a bad choice, she would not criticize the other person or the cousin.  She said simply: “Well, water seeks its own level.”

“Every tub sits on its own bottom” is another truth she repeated.  Aunt Bessie was not tolerant of people who excused their ill behavior by blaming someone else.  Aunt Bessie did not argue the point.  She simply said that “every tub sits on its own bottom.”

Memories of Aunt Bessie came as I watched Ricky Skaggs sing “Don’t Get Above Your Raising.”  The song refers to a “gal that ain’t what she used to be” . . .  “Just a little high headed.”  Her friend pleads “Don’t get above your raising.  Stay down on earth with me.” Sometimes, we forget “our raising” and become “a little high headed”.

I am grateful I had the Bible. . . and I had Aunt Bessie.

About us . . .Our plan is to resume meeting at the building on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.         Bible Classes and Wednesday night will come later.    We have studied how other churches are conducting safe assemblies.  We will be able to do that.   Social distancing and masks will be necessary.  Masks will be provided as well as hand sanitizer.

Teresa Fluery called last Sunday. Their house burned down. Lost everything. One of their dogs died in the fire.  You may want to reach out to Teresa and Chris at methos83@gmail.com.  She is receiving her snail mail at her parents’ house in Borger.  Address: Teresa Fluery/1314 Coble/Borger, Texas 79007.                                                          Fortunately, neither Teresa nor Chris was home.  The church is sending some financial help.

Inez Jones’ mother passed away Friday morning early.  She was 92. For as long as I can remember, every Sunday after church, Inez drove to the mainland to care for her mother.  Sympathies to the family.

One person who will be glad when 2020 is over is Claire Johnson. Her mother is improving slowly and may be released from the hospital to a rehab facility. On Monday, husband Randy Johnson suffered severe injuries when a vehicle pulled out in front of him on Broadway. Randy was riding his motor scooter.  Fortunately, he was wearing his helmet. He is still in ICU at UTMB. Hopes to be moved to a room. Others went down memory lane to the 1952 political conventions. Sara Campbell remembers listening to the 1952 political conventions on the family radio; Ruth Roberts recalls listening as Eleanor Roosevelt introduced Adlai Stevenson to the 1952 convention.  If you don’t have these memories, you are just too young! Jim Culpepper, my fellow lawyer, and friend who taught himself Spanish so he could preach. Besides my father, I was influenced in my choices by: the Bible and Aunt Bessie. Aunt Bessie was my father’s older sister. She took a special interest in my sister, Lacreta, and me. Wanted us “raised” right! Aunt Bessie believed in right and wrong. No cerebral discussions of morality. She used metaphors; she pronounced a truism. Brief and to the point.
When one of our many cousins started dating, “hanging out”, or getting married, and Aunt Bessie thought it was a bad choice, she would not criticize the other person or the cousin. She said simply: “Well, water seeks its own level.” “Every tub sits on its own bottom” is another truth she repeated. Aunt Bessie was not tolerant of people who excused their ill behavior by blaming someone else. Aunt Bessie did not argue the point. Besides my father, I was influenced in my choices by:  the Bible and Aunt Bessie. Aunt Bessie was my father’s older sister.  She took a special interest in my sister, Lacreta, and me.  Wanted us “raised” right! Aunt Bessie believed in right and wrong.  No cerebral discussions of morality. She used metaphors; she pronounced a truism.  Brief and to the point. When one of our many cousins started dating, “hanging out”, or getting married, and Aunt Bessie thought it was a bad choice, she would not criticize the other person or the cousin.  She said simply: “Well, water seeks its own level.” “Every tub sits on its own bottom” is another truth she repeated.  Aunt Bessie was not tolerant of people who excused their ill behavior by blaming someone else.  Aunt Bessie did not argue the point.  She simply said that “every tub sits on its own bottom.” Memories of Aunt Bessie came as I watched Ricky Skaggs sing “Don’t Get Above Your Raising.”  The song refers to a “gal that ain’t what she used to be”  “Just a little high headed.”  Her friend pleads “Don’t get above your raising.  Stay down on earth with me.” Sometimes, we forget “our raising” and become “a little high headed”. I am grateful I had the Bible and I had Aunt Bessie.

Inez Jones’ mother died Friday morning early.  She was 92.  For as long as I can remember, every Sunday after church, Inez drove to the mainland to care for her mother.  Sympathies to the family.

One person who will be glad when 2020 is over is Claire Johnson.  Her mother is improving slowly and may be released from the hospital to a rehab facility.  On Monday, husband Randy Johnson suffered severe injuries when a vehicle pulled out in front of him on Broadway.  Randy was riding his motor scooter.  Fortunately, he was wearing his helmet. He is still in ICU at UTMB.  Hopes to be moved to a room.

Others went down memory lane to the 1952 political conventions.  Sara Campbell remembers listening to the 1952 political conventions on the family radio; Ruth Roberts recalls listening as Eleanor Roosevelt introduced Adlai Stevenson to the 1952 convention.  If you don’t have these memories, you are just too young!

Jim Culpepper, my fellow lawyer, and friend who taught himself Spanish so he could preach for a Hispanic congregation, contracted the virus. He has recovered fully.  Jim was very generous financially to us in rebuilding after Hurricane Ike.  Broadway has participated with his congregation’s coat drive for the less fortunate the past two years.  He was quarantined for 40 days, but tests now are negative.

Jim Hardin continues to read.  Now reading The Journey, the story of Billy Graham.  Jim is anxious to have a memorial service for June. . . Suzanne Druss is recovering from hand surgery.  When I talked with her, a caregiver had driven her to a beauty parlor to get her hair washed.  Sounded upbeat.  Maybe,  it was getting her hair done . . .  or because she has been tested recently for allergies.  Just learned she is not allergic to anything.  She may be the only person in Galveston who is completely free of allergies.  Put her photo in the medical journal!

Just received a nice note from Mike and Amy Wortham.  Written before the virus pandemic.   Using this time to find things they forgot to mail?

Dean Knox has been in the hospital but is home again. . .  Keep Larry and Pat Smith in your prayers.  And Inez Jones’ family. Joe Barnett is a prolific writer, a Wordsmith, a great preacher.  What you may not know is his sense of humor.  Received this warning from him this week: “Just in case, you’re planning on going grocery shopping this weekend. I received a note from someone that said: Do not let them take your temperature going into the store! It’s a scam! They’re erasing your memory. I went for bread and eggs and came home with Blue Bell ice cream and Snickers.”

Allen C. Isbell

About us . . .

Our plan is to resume meeting at the building on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Bible Classes and Wednesday night will come later. We have studied how other churches are conducting safe assemblies. We will be able to do that. Social distancing and masks will be necessary. Masks will be provided as well as hand sanitizer.
Teresa Fluery called last Sunday. Their house burned down. Lost everything. One of their dogs died in the fire. You may want to reach out to Teresa and Chris at methos83@gmail.com. She is receiving her snail mail at her parent’s house in Borger. Address: Teresa Fluery/1314 Coble/Borger, Texas 79007.

Fortunately, neither Teresa nor Chris was home. The church is sending some financial help. Individual members are contributing to help, also. You may send your help through the church at the church’s post office address: Broadway Church of Christ/ P. O. Box 3835/ Galveston, Texas 77552 – mark it for Teresa.

Teresa still has her sense of humor. Took Chris to the ER because of smoke inhalation and two dogs to the vet. The vet really examined/treated the dogs; the ER people sent Chris home. Chris told Teresa next time take me to the vet.
Inez Jones’ mother passed away Friday morning early. She was 92.                                                    For as long as I can remember, every Sunday after church, Inez drove to the mainland to care for her mother. Sympathies to the family.
One person who will be glad when 2020 is over is Claire Johnson. Her mother is improving slowly and may be released from the hospital to a rehab facility. On Monday, husband Randy Johnson suffered severe injuries when a vehicle pulled out in front of him on Broadway. Randy was riding his motor scooter. Fortunately, he was wearing his helmet. . . still in ICU at UTMB. Hopes to be moved to a room.

Others went down memory lane to the 1952 political conventions. Sara Campbell remembers listening to the 1952 political conventions on the family radio; Ruth Roberts recalls listening as Eleanor Roosevelt introduced Adlai Stevenson to the 1952 convention.                                         If you don’t have these memories, you are just too young!
Jim Culpepper, my fellow lawyer, and friend who taught himself Spanish so he could preach for a Hispanic congregation, contracted the virus. He has recovered fully. Jim was very generous financially to us in rebuilding after Hurricane Ike. Broadway has participated with his congregation’s coat drive for the less fortunate the past two years. He was quarantined for 40 days, but tests now are negative.
Jim Hardin continues to read. Now reading The Journey, the story of Billy Graham. Jim is anxious to have a memorial service for June. . .. Suzanne Druss is recovering from hand surgery. When I talked with her, a caregiver had driven her to a beauty parlor to get her hair washed. Sounded upbeat. Maybe it was getting her hair done . . . or because she has been tested recently for allergies. Just learned she is not allergic to anything. She may be the only person in Galveston who is completely free of allergies. Put her photo in the medical journal!
Just received a nice note from Mike and Amy Wortham. Written before the virus pandemic. Using this time to find things they forgot to mail?
Dean Knox has been in the hospital but is home again. . .Keep Larry and Pat Smith in your prayers. And Inez Jones’ family.
Joe Barnett is a prolific writer, a Wordsmith, a great preacher. What you may not know is his sense of humor. Received this warning from him this week: “Just in case you’re planning on going grocery shopping this weekend . . . I received a note from someone that said: Do not let them take your temperature going into the store! It’s a scam! They’re erasing your memory. I went for bread and eggs and came home with Blue Bell ice cream and Snickers.”
Allen C. Isbell

Joe Barnett is a prolific writer, a Wordsmith, a great preacher.  What you may not know is his sense of humor.  Received this warning from him this week: “Just in case you’re planning on going grocery shopping this weekend . . . I received a note from someone that said: Do not let them take your temperature going into the store! It’s a scam! They’re erasing your memory. I went for bread and eggs and came home with Blue Bell ice cream and Snickers.”

Last Sunday, Teresa Fluery called extremely upset.  Understandably so.  Their house in Amarillo burned down.  They lost two of their dogs, as well as everything else.                       Chris was being treated for smoke inhalation and the surviving dogs were also.                                Money cannot replace what Teresa and Chris lost, but money is necessary to provide for their needs. The church is sending some relief money to them.

We can do this because you have been faithful to continue sending your gifts during the past six months.

You may want to contribute to Teresa and Chris besides what the church has done from the treasury.  There is a Go Fund Me set up. Or you may mail your special contribution to the Broadway Church of Christ and mark it for Teresa Fluery.

We will send them these additional funds.  By going through the church, your gifts will be tax-deductible.

Remember to send it to the church’s post office box, not its street address:

Broadway Church of Christ                                                                                                               P.O. Box 3835                                                                                                                                      Galveston, Texas 77552

Allen

I Wish I Didn’t Know Now.                                                                                                                 “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then” is a lyric Bob Seeger sings in “Against the Wind. This song is about “running against the wind”; learning things we now regret knowing. Country artist Toby Keith revived these words as the title of his song about a suspicious man who learns that his suspicions were true. Afterward, he wishes he had not learned this. Sometimes, not knowing is better. Knowledge may enhance life and relationships, but sometimes knowledge brings sorrows and regrets. A theme in the Fall of Man is a desire to know, then knowing and then wishing we did not know. The seduction of Eve began with the thought that God kept them from the eating of the “tree of knowledge” because He was unfairly depriving them of knowing something that would be good for them. Eve was seduced into believing that knowledge is always better than not knowing. So, Adam and Eve chose what was forbidden, and “their eyes were opened”. But this knowledge ruined their lives – and ours.                      Most of us can identify with this sentence – “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.” I wish for you an innocence that is never shattered. I wish for those whose innocence is shattered, healing.                                                                                      In Texas, we attribute the statement to John Wayne; in California, they say it was Bette Davis. But whoever said it told the truth: “Growing old is not for Sissies.”                                                                                                                                                    I sympathize with those who want to be respectful, but do not know how to refer to us who are growing old. Even I do not know what I prefer being called.    I do not like being called a “young man.” “How are you, young man?” is the choice of those who are about to measure my blood pressure, take blood samples, or stick a sharp needle in my arm. I am not a young man. I have been a young man. That is when I made most mistakes of my life. I have earned every wrinkle and every gray hair. Each is a badge of experience.  Do not patronize me, calling me “young man.” I do not like to be called a “senior citizen”, even if it comes with a discount. Nor am I enamored with trite euphemisms – “the golden years”. Certainly, I bristle at being called “elderly” or “old”. “Old” implies “obsolescence” or “worn out”.  Maybe “Old School” is okay. I learned that phrase from my clients. It is a term of endearment, of respect.

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Faith over Fear                                                                   Larry Smith                                    9/13/2020

God is still in Control                                                        Larry Smith                                     9/6/2020

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Thank God                                                                           Larry   Smith                                 8/23/2020

The Importance of Christian Hope                               Larry Smith                               8/16/2020

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Be Anxious for Nothing                                             Larry Smith                                          8/2/2020

Faith and Coronavirus                                           Larry Smith                                     7/26/2020

Dealing with Anxiety                                            Larry Smith                                        7/19/2020

Unity of Purpose                                                    Larry Smith                                        7/12/2020

Discerning God’s Word                                          Larry Smith                            July 6, 2020

Christian Anxiety and Fear                                     Larry Smith                             June 29, 2020

Having the Heart of Christ                                     Larry Smith                  June 21, 2020

An Unexamined Life                                                  Larry Smith                                      May 24, 2020

What we mean to the Lord                                      Allen Isbell

Mary (mother of Jesus)                                           Joe Barnett

 


 


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

Our Minister, Larry Smith and his wife, Patricia