Author Archives: Rick Davis

Chains of Grace: The Key Word is Lonely

Get your guys talking about their prison stay. You will hear words like “sad,” ‘sorry,” “sick.” There are guys who experience “real fear,” some who suddenly know they are “frail” and many, many who express their “frustration.” One descriptive word they use most often is “lonely.” They may be in a cell block with fiftyContinue Reading

Jim James Memorial Service

We will honor Jim’s memory next Tuesday, 19 March, 2019 at 11:30 am at Jayne’s Funeral Home at 811 South Cockrell Hill Road in Duncanville. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery.Continue Reading


I have more typos than ever. My eyes do not work as once they worked. My hands shake a lot. I have typos. Please feel empowered to be my Editor when you see a typo in something I post. You will not hurt my feelings. They don’t work much, either. Just let me know.Continue Reading

Jim James

A bit more than thirty years ago a fellow asked for an appointment with me in my pastoral office at FBC, Midlothian. He came in appearing somewhat nervous. He began to talk and did not stop for awhile. In the midst of his discourse it occurred to me he had come in essence to gainContinue Reading

Chains of Grace: One of our Guys Tells a Story You Need to Hear

Today at 4pm we will put up another podcast interview at John was a responsible, middle aged guy with a good job. Then, he sinned a series of sins that led him to arrest, sentencing, depression and twenty five years in prison. Hear his testimony today at 4pm at You can simply goContinue Reading

Please be praying. The phone rang again.

My friends Jim and Karen James need our prayers. Jim was in a serious accident today. The doctors have told them the next two to three days are critical. I cannot overstate how wonderful this family is and how dear to us. Please pray for Jim and Karen James and their family.Continue Reading

Memorial Service for Terry Cosby

The memorial service for Terry Cosby will be Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2pm. The service will be held at White Bluff Chapel, where Terry was faithful to be the pastor for more than ten years. Larry Venable, Bob Webb and Bobby Broyles will share a word from the old days at Howard Payne toContinue Reading

So, the bragging continues…

…in that our eldest grandchild, Faith Atchley, has won a few more honors for her basketball skills. I know you cannot wait to learn the newest news, but that will have to wait until after the disclaimer. To wit: All 12 of our grandchildren are absolutely perfect in every way, lacking in nothing. Each oneContinue Reading

Terry Cosby Is a Special Guy

I have not wept for many men. I have wept for him. Perhaps I should have left the year and kept the day from then. We met at HPU in Brownwood, Texas. He was a small town football hero and a future small college All American in Track and Field. I was not. I wasContinue Reading

Terry Cosby Has Died

For a few days we have asked for prayer for “my friend.” Out of deference to his family and his wishes we mentioned no names. Now, word has spread to his many friends around the state of his last illness. Terry went to be with our Lord in mid-afternoon today surrounded by his wife, hisContinue Reading