Friday, June 22, 2007

Captioned Creation videos for download

The following is from the latest issue of Associates For Biblical Research's newsletter:

Ian Juby is producing a new creation video series, The Complete Creation. The first offering, "Creation or Evolution: WHO CARES?" is posted for viewing on godtube:
as well as youtube:

...and is available for sale as an instant download in high-definition at The series is intended to be exhaustive, "starting right from square one and covering all bases." It is meant to be a valuable resource for Sunday School classes, personal studies, etc. The hearing impaired will be blessed by the open captions included, an unfortunately rare thing in Christian-produced videos.

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Flowers at Home

Today is a Saturday that we don't have any ministry activities scheduled.  It was nice not having to wake to an alarm clock this morning and to wake in our own bed.  I took advantage of the beautiful weather and took some pictures of a few of Margaret's flowers that are in our front yard.


Bergamot - as in Earl Gray Tea

Stella d'Oro

Stella d'Oro - One of my personal favorites

Petunitas and Angel Face Blue

Petunias on the left and Angel Face Blue on the right

Angel Face Blue

More Angel Face Blue



Tiger Liliy

Tiger Lily - another favorite of mine

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  (Matthew 6:28b-29) NKJV

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Avery - 6 Months Later

Our friend Chuck Talley came by the chapel with his daughter Avery.  Avery was born last November and was in this blog before she was one day old.

Chuck & Avery

Proud father and little Avery

Avery and Margaret

She likes to have her picture taken!

(see all of the pictures)

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Garden Club 50th Anniversary Show

Margaret is a very active member of the Middletown-Odessa Garden Club, a member of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs.  This year is the club's 50th anniversary and last week they had a flower show.

Hat plus

 Margaret had nine entries in the show and won one first-place, two second-place and three third-place awards.


I think her hat entry is gorgeous and should have won first-prize in the hat category!

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Friday, June 01, 2007


I expect most people don't automatically think of hugs when thinking about truck drivers.  We specialize in hugs in our ministry.  Many of our visitors receive hugs when they arrive and/or when they depart the chapel.  For me hugs are a spontaneous thing.  I don't go through some mental exercise for each visitor to decide if I will hug them or not - it just automatically happens, or not.

Very few people I have met in my life have shared with me that they are uncomfortable with hugs.  Such folks are definitely in the minority.

For almost a year driver Carl visited our chapel once or twice each week.  He was on a dedicated run.  That means he drove the same route every week beginning and ending at his home in Ohio.  Carl and I got to fellowship enough to become good friends.  Then, as happens in the trucking business, Carl was told that he was to be changed to another route.

Carl had shared with me about his childhood which had largely been lacking in verbal or physical expressions of love.  He had also shared about his very difficult marriage to a woman involved in a corrupt form of religion that left him, as a Christian, excluded from much of the normal marriage fellowship opportunities.

During our last visit, while sharing a meal together, Carl told me, "I'm going to miss the hugs.  This is the only place I get hugs."  I had no idea...

Have you hugged anyone today?  Make sure you do!

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins