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I believe in a hill called mount calvary

I believe whatever the cost

And when time has surrendered

And earth is no more

I’ll still cling to the old rugged cross.

This is the first and closing chorus to a song written by Gloria and Bill Gaither. It was inspired from a testimony for Christ by Corrie ten Boom, who was a woman whose faith and story came from the horrors of life that took place in Nazi Germany during World War II. It is the perfect song to be used for Holy or Passion Week which for Christians is the week leading to the crucifixion of Christ on Mount Calvary and the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

It was the lyrics to this song that rang out through the sanctuary of Forest Home Baptist Church on Wednesday evening at the end of a Biblically-based testimony from Ryan Smith. The song helped serve as a healing balm to those in attendance who was seeking peaceful moments of reflection of Christ on the cross at Mount Calvary.

The cross is a historical marker and because of His love, Jesus is history in the making. Once He comes into your life, you are never the same. He changes you and makes you a new creature. A renewal of life and reason His Resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

I believe that the Christ

Who was slain on the cross

Has the power to change lives today

For He changed me completely

A new life is mine

And that is why by the cross

I will stay

I believe in a hill called mount calvary

I believe whatever the cost

And when time has surrendered

And earth is no more

I’ll still cling to the old rugged cross.

IN KEEPING with history, a new historical marker is being unveiled in the Danville Community. Evelyn and Lloyd Bolding have sponsored an official state of Texas Historical marker about the community and a reception for the unveiling has been planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th at the Bolding Barn located at 2366 Danville Rad.

New Danville, also known as Danville, was established around 1847 by S. Slade Barnett and his relatives. It was named after their former hometown of Danville, Kentucky. It was located along the intersection of major roadways to Marshall, Tyler and Henderson, The town site was near an old Indian village called Bighead Village and was either named after a nearby creek, or the Nadaco Chief named Big Head.

“I already knew a lot of the history,” said John Whitehead, member of the Gregg County Historical Commission. It was John who helped the Boldings with the application for the marker. “But, I found it most interesting that the original families were moving in to a nice clear area that was good for farming. The Nadaco Indians were actually the first settlers and were the ones who had cleared the land. The Nadacos didn’t just stay camped in one area and spread out for miles around the Danville Community. The Indians were peaceful and were traders.”

In 1848, the Gum Spring Presbyterian Church was organized by the community and the Danville Masonic Lodge No. 101 was chartered in 1852. with S. Slade Barnett as an initial member of both of the organizations. The Masonic lodge played a large part in the social and educational life of the community. The majority of the families that settled in Danville were traditional farmers along with several doctors, merchants, mechanics, teachers and more.

At its height after the Civil War, Danville was the location of several stores, saloons, a blacksmith shop, saw mill and mule-powered cotton gin. The community continued to prosper until the International Great Northern Railroad bypassed the town. Many of the leaders and leading families of New Danville became the leaders and leading families of Kilgore. In effect, Kilgore is a continuation of the New Danville community. Today, only a few dwellings remain in the area, but Danville remains one of the oldest settlements in what became Gregg County. .

The Bolding farm fronts the loop and Danville Road. “We don’t want people to be exposed to traffic on the highway during the unveiling, so a photo will be taken and brought to the reception for those who wish to attend,” said Evelyn. “I truly hope descendents from the original Danville Community plan on coming to the reception, too. I would love to hear more about their connections.”

The reception has been set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Bolding Barn located at 2366 Danville Road.

Be sure to check with your churches for Easter sunrise services. There are many in the area hosting them including First Baptist Kilgore, Highland Park Baptist, St. Luke’s United Methodist, London Baptist and Caney Creek Baptist..

May Your Easter Be Blessed and May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts throughout the week. We may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or 903-984-2593.

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