Texas Man desires of the best cross

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Rick Milby has visions of a cross that is 230 feet tall. It will rise higher than the nearby Abundant Life Fellowship Church, where Milby has been a pastor for more than 30 years. If the church had a church tower, it would also rise higher. It will rise above the nearby homes, trees, and factories in the flat Texas countryside, visible from the cars that drive along Interstate 37. It will rise so high off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico that planes will have to fly around it.

The Corpus Christi Cross should be completed this summer before delays in financing postponed the completion date. When finished, it will be the sixth structure to claim the "highest cross in America" ​​title in the past 30 years.

Milby finds it pretty obvious why anyone wants to build the highest cross in the country. "We hope to convert people and encourage Christians," Milby told Christianity Today. "People will come from anywhere to see it and we will baptize them that day."

Things can also escalate. Milby's cross, for example, was not first conceived as the largest in the country. It was just a gong to be a big cross.

He took the Church staff on a retreat in Galveston and they drove past a cross. Milby seized the idea and after retreating, Church workers examined the possibility of building their own. They had to get a special permit from the Federal Aviation Administration.

They wrote to request a deviation and were told they could get permission to cross up to 230 feet. That was 40 feet higher than the "Titanic Texas Tribute" cross in Groom, Texas, and 32 feet higher than Effingham, …

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