• Magic of Christmas Advent Reading

    Join together on the YouVersion Bible App to prepare for the coming Christmas season through the daily Advent Reading: The Magic of Christmas!

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    Samaritan's Purse

    Operation Christmas Child is a program of Samaritan’s Purse that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love!  Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His son, Jesus Christ.  Grateful to have such an amazing organization still at work in our community assisting with Hurricane Harvey clean up!

    Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift.  After opening their shoebox gifts, many of the children read Gospel literature in their own language telling them about God’s love through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Many of their parents were reading the booklets as well. 

    They have a helpful phone app to guide you into what to include in your boxes.  You can bring your finished boxes to church on Sunday, November 19th.

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    Code 2:20

    Hurricane Harvey brought much destruction, but in the Spirit inspired words of Nehemiah 2:20... The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build... As a church family, we have an opportunity to reach out to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our neighbors in the Coastal Bend with the love and hope of Jesus Christ!

    We have set up a Remind 101 App area for you to get immediate alerts of pressing needs. You can join by texting to "81010" and in the message put "@code2-20".

    When you get a "code 2-20", let our first reaction be PRAYER.  One of the things I have appreciated about our study through Nehemiah was that his words also reflected a change of heart!  Let's begin by taking every concern to the Master!  Secondly, RESPOND.  If you can physically respond to the the immediate need by showing up to lend a physical hand or a comforting hug, then Godspeed.  Thirdly, GIVE.  Many of our friends even outside of the Coastal Bend are looking for ways that they can help.  By giving offerings using our online system and marking it "Code2:20", we will use all of these funds to assist the needs.

    Some of our family and friends outside the area have asked if they can send supplies.  At the present, the infrastructure in our areas are compromised and the best way to help would be to give and let us use these funds towards things like generators, chainsaws, clean up tools, tarps, water, and housing assistance.

    Thanks in Advance! 

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    God @ work

    Nehemiah teaches us that work is not a prison, but a platform to reflect the glory of God.   Nehemiah's faith in God fueled the way he did his job and cared for others.

    Colossians 3:23-24, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

    Rick Warren has a powerful acrostic based on Proverbs 16:3 and our God given design to work.

    Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will SUCCEED. Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)

    Start working enthusiastically.

    Understand who you really work for.

    Concentrate on building your character.

    Care about the people you work with

    Exceed what is expected of you

    Expand Your Skills to SUCCEED at Work

    Dedicate your work to be used for God's purposes.

    God sees how you work and considers it worship when done unto Him!

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It's Friday but Sunday's Comin!

by Pastor Marshall L. Shepard

It was Friday, and my Jesus is dead on a tree. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s coming.

  • Friday, Mary’s crying her eyes out, the disciples are running in every direction like sheep without a shepherd. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s coming.

  • Friday, some are looking at the world and saying, “As things have been, so they shall be. You can’t change nothing in this world! You can’t change nothing in this world!” But they didn’t know that it was only Friday, and Sunday’s coming.

  • Friday, them forces that oppress the poor and keep people down, them forces that destroy people, the forces in control now, them forces that are gonna rule, they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s coming.

  • Friday, people are saying, “Darkness is gonna rule the world, sadness is gonna be everywhere,” but they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s coming.

  • Even though this world is rotten, as it is right now, we know it’s only Friday. But Sunday’s coming!

  • It's Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying. But Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. The disciples are hiding and Peter's denying that he knows the Lord. But Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. Jesus is standing before the high priest of Israel, silent as a lamb before the slaughter. But Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. But Sunday's coming. It's Friday.

  • Those Roman soldiers are flogging our Lord with a leather scourge that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. But Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. The Son of man stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow. But Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. See Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load. It's Friday; but Sunday's a coming.

  • It's Friday. See those Roman soldiers driving the nails into the feet and hands of my Lord. Hear my Jesus cry, "Father, forgive them." It's Friday; but Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. But Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Holy God who will not abide with sin pours out His wrath on that perfect sacrificial lamb who cries out, "My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?" What a horrible cry. But Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. And at the moment of Jesus' death, the veil of the Temple that separates sinful man from Holy God was torn from the top to the bottom because Sunday's coming.

  • It's Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, heaven is weeping and hell is partying. But that's because it's Friday, and they don't know it, but Sunday's a coming. And on that horrible day 2000 years ago, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, the only begotten Son of God, the only perfect man died on the cross of Calvary. Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God. Finally he had disproved the prophecy God had uttered in the Garden and the one who was to crush his head had been destroyed. But that was Friday.

Now it's Sunday.  And just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. But that wasn't the only thing that was shaking because now it's Sunday. And the angel of the Lord is coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb.

  • Yes, it's Sunday, and the angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because it's Sunday, and the lamb that was silent before the slaughter is now the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah, for He is not here, the angel says. He is risen indeed.
  • It's Sunday, and the crucified and resurrected Christ has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. It's Sunday. And now everything has changed. It's the age of grace, God's grace poured out on all who would look to that crucified lamb of Calvary. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again. All because it's Sunday.

It's Friday! But Sunday's a Coming!

It’s FRIDAY, Jesus is praying… Peter is sleeping… Judas is betraying, but SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, Pilate’s struggling…the council is conspiring… the crowd is vilifying… they don’t even know that SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, the disciples are running like a sheep without a shepherd… Mary’s crying… Peter is denying… but they don’t know that SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, the Roman’s beat my Jesus…the roll Him with scars… the crown Him with thorns… but they don’t know that SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, see Jesus walking to Calvary…His blood dripping…His body stumbling…and His Spirit burdened…but you see, it’s only FRIDAY and SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, the world is winning…people are sinning… and evil is grinning.

It’s FRIDAY, the soldiers nail my Savior’s hands to the cross… they nail my Savior’s feet to the cross… and then they raise Him up next to criminals.

It’s FRIDAY, but let me tell you, SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, the disciple’s are questioning, “what has happened to their King?”… and the Pharisees are celebrating that their scheming has been achieved, but they don’t know it’s only FRIDAY… SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, He’s hanging on the cross… feeling forsaken by His Father… left alone and dying… Can nobody save Him? OOOH! It’s FRIDAY, but SUNDAY’S COMIN!

It’s FRIDAY, the earth trembles… they sky grows dark… my King yields His Spirit.

It’s FRIDAY, hope is lost… death has won… sin has conquered… and Satan just a laughing.

It’s FRIDAY, Jesus is buried… a soldier stands guard… and a rock is rolled into place… but it’s FRIDAY… It is ONLY FRIDAY… SUNDAY IS COMIN!!!  

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