• 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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Quotes

Quotes seem to capture our thoughts and attention with powerful word picture phrases.  I save meaningful quotes in a document file. Below are some recent additions.  Do you have an interesting quote to add to the collection?

  • In the face of evil, bystanders are no better than perpetrators. - Rick Warren
  • Carve your name on hearts and not marble. - CH Spurgeon
  • Faith is a refusal to panic. - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Every man is entitled to be valued by his best moments. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 comments (Add your own)

1 Joshua Abel - Fri, January 28, 2011 @ 10:03 PM

"God is not looking for eloquent speakers, but faithful stutterers." - Gregg Matte
2 Joshua Abel - Wed, February 2, 2011 @ 10:29 PM

"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased." - C.S. Lewis
3 Pastor - Tue, February 8, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Much of what we believe is often based more on comfort or our culture’s tradition than on the Bible. – Acts 17:11

"We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone… [We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.” – A.W. Tozer
4 Joshua Abel - Wed, February 9, 2011 @ 1:38 PM

"You're never going to purify the water by painting the pump." - Adrian Rodgers
5 Rebecca Abel - Sun, February 20, 2011 @ 9:27 PM

This is from Max Lucado's weekly devo. The focus was to focus on Jesus, and not on your selfish desires, and. To focus not on what you don't have, but on what you do:


You have a ticket to heaven no thief can take,
an eternal home no divorce can break.

Every sin of your life has been cast to the sea.
Every mistake you’ve made is nailed to the tree.

You’re blood-bought and heaven-made.
A child of God—forever saved.

So be grateful, joyful—for isn’t it true?
What you don’t have is much less than what you do
6 Jacey McClary - Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

I luv you dad!

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