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Meet Velvet Phillips

HNW member Velvet Phillips works in the lumber industry and manages a radio station in New Mexico. The latter, she wasn’t expecting.

“Every Christian is called, but you don’t know exactly how the Lord’s going to play it out in your life,” she said.

When her dad got sick, Velvet acquired a radio station earlier this year that he was in the process of buying.

“I tried to sell the radio station; I tried to give it away, and that never worked out for me,” she said. “So I go back to the essentials of, ‘My life is the Lord’s. Everything I have is the Lord’s; everything I have is to be used for the Lord and His purpose and his glory and his honor, so that being the case, why would this be any different?'”

Smiles, Laughter and Connection: International Friendsgiving

On Sunday, Dec. 1, community members representing China, Kenya, Ghana, the U.S. and multiple middle eastern countries gathered together for a traditional Thanksgiving feast to celebrate International Friendsgiving, a collaborative event between Houston NW Church and the YMCA.

Jennie Stephens, District Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Houston, said, “I am so incredibly grateful to have attended the Friendsgiving event. As I looked at the last day of my Thanksgiving vacation, I had almost convinced myself not to attend. However, I decided to drop by to show my support, and I planned to leave once the event got started…

Helping Kenya: Sean’s Story

Helping Kenya: Sean’s Story by Anna Lotz After traveling to Kenya two years ago on an HNW missions trip and realizing the need for better medical care there, Sean Townsend said he and Associate Pastor Chris Hall are working on crafting medical missions opportunities for HNW. “It’s definitely something we’re trying to plan and set…

Life Remodeled: ‘There’s growth in vulnerability’ By Anna Lotz

Ben and Kacie Ticer spent three years with an unfinished kitchen floor. With homes around Houston ravaged by floodwaters—yet their home untouched—the Ticers were hesitant to speak of their own need, a result of foundation issues.

“When we had the money to do it, we didn’t have the time,” Kacie said.

Last December, Ben said members of the couple’s Life Group noticed the Ticer’s undone floor

No Coincidences

In October 2018, Ben Joiner arrived on the HNW scene. Ben is a superintendent for E.E. Reed, the general contractor for our Kids Building construction project. He has become a familiar face during the weekdays, and we have come to love and respect him as one of our own. Ben told us he has been…

Find Community: Join a Group

Meet Dongmei Wu by Danica Smithwick As a single mother and fairly new believer when she started attending HNW about three years ago, Dongmei was intimidated and worried about not fitting in. But it didn’t take long for her to find a Life Group of other single women in different stages of life where she…

Room for Moore

Why we need room for a variety of positions on women in the SBC…The discussion began as many contemporary theological discussions do: a back-and-forth on Twitter. Owen Strachan, Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary tweeted the following: “Complementarians disagree cheerfully about much. One thing we have massive agreement on: women do not preach on Sunday to the church. Doing so…

Why Christians Oppose Abortion

I believe that discussion—true discussion—begins by understanding the position of those with whom you dialogue. If media—broadcast, print, and social—are any indication, then our nation is in a dialogue crisis, for we do not understand the position of the other. This is no more obvious on any issue than that of abortion. Public debate regarding abortion policy has devolved into a name-calling…

Forgiveness Language

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”—Luke 23:34  “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8  Believe it or not, a grammar discussion led me to re-think forgiveness. I was listening to a sermon by Jon Tyson when he mentioned Jesus’ words at his crucifixion: “Father, forgive them, for…

New Year Means Change

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 New Sermon Series | “REFRESH: God’s plan for HNW” Learn the values that drive our vision to “make Houston more like Heaven by helping Houstonians become more like Jesus!” SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 Adult Building Open House Come see all the work that has been done to upgrade on-campus class space for our adults! (Open House will take place after each worship service…

Pleased to Be Crushed: One Houstonian Reflects One Year After Hurricane Harvey

Pleased to Be Crushed: One Houstonian Reflects One Year After Hurricane Harvey Sunrise over Houston Northwest Church campus about a week after Hurricane Harvey. Things happen. Sometimes, they are bad. A year ago, the church I pastor was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. And, a year later, I’m finally beginning to understand what happened to me as a result. I used to love…

Spurgeon for Plumbers

They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.—Nehemiah 8:8 “Muddy water is no sign the spring is deep.”—W.T. Conner Education was not highly valued in rural Cooke County, Texas, in 1970. To make matters worse, Phil Young needed to help his father on the family farm. So he decided to…