Posts with the category “adults”
Meet Cassidy Odom, HNW's new Kids Minister
by Karen Stamps on April 7th, 2021
Cassi has served in ministry for the past 15 years and has also partnered with schools to extend a positive message to kids outside of weekly church gatherings. Cassi desires for every child to have an opportunity to fall in love with Jesus at a young age.
I Don't Know Who That Old Me Is Anymore
by Karen Stamps on March 4th, 2021
I remember starting the pattern of lying as a teenager. Probably younger. Lying to make things more exciting. Lying to hide problems. Lying to keep relationships. It was exhausting! I was constantly hiding from the truth. The truth of who I actually was behind closed doors. Insecure, ashamed, and very lost. In the dark the enemy was able to lie to me as well. I listened. For 29 years.
People Over Projects
by Karen Stamps on February 24th, 2021
On our last day, it was Mike, another homeowner, who impacted me most. I was able to sit alone with him as he shared his hurricane story -- something I sensed he doesn’t talk about much but needed to. He shared how he and his wife huddled together for hours as the walls and roof shook and groaned all around them. He recalled at the worst point when the ceilings were falling in on them thinking “this was it” and as he said it, he had to look away and was quiet a long moment. In that moment, I better understood what Pastor Chris Hall had been telling us. Disaster recovery is about the people more than the houses and the clean-up.
A Jehovah's Witness Finds Jesus
by Karen Stamps on February 9th, 2021
I was a child so full of fear, anxiety, and deep sadness. No matter how many hours I went door to door preaching, no matter how many magazines I gave out, no matter what I did, I felt it was never enough, that no amount of my feeble efforts or works was ever enough for me to know I had God's favor and would be spared through Armageddon.
Concerned With What Others Might Think
by Karen Stamps on February 2nd, 2021
Throughout my teen years, I felt guilty every time baptism came up. I knew in my heart I was being disobedient. But the more years that passed, the more embarrassed I became. I was a leader in our youth group. If I was baptized now, people might think I had been faking my salvation all these years! Pride can make simple things difficult.
by Jackie McDonald on January 20th, 2021
ESL at Houston Northwest Church launches on February 9! This practical ministry will allow HNW to serve our neighbors from all over the world. Currently 34 students representing 9 countries will join HNW as ESL students. We expect to see this number grow as momentum builds in the community. Support is needed as this ministry continues to grow. The major need is prayer for the students and teachers ...
Ministry Partner Spotlight: New Life Adoptions
by Jackie McDonald on January 14th, 2021
Ministry Partner Spotlight: New Life AdoptionsIn the United States alone, 50% of unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. For 48%, the decision is made for parenting or allowing a family member to raise the child. Only 2% of unplanned pregnancies end in adoption.New Life Adoptions, one of Houston Northwest Church's ministry partners, exists to come alongside a life that has been shattered by the new...
Dan Worrell #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 11th, 2020
My name is Dan Worrell and this is #mysalvationstory. I was raised going to church with my parents and siblings and started learning Bible stories at an early age. When I was in the 3rd grade, my heart and mind began looking at Jesus differently. I asked my parents questions like "What happens to us when we die?" "What does it mean that Jesus died for me?" "What is sin?" One evening my mom and dad...
Karen Stamps #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 3rd, 2020
My name is Karen Stamps and this is #mysalvationstory.
What Love Looks Like
by Jackie McDonald on September 30th, 2020
What Love Looks LikeLast weekend, a group of our city’s homeless enjoyed a hot meal and a shower, had their clothes laundered, selected new clothes, and received a Bible and prayer as HNW volunteers partnered with Mission Centers of Houston for their first "Bless the Homeless" event.Lauren Williams, one of the HNW team members said that not only did she learn a lot, but she left humbled and encour...
"Whew What a Ride!" by Lorie Detter
by Jackie McDonald on September 23rd, 2020
by Lorie Detter I was a World War II baby. I grew up in a home with hard-working parents, but we lived at the poverty level. My church upbringing was very legalistic, and I worked hard to be “perfect.” I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. They impressed on me that getting saved was the goal, and I walked the aisle at age 8. The rules were many: no shorts, no makeup, no swimsuits, long dress...
A New Smile for Faith
by Jackie McDonald on September 3rd, 2020
HNW member Victoria Azubuike served as a Global Reach medical team member this past March on a mission trip to Kajiado, Kenya. On the final day of the trip while touring a medical clinic, she was introduced to a woman named Faith.
by Jackie McDonald on August 27th, 2020
At least one HNW Life Group created a "scattered church" experience in their cul-de-sac this past weekend. Kacie Ticer explains: "A few weeks ago, Ben and I began kicking around the idea of pulling our Life Group together for a worship service. When Pastor Steve encouraged the church to begin gathering in small groups outdoors, we envisioned what that would look like and how it would give us an op...
by Jackie McDonald on July 24th, 2020
My Perspective Has Been Adjustedby Robert Ford When I first joined the HNW call-in prayer group in early April, I was concerned about the time commitment. In the beginning, it was a self-disciplined act of obedience to attend each day. It wasn’t long before I was praying along and the Spirit of God was stirring – not just in me, but in our whole group. At first, I thought I was sacrificing my alon...
What HNW Ironmen Has Meant to Me by Chad Beck
by Jackie McDonald on July 14th, 2020
Hi, my name is Chad.Not the Chad you may know of, heard of, met once, sat behind, beside, in front of or across from in church. Not the Chad you thought was standoffish, maybe arrogant, but certainly not warm or inviting.I hope after five years of attending HNW there are not many who would say they know that Chad, though I’m certain there are some. This is the Chad who didn’t talk to you out of fe...
My name is Tim Snow, and I am a recovering alcoholic.
by Jackie McDonald on April 22nd, 2020
My name is Tim Snow, and I am a recovering alcoholic. On August 14, 2019, after a 23-year drinking career, I hit rock bottom. My health was failing. My faith was just about gone. My career was on a downfall. Most importantly, I was very close to losing my family. At this point, my wife…