Posts with the category “christian-living”
A Convicted Felon Finds Jesus
by Karen Stamps on April 13th, 2021
Recently an inmate requested to make a call from my office. He was incarcerated for the murder of his daughter's husband -- his singular, yet tragic, offense. After the arrest, and for the entire length of his trial and incarceration, he never received a letter, a visit, or a phone call.
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner
by Jackie McDonald on April 11th, 2021
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner. Click to read more!
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...
Priscilla Fletcher #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 17th, 2020
My name is Priscilla Fletcher and this is #mysalvationstory. When I was 8 years old, I started going to church with my best friend and her family. I would go with them every Sunday, and when I was 11 years old I went forward during an alter call and asked the Lord to come into my heart. If I'm honest, I really didn’t fully understand what I had just done, and I went about my life doing things kids...
Robin Scott #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 16th, 2020
My name is Robin Scott and this is #mysalvationstory.My family is Louisiana Creole which means I grew up going to a Catholic church. I always felt there was more to God than what I experienced each Sunday. I wanted to know Him in a deeper way. In high school, I became less interested in going to the church I was accustomed to. One day during my senior year of high school my boyfriend at the time (...
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...
HNW Makes Top 100 List for Reproducing Churches
by Jackie McDonald on August 26th, 2020
We are excited to announce that Houston Northwest Church has made the top 100 Reproducing Churches according to Outreach Magazine!You can read more about HNW and other top reproducing churches here....
Celebrating God's Faithfulness
by Jackie McDonald on July 28th, 2020
Diagnosis day. D-day as some of my fellow spina bifida moms call it. On July 17, 2019, Matt and I were at a routine OB appointment (that he initially wasn't going to be able to attend) to have a quick check-up and ultrasound to look at our sweet baby. It was honestly like a date for us because, with small children, any time you get alone together is a date.We had our ultrasound and met with my OB....
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...
Our Pandemic Life!
by Jackie McDonald on May 27th, 2020
We’ve been enjoying time together during “pandemic life” — walking, running and biking outdoors. Our sunny Houston weather has been amazing! Rylan and I routinely go on Costco dates each week. But we’ve also each been working on our own projects that are transforming us into unique individuals.Rylan (HNW’s Student Pastor) continues to lead students in their virtual ministry and only has slowed dow...
My Pandemic Life
by Jackie McDonald on May 21st, 2020
I have the honor of being the Director of Counseling at Houston Northwest Church. As I write this we are on day 68 of being at home as a family. During those 68 days, there have been ups and downs, lessons and growing pains. We have two teenage boys who have been distance learning through Tomball ISD. That has actually been smoother than we ever thought it would be! They have been very responsible...
HNW Cancels $3 Million in Medical Debt
by Jackie McDonald on April 29th, 2020
Houston Northwest Church’s funding of $30,000 eliminated $3M of medical debt in Texas. More than 1,360 individuals in northwest Houston recently received a letter from RIP Medical Debt letting them know their outstanding medical debt had been paid in full. The letter explained that they no longer owed the debt and the forgiveness of the debt was a no-strings-attached gift. The letter also shared t...
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…
by Jackie McDonald on April 9th, 2020
Good Friday is nearly upon us.Each year as we gather to remember the crucifixion, we also gather around the Table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.We plan to do the same this year, simply in front of our respective devices.And I want to ask you to join me.The Lord’s Supper—also known as Communion—was a meal Jesus instituted the night before he was crucified. It is something that each of us look forw...
Chalk Art Encouragement
by Jackie McDonald on March 31st, 2020
Chalk Art Encouragement #WeLoveHou by Sandi Bothum One of the things I love about Houston NW Church is our vision of making Houston more like heaven by helping Houstonians become more like Jesus. And I love the culture of service. I loved HNW’s response to Hurricane Harvey and how as a church we poured into…
Meet Christine McKnight
by Jackie McDonald on February 13th, 2020
Christine McKnight has attended HNW for 10 years and has served on the Kids First Impressions Team for the last nine years. She continues to serve because of the life-changing impact she knows firsthand that kids ministry can have for families.At a young age, McKnight lived in Iceland with her family because her father was in the Air Force.“[My parents] both knew the Lord, but they were not living...
What is domain engagement? Meet Robert Udoh
by Jackie McDonald on January 23rd, 2020
HNW member Robert Udoh said to practice domain engagement is simply to go share the gospel. For many, one domain to share the gospel might be a workplace.
Meet Velvet Phillips
by Jackie McDonald on January 15th, 2020
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?'”