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Vision Sunday Recap

Yesterday I spoke on the five goals that will guide the next five years of Houston Northwest Church. I’m excited about these goals and the direction they will take our church to focus more on the Kingdom of God. My personal goal in the midst of these five targets is to encourage every single one…

Serving

As I have contemplated my own life I realize that there are times I can be selfish and self-consumed. We live in a culture that is self-focused and directed toward the idea that we deserve or are owed something. The media bombards us with self-indulgence and self-focus. Think about it; slogans like “Because You’re Worth…

When It All Explodes: Responding to Orlando

Almost every hot topic of our age boiled over with the terrifying and tragic mass shooting in Orlando, leaving 49 dead and 53 wounded. LGBT rights, terrorism, gun control, and radical Islam all came together in a deadly cocktail, and the political rhetoric has been officially dialed to record levels. Incidents like this happen with increasingly frequency in our nation, so how ought…

Hostility vs. Reconciliation

I love baseball. And, since my childhood, I’ve loved the Texas Rangers. (I know, I know.) Last October the Rangers were ousted from the playoffs by the Toronto Blue Jays. One of the premier Blue Jays, Jose Bautista, jacked a home run during that game and defiantly threw his bat as the ball left the field. And Rangers fans did not like…

The Idea That Changed The World

Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name —U2, “Grace” Christians are not unifying people. Clarification: people who are not Christians do not perceive Christians to be unifying people. Granted, Christians would like to be seen as such. But, empirically speaking, the behaviors and cultural stances…

Why Does Baptism Matter?

A few weeks ago we had our first baptism service of 2015. We had a great time as we baptized 21 people in our worship services. I loved seeing the smiles and tears, hearing the stories of changed lives, and seeing our congregation clap and hoot for those who had decided to follow Jesus in obedience. We plan to do another baptism…

Fasting

We are entering into a season of prayer and fasting for our city. We are taking our inspiration from Jeremiah 29:7: “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” We want to seek the welfare…

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