November 2010

What We Were NOT Created To Do

  Photo from alaska-in-pictures.com       Have you ever thought about how certain things in life are created to do something? A lot of times we look at it from just one angle – the functionality of things. Therefore, we would say, “a fish in water is created to swim or an eagle in the air is created to fly.” But what if we looked at it from the inverse angle? A fish in...

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Thanksgiving 2010 Reflections

  Photo from canvasreplicas.com       As today is officially Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to take this time to write about how truly thankful I am for so many things. I have been sharing with people that there is a strong connection between a person’s level of gratitude and their lives being filled with faith and trust. It is difficult to exhibit faith and trust in God when we have a complaining or whining...

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Two Important Days for Men

  Photo by annegeddes.com       This past weekend there were two significant observances. On November 19th, it was the International Men’s Day and then on November 20th it was the National Adoption Day. For some reason, I just found the two back-to-back commemorative days a bit interesting. The International Men’s day was created to address some of the issues men faced worldwide, as well as to acknowledge some of the positive contributions they...

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Shining the Light on Robert Barriger

  My time in Lima, Peru was incredible. In fact, it was like a mini-retreat for me. I was able to recalibrate and get my spirit renewed. But most of all, I was able to reconnect with one of my spiritual mentors, Pastor Robert Barriger. I have come to the realization that there are always a handful of people that God sovereignly places in your life. They are the divine connections that play a significant...

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Heading to South America

  I am in transit in Atlanta and waiting for my plane to head down to Lima, Peru. It has been awhile since I have been in Latin America. A lot of our focus has been in Asia within the last 5 years; but recently God has opened a door for us in Chile. I will be reconnecting with Pastor Robert Barriger from Camino de Vida. I am looking forward to just hanging out with...

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HMCC of Austin Update 11.15.10

  Every time I travel to one of the HMCC churches, I am reminded how much Jesus loves His Bride (Eph 5:25-27). Even though each church is a little different due to the context, I am thankful that each of our churches has the same DNA. It has been refreshing to spend some time with Pastor Ben and his family. Their family has always been special to Christina and me because Pastor Ben was there...

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Advancing Together with the 2020 Vision

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publication Team       It has been about a month since we shared the 2020 Vision with all the HMCC churches. Once again, this is an endeavor that will require a tremendous amount of faith and prayer. Throughout history, whenever great things were accomplished, there were several traits consistently present: 1) Revelation from God. Whenever there is a God-size vision, it has to come from God and His Word. If...

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Relationship Reality Series

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team       Usually we have a relationship series for the college students, right around February when the topic of love and relationships are in the air. For this year, we have decided to do it earlier. If there is one issue that has caused the most heartaches and headaches for people, it will have to be on the topic of opposite-sex relationships. We live in a culture where...

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Responsibility as a Citizen

  Photo on ramapo.edu       Today is Election Tuesday. Christina and I went into the polling place this morning to place our votes. Then, I spent some time reflecting on the significance of my privilege to vote as a U.S. citizen. It is hard to believe that I became a citizen of the United States when I was about 20 years old. Back then I had no idea of the importance or the...

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