Overcoming Disillusionment with the Church

By , Contributing Writer| April 11th, 2018|

What is Disillusionment? Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What enters your mind when you think of that city? Glitter? Glamour? Gambling? Though Vegas itself holds very little appeal to us, my wife and I now visit occasionally because our son and his wife live there. On our last visit, I saw an advertisement [...]

What Is Good About Good Friday?

By , Copy Editor| March 29th, 2018|

The Confusion of Good Friday Good Friday is the day Christ-followers observe Jesus Christ’s death on a cross. It is the Friday before Easter. Some denominations hold special services to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion while other denominations hold regular Easter services throughout Easter weekend. Whether you observe Good Friday or not, you might wonder why we [...]

The Woodbridge Journey from Past to Present

By , | March 27th, 2018|

Our family jumped in with both feet when invited by Former Campus Pastor Jason Williams to be part of the new campus in the Murphy/Sachse/Wylie area. We had heard rumors for years that the next campus would be in our community. When it became a reality, we were thrilled! It was about three-and-a-half years ago [...]

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross

By , Contributing Writer| March 22nd, 2018|

As I reflect on what filled my heart and mind as I pondered the Stations of the Cross, I'm forced to consider: for me, this wasn't simply an historical journey remembering the steps of Jesus; this was a personal pilgrimage following the footsteps of my own life. From the outset, when considering the Stations of [...]

From Ashes to Beauty: A Story of Transformation

By , | March 21st, 2018|

What is Transformation? Transformation has multiple applications. Scientifically, animals undergo metamorphosis, elements change through nuclear processes, and cells alter genetically by introducing plasma. Transformation in the spiritual realm, although perhaps not visible, is equally, if not more, impactful. Spiritually, a person’s sacred life can undergo a fundamental change. In the Bible, transformation means not to [...]

Ten Things to Know About Our Woodbridge Campus Pastor

By , Copy Editor| March 14th, 2018|

Woodbridge Campus Pastor Craig Rush is going to let you in on a few secrets as he prepares for the grand opening of his campus' new location. Dedicated to the Murphy/Wylie/Sachse community, he is excited for the opening of Woodbridge Campus’ new location in Sachse, TX. Before our grand opening, here are the top ten [...]

What I Learned About the Impact of Divorce

By , Contributing Writer| March 4th, 2018|

The Emotional Impact of Divorce Having lost both of my parents, a sister, many other relatives, and friends to death, there's a part of me that believes the death of my marriage and subsequent divorce resulted in a longer, more agonizing period of grief than the death of my loved ones. When someone we love [...]

Where You Can Find Support When Facing Divorce

By , | February 21st, 2018|

How does divorce impact our lives? Divorce affects a lot of people in the United States every year. If you have experienced a divorce or are in the middle of one, you are not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, 40-50% of married couples will divorce. Divorce can impact many areas in a family’s [...]

On Gun Violence and Lent in the Aftermath of Parkland, Florida

By , Communications Pastor| February 16th, 2018|

Ash Wednesday was this week. Forty-six days before Easter every year, millions of people around the world allow their priest or pastor to apply ashes to their forehead in a symbolic gesture of humility. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a season of self-examination, fasting, and personal repentance. The season’s purpose is to prepare [...]

Trusting God’s Promises During Difficult Times

By , | February 15th, 2018|

Doesn’t it feel like we face challenging times often? Do we ever say, “things are exactly how they should be”? Do we realize when they are? Why do we always seek or yearn for something more, some different season, some other job, or some stage to pass? No matter what difficult circumstances we are facing, [...]