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 [...]

Three Issues to Overcome to Find Our Calling

By , Groups Pastor| February 11th, 2018|

When God was calling me to something new, every sin I’d ever committed flashed before my eyes, and it was a really long flashback. The flashback was the first thing that happened when I began to digest the idea of becoming a pastor. Then, my brain started turning into mashed potatoes as I thought about [...]

Transformation of a Tattoo Artist: Letting Go and Letting God

By , Copy Editor| September 26th, 2017|

Tattooing is more than just an art form. It is a lifestyle. To promote their work, tattoo artists spend their time traveling and attending events and parties. Promotions and parties expose many artists to alcohol and drugs, making them susceptible to addiction. Captivated by the artist’s lifestyle, Tattoo Artist Mikie Hansen became entangled in the [...]

Transformation in Unexpected Places

By , Copy Editor| September 19th, 2017|

Come as you are. Be transformed. Make a difference. Chase Oaker Katie Motley grew up hearing these statements at church. However, she would not completely understand the connection between “be transformed” and “make a difference” until she made a decision that changed the trajectory of her life. Katie Motley has been attending Chase Oaks Church [...]

Redemption of a T-shirt

By , Contributing Writer| May 2nd, 2017|

When Rich left his AC/DC T-shirt with me in Nashville, he did it with purpose. A month before we committed to date exclusively, God made it clear that Rich had moved to Nashville to escape his past. It was time to stop running and step forward in his faith to face the pains of his [...]

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross

By , Contributing Writer| April 13th, 2017|

As I reflect on what filled my heart and mind as I pondered each station or point of reference, I'm forced to consider, for me this wasn't simply an historical journey remembering the steps of Jesus, this was a personal pilgrimage which followed the footsteps of my own life. From the outset, when considering the [...]

Trapped Royalty Gains Freedom

By , Contributing Writer| March 17th, 2017|

Eight months after I decided to pursue becoming a licensed minister, everything important to me was snatched away. My close friend battling cancer got a bad report. After we prayed, I said to myself, “I need to see her next week.” But next week never came. She passed away two days later. After her death, [...]

Jóvenes Chase Oaks Making an Impact

By , Contributing Writer| February 9th, 2017|

Jóvenes Chase Oaks (JCO) has been a life-changing experience for me.  Many people might think it’s an exaggeration when I say that it’s completely changed my outlook on the world—but it has!  When I first joined JCO, it was summertime, and I was going through a tough time.  But when I got to meet [...]