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The Jennifer Schmitt Story: Loving Our Neighbors in Unexpected Ways

By , Copy Editor| August 3rd, 2019|

In the spirit of #LoveDoesTheUnexpected, people in our community are loving our neighbors in unexpected ways. Sometimes, loving our neighbors requires us to get out of our comfort zone and do something we didn’t even expect to do. Chase Oaker Jennifer Schmitt found an unexpected way to love her neighbor, starting with a bottle of [...]

How to Care for Loved Ones with Depression

By , Contributing Writer| August 1st, 2019|

How Depression Affects Families Caring for a loved one with depression is all about love and grace. Growing up, I struggled with fear and low self-esteem. I was a child adults admired since I could play by myself for hours. My sensitive character developed at an early age. And it continued to be shaped by my mother. [...]

A Safe Place to Heal After Abortion

By , Contributing Writer| July 23rd, 2019|

I’m a mom to three girls; two of which are still at home. They are 12 and 14 years old. Teenagers. You know what that means? I’m the dumbest person on the planet. In my forty years on this earth, I have accumulated zero knowledge about anything. I know nothing! Some of you with little babies [...]

Doing the Unexpected in Our Community

By , Copy Editor| June 4th, 2019|

Love Does The Unexpected is about spreading love throughout our community as we act surprisingly, give generously, and share broadly. Act surprisingly is about engaging our community in creative ways. It is about doing the unexpected in our community as we love others in surprising ways in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. This spring, Chase [...]

Orphan Outreach: Bringing God’s Light to a Dark World

By , Contributing Writer| April 19th, 2019|

You’ve probably heard some version of the phrase, “God’s light shines brightest in the darkest places.” But until you’ve been in some of the truly darkest places on earth, you can’t witness the full power and truth of that statement. Chase Oaker Rey Diaz has witnessed those dark places, where pure evil reigns on a [...]

How Can We Experience Resurrection Power?

By , Contributing Writer| April 16th, 2019|

What Is Resurrection Power? In many religions, prophets and leaders have died for what they thought and believed. What made Jesus unique is not His death but His resurrection. No one has ever seen a dead man overcome death through His own power. They even “sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it” (Matthew [...]

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Loving Our Teachers in an Unexpected Way

By , Copy Editor| April 13th, 2019|

To kick off the season of #LoveDoesTheUnexpected, Teacher Katie Lasseter wanted to act surprisingly to pour out love on her fellow teachers at Reed Elementary in Allen, TX. To make it happen, she reached out to parents and Chase Oakers to put together a surprise nacho bar for the teachers. With three children attending Reed, [...]

Bob Goff’s “Everybody Always”: A New Perspective on Life and Love

By , Contributing Writer| April 9th, 2019|

Bob Goff’s "Everybody Always" ends with these words: "Don't just love the people who are easy to love; go love the difficult ones. If you do this, Jesus said you'd move forward on your journey toward being more like Him. Equally important, as you practice loving everybody always, what will happen along the way is [...]

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Finding Purpose in an Unexpected Way

By , Copy Editor| April 7th, 2019|

Throughout her career, Chase Oaker Marie Morgan had the dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. After applying to Texas Tech’s nurse practitioner program, Marie faced rejection when she was not accepted into the program. This moment was just the beginning of Marie finding purpose in an unexpected way. Over the last eight years, Marie has [...]

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Finding Connection and Community in Unexpected Places

By , Copy Editor| March 31st, 2019|

Traveling all over the place for work, Ryan Doskocil struggled with finding connection and community. As he moved from place to place, it seemed like whenever he would find a great church and connect with a great group of people, it was time to move to a new place and start the process all over [...]