Five Things You Can Do for Lent This Year

By , Copy Editor| March 3rd, 2019|

What Is Lent? Lent is a time of reflection and preparation for the Easter season. It is a time to reflect on the human condition and on the goodness of God. It is a time to examine our hearts in light of the amazing love and grace demonstrated on the cross where Jesus laid down [...]

Seven Women to Celebrate During Women’s History Month

By , Copy Editor| March 1st, 2019|

The Beginning of Women’s History Month Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week during which notable women in history were recognized and celebrated. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation that designated Women’s History Week as the week of March 8. “From the first settlers who came to our shore, from [...]

What It Means to Be Generous

By , Contributing Writer| February 20th, 2019|

A Matter of the Heart In Mark 8, Jesus tells His disciples about His impending suffering, death, and resurrection. Peter, unable to even begin to comprehend something so terrible, takes Jesus aside, seeking to correct His "misunderstanding" of future events. But to Peter's surprise, Jesus tells Peter he's taking his cues from Satan and "seeing [...]

Making a Difference Around the World: Casa Hogar Elim

By , Contributing Writer| February 16th, 2019|

Casa Hogar Elim is home to 80+ children ranging from birth to 24 years of age. Through Mama Lupita’s loving example, the children are taught to love God and depend on Him to supply their needs. Chase Oaks Church partners with Thad and Anita Maddox to make a difference in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, at Casa [...]

Four Reasons Why We Should Celebrate Black History Month

By , Copy Editor| February 8th, 2019|

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans. It is also a time where we recognize the key roles African Americans played in U.S. history. In 1976, President Gerald Ford designated February as Black History Month. Today, countries all over the world also dedicate a month to celebrating Black History Month. [...]

Walk Through Hope’s Gate This Valentine’s Day

By , Contributing Writer| February 7th, 2019|

Hope’s Gate is so much more than jewelry. It’s jewelry with a story, jewelry crafted by souls with painful pasts, jewelry that makes a difference by “bringing hope to orphans, victims of human trafficking, and the world’s most vulnerable.” The Birth of a Vision Hope’s Gate was founded in 2011 by visionaries Patty and Bruce [...]

Finding Our Calling and Purpose

By , Contributing Writer| January 30th, 2019|

Oftentimes, we hear the words calling and purpose in church, but we do not always understand what they mean. How can we discover our calling and purpose? How do we know if we are really living out our calling and into our purpose? Hearing the Call When I was fifteen years old, I responded to [...]

Why It’s Important to Share Our Stories

By , Contributing Writer| January 3rd, 2019|

Each of us has a story, an unraveling history spotted with shame, regret, and disappointment. Even though it can be difficult, when we share our stories, they become an invitation to allow others to know us more intimately, to understand us with more clarity, and to liberate us on levels we never imagined possible. Why [...]

Three Simple Ways to Spread the Love This Christmas

By , Copy Editor| December 20th, 2018|

As the season of Advent comes to an end, it is time to take a deep breath and experience the joy of Christmas, a joy for all. One way to experience joy is to spread the love this Christmas. As we show love to others, our hearts will be filled with joy. Even though you [...]

Experiencing Transformation at ToyZone

By , Contributing Writer| December 5th, 2018|

In May of 2014, my family and I arrived in Plano. In December, my children received an invitation to shop at ToyZone at Chase Oaks Family Center, where we could shop at a very discounted cost. I had no idea what to expect, but I went anyway. I was amazed at what I found at [...]