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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Phil Parlin Story: How Unexpected Love Changes Lives

By , Copy Editor| March 28th, 2019|

Living an active lifestyle, working on his land, being a “chainsaw ninja,” Wayne Rock was living the life when he married his wife. Just when life seemed to be perfect, his journey would take an unexpected turn while on his honeymoon. Wayne would return a different man. He would never be the same again. For [...]

How to Love Our Community This Season

By , Copy Editor| March 24th, 2019|

Easter is a season of renewal, hope, and love as we celebrate the most powerful act of love that came in an unexpected way—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And the best way to celebrate this crazy kind of love is to love our community the Jesus way! So, in the spirit of the season, let’s [...]

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 [...]