What It Means to Walk in the Spirit

By , Contributing Writer| February 27th, 2019|

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul wrote, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). This phrase, “walk in the Spirit,” is a powerful picture used multiple places in the Bible to describe the life of a Christ-follower. Our faith in Jesus is active, more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Understanding the Power of Prayer

By , Contributing Writer| November 30th, 2018|

According to The Gospel Coalition, there are about 650 prayers with 450 answers to prayers recorded in the Bible. Jesus was recorded praying 25 times throughout His ministry. Paul talks about prayer 41 times. Right after creation, God Himself initiates the conversations with Adam and Eve in the garden and with Cain after he murdered [...]

Why We Are Celebrating 10 Years in Ethiopia

By , External Ministries Pastor| November 13th, 2018|

Chase Oaks Church’s mission is to make a difference in our world through local and global partnerships. Throughout the last several years, we have focused our global efforts on northern Ethiopia. We have worked together with indigenous leadership to help provide for the needs of the people through self-sustaining ministries. We are excited to announce [...]

How to Make a Difference at a Local Food Pantry

By , Copy Editor| November 11th, 2018|

At Chase Oaks Church, we believe our mission is to make a difference in our community. And to make a difference, we partner with local organizations that are already doing great things around us. Our Woodbridge Campus serves the Murphy/Wylie/Sachse community alongside their local partners, Amazing Grace Food Pantry and 5 Loaves Food Pantry. If [...]

What I Learned Through the Pain of My Most Difficult Moments

By , Contributing Writer| November 8th, 2018|

Facing the Pain of Divorce It was the most painful season of my life. Despite my pleas to stay, my wife of more than twenty years left me for another man. My heart was broken, leaving me emotionally, physically, and financially spent. I was a staff pastor, but I couldn't continue to serve the church [...]

How Gratitude Can Change Your Life

By , Contributing Writer| November 1st, 2018|

What Is Gratitude? “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.” —Psalm 136:1 At first glance, we may think we have to give thanks because God needs our appreciation. In reality, God is complete without our worship. He existed long before He created us. Then, why are there so many commands to give thanks [...]

Four Ways to Connect with Our Neighbors on Halloween

By , Copy Editor| October 26th, 2018|

Whether you love Halloween or cannot wait for it to be over, it is a great night we can connect with our neighbors. What other day do we go knocking door-to-door without any awkwardness? What other day are most of the neighbors and their children running around the block at the same time? Rather than [...]