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“go in and occupy it”

I received my first prophetic text message from a minister outside our church family.  My pastor friend didn’t know the details regarding our building status or the delays. He sent me this scripture along with the words “this is for you” in a text on June 22. The Lord our God said to us, ‘You…

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discipline of focus

When I first started hunting, I was a poor shot.  A flock of ducks would come in so I would shoot in the middle of them, but had zero success.  Things changed when I learned the discipline of focus.  It required picking out one duck and then leading it with the bead on the shotgun’s…

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the long haul

“Are you going to stay in San Antonio for awhile?”  I was asked this question today by good friends. God called us back home. 7 years ago this month we crossed the Texas border and stopped at a gas station.  Our belongings were in a trailer and strapped to the roof of our only car.  My…

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time for a permanent church home

Why do we really need a permanent church home?  The Lord added to our church just fine in our temporary rental spaces.  Won’t we lose our missional vibe in the marketplace? Those questions were recently asked to a few Gatewayers.  Here were the reasons that confirmed the importance of moving to a permanent home: 1.…

Survivor Tree

survivor tree

One of the most famous trees is a 100 year old Elm in downtown Oklahoma City. No one thought it could survive after the domestic terrorist attack on the Federal building in 1995. With 324 buildings destroyed or damaged over a 16 block radius, imagine what the bomb did to the trees and wild life.…

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look where you want to go

My son crashed while mountain biking.  I circled back to see what happened.  He hit a rock forcing its wheel to turn.  I noticed the rock was small and off to the side of the trail. Bryce fixed his eyes on the very thing he was scared to hit.  I told him that if you…

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my greatest prayer

What if 2014 was the greatest year of spiritual growth in your life compared to any previously? My single greatest prayer is that you will love Jesus more than you ever have.  I hope your faith journey be marked by a vibrant relationship with our Lord Jesus.  Intimacy doesn’t happen by accident, but only through…