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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.…

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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…

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family adventures

While growing up, my dad made every Friday night our Family Night.  He was bi-vocational so money was tight, but we always looked forward to having fun.  These are five of our favorite outdoor activities.  I hope you’re inspired to strap on the Chaco’s, fill up the nalgene bottles, load up the dog, and make…

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never quit

How do you keep going when you face a trial so big it knocks you down?  God’s word gives us two ways to help us get up and keep going. Your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations will help you endure that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God.…