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church buildings are wise

During lunch last Thursday, I about fumbled my fork to the floor when I noticed Brian Houston who pastors Hill Song Church sitting near by.  After taking an awkward selfie because my close friends wouldn’t believe me without such evidence, he extended his hand and invited us to his table.  Brian is one of the most…

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power of an invite

Imagine your next invitation to church leading to hundreds of lives changed.  A school teacher named Adrian invited his co-worker teacher friend Norma to Gateway.  Norma invited her school teacher friend Elda and over 50 other friends.  Elda invited her vice principle friend named Annette.  Annette invited her mom.  Her mom Maria invited all of…

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secrets to a healthy marriage

My parents recently celebrated their 44 year wedding anniversary.  While sitting around a little table in a Boerne pizza restaurant that night, I asked them how they’re keeping their happy marriage as a model for us.  I discovered it wasn’t one thing.  Their 7 responses were spontaneous and gold!   Never stop working at it. Focus…

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He alone is my refuge

Last night, our family drove home from our staff family Christmas party.  While laughing about memories made and cruising around 55mph, an 8 point buck darted in front of us.  There was a simultaneous response of kids screaming and me hitting the brakes while swerving into another lane.  My daughter noticed on the front left vender where we…

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“God certainly cares for you!”

I wondered what my high school friend Jack was writing on the steel beam before it would be hoisted into place.  After he walked away, I got nosey. “And if God cares so wonderfully for the wildflowers, then He certainly cares for you. :)”  Those words echoing Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6 inspire me. Jack faces more…

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empty chairs

A first time guest was brought to me before our worship service started last Sunday. This mother desperately needed help from God because her daughter ran away from home. We prayed with her in the middle of the Silverado lobby. She had no idea the passage of scripture I would teach from was Matthew 15…

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treasure in the house

  We must raise $265,000 next month for our remaining eng and impact fees, utilities, ADA, security, and design fees.  Last week, our staff team prayed and collaborated about creative ways to pay for these expenses.  Some of our friends are tapped out.  No more financial margin.  We realized all the unused items in our…