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The One Who Notices
May 28th, 2024
Often overshadowed by his more prominent brother, Peter, Andrew plays a significant role in the Gospels. While glimpses into his life are brief, they offer valuable lessons for us as we navigate faith in a complex world.THE SEEKER AND THE CONNECTORAndrew, a fisherman from Bethsaida, first appears alongside John the Baptist [John 1:35-42]. He readily identifies Jesus as the Messiah and brings his b...
The One Who Is Like Us
May 28th, 2024
When it comes to the disciples, no one loomed larger than Simon Peter, the impulsive fisherman-turned-apostle whose journey with Jesus is marked by both remarkable faith and profound failure. Peter's story serves as a reminder of the transformative power of redemption and the unwavering grace of God, inviting modern believers to embrace forgiveness and continue following Jesus despite our failures...
The One Who Waits
May 28th, 2024
In the Gospel of Luke, Anna emerges as a beacon of patience and faithfulness, her story woven into the fabric of our redemption and God’s divine promise. Though her presence in the scriptures is brief, Anna's unwavering devotion and steadfastness in waiting on God offer profound insights for us today as we navigate a life that sometimes, many times, requires waiting.Anna's story is told in the Gos...
2 Timothy 4 Fight the Good Fight
May 20th, 2024
Feeling disconnected from your faith in a world obsessed with busyness and instant gratification? Does the idea of living a Christ-centered life seem daunting in today's fast-paced society? You're not alone. 2 Timothy 4, a powerful letter from the Apostle Paul to his young protégé Timothy, offers a timeless message of perseverance and purpose that resonates deeply even today.The Finish Line in Sig...
2 Timothy 3: Fully Convinced
May 13th, 2024
Does everyone seem to chase after the next "thing," while genuine faith gets pushed to the sidelines? Do you feel challenged to stay devoted to the right things?  You're not alone. Second Timothy 3, a letter from the Apostle Paul to his protégé Timothy, offers a surprisingly relevant glimpse into today's challenges.Recognizing the "Last Days" Mentality (3:1-5):  Paul warns Timothy about the "last ...
2 Timothy 2: Strong in the Grace
May 6th, 2024
Feeling overwhelmed by the noise and challenges of your day? Does following Christ seem daunting in a world that often prioritizes comfort and self-interest? 2 Timothy 2, a letter from the Apostle Paul to his young protégé Timothy, offers a battle plan for building a resilient faith in the face of adversity.The Call to Be Strong (2:1):  Paul opens with a powerful directive: "You then, my son, be s...
2 Timothy 1 Fan the Flame
April 29th, 2024
Feeling like your faith is flickering in the face of life's challenges? You're not alone. Second Timothy 1 opens a powerful letter from the Apostle Paul to his young protégé Timothy, offering a needed message for our day.Written near the end of Paul's ministry, this passage isn't just a pep talk for a friend; it's a battle cry for anyone seeking to reignite their faith in a world that often seems ...
2 Timothy A Survival Guide
April 22nd, 2024
Feeling overwhelmed by the noise of the world? Does the constant barrage of information and conflicting opinions leave you unsure of where to stand as a Christian?  Welcome to the club.  Second Timothy, a letter from the Apostle Paul to his young protégé Timothy, might have been written nearly 2,000 years ago, but it speaks volumes to the challenges we face today.Facing the "Great Falling Away" (2...
Calm My Anxious Mind
April 11th, 2024
On Sunday, I kicked off a new teaching series focused on mental health and the mind shifts we can make based on the Word of God to live happier, healthier, God-honoring lives.   I began with a look at Philippians 4 as Paul taught us how to find peace even when we feel anxious.PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7  6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, p...
Vanquish the Lies with Truth
April 10th, 2024
Recently, a member of our Port Lavaca family, Sue Wingfield, shared this list of things that God says are true about you, me, and every believer in Jesus.  As you deal with negative thoughts and destructive thought patterns, use these truths to help you test and retrain your thoughts.MY DADDY SAYS:I am loved beyond all understanding. (1 John 4:7-11)Nothing can separate me from the love of God. (Ro...
Why Easter Matters for Parents
March 28th, 2024
From The Parent Cue Easter is about a lot of things.  It’s about Jesus keeping His promises. Jesus told the disciples He would leave and then come back, and when Peter, John, and Mary went to the tomb and saw it was empty, and later saw Jesus alive, they knew Jesus could be trusted because He did what He said He would do. And because of that example—and many more—we know we can trust Jesus, too.  ...
Die to Self
March 18th, 2024
On Sunday, I challenged the church to take their next step as a disciple of Jesus because I believe Jesus calls every believer to be a disciple.  Our call to follow Him personally and to follow Him fully is just as real as His call to the men on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  I unpacked on of the paradoxes of following Jesus on Sunday as the path to growing as a disciple.  What was the paradox...
When Trust is Broken
March 12th, 2024
Trust is hard to build and all too easy to break.  When trust is broken, the feelings of hurt, betrayal, and potential loss are real.  That's why we all need to be ready to choose to trust again.  But how do you do it?Give yourself time and space to heal.  Broken people break things so fight the urge to respond in anger seeking revenge.  Take the teaching of Proverbs 19:11 to heart:  "A person’s w...
5 People Not to Trust
March 7th, 2024
On Sunday, I taught one of the counterintuitive truths on trust.   Here it is:  If you are trusting God, there are some people you shouldn't trust. God's Word gives us trustworthiness tests so that we know who to trust with what.   If we trust the wrong people, trouble is soon to follow.Read it for yourself in Proverbs 25:19 19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a ...
Trust is the Fuel of Life
February 20th, 2024
Trust is the fuel of life.  Trust makes everything work because we have been wired to trust both God and other trustworthy people.   In the days ahead, I pray that God will teach you how to build trusting relationships or strengthen the trust in your relationships.  When we get trust right, we live in safe, reliable relationships that are for our good and not our harm.  When we get trust right, we...
The Anatomy of Trust
February 15th, 2024
We’ve all heard it….” just trust me.” Like that is supposed to make you jump on board when someone says it. It always falls short, and as the neuroscientists tell us, there is good reason. It turns out that your entire nervous system and brain is wired to always scan the environment and every person, and ask one question before any other: is it safe? The answer to that one question, a decision tha...
Kids & Love
February 15th, 2024
from the Parent Cue Talking to my kids about love scares me. Love feels like such a massive, important topic and I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. My kids are eight and three—how can I distill the grand concept of love in a way they’ll understand not only now but for a lifetime? To be honest, I’m only just discovering what love is…at the not-so-tender age of nearly 40.It’s not that I wasn’t taught about...
Every Day is Revival Day
January 26th, 2024
This past Sunday, we kicked off our Revival Sunday series of worship events at Parkway Victoria and Parkway Port Lavaca. Throughout the year, we will set aside days to seek the Lord through extended worship with music, prayer, and an inspirational message at all locations.In the Old Testament, we saw the people of God set aside days to seek the Lord. They had a day where they would seek atonement ...
Jesus is proof.
December 25th, 2023
God's love is at the heart of Christmas. The Bible tells us that:  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10) Every Christmas, we celebrate and know that God chose to love us.  He didn’t wait f...
Jesus is our joy.
December 20th, 2023
When the birth of the Savior was announced to the shepherds in the field, the promise was clear:  we have nothing to fear because the birth of our Savior is good news that brings joy to all people.   The promise from the fields of Bethlehem still stands today.  Christmas is good news that brings great joy.At times, the Christmas season can seem more stressful than joyful. But, no matter the stress...