It was a great weekend at The Way! Overall, 13 churches in the Central Texas area were represented by approximately 700 students as well as college and adult leaders! Sessions were held in the chapel on the UMHB campus. Vista sent 102 students, had 9 host homes, and utilized 22 college leaders. David Marvin was our speaker and spoke on what it means to be a follower of Chris, and Aric Harding led worship.
Technology can be great. There are Bible apps and great information easily accessible. I took college courses online and saved all my written lectures. You can interact with friends and encourage and pray for one another. There are awesome parts about technology. But, like most anything, what can be used for good, can also be used for bad.
There’s no doubt Billy Graham’s preaching had an impact on millions of people. He was known as “America’s Pastor” for the better part of the past century. As the media reflected on Rev. Graham’s life and legacy this week, the focus was mostly on the large crowds of people he attracted and the fact that he was a friend and counselor to many U.S. presidents (both Republican and Democrat). But as a pastor, there are some other things that really stand out to me about his life; things that I want to imitate in my own life and preaching.
One way that Vista seeks to love and care for those who are homeless in our area is by partnering with Family Promise of East Bell County. Family Promise operates in order to “help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response”. Their efforts help to move homeless families from a position of dependency to sustainability.
If you stood outside a church in the Bible-belt after a sermon on serving and asked people if they believed service was important, you would get a resounding “yes”. However, while discipleship isn’t complicated, it is difficult. For some people, connecting to community is difficult. All my fellow introverts say “amen”…from the back of the room. For others, consistently committing time to serving others can be difficult.
I think we would all agree that a home is more than the place where you eat and sleep. Home is a place where you rest, rejuvenate, and grow as a family. Home is a place where you are able to step away from the outside world and be with those you love. Home is a place where you are freely able to celebrate and to mourn. A home is much more than a place to lay your head. It’s a place to belong.
It’s an honor to be here today to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’m a firm believer that talk can be pretty cheap, but as a pastor, I also happen to believe that, in the beginning, God started talking, started telling the truth, and a whole universe exploded into existence. Trillions of galaxies and only God knows how many stars, flashed into existence because God started talking and telling the truth. So maybe God will use some of these words to create a world with a little more truth.
The start of a new year has a way of getting our attention. We reflect on the year behind us and dream about the year ahead of us. We take stock of our habits and make new goals. And while this is often done individually, it’s really important to do this as a family as well. That is, it’s important to make resolutions and goals as a family and not just make resolutions and goals as an individual. Here's a few ideas on what this could look like from a family in our church.