Pastor Chris Seay prepared us for the final week of Advent with a message on the kingdoms vying for our hearts; those consumed with wealth, power, and influence, and that of our true King. Living in a world of "Herods", are we prepared to pledge full allegiance to Christ, knowing that he comes to upend a great deal in our hearts and lives?
Pastor Chris Seay shares a message from Pucallpa, Peru; just one of the many communities with whom we've been called to partner in this Advent season. As we consider the many stories of those in need, will we enter into them with genuine empathy; truly feeling the burdens that we are called to join God in lifting?
Teaching Pastor Sean Palmer continued our teaching in this sacred season, offering a message on hope in the midst of darkness; the seemingly improbable triumph of our infant savior standing against the "dragons" of a broken world.
As we look toward the Advent season, Pastor Chris Seay shares the stories of obedience lived by Mary, Joseph, and the Magi; risking greatly as they embraced God's calling upon their lives. In this "new year", in the season that lies ahead, we must ask ourselves if we are willing to meet Jesus anew and obediently proclaim as Mary did, "Here I am, God's humble servant."
Teaching Pastor Sean Palmer shared an insightful and personal teaching on the challenge of living a life shaped by gratitude. We have earned nothing, and we are owed nothing. All good things are given to us solely by the grace of God.
Pastor Chris Seay taught through Isaiah 25, and continued laying the groundwork for our ongoing response following this challenging time for so many; a plan for the next two years that will include serving the poorest in our city, the first-responders who worked tirelessly and selflessly through the storm, and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Maria. We're excited for the healing, the feasting and dancing, the rejoicing to come in this season ahead.
Pastor Chris Seay examines what it looks like to be a Houstonian Christian during this season of hurricane recovery. Jerusalem is a holy city, but so is our city of Houston. God resides in Houston, Texas and loves the people of Houston. This week, we examine 5 lessons we can learn from the Astros World Series run. As we experienced last week, there are a lot of baseball metaphors.
Pastor Chris Seay began a conversation that will unfold over the next three weeks; our plan for the coming months as we continue to commit our time, energy, and resources to faithfully love and serve those most impacted by this hurricane season. This week was a reminder of our "job description" as a people in Christ; our commitment to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. There are also a lot of baseball metaphors.
Teaching Pastor Sean Palmer shared a message on attaining wisdom. God has not made us to walk the paths of this life alone. We are called to learn from the experience of those who have gone before us.
Guest teacher Tracy Wilde taught through the Parable of the Good Samaritan; challenging us to consider if the primary question is not merely, "who is our neighbor?", but instead whether or not we are willing to truly be a neighbor, with compassion put into action.