Pastor Wayne Brown taught from the story of God encountering Moses in a burning bush. As Moses draws closer, God calls Moses by name and calls him into a new adventure with a promise that he will never leave him. In similar fashion, Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples with the new mission to boldly forgive the sins of others. Where might God be calling us to encounter Him this week?
Rachael Clinton invited us to consider the great lengths to which God will go to bring us peace and comfort. God longs to meet us in the difficult spaces of our life. He desires to meet us right where we are. As God comforts us in our troubles, He can give us the strength to comfort others as well.
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Pastor Chris Seay taught from the story of King David, and shared about many of the ways God has provided in abundance as we have sought to eliminate the debt at our Downtown campus. This freedom allows our family all the more opportunity to seek God’s will in serving our city and communities around the world. In times such as these, we are called to jubilant celebration.
Pastor Sean Palmer invites us to consider our view of leadership, and what it requires to become someone whose example is worth following. As we learn from Moses (and Black Panther), leaders are driven by burden rather than bluster, leaders are called to choose courage, and that each and every one of us is called to embrace the unique responsibility of leading in our circles of influence.
Pastor Chris Seay (with assists from Schindler’s List and Dr. Maya Angelou) asked us to consider what a life is worth. When we truly see ourselves as God has declared us to be, the way we care for our bodies, the ways we work and give, and the ways we are called to remind others of their importance to this world are all radically changed.
Pastor Sean Palmer reminds us that God's story is, and always has been, a love story. Sean shares the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, and pieces of the film based upon their marriage, to illustrate the kind of patient, tough, and expansive love to which we are called as a people in Christ.
This week a year ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston. In this message, Pastor Chris Seay leads us in reflecting on the many ways Ecclesia responded to love our city in the midst of its pain and trauma. Throughout the stories of our community, we are able to witness the local church be the hope of the world. Ecclesia, may you go out this week knowing you are rescued and beloved by our Father.
Ericka Graham shared with us a truth-telling story from her life about accepting the grace that comes with being part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Grace can often be humbling to accept because it means that we are accepted for who we are today by our Creator who chooses to have a relationship with us. We are received by grace not when we have things figured out, but today in our brokenness. Anne Lamott writes that, “Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.” Ericka reminded us that when we receive undeserved love, we are more likely to give it.