ON THE JOURNEY

A BLOG FROM CO-PASTORS MICHAEL DUVAL & JAMES HASSELL

  • January 22, 2020

    The text messages were flying on Sunday afternoon. A group of my college buddies and I keep up with each other digitally because we live so far away from one another. In fact, one of my friends lives in Kansas City, and another was born and raised in California. One is a Chiefs fan. The other is a 49ers fan. My other buddies like the Chiefs since their quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, is a Texas native. Well, craziness ensued as we ...

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  • January 15, 2020

    Faye had outlived most of her closest friends. Life had become quite tough for her. She didn’t like that some people call it “the golden years.” There wasn’t much golden in old age for her. In fact, her vision was almost gone, deteriorated over the years. She could hardly even hear. Books on CD were about the only way to pass the time. Sometimes a good soul would come and read the church newsletter to her. Sometimes the good soul would   ...

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  • January 8, 2020

    I’ve been thinking about how vital meaningful conversations are.  I think that learning to truly listen to one another is crucial in families, with friends, in church, and in our culture, if our relationships are to be healthy and what God intends.

     

    Having meaningful conversations is something that can be learned, and with focus and practice, we can all become better at it.  Here are suggestions to help engage in meaningful conversations ...  

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  • December 30, 2019

    Not It, But When

    The YMCA Baseball Pony League City Championship Game is a big deal to a sixth grader. Some serious bragging rights are on the line. Girls are greatly impressed by such an accolade. It was with much anxiety then that I put on my uniform for the biggest game of my life. All of the season had come down to this. I was fairly confident we could win. Blair was ...

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  • December 16, 2019

    Celebrating Christmas Like Jesus

    The holidays can be both exciting and exhausting. If we’re not careful, fatigue can zap our attitude and may lead to unnecessary conflict among friends and family. Fortunately for us, we find that Jesus took part in many Jewish festivals during his earthly ministry. His example reveals some excellent ways to deal effectively with holiday chaos. Here are a few...

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  • December 11, 2019

    Having Regrets at Christmas?

    As another year winds downs, many of us look back and feel some regret for things either done or left undone. Maybe we regret not spending more time with family or friends. Maybe we spent too much money. Maybe we spoke words in anger that tore apart a good relationship. Maybe we try to mask over our regrets by staying super busy. Christmastime can definitely bring up some regrets. What if I told you ...

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  • December 2, 2019

    I’m a fan of a good paradox. For instance, there are times when slowing down helps you run faster. A destructive volcanic eruption creates the best soil for new life. It is in giving that we receive. Life is full of paradoxes, and Jesus was a master of using them to teach us about the way he desires us to live. Here are a couple of examples...

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