FOSTER CARE: It’s an EMERGENCY!

Several years ago we had conversations in my home about foster care and foster to adopt. I read or saw something that spoke of all the children in our county that need caring homes.  I have three boys of my own, and thinking of a child not having a safe, loving environment tears me up inside.   My big ole heart wanted to bring them all home. I have had the privilege ...

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Part of the Family — Lent 2016

Harris Creek joins the Christian tradition throughout the ages by participating in Lent while also adapting some of these practices to fit our context and culture. Every year, our church chooses a particular book of the Bible to read together or a particular spiritual discipline such as prayer to guide our attention through the season. The intentional “taking on” of a particular focus is the acceptance of an invitation to ...

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Find Your Way

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. -- Psalm 86:11 -- On each morning of a typical workday, I drive from my house to the church offices at the Sunwest Campus. I take the same route. I pass the same structures. I see the same road signs. I am fully aware of the speed limits and grant a subtle ...

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Falling Over Our Feet in Forgetfulness

Did you know it’s Easter right now? Wait, what!?! I thought Easter was just a Sunday! You know, the day many Christian families celebrate with clothes that are pressed to impress, plastic eggs that are scattered in an open field only to be gathered back up, and grass stains that are worn with pride on the special occasion’s attire… Easter is more than a Sunday. In fact, the season of Easter continues from ...

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Lent Day 39 Reflection

“Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD. “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst.” - Zechariah 2:10-11 -   home: prodigality leads me on a wayward journey far from any semblance of. alone, afraid, never more attune to my need for ...

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Lent Day 38 Reflection

Extravagant worship. What does that even mean? Extravagance, to me, sometimes brings a negative connotation with it -- as in “extravagant living” or “extravagant taste” or an “extravagant personality.” Anyone who lives or acts extravagantly brings negative attention to themselves wouldn’t you say? So when I hear a phrase like that, like “extravagant worship,” some part of me wants to stay away from anything having to do with it. Why? Because ...

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Lent Day 37 Reflection

Originally from the Fort Worth area, Kathy Davidson went to Alabama to complete her undergrad at Samford University, where she met her husband, Matt. The Davidsons made Waco their home as Kathy continued her education at Truett Seminary. In addition to serving as a Life Group co-leader, a college Life Group sponsor, and having an infectious laugh, Kathy is now the Youth Associate for Harris Creek. Kathy plans to graduate ...

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Lent Day 36 Reflection

Isabelle “Izzy” Abiassi is a college Life Group leader, a K-Life volunteer, and an all-around “not too shabby” person. Seriously, Izzy exemplifies the type of deep-rooted commitment and externally-focused mindset desired from those being transformed by the Gospel through their involvement with Harris Creek, even if it’s for a temporary time in the Waco area as a college student. Although we view our college-age young adults as missionaries being sent to ...

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Lent Day 35 Reflection (another thought)

We have a special treat for y’all: a second reflection on today’s Lenten reading. Dana Hurst has offered her thoughts on the topic of “joy and awe as God moves in answer to prayer.” Harris Creek and the greater faith community have walked alongside Team Hurst and continue to prayerfully support Dana and her precious children after her husband, David, passed away in October 2013.    A recent TIMES magazine cover stated a bold ...

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Lent Day 35 Reflection

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. - Proverbs 31:25 - You know you’re a “team” parent when . . . you have an entire section of your closet devoted to spirit wear. With four active children, team t-shirts have taken over my hangers and drawers the same way team activities monopolize my calendar and my checkbook. I grumble while buying them—but I am only too ...

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