Story Team Weekly: And These Will Be Added to You

Bright-eyed and 23 years old, John paced across his condo balcony. Houston’s medical center towers loomed in his twilit view. He gripped the phone by his ear and smiled as he waited for the answer. “Dad, hey! You won’t believe it—I got a new offer! No, not with the agency—they’ll keep me at the bottom at least another year. This could be my calling. It’s here with my church in Houston, in the youth ministry.”His face fell as his dad’s voice cut through the wires, “Don’t even think about it. I … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: “Wherever You Would Call Me”

If things had worked out differently, you might have found Kenny back in his hometown of Corpus Christi, dressed in a stiff suit and tie, maybe in an office with the sweet smell of leather chairs and a view of the bay. He might have been poring over legal documents, using God’s gifts of speech and debate to disrupt human trafficking as an attorney. For a long time, Kenny imagined his life looking something like that. He wanted to do something meaningful, something his dad could point to and be p … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Author and Perfecter

Bitia Buenrostro was born on November 13th, 1984 in the tiny border town of Brownsville, Texas. Much of her youth was spent carpooling back and forth across the border into Matamoros, Mexico. Summers were full of youth group adventures, family dinners, and plotting her illustrious Quinceañera, a life event that rivals the importance of a wedding day to a little girl in Mexico.Just before she entered fifth grade, Bitia’s parents withdrew her and her little brother from the private school in Br … [Read more...]

WWUTT: What Does the Bible Say About Making New Years Resolutions?

Ah… the New Year! Time for a fresh start, new beginnings, bogus prophecies that don't mean anything - seriously watch out for those yahoo's declaring, “This is the year of your breakthrough!”By now, you've made a few New Year's resolutions of your own. Perhaps you want to lose a few pounds, or break a bad habit, or learn a new skill. And then in two weeks, when you epically fail at your resolution, you'll say, “Ahh, there's always next year.”Is it a good idea for Christians to be making r … [Read more...]

WWUTT: God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life?

If you are a disciple of Jesus, then God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, just like he did for the first disciples! What kind of wonderful plan?Well, Peter was crucified upside-down. Andrew, his brother was also crucified. James was executed by the sword. John, his brother was exiled and died of old age. Philip was tortured and then crucified upside-down. Bartholomew was skinned alive and he, too crucified upside down. Thomas was speared to death while praying. Matthew was … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On 20: Clean Slates For Everyone!*

[display_podcast] In our last episode, I discussed how we can be absolutely assured that we have eternal life in heaven, just as the Bible promises.This week, we’ll talk about God’s love and forgiveness and how it plays in our lives today. It all starts with a simple Bible verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. So, we see here that Jesus Christ is God’s visible “reaching ou … [Read more...]