Thursday, January 30, 2014
Friday, December 27, 2013
Dear Antioch Church Family,
I trust you have enjoyed a blessed holiday season!
I am really looking forward to our annual 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting beginning January 1st. God always meets with us as we set aside this time to seek His face, but I feel an extra sense of urgency regarding it this year, poised as we are on the beginning of an entirely new season of ministry in our new church campus in the heart of downtown.
The cry of my heart is that God will help us raise up a truly Gospel-preaching, Christ-exalting church that is filled with His manifest presence, characterized by the working of His Holy Spirit power, and always faithful to His infallible Word! In that vein, while I don't recall ever forwarding an article to our entire church mailing list, when I came across one this morning by Steve Hill entitled, "7 Great Lies in the Church Today," I wanted to bring it to your attention. It made me think of the words the Apostle Paul wrote to young pastor Timothy,
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV)I found it very stirring and thought-provoking. I encourage you to take the time to read it and reflect on it by clicking here.
Teresa and I love you and look forward to all that God has in store for us all at Antioch Church. The best is yet to come...!
P.S. According to the latest word from our General Contractor, we expect to be able to hold our first service in our new church home on the West End DART Rail station on Sunday, February 16th, with our formal Dedication Service during the month of March! Be sure to mark your calendar!
Monday, November 25, 2013
God is always fair. He will remember how you helped his people in the past and how you are still helping them. You belong to God, and he won’t forget the love you have shown his people. (Hebrews 6:10 CEV)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
As Starbucks was working its wonder, waking up my body this morning, theological polemics in this article jolted my brain awake...
It brought back to mind a snippet I once heard concerning the "Blind Men and the Elephant" poem,
"So oft in theologic warsHere is the text of the poem itself, by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887),
The disputants, I ween
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of elephants they have never seen!"
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation Might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, "Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!"
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he:
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!"
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!"
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!
Friday, July 12, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
May the kind words our five living Presidents had for each other yesterday somehow permeate the soul of our people, civilize our political dialogue, and become a prophetic precursor to a kinder, gentler America...!
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
We are so thankful God answered prayer and that our missionary to Mexico, Kyle Bauer, and his family are safe! Here's a link to WFAA's news item from last night's 10PM news. You can read more by clicking on the following link: http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Missionary-Kidnapped-in-Mexico-Freed-198716461.html
Friday, March 08, 2013
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Friday, February 22, 2013
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
At the funeral today of Dan Abbott, a wonderful man and a charter member of Hillcrest Church, I noticed this poetic tribute to fathers on the service program entitled, "What's A Dad?"
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it...Dad.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Wednesday, October 31st
Dear Antioch Church Family,
Earlier this year, our Pastors and Elders spent several days visiting churches and being mentored by leaders in the greater New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, the Bronx, and lower Manhattan, along with the New Jersey and Connecticut suburbs. Here is an excerpt from an email I just received from one of them about the conditions in their neighborhood:
70 percent of the people in our city, Jersey City, do not have power. Right now on my block I hear people honking horns and screaming at each other - the streetlights are not working. I'm concerned about the people that are in the housing projects a few blocks from us, I think they might be flooded. Our pastoral staff all have power which is quite a miracle, and our church also has power - many of the people around us don't so that was definitely God. The roof on my house is partially damaged lots shingles missing, and the church roof is damaged from the rains - its a tar roof, water was leaking into the building in a couple of spots during the rain. There has been some looting. Thankfully no one is hurt from the storm or anything else. We have asked the congregation members that have power to take in those that don't temporarily, its in the 40's at night. Convoy of Hope is supposed to be coming but I'm not sure where the resources will be applied, I would like to be able to at least get diapers, milk/formula - I'm concerned for the babies. We kept our daycare open, the parents asked us too so at least their kids would have somewhere warm to be - the schools are all closed.
This is only the second day with no power and people are acting crazy - it's such a shame, but I expect it from non-Christians when they are scared. There's two guys fighting outside right now. Power is supposed to be out for 7 to 10 days, so I'm not sure how people will be acting a few days from now. Hopefully it will happen faster - not sure.In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation, the relationships we established with these pastors and local churches offer us an unusual opportunity to give direct financial assistance to the storm victims in a way that also provides for their ongoing spiritual care.
This Sunday, we will be receiving a special offering for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief. When you receive this email, I encourage you to pause for a moment and ask God what He would have you give. If you will be unable to attend our worship service, you can also contribute online via our church website by clicking here.
100% of what you designate for this purpose will go to help these congregations meet this need.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my Administrative Assistant, Lauryn Everett, in our church offices: 972-392-3992 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an Antioch Church, God wants us to meet human needs in His name through radical generosity. Your gift of whatever size will help us do this. Thank you in advance for your giving!
Teresa and I love you and thank God for the privilege of serving you!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Dear Antioch Church Family,
Yesterday, our dear brother in the Lord, Syvelle Phillips, member of Antioch Church and of our Apostolic Oversight Council, went to be with Jesus.
Visitation will take place this Thursday evening, October 18th from 6-8pm at the Rest Haven Funeral Home at 2500 State Highway 66 East in Rockwall.
The funeral will take place this Friday morning, October 19th, at 11:00am at the Church in the City at 6005 Dalrock Road in Rowlett.
Please join us in praying for his wife, Lovie, and their family.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Posted by Mark Brand at 9/29/2012 07:54:00 PM