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Navigating the Ebb and Flow

The ebb and flow of life can be both exciting and devastating. While change allows for growth and presents us with new challenges, it often takes away people, things, and circumstances that we hold dear. Last Sunday morning, the University church experienced another one of those ebb and flow moments and now we are left to move forward in the wake of this change. If you are unaware, brother Joe O’Banon resigned from the eldership last Sunday morning. Joe had…

The Most “Well-Practiced” Team

When it comes to sports, teams practice for the big game of the week. I remember in High School watching the films of our previous games and learning where we went wrong and how we can do better next time. We watched other teams’ films and learned their plays and how we could best navigate the game in order to win. Then we would spend all week practicing against plays that the opposing team would have. We would know every…

In The Meantime

Today marks the last Sunday that David and Kathy Jones (i.e., Dad and Mom) will be with us before they move to East Tennessee. There is no doubt that they will honor the Lord and strengthen His church through their teaching and example. Their departure, however, leaves a hole in the work at University, specifically the work on the campus of Texas State through the Bobcats for Christ organization and the McCarty Student Center. If time and faith have taught…

Ten Minutes to Change the World

What can we really do with one-sixth of one hour? I know. It doesn’t seem like much time. Most of us spend longer each day commuting to work, standing in line, sitting in traffic, etc. It may not make a difference in most situations, but there is a place and a time where ten minutes could change lives and possibly the world. What we do with the first ten minutes after our weekly worships services is vital to creating a…

What Does It Mean to “Turn to God”?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians Paul is so thankful for these Christians faithfulness. In Acts 17, Paul established this church and had to leave very soon because of persecution. Since that moment, Paul had worried about these Christians. So, he sent Timothy to them to check on them and make sure they were going to be okay (1 Thessalonians 3:1-3). When Timothy reported back to Paul, Paul was thrilled to hear that these Christians had remained faithful and continued…

Bully Fellowship

Our Lord has the most beautiful bride in the whole world. She is a “pure virgin” (2 Cor. 11:2) and worth dying for (Eph. 5:22-33). In this latter reference, Paul makes sure that we don’t miss the comparison by noting, “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:32). That beauty is both showcased and enhanced by the harmony, fellowship, and peace that exists among those who comprise his precious bride. For…

I Am Not Alone?

You can almost hear the pain in His voice as Jesus speaks to His disciples regarding the impending trials He will soon endure. It is considered by many to be the darkest hour in the life of Christ and a prelude to humanity’s darkest hour. The religious leaders of Christ’s day will soon be so moved with envy that they will sanction and even demand the death of the innocent, precious, sinless Son of God. In the hours surrounding those…

What is the Lord’s Supper?

What is the Lord’s Supper? Is it a funeral? Is it a celebration? Is it a memorial? Paul, in 1 Corinthians, had to remind the church of what the Lord’s Supper really was all about. They had become divisive and sinful, and needed a reminder. Paul lays out 3 things in the book of 1 Corinthians that show us what the Lord’s Supper actually is. 1. The Lord’s Supper is a Fellowship (1 Corinthians 10:16) Paul, in this passage, is…

The Christ of Christianity

There is perhaps no more significant study in Christendom than the study of Jesus Christ. Without the humanity and deity of Christ, there no longer remains a fruitful approach to the Christian lifestyle. We have to come to terms with Jesus being the King of kings in addition to our propitiation. As God, He demands our obedience to live as His people (Ex. 19:5). As man, He seeks to develop a deep and eternal relationship, one that could be described…

If the Devil Had A Social Media Account

Just a few years ago, we never could have imagined having such a resource as social media. Though email was a big deal, the reach and impact of such sites as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is nothing short of remarkable. None of these sites is good or bad in themselves, but how they are used decides the proper use of them. Knowing that, I just wonder how it would look if our enemy, the devil (1 Peter 5:8), opened an…

The House of The Lord

People often travel to faraway places and visit the ruins of kingdoms and empires that once were. But imagine witnessing ancient Egypt during the age of the Pharaohs or walking through the city of ancient Babylon during the days of Nebuchadnezzar. Even more awe-inspiring would be attending the gladiatorial games at the Colosseum or the chariot races at the Circus Maximus. Or what could com-pare to witnessing the grandeur of Trajan’s Forum with its shops, vendors, library, law courts, and…

Close Yet Distant

Upon reading the title for this, you may be wondering “what does this even mean?” It may be confusing, but it does convey the message I want to get across this week. Although growing up in the city, for a short time Chloe and I lived in a small town (something new and difficult for both of us). The term “culture shock” is often experienced by those who move from an urban area to a more rural one or vice…