Now That We Are Together

Now That We Are Together

When we contemplate the course of our lives, often we wonder, “Was that the hand of God?” Maybe it was an accident avoided, an opportunity taken, or even an opportunity missed.

After Paul had converted Philemon’s slave, Onesimus, he sent him back to Philemon saying, “For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever” (Phile. 15-16). Perhaps God’s providence brought Onesimus to Paul. Perhaps.

Julie and I grew up in pleasant hills of Caddo, Oklahoma and were high school sweethearts. We married two weeks after graduation and began attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. We moved to Austin, Texas in 1992 and attended the Southwest School of Biblical Studies graduating in 1994.

For the past 28 years, Julie and I have worked full time ministering to those in need through preaching, teaching, and personal interaction. We have served four congregations: Granite, Oklahoma, Leonard, Texas, Corsicana, Texas, and Brighton, Colorado. In each church, we have striven to impact the lives of every member and change the community through Christ’s saving work.

Today, the University church in San Marcos begins a new chapter. Julie and I are happy and blessed to be a part of its story. University’s reputation has spread far and wide through its works and faithfulness. Our ministry builds on great work of those who have come before us. We stand on tall shoulders and are grateful to be here. Perhaps God has brought us together for this moment in history. Let us make the most of our time together by glorifying God.

For the next few weeks, our Sunday lessons will center on the theme Now That We Are Together. This is a series of hope and encouragement, challenging us to reach our fullest spiritual potential. Be here for each service and invite your friends to experience this exciting moment in the University story.

-Sam Dilbeck


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