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Help Is on the Way

Disappointed dreams, broken relationships, identity crises, vocational hang-ups, wounds from the past— there are so many ways life can send us crashing up against the rocks.
So when life leaves you shipwrecked, what can you do? In Help Is On the Way, author and pastor Jonathan Martin draws from his own shipwreck experiences to uncover how God meets us in our most critical moment, and exactly what we need to hang on until morning.
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Abandon Faith

Colleagues: We can pretend to have all the game we want while up on stage, in the pulpit, on the mission field, or in our communities of faith. But it’s how we engage with the rental-car attendant or the guy bagging groceries - that's where everybody knows if we are really with Jesus...#pkes #MetroLifeChurch   #MinMchurch

Doctrine & Theology

If your doctrine is more important than love, you already have bad theology. Everything Saul knew before he was on the Road to Damascus became nothing after he met Jesus. #MinMChurch#MetroLifeChurch

Come Thy Fount 🎶

Come thou fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing Thy grace Streams of mercy never ceasing Call for songs of loudest praise Teach me some melodious sonnet Sung by flaming tongues above I'll praise the mount I'm fixed upon it Mount of Thy redeeming love
Here I raise my Ebenezer Hither by Thy help I come And I hope by Thy good pleasure Safely to arrive at home Jesus sought me when a stranger Wondering from the fold of God He, to rescue me from danger Interposed His precious blood
O to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee Prone to wander Lord I feel it Prone to leave the God I love Here's my heart Lord, take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above  A wonderful, moving, classic song with some unfamiliar words in it - words that are largely obsolete in our modern language. Take Ebenezer for example. They don't mean Ebenezer Scrooge, from the Christmas Carol. The word Ebenezer appears in the Hebrew Scriptures,…

In The Name of The Father and The Son...

“…Let Me say it again: if you ask for anything in My name, I will do it…”Jn 14The early church never presented Jesus as the solution to their marriage choices or issues, or career failures or house hunting or finding a parking place in a crowded lot. Heavy sigh… I know that there are instances in the Bible of people praying for natural desires — protection from enemies and escape from danger & recovery from sickness, etc. These desires are NOT wrong, but I think that just maybe our American Evangelical prayers sometimes run amuck, become more like wish lists, and yield to fleshly desires more than kingdom priorities. In the first couple of centuries after Jesus's resurrection there were themost amazing transformations occurring. Social and religious cultures were being altered by perhaps one of the most peaceful means in the history of the world. How did it happen? Did these ppl have wish lists they hurled towards heaven too? What kind of people were these, Christians? Maybe the …

Mary - What a Mystery She Is

Wednesday May 16th @ 7pm The Mary You Didn't Know - An Interactive Discussion
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The Apostle James wrote:…Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you…”

How can I be intimate with someone I can’t see, hear, or touch? God and I can’t go out for coffee or even give each other a hug. Yet we know that God created us for intimate fellowship with him. What's that supposed to look like?
The human desire for intimacy, for love, drives us — Since the beginning, our loving Creator has been pursuing us, drawing us, inviting us closer to Him.In the dark of night,Jesus told Nicodemus to to awake his soul, saying: “You must be born againSome things with God are so personal, so intimate, that they cannot be described with any words other than to say they can only be felt with the heart. True intimacy with God is when we feel what no one else can really understand. It's like a special bond shared with Him alone, because it's altogether cosmically personal. But Christianity isn’t a solo endeavor - it’s a we thing. Our intimacy with God, through His son…

Finding Jesus in the Minor Prophets - Malachi

Have you ever tried to shared something really really important with someone...and they just didn't get it. Maybe they even gave you that blank, 'deer in the headlight', duh, stare. The Hebrew ppl of Malachi's time were no different. Until they were confronted with direct, not so subtle, challenges they were not getting the need for repentance. They were totally lacking when it came to worship and a faithful clergy. It was into this setting that God sent the prophet Malachi.
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Follow Your Heart?

The Planet says: “Follow Your Heart."Really? Have you ever tried to follow your heart? Its an Interesting directive that can be incredibly freeing, assuming the body, psyche and spirit are properly tethered and your internal hunch is neutral and without bias.  But it can also be horrifically dangerous to follow our feelings, desires, and emotions, no matter how grounded we think we are because our internal guidance systems change all the time. They can change with a phone call, a word of criticism or a traffic jam. If we truly followed them, we’d be all over the map with our decisions.  The ProphetJeremiah said: “The heart is most devious and incurably sick. Who can understand it?”Ezekiel chimed in about the heart too:“I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh.  In my life I found that the great cardiologist, Jesus, accomplished a miraculous heart transplant when I came to grips wit…

Getting Into Trouble

Trouble, no matter how you define it, usually comes. It’s an inevitable part of life. It has a way of finding you, even if you ‘mind your Ps and Qs. In the media, I continue to read about Christians getting into trouble because of their beliefs. I think they take solace in the idea that“If you find that the world despises you, remember that before it despised you, it first despised Me. If you were a product of the world order, then it would love you. But you are not a product of the world because I have taken you out of it, and it despises you for that very reason” #JesusOur walk by faith, if it is true biblical faith, will get us in trouble, wrote, AW Tozer. Are you in Trouble?
All to often Christians get themselves into trouble notbecause they wear the countenance of Christ, but because their attitudes are anything but Christ-like.Put another way, sometimes we believers are despised, not because we are like Christ but because we are not like Him. What I find interesting is that even p…

Zechariah - Finding Jesus in the Minor Prophets

One of the distinguishing marks of humanity is our ability to preserve our history and ideally, learn from it. When we fail to learn from our past, we are likely to repeat our  mistakes, ugh.  Zechariah's prophecy, in the later part of the 6th century B.C., deals with the people of God failing to learn from their painful history - he calls on them to look back and recall, while simultaneously asking the Hebrews to look forward to their glorious future, dominated by the work of the promised Messiah, Jesus. Wednesday April 18th, 7pm Directions to Ministry in Motion
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Easter Isn't Over...

The 'good candy' has all  been eaten, missing from  from the Easter baskets; Maybe there are still be a few colored eggs in the frig, egg salad in the making; And, the seats in church aren't nearly as full as they were the same time last week, but Easter isn't over - it has just begun. The Resurrection revealed: Disbelieving followers - God always waits on us, even when we have left Him behind; Ask the two disciples going to EmmausHearts churning with questionsA ghostVisible wounds - Check this out ThomasBroiled fish - Guess who’s coming to dinnerFulfillment of the Hebrew ScripturesFinal instructions: “...Stay in the city until you receive it—until power from heaven comes upon you...”Farewell for now, sort’aObedience -The disciples returned to Jerusalem, filled with intense joy, and they return again and again to the temple to celebrate God
Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again

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Easter - Peace Be With You

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 
When Jesus rose from the dead, He gave his friends the gift of resurrection peace, breathed on them, and said: ‘Receive ye the Holy Ghost’ What a post-resurrection moment! It’s here when the spiritual cosmos crossed to be with the human world. A simple and common gesture — a breath, so special, so wonderful. Jesus was preparing His disciples and us for aglobal mission of peace and nonviolence. So today on this Easter Sunday we follow Jesus by welcoming that gift of resurrection peace, breathing in his Holy Spirit, and walking in his footsteps.  Peace be with you… #Pkes
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The Harrowing of Hell

Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter, the end of Lent, the conclusion of Holy Week; The final day to enter into the story of Christ’s passion. Historically this Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus' body lay in the borrowed tomb and the Harrowing of Hell. What? This Harrowing of Hell is referred to in theApostles' Creedand it re-tells that Jesus "descended into hell” This journey is alluded to in the New Testament and in 1 Peter which speaks of Jesus preaching to "the imprisoned spirits" So on this Saturday I reflect on the mystery that as the mortal body of Jesus lay in the tomb, His spirit/soul was not. The Christ was on a prescribed mission, He was about His Father’s business… Between death and the resurrection,  we wait..  the coming of the third day,  to rise and walk in the newness of life. 
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Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs

“..Like a sheep to a shearing, like a lamb to be slaughteredhe went—oh so quietly, oh so willingly..”The crucifixion of Christ, the awful marriage of human sinfulness and the pinnacle of divine grace, must remain an enduring mystery, a mystery of my faith — Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. Good Friday calls on me to take another look, to remember, His death. ~Selah~ So in my exuberance to treasure all the beauty that is Easter, I must be careful not to scurry past Good Friday. Easter alone does not make Christianity unique. It’s Good Friday, coupled with Easter, where we find the uniqueness of Christianity. As you contemplate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, I pray that God will reveal his unfathomable love for you in new ways. May you know the love of the one who gave his life for you…#Pkes
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Holy Week - Maundy Thursday

Holy Weekin Christianity is the week just before Easter. In the West, it is also the last week of Lent, and includes Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday,  Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and  Holy Saturday (this day is more important than you may think). Holy Week doesn’t include Easter Sunday. I’m not sure if the week is holy, but it’s certainly rich in Christian history, which is why I bother to write about it. Of the particular days of this historical week, the easiest to recognize, the prominent day, is naturally Good Friday. But I thinkMaundy Thursday is worth exploring and recalling. Jesus is only a few hours away from His passion and it’s His desires to share a meal with His disciples. And it’s on this day, during this Passover meal, the Last Supper, (the model for the Eucharist or Holy Communion) where Jesus lays out and predicts, prophetically, the events that would immediately follow — including his betrayal, TY Judas, the Denial of Peter, none of us is perfect; He spoke of His own suff…

Zephaniah's Day of the Lord

Zephaniah - Finding Jesus in the Minor Prophet Join us Wednesday March 28th @ 7pm The final blessings on Zion are pronounced in Zephaniah 3:14-20 and are largely unfulfilled, leading us to conclude that these are messianic prophecies that await the Second Coming of Christ to be completed. The Lord has taken away our punishment only through Christ who came to die for the sins of His people (Zephaniah 3:15; John 3:16).#pkes

He Comes Seated On a Donkey

There’s no way we can really wrap our minds around this scene. But follow along with me - see Jesus, the prince of peace, as he rides lowly borrowed donkey in a prophetic procession towards Jerusalem.
Cry out with joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout jubilantly, O daughter of Jerusalem! Look—your King is coming; He is righteous and able to save. He comes seated humbly on a donkey, on a colt, a foal of a donkey..
Notice the crowds of Hebrews, hungry for a leader.Look closely at the Christ, on his less than mighty steed.A teacher unlike any other before him in Israel’s history. A man who spoke with great authority. He mesmerized the teachers and scribes of his day…this rabbi seems to be so closely connected to God.
Watch, as throngs of people tossed their coats in the donkey’s path; See as the Jews gathered branches of palm trees to wave as they celebrated His arrival.
Listen to the people greet him with loud shouts of“Hosanna!” He who comes in the name of the Lord is truly blessed and is King of all …

Habakkuk-Christ Is The Central Message

Christ is the central message of the Old Testament. So we’ll read and interpret the Old Testament in light of the full revelation of God in Jesus; We won't wander around the Minor Prophets unescorted. We'll be there because of Jesus and with the Holy Spirit as our guide. Habakkuk. The Apostle Paul quotes Habakkuk 2:4 reiterating the doctrine of justification by faith. This spiritual faith is the gift of God and available through Christ. It’s a faith that saves; A faith that sustains; A faith that gives us a glimpse of eternity.  “You can't know, you can only believe - or not” ~CS Lewis The righteous live by faith, says scripture... Join us Wednesday March 21st @ 7pm as we share, pray, discuss and noodle or way through the Book of Habakkuk Directions to Ministry in Motion #MinMChurch #MetroLifeChurch

You Want Me To Do What?

The Fifth Sunday in Lent - What is it that God Desires of Us? We are just seven days away from Holy Week, the beginning of a time that reflects on God’s love for us through his Son’s passion, death and resurrection. So we enter the final days of Lent, a season where we choose to orient our hearts towards God versus self saying:“Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire…” What is it that God desires of us? It’s not unusual to wonder what God wants from faithful followers: Does He want sacrifice? Maybe He wants us to follow & keep strict codes of behavior? Possibly He wants blind obedience? People in the past and people today have all sorts of opinions about how the faithful should act. In the Hebrew Scriptures, in the Pentateuch, we read: And now, Israel, what is the Eternal your God asking of you? Only that you fear Him, live as He wants you to, and love Him; serve Him with ev…

Nahum, Finding Jesus in the Minor Prophets

Ministry in Motion Being the Church Outside the Church Wednesday March 14th, 7pm Join us as we discuss the Book of Nahum or sinners in the hands of an angry God;  We'll look for Jesus in the Minor Prophet, Nahum: Seeing Christ in Nahum's prophecy; Seeing the Father's love, on perfect display in the person of the Christ; Discovering that the message of Nahum is just as relevant today as it was in the 7th century, because it reminds us that God's grace is for all. And in the case of Jesus' coming - we'll see sinners in the hands of a loving God...#pkes #MetroLifeChurch #MinMChurch (Directions to Ministry in Motion)

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Taste And See - The Lord Is Good: Fourth Sunday of Lent

If you want to know Jesus, the Bread of Life, the invitation is not to raising a hand or kneeling at an alter or praying a special prayer,but it’s to taste and see*, that the Lord is good!"Lenten Prayer Week 4:Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Book of Common Prayer, Lent Wk4 Joining with one another at the Eucharistic, the communion, table is a beautiful experience bringing us closer to God, and orienting us towards Him. The Psalmist wrote:“…Taste of His goodness; see how wonderful the Eternal truly is. Anyone who puts trust in Him will be blessed and comforted…”Conventional church practices usually say: become a believer or a church member and then you can take of the Eucharist. But the Christian way to the cross ought to be less about protoco…

Lord Teach Us To Pray

Being the Church Outside the Church Wednesday March 7th, 7:30pm Star of Hope Men's Developmental Center 1811 Ruiz, Houston, Tx 77002 Directions