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It was my mother who was faithful to take me to church as a child. At the age of nine,  I accepted Christ as my Savior, but I didn’t feel any different. I simply experienced joy from my mother and acceptance by a few church friends. Sadly it would be a tough 20 years before I would understand the nature of that decision. Full Story »

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Oil. It runs deep in our state. It powers our cars, plays a huge role in the creation of many of our day-to-day gadgets and necessities. And again it’s booming in places like the Permian Basin and in the South Texas Eagle Ford Shale. Full Story »

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The quiet peaceful town of Cuero, like many small towns in South Texas, has been interrupted by the buzz of busy streets. Long lines of loud trucks regularly crowd the streets. The change in the streets reflects one of challenges coming to the communities affected by the shale oil boom. There are many other challenges that are connected with the sudden influx of new people swelling the populations of these towns. RV parks and Man Camps abound, housing the many workers and placing heavy demands on community infrastructures. Yet, another challenge presents itself to those of us who are interested in sharing Christ with people: How do we share Christ with the oil field workers?

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In Mark 16:15, the Lord said, “Go into all the world and preach the good news of all creation.” With the huge oil and gas reserves found in the Eagle Ford Shale area of South Texas, it appears the world is coming to our doorstep. Full Story »

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In John 7:37-38, Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah when he stood and shouted, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” This invitation still stands today, but I wonder if we are willing to be as bold as Jesus was when He proclaimed this to a crowd of not only traditional worshipers but also to a crowd of tradition-bound worshipers. Full Story »

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Being the Body-of-Christ with a new group of friends in the Oilfield can happen. It just two or three Christ-followers (and their not-in-church family & friends) to become a life changing “where-they-live” Body-of-Christ! They become His Heart, His Hands, His Voice and His Compassion among this group. Full Story »

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Are you getting ready to serve on a Pastor Search Committee? Talk to those who have served before you and hopefully you will hear, “It was the most difficult task I’ve ever done in my life…  but I have never been more blessed in any service I’ve done for the Lord.”

Unfortunately, you might be just as likely to hear, “I never want to do that again . . . it was a mess . . . I left the church,” or other discouraging stories. So, here are some ideas about what your church can be doing so the interim period starts out well. Full Story »