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What's the Point of Baptism?

When I was in college, I pledged for a Christian fraternity. As part of our pledging process, we were required to do some fairly interesting acts of initiation. Many times throughout the three month process of pledging, we wondered if there was any point to such things as: never stepping on the piece of red carpet that was unavoidably in the middle of our house, always run...

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The Feed Feature - Next Steps Seminars

Next Steps SeminarsSunday, April 15 from 5-8pm at HCBCPFMembership:A Family To Link Arms WithMaturity:Spiritual Tips That Will Keep You Fresh and AliveMinistry:Insight Into Your Divine DesignMission:Vision For How God Could Use You To Change The WorldAll of us want to be apart of a family of believers that's changing the world for the glory of God. Our Next Steps Seminars ...

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Compassion Ministry Fair

Compassion Ministry FairThis Sunday, March 4 in the Lobby! I was standing in line at a not-to-be-named sandwich shop the other day and was astonished at how long it was taking for these folks to connect the bready-oil-drizzled-meaty-goodness they were offering to my salivating taste buds. I wanted it five minutes ago people! It was taking entirely too long to connect me w...

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The Feed Feature - Adoption and Fostering

Something we CAN do! I have so many crazy kids living at my house right now. Actually, I only have three of them, but because they're quick little boogers, sometimes there appears to be more of them than there actually are. They're everywhere!!! We love them, but they're definitely a lot to handle with all the demands of life..As we approach Orphan Sunday and see the huge...

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Praying: Jesus, do more through me!

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, be glory in the Church" Let's play an imagination game. (Some of you hate this article already. Ha!) 1. Make a note of all of the ways you are currently serving Jesus. Ex. I try to be a good dad. Feed my family. Lead a small group. And tip well after mea...

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Feed Feature: Out of My Way!

The thing that makes this whole deal of serving people in need even harder is that often in our prosperity, we don’t see a lot of materially needy people as we drive through our nice suburban neighborhoods. We see socially and spiritually needy folks by the dozens....

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A Future and A Hope

"Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans...(James 1:27)" We have all been inspired by the stories of those who engage in fostering and adopting children. Quite a few folks from our church family have and are welcoming the fatherless into their homes and lives. If you would like to join the ranks of those who bravely display the love ...

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Thanksgiving Back

Week after week, our benevolence ministry seeks to support folks from our church family and community who are having an incredibly hard time making ends meet....

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Feed Feature: Freedom Sunday

On a given day in Pflugerville, TX, it can be hard to see large-scale injustice. Yes, injustice does exist in our world by all means. This said, we don’t look out of our shiny car windows and see children forced to work in brick factories....

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Leadership University Bible Study Methods Begins!

This is why we are beginning our Bible Study Methods class this Sunday to teach our church family the ins and outs of interpreting the Bible....

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Falling Through the Cracks

They kept me from falling through the cracks… When I was a junior in high school, I was at a place in life where my risk of not graduating was extremely high. My dad told me on a daily basis, “just graduate!”...

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Open Doors

What if we told you that 50 of the most significant people from our community were asking for our help? What if 50 people from different religious, ethnic, social, and moral backgrounds than ours said that they’d love to spend the day with our church family? ...

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Momentum 2016

Last night, my 1 year old son "helped" me take out the trash. Obviously, I did not need his help, but I did enjoy having him along. There were a couple of times when the tiniest piece of paper would fall to the ground. ...

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Join in the Joy of Serving WITH Jesus

He was six years old when his grandparents invited him to come help out on their farm. When his grandfather invited the young boy to climb up onto his lap and help drive the tractor, a smile as big as the field they were plowing began to stretch across the boy’s face....

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4 Steps

The spiritual life is all about progress, not perfection. What steps are you taking to progress in your relationship with Jesus? ...

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READY! SET! GO! Neighbor Groups Begin!!!!

Hey Church Family, Now is the time to invite those neighbors and kick off your groups! ...

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New Hearts

“I will give you a new heart…” (Ezekiel 36:26) You and I desperately need new hearts. Why?...

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It's Time

In Ecclesiastes 3:1, the wisest man who ever lived (no, it wasn’t Mr. Rogers) said this: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”...

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We Grow From Commitment

Commit your way to the Lord. (Psalm 37:5) What do you think about this statement: “People grow from commitment.”...

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Thank You Small Groups!!!

Acts 2:46 They had “glad and generous hearts.” I rarely watch the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. Mainly because it’s the “late” show....

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Should I stay or should I go?

In 1982 a band by the name of The Clash released the song “Should I stay or should I go?” You tie dye t-shirt wearing, hairspray loving, 80s folks remember the song right? Sing it! “Darlin’ you got to let me know. Should I stay or should I go?”...

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Spirit Lead Us!

By personality alone, the Apostle Paul was a force to be reckoned with. Through shipwrecks, stonings, and public disgrace he seemed to be unstoppable. It appeared as if nothing could stand in the way of his mission to share the gospel with the known world....

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Make Your Move!

Sometimes, in order to find a group of folks you can belong to you need to make some moves. One philosopher and poet (Winnie-The-Pooh) put it this way: “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”...

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Serve Your Schools: With God

What’s the difference between doing an event like Serve Your Schools with God or without God?...

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Are you coming to Momentum?

Still on the fence as to whether or not you’ll make the Momentum churchwide training this weekend? Here are four questions to ask yourself. If you’re in a public place while reading this, don’t feel the need to answer out loud. People might begin to wonder about you....

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All Hands On Deck: Shepherding

Small groups are about so much more than marriage repair and rescue. They are about helping people experience life to the fullest as Jesus spoke of in John 10:10. They are about helping others have a great race in this life....

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All Hands On Deck: Connections

Each Sunday we do our best to have friendly greeters at each door of the church welcoming folks to worship. Our hospitality team seeks to create an atmosphere with coffee, snacks, and smiles that displays in a tangible way the grace of God....

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Summer, it's better together!

A few summers ago, some guys and I went camping and climbing at Mineral Wells State Park together. We were all believers and were pretty serious about following Jesus. ...

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DAY 5 - CALL

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. ----------------------------------------------------- Father, I don't call out to you nearly as much as I need to. I'm like a deep sea diver in the waters of life needing to come up for the oxygen that is You. How come I don't call out to you until my lu...

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