February 26, 2016

As I am preaching about the Holy Spirit and our vocations this week I came across a great quote from Miroslav Volf:
All human work, however complicated or simple, is made possible by the operation of the Spirit of God in the working person; and all work whose nature and results reflect the values of the new creation is accomplished under the instruction and inspiration of the Spirit of God.
As I go off to work on Tuesday and Thursday in Waco, I am reminded how much God enjoys to be involved in all our work and that there is no sacred/secular divide when it comes to following the Spirit.
I think it is going to be very important for our congregation to continue to learn from others as we discover where God is taking us. Part of our mission reflects this (Our mission at WHBC is to learn together and invite others to be committed followers of Jesus Christ).
A book that I have put on my list to read is The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World. Sounds as if it is right where we are at WHBC. It is written by Sandra Maria Van Opstal. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Two interesting articles that are about church life came across my screen:
And a training that I signed up for (you may as well, it is all online and it is FREE) is: Three Secrets to Reaching and Retaining Church Guests. Sign up at the link below.
I am so excited about this time in our church. There are new trails to blaze, new things to learn, friends to make and people who will be connected to God through what we do. Please start praying for our Easter Egg hunt and the families that will turn out.
Praying that God blesses each of you this week.

Pastor Chris

February 19, 2016

Two weeks ago we had Kristy Raley preach from our pulpit. We did this in conjunctino with hundreds of other churches during the month of February to recognize the gifting of all people by God, particularly women. This month of preaching is named for Martha Stearns Marshall who was an 18th-century Baptist preacher. WHBC is one of the few Baptist churches in Fort Worth to celebrate and enjoy having women in our pulpit. Over the past years we have had several women preach and they have each done an excellent job and I think you will agree they were all gifted and called by God to serve the church. I am thankful for a church that takes a bit of a radical, although Biblical view that all are gifted to preach the gospel. Thank you Kristy for reminding us of this!
This Sunday you will notice that our Welcome Center is a bit torn up. It seems as if there was a crack in the toilet and it cause it to continuoulsy run for a couple days. The workers are pulling up the floor, drying out the walls and cleaning up. Sometimes bad things happen, the good news is that we have insurance and our agent is leading us to believe we will be covered for clean up and repairs (A big thanks to Tom Watson for contacting the insurance and clean up crew). Our Sunday Schools and coffee pot will have to be moved, check with your teacher about where to meet. We will need to enter the building in the Chapin Rd. entrance. It will be like old times, sitting in the Chapin foyer visiting prior to Sunday School. With this in mind...
I found this devotional about being thankful to be very important this week:
A quote I found inspiration from:
Teilhard de Chardin wrote, 'Someday, after we have mastered the winds and the waves, the tides and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love, and then for the second time in the history of the world man will have discovered fire."
We have a Sunday Fellowship Lunch following the service. We are going to continue our discussion about what our church need to become in order to meet the needs of our community. I hope you can attend!
Pastor Chris
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