Young Leaders Wanted

We’re starting an AsUR residency at Gateway Church in Austin. Why? “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center.” We may be planting churches, but we’re losing…

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I Have No Problems

It’s a difficult realization, but so incredibly liberating… “I have No problems.” I’ve been saying it to myself over the last 5 months, as everything around me seems to be falling apart at times. “I have no problems.” Of course, the other truth is I could list three pages of things I’ve “counted” as my…

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A Sign For The Nations

    Leading up to Christmas, we’ve been looking at God’s revealed character, “The God You Need,” in our Sunday services (listen at www.Gatewaychurch.com/podcast ). Isaiah “proves” God exists by giving many threads of historical evidence pre-written (see past 3 blogs). Let’s continue looking at what Isaiah foretold 680 years before Jesus—that the coming Messiah…

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Messiah

I had someone ask me why God chose one people group over others (referring to the Jews). Chosen does not mean all Jewish people are automatically right with God, or more loved by God than Arabs or Americans or any other people group. Chosen means chosen for a responsibility. God created the nation of Israel…

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God Proof

Can you prove God’s existence? That’s a common question, but I find few willing to actually seek answers—because there are amazing “proofs” of God’s existence—but you won’t find them if you don’t seek them. We’re teaching through key passages in the book of Isaiah at Gateway Church leading up to Christmas, and I’m reminded how…

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Word For What Lasts

God is a rewarder! I’ve heard some Christians say, “We shouldn’t be motivated by heavenly rewards—something feels wrong about that.” Why? You’re motivated by earthly rewards. God just wants you to set your sights higher! God made you to be motivated to seek things that will pay off, the problem is, we’re often just short-sighted…

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What Gets Rewarded?

Dr. Mary Neal felt Jesus embrace her as her kayak stayed pinned between two boulders underneath the waterfall’s torrential pounding. She felt her life slipping away, but despite previous fear of drowning, she felt peace. “I knew with absolute certainty that I was being held and comforted by Jesus, which was initially surprising…at the time…

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Heart Scan – Part 3

The real danger of unhealed wounds is not the wound itself, but what it makes us susceptible to believe. In the last two entries, I talked through identifying wounds and allowing God’s healing. Really, identifying evil agreements we’ve accidentally made should be done simultaneously. I’ve listed resources to help with this down below. What are…

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