Rebuilding Community – We’re not just about sheds!

It’s exciting to see what a few sheds can mean to a community. As sheds have gone up in a low-income part of Van, it has encouraged the people to work together to improve their own homes. Paint is going on new siding, and there’s even talk of getting together for a cook out “like we used to do.” There is even talk that a playground may be given to the neighborhood as a result of a damaged school having to relocate. How about you? Why not get involved with Sheds of Hope – you can pray, build, give, and … Continue reading Rebuilding Community – We’re not just about sheds!

Tornado Hit Van, Texas – 2 Killed, and 3 Still Missing

The EF3 Tornado hit Van on Sunday night at about 8:45 pm. It is estimated that about 50 homes were destroyed and about another 50 were damaged. The tornado came up quickly, giving residents only minutes to find cover. The impact of the tornado was felt over an area about 1/4 mile wide and about 1 mile in length. Pray for the ongoing rescue effort and the many people that are still in the hospital. Continue reading Tornado Hit Van, Texas – 2 Killed, and 3 Still Missing

Being Made Perfect Together through Christ’s Work

Text to ponder this week Hebrews 11:39-40 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the … Continue reading Being Made Perfect Together through Christ’s Work

Suffering Heroes Show Us That Faithful Living May Not Be Rewarded in This Life

Text to ponder this week Hebrews 11:35b-38 Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy— wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. Thoughts to ponder this week 1. Humanity is in rebellion against God and in that state, judges faithful followers … Continue reading Suffering Heroes Show Us That Faithful Living May Not Be Rewarded in This Life

Triumphant Heroes Show Us That Faithful Living Is Hard to Identify

Text to ponder this week Hebrews 11:32-35 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Thoughts to ponder this week 1. Don’t allow personal failures to rob you of living the rest of your life by … Continue reading Triumphant Heroes Show Us That Faithful Living Is Hard to Identify