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From Josh Stewart | April 4, 2018

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Dear friends, Tupac Shakur once said, “I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up...and handle it.”  In a way, this is exactly what we...

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From Josh Stewart | March 7, 2018

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Dear friends, Listening is hard work.  In this day and age, more and more voices are demanding our attention, making it challenging to prioritize who to listen to and how to make time for it.  I suppose one of the reasons I am drawn to the season of Lent is because it ushers me into a...

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From Josh Stewart | January 10, 2018

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Dear friends,  Usually when we go on our Youth Ski Trip, we assume our adventure will take us to colder and icier conditions. This year, however, we discovered otherwise. Most of the time we spent in Colorado was a few degrees warmer than in Texas. While we were hearing of ice storms back...

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From Josh Stewart | December 13, 2017

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Dear friends,  It’s that time of year again when we are supposed to slow down and ponder the Reason for the Season. The other night during Youth Group, I spoke with our students about how busy we tend to get during the Advent and Christmas seasons. For Youth Group, this busyness...

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From Josh Stewart | November 15, 2017

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Dear friends, A couple weeks ago, I asked a big question in Youth Group. We were studying Martin Luther and thinking together about grace and works (Ephesians 2.8-10 to be exact). The questions was this: if we are saved by God’s grace through faith, what difference do our good works...

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From Josh Stewart | October 4, 2017

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Dear friends,  When tragedies strike our country like this week’s Las Vegas shooting, it forces us to think deeply about our faith and beliefs. We are certainly holding close in our thoughts and prayers all of the people and families whose lives have been turned upside down because...

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From Josh Stewart | September 6, 2017

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Dear friends,  The widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey is nothing short of mind-blowing. We continue to remember and support countless people in need through our prayers and by donating to thoughtful organizations such as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) for example...

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From Josh Stewart | July 19, 2017

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Dear friends,  One evening during our youth mission trip to Alabama, our group was relaxing after a hard day of work by watching the sunset over the bay.  While enjoying the moment with our youth, I noticed that Jim Koss was wearing an old t-shirt with the image of a ship on it. The...

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From Josh Stewart | July 6, 2017

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Dear friends,  (SPOILER ALERT!  What’s most important in this letter are the words of our youth at the bottom, so be sure to scroll down and read them!)  If you haven’t realized yet, I love themes. I love themes and mottos and titles. When I was in Austin...

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From Josh Stewart | June 7, 2017

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Dear friends,  I am saddened by the increase in child and adolescent suicide. I am aware that many of our youth are impacted by suicide or suicide attempts and as we strive to serve these youth, it is important that our faith community is aware of media messages and portrayals of suicide...

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