Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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An E-News Message From Pastor John

Happy Thursday to everybody! By the way, what a WIN for the Cowboys last Sunday huh??? Life is good... :-)

Speaking of life...Please pause today and take a moment pray for our president and his advisors. Things are pretty crazy right now (Ebola, Isis, Middle East, etc.). Pray also for the medical community in West Africa as they combat this awful disease taking so many lives.

Over the last almost 15 years of Hope's existence, I have stayed away from politics. However, we are in a time in our culture where many are threatening our religious rights. Yesterday the news broke that the mayor and city government of Houston are requiring five pastors in their city to turn over their messages, emails, texts and any conversations that have to do with homosexuality, same sex marriage or the mayor herself. Unbelievable, to say the least, but my point is, we have elections coming up in November and as a Christ follower the least that we should be doing is praying and voting. Please do some research on all the candidates and pray about who you should vote for. Voter guides are easy to come by online. These elections are important and so is your vote!

This weekend I am starting a brand new three week series called "The House We Build". Invite a friend, it's going to be good!

Also, this month is Pastor Appreciation Month. Here at Hope, we honor our staff pastors (not me) and receive a special offering for them. We're going to do that this weekend. My check is already made out and I ask you to join Melissa and I and give to this wonderful team. You can give in the offering this weekend or give online by CLICKING HERE. Online giving for Pastor's Appreciation will be available until Friday, October 24. These guys work their tail off for you and your family (and of course for the Lord) and I want to bless their socks off this weekend! Thanks ahead of time for your generosity!

One more thing... Fight Night is coming up on Friday, October 24. If you're married or you're going to get married soon, this night is for you! Dr.'s Les & Leslie Parrott will be here and you are not going to want to miss this! CLICK HERE to learn more and register!

I love you all, see you this weekend!

John

Matthew 7:24-27
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.