Category Archives: Community Life

A Christmas Reading

Dearly Beloved, I have encouraged Hope Chapel to share the Christmas story with someone before Christmas day.  Or, in lieu of the Christmas story, to share the gospel of Jesus or one’s own testimony of salvation. Just in case you … Continue reading

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Not Silent About Sex

(Note: Betsy Cruz, a long-time Christian leader and friend from Hope Chapel, recently published a blog entitled ‘Sex and the Christian College Student.’  I thought it was so good that I am reproducing her note on HopeMail and the link … Continue reading

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Sally Gary Book Recommendations

Dearly Beloved, below you will find several book recommendations that Sally Gary made during our conversation over this past weekend.  I have taken the liberty to add my own notes to each recommendation.  –geno Messy Grace, by Caleb Kaltenbach.  Caleb … Continue reading

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Never Going Back

(Note: Annette Christopher read her testimony one recent Sunday at Hope Chapel before the worship team introduced the song ‘Never Going Back’.  It was a very powerful and moving moment for me and others.  She has graciously agreed to allow … Continue reading

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God Picks our Battles

(Editor’s note: I received this encouragement following this past Sunday’s sermon (June 5).  Thought I’d pass it along.  –geno) Thank you for your exhortation Sunday! You encouraged us to listen to and obey what The Lord tells us to do … Continue reading

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Giving With a Generous Heart–A ‘Plunder’ Story

(Editor’s Note: I have shared Bonnie’s story a couple of times publicly to encourage people as we continue to pray about helping to fund repairs to Hope’s main building complex this summer.  When presenting the need as our Sunday night … Continue reading

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Repairing Hope Slide Presentations

Dearly Beloved, Since Hope’s building was significantly damaged on May 25, 2015, a great deal of work has gone on behind the scenes.  Initially Sharon Kern, and others, met with a bevy of insurance claims adjusters who studied the damage … Continue reading

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A Taste of Heaven

This past Sunday (March 6, 2016) Pablo and Maria Duran led Hope Chapel’s communion service.  They had a wonderful idea–that it would be great to hear multiple languages when the Scripture was read aloud.  So they recruited several friends, as … Continue reading

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Simplicity and Art

Following a recent sermon featuring exhortations to embrace the spiritual discipline of simplicity a friend at Hope Chapel raised an interesting question, which I will put in my own words, “If we are supposed to live so frugally, saving all … Continue reading

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I Hope You Had Fun During The Austin Marathon

In what has become an annual event at Hope Chapel, about half our adult population and a significant number of our teens and children cheered several hundred Austin Marathon runners as they whizzed through our neighborhood. Led by Suzi Raines … Continue reading

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