We met up with our friends, Craig and Beth Hall, to catch up and talk about a new life adventure navigating new waters.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,”
where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.
Hebrews 6:19-20a NIV
- Do you have your own BOAT STORY?
- What thoughts do you have about the importance of an anchor?
- How can navigating new waters on the ocean be similar to navigating new waters in your life?
- What are some of the things you heard from the video that might be needed to take a trip on the ocean?
- What might be some things you need to navigate the next season of your personal life?
- What are your thoughts about the image of an ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL?
- What might keep your SOUL firm and secure?
- Why might we have HOPE?
- How is Jesus the anchor for your soul?
- As this school year ends, how can you focus on Jesus as the ANCHOR FOR YOUR SOUL?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 is our OAKWOOD STUDENTS END OF SCHOOL BASH 4:30 to 7:30PM @ Student Pavilion
Chad preaches God’s Word through story telling, media, and visual experience. As a result, the Scripture is clearly presented in order for people of all ages to examine and apply Biblical truth to their everyday walks of life. As someone not simply called to speak, Chad believes in the importance of relationship and seeks to get to know people when he is away from the stage. Ultimately, Chad hopes to see people moved into a deeper relationship with Christ. In turn, they will live lives of action that impact their world.
Chad is originally from Chattanooga, TN. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received a degree in Secondary Education. Following college, he attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX where he received a Masters of Divinity. After graduating seminary, God called Chad to a life of itinerant ministry.
Chad and his wife, Hope, live in Lake Jackson, TX with their sons (Shepherd,Charlie, and Alder) and daughter (Magnolia Bea). He is an avid reader and infrequent visitor to the gym. He serves as Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Clute, TX.
Middle School Students gather up Sunday, June 5, after Sunday services in the Student Pavilion, for Pizza, a T-Shirt, and orientation, then head out on a charter bus to Focus Pointe Camp in Alba, Texas.
Just 20 minutes north of Canton, Texas, this rustic campground provides a place for Middle Schoolers to learn about Servant Leadership, experience Authentic Worship, Serve as a family group, laugh and play during Recreation, and walk away having experienced the presence of the Lord.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP IS JUNE 5-10 @ FOCUS POINTE BASE CAMP IN ALBA, TX.
We have been partnering with GLOWING HEART MINISTRIES for 10+ years with their Middle School Pacesetters Camp. Students have the opportunity to engage in a family group, enjoy creative, team building recreation activities, work together in afternoon serve projects, swim in the lake nearby, and experience what it means to live as a servant leader. We have seen many lives impacted for the Kingdom of God over the years and expect this Summer not to be anything less!
I recall meeting Henry Loftin for the first time at Pacesetters Camp in High School. Some family friends invited me to come to camp, and I found myself with a close family of college students in a ministry called Glowing Heart. It was not by chance that God led me to Pacesetters Camp at Dallas Baptist University my Junior Summer in High School. I had many thoughts about my life in Christ, but for some reason Pacesetters was like the fertilizer to the seeds of passion God had been placing in my heart. I found a camp experience that challenged me and stretched me to not only talk about Jesus, but take action for Jesus. That first night, I remember Henry speaking to our group and challenging us to get our relationship right with Jesus at the front end of camp, so that Jesus could work in us for the rest of the week. I remember that God impressed on me His compassion for the lost and the lowly so much, that I was literally WRECKED for Him. What God had been planting in me had risen up as a Passion to follow Christ. From that point forward, that Passion turned to many steps of action at my church. I saw the vision for my life. I began to understand that God could use me to help the lost and the broken where I lived. He had begun framing me to become a Servant Leader.
Little did I know that the Lord had a plan for me to join Glowing Heart Ministries in 1998. Henry became more than a camp director or speaker to me. He invited me and everyone on the team to be his family. That family is one that has experienced many days of traveling from church to church, leading to serve as Christ served, love with all our hearts, and experience the life-changing power of the Name of Jesus across the ends of the Earth.
Not only that, but Laura and I met at DBU and spent many days learning the same ministry through Glowing Heart Ministries. Henry counseled Laura during our “famous break up.” We worked hard to not let our “love life” interfere with the ministry we were doing. Henry taught us to be above reproach and serve others in all that we did. HOWEVER, when the stuff dropped and Laura and I had that time of separation, Henry said something to the sort of, “Next time, give me a heads up when you are about to do something like this.” Henry was someone safe that Laura could run to in a time of trouble. That is why, when we did realize we were meant to spend the rest of our lives together, we had no doubt that Henry would be the one to officiate our marriage. That was right here in New Braunfels, Tx, by the way! We brought the whole Glowing Heart team to do the music, many were bridesmaids and groomsmen, and we knew Henry would be the right person to share the Gospel to our friends and family attending our Holy Matrimony happening at First Baptist Church that hot day of August 3, 2002.
I have personally been thankful to the Lord that my place as the Middle School Pastor at Oakwood has given me the ability to continue to share that same legacy Henry shared with me. The blessing is the legacy of Christ passed down from generation to generation. As we remember Henry’s life, we cannot move far from the Good News of Jesus Christ. That is because he was a remarkable example of what Jesus looks like in today’s time. Here are some clips we had from Middle School Pacesetters Camp this past Summer. #henryloftinlegacy
Step 1 – KNOW
We started off this Promotion Sunday in the Middle School Ministry (MSM) casting vision in a creative way for our three main steps we take in Middle School.
Here you go – KNOW, GROW, SHOW.
Yea, it’s simple, but I believe these are thoughts we need to have as we walk toward making Jesus #1 in our lives.
1 John 5:11-13 Speaks to one aspect of the KNOW step…
“And this is the testimony, that
that God gave us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
Whoever has the Son has life;
whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.”
Just like the void of a Do-Nut, we have a GOD-Sized Hole in our hearts that can only be filled with Eternal Life. According to 1 John, it is super simple. JESUS fills that HOLE with ETERNAL LIFE!!!! What I enjoy about John is that he decided to write 1John so that everyone can truly KNOW how to have ETERNAL LIFE.
Do YOU KNOW that you have ETERNAL LIFE?
Great, that is the first step to KNOW, GROW, SHOW.
By the way, we have to give a shout out to Theresa at the Shipley Do-Nut shop on Loop 337. She totally gave us the run of the place and allowed us to take clips to show on Sunday Mornings for this series. I even found myself taking an “impromptu” order for two Kolaches at the window!!!
Here are a few FIRST TIMER TIPS:
- WE MEET DURING THE 9:30am SERVICE If you come at 11:00am, we suggest that your student serves with Oakwood Kids or attends Main Service with the family.
- THE STUDENT PAVILION IS THAT GARAGE LOOKING PLACE AROUND BACK: That is where Middle School Students meet + we give FREE SHIPLEY DO-NUTS, pretty much EVERY SUNDAY.
- You Don’t Check Your Student In. Just send them to the Pavillion!
- You Don’t Check Your Student Out. When our time is over, around 10:40am, students are dismissed and find their parents ON THEIR OWN.
- Plan a MEETING PLACE after MSM Time. Take a moment ahead of time and plan a place to meet up. For example… “Meet us in the Mission Hall” or “We will probably be picking up little Johnny from the Children’s building, so meet us in the foyer” or “Meet us at the car, but don’t get hit by another church member’s car” or “Go ahead and just go home with another loving church family that will feed you and house you and take you to school” (maybe not the last one)
- We have loving Adult Leaders. Every Adult Leader present is happy to help you and your student. We are a team and LOVE YOUR KID TOO!
- During the School Year we break out into Small Groups by Grade and Gender: These Small Groups are Relationally Oriented for group discussion that relates to the Talk Time with Pastor Brandon (Pastor B).
- LASTLY WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR KID: I know this transition is different and can seem overwhelming as a parent or as a new Middle Schooler. With all the stress and Chaos or change, we want to help your student make Jesus #1 in their lives. The truth is… I have seen great movements of God in our Student Ministry and I KNOW without a doubt that He has way more investment in the life or your kid than even You or I do! PASTOR B