Monthly archive for January 2008

Chevron Houston Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon

Three members of a First Place class at Houston’s First Baptist Church participated in the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 13, 2008.  This was their first Half Marathon event. Way to go! Sent in by Claudia Korff, First Place Leader Houston’s First Baptist Church Houston, TX

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The Number 8

The number eight (8) is the number for new beginnings.  I pray you are ready for new things to happen in your life in 2008.  I was so ready for January 1, to get here that my eyes popped open at 4:00 a.m., even though it was a holiday.  I got out of bed with great joy to begin 2008 with my Lord. As you read these words, we are well into January 2008.  Maybe your New Year resolutions have already gone by the wayside.  Well, take heart!  Today is your New Beginning Day.  If you fail today, you can begin again tomorrow.  If you fail tomorrow you can begin again the next day. There is a saying, “Fake it ‘till you make it.”  With God’s help we can make 2008 the best year of our lives.  Here’s how I plan to do that. Set my alarm early enough each

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Put On the Big Kid Pants

Well, here it is January 2nd, and I was supposed to have finished this newsletter article weeks ago.  Luckily, I work with a loving staff that give me more than enough grace and have patiently waited for me to funnel all the thoughts swimming in my head into a coherent and concise essay.  You see, 2007 was a huge year for me.  Maybe it was this way for you, too?  In chronological order, I got married, moved into a new home (and soon began decorating), started my job at First Place, finished graduate school (praise Jesus), adopted a furry son from the SPCA, and passionately tried to do all of these things (marriage, home, job, training a dog) with perfection and a smile.  Many of you older and wiser than I am are likely chuckling to yourself and thinking, “Oh honey, perfection? You’ll soon learn!” Oh yes, I have definitely

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Active Memories

I think that all of you will agree that music can have a powerful uplifting influence in your life. You’ve already experienced the fact that it makes it easier to memorize Scripture, as you have learned the verses that go with your First Place Bible studies that are set to music. Don’t you find yourself humming the tune as you review your verses? And when you hear the tune, don’t you find that the verses come back to your mind effortlessly? We’ve all experienced hearing a particular song and the tune itself brings back a memory of a particular time in our life when that song was important to us. Sometimes that recall is so powerful that it brings back unexpected emotions of joy or sorrow to the point of tears. There is power in music! It is a gift from God and I believe He has given this gift

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New Life, New Power

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:4 I just love new things: the smell of a new car, the excitement of pulling the tag off a new dress, the joy of holding a newborn baby! When I consider the word “new,” here are some things that come to mind: freshness, a new coat of paint, a first-time experience, a new approach, something novel or unfamiliar, something changed for the better, having new energy. Praise God that our new life as a believer in Jesus Christ is always fresh. Many times there are new experiences and encounters that are novel and unfamiliar. I have been established in a new place beside the King of Glory. I have been changed for the

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