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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Three)

Although we have little doubt that there is a need for new church plants, we are not Naïve concerning the potential advantages and disadvantages of launching a new work.   As such, we are trying to walk into this endeavor with our eyes wide open.  We are also working hard to minimize the disadvantages maximize the advantages.  Nevertheless, there are risks involved. Potential Disadvantages of Planting a New Church One disadvantage of planting a new church is loss of momentum and continuity we may experience.  We have seen God’s life-transforming work among us.  People are being converted, marriages are ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Two)

The Need for New Churches Of all the options available to us --multiple services, bigger buildings, satellites, and church plants-- we have chosen to plant a new church. As stated in part one, it is not our contention that all of the other options are necessarily wrong in every circumstance, but that they are less than ideal for what we wish to accomplish. The Demographic Need There are over 2.5 million unchurched people in the greater Houston area. This is a fact lost on most people because of the sheer number and size of the churches in our city ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part One)

Word is out about the new GFBC church plant that is scheduled to launch January 31, 2010.  GFBC launched on April 7, 2006, just over three and a half years ago.  However, since then, we have seen significant growth.  Most of that growth has occurred in the past year.  A year ago we had a little over 140 members, and our average Sunday morning attendance was about 220.  This October, our membership is about 250, and our average attendance is between 420 and 450.  Of course, these are not significant numbers for churches in our area.  Houston is home to ...

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November Question of the Month (Update Edition)

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but there are people out there who hate what I say, how I live, and what I stand for.  Some of them will stop at nothing in their efforts to discredit me.   They stoop to gossip, slander, libel, and sometimes death threats (though these have been limited to those who are angered by my outspoken stance on the sodomization of America).  Most of these people claim to be Christians.  However, few of them actually come to me (Matthew 18:15; Luke 17:3; 2 Thess 3:15; Titus 3:10 ...

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November Question of the MOnth

The response to our new monthly feature has been tremendous.  We’ve received questions on subjects spanning the spectrum.  Some of the questions have already been answered in past blogs, others were a bit off topic (especially those asking for responses to myths, lies and half truths from attack sites), and others were a bit too personal/specific (Note:  I cannot use this blog to do pastoral counseling, and I only offer such counseling to members of my own church).    Question Of the Month:   What are practical ways to involve and teach your preschoolers during your family devotional times (ie ...

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