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Dr. Matt Soper

1548 Heights Church Mail from Matt

February 21, 2018

Hello 1548 Heights members and friends,

A few items as we look forward to this Sunday and our shared life in community.

1. THIS SUNDAY: Hebrews 12:1-11  Running the Race
As part of our Lent series we will look at what it means to “lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” This passage is packed with meaningful teaching and inspiration!

P.S. The Human Heart (see below)

2. WE WELCOME NEW COVENANT MEMBERS Alan and Teresa Cramer and Jeff and Caroline LaFond!  The Cramers live in the downtown area and are long-time Houstonites. The LaFonds recently moved from Canada and live in the Heights. We rejoice and thank God for these wonderful servants joining us in our ministry and mission! 

3. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"God really hates the effects that sin inflicts on his children. To say that God is indifferent to child abuse or infidelity or even identity theft is ludicrous. I want no more to do with that kind of god than I do the old, vengeful god who is ready to strike me for missing my quiet time. Both are wrong. God is love, and because God is just, he stands mightily against sin and evil. And I am so glad."
–James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Sunday morning.

In Him,
Matt

P.S. The Human Heart
There are a few scriptures out of which I get a lot of solace. One is Jesus’ observation that “the spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38). He is speaking to and about the disciples falling asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane instead of praying, but this also speaks so often to our intentions versus our actions. Another scripture is Jeremiah 17:9, “The (human) heart is devious above all else; it is perverse – who can understand it?” (NRSV). 

I find myself thinking of this observation from Jeremiah in the aftermath of yet another mass murder shooting...

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February 14, 2018

Hello 1548 Heights members and friends,

A few items as we look forward to this Sunday and our shared life in community.

1. THIS SUNDAY: Matthew 20:1-15 God is Generous but Not Fair
We will open up this parable together and see how it both challenges us and encourages us about God and life in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

P.S. Lent: Self-Regard vs. Self-Denial

2. CALLIE HAMMOND BABY SHOWERTHIS Sunday February 18 from 11:30 to 1:30 at the home of Minky Sheets. Think pink for Margaux Michelle Hammond! Registered at Amazon.

Concurrent with the Hammond shower, The Guys at 1548 Heights will meet at Becks Prime (1001 East Memorial Loop Drive) at Memorial Park Golf course immediately after church for lunch and a putting contest afterwards. Bring your own putter and balls if you have them (or share someone’s who is there), and rubber soled shoes.. No cost for putting contest. Winner’s prize is a $50 Gift Certificate. For questions contact Ken Martinez at Kmart.tx@gmail.com

3. WOMEN'S RETREAT: The Good and Beautiful God - Fellowship, Renewal, and Relaxation
Friday-Sunday February 23-25.

Every year the ladies at 1548 Heights head to a remote location to spend quality time with one another away from the city! This will be a great time for  women to get to know one another and share in the love of Christ through time and fellowship. All women are welcome!

What to Expect:

  • Come for the day on Saturday or stay overnight one or both nights.
  • Overnight stays is limited to 14 people. Register early!
  • Discussion topic: The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith, led by Ann Bayliss.
  • Anticipate fellowship, renewal and relaxation.

Please text or call Kim Martinez to register and/or to ask questions at 832-867-4804
Specific day of event logistics and details will be provided after your registration is confirmed. An email will be sent to you.

4. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.
– Albert Einstein

 Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Sunday morning.

In Him,
Matt

P.S. Lent: Self-Regard vs. Self-Denial

I told my millions of followers that I would write about Lent today, and I shall, but in the passive form of an (abridged) article that expresses my own often-mixed motives and confusion about the purpose of this season. As a self-described and striving-to-be devout Christian, I find myself with deep yearnings to lean into the liturgical seasons of the Christian year, yet with no substantial experience of such, and no liturgical heritage from which to draw, I often flail about. May this article both challenge you and reassure you about the worthwhileness of Lent. I have underlined key thoughts.

“Lent is not about having your best life now”

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February 8, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights members and friends,

 A few items as we look forward to this Sunday and our shared life in community.

1. This Sunday: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6: A Clear Reflection in a Broken Mirror (Shannon Rains) Disciples are broken people called to follow Jesus as closely as possible in the unveiling of God’s kingdom. As broken people, we first invite the Spirit to transform our dark places. The light that grows out of those dark places reflects the face of Christ and preaches to the world.

p.s. Images and Ideas (see below)

2. This Saturday:  February 10, 9-11am 1548 Heights Seminar: Beside Still Waters: Nurturing the Spirituality of Children. Led by Shannon Rains, Children's Ministry Professor at Lubbock Christian University. Book discussions and/or self-study of The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows (James Bryan Smith).

3. Book discussions and/or self-study of The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows (James Bryan Smith).

We have a conversation page for our book discussion! Thank you, Minky Sheets!  Read and comment now HERE

4. Saturday New Covenant Members: Jeff and Callie Hammond

We welcome Jeff and Callie into Covenant Membership at 1548 Heights! The Hammonds moved to the Heights area in Fall 2017. They attended the recent Discovering 1548 Heights Luncheon. The next one is April 22, 2018. 

5. Song Suggestions? Don Bryan Jr. wants to hear from you! Send your suggestions to donbryanjr@juno.com

6. Callie Hammond Baby Shower: Sunday, February 18 from 11:30 to 1:30 at the home of Minky Sheets. Think pink for Margaux Michelle Hammond! Registered at Amazon.

7. Join the Guys at 1548 Heights: Concurrent with the Hammond baby shower, the guys at 1548 Heights will meet at Becks Prime (1001 East Memorial Loop Drive) at Memorial Park Golf course immediately after church for lunch and a putting contest afterwards. Bring your own putter and balls if you have them. No cost for putting fee. Winner's prize is complimentary coffee and donuts on Sundays at 1548 for a month. For questions, contact Ken Martinez at Kmart.tx@gmail.com

8. Thought for the Week: There is enough time for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once. - Lord Chesterfield.

Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you Sunday morning.

In Him,

Matt

P.S. Images and Ideas

The new Budweiser Light commercials with the “Dilly Dilly” theme were on prominent display during the Super Bowl. I had previously concluded that Bud Light commercials were pitched to an 8th grade male adolescent maturity level, but I have reconsidered. Sixth grade tops.

Perhaps the crucial play…
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