I am the husband to my wife, Ashley and Dad to two beautiful daughters, Alexis and Sadie. Since 2003 I have served as lead pastor of Mission Abilene, a church that focuses on the outcasts of society. I am also the co-founder of the STV MOVEMENT. Most importantly, I am imperfect and flawed, yet by the grace of God I am able to share my story of redemption. Welcome to the chronicles of my soul.
It has quickly became apparent at my house that Sadie's vocabulary is enlarging quite rapidly. Daily, it is a common occurrence for her to repeat words that I say and mimic actions that I perform. This picture, as hilarious as it is, resembles a great truth. Her eyes are watching, her eyes are on a quest to learn as she models the way I act and talk. As you live your life, remember that people are watching the way you act and talk, what will they learn?
"If a child is too keep alive his inborn sense of wonder ... he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." Rachel Carson
Featured in the picture to the left is Brenner, my homeless friend that I have worked with for over 13 years, opening the door of his home for the first time. As I reflect back on that day, the more this picture means to me. That day I thought I got to witness Brenner unlock the door to his dreams, but I was wrong. That day I witnessed him unlock the door to both of our dreams. His dream to no longer being homeless, my dream that all people would have a place of refuge. After I had left from his home, he sent me a text I will cherish for the rest of my life. It read... "Hey Chad, I am officially not homeless Thanks to you and our Heavenly Father." What dream are you dreaming not only for yourself, but also for humanity? Make some noise-C
I wanted those of you that support our efforts to hear it first from me, before it is breaks on a local news station's air waves. Tomorrow, will be a big day for Stop the Violence, we will be featured on KRBC to be interviewed about our local efforts to fight violence and to announce that STV will take over another city! It will air next Thursday at 10pm. This Summer Stop the Violence will cover a new territory, the stop 6 area of Fort Worth. We are partnering with our dear friend Rodney Mcintosh to make some noise against violence in his city.. More details will follow in the days ahead.
Stop the violence will be featured in Forth Worth this Summer, San Antonio in the early Fall, and Abilene mid-Fall. Stop The Violence is doing what it was created to do, move!
Last weekend we had an incredible time as we investigated "Who will stop the rain." This weekend if you are in Abilene you won't want to miss this Sunday's experience as we look at "I still haven't found what I am looking for." I encourage you to invite someone that normally wouldn't come to church. Make some noise. C
For those of you that were present this morning at M.A. I hope you were blessed by the launch of our new series Faith in Rock and Roll. I know I definitely enjoyed it. During this series I encourage you to invite people that normally wouldn't make it out to church, you never know it might just change their life...
Here is a sneak peek of what's coming for Round 2...one of my all time favorite bands... So dig in your closets, break out your old Rock gear, and join us as we continue to experience Faith in Rock and Roll.
Over recent days I have began to realize that in this life I would rather die living my dream of making this world a better place, then die daydreaming about it. Maybe it's because I'm quickly approaching thirty three years old and that was Jesus magical number or maybe it's the constant burn inside me that causes me to contemplate such things. I honestly pray for all of us that we would find the courage to step forth in putting to flight the steps that will help us live out our dreams, regardless of what others might say. I pray God will put people in our path that will encourage us, even though many will call us crazy. I pray that God gives us the endurance and wisdom to follow through on the things we always desired to do.
Ladies, I will be speaking at a service strictly for women on January 19th at First Baptist Clyde. I believe the service is scheduled to start around 7pm. I would love for you to join us for this special evening. Please contact our offices for more information.
Throughout my life, if I was to be honest one of biggest pet peeves is waiting. I have found myself waiting for weather to pass, so I could continue with my sporting competition. Waiting for people to show up for a meeting, waiting for that report card to see what I made, the list is endless of how many times I have waited for things to occur. This week I find myself waiting once again, waiting for a letter to arrive in my mailbox. The letter either has information that could change my life and countless others enclosed in it or the letter could have no effect on me whatsoever. This is the second day I have found myself driving to my mail box only to find a hand full of junk mail. After two days of being left with anxiety and let down, I began to realize that my impatience has taken a toil on me. Therefore I did what I know best to do, research other people's thoughts on the process of waiting in hopes of a little enlightenment. Thanks to T.D Jakes I found it, I hope his words help those of you in the same predicament I am in.
"Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams."
I wanted to share with you an incredible moment of joy that I experienced. This video captures Sadie saying her name for the first time. I will never forget the joy I experienced when she said our family's last name. A mixture of joy and pride continues to fill my heart even though many days have come and gone since that day. This experience is one I will cherish for a lifetime.
Can you imagine what our Heavenly Father feels when we accept His Son as our Lord and Savior. Can you imagine what He feels when we say for the first time that we are a Christian?
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Albanian born Indian missionary and founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. 1910-1997
Just a few minutes ago I increased the temperature on my thermostat in hopes of removing the chill that circulated throughout my home. Then a heartbreaking revelation came in to my thoughts, tonight hundreds in Abilene do not have the same privilege that I have as a result of them residing on our city streets. Please pray for our friends out on the street like the one I met a few weeks ago featured below, he lives in the back of the fed ex truck. He is just one of many who doesn't have a thermostat to adjust.
Make some noise.
Hey guys, a friend of mine that I have worked with for over a decade will be able to move into his new home this Monday. I'm sure you're sitting there thinking, "what's the big deal about someone getting a new home?" It's a big deal because my friend's home for the past 13 years has been the streets of Abilene. On Monday I will be able to witness one of my dreams become reality as one of my friends for the first time in thirteen years will not be able to be referred to as being homeless. I say all of that to ask, if you have any furniture, pots and pans, towels, or any other household items that you could give him I would greatly appreciate it. Currently all he owns is a backpack, a bag of clothes, and a bicycle. Thanks for helping a friend of mine out with his home sweet home. Make some noise. C