Real Life Grace

Hunter Rees had long held an adoration for his Jewish faith. Studying Hebrew and diving into the rich tradition of Judaism was something that never ceased to excite him. As he continued to study, he found himself drawn to the the New Testament and the story of a Jewish man named Jesus. When he moved to Dallas, a friend connected him with a local pastor to discuss more of what the New Testament entailed. He was invited to Alpha, an opportunity to explore life, faith, and God in a friendly,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/15/20
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Celebrating Jesus Together

Due to the damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes that hit many parts of our city causing severe destruction, Primera Iglesia Bautista, the First Mexican Baptist Church of Dallas, was shook with the reality of this disastrous storm. Many families in their church body were forced to move to new areas, floundering to find a new normal during the chaotic aftermath.  Our Disaster Relief team has been in communication with Pastor Ricardo Brambila about how we can best support our... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/8/20
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Transformed

When Dr. Wang moved to the United States, he never would have guessed that it would bring a monumental change to his life. In China, he and his family never attended church. He didn’t believe in God, but figured there was a distant creator far from his reach. Within the first week of living in Dallas, he had a conversation about heaven—something he never thought much of before. This started to get him thinking about why people believe in God, and even pray to him.  Seeking... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/20/19
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Fount Board + Table

The Bible is riddled with scenes of feasts. Whether to celebrate, to mourn, or to worship, there is something holy about breaking bread with God’s people. This communal act makes space for vulnerability, making individual experiences intertwine as stories are shared. Olivia Genthe encounters this firsthand in her business, Fount Table + Board. She and her husband, Ryan, started this concept to share local and unique food experiences with others through, what they call, grazing tables.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/19/19
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Treasures of Hope

As Christmas is near, many Dallas families fret over the weighty expectations that come with the holiday season. Between gift giving and grocery bills, the costs of Christmas can quickly stack up leaving many parents afraid that they cannot give their children the Christmas morning they’ve dreamed of. Dallas Leadership Foundation, one of our ministry partners, recognizes these stresses and aims to not only help, but empower these families with Treasures of Hope. This seasonal store offers... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/18/19
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He Leads With Peace

Becky Paterik found herself sitting at the edge of her husband’s hospital bed. The doctors had found a brain bleed that wouldn’t be easy to resolve. The atmosphere of that stale hospital suite was heavy with unknowns. Would he survive? How could she get through this? Is her family going to be taken care of? But as a multitude of questions and anxieties started to flood, Becky was comforted by a confidence that God would walk with her and her family during this trial. After nine... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/11/19
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Mourning With Those Who Mourn

“I’ve always been drawn to the imperfect characters of the Bible,” Sharon Johnson describes. “There’s a great comfort in knowing that God can use anyone for his purpose.” After being asked to teach a Bible study, Sharon has been diving deep into the lively stories of the ancient Scriptures, prompting her to think about how God has used her in his grand story of redemption. Sharon’s dad died at 53 after a long battle with ALS. Christians surrounded... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/4/19
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Jumped in with Both Feet

Vic Bloede first experienced Christ as a young adult surrounded by men and women of faith. Newly married and attending church with his wife, Vic saw that many of his friends had an inner joy and peace that he found intriguing. God worked through his community to show Vic that the source of that inner joy and peace was Christ himself. Though he would have described himself as a Christian before, Vic realized that he did not have a relationship with Jesus like his friends were describing. At 30... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 11/20/19
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Holy Moments of Service

On Sunday, October 20, damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes hit many parts of our city causing severe destruction. Just a few miles away, Primera Iglesia Bautista, the First Mexican Baptist Church of Dallas, was shook with the reality of this disastrous storm. Their worship building was destroyed leaving just scraps of the place they called their church home. The devastation weighed heavy on the hearts of their church of about 200. In the middle of such adversity, we have an amazing... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 11/15/19
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Profoundly Relational

Through Jesus’ earthly ministry, he emphasized the importance of human connection. As one who was both fully God and fully human, he knew what it was like to laugh, cry, eat, and sleep. He invested in others and taught them what love looked like. His ministry was profoundly relational. This lesson came to life for Edwin Njiru when he traveled on a mission trip to Kenya. The goal of the trip was to help build desks, a playground and paint classrooms of a local primary school. What Edwin... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 11/6/19
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A Cross-Cultural Message

Surrounded by the smell of ocean mist, cool August temperatures, and an array of wildlife roaming the island, Kake, Alaska’s picturesque scenery welcomed our HP Pres team for the first time this summer. Pastor Joey Chang and his wife, Heea, lead our sister church, Kake Memorial Pres, for the small island community known for its Tlingit heritage. While rich in culture, the community suffers with extreme economic hardship. The church focuses primarily on community outreach, especially... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/30/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Oct. 24

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with—and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. To prepare for prayer today read Psalm 56. In spite of our situations, we can cry out to God, and have confidence in God’s mercy, justice, and salvation. As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/23/19
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Serving Together

In the summer of 2019, the Huff family ventured off on their first family mission trip. Though most of them had been on mission trips before, Spain would be the first serving opportunity that they would embark on as a family, allowing them to take part in being the hands and feet of Jesus together. The Pilgrim’s Fountain is a refuge and hostel in a small village of Spain along the Camino de Santiago. Our HP Pres team spends a week preparing meals and chatting with those on the 500-mile... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/23/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Oct. 17

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with—and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. To prepare for prayer today read Psalm 49. Since we are all equal in death, we remain confident only in our God. As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads. Ask the Holy Spirit... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/16/19
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Longing for More

Xiaoling sat in the Chinese Mandarin Church Plant for the first time just one month after arriving in the United States. She didn’t know why tears rolled down her cheeks as she listened to the songs that proclaimed the name of Jesus. Her heart was touched by the gospel promise that her sins have been forgiven, and she made the decision to trust and follow him. Two months later, she was baptized in front of our family of churches on Easter, still moved to tears at every mention of the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/16/19
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Ways to Pray this Week - Oct. 10

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with—and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. To prepare for prayer today read Psalm 43. Hope and joy in the Lord are possible, even when we feel forgotten by God. As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads. For... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/9/19
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Redeemed

As the survivor of teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, bone cancer twice, breast cancer, homelessness, and many other dire circumstances, Aelicia Watson, affectionately known as Chocolate, is all too familiar with the issues and many obstacles a woman faces and must overcome to discover their potential and act on it. Throughout her own journey, Chocolate depended on Christ for strength to begin the healing process in her life. This sparked a desire in her heart for every woman in pain to know the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/9/19
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Ways To Pray This Week – Oct. 3

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with—and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. To prepare for prayer today read Psalm 35. We can bring all our hurts, our frustrations, and our requests to God. As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads. For the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/2/19
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Peak Street Church Turns One

Decked out with balloons and streamers, we went all out to celebrate the first year of our Old East Dallas church plant, Peak Street Church. The room on the second floor of the historic Brannon Building was overflowing with folks leaning into the vision of Peak Street Church. Through stories of transformation and coming together for communion, the powerful work of Jesus united the hearts of everyone gathered. A party commenced after the weekly benediction. Friends and family posed for silly... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/2/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Sept. 26

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with—and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. To prepare for prayer today read Psalm 28. Even when we doubt, we can cry out to the Lord. As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads. For any urgent needs and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 9/25/19
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