The Engine Room

Before the rustle and bustle of families skipping through our halls, or the powerful boom of the organ waking people to praise, a group of fervent prayers gather in the pre-crowd stillness to prepare for Sunday services. They meet to ask God to give peace to the hearts of everyone who attends, to speak mightily through our pastors and volunteers, and for people of all generations to fall more in love with Jesus. For over 30 years, this group has been dedicated to having our church run on a... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/14/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Aug. 15

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/14/19
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Breaking the Cycle

In Dallas, more than 58% of third graders do not read at grade level. Of that group, nearly 60% of those kids come from poverty-stricken areas like Mill City in South Dallas where shaky home environments, lack of school funding, and generational cycles that aid to low self esteem keep students from staying on top of the daily lessons. As they fall behind, these kids have an especially difficult time catching back up with what’s being taught in the classroom. At HP Pres, we are... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/7/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Aug 8

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/7/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Aug. 1

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/29/19
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A New Perspective

For many, the Old Testament is filled with pages that seem irrelevant to the story of Jesus. The intricate details of what priests should wear, how tabernacles should be set up, and fiery details of prophecy not only confuse readers, but are often eliminated from the discussion as a whole. When Ann Smith and Molly Jones decided on a weekly Bible Study at The Tradition Retirement Home, they wanted to teach how confusing passages were nowhere near irrelevant, but central to the story and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/26/19
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Paint or Stain?

Have you ever thought about the difference between paint and stain? A couple of years ago we needed to refinish the outside of our mountain cabin. The contractor said we could either paint it or stain it. I asked, “What’s the difference?” “Lots,” he responded. “Paint gives you a brighter, shinier finish. But it is just a covering that sits on the surface and hides all the flaws in the wood. Stain, on the other hand, soaks into and becomes part of the wood.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/26/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – July 25

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/24/19
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Head Over Heels

As a kid, Hope Trahan learned to build walls around her heart, hiding parts of herself that made her feel like she wasn’t enough. When she started attending YoungLife in high school, she was intrigued by the gospel story and couldn’t get enough. For the first time, she began to go to church regularly to find out more. “One day it hit me,” she describes. “Jesus pursues me even when I sin. He knows me fully and still loves me. That just made me fall completely... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/22/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – July 18

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/16/19
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Servant Leadership

Ever since Susanna Ogden was in third grade, her parents served in leadership roles at HP Pres. For many years they were involved in various ministries, and she quickly learned by their example. Her father served as an elder, and to Susanna at the time, this meant he wore a dark suit, served communion, sat in the front row with the other older men, and went to a lot of meetings. When women elder started to be elected, it was a welcome change to the Session inviting women to be a part of the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/16/19
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Ways To Pray This Week – July 11

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/10/19
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A Glimpse of Heaven

Our awe-inspiring Sanctuary hasn’t always held our contemporary services. It wasn’t until recently that we’ve combined the music of today with the traditions of our stained glass windows and backdrop of organ pipes. There is something very special and holy about this as we’re reminded that the communion of saints spans across the past, present and future. Ashley Irons leads worship in the contemporary service with her incredible voice and apparent... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/9/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – July 3

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/2/19
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A Search for Truth

Born and raised in China, it wasn’t until Dr. Cheyenne Currall moved to the US for graduate school that she first heard about Jesus. She met her husband, a Christian, at Cornell University during her studies. Throughout their relationship, he encouraged her to find truth in the gospel. Wanting to find the voice on her own, and with a nascent faith many years ago, she began a long journey of researching by reading many books on religion and visiting many churches. When the couple moved... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/1/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – June 27

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/26/19
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The Meaning of Marriage

About two years ago Jed Melson, one of our elders, and his wife, Jen, started thinking and praying about how they could be mentors to newlyweds at HP Pres. In the early years of their marriage, they had always wanted someone to look to for mentorship, a couple a step ahead to guide them as they waded their way through the triumphs and hardships of this new stage in life. Now, 11 years into marriage, they are challenged to walk with those younger who are experiencing life they have already lived... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/26/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – June 20

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/19/19
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VBS 2019

With last last Sunday’s heavy storm, much of Dallas was left without power, including Highland Park Pres. Day one of Vacation Bible School was canceled due to this predicament, but this did not stop us from going all out for day two! Columns, ivy, and gold adorned our halls and rooms as if stepping back in time to ancient Greece where Paul traveled and wrote to tell the good news of Jesus to all. This first-century flashback allowed the kids to experience firsthand who Paul was and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/14/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – June 13

PRAYING THROUGH THE FIRST 90 PSALMS 90 Days of Prayer includes daily prayers through the first 90 Psalms in the Bible. Each day includes a Psalm to read, questions to answer, a truth from that Psalm, and ways to pray through the Psalm. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to talk to him, to hear from him, and to respond. This is called prayer. The book of Psalms has often been called the prayer book of Scripture, teaching us how to talk to and listen to God. Wherever this summer takes you,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/12/19
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