Faith Webbing at Hope Lutheran!

September 23, 2015

The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) is promoting “faith webbing” as an intergenerational approach to family, youth and children’s ministry. This approach can be engaged by any size congregation. They are partnering with Gary and Laurie Pecuch who have years of experience in family, youth and children’s ministry. They are giving leadership to this initiative. Hope Lutheran will be embracing and engaging this approach. More information to come, but to get started, explore these links:

Faith Webbing website (click here)

Faith Webbing video (click here)

Fall Opportunities: Knowing Jesus!

September 23, 2015

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
Do you know Jesus? Are you in a living active relationship with Him? Have you offered your life to Him and asked Him to bring repentance and forgiveness of sins to you? Have you asked Him to be your Lord (in control of all). It’s crucial to know Jesus to experience true life from now unto eternity. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. We hope you are pressing on, getting to know Jesus through his Word and prayer. The Scriptures tell us that prayer and the Word show evidence of living faith. Here are some great opportunities for this fall to get to know Him better:
Timothy Project Bible Study: Have you ever carefully studied and meditated upon the entire Old and New Testament. If not, I hope you will consider coming. Learn many old and time-tested ways to hear the living God in His word and His personal and practical voice of wisdom. Yes, Jesus speaks. Learn a simple study method. Incorporate the spiritual disciplines into your life so that Jesus can transform you and train you for His kingdom work. No prior experience is needed and you can participate at whatever level you would like. I’m looking to do this at a daytime hour. Led by Pastor Wendy. Let her know of your interest. We are switching to a daytime hour, probably on Tuesday mornings. Start date to be announced!
Adult Sunday School, 9 AM:
  • September: “Up In Out” To prepare for our study in October, we will study this simple framework for living a balanced Christian life. Up=your relationship with Jesus; In=having deep and intentional relationships with other Christians who will encourage you to stay true to Jesus and His ways; Out=your relationship and mission with those who do not know Jesus.
  • October continuing through the fall: Ephesians & “Sit Walk Stand” by Watchman Nee “Sit Walk Stand” is a short powerful Christian classic written by Christian martyr Watchman Nee which is based upon the Scriptures found in Ephesians. It has influenced the church throughout the world with its penetrating insightful teaching. This will be a chance for you to dig in and grow. For many churches, reading “Sit Walk Stand” has been the precursor for great things God later launched.
Apprentice Series: Continuing a Thursday evenings at 7 PM beginning October 8: Using Scripture, soul training exercises, comfortable conversation, we will continue on with the second book in the series: “The Good and Beautiful Life.” This is an awesome opportunity to deepen your prayer life, hear personally from Jesus in His word and allow Him to transform your words, thoughts, character, actions and habits into His image, will and ways.
In addition, several small groups continue on. Let us know if you have an interest.
Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart.
Jesus says, Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

LCMC National Gathering in Dallas: Oct. 4-7! Volunteer!

September 19, 2015

In 2015, both the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) are holding their national gatherings in the Dallas area during August and October. Hope Lutheran is a part of both of these church bodies.

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ event will be held on October 4-7 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco. Click here for more information on the event. Volunteers are needed! Hope Lutheran’s volunteer coordinator is Pat Foster.

The NALC meetings were held at the DFW Airport Hyatt Hotel. Video from this event is available. Click here!



Guest Preachers: Sept. 27 & Oct. 4

September 16, 2015

On September 27 and October 4, Hope Lutheran will host two different guest preachers.

September 27: We will be hosting a special speaker from Food for the Poor (click here).

October 4: We will be hosting an international Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) pastor from Myanmar, Pastor Martin Lalthangliana, Mission Director of the Lutheran Church of Myanmar. He will also speak about mission opportunities within his church at an event that will take place at the Hilton Gardens Inn, Frisco TX, from 3-5 PM on October 4, prior to the beginning of the annual LCMC gathering.

North American Lutheran Church Meetings

August 18, 2015

On August 11-14, both a theological conference and the national North American Lutheran Church (NALC) convocation were held in Dallas at the Dallas Hyatt Regencey. The national gatherings were very inspiring and powerful. I hope you will listen to the recordings. All the talks were excellent, but I especially recommend the Mission Driven Intensive and the talks by Lensa Gudina and Robert Spencer.

Convocation summary (click here)

Listing of all video talks with links (click here)

Mission Driven Mission Intensive (click here): Training talks presented by several presenters, including Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba and Bishop John Bradosky!

Lensa Gudina (click here): “Martyrdom: An Obligation or Choice?” Lensa’s father was brutally martyred and her mother was tortured and imprisoned for nearly a decade.

Robert Spencer (click here): Robert Spencer is a renown speaker and expert on Islam.

Pastor Joel assisted others in leading worship at the opening worship of the NALC convocation. Many from our congregation volunteered!! Thank you!!

Meeting: Spiritual Giants

July 23, 2015

On July 14, I (Pastor Wendy) was honored to be a part of bringing two spiritual giants together to meet each other and share in conversation. Pastor Gemechis has known of Pastor Vaagenes for several years and always wanted to meet him. Both men share an intense passion for renewal, discipleship and the need for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. These were the topics of conversation. Pastor Vaagenes has studied “revival” movements for many years and shared his own experience of revival and renewal as he pastored North Heights Lutheran Church for forty years until his retirement and as he also preached and taught around the world. Some of the common elements of revival are: repentance, passion for the Word (Holy Scriptures), intense prayer, vision (revelation of God through waiting upon Him and listening prayer), miracles and empowering of the Holy Spirit. These elements often lead to kingdom growth in Jesus’ name (increasing Jesus’ rule and reign to people, problems and places), witness, mission, evangelism, and sometimes unpredicted congregational growth.
Pastor Morris (85) was the pastor of my family’s church, the church where Joel and I met each other. My mom continues to be a member of this church, for over 40 years now. As a result of revival, we personally witnessed the explosive growth of this church from a few hundred to several thousand people in a few years, and learned about revival as a result. Pastor Vaagenes has been a leader in church renewal and preached all over the world. I love that Pastor Vaagenes has said many times (as leaders of other revivals have), that the Lord surprised him with the numerical growth that occurred in our church. It is an acknowledgement that God is the one who “adds numbers.” (Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 3:6-7) I love his humility, the absence of arrogance and being stuck on one’s self as the instrument for growth or that growth can somehow be engineered by human plans, methods, initiatives, programs, the latest popular church fad or projections on paper (It is easy and shallow to project church growth/numbers on paper, as if the church is a business which it is not. Beware of anyone who thinks that they can do this!). See article below from “Sola Publishing News” on the revival of 1857, by Pastor Vaagenes: “A Call to Pray”
Pastor Gemechis (39), a very gifted and anointed evangelist, has preached and taught at our church a couple of times. Presently as Assistant to the Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church, Pastor Gemechis preaches all over the world and the last time I heard, preaches to over 18 million weekly on his television program which our church and individuals in our church have supported financially. He is the founder of Leadstar University, a business university and theological school.
We had an awesome time of prayer at the end of our time together.

Growing with Jesus: Intentionality

July 8, 2015

Growing with Jesus: Intentionality

This summer, how are you getting to know Jesus? What intentional steps will you take? What is your plan for developing your relationship with Him over the longer term? How will you be transformed and trained for His kingdom purposes through knowing, following and serving Him? How will your relationship with Him grow deeper? How will you invite the Holy Spirit’s power into your life? How will you transform the world through serving Jesus, bringing His kingdom in a greater way to people, places and problems of our broken world? What aspect of kingdom life needs to increase in your life … what training is needed?

Growth in your relationship with Jesus will not happen without intentionality. Jesus is waiting for your fellowship. What steps will you take? Who will be your partner, talking with you about the kingdom life, being in the Word with you and hold you accountable, gently asking you from time to time about your life with Jesus? Here are some questions for your consideration:

  • How will you increase the role of the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures in your life? What steps will you take?
  • How will you increase your prayer life … conversation with the living God … talking and listening? What other intentional practices are needed for the purpose of transforming who you are according to Jesus’ standards and ways?
  • How can the rule and reign of Jesus be increased in your life? What needs to happen?
  • What perks your interest on the “Equipping Tracks” (Click here for an outline with this title developed by Lutheran pastor, Rev. Peter Churness for his church, One Hope Church.)? Note: If you are not in the Holy Scriptures on an almost daily basis or don’t regularly pray about all aspects of your life, focus on these priorities first! If you choose something from the “Equipping Tracks,” make sure to partner with someone else who will challenge you to grow and gently hold you accountable for intentional steps you desire to incorporate into your life.
  • Are you interested in any of the following? Let the pastors know of your interest.
  1. Training: Anointing with Oil and Praying for People
  2. Discerning Your Kingdom Call for this season in your life


Take some time to pray, reflect and think about these questions. Intentionality is needed or nothing will happen and you will swept away into lesser things by the busyness of life. To help in exploring, reflecting and praying about these questions, read this article on our website by clicking here.

North American Lutheran Church News

May 28, 2015

Hope Lutheran Church is proud to part of both the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). The latest edition of the NALC News can be found by clicking here.

Prayer Opportunities!

May 28, 2015

In a recent Sunday gospel, Jesus said: “I am the true vine. You are the branches. Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:1, 4-5;
We want to be a church (gathering of believers who trust Jesus in all) that is well known for its powerful prayer. In history, significant seasons of prayer accompanied by a significant return to being regularly (almost daily) in the Word of God in Scripture and repentance oftentimes precede growth or renewal. Prayer is evidence of faith and trust in Jesus in a person’s life. Christianity is having an alive relationship with Jesus; prayer is the conversation.
We are grateful to all those who participate in our Hope prayer chain (led by Kathy Longstreet now for several years), “praying” earnestly to our living God, Father Son and Holy Spirit on behalf of others. Sign up on the Hope website ( if you are not a part of the Hope prayer chain.
Here are some other prayer opportunities. All are welcome to any of these opportunities:
Friday evenings, 10 to midnight at Hope, weekly: A group of about ten people from several churches gather for prayer as led by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday mornings, 8 am, Cedar Hill Transformation Prayer network: We pray for businesses, schools, and civic entities (police, fire, government, economic development leadership) in Cedar Hill. Pastor Edsel sends out a weekly text on location. Anyone is welcome.
Thursdays, noon, North American Lutheran Church Prayer network (conference call): I will give you the call in info if you desire to participate. We pray for the North American Lutheran Church, its leaders, relationships, missionaries and individual needs around the world.
First Thursday, 7:30AM, every other month, Cedar Hill Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (February, April, June, August, October, December), Cedar Hill Recreation Center: Under Mayor Rob Franke’s leadership, various people lead in prayer for the Cedar Hill community.

House Church Planting!

April 30, 2015

Hopefully soon, Hope Lutheran Church is looking to plant two or more house churches in the surrounding communities.

On March 27 and March 28, we hosted Lutheran pastors, Rev. Tom Hilpert and Rev. Peter Churness to train our house church leaders. These Lutheran pastors are the leaders of a non-profit teaching ministry, Life Together Churches that has been overseeing, training and developing house churches for over 25 years. They will also provide ongoing coaching. We have received a grant from the North American Lutheran Church to assist with training and start-up costs. The training event was a rich time of learning, fellowship and worship.

The house churches are going to be led by current members of Hope Lutheran who have a desire to regularly and intentionally worship and grow in Jesus in a house church setting. Each of these leaders has expressed excitement around gathering people in a house church setting who currently are not connected or marginally connected with a church gathering. Following the training event, they are currently praying about the timing of when they will start, and also who they will invite.

Last November, several people from Hope attended the Mission and House Church Planting Conference led by North American Lutheran Church Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba. The North American Lutheran Church is raising a vision for the planting of house churches. The North American Lutheran Church is hoping to partner in an ongoing way with Life Together Churches, a ministry dedicated to supporting and resourcing house churches. Life Together Churches works closely with both Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Both NALC and LCMC are advocating the planting of churches, including house churches.

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