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Summer Baptisms

Throughout the history of the Church, baptism has been a powerful sign of one’s desire to be transformed in Christ and walk in the newness of life. At Restoration, baptism is celebrated as a sacrament—meaning we trust there there is a tangible grace that is present—and an intimate time to share what the Christ our…

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Epilogue (Alicia Guevara)

So yes. One week ago we woke up our five kids at 5am and surprised them that we were leaving for Disney World. As hoped and as promised, all our Disney dreams magically came true. We sang the Frozen songs along with Elsa&Anna. We rode the Banshees in the fresh-to-park Pandora at Animal Kingdom {uh…

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Holy Week Events

Join us for a week of worship and preparation for Resurrection Sunday Maundy Thursday will be a powerful night of worship and remembrance, hosted by Doug Stevens.   It will be a Good, Good Friday of reflection on the crucifixion. Meet up at the gathering of the greater church in Round Rock at Centennial Park in…

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Backpack

I was walking my kids into their school the other morning and I like to greet the other kids as they are walking in. “Good morning,” I say. Or,”You make it buddy/sweetie, good job getting up this morning!” My kids are tolerant of my outgoing nature but someday they might be embarrassed—but thankfully, not yet!…

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Blind Date

There was a lot of snow that night, especially for an early December. I wondered if we should just cancel. But it was “tonight or never” in my mind. As I turned into the driveway, in front of me was the type of home I wasn’t expecting to find at the end of a narrow…

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Parenting Survey

As a dad of 5 too-quickly growing kids, I know parenting is a wild ride. What’s especially challenging about it is that most of us are unprepared for the stresses and blesses of raising a family. Me, for example: I had no dad at home for my whole life. I’ve had to “wing it” and…

Slowing Down the Moment

Slowing down the moment

Our oldest son just broke the barrier… He graduated from elementary school. Along with the normal reflection and lament, probably my bigger concern is how his movement from grade school to middle school will mean that the rest of our kids aren’t far behind. I remember when Ruben started Kindergarten. Then the year flashed by…

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NU: The Story of Dating, Sex & Marriage

She was faithful to God in waiting for her husband. He was not. This is their story. On June 5th & 12th (10:30am service), we’ll host a two-part series called NU: The Story of Dating, Sex and Marriage. My wife, Alicia and I will unpack our own experiences and explore the scriptural wisdom on waiting, dating and anticipating their…

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Radical Obedience

At the close of the Old Testament age there was increasing appeals for repentance and submission to God’s standards. I wonder, is there the same call for radical obedience today? I was reading through some of the OT prophets recently—which is never easy reading. There’s a lot of confusing imagery and that persistent appeal to return…