Lent Devotion – Found

Posted February 29, 2024 by Dan Masterson in Lent

For most of my life I was truly lost in the wilderness. Then, a remarkable turning point came after I found myself back in Houston and living in Midtown. I’m now a part of two fellowship groups here in Houston that have granted me the opportunity to be of service. Attendance at these group fellowships then guided my newfound relationship with God.
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Lent Devotion – With Love in My Heart

Posted February 27, 2024 by Andrea Hoxie in Lent

"I will greet this day with love in my heart." That is the first line from the second scroll of Og Mandino’s book "The Greatest Salesman in the World." I first read that book as a newly licensed insurance agent, venturing into the arena of Medicare insurance.
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Monday Over Coffee: "What Is It That You Do?

Posted February 26, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Often it’s the first question we’re asked when we meet someone new, and we typically respond with the name of a job or profession, a role we’ve taken on, or a word about how our days are spent in the stage of life we’re in. So, what is it that you do?
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Family Ministry Lenten Reading Plan

Posted February 26, 2024 by SMBC in Family Ministry, Lent

For 7 weeks, you’re invited to join us as we read through the gospel of Mark together. Maybe you’ll see that reading the Bible is a great way to deepen your faith. Maybe you’ll learn something new. Maybe by reading Scripture each day, you’ll begin to notice God more.
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Lent Devotion – Wherever He Leads I'll Go

Posted February 22, 2024 by Kristy Wade-Carroll in Lent

There’s a hymn I grew up singing that begins, “Take up thy cross and follow me, I heard my Master say…” It has always been special to me, partly because its title matches that of a story my grandma wrote about discerning how her future with my grandpa intersected with God’s call on her life. To leave seminary and change the shape of her missionary dreams was a choice she made without knowing the…
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Lent Devotion – Understanding

Posted February 20, 2024 by Eugene Boutte in Lent

My understanding of who Christ is came at one of the lowest points of my life. At the time, I was an addict struggling with divorce and a serious gambling problem, amongst other issues. A gentleman I sometimes worked with but didn’t know well asked me to pray for him.
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Family Ministry Lenten Reading Plan

Posted February 19, 2024 by Family Ministry Team in Family Ministry

For 8-weeks, you’re invited to join us as we read through the gospel of Mark together. Maybe you’ll see that reading the Bible is a great way to deepen your faith. Maybe you’ll learn something new. Maybe by reading Scripture each day, you’ll begin to notice God more.
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Monday Over Coffee: "Fashion Sense"

Posted February 19, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Simple clothes aren’t simple to design. That’s Lesson No. 45 from a book entitled 101 Things I Learned in Fashion School by Alfredo Cabrera and Matthew Frederick. As it was meant to do, it taught me some things about fashion, like the meaning of some terms I’d heard before but wasn’t completely sure about. Prêt-à-porter, for example, means ready to wear, while haute couture refers to the…
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Lent Devotion – The Way of the Cross Leads Home

Posted February 15, 2024 by Charis Smith in Lent

Pray about writing. That was an easy yes. Then I mulled over it and chewed on the topic and landed on the truth that my Lenten journey is always to know the God/Man better and match how His Way can direct mine. Part of my unknown is having no idea if from Eden on, Jesus knew this would be His one-time calling to help each of us reach the creation that God planned from the beginning.
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Missions Update – Smile

Posted February 14, 2024 by J Hill in Missions

Hebrews 11 and 12 remind us that “we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.” South Main is a church body where we have a palpable sense of the saints who have gone before us. There is a legacy we stand on, and that legacy is a starting place for each generation. We have been gifted a solid foundation and a place from which we continually begin again.
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Family Ministry Lenten Reading Plan

Posted February 14, 2024 by Family Ministry Team in Family Ministry

For 8-weeks, you’re invited to join us as we read through the gospel of Mark together. Maybe you’ll see that reading the Bible is a great way to deepen your faith. Maybe you’ll learn something new. Maybe by reading Scripture each day, you’ll begin to notice God more.
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It's Ash Wednesday Already?

Posted February 13, 2024 by Adam Cogliano in Lent

Didn’t we just have Christmas? It seems like just yesterday (and truly, it was only a short month ago) when we were taking down Christmas lights and gathering Christmas decorations from around the house. I must admit: we still have a small tub of Christmas decorations sitting in a corner of our house because I haven’t felt like taking it up to the attic.
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Monday Over Coffee: "A Divine Comedy"

Posted February 12, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

In February of my senior year in high school, in English class, our teacher Theo Van Winkle gave us an assignment. Form into small groups, choose a great literary work, read it, and prepare a creative presentation for the class. My friends, Ken Tekell, Mac Greer, Paul Luther, Corey Guest, Dan Orfield, and I, having assembled, decided to make an epic movie of Dante Alghieri’s epic poem "The…
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Comfort in Hope Wrap Up

Posted February 6, 2024 by Steve Wells in Pastor

Over the last five weeks we've been exploring Isaiah 40–55 and the beautiful words God gave to the prophet—"Comfort, comfort, my people"—to recenter ourselves at the beginning of the year to look for comfort we can find through the scripture and in the world around us. We hope you've felt encouraged to embrace hope in a God who's not only compassionate, but sovereign, not only merciful, but…
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Monday Over Coffee: "Memory Palace"

Posted February 5, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Freelance journalist, Joshua Foer, had a poor memory. He would forget where he laid his keys. Where he had parked his car. His loved ones’ birthdays. He’d forget the names of people as soon as they were introduced. Curious about this, he attended the 2005 U.S. Memory Championship, planning to write an article about it.
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Mission Partner Spotlight – House of Tiny Treasures

Posted January 30, 2024 by J Hill in Missions

Some math is hard. Don’t get me wrong, math is important. But some math is just hard, y’all. Here’s what I mean. Forty-six Thanksgiving lunches plus more than 90 children’s books donated. Add that to four Christmas presents x 36 kids = 144 presents purchased and wrapped by five Adult Bible Communities, 15 Tribers and 20 Youth. Take all of this and add 30 handmade Christmas ornaments made by 30…
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Monday Over Coffee: "Bring a Friend"

Posted January 29, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Nate Bargatze is one of the most gifted performers on the American comedy scene today. With my wife and friends, I’ve enjoyed his shows at local venues three or four times now. The subject of a 2021 article in The Atlantic entitled, “The Nicest Man in Stand-up,” Bargatze’s family-friendly cable tv specials (Full Time Magic, The Tennessee Kid, The Greatest Average American, Hello World) were all…
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Family Ministry MLK Weekend Trips

Posted January 23, 2024 by Amy Brown, Alyssa Carter, and Lane Craig in Family Ministry

Over MLK weekend, our Family Ministry ventured outside of Houston for some much needed respite and fun for all of our 3rd through 12th graders. All of the groups had such a wonderful time and meaningful time fellowshipping together!
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Monday Over Coffee: "Tears"

Posted January 22, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

When was the last time you cried? What caused it? More generally, what is it that tends to make you cry? A recent study looking at how much we cry found the average person in the United States cries about 40 times a year. The average American woman cries 64 times a year; the average American man, 17. Interestingly, just about everyone participating in this study underestimated how much they wept…
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South Main's RFP

Posted January 17, 2024 by Campus Master Plan Task Force in All Articles

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a document that is sent to potential advisors or suppliers to describe a particular need or project and request input from those advisors or suppliers on how they would address that need or project, and what their proposed timeline, staffing and costs to do this work is. In an effort to provide as much as information as possible throughout the Campus Master…
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