All Natural: Gardening

All Natural Short thoughts about meeting God outside My wife and I recently purchased our first home in the beautiful college town of San Marcos. When we first looked at our now home, Alli was drawn to the open kitchen, formal dining room, and large master suite while I had my eye on the planting bed on top of a slope along the fence line that got beautiful morning sun and cool afternoon shade. While Alli was ready to set...

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In The Midst Of Harvey

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord All you winds, bless the Lord Fire and Heat, bless the Lord… Dew and rain, bless the Lord… Lightings and clouds, bless the Lord… Seas and rivers, bless the Lord. (Daniel 3) It was weird praying this scripture the morning after a day an a half of destruction and death here. Wind, rain, fire, seas, and rivers have caused and will cause pain and despair to countless people and places I don’t know,...

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Reflections on Lent: Transformation

The first time I remember hearing of Lent was when I was in college at St. Mary’s. I remember being confused why it was such a big deal to the friends around me and never quite getting a clear answer of what it entailed. So I went around taking a poll and asking different students what lent meant. There were students that told me they didn’t quite remember, other who quoted “for dust you are and to dust you will...

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Reflections on Lent: We are dust and to dust we shall return

I did not grow up celebrating Ash Wednesday. I can remember very clearly the first time I ever encountered it, and it wasn’t until my junior year of high school. I was visiting my Aunt Jan in the hospital and everyone started walking around with these weird smudges on the foreheads. To the uninitiated, like myself, the ash looks less like a cross and much more like someone forgot to shower. In the years following this first Ash Wednesday I...

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DWTX Council 2017: Live Blog

Saturday 2/25 2:00pm ITS OVER, ITS FINALLY OVER. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson has been ellected Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of West Texas. What a wonderful council. This meeting is full of wonderful stories of Jesus workingin and through His body. Until next year, DWTX out. 1:30pm We are onto our 6th ballot. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson won the major of clegry while Lisa Mason won the major of the layity. The mood in the room is every single emotion imaginable, we might have...

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Reflections on Lent: Preparations

  Lenten Preparations As a people heavily rooted in the liturgical life of the church, our spidey senses are tingling. Lent is a week away. For some of us it is a welcomed time to empty and reorient our lives, for others it is a dreadful time of fasting and sacrifice, and for others it means weekly fish frys at church. This season, as part of our Lenten practice, the crew at Vital is posting reflections every Wednesday about giving...

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