My Sabbatical and Vote of Confidence

On November 30, 1994, my family (Lynette, Enoch, Caleb in Lynette’s womb and I) left Watertown, MA to come to Houston and serve as a youth pastor at Seoul Baptist Church. We loaded our belongings into a Budget rental truck while it was snowing, towed a white Honda Accord LX, and drove 1,850 miles in four days and three nights. We made stops to sleep in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Alabama. We arrived in Houston on Saturday, December 3. The church helped us to find an apartment on Jones and West Rd. Several deacons and their wives from the church helped us unload our ...

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Biblical Explanations and New Life’s Stance on Tithing

We take the Bible very seriously at New Life. If the Bible says it is, then it is. If the Bible says do it, then we do our best to do it. This is the spirit of the New Testament church. Since we teach what tithing is through Class 201 and Living Life Bible Study, I will not go in detail to deal with it. But just briefly, all throughout the Bible, tithing is used to do mainly three things. One, to express our gratitude to God. Two, to demonstrate our faith in God. And three, to protect us from worshipping and idolizing money. Therefore, tithing does all these three ...

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All 76 House Churches Multiplying in Three Years!

I don’t have three year, five year or ten year plan. I never had and I don’t think I ever will. It’s because I am not a visionary and the future is in God’s hands. As I look back the past 21 plus years of New Life’s ministry and history, I think I have tried to be faithful in doing what I am called to do one day, one week, one month and at most one year at a time. Just recently, however, I have sensed God impressing upon my heart with this thought, “Eric, I want you to challenge your house church shepherds and members to go all out in reaching out to VIPs ...

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Let’s Keep Our Promises

I would like to remind you of the policy we have in regards to Christians trying or wanting to come to New Life. If they are from Houston, we are very strict with them. Unless they have a very legitimate reason such as their church dissolving or their pastor contacting and asking me to take them for a very convincing reason, we don’t welcome or receive them. We do this because we don’t want Christians to hop around from church to church never learning the importance of humbling themselves and working out the interpersonal conflicts they may have with other church ...

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Anonymous comments on communication cards

We insert communication cards in our Sunday bulletin every week for the purpose of communication! J When New Life members and attendees drop their cards in the offering baskets, they are brought to me so that I can follow up on them. Mainly three things are communicated through the card. First one is urgent prayer needs. In addition to using yearly prayer request forms, I use prayer needs that are written in the communication cards to pray for the members each week. Second one is classes or ministries. New Life members can indicate what classes or ministries they are ...

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2017 and 2018 Fall Festivals

We didn’t have Fall Festival both in 2017 and 2018. Last year was the first time in history of New Life we cancelled it due to rain and this year was the second time due to the same reason. It happened two years in a row back to back. Why did it rain on both days? I don’t know. You don’t know. Only God knows. But I want us to approach Fall Festival with a renewed mindset going forward. Fall Festival, along with Crawfish Boil and Late (Game) Night with (at) New Life, is one of the few events that we do as a whole church to reach out to our VIPs. Unlike the other ...

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$16,086!

Last Sunday, Ken and Sarah Muma from Kijabe, Kenya came and spoke at New Life. This wasn’t planned a year ago but just a couple of months ago when a missionary doctor who is serving at Kijabe Hospital contacted one of our members and informed him of the Mumas coming to the US to make some connections for the purpose of raising both financial and personnel support. As I said during the service, I wasn’t planning on collecting any offering to support Kijabe Hospital after they were done sharing their message.  After all, we just recently gave the hospital $300,000 ...

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