Farmers Branch Campus

3035 Valley View Lane
Dallas, TX 75234

Sunday
9:00 am (Traditional)
10:45 am (Contemporary)

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Vista Ridge Campus

3601 Huffines Blvd.
Carrollton, TX 75010

Thursday  Sunday
6:45 pm    9:15 am
   11:00 am

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    Lost Wallets

    I’ve been traveling this week, but am excited to be back at The Branch this weekend! We’ll be journeying through the story of Pilate’s encounter with Jesus in John 18-19.

    In the course of my travels yesterday, I lost my wallet – driver’s license and all forms of everything. It fell out of my golf bag on my “missionary journey” yesterday. There were several folks, friends, and even strangers who pitched in to retrace my steps on the course. This morning, I received a call from the golf course saying they found remnants of it in a bush alongside one of the golf holes. Birds, deer, and other critters have no use for credit cards, I guess. They prefer cash and my driver’s license.

    It was so humbling to see people, some friends, and others I didn’t know at all care enough to help me hunt for my wallet into the evening last night. This morning, as I’m reflecting on the events of yesterday, I’m mindful of how preoccupying it can be when we hunt for something we value.

    Jesus told a parable in Luke 15 about a woman who lost something of value and turned the house upside down looking for it. The point of His parable, of course, concerned the heart of God which hunts for those who are spiritually wandering.

    With a fresh awareness of what it means to be preoccupied with something I’ve lost, I’m renewed in conviction about being preoccupied with the things Jesus is. Who are you preoccupied with about inviting to Easter at The Branch? It’s only a few weekends away, and options abound for Easter services from Thursday-Sunday of that week.

    The search continues . . . and we do it together!

    Grace and Peace,

    See You Shortly!

    Chris

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    Inside Of Us or In Front Of Us?

    Has it ever occurred to you that Jesus thought we were better off having His Spirit inside of us instead of Him in front of us in the flesh? This coming week in our journey through the gospel of John (beginning with Thursday night’s service), we’ll be diving into what Jesus had to say about the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and our world. Come with a hungry heart, friends in tow, and your Bible or The Branch App!

    Speaking of The Branch App, I’m grateful for the messages of Tim Ketchersid (FB Campus) and Ryan Rainey (VR Campus) this past weekend in our journey through John. If you missed them, you can access them via The Branch App or on our website.

    As I’m writing, my family and I are on the way back home from a few days in Colorado for Spring Break. Thankfully, Spring Break did not live up to its name in terms of me breaking anything while I tumbled down the mountain. The mountain always wins. Ha!

    See you shortly!

    Grace and Peace,

    Chris

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    Apples, Seeds, And Family Trees

    It’s been said that we can know how many seeds are in an apple, but we can’t know how many apples are in a seed.  We just don’t know how many one seed will produce.  Entire family trees have been changed for generations because of something someone shared with their great-grandfather about Jesus more than a century ago.

    The final weeks of our journey through the gospel of John are upon us.  We’re arriving at the climax of the gospel in the story of the cross and resurrection of Jesus.  Let’s stay engaged with our readings during the week. The Spirit of God can open doors and soften hearts for people to accept your personal invitation to come to church during these final weeks of our walk through John.

    This coming weekend, Tim Ketchersid at our Farmers Branch Campus, and Ryan Rainey at the Vista Ridge Campus, will be bringing the messages from John 13-14. I’m looking forward to gleaning from Ryan’s reflections at our Thursday night service, and to listening to Tim’s through The Branch app.

    Speaking of The Branch app, if you have yet to download it, please do so! It’s been recently updated and is very useful for things such as sermon notes, staying up to date and registering for future events, checking in on the weekends, and giving.

    Plant some seeds.

    Grace and Peace,

    Chris

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