Made

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We were made for this.

Last summer I joined 22 other men and hit the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico for a six day hike, camp, climb, rappel, raft trip. We took five cars and on our 14 hour trip we shared our story, who we were, and where we came from, leaving nothing out.

It was in that car I knew this was going to be a different experience.

Day three we found ourselves on the top of Jicarita Peak in the Carson National Forest. 12,835 feet high and excited to spend quiet time soaking in the view and scene right before us.

Then it hit me.

Everything we could see, miles and miles of peaks, valleys, trees, rocks, flowers, wildlife, clouds, sun, all of it, was made for us. It was made for our enjoyment. I passed out for about 10 minutes sitting on the side of the summit overlooking a valley. With my hat covering my eyes I rested in this incredible place and thanked God for the experience.

It was then I sensed I could trust and rest. It was then it was confirmed not only did He create everything we could see, all of this beauty and wonder, He quietly but surely confirmed that He made me.

Truly a solid investment to get away, but even more confirming to know, no matter where I walk or rest, that He is at work. He has made and is making all things for His glory for those who will take it all in.

 

New UX

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Excited to unveil the new and improved hcbc.com website. Thanks to What.it.is for taking the User Experience UX to a whole new level. Love the simplicity. Our next release is focused on an improved Media and Resources section.

The new site features a simpler easy to use information architecture and navigation. It’s mobile responsive so it offers rich content, to mobile users making up 47% of our audience, in a way that focuses on priorities. Content remains king but we also don’t want to overlook the aesthetic refresh and first impression. Really excited about the clean and refreshing use of space. Overall the site has jumped in content page views up by 38% over last year and average time on the page is up 8%.

A big thank you and well done to our friends at What.it.is and for sure not to leave out the contribution of Innovation team at HCBC.

 

 

 

Compelling Headlines & Copywriting

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Creating compelling headlines & copy is a gift. And Hill Country Bible Church Austin is looking for a talented ministry-minded writer to join the innovation team. Download the details: https://bitly.com/1UUXYe8 ‪#‎hiring‬ ‪#‎austin‬ ‪#‎writing‬

THE change agent.

It’s all God, but He chooses to use us. He is at work and His presence changes everything. 

God knows how to get the job done. When was the last time that you encountered God in a way that uprooted everything in you that wasn’t His best for you? How recently did God break you and then put you back together in a better way?

You might be right where God wants you and that is a great place, but I guarantee you; there are guys around you that need God to get hold of them. They need to encounter Him. We all need that.

This week I’ve been in Acts 9 reading about how Jesus gets a hold on Saul, takes Him to the ground, and changes his life forever. AWESOME. But, here’s the part that hit me—God crushes Saul then sends Ananias to reach out to his new brother immediately after. God chose to include Ananias to reach Paul.

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Get ready to be taken apart and put back together in a better way. The Act Like Men Conference is just weeks away!

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

 

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Look around, what’s so desperately needed where we live are men who embrace all that God created them to be.

Men who are loud and ruthless about their own sin, but patient and full of grace in leading others. Men who long to follow God without limits and meet the needs of those around them without hesitation.

To get there we need radical surgery. It’s time to cut deep and get it all, and not be afraid of what that means. We challenge you to join thousands of men for a two-day conference this fall-to step up with us and Act Like Men.

Visit ActLikeMen.com for the details.