Category Archives: Meet the Applegates

What Are You Reading? – Highlights From Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Forgotten God illustrates the observation and reality that the western church tends to rely on the talent of our church leaders and has forgotten the Holy Spirit that distinguishes us from every religion and person in the world. Continue reading

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Parent Child Driving Contract

I thought I would share this driving contract with you with hopes that it will help you communicate the great responsibility of driving and provide boundaries you can agree upon. May God protect and keep our young drivers safe. Continue reading

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Camp Applegate “Family Night At The Ditch”

“Family Night At The Ditch” has become one of our summer time favorites. It sounds like an episode from Hillbilly Heaven. In this manicured gated community there is a drainage ditch that runs through the middle of the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Friendship – The Chief Happiness Of Life

My happiest hours,” Lewis wrote, “are spent with threee or four old friends in old clothes tramping together and putting up in small pubs-or else sitting up till the small hours in someone’s college rooms, talking nonsense, poetry, theology, metaphysics Continue reading

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When In Doubt, GO…Always Put Commitment Over Convenience

Funerals are never convenient especially when they require driving 9 hours in the rain to attend. Last weekend was the funeral of my brother in-law’s mother. It was on a Saturday afternoon 4 1/2 hours drive away. We had gymnastics practice, a boy scout camp out, homework and errands and flash flood warning that gave many excuses to stay home. I have to admit that was also the last way I wanted to spend my weekend. Continue reading

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Peace Be With You For I Have Overcome the World – Jesus

We all have bad days, bad weeks, and sometimes bad years. We learn from our mistakes and we learn to persevere and to endure the hardships that we experience in this world. Continue reading

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Encouragement From Mario Kart

What impressed me was that in life we also get knocked down, crash and get behind. If we get back in the race, use all our resources and stay on course we can finish well. Continue reading

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God Chooses Our Families

We choose our friends and we choose our mates, but we do not choose our family. Many may wish they could choose their family, but God has reserved this choice for himself alone. When it comes to moms and dads leading their family it is important to recognize the significance of the responsibility we have been given. Continue reading

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Community Service: Learn New Skills, Help Neighbors, Build Character

We invested 4 hours at Johnson Chapel in Northeast Houston and gained a memory for a lifetime. We created memories of service to the community, a memory of learning about construction and repairs, and a memory of working together. To be honest none of us were looking forward to getting up early Saturday morning for a service project. My two sons have little to no construction experience and were anxious about their lack of ability to contribute. Continue reading

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Christians Celebrate the of Feast of Tabernacles

So, as Christians, we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles to look back to when God dwelled in the wilderness camp, to when His shekinah glory filled theTemple, and to when He lived in the flesh among us in Jesus.
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