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Letter from the Publisher Volume XIV, Issue VII

It's hard to believe, but we are closing out not only another year, but another decade. Here come the Roaring 20s! Life just goes by way too fast. It seems like yesterday that we were having the so called “melt down of society” with the Y2K hoax. I know a lot of computer programmers who were able to retire after that one! My father died nearly two years ago now, and during his last few years, he reminisced constantly about stories from his childhood and early life. He always closed each story by saying, "How long ago was that? That was 60 years ago now. It just seems like it was yesterday. Where do the years go?" This reminds me of the lyrics from a classic song by Kenny Chesney, Don't Blink;

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Bible Trivia

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You Would Think

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Local Races Matter in the 2020 Election

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Building a Family

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Jumping Into Family Fun

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2020 Christian School Directory

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The Buzz About Katy

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Teaching Your Kids the Power of Forgiveness

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CrossPoint Church Grows Through One-On-One Relationships

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Katy Christian Ministries Santa’s Sleigh Program Continues to Brighten the Lives of Those in Need

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Fort Bend Family Promise: A Ministry to Families with Children Who Are Experiencing Episodic Homelessness

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2019 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, Clara’s Dream

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Bangar Reddy: Candidate for United States Congress

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National Day of Signing

Cover: Lori Joiner founder of Lori Joiner Ministries, Alan her husband of 13 years, Josh (11 yrs) attends Woodcreek Junior High and Jake (9 yrs) attends Woodcreek Elementary. Photo by Heather Ingram, Associate Portrait Artist, for Alisa Murray Photography.

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I turned on the evening news Saw a old man being interviewed Turning a hundred and two today Asked him what's the secret to life He looked up from his old pipe Laughed and said "All I can say is" Don't blink

I was glued to my TV when it looked like he looked at me and said "Best start putting first things first" Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand You can't flip it over and start again Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth Don't blink

Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife Don't blink You just might miss your babies growing like mine did Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half" Of fifty years is there in bed And you're praying God takes you instead Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think So don't blink

Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife Don't blink You just might miss your babies growing like mine did Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half" Of fifty years is there in bed And you're praying God takes you instead Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think.

Merry Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year! Joseph R. Menslage President/Publisher Katy Christian Magazine

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You Would Think By Lori Joiner You would think getting kicked out of school during my sophomore year of high school for five weeks would have gotten my attention. But it didn’t. I was headed in the wrong direction, trying to impress the fast crowd I was running with at the time. I was partying my dreams away all the while sinking deeper and deeper into trouble. Then there was a sudden move … a chance to start over! My family transferred from a small East Texas town to Missouri City, just outside of Houston. You would think I would have taken this opportunity to turn over a new leaf, to reinvent myself and get on the right track. But if you thought that, sadly, you would be wrong. I quickly found another party group and signed up a high school dropout who raced cars illegally to be my boyfriend. I was now teaching younger girls how to party, lie, steal and cheat. The Turning Point Then, there was an invitation. I was invited to a local church by some neighborhood friends and it was there I first clearly understood

the Good News of Jesus Christ. God loved me and had a plan for my life, but because I was a sinner and separated from God, I could not know this plan or love. I slipped to my knees and confessed that I was a sinner in need of salvation. I trusted Christ to be my Lord and Savior. I asked God to forgive me of my sins and make the person He

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had meant for me to be. I recall our youth group venturing out to the Galleria in Houston, going to the food court to talk to other kids our age about salvation in Jesus Christ. I was a new follower of Christ myself and yet, I was able to share what God had done in my life. A young woman placed her faith in Christ with me that night and the question crossed my mind, “Now what? What happens to her now?” I had a loving youth group and a dedicated youth minister to help me learn the ropes of reading my Bible and learning about my new faith in God. But what about her, all the way across town? Who would help her? A Calling Ever since that evening, seeing women place their faith in Jesus Christ and helping them grow and mature in Him have driven my life and ministry. After graduating from college, I went directly on staff with Cru and served with them for 22 years as a full-time career missionary. I was able to travel the world, sharing the love of God in many countries. I founded a women’s discipleship home called The Faith House and even trained other women to be missionaries here in the United States and abroad. Three years ago, I launched Lori Joiner Ministries. We serve the global body of Christ with discipleship resources such as articles, blogs and free e-materials on the Lori Joiner Ministries website. “The Discipleship Starter Kit” is one such free resource that helps a woman know where to start when discipling another woman. It is packed full of helpful materials including an eight-week daily calendar so you know exactly what to do for the first eight weeks of meeting with someone. The deep desire to transfer what I had learned about leading women to Christ and discipling

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Bible study, “Next Steps,” will roll out in the spring of 2020. It will include lessons on your identity in Christ, the importance of plugging into a faith community, and how to write your personal testimony. Dreaming of all the future possibilities and expansion of this ministry it is thrilling to say the least! When I look back on my life as a wayward teenager, I am floored at all God has done in and through my life after I surrendered my heart to Him. I like how Psalm 40:2 says, “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.” You would think I would be grateful every day that I was invited to a church where I heard of God’s love for me and surrendered my future to Him. If you think that, you would be right!

Lori Joiner is an author, speaker and discipleship coach in Katy, Texas. When not writing, you can find her walking their chocolate lab with her husband Alan or playing board games with her two sons. To invite Lori to speak at your next event or to browse her Bible studies and books, visit LoriJoinerMinistries.org.

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Local Races Matter in the 2020 Election By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein Another important local election is coming up on March 3, 2020. It’s time to learn about your Republican candidates - what issues are important to them, how their faith has inspired them, and what they hope to accomplish in their new roles. Collectively, they hope to reverse the Blue Wave and bring Republican ideals to our community.

Johnny Teague for Congress Johnny Teague is running to represent the 9th Congressional District. His values are informed by his strong Christian beliefs and experiences as a 20-year Pastor. After years of watching government detach from the people, he believes the nation has devolved to a ruling class. “In this time, our national debt has increased and our morality has decreased. We’ve seen marriage redefined, children devalued, and things once illegal made legal and even reclassified as rights and entitlements. John Adams said our form of government is only fit for a moral and religious nation, that it is inadequate for any other. I am running because I want to see us return to our Biblical values.”

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While some candidates see education, income equality, and gun control as the answers to the nation’s ills, Teague believes the problems stem from the heart. “We will either be governed from the inside by our internal compass of faith or we will have to be governed from the outside with more laws and less freedom,” he said. “I am running because I want to see a government for the people, by the people, and of the people. If public officials had to go back and live under the laws they pass, they would make better laws.” Teague has a long list of accomplishments that he believes have prepared him for this position, including five college degrees and careers in the Oil and Gas industry for Shell Pipe Line Corporation, in the medical field for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and as a business owner. He is also a patented inventor and a published author. “In all these things, I have learned how to lead – by example as a servant. The Lord Jesus was the greatest leader ever and He washed the disciples’ feet. He loved and cared and He gave selflessly. This is what is greatly lacking in our government and what is so needed.” “I will try to motivate, influence, and impact our current officials to put the nation above party, and to do right even when it is against party platforms. I don’t seek to convert our leaders to the Lord nor require it in our nation, but what I long to do is to live for the Lord Jesus in such a meaningful way that it will cause others to want to know and follow Him.” Teague is willing to take unpopular stands to do what he thinks is best for the country. He feels it is his duty to get back the nation our Founding Fathers envisioned and many fought for. “Our nation

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is messed up. We are squandering the freedoms that were purchased with blood and given by God. We must stand up and do something. The only way evil can succeed is for the good to do nothing. I choose to do something.”

Wesley Hunt for Congress Wesley Hunt, West Point graduate and former Apache Helicopter Pilot with tours in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, now wants to serve his country as a Congressman. Running for office in the 7th District, Hunt plans to face our nation’s challenges head on. “I take public service very seriously. After John Culberson lost last cycle, I started tracking our new representative and quickly realized that she wasn’t representing our district in Washington, but was instead voting along the Democratic Party line. Our values and our way of life are under attack from liberals in Washington. My wife, Emily, and I were blessed with our first daughter, Victoria, just 8 months ago. Unless we elect someone who will stand up for our values, they won’t exist for Victoria or future generations. I want to make sure that the Houston I’ve known my entire life exists for her.” Hunt grew up in a military family and personally flew 55 combat missions around Baghdad. He says his experience taught him that service, character, and leadership matter and that your word should be your bond. With those belief systems, he is set to tackle what he sees as our biggest local and national issues: keeping the oil and gas industry strong, investing in our infrastructure to prevent future

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flooding, providing aid to those still suffering from Hurricane Harvey, and securing our southern border to stop illegal immigration. “Illegal immigration is an issue of national security, and it’s resulting in a humanitarian crisis. We are a generous country, but we also believe in the rule of law, securing our borders, and protecting American workers. Where it makes sense to build a wall, I believe we should do so. In other areas, I believe we should utilize technology such as drones to assist. The bottom line is that we need to send the funding requested by our border patrol to allow them to effectively enforce our borders.” Locally, Hunt is concerned about the industry upon which Houston thrives. “The 7th District is the energy capital of America and thousands of people rely on the income and benefits provided by the oil and gas industry. One of my top priorities in Washington would be protecting those jobs from attacks by a Democratic party that is becoming more and more hostile to cities like Houston.” Hunt added, “I believe in sacrificing to protect our city and our nation. We need people who are willing to stand up and enter the arena.”

Wendy Duncan for Commissioner of Precinct 3

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Cinco Ranch area of Katy in Fort Bend County, she has had the opportunity to learn the laws and regulations surrounding the operation of a government body. She sees this position as the perfect segue into the next level of government. She also brings a skillset that has prepared her for the demands of the position. “Leadership, speaking, education and management are the skills that God has blessed me with. My responsibility is to use those gifts for His glory and to care for others. With a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, I received a broad and enriched education. This foundation of knowing a little bit about a lot of things has given me the opportunity to easily assimilate new information into my existing knowledge.” Duncan taught for six years, earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Houston, and served as Assistant Principal for two years. She believes that management principals are universal, and she therefore knows how to lead an organization effectively and efficiently. Additionally, “After the birth of my first child, I started my own business acquiring and managing a collection of rental properties I own with my husband. The knowledge and skills of analyzing real estate markets and what makes communities successful will serve me well in the position of Commissioner.” As a current public servant, Duncan strives to provide the best quality of service to her community through quick responses to issues, accessibility, and promoting the wonderful community in which we live. Communication, accountability, integrity and inclusion of constituents in decision-making processes are essential pillars of her leadership style. She plans to apply these components to addressing the pressing issues in Fort Bend County. “The recent floods on Memorial Day 2015, Tax Day 2016 and Hurricane Harvey in 2019 have highlighted the need for Fort Bend

County to focus on local and regional flood management solutions. Through my work with Barker Flood Prevention, I have been meeting with residents, government officials, and engineers to identify viable solutions for Fort Bend County Precinct 3 that will provide better protection along Jones Creek, Bessie’s Creek, Buffalo Bayou, Brazos River and Barker Reservoir. Our road projects are behind schedule, over budget and inadequate to meet the population demand, causing major delays and unnecessary time spent sitting in traffic. Grand Parkway, Cane Island Parkway, the Westpark Tollway, the Texas Heritage Parkway and other roadways must be our focus to decrease commute times and allow people to spend more time with their family at home. Short-term and long range planning for these objectives must be implemented with community input, coordination with all government entities and agencies, excellent communication and efficient execution of projects.” Duncan is ready to take on the incumbent in this race, noting the need for change. “Einstein is credited with saying the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. After 24 years of doing the same thing, it is time for change. Your vote is your voice, and our collective voice is powerful! Be the change we need, and let’s start shaping our future together!”

Commission Andy Meyers for Re-Election Commissioner Andy Meyers is running for re-election in Precinct 3, where he has served since 1997. At that time, he ran on a platform of reducing the tax rate and controlling government spending. Since that time, the county has

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on the November 2019 ballot, and it was overwhelmingly approved. This will allow Fort Bend County to leverage upwards of $264 million in funds with the help of the State of Texas and federal government to protect our communities with new flood infrastructure.” Myers joins his fellow Republicans in encouraging voters to fight the Blue Wave that hit Fort Bend County in the 2018 elections. “Now is the time for Republicans to come together and unite for victory in 2020. I’ve been in the grassroots, I’ve served as a national Republican delegate, and I’ve worked hard for Republican victory every cycle, whether or not I’m on the ballot. Precinct 3 is the heart of the GOP in Fort Bend County and we must work together now to keep Fort Bend as a great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family. With the good Lord’s help, we’ll keep up our success!”

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Tony woke abruptly. Sitting in bed, glaring at the clock, noticing the time read 3:00 am, and his wife Connie also wasn’t in bed. Fighting his sleep and rubbing his eyes, Tony stumbled out of bed, yawning and scratching his stomach, leaving the room. “Babe?” he called out, walking down the hall. In the living room, he was startled by Connie, who was standing completely still in the middle of the dark living room. She looked to be in a trance; her head tilted down like she was talking to someone shorter than her. “Honey, are you ok? I thought maybe you were checking on our baby.” He said, approaching. “I’m fine… I was only thinking … that’s all, you can go back to bed.” Connie said, looking at Tony like it was the first time they met. She smiled strangely, walking past him, it wasn’t like her, She was very affectionate and flirty and loved to kiss on Tony. Her odd behavior came off a tad eerie to him.

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Angelica Garcia for State Representative Angelica Garcia is running for State Representative of House District 132. She lists her top priorities as strengthening our community to create jobs, alleviating the tax burden on homeowners, protecting our border, defending life, bringing family-first values back to government, and defending the 2nd amendment. “I stepped into this opportunity because I want to be there for the residents in District 132. I understand the importance of being heard, I know my community, I know the conservative values we stand for, and I want to be a strong representative for them. We have many new people moving into our district and so a pressing issue is to maintain and grow a thriving economy for our residents and our businesses. Another pressing issue is the border. My business is highly affected by it and I have witnessed firsthand the disparity it causes when there is a lack of control. Something needs to get done. As a whole, I am a family-first candidate and want to develop a community with strong values that improve the quality of life for the families that live here.” An entrepreneur who launched AIM Global Logistics, a transportation company, Garcia has developed a thorough understanding of the border crisis. “This career has also equipped me with additional knowledge on the job market and local economy which is increasing-

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School. Parisi, established in 1992, has a reputation speaks for itself; with rigorous training methods and specially trained performance coaches, Parisi has produced over 190 NFL draft picks! Parisi aims to provide both children, teens and adults alike with a positive training experience. Parisi has the primary objectives of improving speed of movement and strength in moral integrity. Parisi students will see clear results in performance and self-confidence in the Parisi programs. Trainers work with individuals in a semi-private group format to teach proper form and technique of athletic movement. Athletes will learn how to run faster, jump higher, be more agile and coordinated, and build strength, Call today to receive a free introductory class!

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At Wisely Music Learning, the Music Learning program is more than just a music class. It’s playful and enriching, and it’s all about connecting - with music, with your child, and with other families in your community. Music Learning is 45 minutes of fun (for everyone!) with benefits that extend far beyond the classroom. Playing music with children is such a blast, so it’s easy to overlook how much they’re learning. Music Together immerses your child in a rich music environment that, in turn, supports their overall development. Each week for 10 weeks, a trained Music Together teacher leads an inspired and energetic class. You’ll sing and dance to songs ranging from tender lullabies to boisterous jams. The no-pressure approach of our mixed-age class lets all little ones learn in their own way. This warm and supportive atmosphere brings parents and children together to share in the magic of music, and leaves you with lasting friendships. Sign your family up for this fantastic program today!

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Does your child love to jump, climb, and swing? So, do we! Our instructor led ninja training classes let them build on their love of action, with obstacle course training activities that will increase their strength, flexibility, stamina, and all-around athleticism. Your child will progress through the six levels of ninja skills on their own timeline. Ninja dreams begin at USA Ninja Challenge Katy. USA Ninja Challenge is a year-round obstacle course training program that combines basic skill sets from gymnastics, climbing, cross training, and track and field. The sport of Ninja is quickly becoming the most fun and creative way to develop strength, flexibility,

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Belhaven University Adult education, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees

15115 Park Row, Suite 175 Houston, TX 77084 (281) 579-9977 houston.belhaven.edu

Belhaven University is the premier destination for Houston residents who want to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree quickly and affordably. Belhaven offers a high-quality Christian adult studies program that delivers accelerated adult education and graduate degrees that are tailored to the needs of busy working adults. Belhaven provides students with

small class sizes, experienced faculty and a career-relevant curriculum. At Belhaven, adults are given the opportunity to develop their unique gifts and abilities in ways that a large, impersonal university never could. Furthermore, Belhaven focuses on the busy adult, offering classes that meet just once a week so that students can keep their lives outside the classroom. Belhaven’s curriculum integrated the Christian worldview with the latest theory and practice, so that individuals will be prepared for the rapidly changing world. Belhaven has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges every year since 1996. Enroll soon to become a successful Belhaven graduate with the tools needed to thrive in today’s global economy!

Calvary Episcopal Preparatory 4 years old – 12th grade

1201 Austin Street Richmond, TX 77469 (281) 342-3161 ces-richmond.org

Outstanding academics are a trademark for Calvary’s reputation of excellence. Calvary prides itself as Fort Bend County’s premiere Christian school. Students and faculty treat each other with Christlike kindness and together grow in their understanding of God’s expectations for them. Calvary’s 3 R’s: Reverence for God, Respect for

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College of Biblical Studies

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The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on-ground and online. CBS Houston has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976 and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas. At CBS, we are committed to running our race with diligence and excellence by providing top-rated biblically-based education that transforms and equips our students for greater service to the Houston area, the Church and the world. The CBS community wants its students to have hearts that are as soft as clay and minds that are sharp as razors. For the Christian, everything that is done is done for the glory of God. He gives everything, including education, meaning and purpose. Our professors do not work simply to transfer knowledge to our students. Instead, CBS professors encourage students to “press on” toward excellence because God Himself is excellent, and believers are to imitate Him, both in and out of the classroom. Our centrally located Houston campus offers day, evening, and weekend classes. Our spring registration is now open, so sign up right away!

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Faith West Academy 3 years old – 12th grade

2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 (281) 391-5683 faithwest.org

Since 1982, Katy’s oldest and largest private school, Faith West Academy, continues to uphold core values of reverence for God; respect for ourselves, others and authority, and responsibility for one’s actions. FWA is inter-denominational and is known for its high academic standards and Christian Worldview education.

FWA provides a safe, Christian environment for preschool (starting at age 3) through 12th grade. As an extension of the preschool, FWA hosts a popular Mother’s Day Out Program that enrolls students as early as 15-months-old. FWA serves a growing number of international students seeking studies in America by providing them with on-campus boarding facilities. The FWA motto is Excellence Without Compromise! To help students develop spiritually, FWA offers weekly chapel, daily Bible classes and Biblical integration in all classes. FWA also offers strong core curriculums, Accelerated, Pre-Advanced Placement, and Advanced Placed courses for 6th -12th grade students, individualized learning where advanced or struggling students move at a pace that

fits their abilities, and “A la Carte” classes for homeschooled junior high and high school students. To promote physical and artistic excellence, FWA offers weekly PE and music classes, along with daily outdoor recess for elementary school students. Junior high and high school students can engage in many different competitive athletic programs. Junior high and high school students can also partake in agriculture, performing and visual arts, choir and band classes. High school students participate in athletic and fine art competitions. Schedule a tour with FWA right away!

Fellowship Christian Academy 18 months old - 12th grade

16355 Old Richmond Road Sugar Land, TX 77498 (281) 495-1814 fellowshipchristianacademy.org

Fellowship Christian Academy provides a place for children to grow and learn while surrounded by God’s love. The early years of a child’s life are the years that shape their future; therefore, the curriculum is carefully selected and developed to enrich the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social development in each child. Since 1976, FCA has provided a safe and loving environment where children are encouraged to develop spiritually as they grow cognitively,

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socially and physically. Many of our teachers have over 25 years of teaching experience. Age appropriate environments and classes are offered beginning at the age of 18 months and grow children through 12th grade. FCA offers small classes with low student to teacher ratios, giving children the chance and room to blossom in their own unique way. Thank you for considering our school for your child. Please, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Fort Bend Christian Academy 4 years old – 12th grade

1250 Seventh St. Sugar Land, TX 77478 (281) 263-9175 fortbendchristian.org

Fort Bend Christian Academy exists to glorify God through excellence in college-preparatory Christian education. FBCA is a Pre-K through grade-12 school,

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with most students attending their first-choice university. Alumni serve in various career fields, and many obtain postgraduate degrees in law, medicine, engineering and more. For more information about FBCA, email or call the Admissions Office today.

Little People’s School 15 months - 5 years old

5601 Fifth Street Katy, TX 77493 (281) 391-2121

well-established school that places emphasis on developing each child’s self-esteem and creative potential. Our classrooms are equipped with learning centers designed to help young children learn through discovery and play. The age appropriate curriculum is rich in language, math, science, social studies, creative arts, music, physical skills and spiritual development. Little People’s School offers classes Tuesday through Friday. Days and times vary for each age level. Enrollment for the 2020 2021 school year begins on January 28, 2020. Call us today to schedule a tour!

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Little People’s School is a part-time, early childhood program for children 15 months through 5 years of age. We provide a safe, nurturing, learning environment where children experience God’s love, learn about God’s world and are able to develop spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Little People’s School is an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church Katy for over 30 years. We are a

Marine Military Academy Boys 7th – 12th grade

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Primrose School of Woodcreek Reserve Preschool

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Primrose Academy pays close attention to all facets of a child’s growth including emotional, social, physical, creative, cognitive and character development. Primrose has proprietary programs in music, art, gardening, life skills and foreign languages that were developed specifically for its curriculum. When it comes to helping children reach their full potential, Primrose leaves no stone unskipped, unpainted or unturned. Primrose recognizes that each child learns in different ways. Because of this, the Primrose

“Balanced Learning” approach provides teachers with the tools and guidance to accommodate children’s natural curiosity and to fully support each child while building problem solving skills and confidence. Primrose offers well-rounded and extensive classes in Language and Literacy, Physical Development, Science and Engineering, Social Studies, Social and Emotional Development, Creative Arts and Math. Children from infancy to Kindergarten are welcome at Primrose. Please visit the website for more information!

Simonton Christian Academy Pre-K - 5th grade

9703 FM 1489 Simonton, TX 77476 (281) 346-2303

Our goal is to train Christian leaders of the future by teaching the whole child. Students’ academic, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual education is important to developing well-rounded, productive, and faithful citizens. God has blessed us with a great group of students and staff. What an amazing gift it is to educate students with an accelerated curriculum and a Christian worldview. Our mission is to provide the opportunity for a biblically based, quality educational experience for our students by emphasizing traditional studies and teaching the Bible, Christian ethics, and a Christian perspective. In addition to the standard subjects, SCA offers Art, Music, Science Lab, Computer Lab, Chapel, and Bible. Physical Education classes have the use of a full-sized gym and outdoor playing field. Our school utilizes the following Christian-based curriculums: ABeka, Positive Action, Bob Jones University, Purposeful Design, ACSI, and A Helping Hand. Thank you for considering SCA for your student!

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The Bible Seminary Adults

2655 S. Mason Road Katy, TX 77450 (281) 646-1109 thebibleseminary.org

Founded in 2008, The Bible Seminary strives to provide adults with a learning environment and support services that enable students to pursue a Christian education while learning how to lead a Christ-like life. Programs at TLS include Bible Certificate, Licensed Professional, Dual Degree Completion, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity. TLS exists to

glorify God by training Christian believers in the context of biblical community in all 66 books in the Bible, so that they can serve the local church and fulfill the Great Commission by the power of God’s Spirit. At TLS, a journey of theological education glorifies the Lord, is rooted in His Word, and nurtures an intimate, faithful and trusting relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. TLS helps students cultivate a contextual and increasingly profound understanding of God, creation and the intangible. Students will graduate equipped with relevant experiences, knowledge, relationships, training and tools for a lifetime of ministry leadership. Students at TLS learn to incorporate the seven core values –

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West Oaks Private Preschool 6 weeks – 12 years old

14840 Branch Forest Drive Houston, TX 77082 (281) 496-3105 westoaksprivate.com

West Oaks Private Pre-School, founded in 1984, views each child as a unique person with an

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Teaching Your Kids the Power of Forgiveness By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein As Christians, we are called to forgive, not just 7 times, as the Bible tells us, but over and over and over again. It may not be an official commandment; nevertheless, it may be the hardest. Forgiveness means doing the exact opposite of what feels natural and what we have learned our whole life - that we should see justice, that there should be some sense of fairness in the world, that people should have to deal with the consequences of their actions. In a fair world, your friend wouldn’t hurt you. In a fair world, there would be no betrayal. In a fair world, things would unfold exactly as they should, and always in a way that made sense. We don’t live in a fair world. We live in a world that requires forgiveness. Some is easy and some is downright unfathomable. We are so hurt, so disappointed in the other person, so abashed that they would wrong us the way they did, that it’s everything we can do to get past those emotions, let alone forgive. That person doesn’t deserve my forgiveness, we think to ourselves. She knowingly betrayed me, or He said the most hurtful thing he could possibly say to me, or They hurt my kids, or They conspired against me. Those thoughts plague us. They weigh us down and take up real estate in our heads and our hearts.

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it’s like a slow poison, eating away at us until a part of us dies. Meanwhile, the ones who wronged us have gone on with their lives. While the wrong might have happened one time, a long time ago, we continue to let it hurt us, damage us, and change the person we were meant to be. It takes a long time to realize that we are giving all our power to the person who hurt us. Some people never realize it. If you have, the best thing you can do for your kids is to teach them about the power of forgiveness while they are young. They will have to forgive many, many times in their lifetime. If they don’t, it will change them, distance them from God and his plan for them, and make them unhappy people. As parents, we want none of that. We want strong, resilient kids who live out their Christian upbringing and obey God’s mandates, including that of forgiveness. The way to ensure this happens is to show your kids, consistently and with a grateful spirit, how to forgive. Let them see your hurts, and let them watch you overcome them. Teach them that humans make mistakes and can be cruel, but as a Christian and someone striving to be a good person,

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CrossPoint Church Grows Through One-On-One Relationships By Mylena Sanchez “Someone else can do this better than me. I’m not the right person for the job.” This is how Lead Pastor, Paul Goeke, felt when facing a financial crisis and major leadership transitions at CrossPoint Church over a year ago. Goeke, born in San Antonio into a traditional Christian family and father of four kids, never saw himself as the person to manage this kind of situation. During the winter of last year, he just wanted to quit. However, the church board and fellow leaders encouraged him to keep going. In the midst of these challenges, Goeke received support and encouragement from deep relationships with other Katy pastors who not only spoke life into him, but also followed up with life-giving actions. Through this support, Goeke took part in a ministry in Montana, called Refuge. It was there that God prompted him to read the book of Haggai where he saw this, “My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not… I will fill this house with glory… The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of Hosts. And in this place, I will give peace…” After reading this and in a chance meeting, Goeke got to know a man who became a mentor and dear friend. This relationship would prove to be life-changing. On the flight home, Goeke realized that even though he landed in Montana intent upon quitting, he was flying back to Texas intent upon “getting back in the game.”

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From my family to yours, I invite you to join us in the “I love my America” movement. I love America because she recognizes inalienable rights given by our Creator, values the rule of law; rewards hard work, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship; and is filled with good people. In the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, let us save the union by sticking to the moral fabric in our conservative values. – Bangar Reddy

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