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God is truly amazing and awesome! The last several days have been a blur, but in the midst of all of it, the Sanchez family have seen God at work in amazing ways!

Right now, I am posting for the last time in 2007, from Jacksonville (Florida) International Airport. I am anxiously awaiting my flight that will eventually take me home to Austin this evening (via Dallas/Ft. Worth, of course). Jeanine and the girls will remain in Florida with her parents and drive back next weekend.

Just yesterday we were in Clinton, South Carolina and did not know whether or not I would be able to catch my flight. When we arrived in Clinton on Friday night, our van died. It was somewhat disappointing, but God was gracious enough to carry us all the way to our destination before the van died.

Of course, we did not know what we would do, but to make a long story short, God provided a brand new (2008) Chrysler Town & Country – WOW!!! I cannot tell you how God has provided for us over the last week over and over again. The people in Clinton, South Carolina were so gracious. The dealer came in on Sunday after church to do the paperwork, and we drove off the lot and got on the road back to Gainesville, Florida around 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. We finally arrived in Gainesville around 12:30 a.m.

I think what was so great was the fact that Jeanine had been praying for a new van for a year, and God provided it. When she got in the drivers’ seat to drive to the hotel to pick up our belongings, she just broke down and wept.

Thank you all for your prayers for safety! We had a wonderful time in South Carolina with friends, and I can’t wait to get home tonight (Monday, December 31). Please continue to pray for Jeanine and the girls as they spend time with her parents. She will be returning next week. We covet your prayers for her and the girls’ safety.

May you all have a blessed and happy new year!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Dec
31

Paris Team Photos

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The Paris team has posted a slide show of their second day in Paris. You can see it on their blog here.

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Dec
29

Paris Team Blog

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Top Row – Daniel, Paul, Robert,
Bottom Row – Jasmine, Bonita, Joyie, Julia

The Paris team has arrived safely! Please keep up with them as they blog during their mission. You can go to their blog by clicking here.

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It is 2:00 p.m. est, and I just spoke with Daniel Franz, who is leading our Paris team. They are at the airport now and in the process of checking in. They have a brief window (30 minutes) to catch their connecting flight in Cincinnati.

Please remember to pray for them as they minister to an unreached people group that has immigrated to Paris.

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Beginning Sunday morning January 13, we will begin a sermon series called Origins – an exposition of Genesis 1-11. I want to encourage our congregation to begin praying for my personal study and preparations and for God to work in our midst during this study.

Also, I want to urge our congregation to pray specifically for the unchurched you know and invite them to join us as we explore the answers to questions of origins from the book of Genesis.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24
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Dec
26

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

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On behalf of the Sanchez family: Juan, Jeanine and the girls-Alexandra, Hope Amanda, Gabrielle, Zoe & Maxey, I want to wish you all a very merry and blessed Christmas. We normally stay home for Christmas, but this year I am taking part in a wedding in Clinton, South Carolina the weekend of the 28th, so we thought since we have to travel East, we would spend Christmas with our parents.

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve supper with Jeanine’s parents, Dr. & Mrs. Dell and Jeanine’s sisters – Debbie and Denise with their families. Alexandra and I watched a marathon of season 5 of 24, then we awakened this morning in time to open presents.

Tonight we had a typical Puerto Rican meal with my parents, and it was unbelievably good!!! Christmas is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, and we are thankful for God’s kind providence in allowing us to spend this time with our parents, and we are thankful for a gracious and kind congregation that allows us this freedom.

May you all have a blessed Christmas!

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Since my return from Romania a few weeks ago, I have been a little slow at posting. I apologize for that, but I am still getting back in the swing of things. To be sure, much has been happening at High Pointe in December, but one of the things that excites me most is the fact that God is leading us toward a more radical commitment to take the gospel from our neighborhoods to the ends of the earth until the return of Christ for the glory of God.

The Lord granted us great favor in reaching our community with our first-ever Upward soccer. Thanks to our leadership and volunteers, we had a great season. One of the fruits to come out of this local community outreach was a desire to continue ministering in our community through Upward basketball. What is most amazing is the fact that not having a gymnasium was not an obstacle – God provided us with the perfect facilities! Pray with us that God would use this outreach effort to reach our local community with the gospel.

This week “the Daniels” (Daniel Walker and Daniel Coronado) will be returning to Nigeria to continue their contact with the Tal people. The Daniels made initial contact with this unreached people group and began doing research for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. They return to continue making inroads with the hope to take the gospel to the Tals. Please be in prayer for them.

On December 26, we also have a team from High Pointe that will go to Paris, France in order to work with an unreached people group that has immigrated to Paris. Please be in prayer for them that God would give them great favor.

My trip to Romania was very fruitful. I was able to reestablish connections from eleven years ago with Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania. We hope to continue our ministry with Emanuel University as they train young men and women for ministry and missions through vocational training in pastoral ministry, business, social work, etc. Presently, we are praying that the Lord would allow us to take a team to Oradea, in the fall of 2008.

Just this Sunday evening, pastor Daniel Franz, our missions pastor, hosted an inquiry meeting for those interested in going with us to Cuba in February of 2008. The Lord is doing a great work in all of Cuba. Our ministry partners are located in Santa Clara, where a seminary graduates 20 plus pastors and missionaries each year.

In addition to these particular trips, we are, for the first time in the history of High Pointe, participating in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions. We praise God for these opportunities and thank God for a missions minded congregation and a missions minded pastor in Daniel Franz. May God continue to bless our desire to make His name famous from our neighborhoods to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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Disclaimer: “I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on television.”

However, there has been much talk about global warming, and I am at least as qualified to speak to the issue of global warming as Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio. As I understand it, the issue is not so much whether or not the earth is in a warming cycle, as much as what exactly is the cause of such warming.

The cultural elites would have us believe that we are the problem. Well, scientists are now more and more skeptical about this proposal. If you want to get caught up on some of the issues related to the global warming debate, I would encourage you to read the following story: Skeptical Scientists Urge World To ‘Have the Courage to Do Nothing’ At UN Conference

You may also download a copy of A Skeptic’s Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism for your personal edification.

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Dec
09

Congratulations to Tim Tebow!

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Tim Tebow became the first underclassman to win the coveted Heisman Trophy (note the fact that his right arm is in a cast). What I appreciate most about him is not the fact that he’s a Florida Gator but that before anyone else, he acknowledged that he is who he is because of Christ!

Read the full story here.

May God use Tim Tebow to make His name famous.

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I’ve seen several e-mail warnings regarding the upcoming release of the children’s movie, The Golden Compass. The first time I saw a preview in the theaters, it looked quite interesting and attractive. However, I have come to learn of the anti-Christian agenda behind the author of the storyline. How should Christian’s respond?

Dr. Albert Mohler provides an excellent commentary that you should read completely. Thought Christians should be concerned and make wise decisions in all matters of life, situations such as this movie require an informed and intelligent response. Click here to read the entire commentary.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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