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Jun 4

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

The year 2020 is halfway over, and I wonder how much closer we are to clear vision. I hear people half-jokingly say they would like to close their eyes, pull up a blanket over their head, and wait for 2021 so we can start over. Closed eyes are not the answer unless we are closing them in reverent and fervent prayer. Instead, I am reminded of a praise and worship song that became popular many years ago. We sang it at Beach Retreat over and over. The song is called “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” written by Paul Baloche. Paul tells the story that he was inspired to write the song after he had been reading and studying the apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 1:18, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.”

As Christians, we should be praying this daily. Before we can have clear vision, the eyes of our hearts must be opened. Only then can we see Christ and receive our inheritance as His Holy people. Inheritance indicates that we are family. As Christians, we must stand together as brothers and sisters in the family of Christ.

On that note, I am so thrilled that your second home is open and ready for services this weekend. Each weekend, more and more of our Second Family are coming back to worship and fellowship on all six campuses. We have so many exciting things coming up this summer, it is good to be back in the house of the Lord!

In closing, I am including the lyrics of Paul Baloche’s wonderful song. It has been covered by Michael W. Smith, Phillips, Craig and Dean, and even Randy Travis. The words are powerful. I want to encourage you to join me in using the lyrics as a prayer. Prayerfully ask the Lord to open the eyes of your heart. I cannot think of one thing in my life, in our church, in our community, or in the world that would not benefit from a heart with eyes open to seeing Jesus.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young


Open the Eyes of My Heart
Paul Baloche

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy
To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy
To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
You are holy, holy, holy
I want to see you
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
You are holy, holy, holy
I want to see you
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see you
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see you
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see you
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see you
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see you
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see you

May 28

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Summer has arrived in a big way. I just read that NASA rescheduled its SpaceX mission for this Saturday from Kennedy Space Center. Because of stormy weather, the launch had been placed on hold until NASA determined a time frame with “favorable launch conditions.” I love that. With that in mind, I am thrilled to announce that we have determined favorable launch conditions to reopen Adult Bible Study, Second Students, SecondKids, GiGL, and the Nursery on the weekend of June 13 and 14.

We are emerging from the storm clouds of the worldwide pandemic with exciting new ways to explore scripture, to experience fellowship, and to spread the gospel. As we launch our summer Bible Study classes and groups, I believe we will see new growth in biblical literacy, personal commitment, and a hunger for fellowship like we have never seen. The stage of history is set for transformation and revival. What a great opportunity we have to invite those in our circle of influence to be part of this exciting time.

More than 2,000 years ago, a much more significant launch was taking center stage: the birth of the church. Acts 2 tells us that after Jesus ascended to Heaven, His followers gathered together to pray and worship. Suddenly, the house was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. By the end of that day, the church had grown by 3,000 people! The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples and new believers with wisdom, gifts, and boldness to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. This became known as Pentecost, and this Sunday, May 31, is the celebration of Pentecost. I can’t think of a more symbolic time for us, the church, to open our doors and to welcome and worship together as we boldly proclaim the gospel.

Houston, get ready for take-off!

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

May 21

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

As we move toward this Memorial Day Weekend, I want to encourage you to do two things.

First, remember the original intent of Memorial Day. Memorial Day became a national holiday in 1971 following the Vietnam War. Because so many soldiers’ bodies did not return home from that brutal conflict, the national cemeteries were full of empty tombs. To acknowledge the great sacrifice these men and women made, a day was set aside to grieve and to remember. Graves were decorated with flags and flowers as the nation acknowledged our fallen soldiers. Fast forward and Memorial Day has been trivialized to signify the official start of summer. The long weekend has coincided with the end of school, graduations, the opening of swimming pools, and served as a jumping-off point for summer travel.

This Memorial Day weekend is different. School children have been home for months, graduation ceremonies have a new look. Most public pools remain closed, and for the most part, we cannot travel. So, that brings me to the second thing I would like to encourage you to do: Come back to church.

The past two weekends have been thrilling as we worshiped together on all of our campuses. There is something special about corporate worship, fellowship, and the friendly faces of the Body of Christ. This Memorial Day Weekend, come home to your Second Family as we remember the ultimate empty tomb and the life that was sacrificed so that we may live! What a Memorial Day this will be!

I will be in the pulpit this weekend and can’t wait to see your faces more clearly – at least in one eye. Lisa and I want to thank you for praying for the cataract procedure I had last week. I am healing well and anticipate having the second cataract removed on June 1. We appreciate your continued prayers as I head toward 20/20 vision in 2020.

Please make sure to check second.org for your local campus live and online worship times. I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend!

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young


Houston Courage Updates:

  • The Houston Courage Career Connections Team registered 129 people to receive practical employment resources for finding a job; 457 requested prayer related to unemployment. Nine business owners have registered, with 129 business owners requesting prayer and encouragement.
  • The Houston Courage Prayer Teams at each campus have processed 1,222 prayer requests to date.
  • The Houston Courage Heroes Teams delivered 594 meals to first responders.
  • The Houston Courage Call Teams at each campus made 24,497 calls to Second Baptist families checking on them and offering prayer. This team has also prepared notes of encouragement sending cards or emails to 20,601 church families.
  • The Second Sews Courage Team of 724 volunteers sewed cough-guard masks to be used by those serving in at-risk environments. We have received 10,508 masks since March 31 and have delivered to Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson, Hospitality Apartments, Family Clinics, Harris County Fire Marshal, Brookwood, area funeral homes, and other locations.
  • The Houston Courage Needs Assessment Teams have provided food and supplies to 621 high-risk church members in need. We are also assisting local schools in getting meals delivered to at-risk school families in need of assistance. To date, we have delivered 6,337 meals and essential supplies to local schools and families without transportation.
May 14

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

What an awe-inspiring Mother’s Day weekend we experienced as a church family. If you missed it or want to share the message with someone, click here to watch what is certain to be the best 12 minutes of your week!

As we re-opened each campus, there was an excitement in the air. It felt like a family reunion of sorts. Though we were careful not to touch, to remain socially distanced, and to respect government guidelines, we felt a real connection! Whenever God’s people gather together to worship and to fellowship, the Spirit that binds the Body of Christ together does the connecting – even from six feet away. 

As we cautiously emerge from this time of isolation, continue to pray for opportunities within the confines of extremity. Let’s reflect on what God has been teaching us during the time we have had at home. Are there any conversations that He has prompted us to have? Is there a new goal that we have been led to set? Is there an old habit that the Lord is urging us to break? Take time to prayerfully consider this question: what is my personal opportunity?

I want to share some personal news and ask for your prayers. As you know, all elective surgery was put on hold during the COVID-19 crisis, but I have just been given the go-ahead to have cataracts removed on both eyes. On Monday, May 18, I will have the out-patient procedure done on one eye. Because of COVID precautions for the nurses, doctors, and me, I am required to isolate before the procedure. After a short recovery, I will be seeing more clearly, resuming all activities, and anticipate having the other cataract removed on June 1. Doctors and friends assure me that this is a relatively simple procedure that produces dramatic benefits! I am taking quite literally our church initiative – A Clear Vision in 2020! Thank you in advance for your prayers.

As you know, our Houston Courage Team has been hard at work on the front lines this entire time. Here are the updates on their continuing efforts:

  • Second Educates, the initiative to provide educational resources to parents who are schooling their children at home, has been accessed 3,329 times since Second Baptist School provided the free resources on April 28.
  • The Houston Courage Career Connections Team registered 123 people to receive practical employment resources for finding a job; 433 requested prayer related to unemployment. 9 business owners have registered, with 121 business owners requesting prayer and encouragement.
  • The Houston Courage Prayer Teams have processed 1,182 prayer requests to date.
  • The Houston Courage Heroes Teams delivered 594 meals to first responders.
  • The Houston Courage Call Teams made 24,497 calls to Second Baptist families checking on them and offering prayer. This team has also prepared notes of encouragement sending cards or emails to 13,333 church families.
  • The Second Sews Courage Team of 724 volunteers sewed cough-guard masks to be used by those serving in at-risk environments. We have received 10,508 masks since March 31 and have delivered to Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson, Hospitality Apartments, Family Clinics, Harris County Fire Marshal, Brookwood, area funeral homes, and other locations.
  • The Houston Courage Needs Assessment Teams have provided food and supplies to 593 high-risk church members in need. We are also assisting local schools in getting meals delivered to at-risk school families in need of assistance. To date, we have delivered 6,315 meals and essential supplies to local schools and families without transportation.

Please make sure to check second.org for your local campus live and online worship times. I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend!

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young