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Oct 16

Update


Dear Second Family,

Sixty-one years ago, a television show aired its first episode. It was called The Twilight Zone. The show was a mix of science fiction, social commentary, and horror. Each episode's theme demonstrated that people were living in a zone where nothing was as it should be – the twilight zone. One of the episodes, Monsters on Maple Street, depicted how aliens quickly took over an entire town by simply creating a culture of fear. A terrific quote from that episode says this: "There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men."

The culture war is raging. The interesting thing about a culture war is that the battlefronts are not necessarily where we expect them to be. Our world has turned evil into good and condemned good as evil. We live in a culture that says modesty is prudish, and sexuality is to be open. We are increasingly becoming a culture that sees Christianity as ignorance and atheism as intellectual. We are living in the twilight zone.

Perhaps no area is more threatened than our religious liberties. This weekend in Worship, we will examine the battle for religious liberty. As Christianity is forced out of the marketplace and Christians' voices are silenced, our liberties are quickly eroding.

Join us in Worship this weekend as we pray for our nation, our church, and our religious liberty.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Oct 9

Update


Dear Second Family,

October is a big month in the life of our Church. Not only is it Missions Month, but we begin to anticipate one of the best-loved programs of the year at Second Baptist: Angels of Light. After much prayer and planning, we are determined to carry out this tradition in 2020 by taking our ministry to our angels instead of bringing them here! Toys and food will be distributed through our local ministry partners with our Steering Committee making the deliveries. Watch for more details on how you can be a part.

Our culture is engaged in a battle, and our world needs more ambassadors of light to break through the darkness. I encourage you to join Lisa and me in praying for each home and each individual to be impacted by Christ through this special tradition.

This week in our fall sermon series, we will look at the “Battle for the Church.” We are fighting on all fronts. We are being attacked from the outside and from within. However, as the Bride of Christ, we have peace knowing that our bridegroom, Christ, has already overcome the world, and we have victory in Him./p>

Make plans to join us this weekend to hear practical steps in fighting this culture war.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Oct 2

Update


Dear Second Family,

Last Sunday at 5:00 p.m., we met on each campus for a prayer service. We came together to humble ourselves and pray for healing for families, friends, loved ones, and our nation. Based on God’s Word found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, we encourage our Second Family to continue this posture of prayer and to pray daily at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m.

Each weekend this fall, we will take an in-depth look at different battlefronts within the culture war in which we are engaged. This week, we will look at the battle for marriage. Make no mistake; marriage is under attack. From redefining marriage to infidelity within a marriage, to those avoiding marriage all-together, a war is being waged against this most precious covenantal blessing. This week, we will look to God’s Word for His directives and His intention for biblical marriage.

Though this year has been challenging in a myriad of ways, I’ve got some good news to share: Our God reigns! He is in control, and those who believe in His sovereignty know that His good and perfect will cannot be thwarted. We are called to pray, but also to trust that He has every situation under control. Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’”

We hope to see you on your campus this weekend. I’ll have a Bible in my hand and a prayer in my heart for our nation and our entire Second Family.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Aug 28

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Hurricane Laura hit our neighboring counties and states with powerful winds, water surges, and heavy rains. Please join Lisa and me in praying for all those who have suffered losses from the hurricane’s path and also in giving praise to our Heavenly Father, Who spared our country from the overwhelming loss of life that was predicted. While each life is precious, and one life lost is too many, weather specialists used words like “unsurvivable” in predicting the danger that was bearing down on our state and neighboring Louisiana. The Lord was merciful and faithful in His protection.

Many of us recall the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and our hearts go out to those who will be rebuilding in the days and months to come. As we continue to pray for the region, we will also help in practical ways. We have reached out to several churches that were impacted by the storm to assess their needs. We are sending both financial and physical support to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help those in need.

If we use storms as a metaphor, it is fair to say that hurricane season came early this year. Our nation and the world have been weathering pandemics, violence, division, and godlessness. Beginning in September, we will be addressing the current climate in our new sermon series, This is U.S. 2020. Each week, we will look at the tough issues looming ominously over our nation, turning to God’s Word for answers and light in dark times.

I am convinced that the Lord, Who demonstrated His faithfulness during this recent hurricane, will also be faithful to provide wisdom, healing, and peace to those who earnestly seek Him. Perhaps the New Living Translation of the Apostle Paul’s words says it best:

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, NLT)

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

Please continue to pray for those in the hurricane’s path and our entire Second Family across the world.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Aug 21

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

It’s that time of year again! Our students, teachers, and administrators are heading back to school. Join me in praying for our students and the entire educational system as they approach a school year like no other. We have continually looked at extremities as God’s opportunities. With that in mind, we can anticipate great things this school year. Kids are naturally resilient, creative, and inquisitive. Those who have answered God’s call to the teaching profession are to be commended. They have a noble and important task ahead as they gear up for new faces, new material, and a new semester whether online, in person, or something in between.

Our Second Family is also gearing up for a new sermon series, “This Is U.S. 2020.” We will look for answers to important questions from the most reliable, unchanging source I know: God’s Word. We will use the Bible as our GPS – Global Positioning System – to navigate the confusing and erratic terrain of our culture. The best description of a GPS is found in a book that might surprise you - the New Living Translation of the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Isn’t that terrifically clear?! This is going to be an exciting year. Let’s pray that each of us will become students this semester.

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Aug 14

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Everyone loves a promotion. Whether it’s a new job, a new class, or a new rank in the military, forward motion creates excitement and new opportunities. The etymology of the word promotion comes from the Latin and literally means to move forward. This weekend is “Promotion Weekend” on all campuses, with everyone moving up to their next grade for Bible Study. I think we should each take a moment to think of ways that we can move forward regardless of age or stage. During this world-wide pandemic, time seems frozen. People tell me they forget what day it is, have not worn regular clothes in months, and have lost all track of time. But the truth is, time has not stood still. Just look at the kiddos. They have not stopped growing, changing, and moving forward to the next school grade. I think children give us the best examples of promotion – they naturally move forward. They can’t be stopped! Philippians 3:14 encourages us: "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

As the Body of Christ, we are called to press on, to move forward to fulfill our purpose in Christ and for His Kingdom. We are starting a new section in the Is There More? Adult Bible Study curriculum series, The Story of Christ: In His Own Words, and I know you won’t want to miss what the Lord has to teach us in His own words.

Beginning in September, our sermon series, “This Is U.S. 2020,” will explore the culture war we are currently facing. I read that some of the most notable small plane crashes of our time happened when the pilot suffered from a phenomenon called “spatial disorientation.” This occurs when the pilot becomes confused, often because of clouded visibility and he thinks he is flying right-side-up, but is actually upside-down. If the pilot does not realize his mistake in time, the results are disastrous. So many people I have talked and prayed with feel like our culture is careening toward an unknown horizon, totally upside-down. Each week this fall, we will turn to the Bible for direction, answers, and a clear vision of God’s truth amid unprecedented times.

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

Be confident of my continued prayers for our Second Family.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Aug 7

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

This weekend we close our study of Philippians 4 with a passage that brings both comfort and confidence: 

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)

As a boy, going back to school meant a trip to the store to purchase the supplies I would need for the new school year. Back then, we bought pencils, new pencil boxes, notebooks, and other things that would last all year long. Looking back, I know my parents sacrificed to make those purchases. As a father, I remember my boys coming home with much more detailed lists that their mom would take them to buy before the first day of school. I am told that the list of supplies in this day and age no longer includes a pencil box, but is very specific, detailed, and long. Each of my school-aged grandchildren has a particular list of supplies they need. If I go to the store and grab a bunch of pencils and a pencil box for them, I will miss everything on their list. I have no idea what they need! 

Philippians 4 assures us that we have a Heavenly Father who knows what is on our list and will supply all of our needs. Not only does He know what our needs are, He supplies us from the glorious riches we have in Jesus. I am comforted to know that my God knows my specific and individual needs and has the desire and ability to supply everything on that list! 

Our fall sermon series entitled, “This Is U.S. 2020,” will address the culture war in which we are currently engaged. Each week, we will explore a different battlefront. Join me in praying for this study as we seek God’s truth amid turmoil, polarized worldviews, and cultural coups. Thankfully, we enter the new series already assured that our God knows and supplies all of our needs!

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

Be confident of my continued prayers for our Second Family.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Jul 31

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

The summer at Second is off to a great start. In Worship, our summer sermon series continues, as we mine the riches of Philippians 4. This weekend, our sermon is entitled, “New Strength.” Sixty-four years ago, on July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a law officially declaring In God We Trust to be the nation’s official motto. This came two years after the President advocated to insert under God into the Pledge of Allegiance. At a Flag Day speech in 1954, Eisenhower explained why he was passionate about including under God in the Pledge of Allegiance:

“In this way, we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way, we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.

I believe President Eisenhower’s words are both timely and true. Whatever today or tomorrow brings, our greatest resource is spiritual weapons that are strengthened and well-honed. Philippians 4:13 encourages us that we can do ALL things through Christ, who provides the strengthening we need!

You won’t want to miss a minute of our fall sermon series entitled, “This Is U.S. 2020.” We will continue to expand our study of how we can flex and strengthen our spiritual muscles as we address the cultural war in which we are engaged.

Summer is the perfect time to maximize your circle of influence within your neighborhood, friend circle, and even within your own home. Whether you bring visitors to campus Bible Study and Worship or gather online to worship together remotely, invite friends and family to be a part of your Second Family.

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

I look forward to fun and fellowship this weekend.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Jul 24

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

There is no shortage of excitement at the Fellowship of Excitement this week! VBS online is going strong, and I am hearing reports from parents and grandparents alike that our kids (and the young at heart) are having a ball. Lisa and I have enjoyed watching it online! You can quickly see that “Second Loves Kids” is more than just a slogan! Our video team continuously does an outstanding job, the JUMP and GIGL teams are knocking it out of the park with worship, and Karate Camp: The Movie is an instant hit.

Interestingly, the word karate means “empty hand.” I can’t think of a more perfectly symbolic way for us to approach this season than with empty hands, turned toward heaven. Often, we find ourselves holding on to things that do not matter, and that ultimately can never satisfy or bring any level of peace. Let’s release to the Lord anything that we are gripping too tightly, and in turn, ask Him to fill us with His peace and provision; His daily bread. Finally, whether you are joining us online or in person at your campus, let’s raise empty hands in worship and praise this weekend.

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

I look forward to what the Lord will do in the weeks ahead! He alone is worthy of our uplifted hands!

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Jul 17

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

As we navigate the ever-changing waters of our current climate, I continue to be amazed and proud of the creativity demonstrated throughout this season of unusual circumstances. Our staff and volunteers remain hard at work to keep things exciting and innovative for the Second Family. VBS is no exception – and it is almost here! July 20-24, we will take everything you love online, from the classroom activities to a brand-new movie. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled week, featuring Karate Camp: The Movie!

Each day, visit second.org/vbs to download the at-home sessions, including a devotional, worship with our JUMP and GiGL Teams, indoor and outdoor activities, craft, memory verse, and talking points. Then, watch the latest episode of Karate Camp: The Movie with new episodes posted every morning at 8 a.m. You will not want to miss this time with family, friends, and especially those for whom you have been praying in your sphere of influence. This is a great and fun-filled way to share fellowship with neighbors and friends who have young children. Actually, each year I hear from adults who come for the kids, but fall in love with the VBS message and program themselves! So, be sure to invite those who are young and young at heart to join us online next week.

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

Our summer series, “All Things New,” will continue this weekend, bringing us encouragement and practical wisdom from the book of Philippians. I look forward to what the Lord will do in the weeks ahead at the Fellowship of Excitement!

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Jul 10

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

This weekend, we kick off our summer series, “All Things New.” You will not want to miss this study of Philippians 4, one of the most encouraging passages in Scripture. Philippians 4 promises peace as a result of prayer and petition. Peace is the illusive state of being all people, religious or non-religious, crave. As Christians, peace does not have to be out of reach or dependent upon anything other than Christ. The word peace used in Philippians 4 actually means wholeness or unity. Think about that. Personally, we each long to be whole – body, mind, and spirit. As a community, we long for wholeness and unity. As families, we endeavor to be whole – all members equally happy and healthy. And as the Body of Christ, we must strive for wholeness with Christ as the head, and each member as vital, contributing parts of the body.

This is going to be a great summer as each Sunday the letter to the Philippians brings words of comfort, assurance and encouragement. Additionally, JUMP opens on all campuses this weekend giving kiddos in grades 1 through 4 the opportunity to learn from God’s Word in a fun and exciting way. This is a great time to invite those in your circle of influence to join the fellowship we enjoy as believers and members of the Second Family!

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

I look forward to worshipping with all of you this weekend!

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Jul 2

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Happy 4th! We commemorate Independence Day as the day that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The first Fourth of July celebration was by the colonies, with fellowship and fireworks. The tradition continues 244 years later! As a church, we will celebrate in person and online with fellowship and a resounding time of worship led by Veritas, our special musical guests. When Veritas leads worship, I not only hear with my ears, but I feel the music in my chest - a foretaste of heaven when all believers sing praises to our King.

For those attending Worship and Bible Study in person this weekend, we are continuing to follow safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Office recommendations with regard to masks, social distancing, sanitization, and more. You can review our guidelines for Worship, Bible Study, and Childcare HERE. If you are in a high-risk category or feel more comfortable at home, please worship with us online at second.org.

Trey Gowdy’s message spoke to me in a profound way last weekend. I always enjoy having him home and hearing his heart for the Lord. Trey is a great example of bearing witness for Christ within our own realm of influence. Though most of us are not in a congressional sphere, our own circle of influence is vital for the Kingdom. Tradition has it that John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, declared that he signed the Declaration of Independence "with a great flourish" so England's "King George can read that without spectacles!" I love that. As the Body of Christ, I believe we are called to live lives that are so obviously Christ-like that no one has to wear spectacles to recognize us as Christians.

Enjoy this holiday weekend, and make sure you “sign your name with a flourish,” boldly proclaiming Christ within your own circle of influence.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young