Category Archives: Coming and Going

Brennan Manning. 1934-2013

With heavy hearts we share with you today a statement from the website of beloved author Brennan Manning.

It is with mixed emotions that we must tell you that on Friday April 12, 2013, our Brother Brennan passed away.

While he will be greatly missed we should all take comfort in the fact that he is resting in the loving arms of his Abba.

Sincerely,
Art & Gerry Rubino

 

The written works of Brother Brennan have touched our lives and helped us draw closer to the relentless love of our Abba Father, we are so grateful for his willingness to be honest and vulnerable so that we in our own brokenness could begin to understand how much Abba loves us.

He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. – 2 Timothy 4:7 & Psalm 116:15

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Condolences can be made at the Brennan Manning Facebook page. Purchase Brennan’s books here.

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Help Support the film Reconciliation @ The Attic Film Fest !

Hey friends, an amazing opportunity has come to our attention and we wanted to let you know about it.

The Attic Film Fest (TAFF), Austin’s own independent Christian film festival, brings you Reconciliation, a Clean Freak Production at Alamo Draft House, 2700 W Anderson Ln, from Noon – 3:00. Reconciliation won for Best Feature at TAFF 2012.”

If you have not seen this film check out the trailer and then come experience it on the big screen.

If you have seen this film come anyway and lend your support to a very moving and important story!

Here’s the info

When & Where:
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Doors Open 12:00 Noon – Show Runs – 12:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Alamo Draft House, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX
Tickets & Info:
Tickets are $5.00
Food Service Available
TAFF Rating: PG-16 (for content including gay lifestyles, gay issues, and AIDS.)

You can go here for tickets!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/29541342″>RECONCILIATION – Now Available on DVD</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user5069147″>RECONCILIATION MOVIE</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Special Invitation

This Friday night Life+Guard Ministries Austin would like to invite you to a special ” Friends and Family ” night . Every other week in our support group setting we have a ” Friends and Family” night where we invite people to come and be a part of the group but this Friday we will be guests at Austin Christian Fellowship and they are providing us with some really awesome live music so we decided to make it a special event where more friends and family can come and learn more about our support group . So please invite your friends, invite your family and come join us @ 7 p.m at Austin Christian Fellowship!

 

If you would like to know more about Life+Guard Ministries Austin please click the link above or send us an email!

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Fun times at the Exodus Freedom Conference !

Randy made this video with a few friends (Brenna Kate Simonds, Katie Brown, Kristin Graham, Jim Burroway, Brenna Kate’s friend) and you can read his blog post about it here . It was just fun and silly and a nice bit of down time with some good friends! See,Freedom conferences aren’t all workshops and serious conversations, there’s fun weird stuff too!

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Leaving Dallas…

It’s official.  I am leaving Dallas and moving back to my homeland Austin.

I’ve been waiting to make this “announcement” ( I don’t feel like my moving is news enough to make it worthy of a real announcement) for a little while.  It’s taken a little while to really get a good grasp on how I feel about this new direction.

Ever since June and the HUGE-CHANGE-THE-WAY-I-THINK-ABOUT-ALL-OF-MY-PLANS-FOR-MY-LIFE experience that was the Exodus Freedom Conference, I’ve known that things would have to be different… which was challenging. Colliding with the Exodus experience was a new role I’d recently taken on at work, the role I had moved to Dallas to earn, and I wasn’t quite sure that this new passion that was beginning to burn inside of me was reason enough to completely change paths.

God, however, was sure… and He’s used every day since the conference to make it abundantly clear that my job and His plan were incompatible with each other.

It’s been a painful time for me, I’m not going to lie, even though I know the new direction my life is taking is right, the process of becoming sure has been painful. It’s funny, we ask God for clarity, for wisdom, for direction, for signs… even for proof sometimes, but I’m not sure we know what we’re asking for. Had I known, for instance, that clarity would come with heartache, that wisdom would be developed through facing injustice and having my character questioned, or that direction would be given in the midst of my weeping in humiliation, I might not have asked for them. =)

The good news is that today I know things about myself, and God, that I didn’t know the day I kissed my Mom goodbye and moved to Dallas. And I think learning these things the way I’ve had to learn them has been necessary to  becoming the person God created me to be.

I am thankful.

Not only for the opportunity to come to know God in the way that being here “on my own” has given me, but for the friendships that I’ve developed while I’ve been here. For the people who’ve been faithful in helping me feel supported and less alone.  There aren’t words for what they mean to me.

So there you have it.

-Katie

 

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Shake It Out

The last part of October was a rough road (sorry about the long pause), but we’re back at it.

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around

All of these questions, such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a fine romance but it’s left me so undone
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Oh woah, oh woah…

And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my rope
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

PressPressPress…

Forgot to mention this back in September, but Kristin and I were asked to do a little interview with the Houston Chronicle at the Love Won Out conference. I’m not sure how they got that I am a youth minister out of our conversation, but oh well. What can you do?

Houston Chronicle Article 

-Katie

 

 

 

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Proud sisters are we!

This is Kaylan, youngest member of Tribe Brown. She’s on her way back to the US after spending a week in Haiti with a group from her church.

Kaylan has an openness of heart that inspires and humbles me and I’m proud to be her older sister. =)

Please join us in praying for a safe return for she and the group she traveled with!!

-Katie

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