No More Drowning in Debt

Stories
John Alexander in front of Parkway Fellowship

In 2015, my finances were a mess. I had maxed out my credit and had nowhere else to turn. I owed more than twice my annual salary, and no matter how hard I worked and what extra jobs I did, our debt was only increasing under the weight of high interest rates. I was stuck, in bondage, literally living out the words in Proverbs, “…the borrower is a slave to the lender.” To top it all off, my wife had no idea. Sure, she knew we had “a little debt,” but not to the extent it truly was. I knew it was time to tell her the truth and own the fact that I had led us poorly in the area of finances. It was one of the hardest conversations I’ve ever had. Trust was broken. Pain was deep. I found myself broken on the floor of my living room with no one else around as I cried out to God for help. And help, He did! But to fully understand it, I’d like to rewind the story ten more years.

No one ever wakes up, suddenly, under mountains of debt. Large debts almost always start small. For us, it was the purchase of a brand-new SUV. In preparation of having our first child, we decided to get rid of our older car that was beginning to give us problems. To this day, I still remember that feeling of “I probably shouldn’t,” as we agreed to the deal. But with two incomes, we were fine. That was until my wife never returned to work after our daughter’s birth…a day I knew was coming even as I signed my name on the contract. I justified it with “I could always sell it if things got too tight,” but it’s easy to fall in love with the new and flashy, expecting grown-up rewards before you’ve ever really grown up. Plus, as a people pleaser and wanting to make my wife happy, I wasn’t willing to have the hard conversation.

John and Kendra Alexander selfieFrom that point on, finances were tight, and I should have sat down with my wife right then. But pride, also, got in the way, and I was determined to fix it myself since the “family finances were my responsibility.” It’s funny how God never allows the son He loves to go undisciplined, and He didn’t with me. He allowed our A/C to go out. Cha-ching! He allowed over $5000 of mold damage to ravage the back wall of our house due to a faulty re-roof job, of which insurance denied. Cha-ching! We had more kids. CHA-CHING!!! One after another. Year after year. Cha-ching. Cha-ching. Cha-ching! Which brings us back to my living room carpet soaked in tears…where my Heavenly Father wanted me all along.

So, what did HE do? He brought us a Godly couple to counsel us through the hard conversations, budgeting, and difficult decisions, including my wife having to go back to work. He provided anonymous envelopes in our mailbox with date-night gift cards. A dear family gave us money for one-fifth of our mold damage. Instance after instance, time and time again, God came through, and what took us 10 years to build up, God tore down in a little over five years. Today, we are debt free! Only God could do that. And guess what? That SUV still sits in my driveway…with 200,000 miles on it, of course. God is good!

John Alexander Signature

WHY VOLUNTEER?

Get Connected

Volunteering on a ministry team is the fastest way to get connected to others at Parkway Fellowship. You will build friendships and camaraderie with those you serve with and you will make connections that will last into eternity.

Use Your Skills

God created each of us with specific talents and gifts which we can use to have a positive impact on others. We have a variety of opportunities to fit everyone's unique gifts and abilities.

Grow Spiritually

Volunteering at Parkway Fellowship is a great way to grow in your relationship with God and show God’s love to others. Be serving others, you demonstrate the attitude Jesus modeled when he walked on earth. In giving of yourself, you’ll discover why Jesus put such a high priority on serving when he said “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others.”

SIGN UP NOW>>

Get Baptized

Baptism is a visible sign that you have asked Jesus to forgive you for your sin and you are now in a relationship with Him. It signifies your inward reality that you have been washed clean because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Baptism also identifies you as a follower of Jesus and a member of God’s family.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BAPTISM NOW>>

Learn More About Parkway Fellowship

Our Membership Lunches are a great way to meet other folks who are also new to Parkway, as well as learn more about the things we believe and value. You will also learn how we operate and have a chance to get to know some of our staff. We will even give you the opportunity to become a member if you so choose.

SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP CLASS NOW>>

Become a Christ-follower

Becoming a Christ-follower is not about you doing anything for God. It's about what God did for you. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you. And He did that over 2,000 years ago because He knew that you were going to need it. He knew you were going to mess up, going to sin, and need to have those sins forgiven by God. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, his death provides the way for you to have that forgiveness (for everything) and allow you to have a relationship with God here on earth and spend forever in heaven when you die. Watch the video below for more information.

If you prayed with Pastor Mike to become a Christ-follower, we encourage you to do 3 things immediately.

  • Call someone who will be excited for you about your decision and tell them that you have become a Christ-follower.
  • Begin to attend church every week you are able so you can learn more about Christ and grow in your faith.
  • Become baptized as soon as possible.

    Let us know you became a Christ-follower >>

ATTEND NEW CHRIST FOLLOWER CLASS

Building the right foundation is important in the life of a new Christ-follower. There are lot of questions about God, the Bible, and faith that new Christ-followers may have. The New Believer Class is designed to answer questions about faith and equip a new believer for the next steps in their new life following Jesus Christ.

We have three different classes designed for adults, students and kids during the last service on Sunday. Submit this form to sign you or your student/child up!

SIGN UP NOW>>

Back to School Family Prayer & Worship Night

Sunday, August 18. 6:30-8:00pm

With each new school year comes excitement and anticipation - AND there’s no better way to begin than with prayer and worship! 

Our Back to School Family Prayer and Worship Night will focus on prayer for God’s favor and protection over our students, teachers, schools, and families. It will also include words of inspiration, scripture, and worship songs led by our student worship team. 

Plan for your family to attend on Sunday night, August 18 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Westpark location gym or the North Katy location worship center.

Desiring to Go Deeper?

Over and over again our Small Group Leaders tell us their relationship with Christ grew tremendously while leading a Small Group.

If you desire to go deeper by leading a Kids, Student or Adult Small Group, then we encourage you to step out in faith and text LEAD to 70506.

There’s still time! Small Group registration begins on August 25.

On the Brink of Something Good

Bring Your Bible This Sunday!

Sometimes we are on the brink of God doing something good in our lives. If we can avoid selfish and lack of faith choices, we won’t waste years of our lives just a short distance from the border of something great. Instead, we will see God do something incredible in us and through us.

August 4 - Complaint Department
August 11 - When Faith Overcomes Fear
August 18 - Tearing Down the Facade

Watch all our Messages Here

Next Series - Take the Plunge

Baptism can be confusing. Yet, it sets the pace for how closely we follow Jesus going forward. So how did baptism originate?  What does it mean? Why does it matter for me? Is it really a big deal? 

Aug. 25 - The Beginning of Something Great
Sept. 1 - Goin’ Under
Sept. 8 - Why Wait?

Belong: Restored - Women’s Gathering

October 25-26

The idea of being “restored” from a human perspective implies taking something back to its original condition, but God’s idea of restoration is so much bigger.

He doesn’t want to bring us back to a former condition but is working to shape and build us into all He wants us to become.

God is less about fixing and more about doing something completely new, and it’s more beautiful and amazing than we could imagine. Be sure to save the date!

Smalls Groups for Kids and Students

Kids & Students Small Groups start on Wednesday, September 11. If you would like to see your child or student (PreK – 12th Grade) to grow deeper in their relationship with God, be sure to sign them up for a Small Group.

It’s one of the most important things to get on their schedules! Registration opens Sunday, August 25

Get Baptized

Baptism is a visible sign that you have asked Jesus to forgive you for your sin and you are now in a relationship with Him. It signifies your inward reality that you have been washed clean because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Baptism also identifies you as a follower of Jesus and a member of God’s family.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BAPTISM NOW>>

Learn More About Parkway Fellowship

Our Membership Lunches are a great way to meet other folks who are also new to Parkway, as well as learn more about the things we believe and value. You will also learn how we operate and have a chance to get to know some of our staff. We will even give you the opportunity to become a member if you so choose.

SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP CLASS NOW>>

ATTEND NEW CHRIST FOLLOWER CLASS

Building the right foundation is important in the life of a new Christ-follower. There are lot of questions about God, the Bible, and faith that new Christ-followers may have. The New Believer Class is designed to answer questions about faith and equip a new believer for the next steps in their new life following Jesus Christ.

We have three different classes designed for adults, students and kids during the last service on Sunday. Submit this form to sign you or your student/child up!

SIGN UP NOW>>

Become a Christ-follower

Becoming a Christ-follower is not about you doing anything for God. It's about what God did for you. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you. And He did that over 2,000 years ago because He knew that you were going to need it. He knew you were going to mess up, going to sin, and need to have those sins forgiven by God. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, his death provides the way for you to have that forgiveness (for everything) and allow you to have a relationship with God here on earth and spend forever in heaven when you die. Watch the video below for more information.

If you prayed with Pastor Mike to become a Christ-follower, we encourage you to do 3 things immediately.

  • Call someone who will be excited for you about your decision and tell them that you have become a Christ-follower.
  • Begin to attend church every week you are able so you can learn more about Christ and grow in your faith.
  • Become baptized as soon as possible.

    Let us know you became a Christ-follower >>

WHY VOLUNTEER?

Get Connected

Volunteering on a ministry team is the fastest way to get connected to others at Parkway Fellowship. You will build friendships and camaraderie with those you serve with and you will make connections that will last into eternity.

Use Your Skills

God created each of us with specific talents and gifts which we can use to have a positive impact on others. We have a variety of opportunities to fit everyone's unique gifts and abilities.

Grow Spiritually

Volunteering at Parkway Fellowship is a great way to grow in your relationship with God and show God’s love to others. Be serving others, you demonstrate the attitude Jesus modeled when he walked on earth. In giving of yourself, you’ll discover why Jesus put such a high priority on serving when he said “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others.”

SIGN UP NOW>>

Student Small Groups Locations

North Campus

Junior High & High School Meet at the North Katy Location

Westpark Campus

Junior High

Parkway Fellowship Westpark Gym

High School - Sunday Night

9th-12th Grade - Hideout - Westpark Campus

High School - Wednesday Night

9th Grade- Justice Home
10th Grade - Jacobson Home
11th Grade - Powers Home
12th Grade - Pressley Home

 

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