Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am Debbie Riggsby and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you...feel free to email me at

Bless to me…

“Bless to me….” has been a familiar prayer for me during the last several weeks. I’ve asked God’s blessings and presence in the midst of doing my to-do list, writing sermons, preparing worship, feeling weary, driving, buying groceries, and being with family. How about you? Have you deepened your life with God by praying for blessings? God’s blessings come in any moment, any encounter, and any situation. By asking for God’s blessings, we open ourselves to God ... Read More »

Simple Things…

What is something simple, small, and insignificant in your life?  It is probably something we use every day such as a favorite coffee cup, a set of car keys, a cap, or a well-worn tool–like a kitchen knife that I usually grab when I chop anything.  One of my first thoughts was my smart phone which is essential but definitely not simple or insignificant.  Yet it connects us with people and often distracts us from being present in the moment.  ... Read More »

Hand in Hand

Last weekend, Lew and I were taking care of Arden 3 3/4 and Morgan 2.  We had a great time playing on the playground, eating out, going to the Playplace at the Galleria, painting, and going to the Carrollton library.  We made some great memories!  On Saturday evening, the girls were tired.  So were we.  It seemed we were just holding on in keeping everyone occupied.  Soon the garage door opened up and their parents, Kelly and Matt, walked in ... Read More »

At a distance?

How we enjoy our friends and family!  We like to be with them, talk with them, and do things with them.  Our lives are blessed with our relationships with family and friends.   Sometimes our words and our actions cause hurt and pain.  We put distance between us and others.  Over time the distance grows.  When we see the other person, we avoid and walk away.  Sound familiar with anyone in your life?  I can name a few persons whom I’ve ... Read More »

Have you noticed?

Have you noticed the excitement and enthusiasm in our midst in worship?  With new members, new guests, children, and youth in a worship experience that engages us, God’s grace is rippling through our church family.  I’m humbly amazed and grateful!             This Sunday, we’ll step into the ripples of God’s likeness among us with Pastor Beatriz Pacheco sharing the message and leading the sacrament of Holy Communion.  We’ll also hear from Anita Davis, director of Duncanville Outreach Ministry for our Communion ... Read More »

Finding Connections…

Have you ever been totally amazed to have a conversation with someone with whom you had nothing in common to find connection and God’s grace in the midst?             I sat down with a young adult recently to talk about faith.  I figured that we would not see eye-to-eye.  But instead we had similar understandings of God at work in the world and our lives.  We experienced God’s grace in our time together.             In Acts 10, Peter receives an eye-opening vision ... Read More »

What are your stories?

The disciples experienced Jesus alive in their midst after the resurrection.  They were filled with joy that radiated out from them.  They shared their stories with others in ripples that continually widened the circle of their community.  In Matthew 28: 16-20, Jesus empowers the disciples to keep sharing their stories of their experiences of the risen Christ to continually widen the circle.              What stories do we have of the risen Christ?  Will we share them?  In Christ alive, Debbie Read More »

Holy Week is here!

We’re in Holy Week when we remember all that happened in Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday to Easter morning.  We’ve created engaging worship that will touch our hearts and move us into deeper and loving relationship with God and others.  Come and be with us!  Maundy Thursday – April 13 at 7 pm Good Friday – April 14 at 7 pm Easter – April 16             7 AM – Easter Sunrise with El Lugar De Su Gracia             11 AM – Easter Celebration  Looking forward to ... Read More »

What are you tempted with?

I had several things I wanted to give up for Lent to be with God.  Still trying but not succeeding.  I’ve realized that even though I wanted to be more with God my heart wasn’t really into the letting go.  Needless to say that I have been tempted with activities when I’m tired or exhausted.  Sometimes the temptations come as rewards after a long and busy day.  When are you tempted?             Another question to ponder is what are you tempted ... Read More »

Being Lost…

One of the regular questions at the Riggsby house is “Where is my ____________?”  Keys, glasses, checkbook, purse, and other essential items fill in the blank.  We’re always misplacing if not losing something.             But what if we’re the one that is lost?  I find that I may be on the path in the morning and off by the path in the afternoon.   I do realize that sometimes the path is the one I created and chose.  Often I become lost ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?