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The Bible

The Bible The Holy Bible was written by divinely inspired authors and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humankind. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. It will remain the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinio...

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About

About Deeply rooted in faith. Links Staff Executive Board Cooperative Program Affiliation Packet Historical Collection Employment Newsroom Downloads Contact @texasbaptists facebook.com/texasbaptists Baptist General Convention of Texas 7557 Rambler Road Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75231-2388 (888)244-9400 Mission The Baptist General Conv...

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Adult Discipleship

Christians are to be disciples and make disciples, and Texas Baptists want to do both well. The information on this page is intended to help church leaders with relationships and resources to enhance the discipleship process. Texas Baptist Educator's Network The Texas Baptist Educator's Network connects leaders of education and di...

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Bible Study Resources

Bible Study Resources Resourcing the church to fulfill God’s mission. The Bible Study/Discipleship team exists to provide consultations, training, special events, tools and resources to help Texas Baptist congregations develop Acts 1:8 believers. Transformational Church “Transformational Church" is a new church revital...

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Childhood Discipleship

Childhood Discipleship Teaching children about Christ's love on their level of understanding and growth can be a challenging task. We assist in updating and enhancing the Preschool and Children's Ministries of your church by providing resources on-site and via phone consultations. THE 2017 CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY MINISTRY SUMMIT Augu...

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Creation Care

Creation Care Earth is our home. It is beautiful and amazing. It's a fabulous system of interconnected life. The Creator of Earth sustains this life and instructs us to join in that sustaining effort. The more we understand Earth's life systems, the more we will be able to hear with clarity and urgency what the Bible says about ou...

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Terrorism, War & Peace

Terrorism, War & Peace War continues to mar the history of humankind with its frightful costs in human life, money, morals, and spiritual values. We persist in avoiding "what makes for peace and for mutual edification" (Romans 14:19). Christians have developed a theology of "just war," but all war is terrible. We promote peace...

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Infertility & Medical Options

Infertility & Medical Options Some couples blame God for their inability to conceive and bear children. Others blame themselves. They may interpret their infertility as a punishment for some past sin. The Crisis of Infertility While many couples have experienced the blessing which concludes Psalm 128, “Your wife will be...

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Living with the Death of a Child

Living with the Death of a Child How do we respond to the death of a child? How do we cope with a parent’s worst nightmare? Introduction The telephone’s rasping jangle roused us from deep sleep in our home in Kediri, East Java, Indonesia, where we were serving as missionaries. Reaching the telephone, I heard our oldest...

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Elective Death: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

Elective Death: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide Baptists affirm the special significance of human beings in Gods creative activity. Death can never be taken lightly and is ever accompanied by a sense of tragic loss. At the same time, many Baptists have been unwilling to turn this belief into an absolute aversion to death...

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Crisis at the End of Life

Crisis at the End of Life Introduction Part of our witness to the world revolves around how we approach and experience death. In her book, Call to Commitment, Elizabeth O’Connor tells the story of the beginning of the Church of the Savior in Washington, DC. The founding pastor, Gordon Cosby, received a vision for the church...

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Organ Donation

Organ Donation Organ transplants have the potential to bless persons with the gift of extended life. As stewards of the gifts of grace and life, Christians can interpret and utilize transplant technology to serve God’s purposes. Organ donation can give redemptive, life-giving meaning to a tragic death. Advances in medical te...

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Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities

Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities Sixth to Eighth Graders Your Opinion Please This activity will help youth examine their knowledge and beliefs about substance abuse and provide them with accurate information about the effects of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 10:10. Learning Activity... Anti-Dr...

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Feeling Good About Taking a Stand

Feeling Good About Taking a Stand Learning Activity for Junior High and High School students Expected Outcome: Youth will think about their beliefs regarding drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and they will learn what some adults in their congregation believe about these topics. They also will discover what the Bible teaches about the...

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Building a Positive Self-Image in Teens

Building a Positive Self-Image in Teens Building Positive Self-Image in Teens When, as parents and youth leaders, we talk about a person’s self-concept, we are talking about the total perception an individual has about himself or herself, that is, being able to answer the questions “Who am I?” and “Who am I in relation to...

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Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs T. Furman Hewitt, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Prepared for the North Carolina Dept. of Human Resources Pages 11-30 reprinted with permission. I. Attitudes Toward Alcoholic Beverages in the Bible The Production and Use of Wine and Beer in the Near EastThe use...

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Foundational Virtues

Foundational Virtues The Meaning of Community For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. . . .But God has...

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The Bible and the Twelve Steps

The Bible and the Twelve Steps STEP 1: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable. Proverbs 23: 29-35Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Those who tarry long over wine, at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder… “They stuck me,” you will say “but...

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Called

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Michael Evans is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He explains the experience that led him to vocational ministry, wanting to live the life of Christ. After drifting away from God, and returning, Lynn Harper tells of how God burdened him for others' salvation, an...

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United We Build

United We Build United We Build helps churches raise money for purchasing property for new construction, renovation and other capital needs. Usually these are expenses a church cannot afford without a special campaign. The three-year program, built on the principles of prayer and God's leaderships, leads members to make a commitme...

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Training & Resources

Pray 4 Every Home What if we prayed for every home in Texas? Prayer is the first step of evangelism! We encourage believers to join a collaborative prayer effort of many churches to pray for every household in the state--by name. Imagine what God might do! Click here to learn more. KidsFaith What could be more exciting and rewardi...

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Don't try to ignore crime. It doesn't exist in an isolated realm of dark alleys, prisons or "other" areas of town. They affect every community, every congregation, everyone. In your own church, you’ll find not only victims of crime. You’ll find those who commit crimes, former offenders, and their families...

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Called - Understanding the Bible for women who feel called to ministry

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Understanding the Bible for women who feel called to ministry By Meredith Stone Discussions of how women should be involved in ministry and the church in particular have been happening for many years. Many young women who feel called to ministry have grown up in church...

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Called - Follow Me

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Follow me By Jane Wilson Christ's call is clear: "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). We do not know the specifics of such an invitation, but we know the Person issuing it. Every Christian is called by God to serve Him. Some are called...

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Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage

Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage Same-sex marriage has become legal throughout the United States for the first time in history. This change represents a culture shift that has been both rapid and momentous. American Christians who seek to build their faith from the Bible find that several ethical/theological positions are rele...

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Discipleship

The Texas Baptist Discipleship team exists to provide consultations, training, special events, tools and resources to help Texas Baptist congregations develop into great commission churches. What’s the first Bible passage that comes to mind when I say, “Discipleship?” For many, it’s Matthew 28:19-20, which...

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Acteens

Acteens Imagine if teenage girls in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU provides resources to help guide teen girls to a great...

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Mission Friends

Mission Friends Imagine if preschoolers in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU believes that seeds of faith in God and love fo...

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Multicultural WMU

Multicultural WMU LINKS Hispanic Churches WMU Calendar Contact WMU MULTICULTURAL WMU A call to follow Jesus as His disciple involves engaging in His mission throughout the world. Every church is uniquely gifted and equipped to do that. WMU of Texas works with a variety of ethnic churches and fellowships to create culturally-approp...

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Girls in Action

Girls in Action Imagine if girls in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU provides resources to help guide young girls to a grea...

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Young Adults – myMission

Young Adults – myMission Imagine if young women in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." Whether on college campuses, working professionally, or nurturing young children of their own, groups of young women are reaching the world for Christ. WMU pr...

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Adults on Mission

Adults on Mission Adults who are personally engaged in missions activities and learning have contagious enthusiasm! They radiate joy and compassion. They invest in what they know matters most – their relationship with Christ and relationships with others. WMU offers resources to help cultivate a biblical worldview that compels C...

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Women on Mission

Women on Mission Women who are personally engaged in missions activities and learning have contagious enthusiasm! They radiate joy and compassion. They invest in what they know matters most – their relationship with Christ and relationships with others. WMU offers resources to help cultivate a biblical worldview that compels Chr...

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Youth on Mission

Youth on Mission Imagine if teenagers in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU provides resources to help guide students to a gr...

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Success Stories

"Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9 Bikeout Hunger Going Fast Makes the Climb Worth It SAN SABA – Today was a great day of riding! The team traveled from Fredericksburg to San Saba, a...

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Immigration

Immigration The Bible says we are to treat people from other nations with honor and respect. It is helpful to remember the whole world belongs to God. People who cross national borders to flee from poverty and danger today are our neighbors even if not authorized to be here. Online Resources Immigration in the United States Only N...

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Justice

Justice A central theme of the gospel is the coming of the kingdom of God. When God is allowed to reign in lives, justice becomes important. Followers of Christ become sensitive to injustices, especially when they victimize suffering and marginalized people. And when they see injustice, they do not stand by quietly; they actively...

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Urban Church Leadership Certification – Personal & Spritual Development

Urban Church Leadership Certification Personal & Spiritual Development Session 1  In session one, we begin by discussing the importance of scripture, and then moving into an appropriate way to interpret the word. This session though certainly not a course in hermeneutics’ will be a great help to you in Biblical inte...

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Go Now Missions: Last minute choice and provision

In late March during one of our weekly BSM Bible studies, an Alaskan missionary named Brenda Crim began speaking about her ministry and the Alaskan culture that she is trying to reach. I began to think to myself, "If I were to actually do any summer mission, this would probably be the closest to perfect for me." Well, that feeling...

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Snapshot from the field

May 18-20, 200 Go Now Missionaries gathered at Dallas Baptist University for Orientation. They were prepared for service through worship, training sessions and seminars. On Sunday, May 19, family and friends were invited to attend a Commissioning Service. Below is a peek into orientation from some of our students. Our Go Now studen...

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Guarneri: Bible calls Christians to embrace diversity

SAN ANTONIO - The bible calls believers to embrace diversity, not just tolerate it, according to Julio Guarneri, who presented the Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting sermon July 14. Using Acts 1:8 and Revelation 7:9 as his guiding texts, Guarneri, pastor for Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, preached that God's hea...

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Heart notes about my time with Russian orphans

June 1 - While in the city we have been given the opportunity to volunteer at a local hospital. Children who are removed by social services from problem homes or Russia's streets are taken to this hospital. Here the children are evaluated and diagnosed medically. It is then decided whether the children will enter into something sim...

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Down to get a free snow cone

At Texas A&M University-Kingsville, our BSM has been blessed with close relationships between our staff and the University's personnel responsible for all freshman orientations, welcome week and student affairs. Because of this friendship, we have been given the opportunity to serve the incoming freshman week after week while t...

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Baby Boomers: A harvest waiting to take place

ALLEN - The largest cohort of Americans also happens to be the one that's living longer than all those who came before it.That's no coincidence, claims Amy Hanson, the featured speaker at a conference entitled "Catching the Baby Boomer Wave," sponsored by Texas Baptists' Bible Study/Discipleship Department, First Baptist Church in...

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Survivors Struggle on in Japan

For most of the world, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 is old news. Explosions, tornadoes, hurricanes, wars, and rumors of wars have shuffled Japan's troubles further and further behind the proverbial front page. But, for many victims, the disaster that stole their homes and neighborhoods is anyth...

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Memorial set for HSU Senior Taylor Huff

Memorial service arrangements for Taylor Huff have been set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Church on Rush Creek: Green Oaks Campus, 2350 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., in Arlington, TX, 76017.Huff passed away in a pedestrian/vehicle accident in Abilene early Sunday. He was a member of the Hardin-Simmons football team an...

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Doctrine and Dialogue

Every Friday Students at the University of North Texas BSM and discuss different topics of Christian belief in an activity called Doctrine and Dialogue. At Noon students come together and talk about a chapter from the book Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem. In this book students are taught systematic theology in short chapters&hell...

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"Toma" on Margarita

MARGARITA, Venezuela - A "Toma" is a "taking" in Venezuela, a term used for an invasion of a territory. Paul and Delia Lozuk have used this strategy for evangelism on Margarita Island, invading the area for Christ as a rescue mission. A man named Omo came out of this "toma" on Margarita.On a Friday afternoon, the missions team divi...

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Connecting religious liberty and evangelism

Evangelism and missions can be conducted openly and forthrightly only in an environment that fosters and protects religious liberty. The United States, with its constitutional protections, is a shining example of this reality, while nations with limits on religious expression are examples of the opposite.Brent Walker, in the Januar...

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How to seek God through frustration

GEORGETOWN - Frustration is a theme everyone will journey through at one point or another, according to Dave Edwards, keynote speaker for the Single Adult Rally on Apr. 5, "One is a whole number.""Frustration occurs anytime our expectations and reality collide," Edwards shared with single adults from across the state.Referencing Ge...

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Eager to learn in Juarez

JUAREZ, Mexico - In 2013, Phil Miller, director of Bible Study/Discipleship, and Daniel Rangel, director of River Ministry and Mexico Missions, traveled to Juarez, Mexico, to bring attention to the growing need in the churches to receive training on teaching and sharing the gospel with others. The main focus of the training was how...

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Beyond the Trip

The following was written and compiled by members of the Missions Mobilization Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. This guide is designed to be used on a mission trip to prepare your group for what you can do when you get back to your community. For more information about this material or about how to get involved in m...

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I don't fit in this country

I have never, in all of my life, consistently been the tallest person in the room, but that happens here a lot... that is unless my 6' 8" supervisor is with us. I really have no idea how he does it, because bus seats, taxi roofs, doorways, and even some covered walkways are too small for me. I find myself bending over much more fr...

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Park Ministry in Alaska

The first day in the park we introduced the kids to the Bible. We told them that the Bible is God's word and that everything in it is true. Every child that stayed for story time was given a Bible that day. As soon as story time was over a group of them ran to the table and started reading Genesis 1. I was blown away!One of the gi...

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Follow me

Christ's call is clear:  "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). We do not know the specifics of such an invitation, but we know the Person issuing it.Every Christian is called by God to serve Him.  Some are called to specific places and specific tasks to which others may not be called.  ...

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Understanding the Bible for Women Who Feel Called to Ministry

Discussions of how women should be involved in ministry and the church in particular have been happening for many years. Many young women who feel called to ministry have grown up in churches that take one position or the other on the concern of women in ministry. These young women, then, may not be aware that differ...

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Jay Abernathy

Name: Jay Abernathy Wife: Kelle (McHan) Abernathy of Abilene, TX Children: Hannah (married to Trevor Brown, youth pastor at FBC Round Rock), Hayley (a Master's of Social Work student at Baylor), Caleb (a Freshman at Baylor) Church: First Baptist Church of Palestine, TX Number of years: 14 Attendance: 250 Where did you grow up? I s...

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Alaska: Satisfying physical and spiritual hunger

It is hard to believe I have now been serving with Alaska Missions in the Last Frontier for almost two months. There have been many up and downs, but through it all The Lord had moved in miraculous ways. After spending a week serving in Kodiak, Alaska, our team took a ferry back to the mainland, eventually settling in Anchorage. T...

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Racism undermines justice and unity

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24) A young man has been killed in Missouri. Michael Brown, an unarmed African American man, died from six gunshots fired by a white police officer. Race should not be an issue, but far too many African American men have died under simil...

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Internet Church and you

Live streaming, podcasting, providing worship services online…there are many different ways for churches today to offer online options for their congregations. What works for one church may not work for another, but there are a myriad of options available for churches interested in providing an online community, connections and...

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Retreating and embracing the Gospel

Every fall the BSM at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) takes their students on a retreat, usually somewhere close to campus, but far enough away to feel like we've escaped the bustle of school and replaced it with the serenity of the woods (even if we still have phone reception and Wal-mart is only 20 minutes away, in case w...

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Praying for opportunities on Engage 24

October 14, 2014 was the date for this year's Engage 24, a nationwide campaign for every Christian college student to share the Gospel with at least one person during that one day. Engage 24 falls in the middle of the semester, right about the same time as midterms, and it is a great reminder of the real reason we are where we are...

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A special weekend for Special Friends

CEDAR HILL—The 2014 Special Friends Retreat, hosted by Texas Baptists' Preschool and Children's Ministries, brought lots of smiles and laughter along with the opportunity for participants to share their talents on-stage. The retreat for the mentally challenged of ages 12 and older took place at two locations - one in Floydada on...

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Searching for Answers

As someone who spends most of their day on a college campus without going to classes, my heart breaks for the students around me who have no realization that the very God who created the enormities of the universe cares deeply for them and wants to have a relationship with them. Here at Tarleton State Universtiy, some of our stude...

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Ministry Profile: Christian Life Commission

Department: Christian Life Commission Staffers: Gus Reyes, Director; Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics & Justice, Coordinator, Texas Baptist Hunger Offering; Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy; Marilyn Davis, Congregational & Commission Specialist; Joyce Gilbreath, Hunger Offering Specialist; Julie Valentine, Mini...

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Boldness to further the Kingdom

"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'" Mark 16:15 This past week, on Monday I went along with two other volunteers and Rafiki Africa Ministries to a nearby community to evangelize the Gospel and to encourage the people that lived there. Upon our arrival we were met with a recent news...

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A community that prays without ceasing

In the past couple of weeks, we have begun conducting local interviews with students interested in applying for Go Now Missions this coming summer. One of the questions we ask is what the three things are that the potential missionary would want to first teach a new disciple of Christ, and though the answers vary, the overwhelming...

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Free coffee and Bibles

As the seasons change and the leaves begin to fall, the atmosphere of UTA changes. It is different than the beginning of the semester, when students nervously try to find their classes in the summer heat. At the beginning of the semester, students are very willing to try new things, to take a flier, and to perhaps ask what you are...

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Matt Snowden

"Joy. I love teaching on joy. The joy of the Lord is so powerful. It is a stream in the desert." -Pastor Matt Snowden Name: Matt Snowden Wife: Meredith Snowden Children: Molly Katherine and Wes Snowden (ages 8 and 7) Church: First Baptist Church Waco Number of years: Four and I/4 years Attendance: We have an active membership of 80...

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Prayer

If prayers were answered the way I wanted them to be, you probably wouldn't know me.Why? I'd be sitting on the beach, that I'd own or in a mountain cabin, which I'd also own. Without truly confessing anything, perhaps I've prayed to win the lottery. Well, not in so many words, but bought a ticket thinking God was on my side for the...

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Joy in suffering

"Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiri...

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​Depression Ripples

Depression is something we are becoming more aware of and less fearful of in our Christian circles. I'm thankful the information is available and glad we are becoming more comfortable with these discussions. But I think there is a piece that we sometimes miss. Depression has many ripple effects and spouses or loved ones are often...

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Questions and faith

Do you have questions and anxiety rise up when you think about sharing the Gospel? Will I know all the answers to their questions? What if they ask me something I can't explain? What if I stumble upon my words? Think about it from an unbeliever's perspective. What questions might stand in the way from receiving the Gospel? Can you...

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Freebie Wednesday

"We started on a shoestring and look how God has grown it. We are investing in our kids because they are the future… And a lot of these kids won't have a homemade meal like this until next Wednesday." Virginia Cloud, volunteer Almost every Wednesday during the school year, a group of volunteers gather in the Fellowship Hall of F...

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Teaching men to fish

The adage is well-known: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Texas Baptists are both "giving fish" and "teaching to fish" — physically and spiritually — by providing $103,000 to equip IMB missionaries to teach people how to sustain a fish farm in South America and...

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From the frontlines: Syrian refugees, harsh Lebanon winters and sharing the Gospel

Jihad Haddad is pastor of True Vine Baptist Church in Zahle, Lebanon, where winterization materials and the Gospel are being delivered to Syrian refugees who fled from the Syrian conflict that began in 2011. Haddad answered the following questions about how True Vine is ministering to the refugees. How is True Vine Baptist Church...

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Advocacy: Why Should Texas Baptists Care?

More Texans and more Christians should be engaged in our government, this is especially true of Christians. Only 9 percent of Texans have contacted their elected officials, according to the Annette Strauss Institute Texas Civic Health Index. Given the small number of Texans contacting their elected officials imagine the outsized in...

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Local Chinese restaurant opens doors for ministry in Big Spring

BIG SPRING—Community evangelism comes in all shapes and forms, but oftentimes begins with a simple conversation. For First Baptist Church in Big Spring, one small seed planted in a local Chinese restaurant has grown to form a much-needed ministry in the community. When Sherry Lindsey moved to Big Spring six years ago, she felt c...

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7 vital signs to check with your child

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. Luke 2:52 This school year has been marked by sickness. With two strains of the flu hitting in the fall, many schools were finding it difficult to have class. As we move through the winter months it appears that strep is now taking its toll. I called Urg...

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Trying to get this church-state thing right

Some Bible verses are so clear and direct they are like taking a finger in the eye; you can't ignore them. Paul seemed to specialize in the finger-in-the-eye genre, while generally, Jesus was more subtle, as if whispering a word one had to take some time to think about. In one of Paul's finger-in-the-eye passages, he told the Chri...

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Life in the small lane: Small Group life

I'm a Sunday School guy. I mean, a REAL Sunday School guy. For years, I went to bat for Sunday School over small groups. I used to believe small groups were going to be the death of Sunday School one day. I fought tooth and nail for churches to hang on to Sunday School. I preached the evils of small groups. And then I led one. Oop...

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College seniors: 4 assumptions about the real world to get out of your head right now

Congratulations! You're about to be a college graduate. You survived four(ish) grueling years of late nights and hard work to get that piece of paper you can frame at your new job. If you haven't done so already, now is a good time to put on your armor and gear up for the road ahead. Maybe it will be an easy initial transition for...

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Beach Reach: God would have to grant me faith

I will try to do the story about our new brother in Christ justice.... On the first night of Beach Reach, I met a guy named Chris while serving with the street team. During our conversation, the topic of faith came up and he began to debate with me about Christianity. Chris claimed to be a Lutheran, but it became very apparent tha...

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6 decisions staff children want you to make

Raising kids is messy! I don't mean teaching them to bake with flour all over the kitchen messy. I don't mean having muddy tracks through the house after playing outside messy. I don't mean the handprints on the wall, crayon murals in the bedroom or a water-logged baseboard around the tub messy. What I do mean is that raising kids...

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Operation Giver: Baptist Autonomy

Operation Giver is a project connecting young Texas Baptists with older professors, pastors and theologians to discuss Baptist Distinctives. Similar to the book, The Giver, our goal is to pass on wisdom from seasoned Baptists to the up-and-coming generation. While times continually change, the beliefs we share as Texas Baptists ha...

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My anti-shame campaign

For the next few minutes, I ask, no I beg you to put aside all political, religious and cultural opinions, but instead think back to a time when you felt humiliated, completely and utterly embarrassed. What other emotions does this moment in your past illicit? Is it sadness, tears, anger, depression? Now imagine if this moment of s...

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'A.D.' shows resurrection was not the end of the story

Easter ended this year with a very human tale on television. NBC aired the first episode of "A.D.: The Bible Continues," which started with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and will, in coming episodes, tell what happened afterward.Unlike the recent movie, "Noah," that had little resemblance to the biblical story, "A.D." r...

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#winning

The challenge of staying culturally 'relevant' as a church and as the Christian faith has become like a bi-athlete trying to hit a moving target. The exhausting task of trying to figure out what "the kids are into these days" can be confusing, deceiving and hopeless for the ill-equipped. Merely locating the target is no longer suff...

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More and more selfies are becoming about self-worth and value

I take them. You take them. We all take them.We take them at parties. We take them on the beach. We take them at gatherings. We take them in front of the mirror. We put them on Instagram. We wait for comments. What do selfies tell us about ourselves? Often, I find people who are in need of approval. They are hoping someone will co...

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Operation Giver: The security of the believer

Operation Giver is a project connecting young Texas Baptists with older professors, pastors and theologians to discuss Baptist Distinctives. Similar to the book, The Giver, our goal is to pass on wisdom from seasoned Baptists to the up-and-coming generation. While times continually change, the beliefs we share as Texas Baptists hav...

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Between a rock and a hard place

A friend shared with me a few days ago of feeling "between a rock and hard place." That's how it can feel when one seeks to stand for Christ in the midst of a wide array of competing interests in the broader public square, including the Christian portion of that square.Trying to stand for Christ and the things Christ valued is not...

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Can't we get rid of the Old Testament already?

This question is being asked more often. I was asked this just the other day by a group of 20- and 30-somethings whether or not we, as Christians, need to follow Old Testament regulations. When we talk about a theological position several considerations must be made. Proper biblical interpretation must find a balance among the scr...

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Giving Back

As you know, there are many expectations of a minister's wife, but none more important than she have a growing relationship with the Lord, a powerful prayer life and an erudite knowledge of the Scriptures.These expectations were very hard for me when David and I started our ministry in 1982 as I was a fairly new Christian. I had no...

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The Bible and family

Family stands at the core of our social existence. In an ideal world, a family includes a man, a woman, and children. The ideal is lifted up even though we face the reality that some families break apart or never exist as a committed whole.The Bible talks about some very dysfunctional families. Cain killed his brother, Abel. Abraha...

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Can I trust you?

Anyone who has been in leadership long can recall a person they could not trust. Some people are obvious, others covert. Pastor Scott was approached by a woman and his stomach began to churn. She had never done anything suspicious. It was just a feeling. The Spirit was giving him a nudge that he should not completely buy into what...

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Youth help rehabilitate homes in South Dallas through BOUNCE

Armed with hammers, power tools, paint and enthusiasm, 100 junior high and high school students flooded into South Dallas June 8-13 to help repair homes through Urban BOUNCE. The Texas Baptists Student Disaster Recovery program, which began in 2014, started a new track this year with an emphasis on urban areas in need of rehabilita...

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Sharing the greatest story in Hawaii

After a semester of trying to get our schedules to match up, I was finally able to take John on an adventure to Rainbow Falls. John is a student whom I've been blessed to grow close to over the last semester. He was not raised in a Christian home. He did not grow up going to church, or reading the Bible. He is not a believer. But h...

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Learning to love more in Houston

Camp Bethany is in full swing. Last week, we were praying for kids and this week we had them! It is hard to believe that we have only known these kids for five days. Already they have stolen my heart. I guess that is what pouring into someone for nine hours a day does to you.Although I feel like I know them very well, I am still fu...

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Learning more about Jesus in the midst of cultural shock

I've been serving in Southeast Asia for about three weeks and I've learned a lot of things, but one of the biggest lessons I've learned is that being a cross-cultural worker is hard. You arrive in a new culture and literally everything is different and those differences can be overwhelming. At first the newness is exciting – tryi...

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Lives added to the Book of Life in the Philippines

Once my team and I arrived in Bicol our team (of four Americans and me) grew and we added two translators, they were instantly part of our team! We headed out to the field last Saturday morning, to Apuao, a small island. The pictures I have taken don't do God's creation justice. Ate Annie, Deanna, Racheal and I headed to the villag...

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Moving Past #PrayforCharleston

Last Wednesday evening, a 21-year-old white man walked into Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sat through Bible study and then murdered nine African Americans: State Senator and Pastor Clementa Pickney; librarian Cynthia Hurd; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.; speech therapist and mom Sharonda Singleton; Bible study teacher Myra...

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4 Things to Leave Out of Your Next Sermon

It is Sunday morning. I have just finished teaching our young married class, have met with my Sunday prayer partner and am now gathering my stuff to go into the worship center. I have: My Bible, My notes, My phone, and My mic Now I am ready. Like you, we greet others in the hall and in the sanctuary. We shake hands, give hugs and...

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Jesus & “Jurassic World” (yes, I will connect them)

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of watching "Jurassic World." (My fellow staff members who attended the movie with me might not say the same. I am an action movie spaz, but that's besides the point.) It was super intense, but once I finally stopped shaking due to my muscles being clenched the whole time (in suspense, not fear, of...

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Keepin' It Real

I had been a Christian for only a couple of years when I met my husband. I was a new Christian, young and ridiculously on-fire for the Lord. He was young and solid and headed to seminary. Boom! Fireworks! Perfect match. We got married after college. I would love to tell you that it was happily-ever-after and nothing but mountain-to...

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The powerful truth about our identity

I've been called by many names in my lifetime. Nicknames like Rach, Rae or Cricket. I've been called champion, All-American, ambassador, athletic, healthy and creative. I've also been called names I don't wish to repeat.I believe names have meaning, names have a distinct purpose. Before we are born our parents mull over name after...

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Hispanic Baptists urged to stand firm in faith

AUSTIN - An estimated 11 million Hispanics live in Texas, with projections of Hispanics becoming the largest ethnic group in the state within a decade. Currently, there are more than 1,100 Hispanic Baptist churches seeking to share the Gospel with this ever-increasing ethnic group. This year, Convencion Bautista Hispana de Texas wa...

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Sharing a promise from God in Rhode Island

Growing up in the South meant everyone had heard of God and Christianity. That was just the way life was. Even if someone didn't believe, they were well aware of the faith. I hadn't met someone who had never heard of God. No matter where I had served on mission trips, the people I shared the Gospel with knew something about God and...

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African American Fellowship Emphasizes Faithfulness to God

SUGAR LAND – Amongst a chorus of amens, Pastor Oscar Epps of Community Missionary Baptist Church in Desoto brought a message of God's unconditional faithfulness. The African American Fellowship Conference kicked off on July 14, with the Culp Banquet, but the following morning brought a message from the president of the African Am...

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A call to pray during a time of prayer

I'm living in one of the largest Muslim-populated countries in the world. I'm only here for two months, but my trip is during a really interesting time. I had the opportunity to experience life here before, during and after two of the biggest holidays: Ramadan (fasting month) and Eid al-Fitr (festival of breaking the fast). While I...

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Reflections on my marriage: an amazing six months later

The last couple of weeks, news of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's divorce has swarmed the media. FOX News and CNN are running stories on it, as well as the usual pieces in People Magazine and Us Magazine. In 2010, Shelton told Us Weekly this would be his last marriage, and in his "God Gave Me You" music video we can see Lamber...

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Six months in Southeast Asia: the highs, the lows and God’s unfailing love

I have learned so much about God's character in the time I have been in Southeast Asia and this last month really helped me put all my thoughts together. First off, throughout my time there God continued to remind me of His perfect love. It always seems funny to me that He could show me such love in the middle of a red-light distr...

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Church reaches out to Russian-speaking Texans

PLANO—Children playing water games, listening intently to Bible stories and doing crafts—the scene looked like a typical American summer camp. That is until the children spoke and revealed their thick Russian accents.The summer camp, hosted by River of Life Church at Hunters Glen Baptist Church in Plano, comprised of about 50 c...

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Is your gift acceptable to God?

"Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation...

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What a beautiful refugee taught me about the American Dream

An estimated 30,000 refugees live within a three-mile portion of North Dallas called Vickery Meadow. In July, I had the priviledge to meet, visit and photograph (photos below) some of these beautiful Zomi refugees for a new Texas Baptists initiative called Project: Start. While much is being done in Vickery Meadow to aid refugees...

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Get to know: Charles Washington

Where do you serve and what is your role?I serve at the Texas Baptist Children's Home as the minister of youth and recreation.Most influential book you've read in the past two years?No More Excuses by Tony EvansWhat I love most about youth ministry is . . .Building relationships with youth. I love the aspect of community building b...

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Get to know: Dan McGlasson

1. Where do you serve and what is your role? I serve as Minister to Students at First Baptist Church in the center of the universe, El Paso, Texas. My responsibilities include the planning and coordination of the youth program, grades 6 through 12, along with general ministerial duties for the church 2. Most influential book you'v...

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5 important ways on how to finish strong

At 45, I am beginning to have thoughts of what it will take to finish strong. Sitting in the middle of life, I want to be able to approach retirement and grand-parenting with no regrets. How can I make the most of my choices now so I can finish strong? Someone once said, "One thing about getting old is that you can sing in the bath...

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Why it is important to live life with intentionality

I'm not an athlete by any stretch of the imagination. However, I was challenged about ten years ago by a friend to give running a try. "Running?" I asked. How funny is that! I had never been in any kind of sport in school. I did accept her challenge and began running with her. Physically, it was the hardest thing I had ever attempt...

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Opportunities for patience and obedience in the day-to-day

God's Provision at the Post Office A few weeks ago, I took an Iranian man, Robert*, to the post office to see if he could find some boxes he had been looking for in the mail for weeks. He shipped seven boxes of books to his new address here in Fort Worth before he left Malaysia about three months ago. The boxes were long overdue a...

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Encouragement to operate on faith

As long as I can remember, my mother validated her life by operating on faith. I was told that if you truly believed with all your heart that God is able, He will keep His promises. I've included some scriptures which remind me of His goodness, His grace and His mercy repeat in my mindset:Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of...

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Building Community Through the Observance of the Lord's Supper

There is not a Gospel message, which cannot be shared around the table, according to presenters at "Beyond Words: Building Community Through the Observance of the Lord's Supper", an Annual Meeting workshop led by Jennifer Garcia Bashaw, assistant professor of religion, and Emily Row Prevost, director of ministry guidance and assist...

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​Annual Meeting sermon: In an ever-changing world, dissension matters

Life is more than just football games and weather forecasts. God made us spiritual beings and therefore spiritual discussions matter, said Taylor Sandlin, pastor of Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, during the annual sermon for the 2015 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting.At the Monday morning worship session held at the Dr Pepper...

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When words are not enough

"Do this in remembrance of me." These words of Christ reverberate in the ears of His followers.He commands action. When words are not enough and language reaches its limit, Christians enter into Christ's suffering and death through the symbolism of the Lord's Supper.On Monday night, Texas Baptists gathered to take, eat and remember...

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Three students awarded scholarships for reflections on Baptist Distinctives

In the Tuesday morning session of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, Steve Vernon, associate executive director for Texas Baptists, introduced the winners of Texas Baptists' first sermon and essay scholarship contests.Baylor University senior Nate Hilgenkamp was the winner of the sermon contest, and was provided the opportunity to...

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Even the smallest gesture of obedience

Over Christmas break, Go Now Missions mobilized student missionaries around the world, including to New York, where a team served Chinese churches. Eliud Valle, student from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, tells a testimony from one of the unique encounters he had on the trip:I wasn't very excited about going out to random s...

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The ultimate harvester at work in East Asia

This past winter break I spent Christmas in East Asia meeting university students and spreading the Gospel to more than 100 people who had never even heard the name Jesus. Going to East Asia during Christmas opened a huge window of opportunities to share with students the true reason that we celebrate Christmas. Our outreach includ...

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Hundreds baptized at cowboy church crusade

Filthy white towels lay soaked on the concrete floor. Dirty water filled the tin trough. Food crumbs were sprinkled all around the worship center.The time had come to clean up after the Jan. 10-13 Main Event Crusade at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana (CCC). Church volunteers and leaders were tired. But most would say the spiritual e...

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Jamaica: Laying Foundations Physically and Spiritually

I spent the first week of 2016 in Harmons, Jamaica, serving with the Won By One to Jamaica project.During the week, I got to live out what I believe is God's calling for my life. I helped build a house and lay a foundation alongside Jamaicans while investing in their lives in order to show them who Christ is - the true foundation...

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5 Ways to spiritually fight for your kids

"Where is my wedding ring?" My heart started racing in panic.I noticed my ring was missing and immediately started to look around, thinking quickly about where it could be and why it wasn't on the ring holder like usual. My thoughts went to my then 4-year-old daughter, Rachel Beth. Immediately I questioned her. "Have you seen my we...

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The lives of immigrants can be seen in the migrants of Scripture

To help our culture and the body of Christ understand immigration, it is helpful to talk about it within the broader scope of migration in Scripture.The Bible deals extensively with migration and tells stories about real people who went through painful movements from one country to another, facing issues that are still relevant tod...

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How a small town church can make a big impact

Churches are often looking for ways to engage the community around them with the Gospel, to reach out to the unchurched and find an event which will pique their interest enough to begin a conversation. Small membership churches may find it difficult at times to host a large event due to limited budgets, resources, volunteers, faci...

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The oversaturated, overextended and overstimulated mind

In a world where contentment and happiness tend to be driven by the entertainment industry, and at a time when the entertainment industry is growing in innovative, all-encompassing ways of keeping our attention in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy to become addicted to an oversaturated, overextended and oversti...

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Lesson learned: The power of words for church leaders

I remember his faithfulness in leading out in the ministry of the church. I remember he was one of the most familiar faces from my childhood. What I will never forget about him is the Sunday evening he stood in a business meeting at our church to discuss some changes and he proclaimed "the church is gone." He was actually quoting...

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Ministry is done with people, not for people

I have often thought back to a meeting one afternoon with the "consultant" in regard to attendance. The church was at its lowest point in my tenure. I was desperately trying to figure out what our church could do in the midst of decline, and a neighborhood we seemed not to match up with. The "consultant" told me to build a church w...

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What Else Can a Parent Ask For

Since our two sons were little, we've stressed the importance of going to college and earning a bachelor's degree. Even more, we have stressed the need to go ahead and work towards earning a master's degree, since competition in the job market seems to increase every day. Now, our oldest is in his last semester of high school and...

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The art of one thing

Being the ultimate single-tasker, I often find myself overwhelmed with the aspects of ministry that resemble some version of juggling--believe me, those who've mastered tossing and catching chainsaws and things afire have nothing on today's ministry leader. But, more often than not, I have found the ability to hone in on one thing...

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A Holy Week reflection on suffering

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Christ and Him crucified.1 Corinthians 2:2 The cross of Jesus Christ is central to our faith, and its presence could not be more evident during this time of year. In this season, we remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We have prepared our hearts through Lent...

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Now What? What to do the Day After A Life-Changing Experience

We have all been there. We’ve gone to a life changing conference or heard an amazing sermon or even just had a really amazing quiet time to start our day and afterwards, we are super charged and ready to do amazing things for God. We are going to change the world! And then, we step outside our door or return home or enter our...

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Want to Minister to People Who Live with Mental Illness? Here’s Where to Start

Imagine this. You are a soldier, a veteran of war. The experiences that have made you stronger have also left your body marked by scars. The battles you have survived have helped you discover previously unknown parts of yourself that both make you proud and terrify you. Your training shows in the way you walk, the way you talk and...

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How to pray first, often and strategically

Recently, I posted about prayer on a social media account, because I was writing up course lessons for urban pastors. A wise friend commented and asked me the question, “How do you define praying strategically?” I wanted to briefly answer that question in a blog post. (Be on the lookout in September for a more extended...

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Missions: More than a trip, a lifestyle

One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Elliot, “So many missionaries, intent on something forget that His main work is to make something of them.” Missions can be more than a “trip” for your mission team if you seize the opportunity for discipleship. Training that takes place before the mission trip is an inv...

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GO: Family Missions

I used to think that being a “missionary” meant that you packed your bags to fly on an airplane to another country to do “missions.” In my mind, a “missionary” was someone who loaded his or her suitcase with American food like beef jerky and cheese crackers (just in case they didn’t like th...

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#YesAllWomen: How the Church Should Reflect Jesus’ Radical Ministry to Women

Over the last several days, I have read stories about violence against girls and women with increasing alarm. Just a snapshot of the headlines: Teenager Sentenced to 25 years for Killing A Girl Who Said No to Prom Father of former Stanford swimmer refers to sexual assault as ‘20 minutes of action’ A year after McKinney...

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Sharing the hope of Christ in East Asia

Walking down the city streets, I saw handicapped individuals selling lottery tickets and knock-off sunglasses to pay for their next meal. I saw a beggar crouched in the corner of a stairwell, his hands clasping a paper cup. I saw bald, orange-clad monks asking for food offerings for their monastery. I saw an old woman presenting dr...

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7 tips for seeking peace with African Americans

As we think about our role as peacemakers in racial reconciliation, Ephesians 2:11-16 details God’s heart for unity within the body of Christ. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the...

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Chaos should not surprise us

Our world seems to be drifting toward chaos. There is violence in our American streets and in our broader world. The killers of innocent people are moving us toward terror. In confusing times it can help to look back in time. One hundred and one years ago, a young man graduated from Yale Divinity School and moved to Detroit to beco...

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In His Kingdom: there’s never ‘being late’ but always ‘being perfect’

Susie* is a recent believer from a closed country who came to faith through the BSM on her campus. She was commissioned as a Go Now missionary this summer and below shares about her excitement over obtaining her visa to be able to go on her assignment. I have been waiting for my visa to go to my mission field for a long time and th...

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A first-hand Go Now Missions story

For those of us from a church context, the woman at the well is a familiar story. I encourage all of you to talk a minute to read John 4:7-42. This passage tells a story of a woman, who after encountering Jesus, immediately goes and tells everyone she knows about him. This is the account of what she did: “So the woman left he...

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Like Olympians, Christians are in Training, Too

The Olympics started last Friday, and I am already obsessed. I love watching their friends and family cheer them on. I love learning new names, new sports, and obscure countries, but I think for me the most exciting thing is knowing that this moment is the one they’ve waited four years for. This is the moment they bring all o...

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Biblical persuasion: The heart of evangelistic apologetics

I have been to countless evangelism events, conferences and training sessions over the years, but I cannot recall a single sermon, lesson or resource on the biblical concept of persuasion. Yet, I contend that persuasion is at the very heart of apologetics, and I dare say, it is at the heart of evangelism itself. I have to wonder if...

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Ministering where you are: The power of missional communities

As a softball player at The University of Texas at Austin, Stephanie Ceo spent a lot of time with her teammates on and off the field. One teammate, Rachel, was always kind and encouraging and also professed to be a Christian. Stephanie had been to church before and knew about God, but did not believe He existed. She had great diffi...

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Investing in the future of Texas through Collegiate Ministry

Much has been written about Gen Y and now Gen Z (just entering college). Tim Elmore offers excellent insights into the characteristics of both generations, growingleaders.com In campus ministry, some characteristics carry over into these upcoming generations. On college campuses in Texas, less than 5% are involved in a weekly Bible...

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Addiction and the church

Most people are somewhat familiar with the topic of addiction, whether it is through media, books, educational or prevention programs in the community; or perhaps at a more personal level, by struggling with addiction or knowing someone who is in that journey. The fact of the matter is that everyone has had an encounter with this i...

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Bacote: Permission to go out in public

This just in: Christians have permission to go out in public. Of course, this is not really news, but sometimes evangelical followers of Christ wonder if it is OK to get involved in their broader culture -- the world, the frightful, dangerous world where Satan can trip us up and snatch us away. The broader culture is rife with dang...

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Homes of transformation

Monica was like a lot of women who come to the growing network of house churches Paul Gonzales leads on the west side of San Antonio. She was struggling in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend of 10 years and didn’t know where to turn. She found support and encouragement from the roughly 20 Christians who gathered week...

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Keys to a Gospel-centered summer: Q&A with the Great Commission Team

Summer church ministry may look and feel a little different than other times of the year. From camps and kids programs to sports clinics and block parties, opportunities to engage your community with the Gospel are endless. We sat down with our Great Commission Team leaders to ask their perspective on all things evangelism and disc...

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Truth to be obeyed, not advice to be heeded

Some people have a sweet tooth; I have teeth made of sugar. My grande white chocolate mocha with extra whip and an extra pump of white chocolate epitomizes this. When the barista announces my coffee flavored sugar drink before the morning rush crowd, a tinge of shame comes over me. However, this shame subsides when she announces th...

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Corpus Christi Hosts First [un]Apologetic Conference

First Baptist Church Corpus Christi hosted its first [un]Apologetic conference south of Highway I-10 on May 5- 6. Three hundred and five people were present. Brian Hill, pastor of FBC Corpus Christi, said he prayed for over a year for an [un]Apologetic conference to take place in his church. His hopes are that the event "energizes...

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Dreams of Jesus in South Asia

Today marks one week since we left Dallas for this great adventure! Each day, we wake up to prayer walk and evangelize in the slums from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The people here are friendly and willing to talk. Let me share one encouraging story with you before we head out for another day. On our second day of evangelizing in the s...

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Cowboy Church builds relationships, churches and soccer fields in Honduras

With a heart for missions and church planting, members of Texoma Cowboy Church in Wichita Falls have traveled on three mission trips to Olanchito, Honduras, in efforts of planting new cowboy churches. Known as the “Christian Cowboys” to the local people, the church has sought to pour into and build relationships with t...

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Feeling thankful and complete through ministry

By:  Danielle French 10:40 p.m. – My eyes want to crumble. My body is ready to shatter with just one touch. I’ve never felt so drained. I’ve never felt so exhausted. Yet, I’m content. I’m not worried about how tomorrow goes, or what I’ll have to do. I feel at peace with the fact that it is a...

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Being an industrious pastor

By Danny Reeves An oxymoron is the combination of contradictory words that have been linked together. You probably already know a few of these such as jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly, working vacation, or humble Texan, but have you ever considered this one? Lazy pastor. There is no doubt that a healthy church is not possible with an unhe...

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