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Finding beauty in the mundane, a lesson from Savannah

My time in Savannah so far has been filled to the brim with new experiences, new restaurants, new places and even seeing a couple of celebrities! I am in awe of all I have had the blessing of doing over the past several weeks. However, sometimes it hasn't been all that glamorous. Though my personality drives me to desire to go and...

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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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Connections

Connections A space for pastors. We are the primary connection point between Texas Baptist pastors and the vast array of resources and ministries of the BGCT. Whether providing direct resources for pastoral leadership development, or acting as a connecting guide to other resources provided by the BGCT, we are here to serve our pas...

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How to Affiliate

How to Affiliate Together we can do more. It all starts with your congregation After all, your church was started in local fellowship to follow Christ’s teachings, to share His message, to do His work. As a result, it has God’s blessing – and more than enough challenges. That’s where we come in, to share yo...

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Collegiate

Collegiate Engage...Follow...Transform Engaging College Students to Follow Christ and Transform the World In a recent study by Lifeway approximately 70% of students leave church after high school. Many of those polled said the reason they no longer attended church was because they went away to college. There was a disconnect at th...

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Church Starting

Church Starting Sharing God's word in Texas by planting new churches. Our mandate is to share God's Word in Texas by planting new churches of all different sizes and ministry styles. The heart of our ministry is to connect people to a church where God is present, because when God shows up, good things happen. Donors If you would l...

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Give

Give Deeply rooted in faith. Cooperative Program Your gift to missions through the Cooperative Program allows individuals and church bodies to be actively involved in mission, evangelism, education, discipleship and human care in Texas and around the world. By participating in a missions co-op an individual or church is able to re...

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Missions Team

Missions team  One-stop shop for church missions The Texas Baptists Missions Team exists to connect, train and mobilize Texas Baptist churches as they fulfill their missions' call in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. Meet the Team Urban MissionsUrban Missions connects churches to their communities thr...

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Church Architecture

Church Architecture Resourcing the church to fulfill God's mission. We assist churches of all sizes and ministry styles by providing on-site consultations, website information, printed resources and full color drawing studies for strategic facility planning. We also offer a capital fundraising program called United We Build to rai...

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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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Refugee

Refugee What is a refugee? A refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of origin because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution, based on the person’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Resettlement Refugees flee thei...

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TXB Missionaries

TXB Missionaries Texas is a mission field, TXB missionaries are either volunteers or people who raise support and who commit to at least 20 hours per week in a mission setting here in Texas. TXB missionaries are people who commit to working in any part of Texas. These missionaries are appointed by the Baptist General Convention of...

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Intercultural Ministry Writing Project

Intercultural Ministry Writing Project Do you have a passion and gifting for writing? Do you enjoy working with people from different ethnic backgrounds? The department of Intercultural Ministry at the BGCT is looking for a volunteer to help collect and record the history of ministry work being done among 30 ethnic groups in Texas...

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Keron Jackson

Keron Jackson Recently hailed by the Dallas Morning News as “A powerhouse bass voice who takes command of the stage" following his debut with the Dallas Opera, Keron Jackson is a gifted musician, actor, and evangelist. He has dedicated his life to serving God through his gifts and talents. Through his gift, Mr. Jackson has b...

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Church College Ministry

Church College Ministry Looking to start a college ministry? Need help in taking that next step in growing your ministry? We want to help your church minister to the college students in your area. Here are a few ways we've helped other churches: Coaching & consulting through beginning steps of developing a new college ministry...

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Bounce

Bounce Student Disaster Recovery Restoring hope Rebuilding communities Reflecting Christ BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery offers students the opportunity to assist communities in their efforts to BOUNCE back from devastation after disaster has struck. Participants engage in disaster recovery projects, times of worship and reflecti...

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Hunger & Poverty

Hunger & Poverty Hunger and poverty are a sad part of our cultural landscape today, just as it has been for centuries. The persistence of these problems makes it no less important to address them. Jesus told us to feed the hungry and meet the needs of the disadvantaged. Now, we seek to be faithful in doing so because every per...

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty Religious liberty is best promoted when church and state remain separate in the manner prescribed by the First Amendment. Separation of church and state does not mean religion is divorced from public life. We openly advocate for sound public policies on the basis of our religious convictions. But all Americans ha...

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Other Scripture

Other Scripture Citizenship “[Jesus] said to them, 'Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's.'" Luke 20:25 NRSV "[Jesus prayed], I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one." John 17:15 NRSV “I urge that petit...

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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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Ministry & Substance Abuse

Ministry & Substance Abuse Because of the stigma attached to abuse and addiction, Christians who experience the ravages of substance abuse often do so in shameful isolation, afraid to share their burdens with fellow church members. The litany of issues related to substance abuse are familiar and formidable: family dysfunction...

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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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Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for Aging Parents Introduction It is well known that one mother can take care of 10 children, but 10 children cannot take care of one mother. - Ancient proverb Diana is ninety-three. She lives alone in the home in which she and her husband raised two children. When Diana was in her mid-fifties, her husband had a debilitatin...

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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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Other Scripture

Other Scripture “[Jesus] said to them, ‘Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” Luke 20:25, NRSV “You shall not lend them your money at interest taken in advance, or provide them food at a profit.” Leviticus 25:37, NRSV &ldq...

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How to Start and Sustain a Partner Church Relationship

How to Start and Sustain a Partner Church Relationship One effective strategy for moving toward racial reconciliation is to develop a partnership with a congregation in your city–one whose predominant membership is racially/ethnically different than your own. Like friendships, such partnerships take patience and time. Use th...

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Religious Liberty Defined

Religious Liberty Defined America has reaffirmed its commitment to religious freedom and is again recognizing the vital moral and spiritual role religion plays in both our public and private lives. We are confronted by two strikingly different views about the proper role of religion in public life. Our heritage of religious libert...

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Pathways to Prevention

Pathways to Prevention Introduction to Learning Activities Youth today are bombarded daily by messages that normalize ideas and actions that are harmful to their emotions, bodies, and spiritual walk. Materialism, casual sex, and the abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco have become an accepted expression of popular culture as portra...

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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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Your Opinion Please

Your Opinion Please Learning Activity for grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: 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 (NRSV) “The thief comes only to steal and...

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Anti-Drug Ads that Tell the Truth

Anti-Drug Ads that Tell the Truth Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome Youth will identify the purpose of advertising and how it works. They will then use these ideas in a fun activity to develop advertising posters that tell the truth about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:24 (NRSV) “No o...

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Friendship & Conflict

Friendship & Conflict Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: When conflict over moral and ethical issues puts stress on a friendship, the results can be very hurtful. This exercise will help kids learn and practice ways to resolve conflict with their friends while maintaining their own integrity. Focus Scriptur...

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What's Okay To Do and What's Not

What's Okay To Do and What's Not Learning Activity for Junior High and High School Students. Expected Outcome: Young people will increase their knowledge of alternative behaviors by identifying reasons why some young people choose to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 15:10-11 (NRSV) “If you keep my commandme...

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Why Some People Make Poor Decisions

Why Some People Make Poor Decisions Learning Activity for Junior High and High School Students. Expected Outcome: Young people will increase their knowledge of alternative behaviors by identifying reasons why some young people choose to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 15:10-11 (NRSV) “If you keep my comman...

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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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Laying Down the Burden of Lies

Laying Down the Burden of Lies Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Young people will feel some of the emotional and spiritual burdens brought on by lying about drug or alcohol use. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 15:14 (NRSV) “The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fool...

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Taking the Sting Out of Stress

Taking the Sting Out of Stress Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Youth will identify sources of stress, recognize the effects of stress, and learn new ways to manage stress. Focus Scripture: John 14:27 (NRSV) “Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world giv...

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Giving Others a Helping Hand

Giving Others a Helping Hand Learning Activity for High School Students Expected Outcome: Young people will learn a process for helping and supporting a friend or family member whose use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco concerns them. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 27:6 (NRSV) “Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse ar...

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Drug Prevention in Our Community

Drug Prevention in Our Community Participants: Junior High, Senior High, and Adults Materials needed: A large candle should be burning in the center or front of the room when participants arrive. You will need small candles for each participant.Flip chart and markers Focus Scripture: Matthew 5:14-16 (NRSV) “You are the light of...

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Parent Helps

Parent Helps Parents – The Number One Anti-Drug Have you ever questioned just how much influence you have with your children, especially their decisions about use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs? You hear about peer pressure and see all the beer commercials on television and the question arises. How can parents ever compete...

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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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Developing Good Communication with Kids

Developing Good Communication with Kids Because interpersonal communication directly influences the very foundation of our existence and potential growth, it is important that our young people learn the appropriate skills to become good communicators. It is important for them to learn that people com­municate both verbally and no...

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Hard Facts About Drugs

Hard Facts About Drugs Alcohol: Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol Drug group: Depressant Street names: Booze, brew, juice hooch, liquor, beer, wine or the product brand names Appearance: Liquid Packaging: Bottles and cans Method of use: Oral Paraphernalia: Flasks and fake IDs Duration: 4-12 hours Dependence: Moderate to high Possible effects...

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Laws Regarding Underage Drinking

Laws Regarding Underage Drinking Zero Tolerance Bill Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Age Laws The zero tolerance bill, Senate Bill 35 authored by Royce West and the Senate Committee on Juvenile Driving While Intoxicated Laws, took effect September 1, 1997. What does the passage of this bill mean for Texas? It significa...

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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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Risky Business

Risky Business Learning activity for Junior High and – High School Expected Outcome: Youth will explore risky situations and the consequences of their actions and consider ways they might respond if they are ever in a similar situation. Focus Scripture: Matthew 10:32-33 (NRSV) “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before oth...

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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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Called - Resources

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Books Ready. Recognizing and Responding to God's Call Grant Byrd & Rusty Wheelington Feeling like God may be calling you into vocational ministry? We hope this book will encourage you and answer some of your questions. View on BaptistWay Press Is God Calling Me? An...

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Called - Scripture

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Scripture that encourages and challenges us "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." Isaiah 1:17 (NIV) This verse forms a quite succinct statement of what it means to...

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Called - How to Know

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Why I may decide to say no to God Miller & Brinkley We often make excuses to say, "No," to God, but what are the reasons behind these excuses? Let's further explore some common reason why we often say, "No," and how to combat them. Understanding the Bible for women...

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Called - What to Do

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Work worship Leighton Flowers As Christians we must avoid any task that takes our minds off of Jesus. Too many become worshippers of their work rather than true worshippers of God. Make an evaluation of your gifts and skills Bill Tillman Reaching out to the ministry le...

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Health & Long Term Care

Health & Long Term Care Life, liberty, and security of person are God-given rights. Our health and well-being depend on the cooperative nature of community at local, state, and national levels of government. Legislative Priorities Access to medical insurance for children. Increased funding for CHIP and Medicaid. Simplification...

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Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion

Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion In accordance with Genesis 1:26-31, we believe every person has an innate dignity and worth given to them by their Creator and as such are entitled to abundant life. While this does not guarantee life without hardship, it should mean life free from preventable, premature deaths. Therefore, we...

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GED Prep U

GED Prep U The Baptist General Convention of Texas is dedicated in its efforts to put General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation programs in its churches. We are committed to equipping Texas Baptist churches with the resources needed and to help expand educational opportunities for all students and promote adult education throu...

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Senior Adult Ministry

Senior Adult Ministry Our mission is to help those working with senior adult ministries and provide resources, tools, encouragement and ideas to help ministers and volunteers in this ministry. Keith Lowry Director, Senior Adult Ministry keith.lowry@texasbaptists.org (214) 828-5206 Web-based Resources amy hanson senior adult minist...

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Pause & Pray

Pause & Pray I Need What You are Talking About: Buddy Young, missionary at West Texas A&M, teaches a class on the WT campus. In one of his classes he told his story of transformation. He told the class how he met Christ while he was in college. After this particular class one of his students caught him after class and said...

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About

About The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas consists of 90 Directors selected from 30 sectors around the state. Three directors are selected from each sector to serve a three year term. A director is eligible and could receive a second three year term. These directors are nominated to the convention by the...

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Community Development

Community Development Sometimes reaching into your own community and discovering ways to help is often the hardest. People we see every day need to know the hope and healing power of Christ. Helping Churches - Be On Mission Baptists go on mission the world over. It's what we do. It's what we're known for. We can be on mission loca...

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TraffickStop

TraffickStop Every country is either a provider, pass-through or consumer of the sex-trade. Some countries' leading export is young women. This is a global problem, which requires multi-level tactics to fight. Texas Baptists are involved in toughening laws and their enforcement, as well as providing education and skills to women f...

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Project: Start

Project: Start is Connecting Refugees in Vickery Meadow with the Resources they need to find stability An estimated 30,000 refugees live within a 3 mile stretch in North Dallas called Vickery Meadow. With over 30 different languages spoken, their needs are as diverse as the community itself. Project: Start Refugee Resource Center...

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Go Now Missions

Go Now Missions mobilizes Texas university students to share the love of Christ across the world. We are a ministry of Texas Baptists, a cooperative organization of Baptist churches in Texas. About Go Now Missions A student missions program, now called Go Now Missions, began in 1946. That summer, four students were sent to Hawaii...

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Info for Parents

Dear Parent, Your student is exploring the possibilities of serving as a Go Now Missionary. Serving as a student missionary can be a growing and stretching experience for a college student. Beginning the application process is a step of faith and obedience for your child. Much like the prophet Isaiah, your student is responding to...

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BSM & Church Staff

All of the pdf documents on this page are setup to allow you to type in your information and send the form back to Go Now Missions. Please follow these steps: Save the file to your computer. Fill in the form with the requested information. Save the changes you made. Send the document to Go Now Missions via... email: gonowmissions@...

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Need to know something else? Email us! gonowmissions@texasbaptists.org Applying for a Position How do I apply? What is Discovery Weekend? What if I cannot attend Discovery Weekend? How do I choose a mission project? What can I expect during my BSM or local church inte...

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Positions List

Your project awaits. Choose from among our 5 terms to begin your search: Xmas View Christmas break positions... Spring View spring semester positions... Summer View summer break positions... Impact View 2-4-week summer positions... Fall View fall semester positions... Christmas Break Use your Christmas break from college to share...

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The Head of the Church

The Head of the Church The BGCT affirms the biblical teaching that Christ is head of the church. This means, among other things, that churches are under the authority of Christ not of the BGCT or any other body. Since Christ is the head of the church, then church leaders and members should all seek to know the mind of Christ. (Phi...

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The Virgin Birth

The Virgin Birth The BGCT, by its affirmation of the 1963 Baptist Faith & Message, demonstrates belief in Jesus’ virgin birth, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. – 1963 B...

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Cooperative Program

Cooperative Program The Texas Adopted Plan, which churches are encouraged but not required to use, directs 79 percent of Cooperative Program receipts from churches to the missions, ministries and institutions in the BGCT Cooperative Program budget as listed on the back of the giving form. BGCT churches support 23 institutions meet...

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Mission Centers of Houston

Mission Centers of Houston Mission Centers of Houston offers opportunities to immerse yourself in urban ministry in the fourth largest city in the country. Mission Centers of Houston's Vision Statement: "Mission Centers of Houston extends opportunities for education, empowerment and sustainability to neighbors of all ages while en...

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Why Go Now?

Why Go Now? There are many arguments that can be given as to why a Christ-follower should be involved in missions. And there have been many discussions about whether a person is "called" to be a missionary. As I ponder all of the arguments and discussions, I keep coming back to God's Word. It is in His Word that I find the answer...

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Resources

Resources Abuse Children's Advocacy Centers of TX National Coalition Against Domestic Violence OAG – TX Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Report Abuse or Neglect in TX Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Texas Council on Family Violence Mental health National Institute of Mental Health National Alliance...

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Recursos

Recursos Conferencia Hispana de Liderazgo – Hispanic Leadership Conference Español Como ser un verdadero exito Manual del Maestro / Manual del Estudiante / PowerPoint Llegando a ser una persona de influencia Manual del Maestro / Manual del Estudiante / PowerPoint Todos comunican, pero pocos conectad Manual del Maestro / Manual...

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Bounce Back Home

Bounce Back HomeStudent Disaster RecoveryRestoring hope •Rebuilding communities•Reflecting Christ BOUNCERS, are you looking for ideas on how you can BOUNCE Back Home? Check out some of the possibilities below and share your own ideas that can end up on the BOUNCE Back Home page by clicking on the link at the end of this page...

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Hands on Ministry

Hands on Ministry(HOM) God's call to the chaplain ministry is multi-faceted in that all who are called serve all socio-economic groups, ages, races and cultures. The "Hands on Ministry" curriculum is written in such a way as to show who, what, where, when, why and how of chaplaincy; and to provide the how of insightful spiritual h...

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Urban Pastor Peer Groups

Urban Pastor Peer Groups Connecting churches to communities The Texas Baptists Office of Urban Missions knows pastors need to gather at times. We are now facilitating peer groups for urban pastors and pastors in transitional communities. This includes funds for books, a retreat, an occasional meal etc. Thom Rainer says, "As many a...

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Short Term Texas Mission Trips

Short Term Texas Mission Trips You probably do not remember when you were a baby, but you know before we were able to walk, we crawled, and before we were able to run, we walked. Missions is the same way, sometimes people need to be introduced to missions. They may need a short term trip here in Texas to help them "catch the bug."...

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Volunteer Chaplains

Volunteer Chaplains Richard Reedy Richard Reedy spent much of his working life as a long-haul trucker. He plans to spend the rest of his life as a volunteer chaplain. After Richard completed Texas Baptists' “Hands on Ministry" training, he was “on fire" to use what he had learned in real life settings. As a result, he...

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Camp Fusion FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Church Leaders & Organizers How many adult sponsors does Camp Fusion need?Answer How many adult sponsors does Camp Fusion need? The ratio is 1 adult to 10 students by gender. So if you have 11 boys then you need 2 adult male sponsors. If you only have 1 girl then you will still need 1 adult fe...

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Breakaway Curriculum

Breakaway Curriculum BaptistWay Press free downloads available Because of your giving to the Mary Hill Davis Offering, these Bible studies are available to you as free downloads. Free VBS Material Free Curriculum Written Dallas Baptist University Students The Capstone Experience for the Advanced Childhood Ministry course at Dallas...

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Called - Why I may decide to say no to God

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Why I may decide to say no to God "I believe I know what is best for me." This may be at the heart of our resistance - expressed in ten words or less. Instead of viewing ourselves as the creation and God as the creator and the one who knows us best, we try to be our ow...

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Called - My calling

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry My Calling By Bill Tillman My first impressions of being called to the ministry were filtered through the church context of which I was a part. The phrase used was "called to preach." Thinking about being called to preach came as I was in the 8th grade. I spent the tim...

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Called - How do I know I am called?

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry How do I know I am called? By Joyce Ashcraft Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." And the LORD said to Samuel: "See I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle." - 1 Samuel 3:10-11 Samuel grew...

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Called - Greeter

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Greeter By Preston Cave I was saved when I was ten and called to the ministry at the age of fifteen. I remember being very confused about why God would call me to the ministry and I really didn't know what it meant to be "called" anyway. I didn't fully understand my ca...

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Called - Work Worship

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Work worship By Leighton Flowers As Christians we must avoid any task that takes our minds off of Jesus. Too many become worshippers of their work rather than true worshippers of God. This is a form of idolatry. This is especially tempting for those whose work is Chris...

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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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Called - Discerning a call means continuous listening

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Discerning a call means continuous listening By Meredith Stone Ministry can be a very broad calling. It can encompass church ministry, mission work, chaplaincy, institutional ministry, non-profit ministries and much more. Often we struggle in trying to discern more spe...

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Called - Being shaped to serve

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Being shaped to serve By Joyce Ashcraft What shape are you? Have you discovered your spiritual gifts, those special abilities that just come naturally to you? These gifts were given to you by the Holy Spirit to be used in building God's kingdom. Do you think God might...

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Called - I am called; what do I do now?

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry I am called - what do I do now? By Joyce Ashcraft "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of pe...

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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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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Working with people who want to use their resources to change the world. Through your generosity, you can participate in starting a new church, supporting student ministries on a college campus, restoring communities through disaster recovery, and so much more. Who We Are The Texas Baptist Mission...

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Soar like an eagle

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Soar Like an Eagle "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak...

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One Heart Initiative

One Heart Initiative The One Heart Project's mission is to provide a true second chance to incarcerated and at-risk youth. The organization exists to change the lives of youth in the juvenile justice system, and those who are considered high risk. We facilitate change through meeting the practical needs of these youth, equipping t...

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30 Ways to be on Mission

30 Ways to be on Mission 1. Adopt an Elementary School, Provide for Needs of Families 2. Adopt a Nursing Home 3. Plant a Community Garden 4. Volunteer at a Local Outreach of Food Bank 5. Give Water and Snacks out at Area Parks 6. Visit Homes 7. Community Cleanup 8. Engage the International Population Living in Your Community 9. Op...

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Board of Directors Meeting Private

Board of Directors Meeting Private Downloads Every Board Member is responsible to download and print individual agendas, reports, and other documents needed for board meeting. Please click on the links to access our Board Google Drive folders. Each folder contain the documents you need. Download and print for board meeting. Tentat...

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About

who we are We make disciples who make disciples. WHO WE ARE We hope this page gives you a good glimpse of who WMU of Texas is and what we’re all about. We take a few things very seriously. Ourselves? Not so much. We are all broken people, so here are three things you should know. FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE MAKE DISCIPLES WHO MAK...

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Leaders

Leaders Creatively Empowering Leaders. We are the primary connection point between Texas Baptist missions leaders and the vast array of resources and ministries of WMU. Whether providing direct resources for missions leader development, or acting as a connecting guide to other resources provided by WMU, we are here to serve our mi...

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Associational Leadership

Associational Leadership links Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Contact WMU Update My Information Associational Leadership Mission Camp Leaders Training EMPOWERING ASSOCIATIONAL WMU LEADERS Missions involvement provides numerous benefits: an increase in the numbers of persons who are birthed into the kingdom, suppor...

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Missions Camp Leaders

Missions Camp Leaders Welcome, camp directors! this page is designed to help resource you with all things related to missions camp. You will find the latest information about the camp module, ideas, helpful tips, and much more. Please fill out the questionnaire below and keep WMU up-to-date with your contact information and your c...

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Missions Discipleship

Missions Discipleship Making missions a lifestyle! Why Missions Discipleship? We want to see Christ-followers grow in their spiritual journey and become disciples of Jesus. The goal of WMU is to help develop Christfollowers whose life embodies the life and ministry of Jesus, who does the things that He did for the same reasons, an...

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Missions Camp in Texas

Missions Camp in Texas Missions Camps At GA and Acteen's Mission Camps, girls participate in exciting worship experiences while learning about missionaries and mission activities around the world. They also learn about God's plan for their lives and how they can be part of His mission to bring everyone to a saving knowledge of His...

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Human Exploitation Awareness

Human Exploitation Awareness contact Carolyn Porterfield Missional Lifestyle Strategist (214)828-5374 carolyn.wmutx@texasbaptists.org Human Exploitation During 2010 -2014, national WMU introduced the critical issue of Human Exploitation. Through this initiative, WMU® identified a social and moral issue and tied in national projec...

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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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Preschool & Children

Preschool & Children Gone are the days when missions discipleship was only learned behind the doors of a church classroom. Developing a missions lifestyle can happen IN and OUTSIDE of the church walls. The children of today are longing to make a difference in their world. As they struggle with finding their identity and their...

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MF Leaders

MF Leaders Teaching preschoolers of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. What a blessing for a preschooler to come to sense not only that God loves him, but He loves each person in the world and wants all people to know of His great love. As you lead preschoolers to develop a heart for mi...

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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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Just for Boys

Just for Boys links WMU Calendar Contact WMU Children's Ministry Day Just for Boys Missions Camps Missions Groups for Boys It is never too soon to get involved in missions. That's why we offer a variety of ways to involve children in missions through Missions Discipleship. In partnership with Texas Baptist Men, we provide missions...

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Sisters Who Care

Sisters Who Care 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 Chri...

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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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Missionary Parents Fellowship

Missionary Parents Fellowship link WMU Calendar Contact WMU The Missionary Parents Fellowship of Texas exists to provide a network for fellowship, encouragement, and support through engaging in prayer and sharing information. Our vision is to provide a network for parents and family members of missionaries serving on international...

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CWJC/CMJC

CWJC/CMJC links WMU Calendar Contact WMU CWJC/CMJC Site Directors National Certification TrainingTexas CWJC/CMJC Day of Prayer texas christian women's and men's job corps Christian Women's Job Corps® (CWJC) and Christian Men's Job Corps® (CMCJ) seek to equip women and men, in a Christian context, for life and employment. L...

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National Certification Training

National Certification Training Register Now CWJC/CMJC In Texas CWJC/CMJC Site Directors National Certification Training 2017 offers several opportunities for anyone to learn how to begin and develop a ministry site for their church or community. Individuals will be fully prepared with knowledge and skills to implement this minist...

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Missionaries' No. 1 need is for prayer support! Focused, continuous prayers not only for themselves but for the people to whom they bring the love of Christ. Missions leaders help churches know how to pray strategically, why to give sacrificially and how to come alongside missionaries to reach the lo...

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Missionaries' No. 1 need is for prayer support! Focused, continuous prayers not only for themselves but for the people to whom they bring the love of Christ. Missions leaders help churches know how to pray strategically, why to give sacrificially and how to come alongside missionaries to reach the l...

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Hispanic Churches

Hispanic Churches on Mission LINKS WMU Calendar Contact WMU Hispanic Churches Engage the World Week of Prayer MISSIONS DISCIPLESHIP FOR HISPANIC CHURCHES God has given the church a mission: "Go and make disciples of all nations . . . " From the youngest child to the most seasoned saint, God is shaping His people to be like Jesus a...

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Bless Boston

Bless Boston LINKS WMU Calendar Contact WMU Bless Boston Mission Trip SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2016 now cancelled The Bless Boston Mission Trip is an annual mission experience sponsored by WMU of Texas in partnership with New England WMU. The team has prayer walked college campuses, assisted with a women's retreat, served alongside church...

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Women Helping Women

Women Helping Women Pad Project Challenges and hardships are immense… Life in underdeveloped countries can be very unfair, especially for women and girls. Simple things like dealing with a woman's regular menstrual cycle can keep someone from going to work or school because she lacks what she needs. In some countries, this...

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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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Endowments

Endowments Giving Today, Touching Tomorrow GIVE TO THE ENDOWMENTS WMU of Texas Endowments have been established to help provide a secure financial base for the mission and ministries of WMU. The money placed in an endowment will never be spent; the funds are invested so the interest provides an ongoing stream of income year after...

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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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The Hospitality House

The Hospitality House The purpose of the Hospitality House is to promote the public welfare of the disadvantaged by tending to their physical and spiritual needs. We help the families of prisoners in the criminal justice system make it through the hard times by providing overnight lodging during their visits. These families are co...

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Preschool and Children's Ministers' Retreat

PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN'S MINISTERS' RETREAT January 15-16, 2018Summers Mill Retreat & Conference Center, Salado, TX Join us for two days of worship, Bible study, and fellowship at the picturesque Summers Mill Retreat & Conference Center, just between Belton and Salado.  Enjoy a comfortable space where you can disconne...

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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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Missionary Adoption Program

MISSIONARY ADOPTION PROGRAM The Missionary Adoption Program partners churches in the US with churches in a host country to jointly sponsor a missionary. These missionaries focus on evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Local Baptist entities provide training, support and regular check-ins. Financial support starts at $150...

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Acteens Track

Welcome Welcome to WMU of Texas Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration! Think of this weekend like a family reunion.  > Make plans to visit the WorldCrafts Market.  > Pick up some free goodies in The Village.  > Develop your missions skills by attending a workshop.  > Be intentional about fellowshi...

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Church Administration

The office of Church Administration exists to help church leaders be faithful stewards of church resources. 2017 EXECUTIVE PASTORS' RETREATOctober 26, 20179:00AM - 3:30PM Learn More Financial Guidebook Now Available! The Church Financial Guidebook will lead you and your finance leaders through receipts, disbursement, financial eth...

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WMU Annual Meeting

Streaming General Sessions onFriday, March 31st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pmSaturday, April 1st @ 10:25am .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolu...

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Budgeting tips for pastors

BUDGETING TIPS FOR PASTORS from the Center for Ministerial Excellence Here are some basic budgeting tips to help get you started on saving money and stop breaking the bank. Change your perspective on your situation. Instead of seeing tight budgets as challenges, see them as opportunities to grow, be humbled, learn from God, depend...

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Conferences

Conferences Monday, October 16 3:15-4:15 PM \\ 4:30-5:30 PM Conferences repeat in the second hour. More Details MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 \\ 3:15-4:15 PM \\ 4:30-5:30 PM Coffee Time If you are the wife of a student minister, you are invited to get a complimentary Starbucks coffee at the Sheraton Hotel and go to the Presidential Sui...

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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. Topics The Facts .topic { height: 0; padding-bottom: 100...

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Magazine, Volume 5 Issue 5

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Apply Now

Apply OVERVIEW OF APPLICATION PROCESS Pre-Application Application Transcripts  Interview After completing the above steps, your application file will be reviewed and, if approved, you’ll be invited to Discovery Day for Christmas and Spring or Discovery Weekend for Summer, Impact, and Fall. Note: If you are interested in...

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Disaster Response

GIVE NOW WMU of Texas Hurricane Harvey Response The rain came down in torrents.  The flood waters rose.  The winds toppled trees, buildings, signs, and more.  When the storm subsided, the damage revealed was staggering.  How do you plan for an unanticipated natural disaster the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey?&nb...

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Go Now Missions

Go Now Missions mobilizes Texas university students to share the love of Christ across the world. We are a ministry of Texas Baptists, a cooperative organization of Baptist churches in Texas. About Go Now Missions A student missions program, now called Go Now Missions, began in 1946. That summer, four students were sent to Hawaii...

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Overcoming fear with thanksgiving

Fear came roaring in. I could have let the fear overwhelm me, control me, inhabit me, become my constant companion.Two years ago my husband, Larry, came down with a terrible case of shingles. Sores covered the right side of his face from his chin, up over his ear and deep into his eardrum rupturing it 70 percent and leaving him in...

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A little bottle of

Change, whether good or bad, is difficult. The Kennedy clan has just moved from the shores of Alabama to the mountains of Colorado. Are our new vistas awesome? Yes! Has the move been exciting? Yes! Am I grieving? You bet! One of the last things I did was make that final hair appointment with my hair dresser and dear friend of 15 y...

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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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Go Now Missions: Christ be lifted high!

"And this is the confidence that we have toward him that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15 I had been praying this verse over this past week as many obstacles advanced back to back on...

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Love for neighbor should compel us toward immigration reform

The U.S. Senate has shown both courage and wisdom in passing the sweeping immigration bill. In order to get bipartisan support, the bill had to reflect the concerns of people across the political spectrum, and this has resulted in a bill that addresses the needs of security, business and immigrants.Scripture teaches us to care abou...

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Depression in a world of faith

Across this state, ministers are smiling on the outside while withering inside. Many don't know what to call what they're experiencing. They struggle even to put it into words.Related articles: Symptoms of depression | Minister burnout and depression: Proactive stepsCounseling professionals know precisely what to call it: depressio...

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African American Fellowship visions future, studies new age statistics

SAN ANTONIO - African American Baptists were challenged to look into the future with a new set of lenses as they gathered together at this year's Culp Banquet, celebrated during the Texas Baptists Family Gathering.Photo: From left to right: Oscar Epps, President; Ponce L. Brown, Vice President; Glen J. Samuels, Secretary; Elmo John...

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CLC 83rd Session Report

Christian Life Commission Final Report: 83rd Regular Legislative Session During each legislative session, the Christian Life Commission (CLC) works to promote sound public policy on a variety of fronts important to Texas residents. The following is a list of bills the CLC actively followed, supported and, in some cases, opposed du...

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Practical ways your church can share Christ's love in schools

Mounds of glue sticks, construction paper, pencils, and backpacks line store shelves, signaling the fast approaching start of a new school year. For churches, these first signs point to much more than the end of the busy summer event schedule and the start of high attendance season for Sunday School. The start of the new school yea...

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He redeems my wayward thoughts

It's my first morning in this apartment. I am aware of the presence of the Spirit and I let my thoughts wander. I feel a wave of thankfulness rush over me. I have such a homey space to live in for the next year. It's old and dated, definitely doesn't smell new, it has an interesting paint job from the previous BSM intern, mismatche...

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Uniforms: They're elementary

DALLAS - Join Texas Baptists, Dallas Baptist Association and First Baptist Church in Dallas as they partner to provide uniforms and Bibles for every student of George W. Truett Elementary School.The three partners are working together to raise $15,000 to provide a uniform and Bible for each of the more than 1,000 students enrolled...

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God is Not Limited

There are three things you might notice when driving into Crawford, Texas. Perhaps you'll notice the billboard featuring George and Laura Bush, our most famous property owners. Perhaps you'll notice the welcome sign from First Baptist Church, or perhaps you'll notice the city limit sign, which reads, "Pop. 717."The Crawford communi...

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Crawling, Walking, Running with Texas Baptists Missions

Right now our youngest daughter is learning to crawl and our older daughter, who is three, is walking as well as her mom and me. As children, we know that we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run. The same is true in your church when it comes to being on mission. Many times people need to do something small before they are r...

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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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War through the eyes of faith

War powerfully shapes a person's understanding of the world, including one's faith. World War II created in many people a veneration of the United States that caused love of country to sometimes override love of God or to conflate the two into one love. The Vietnam War then brought about a mindset of distrust, and since love of God...

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Bringing God to soldiers and soldiers to God

FORT SILL, OK - Twenty-four soldiers dressed in PT uniforms sat on the chapel stage on Quarry Hill before Spiritual Formation classes began. From varied backgrounds and more than 20 states across the country, the soldiers had little in common. This day, Sept. 29, however, would be a day they would each remember - it was the day the...

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House church evangelism on the border

As he watched his three-year-old daughter, Rachel Beth, go from door to door in a small neighborhood in Laredo, Ryan Jespersen saw the love of Christ overflowing from her enjoyment of preaching to people that stopped to listen as she told them that Jesus loved them.Jespersen, director of urban missions, and his family were members...

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God loves the cowboys too

Brother Harvey Abke never imagined he would receive a call from Brother Steve Johnson asking him to be the pastor of a new cowboy church Brother Johnson was starting in Caldwell, Texas. "I have an evangelistic heart to reach people for Jesus but I started to feel complacent," said Pastor Harvey. "This church would mean I could com...

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Women in ministry conference encourages women to embrace leadership

WACO - Women in ministry should embrace leadership in the areas God has called them to, according to speakers at the Texas Baptists Women in Ministry Conference held at George W. Truett Theological Seminary on Mar. 25."As a woman in ministry, you should have a sense of call," said Bernadine Davis, minister of discipleship and spiri...

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Honduras: A display of His splendor

CENICERA, Honduras - The kids here in Honduras have stolen my heart! Last night we attended a worship service at a house church in Cenicera, just a few miles from Gracias. When we arrived, I recognized several of the kids from the day before when we were at their house interviewing their parents. One precious girl named Ruby came u...

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God moves at a TWU benefit show

Last Friday night we were given the opportunity to host a benefit show to raise money for summer student missionaries. We had planned on having local musicians put on a show for us. Student leaders, a TWU staff employee, and friends came to enjoy this time together.We also had one of our guys that just started to get involved share...

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Come as you are, boots and all

Anyone who has ever visited Greenville, Texas, for a buck out, roping, high school rodeo finals, barrel races or any kind of equine event, knew what the "blue barn" was, or better known as the "Horseman's Club".For many years, the Horseman's Club was known as the bar to watch the arena events. For the last few years though, the loc...

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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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14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples brings renewed focus to disciple-making essentials

As churches seek to fulfill the Great Commission, individual believers must understand and practice what it means to be a disciple. 14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples, released by BaptistWay Press in May, is a Bible study that provides in-depth discussion and practical application for those seeking to embrace the lifestyle of...

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Eternal victories through soccer tournaments

GUADALAJARA -- As the little boys gathered around preparing for the final game in their soccer tournament, River Ministry coordinator Pedro Munoz reminded them that this was the moment they had been preparing for over the past month. "Some of you will be winners today, as your team wins the tournament, but all of you can be winner...

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Because of where you have been

This story is 1 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Tricia Martin* was a fun-loving preacher's kid in the 1970s who played outside constantly and never met a stranger. Though she was small for her age, she never felt inferior or out of place, that was just the wa...

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Where the healing begins

This story is 2 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Sexual abuse is a sensitive subject and many times hearing about the pain and struggles loved ones have experienced through this type of abuse can be extremely difficult. Many people can be prone to want to gloss...

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A fascinating day in the Quilombola village

On August 9, Linda Freeman (a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth) and Bertha Vaughn (a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Houston) joined seven other Texas Baptist church leaders through the African American Ministry. Each followed the call to serve eight days in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. Here the team did do...

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Seeds of destruction: the city of West

Andrea Nedorostova was born and raised in the second biggest city of Czech Republic called Brno. Playing tennis competitively her whole life brought her to the United States when she received a scholarship to attend Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Upon graduation with a bachelor's degree in communication, she moved to A...

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Painting Nails with the nations

As the doorbell rang, I answered it not knowing what to expect. Although I had participated and planned ministry events as a student, this was one of my first events to host as a brand new Campus Missionary Intern. “Would it be awkward?” I wondered. “Would we find things to talk about?” I, along with my roommates Putti and...

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Southern Dallas historic freedman town welcomes cowboy culture

Just six miles south of downtown Dallas is Joppa Community, an area where former slaves gathered to celebrate their first taste of freedom in the 1860s and now is the present-day home of Buffalo Soldiers Cowboy Church. When the freedmen settled there nearly 150 years ago, they named the area after the biblical city of Joppa, which...

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Bill Arnold

Name: Bill ArnoldSpouse: MargaretChildren: Meredith and Jonathan Grandchildren: Ryan, Mason, Jake, and HankMinistry: Providing financial resources for Texas missions Position: President of the Texas Baptist Missions FoundationNumber of years: 30Where did you grow up? Memphis, TennesseeHow old were you when you became a Christian an...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Department: Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Staffers: Bill Arnold, President; Larry Thomas, Vice President; Bob Feather, Consultant; Marcy Strube, Donor Relations Coordinator; Rita Griffith, Administrative Assistant Explain your ministry: The Missions Foundation works with individuals that want to financially support missions in...

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God's plan since the day we arrived

I have now reached my halfway point of my time in South Asia. Since the day we arrived in our city, Father placed learning the language on both my teammate's and my hearts. We didn't understand this because there is no way we could have learned the language being a short term "trip." We followed His instructions and found ourselves...

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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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Ellis Orozco

When I was working as an engineer, God made it clear that I was in the wrong place; He wanted me to prepare myself to serve him for the rest of my life. I have never regretted it and have never looked back! -Ellis Name: Ellis Orozco Wife: Priscilla Ruth Orozco Children: Gabriel Antonio Orozco (22); Michael Andrew Orozco (16); Cele...

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Inspiring the next generation, youth ministry as a divine appointment

ARLINGTON: Youth ministry is a calling that comes along with great trials but even greater rewards, including seeing the salvation of young souls and the opportunity to inspire a generation of future leaders. Speakers at the 2014 Youth Ministry Conclave on Oct. 13-15 focused on youth ministry as a calling and encouraged leaders to...

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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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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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Kathryn Freeman

Name: Kathryn Annette Freeman Ministry: Christian Life Commission Position: Director of Public Policy Where did you grow up? Grand Prairie, Texas How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I became a Christian at seven years old. I remember learning about inviting Jesus into my h...

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Dramatic presentations part of this year's annual meeting

"Theatre for the Mind and Spirit" is coming to the Texas Baptist annual meeting Monday, Nov. 17. This is how Bruce Kuhn describes his dramatic presentations. Kuhn will be part of the morning and evening worship services at the Waco Convention Center. Bruce's presentations bring Scripture alive. The words are literally from the bib...

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UNT BSM Breaks ground for new building

DENTON—With hands on shovels and eyes on the future, attendees of the University of North Texas (UNT) Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) groundbreaking ceremony celebrated an exciting new chapter for the 54-year-old campus ministry as they prepare to construct a new building. The existing 7,200 square foot facility was built in 1960...

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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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​Texas Baptists urged to fight sin, live like Christ

Texas Baptists gathered Monday morning to worship and celebrate the first day of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco. The David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church choir gave a passionate performance of "How Great is our God" and "For the Rest of My Life." Their music was bookended by Bruce Kuhn's expressive recitation of Bible...

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Christian Life Commission teaches Texas Baptists to model Christ through advocacy

Kathryn Freeman taught a packed room about the steps to becoming an advocate this afternoon at her workshop, "It's Our Government: We Can Make a Difference." Freeman, the director of public policy at the Christian Life Commission (CLC), emphasized advocacy takes many forms and isn't always tied to the government. Advocacy can look...

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Johnson compels Texas Baptists to live altruistically in a self-centered world

WACO— In a world that pursues self-centered goals such as wealth, comfort, and fame—altruism can get people's attention, BGCT president Jeff Johnson told the audience at the 2014 Annual Meeting. But living that kind of difference is not going to be simple. Johnson presented his final address as president at the Monday night wo...

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What you can't see pastor

It's Monday morning. Yesterday was a long hard day. In some ways it was a good day, a little boy from the neighborhood came to church for the first time and gave his life to Christ. However, a teenager spent the entire service talking behind Mrs. Smith and of course this bothered and she let you know about it. In the last few years...

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Connections

Department: Connections Team Explain your ministry: The Connections Team builds relationships with pastors and church leaders, connecting them to the resources, programs and ministries available through the Texas Baptists. What are the different aspects of Connections? Pastor/Church Connection, directed by Joe Loughlin Building re...

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Apps we can't live without

Have you visited the App Store or the Play Store recently? There's such an overwhelming amount of apps for our devices, how would you begin to choose which ones to download and use? I asked our Communications team to share some of the apps they can't live without, so get your phones, iPads and computers ready to do some downloadin...

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Urban BOUNCE

"We must learn to not regard people in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer."- Dietrich Bonhoeffer His name was Richard. Just being released from the hospital, he retreated home – a familiar place of peace and solitude, but that night he woke to his house under water. Richard, a victi...

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Pro Sports

I'm done with mainstream professional sports. It's a process that started when I was in high school when I turned my back on the NBA. Since then I haven't accumulated more than 30 minutes of NBA action. Yes, as you can tell, my absence has really hurt the organization and the players. Following dropping the NBA came dropping the N...

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Shots a Video Editor hates to work with…

I remember the first video project I shot over 20 years ago...I still cannot watch it to this day. It was horrible for several different reasons, but mostly I didn't know what I was doing, so I faked it when shooting. Luckily, the people who hired me were really good friends and paid me anyway. It was from this experience that I le...

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Insta-moments

Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular apps for Millennials and I am right there along with my peers. I love Instagram and check it multiple times each day (I would be embarrassed to actually count and admit how many times a day I check it). The other day I was reading an article about how our constant desire to cap...

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​Moving mountains for Maggie

Blind, deaf, paralyzed, orphaned. All these words could have defined Maggie Mei Henderson, but by the power of God, this energetic two-year-old is now living with her forever family, walking, talking and seeing the world with curiosity and wonder. Pastor Trent Henderson and his wife, Ginny, have seen the hand of the Lord move moun...

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The best filter ever

Google "best selfie filter apps" and you will find over 2 million results in under a minute. You'll also find which filters are best for the perfect selfie. You can find apps to add phrases to your selfies, cartoon yourself, make your selfie look surreal, make cosmetic changes like hide blemishes or change the tone of your skin, ma...

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Who's your padre?

At a glance 1,060 BSM students served at Beach Reach over the course of three weeks. 110 salvations were recorded on South Padre Island. 53 baptisms of new believers took place in the Gulf of Mexico. 11,765 Gospel conversations took place on the beach, in vans, over pancakes and around the island. At the end of my week at Beach Rea...

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The Cavalry Has Arrived: How the Federal Government Plays an Important Role in Protecting the Poor

Have you ever heard the phrase "send in the cavalry?" It's a colloquialism, but historically its a military term for the regiment of an army that fights on horseback. The cavalry historically was the most easily mobilized unit of an army and men fighting on horseback were at a greater advantage than those fighting on foot. For one...

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Missions Foundation welcomes Dr. Jerry Carlisle as Vice President

Texas Baptists will welcome Dr. Jerry Carlisle to the position of Vice President for the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) starting April 16. Carlisle comes to Texas Baptists after serving 13 years as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Plano, as well as adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) for 11 years...

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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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Table for 12

The number of single adults in America is on the rise. There are 124.6 million singles in the U.S., which now outnumbers married adults over the age of 16 (Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, August 2014).What that means is, now, more than any other time in the past century, more people are alone than ever before. But that does...

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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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Leaning on your helpmate when your faith is tested

In the 35-year marriage I've been blessed to be part of, there have been some very rewarding times and some frustrating times. Unfortunately, some of those frustrating times have been associated with the Church. As much as I love being a pastor's wife (most of the time), there have been days I wish Mike had become a businessman or...

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A fire set ablaze at the WMU annual meeting

Wasn't it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scripture to us? Luke 24:32, GNT For her birthday last year, IMB missionary Staci Powers' most treasured gift was having her husband hold her hands without letting go. The fact that he had forgotten it was her birthday did not matter at that mom...

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Time to fall out of love

"Love" is an extremely important word because it speaks of a very powerful reality. Our culture today, however, generally speaks of love in a manner very different from the biblical agape love. Take Nate Ruess for example. He's the lead singer for the band, Fun, and now has a solo single, "Nothing Without Love." This is a great so...

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Texas Baptists promote educational initiatives for Sept. 18 giving day

DALLAS -Texas Baptists are taking part in North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 18 by highlighting two initiatives in the North Texas community. Funds given toward the Baptist General Convention of Texas will help build an outdoor classroom at Truett Elementary School in Dallas and a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building at the Uni...

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Operation Giver: Voluntary church cooperation

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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Stephen Curry lights up basketball world

Curry Fever overtook me quietly as I sat watching my first game of Golden State Warriors playoff basketball. Before the game ended I had experienced a flashback to my days in Illinois and the Michael Jordan hysteria that gripped so many of us in the 1990s. Stephen Curry is an amazing basketball player.I'm not a big NBA fan; it's ca...

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Serving in Wiesbaden, Germany

The First WeekI can tell I'm in Germany because the other day, the smell of sausage and sauerkraut actually came drifting through the window. The first week here in Wiesbaden has been crazy, exciting, different, tiring, surprising and fun. So far, we have been getting oriented with different things: the church, the people, the lang...

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Learning to pray without ceasing

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I especially aim to cling to the part of this verse that says, "pray without ceasing." I have a deep desire to be a prayer warrior, a woman ready and willing to go to the Lord in pr...

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Following God and Going Now

The easiest way to making change in the world is through the law, or at least that is what Lilian thought. However, the Lord showed Lilian Ibarra* throughout her college career just how many different ways she could make an impact on society.After becoming a believer in high school, Ibarra headed to the University of Texas at Austi...

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A servant’s heart with a smile

This past weekend, we traveled to a local village for an English camp. The entire point of the weekend was to help the Thai people practice their English all while building relationships. I was fortunate enough to meet so many Thai girls and build awesome relationships with a few of them over the course of the weekend.Susie decided...

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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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God’s great redemption story

Habakkuk's Complaint How long, Lord, must I call for help,but you do not listen?Or cry out to you, "Violence!"but you do not save?Why do you make me look at injustice?Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?Destruction and violence are before me;there is strife, and conflict abounds.Therefore the law is paralyzed,and justice never prevails...

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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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Grief is a journey – just be present

This is the first article in a three-part series from our Director of Counseling Services on loss which will address how to deal with the emotional impacts of loss through grief, compassion fatigue and finding life in death.I've always heard losses come in "threes." Well, the past few weeks have gone way beyond that number in my wo...

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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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Let love win

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal and must be recognized in all 50 states. Yeah, you probably already knew that ruling. This isn't a news post. It's not an ethical post. It's not even an opinion post. So, have you stopped reading yet …?It is about my belief of a Christian response, regardless of one's...

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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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Hispanic summer missionaries help encourage youth to reach goals

One goal of Texas Baptists' Hispanic Education Initiative (HEI) is to encourage the pursuit of college education in Hispanic churches. In a unique effort to achieve that goal, HEI hosts a summer missionary program, which gives Hispanic college students the opportunity to serve as mentors for high school students.These missionaries...

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Preaching as Performance: We Live & Die by the Same Sword

Sometimes, I'm overly sensitive to what people say to me about my sermons. I have no idea how common this is among fellow ministers, but I have a particular bent which the Lord continues to hammer out of me. Technically, it is a form of performance orientation, and I come by it honestly in at least two ways. It's not only an extrem...

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When photobombing leads to sharing the gospel story

Photobombing, it's not how I typically try to meet strangers, and definitely not how I try to start friendships. But one of the biggest things I've learned in South Asia is how the Father truly can (and does) use all things to bring people to His name. My teammate and I met and befriended a group of girls two Saturdays ago when we...

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Even ninja turtles and robots are important to God

I looked up in the busy, chaotic room of waiting people. They were gathered in clumps decorated with hyper children. Some of them had been there for nearly an hour waiting for someone like me to grab their clipboard and call their name.I skimmed quickly over the next person's paperwork and was thankful it was written in English. It...

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The avid fans, injuries and determination of the athletic world

It's that magical time of year. No, not that one. The one with the Tour de France and the sheer determination of the best athletes from around the world. Was it not your first thought? You may know, I'm an avid cyclist, even a racer at times. Well, not a TdF level racer, but a local, wanna be better racer. It's fun, it's challengi...

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Confessing struggles and insecurities during a heart-felt sleepover

It was a beautiful, sunny morning. Becca and I were walking through the Fountain Park apartment complex and praying for all the people living there. We prayed for a group of preteen girls we'd had the opportunity to meet, but that we were struggling to build relationships with. In that moment, Becca and I both thought about hosting...

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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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African American Fellowship given a charge to keep, elects 2016 officers

Sugar Land—A lineup of passionate speakers and jubilant worship at this year's African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference (AAFC) made for a spirit of joy and encouragement amongst guests, giving them a "charge to keep," as the conference theme stated. At The Fort Bend Baptist Church in Sugar Land July 14-16, hundreds...

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How to handle opportunities when they come our way

Choosing OpportunitiesChoosing opportunities is an everyday, life-long process. "Have you been praying?" are words I will never forget that have helped me make decisions, and rely on God.The weekend before our wedding, my husband and I ran into a friend who had asked if he could give our information to a pastor and we said yes. Tha...

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FBC Carrollton Teenager Wins National Speakers’ Tournament

CARROLLTON – First Baptist Church in Carrollton has an impressive reputation for producing award-winning Bible Drill and Speakers' Tournament students. This year was no different with Hannah Mathes taking home first place in the National Speakers' Tournament in Kingland, Georgia.Mathes, an incoming junior at Prestonwood Academy...

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Don’t Call Me Senior!

There was a day that one of the most creative outlets for the "Senior Adult" minister was the opportunity to come up with a cute name for the senior adult group at the church. Remember some of these? Triple L Club, Seasoned Saints, Keenagers, Ageless Wonders, Sizzlin' Seniors, Merry Makers, JOY Club (Just Older Youth - They always...

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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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Special Friends Retreat: Where worship is pure

The Special Friends Retreats are made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 13-20, 2015. Click here for resources for your church to help promote this special offering in your church. Worship is anything but mundane at the a...

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They don't have the gospel

Last week, as we were walking outside to get our scooters and leave our supervisor's apartment, our supervisor came outside and showed us something. We had been hearing firecrackers go off all night and he pointed out why.Ghost Holiday.Just a few feet away, lining both sides of the sidewalk were little areas, encircled with white p...

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How to choose the perfect ministry outfit

One spring afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, I roamed aimlessly around Dillard's, focused intently on finding the perfect "ministry outfit." I was one of five women who won a contest at seminary to go on a shopping spree to get a new outfit for our ministry positions and roles. The five of us were all admittedly excited about winnin...

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Why new ideas are as important as old ideas

I love new, creative ideas. Apparently so does society. But I'm beginning to believe society's love of new ideas comes at the cost of established ideals.A new idea or a person's new identity is praised for being a bold voice. It does take courage to pioneer a movement. However, in a rapidly changing society it also takes courage to...

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The scourge of Texas

It covers miles of Texas in its bumpy, noisy, low efficiency mess.What is it? Chipseal.I spend a lot of time on the roads around our fair state and few things offer the full-on assault of my senses like chipseal. If you've driven just about anywhere, you've been fortunate enough to experience the joys of the stuff.The pro of chipse...

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When God has a bigger plan

I had a plan at an early age. I wanted to become a preacher's wife; to be just like our preacher's wife, Ms. Nelda, whose face was kind. Her husband was well-spoken and always jolly. He seemed like an angel to me as he stood in the baptismal waters on special Sundays with light from heaven (it seemed) shining on him and the one he...

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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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How can baby boomers impact millennials and why should we care?

In an address to baby boomers about their sphere of influence within churches today, David Kinnamon, president of Barna Group, encouraged attendees to take time to pour into the upcoming generations of millennials.Kinnamon served as a keynote speaker at this year's National Boomer and Senior Adult Ministry Conference hosted by Trin...

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Baptist Distinctives

Baptists are a fellowship of Christians who…Hold certain beliefsGod as Father, Son, and Holy SpiritThe Lordship of Jesus ChristThe Bible as the sole written authority for faith and practiceSoul competency, accountability, and responsibilitySalvation only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord as SaviorThe security of...

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Sufficient unto the day

In college, my Greek professor had a standard answer when worried students started asking about the next exam. With a wry smile, he repeated, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." In other words, don't worry about that yet. (Or as some of us learned to interpret it, today was to be enjoyed because exam day would be a terr...

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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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Why Baptists are a people of freedom

The pursuit of freedom has long been a driving force for Baptists, according to a panel discussion on Monday morning led by Dr. Stacey Conner, Bill Tillman and Steve Vernon. "Baptist Freedom – Model for the 21st Century" was one of multiple workshops held at Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. Dr. Conner serves as the pastor of Fi...

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Missions update showcases wide range of Texas Baptists partnerships

The Tuesday afternoon worship session at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting featured a broad update on many of the missions efforts the convention has identified as priorities. Without the generosity of convention churches, none of these projects would be possible. without the generosity of convention churches, the first order of bu...

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MLK offers insights that can still help Christians confront injustice

Every adult American can hear in their minds the voice, rhetorical skills, and moving words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. He had the ability to move people with his spoken words in a manner possible of few people in history. He made the phrase, "I have a dream," forever a part of the American experience. Behind King's powerfu...

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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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It's all in a name: names and descriptions that work for Sunday School classes

I responded to a question from a pastor recently asking about how to select a name for and describe a new Sunday School class they were about to start for young married couples. The principles which informed my answer are universal, and may be of interest to anyone thinking about starting new units or renaming existing units in you...

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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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Top 10 items only pro TLs pack

Top 10 items only pro TLs pack1. Cush your tush. From hard baked Texas soil to folding metal chairs, your hiney is whiney for something soft to sit on. This guy is just the thing to beat the seat.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009L1MXE0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s012. That hot Texas sun ain't goin' n...

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Raising Highly Capable Kids program sees continued growth around the state

FORT WORTH—With flowers in hand, students at W.J. Turner Elementary School in Fort Worth assembled in the school's auditorium last week to witness an extraordinary sight—their parents' graduation. Seventeen parents took the stage to receive their diplomas for completing 13 weeks of classes based around the curriculum R...

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Should I smack someone or is there a better choice?

It was our first day back at church after being away for a month. I got up early, spent time in prayer for the services and for my own heart's cleansing, praying that nothing in my heart would hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in my life or the lives of my family – personal and church. During the morning service, I was just...

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Double Your Missions Gift

Through 2018, the Texas TTT Endowment will benefit Missionary Kids (MKs). Each year, WMU of Texas sets aside $6,000 to help Texas MKs returning stateside attend the MK Re-Entry Retreat. WMU of Texas will host the national event in 2018. This retreat has all the features of a weekend camp experience along with time for MKs to immer...

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Good things happening in Marshall and at ETBU

Marshall anchors the eastern entrance to Texas near where Interstate 20 crosses from Louisiana. It is a smaller city that is home to East Texas Baptist University, which sits on a hill in the northwest portion of the city. Once the fourth largest city in Texas (1860), Marshall has been an important community both for...

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Fire for evangelism great amongst growing Hispanic community

According to the 2010 census, 38 percent of Texas’ population was Hispanic. That percentage is likely higher now and is projected to increase in years ahead, creating a greater opportunity for evangelism in and amongst the Hispanic community. Joshua del Risco, evangelism lead for Texas Baptists, observes the Hispanic Christia...

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Congreso youth compelled to be changemakers

“When you’re young and you love Jesus, the world cannot handle you,” New York youth minister Daniel Sanabria, said to a crowd of over 3,000 youth at Congresso on April 22-24 at the Ferrell Center at Baylor University. “God wants to take us to a different level,” Sanabria, also founder of God Belongs in...

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New Hunger Offering video released

Good news! The new Texas Baptist Hunger Offering video is ready to watch and share! This video provides an overview of the Hunger Offering, highlights footage of people impacted by Hunger Offering initiatives, and displays the gospel in action. Not to mention it has cool graphics created by my friend, Josef. I recently ate at Whata...

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Sharing your faith in a digital space

It’s hard for me to remember a time before the internet. I vividly recall my first foray into dial-up and our family’s shared AOL account when I was just starting middle school and it seems like the world has not been the same since. The Digital Age has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. In order to get infor...

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New Life In Christian Community - A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

A baby shower seems simple. Gifts, flowers, laughter; the party is a time of preparation and celebration of new life and a growing family. Love and expectancy are the essence of life in Christ. And while this practice may seem commonplace to some, it can make all the difference for a new mom in a new country. Dr. Samira Izadi Page...

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Churches provide foundation for active faith

(Rand Jenkins is the newest member of the Christian Life Commission staff. He is in a new role -- CLC specialist. Below, Rand explains some of the things in his background that have shaped his call to this ministry.) My childhood in community-minded churches provided the foundation for my pursuit of an active faith. Born in Fort W...

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Where to turn when ministry is hard

Ministry can be wonderfully fulfilling. It can also be incredibly taxing. Statistics concerning ministers are staggering! According to Life Recovered, 75 percent of ministry leaders report they’ve had a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. Thirty-three percent confess “inappropriate&rd...

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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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Go Now celebrates 70 years of sending students on mission

Go Now Missions celebrated 70 years of sending college students on mission by commissioning 223 student missionaries to share the Gospel around the world this summer. The ceremony, held May 22 at Dallas Baptist University, welcomed both past and present Go Now missionaries to celebrate students who have gone and are going to the en...

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Sharing the Gospel with Greeks

Click here to read the previous post from Ginnie. The following day, our team of 11 split up and four of us volunteered to do a 24-hour shift at Skala, which is a stage two refugee camp. Typically, no one willingly volunteers to be at Skala, since there have not been many refugees since the EU-Turkey Accord in March; however; Euror...

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#FreshmenAdvice: Take Initiative to Meet People

Friends. They’re something we all want and desire. They’re people we can talk to and trust and have fun with and experience life with. However, coming into college I barely knew anyone else attending the school, and I knew I would have to make friends. Just like most people, this scared me. I desired a community of peop...

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Dear God, did I really ask you for that?

The other day I was talking with a good friend of mine discussing trials, and how sometimes they can be such a burden. She is going through a tough time right now, and I was sharing with her my vast experience of 51 years. (haha) I recalled the many times that I have gone through trials of different natures – times of uncerta...

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Jason Bryant joins Texas Baptists staff as Western Heritage Consultant and Church Starter

DALLAS - Texas Baptists welcomed Jason Bryant to the staff as the new Western Heritage consultant and church starter, effective Monday, July 18. Bryant has served as pastor of Triple S Cowboy Church in Palestine since 2011, when he planted the church in the area. He was also a church planter with 3C Cowboy Fellowship in Salado, whi...

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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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Baking Cakes – a recipe for discipleship

So, here’s the story. I have this friend. I’m only one of many friends he has. He’s a baker and makes the most awesome cakes. And ages ago, he gathered a bunch of his friends and sort of commissioned them to head out and enlist others to be cake bakers like him. It was a big deal, and that original group really go...

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Texas’ Child Protection System is Failing our Children

By Vicki Spriggs Texas is in the midst of a crisis that, if not addressed with the highest urgency, will create lasting damage for generations to come. Children removed from their homes are placed in a structurally unsound system that is meant to protect them, but in reality often subjects them to further trauma, abuse, and neglect...

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'Baptists Oppose Constitution' -- what might have been

By William M. Pinson, Jr. “BAPTISTS OPPOSE CONSTITUTION” could have been the headlines of a newspaper in 1787. Why did Baptists strongly oppose the newly drafted Constitution of the United States of America? In brief, because the document failed to provide a guarantee for religious freedom, a belief cherished by Baptist...

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Americans care less about personal immorality in politicians

Americans today are more likely to say elected officials can act ethically in office even if they have behaved immorally in their personal lives, according to a PRRI/Brookings survey Oct. 19. And white evangelical Protestants are even more likely to hold this view. Sixty-one percent of Americans say “immoral personal beh...

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So that they may reach their potential

Haga clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. One of the things that distinguishes Texas Baptists from other conventions is that we have made the education of our Hispanic students a priority. This is why about seven years ago, Texas Baptists created the Hispanic Education Initiative; it is necessary...

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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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God’s faithfulness evident through growth in Cowboy Churches

Sixteen miles northwest of Waco, the Top Hand Cowboy Church rises up with a rodeo arena in front of it. The church hosted the first Western Heritage Roundup Rally on Sun., Nov. 13, the start of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco. The Top Hand Church, pastored by Greg Moore, is one of more than 200 Texas Baptists Cowboy Churc...

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The end of Religion? An Essential Corrective to the Secularization Myth

Three scholars from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) debunked the myth that the end of religion is near during an afternoon workshop on Monday at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco. The workshop drew close to 100 attendees as the three men gave their view of religion in today’s world. P...

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Texas Baptists university presidents talk affordability, Title IX

WACO— Within the first session of Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting workshops, Texas Baptist university presidents Blair Blackburn, East Texas Baptist University; Eric Bruntmyer, Hardin Simmons University; Adam Wright, Dallas Baptist University and Bobby Hall, Wayland Baptist University, contributed to a panel discussion o...

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How does religious freedom affect starving children in Nigeria?

By Randel Everett The United Nations reports that an estimated 75,000 children could die from malnutrition within a year in Northern Nigeria unless food is made available. Members of our 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative staff have traveled to Nigeria twice this year, visiting camps where a million people displaced by Boko Haram...

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SCS makes seminary education possible for Corpus Christi minister

Like most married couples, Josh and Melissa Fuentes had plans. “I knew I wanted to go into ministry when I was 17,” recalls Josh. “As a kid, I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, but when I felt God calling me into the ministry, it just made sense. I could see myself working in a church for the rest of...

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Providing hope, help, training and care through our institutions

It began in 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A young farmer in West Texas was drafted for the war effort in early 1942. He trained for two years, went to war, deployed to Alaska and was wounded. He was treated in Alaska, then California, and finally had extensive treatment and rehab in Temple, Texas. In nearby Belton stood t...

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Embracing local culture: Country Church thrives in East Texas

As Pastor and Church Planter Jordan Wilson stands back and reflects on all God has done in the three-and-a-half years since Tyler County Country Church (TC3) began, he is truly in awe. Standing in a 16,000 square foot, two-story building in Woodville, which opened its doors in October 2016, Wilson can point to so many mo...

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Fight hunger! Give April 30 or Mother's Day or both

Two Hunger Offering Sundays are coming soon! April 30 - 5th Sunday Hunger Offering May 14 - Mother’s Day Hunger Offering These are great opportunities for the Kingdom! We would love your help to promote the dates to your churches and via social media. Below are a few sample posts and graphics. Also, check out the new Mother's...

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Texas Baptists leaders attend Brazilian Baptist Convention, meet MAP partners

Four Texas Baptists leaders recently traveled to Belem, Brazil, to attend the Brazilian Baptist Convention to formalize the partnership between the two conventions for the Missionary Adoption Program (MAP). Texas Baptists Executive Director David Hardage was accompanied by Danny Reeves, Texas Baptists president, Josue Va...

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Change Maker conference empowers students to grow in faith

Blessie Kurpati remembers strapping Bibles to her body as a young girl, covering them in an oversized dress and running through the airport to smuggle the precious books into the Middle Eastern country where her family lived. As she shared her testimony in front of 2,400 at the Texas Baptists’ Change Maker Student Conference...

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Pastoral transitions: Times to thrive

By John Hall, Contributing Writer Moses is one of the most recognized figures in the Bible. He takes on Pharaoh. He leads the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. God even gives him the 10 Commandments as they converse face to face. He’s one of the greatest examples of leadership in all of Scripture, irreplaceable in his role...

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Teachers, we thank you for helping us become all that God intended

Their names stick in my mind with the glue of memory -- Moore, Smith, Emerson, Coffman, and Sandoz. They left more than their names in my mind; they were my teachers. Another school year closes, and it seems appropriate to remember our teachers. They pour their lives into their students, and then those receivers of the gift of lear...

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Honoring the legacy of Dr. Paul Stripling and Elmin Howell

INDEPENDENCE - Friends and family of Dr. Paul Stripling and Elmin Howell gathered together in Independence, Texas, on June 4 to honor their lives and legacies in Texas Baptists ministry at the 2017 Texas Baptists Legacy Awards. Executive Director David Hardage began the awards ceremony at the historical site of Independence Baptist...

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Old wolf of racism appears in alt-right sheep's clothing

Alt-right racism is both like and unlike the old racism. Like -- it sees the white race as superior and in need of protection. Unlike -- it is generally educated, secular, and young. The Southern Baptist Convention brought the alt-right to centerstage last week when it initially failed to consider a resolution condemning racist asp...

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Convención celebrates 100 years of UFM, approves bylaw changes

SAN ANTONIO –The 100th Anniversary of Union Femenil Misionera de Texas (UFM) was celebrated during Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas in San Antonio June 25-27. The sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church was filled as past presidents lined the stage and Raquel Contreras, director of Casa Bautista de...

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Texas Baptist Elijah Brown elected General Secretary of BWA

Elijah Brown, executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, was elected to serve as the next General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. Brown is the first Texas Baptist to serve in this capacity, and at the age of 36, the youngest person to be elected to the position. The election took place on July 7 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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Running the race to fulfill God’s calling

By Cheryl Nafzinger "The South Texas School of Christian Studies has made it possible for me to pursue my theological education in a timely and affordable manner. This institution has polished the brass on my trumpet which I so proudly continue to sound.” - Eric Tarver. For Eric Tarver, the South Texas School of Christia...

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National Boomer Ministry Conference compels baby boomers to come and see

“Reaching 50-year-olds is the same thing that reaches 24-year-olds - invite them to come and see. If you personally know the King, then compel them to come in,” said Todd Wagner, senior pastor of Watermark Church in Dallas, at the National Boomer Ministry Conference on Sept. 7. He continued, “The mark that is goi...

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