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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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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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Employment

Employment We are deeply rooted Applying for Available Positions It is the policy of the Baptist General Convention of Texas not to keep on file unsolicited resumes. Download the below application for employment. Open the application in Adobe and complete all fields. If you have any questions, please contact HR at (214) 828-5168...

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Multi-Housing Church Planting

Multi-Housing Church Planting There are many ways to start a church. We recommend the organic model for church planting. This is a natural model comprising a simple way to work as a church without the complications of a full system of programs. Here you can find any information regarding how and specific details on the process of...

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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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Childhood Discipleship

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

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Boomers

Our mission is to help those working with Boomer ministries and provide resources, tools, encouragement and ideas to help ministers and volunteers in this ministry. Give to the Boomer Ministry National Boomer Ministry Conference September 6-8, 2017 Park Cities Baptist Church 3933 Northwest Pkwy Dallas, TX 75225 More Details Books...

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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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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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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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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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What's There to do Around Here?

What's There to do Around Here? Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: Young people will identify a variety of activities that are fun, safe, and legal which do not involve drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:33 (NRSV) “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all the...

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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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Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

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

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Foundational Virtues

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

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The Bible and the Twelve Steps

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

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Called - 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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Bylaws & Church Governance

Bylaws & Church Governance Church Bylaws can be incredibly important both in times of crisis (e.g. situations involving the termination of a pastor, termination of a member, employment crisis, etc.) and in helping churches function properly on a day-to-day basis. Sample Church Constitution & Bylaws If your church is writin...

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United We Build

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

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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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Who Is Mary Hill Davis?

Who Is Mary Hill Davis? Texas Baptists have long recognized the importance of education. They established universities to provide quality education taught from a Christian perspective. To enrich and/or develop leadership for Texas ethnic/minority churches, scholarships are provided for worthy African American, Hispanic, Native Ame...

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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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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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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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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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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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American Interim Pastor Ministries

American Interim Pastor Ministries I am a retired engineer from Monsanto Chemical Company whom God called to volunteer for pastoral ministry in my retirement years. In 2000 I served as volunteer interim pastor of the church we attended in the 1970's while building a chemical plant in northeast England. That ministry brought about...

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Camp Fusion

Camp Fusion aims to connect students from Texas Baptist Intercultural Church at this crucial time in their faith journey. During this culturally relevant camping experience they will worship, fellowship, grow intellectually through teaching, physically through recreation, and spiritually through God’s word. Download the Broc...

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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 - Understanding the Bible for women who feel called to ministry

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

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Called - Follow Me

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Acteens Leaders

Acteens Leaders Teaching youth girls of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of teenagers. WMU Calendar...

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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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CA Leaders

CA Leaders Teaching children of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of children. Developing a missional...

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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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Children in Action

Children in Action Imagine if children 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 children...

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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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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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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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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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Baptist Nursing Fellowship

Baptist Nursing Fellowship The Baptist Nursing Fellowship ® is a Christian organization of professional nurses that promotes continuing professional education and growth for members and nurse missionaries. Through BNF® , there are opportunities for serving, continuing education, prayer and much more. Texas BNF is sponsored by Wo...

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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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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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Student Missions

Student Missions Teenagers of today are longing to make a difference in their world. As they struggle with finding their identity and their purpose, you can help them by strengthening their Biblical world view while helping them connect their faith with real life. links WMU Calendar Contact WMU Acteens Youth on Mission Just for Bo...

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Our Passion & Story

Our Passion & Story WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT MISSIONS We are passionate about empowering Christ-followers to radically participate in the mission of God. In partnership with national WMU®, we offer mission small groups and approaches, as well as ministries, that enable every member of the church to learn about missions, become...

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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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Conclave

Conclave is designed by student ministers to encourage, network, train and resource youth ministers and those who work with youth. October 16-18, 2017 \\ Arlington, Texas Convention Center Registration 2017 Keynote Speakers Monday Afternoon and Evening JOSH GRIFFIN Co-founder, Download Youth Ministry, Rancho Santa Margar...

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Western Heritage

Western Heritage Ministries Impacting cowboy culture for Christ. Western Heritage Ministries exists to connect with cowboy churches and partner with Texas Baptists Cowboy Churches to encourage, inform and help them reach their ministry goals. We also assist churches in planting new cowboy churches. Goals Develop strong and positiv...

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African American Fellowship Conference

Colonial Hills Baptist Church7330 S. BroadwayTyler TX, 75703 A multifaceted training event introducing ministry resources provided by Texas Baptists in a unique, encouraging and enriching context to the African American Church. REGISTER ONLINE You may also download the registration form and mail it back in.Download FormRegistratio...

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Urban Missions – Prayer Resources

Urban Missions Prayer Resources Before you begin, pray When you begin to look at what it will take to strengthen your church, perhaps the most significant activity you will engage is prayer. Corporate prayer, private prayer, and other spiritual formation disciplines will be vital as your church moves forward in transitioning...

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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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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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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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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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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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Growing to live through hunger offering

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Hands in Service, an organization that receives funding from Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, provides family garden workshops through missions and churches in the poverty belt around the city of Guadalajara and other communities, as well as in rural areas. These workshops help train and educate people to grow t...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Good Legal Stewards

Once my wife and I were engaged we decided to attend premarital counseling. Years later, my misconceptions about counseling are still prevalent in society. I viewed counseling as unnecessary for healthy relationships. Inaccurate images from television and movies caused me to believe I should only attend counseling if there was a p...

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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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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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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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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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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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Jurassic World: Is bigger and better ever enough?

Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen Jurassic World yet and you plan on seeing it, you may want to wait to read this post since a few plot points may be given away. Just when you thought T-Rex was the scariest possible villain you could image, Jurassic World proves that scarier dinosaurs are possible. While I'm not a well-respected...

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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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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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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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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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Country churches are a rising trend in Baptist life

PARKER – After Southfork Baptist Church dwindled to 15 members, Pastor David LeFlore realized something needed to change in order to continue to reach the community. "Through lots of prayer and wondering how we're going to grow, Connie asked if we ever thought about a country church," LeFlore said, referring to his wife. He...

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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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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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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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The oversaturated, overextended and overstimulated mind

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

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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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A Christian Response to Reentry

I walked out of prison more resilient than I was at intake, a miracle considering the harsh nature of prison. At intake, I was completely defeated. My addiction had progressed to criminality, and everything in my life that had any value to me was stripped away. I was filled with shame. The Christian volunteers I met while in prison...

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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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#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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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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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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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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In His hands

When it came to asking God why things happen the way they do, Lulee was all too familiar with that inquisition. Having never met her biological father, Lulee was raised by her aunt and her mother, who battled a serious illness. For years, Lulee prayed to God and asked Him to heal her mom. But, with no tangible improvement, Lulee qu...

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Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, when...

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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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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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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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