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Go Now Missions: Trust and Obey

When we arrived in North Africa, we were told by our host missionaries that the next day we would be going to an area on the outskirts of town to spend the night.They told us that they had never taken a team here and they really were not sure why we were going. All they knew is that as they prayed about the schedule for our team, t...

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Trusting in the hard places

Go Now missionaries returning home from a semester of serving around the world sat in a panel discussion across from new students preparing to go during their January retreat in the BSM at the University of Texas at Arlington. The nine college students returning from service were in a time of debriefing, while the eight students pr...

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Can I trust you?

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

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After trust is earned

When I first got to New York City, I was the minority. Not only was I new to the community, I was a Christian. The church that I work with has three very clear goals: love God, love people and serve the community. Yes, many churches can say they have the same objectives, but do they really live up to them?  The work done on Su...

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LaDonna Renfro

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Learning to love more in Houston

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

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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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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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Minister Ethics

Minister Ethics The vocation of ministry presents unique challenges to ethical living. Others often have higher ethical expectations of their ministers than of themselves. And God has high expectations, as well. Ministers and congregations can join together in creating an environment that promotes godly living. Ministerial Ethics:...

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Infertility & Medical Options

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

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Living with Grief & Loss

Living with Grief & Loss "But now says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you shall no...

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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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Advance Directives

Advance Directives Advance directives allow persons to make decisions about medical treatment prior to the onset of circumstances that might precipitate these decisions and in the event of incapacitating illness. Directives to Physicians and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care A directive to physicians, or living will, allo...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oil Field Ministry

The Oil Field Ministry hopes to develop relationships, support and meet physical and spiritual needs of individuals working in the oil industry by extending care, concern, compassion and hope to the workers and their families. If you would like more information on how your church can be a part of the Oil Field Ministry, please ema...

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The Study

The Study Here you'll find a wide variety of online Bible-study tools and resources to assist you in your weekly preparation & study, and which you can share with others to assist them in becoming “discovery learners". Here in the BGCT Bible Study/Discipleship area, it is our great desire to provide you with tools to enh...

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The Bible

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

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Priesthood of Believers

Priesthood of Believers The Old Testament contains two passages that prophesy a coming time when all of God’s people will be priests (Exodus 19:5-6, Isaiah 61:5-6). The New Testament says those prophecies are fulfilled in the Christian church. 1 Peter 2:4-10 is the most explicit text, and Christians are called priests in fiv...

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Salvation

Salvation “Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.”1 Texas Baptists believe the only path to eternal relationship with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. This one p...

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Consulting, Coaching & Mentoring

Introducing the Urban Church Leader Coaching Network Have you ever felt completely helpless about what was happening in the life of your church? You have read the books, you have gone to conferences, and it still seems like there is so much to overcome. The Urban Church Leader Coaching network wants to help you walk through next s...

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Serve

Team Leaders Team Leaders attending Super Summer are assigned to schools where they serve as small group leaders for the students. Super Summer requires 1 Team Leader per 6 Students. It is the responsibility of the church to recruit qualified Team Leaders. Please recruit trustworthy leaders from your church, neighboring churches...

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Who Can Attend?

Students Students attending Super Summer are assigned to schools based upon the school grade they will enter in the Fall of 2017. Red School Students entering 8th grade Blue School Students entering 9th grade Orange School Students entering 10th grade Yellow School Students entering 11th grade Green School Students entering 12th g...

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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 - 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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Planned Giving

Planned Giving Give the gift of a lifetime and beyond. Your support of Texas Baptist missions can continue to impact lives for an eternity. To help you steward your resources in the most effective way possible, The Missions Foundation offers a variety of planned giving avenues to consider. Charitable Gift Annuity A donor and the M...

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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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Cohort 1

Next Seminar - Thursday, April 14 with special guest Dr. Gary Cook, Chancellor of Dallas Baptist University Dallas Baptist University 3000 Mt. Creek Pkwy Dallas, TX 75211 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 to allow time for parking. Home Workbook Contact Feedback Parking: Reserved parking places will be available near...

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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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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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WMU Annual Meeting Stream

Streaming General Sessions onFriday, March 31st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pmSaturday, April 1st @ 10:25am "It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might dem...

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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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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Forward-thinking churches trust the Spirit to guide them as they plan for the future. Use these tools to plan and carry out the work of Christ in your church's sphere of influence. Resources Demographics and Statistics Annual Church Profile Back to Church Admin

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Human trafficking treats human life as if it were only a commodity. The Bible says women and men are created in God’s image. That conveys ultimate value. A person is not to be bought and sold, used and discarded as if he or she is merely a thing and not an image bearer of God. The United Nations has defined...

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Conferences

Conferences Check back in early August for conference titles and leaders. Here's a look back at 2016. Three Extended Conferences on Tuesday afternoon during our regular conference slate, providing three hours of teaching time between 1:30-5:00 pm and an ice-cream break from 2:45-3:15. Monday, October 10 2:30-3:30 PM \\ 3:45-4:45 P...

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Missionary Adoption Program

WELCOME TO THE 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 will focus on evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Local Baptist conventions will provide training, support and regular check-ins. Finan...

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Church Administration

The office of Church Administration exists to help church leaders be faithful stewards of church resources. Financial Guidebook Now Available! The Church Financial Guidebook will lead you and your finance leaders through receipts, disbursement, financial ethics, and reporting, to promote healthy financial practices in your church...

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Christian Life Commission

Christian Life Commission Biblical Insight. Principled Living. The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas...

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WMU Annual Meeting

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Pause and Pray

Intentional Living: by Buddy Young, West Texas A&M University Ashley is a BSM Small group Bible Study leader in her resident hall. One of the girls, Ginny*, asked for Ashley to do a Bible Study on whether Satan and demons could be saved. Ashley and I prepared the study and Ashley presented it. The next day Ginny show...

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Jiwoon Park

JIWOON PARK Crafted and designed by our One and only, I am a child of the living God desiring to love because He loved and serve because He served. I am a joyful extrovert who loves to be in the presence of people. I have a passion for nutrition because I enjoy helping others. As an individual seeking His kingdom, I long to l...

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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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Parenting PKs

All of us in ministry know what it is like to live in a fish bowl. While it is hard on us, it is harder on our kids. Too many PK's (preacher's kids) grow up with a deep resentment toward the church, Christians, their parents and sometimes God because of all the expectations placed on them. We have raised four children in that fish...

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A safe place in the storm

Moore, Oklahoma is a town we will not soon forget. The nation looked on in stunned silence at the devastation from the violent tornadoes that visited this community. Too many realized too late that a truly safe place was all that stood between life and death.Storms often come without warning. Some are more severe than others. Some...

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Coaching to mentor

As athletes grow older and out of the ranks of high school and college sports, many turn to younger teams and begin coaching - sometimes for fun and sometimes as an occupation. For some, coaching comes through other natural connections, becoming the parents who coach their son or daughter's team.Coaching, whether it's out of a desi...

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Seasons of surrender

I fought long and hard not to make this move. I liked the way my life was. I finally felt settled - I knew the flow of my job after more than three years in my position. I had finally made good friends, and I felt at home when I was with my life group at church. I had found my place in ministry, discipling girls through the Baptist...

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Minister burnout and depression: Proactive steps

Related articles: Depression in a world of faith | Symptoms of depressionBurnout or depression can happen to any minister under certain circumstances. Katie Swafford, director of Texas Baptists Counseling Services, suggest ministers and churches look at the following proactive steps to ensure ministry - and ministers - remain stron...

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Opposing abortion in a world of vulnerable people

The Christian Life Commission has received a couple of questions about why it honored Texas Sen. Wendy Davis with its Horizon Award in 2012. As virtually everyone knows, Davis was thrust into the national political spotlight in June with her filibuster in opposition to a bill supported by many Texas Baptists, including me.The CLC h...

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Changing one life at a time

Over the last couple of months, as I have prepared to serve as a Campus Missionary Intern this school year, God has been teaching me a lot about myself and the mission He has called me to. For someone my age I look at the world I live in and see so many big issues but I also see God moving in big ways.I was sitting thinking yesterd...

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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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How do our churches minister to schools?

1) How did your church first get started working with your local schools?We have been working with the local schools for over 10 years. - Tom G. RevillaIt started with our geographic location right across the street. After unsuccessful attempts to interact we prayed for openings to collaborate. When a new principal came on we began...

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Go Now Missions: Overcoming fear

Honestly, there were many things coming into South Asia that made me extremely fearful. I was nervous about the darkness, depravity and strongholds. I was terrified about my extensive traveling schedule.But, I think majority of the fear that consumed me was feelings of inadequacy for my role in South Asia this summer. This summer...

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May Christ's mandate determine our work

Osvaldo Lerma, River Ministry Coordinator in Brownsville, TX and a few other River Ministry Coordinators were invited to go on a mission trip to Ciudad Victoria the Capital City of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico (about 180 miles from the Texas border) with Lakepointe Baptist Church. Lakepointe has been doing ministry for years in...

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Three keys to sharing the gospel with your children

Parents prioritize laying a solid foundation for their children early on that will undergird the rest of their lives. Parents know that early awareness, habit formation and discipline of sport and music helps their children develop. To that end, parents invest their time, energy and resources to give their children the best possibl...

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ISAAC Projects opens center to directly minister to immigrants

SAN ANTONIO - The Immigration Service and Aid Center opened its doors on the Baptist University of the Américas campus Aug. 30 to directly help people with their citizenship issues.The ISAAC center is Texas Baptists' first effort to directly help immigrants work within the law and navigate the complicated path toward citizenship...

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We Did Not Meet by Chance

When I was young, I struggled with being social and outgoing. I sit and wait around until someone would come and play with me. As I grew older, that started changing. As I got more involved in church activities, Christ starting removing timidity and all shyness from my life.From the moment I opened my life to Christ, the transforma...

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Fight rages beyond battlefield; chaplains on frontline

WAXAHACHIE - Military personnel's fight rages well beyond the battlefield, and chaplains are on the frontlines.In 2012, military suicides hit a record high since the armed forces began tracking such tragedies. Self-inflicted military deaths outnumbered deaths that took place in combat. The rate is down slightly in 2013 - 161 potent...

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A world away, a single bag in hand

DALLAS - The world is coming to Texas, landing at the airport with a single bag.Texas is the leading point of arrival for refugees, who often land with all of their belongings in an issued bag. With this small cache of items, a family will begin a new life in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar customs."There's gold in those bags,"...

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Let Our Lives Burn for You

This past Sunday, after church, the pastor brought a small grill he wanted to use. He had never grilled in his life, and I had never started a fire in my life. This was a new experience for all of us. Using coal, wood, and cardboard, we tried to start the fire. The material would burn fast, but the coal would not light. It was emba...

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A Heart for Christ

The kids in the feeding program I work with have been selected from families most in need. They burst through the classroom doors each day with so much energy and excitement. It does not matter how the weather is; they are always here. Seeing the kids, and their involvement in my classroom, makes my heart sing with joy! Though at t...

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DBU Students Respond to The Calling Conference

Dallas, TX - Nearly 400 DBU students gathered together for The Calling Conference, an event geared to help college students discern their calling to ministry and determine the next steps for them to take along that journey. Sponsored by Texas Baptists and coordinated by Dr. Bill Tillman, director of the Theological Education Divisi...

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Gospel Focused Free Lunch

Some days serving at the University of North Texas are just plain hard. UNT is very different, in comparison to the college I attended. Most students do not care about God or want to engage in spiritual conversations. This is not because they don't see the reason for believing in God, but because they really just don't care. I am l...

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Memorial set for HSU Senior Taylor Huff

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

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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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It is all possible

As I prepare for each lesson daily, I pray that God speaks through me and says to each child what he or she needs to hear. Each day that passes, I get closer to leaving. This makes me work harder because I want to make the most of my experience.When I got here, I told each child that we were going to be learning a verse from the Bi...

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Philippines Typhoon: Preparing to go

Our disaster assessment team of six leaves for the Philippines in four days to respond to the disaster that has affected so many following Typhoon Haiyan. Comprised of BGCT staff, disaster assessment "yellow caps" from Texas Baptist Men, and a Filipino pastor and his wife, we are all going with the hope of helping those in need.Pas...

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'Kumbaya' should be no joke

In 2010, a story in The New York Times noted that the song, "Kumbaya," had lately been "transformed into snarky shorthand for ridiculing a certain kind of idealism, a quest for common ground."I remember singing the song in the 1960s, and we loved it. It was no joke; it called us toward something better than what we knew. I did not...

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Hunger in Honduras: The face of a thankful heart

CATULACA, Honduras - Felipe is paralyzed from the waist down after a tragic accident about five years ago. He has undergone eight surgeries and was forced to sell most of his land to pay for the medical procedures. He was the primary breadwinner for his family of six and now many times they wonder how they will eat. The family rais...

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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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Congreso Nation is Everlasting for 50th Anniversary

WACO - Congreso is an experience thousands have encountered over the past 50 years. What began in 1964 as a ministry to Hispanic Baptist students has continued to impact thousands of lives across the state.This year, from Apr. 17-19, more than 4,000 youth and college students gathered in Baylor University's Ferrell Center for the w...

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The necessity of discipleship

If there is one thing I have learned while serving on staff at the UNT BSM it is the essential need for collegiate ministry in the United States. Over one million students are attending college in the State of Texas. According to a recent poll by Lifeway, 70 percent of freshmen who enter the college world will stop attending church...

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Executive Board approves building sale, agreement with STSCS

DALLAS -Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board convened on Mon., May 19, and Tues., May 20. Several decisions were made, including the sale of the BGCT's Dallas facility to Baylor University for $16 million. For more information on the building sale, click here."The discussions and sale of the building is a spiritual a...

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Rebuilders of walls, restorers of streets

CORPUS CHRISTI - Impact City Church in Corpus Christi was planted by Felix Trevino, a worker at Valero Refinery, and his wife, Sara, as a response to a need for a missional church in the community of South Texas. They are a part of the Corpus Christi Baptist Association and a member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. "Thi...

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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 own god. We place our knowledge of our well-being above His knowledge of us."I think God may not re...

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Follow me

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

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Excuses

I fear many young people who have been gifted and called into church ministry are simply excusing their calling by saying things like: "I feel unworthy." Some young people have the impression that ministers are super spiritual giants who have few if any failures in life. This simply is not the case. What did Abraham, David and Pau...

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Baptist churches have women in ministry, panelists insist

CORPUS CHRISTI — Women minister in most Texas Baptist churches; they just don't always carry the job title, speakers noted in a panel discussion held in conjunction with the Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting."Titles are important, but we shouldn't get hung up on them. The important thing is being true to your...

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Women in Ministry Conference encourages women to work in courage

ABILENE – Being a woman in ministry requires both courage and encouragement, said speakers at the Texas Baptists Women in Ministry En{in}Courage conference held at Logsdon Seminary Feb. 22. The conference focused on helping women identify or remember their ministry calling from the Lord and to walk courageously."We named the conf...

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Oregon: What makes us different

For the last nine weeks, I've been living in the land of weird. I've seen a German Shepard in a stroller, a man wearing the same kilt every day, and piercings I didn't even think were possible. I'll be honest it took me a few days to adjust to this city that prides itself on being weird. But the more time I spent here, the more I...

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Book Review: Hearing God's Call

Ben Campbell Johnson's book, Hearing God's Call (Eerdmans, 2002), is a must-read resource for anyone sensing a call from God.In Johnson's words, has God been messing with your life? "God has always called human beings to share in the divine mission in the world - and he still does" (ix). God's "messing" in our lives...

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Quebec: Afraid to believe

Trying to communicate camp rules and activities to the French campers was challenging enough. Keeping the campers focused and interested during devotional time is a whole different ball game - especially when I'm trying to discuss a chapel message that was given in a language that I don't understand.After starting the week off with...

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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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Boldly sharing Christ in South Asia

B.B., a student from Texas A&M University, served with Go Now Missions in South Asia this summer.Well jet lag is a beast. It's currently 5 a.m. and I can't sleep because I've crossed about 11 time zones to get home, but in this quiet darkness when I find myself alone in my living room, what better thing is there to do than thin...

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Becky Holt

Name: Becky HoltHusband: I will be marrying Steven Barnes this weekend!Children: None yetMinistry: CollegiatePosition: Ministry AssistantNumber of years: 14Where did you grow up? Dallas until I was 8 and then GarlandHow old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I was 7 years old...

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Racism undermines justice and unity

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

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Collegiate Ministry

Department: Center for Collegiate Ministry, Go Now Missions and Texas BSM Staffers: Bruce McGowan - State BSM Director; Joyce Ashcraft - Ministry and Regional Coordinator; Brenda Sanders - Missions Consultant; Robert Hooker - Evangelism Consultant; Ginger Bowman - Church Life Consultant; Katie Gravens - Leadership C...

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Lay down your burdens

This story is 3 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ.Sexual abuse - An uncomfortable phrase for most of us and a horrific experience and reality for far too many. In Christian circles, these words are not talked about very much. Whether it is the fear of the unknown...

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Washed Away

We flew in to this beautiful city and were immediately overwhelmed with the aroma of His spirit amongst many other new aromas. The first feeling of 110-degree weather with 80% humidity and the beautiful faces making their homes on the sidewalks tells me that I am not in Texas anymore and gives me a great love for South Asia. I can...

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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering and Disaster Recovery help bring relief during Ebola crisis

DALLAS - Through funding from the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) and Restore Hope are sending food and supplies to areas that are experiencing starvation due to the Ebola crisis.In Liberia and Sierra Leone, many farmers have contracted the Ebola virus and died causing farm workers to lose the...

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Live the Difference: on social media

This year's Annual Meeting theme is "Live the Difference." We asked several individuals what it looks like to live the difference in their day-to-day lives. Here's what Katie Swafford, director of Counseling Services, had to say:I'm browsing through Facebook this morning when I see the status update of a childhood friend. This frie...

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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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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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Good Grief: A Way through the Holidays after a Loved One Dies

My favorite cartoon to watch is, and will always be, A Charlie Brown Christmas. There is something so poignant and sad, yet celebratory, about the story. On one hand, Charlie Brown works so hard to make Christmas special, and all he ends up with is a small, insignificant tree. On the other hand, the cartoon probably has the most me...

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TBMF hosts award luncheon during Annual Meeting

WACO - Friends and supporters of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) gathered together for the 2014 Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Awards Luncheon held in Waco, during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists. This year, TBMF presented three awards in recognition of work in missions in the state of Texas.Bill Arnold, presid...

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Joy in suffering

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

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Almoner

I want to be an Almoner. It was a new term to me and is an official role in the Catholic faith. There is a Papal Almoner whose job is to personally distribute Vatican money to individuals in need and meet their daily needs. This article enlightened me. After reading the post and coming up with yet another future job idea, I began...

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Free Lunch and Gospel conversations

Two rooms, 27 tables, 162 chairs, one hour and one Gospel message: all the ingredients to a Free Lunch on campus at UTD.It seems like the one thing we keep talking about here is how much lunches have grown. From a maximum of around 80 students a year ago, to over 200 weekly this spring, it is certainly something to talk about.The g...

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Air Time

It's fair to say I spend an inordinate amount of time on airplanes - in 2014, I "enjoyed" a mere 89 flights. So, I plan my time in the air as strategically as I do my time on the ground. Some of my best use of "air" time is spent reading, journaling, writing (I'm actually on a flight while I write this) and (my favorite) writing p...

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State of the State

On February 17, Governor Greg Abbott gave his first State of the State address. The State of the State was first given by Governor J. Pickney Henderson in 1845, after Texas joined the Union. The State of the State is required by the Texas Constitution and is given at the beginning of each regular legislative session.The State of th...

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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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​Forever loved, forever Young: An adoption story

It was December 8, 2008–the day to finally meet Sam. After years of waiting, Ashli and Kyle Young found themselves in Russia face-to-face with the 3-year-old child they would soon adopt and call their own. "It was weird," Ashli said of that first interaction. "People talk about instantly connecting with their child. I didn't exp...

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Before you build a new website: Part 2

Last week, I talked about two things to think about before building a new website: who your organization is and who will take care of your new website. This week, I'd like to talk more about the technical aspect of building a website: design and development. DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT Now we can start talking about some of the more...

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

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

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​Living as a black man in Ferguson

In the summer of 2012, a 32-year-old African American man sat in his car cooling off after playing basketball in a public park. A law enforcement officer pulled up behind the man's car, blocking him in, and demanded the man's Social Security number and identification.That's how the story begins. It's part of the U.S. Justice Depart...

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To a new harvest

Sometimes I get frustrated reading hunger statistics. So much of the information comes in particular metrics which seem restrictive to the big picture. It's not a bad thing. And the sorts of policy solutions and development strategy yielded by looking at hunger in terms of demographics and economic resources certainly have a necess...

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Bigger than the ball pit

There we were standing at the opening of the ball pit and tunnel at a local kids' pizza and play place.I was trying to convince my young boy that he could jump in, play and then come out the other end, but he was simply refusing out of fright. He could see other boys and girls in there having fun, but apparently wasn't as concerned...

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Crazy Hope

Hope. We all need hope. We have earthquakes shaking, winter storms freezing, sickness ravaging, bad news surrounding, ISIS killing and kidnapping, families breaking, jobs dropping and gas prices rising! We don't need regular hope. We need CRAZY HOPE. Hope for New Leadership It often seems that national leadership seems unaware of...

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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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How to overcome root rot

I have never claimed to have a green thumb, but I am an eternal optimist. So recently, when my peace lily was just about on her (yes her, I named her Lily) last leg, I decided I couldn't let her give up without a fight. I researched online until I found out what might be wrong with my quickly fading Lily (pictured left). My conclu...

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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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7 Things I Want “PK’s” To Know

The year was 1990. "New Kids on the Block" was the #1 boy band that climbed the music charts during the '80's and '90's, selling more than 80 million records worldwide. Every teenage girl I knew in the DFW area, including me, the "preacher's kid," had a major crush on the band. NKOTB was going to be in concert and I wanted to go wi...

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Bad blood

Pop singer Taylor Swift is famous for putting her hurts and pain into song. She's done it again. The word on the street (the web) is that another pop icon, Katy Perry, is the newest object of her ire. That really doesn't matter; the words matter.Now we've got problemsAnd I don't think we can solve 'emYou made a really deep cutAnd b...

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Between a rock and a hard place

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

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Go Now students encouraged to start sharing now

DALLAS - Rather than waiting to share the Gospel until Go Now missionaries arrive on the mission field, Joe Osteen encouraged students to starting sharing as soon as they leave, even on the plane. Osteen, BSM director at the University of Texas at Tyler, encouraged more than 200 college-aged students to embrace their callings this...

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Executive Board encouraged by testimonies of BSMs, discuss church planting increases

DALLAS - Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) directors are being missional on college campuses, a place not like any other in America, Bruce McGowan, director of Collegiate Ministries shared with Executive Board members on Monday, May 18, during their May board meeting in Dallas. "Thousands of students are gathered together with a commo...

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Cultural implications of Bruce becoming Caitlyn

The picture of a new person, Caitlyn Jenner, has intruded itself into our world. Bruce Jenner, the amazing male athlete of a few decades ago, has changed his gender, and the results are supposedly revealed in a Vanity Fair cover story. Some people are talking about the courage it took for Bruce to become Caitlyn. Courage did not c...

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Highlighting BOUNCE Worship

Some of the highlights of this week of BOUNCE have been what happens off of the worksite. Every evening, BOUNCERS join together in worship. It has been a refreshing time of reflection for many of the students. It is a time when students can sing praises to God and learn about His Word.Worship speaker, Ryan Jespersen, has been speak...

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Child abuse is everyone's business

Country singer Kacey Musgraves' single, "Biscuits," is gaining popularity. The message of the song can be summed up in the line that advises, "Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy." It's a catchy and clever restatement of the familiar idiom, "mind your own business." In today's society, we've heard so many variations of t...

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Louie Giglio challenges youth at North Texas YEC

The June 19-20, North Texas Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) brought an overflowing crowd of students to Venue 510 in Burleson, where renowned pastor and author Louie Giglio gave a challenging message.Giglio, founder of Passion Conferences and pastor of Passion City church in Atlanta, Georgia, read from Luke 7, reciting the story...

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​Camp Exalted encourages spiritual growth for 290 youth

From amusing games of human foosball to deep-hearted discussions in family groups to spirit-led worship, students at Camp Exalted gained both new friendships and spiritual growth June 22-26. Nearly 300 students attended this year's Camp Exalted, hosted by Texas Baptists' African American Ministries and located at Camp Copass in De...

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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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BOUNCE Worship has Been a Success!

On the third day of work here in Waco, some teams have finished the house on their worksite and the end is in sight for all the other groups. Even though students have been spending most of their days working, some highlights from the week have occurred away from the worksites. Every evening, BOUNCERS are able to worship together...

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How Oregon trees taught me to give God control

As we walked up to the tree, my heart sank. I knew exactly what our next activity was on our trek in the woods with the YD adventures crew. I was so excited about getting to take a group of kids from our apartment buildings out camping for a few days, but as we approached the dreaded tree I began to question the wisdom of that deci...

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Facing the oceans in South Texas and finding strength in the Lord

A lot of really great people in my life encouraged me to do Go Now Missions this summer. My BSM directors, my friends, pastors and loved ones encouraged me to take a step of obedience and to go wherever I was called, to leave my 'yes' on the table for God no matter what. It seemed like such a daunting task and I was in denial, alth...

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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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5 Things you need to be doing for your college freshmen students right now

Para leer en español, oprime aquí. In my experience as a Baptist Student Ministry director, I see that once Christian college students start college life, the academic, social and financial demands, not to mention a new environment and new lifestyle, can make a well-intended college student put God on the back burner. I understa...

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I am not a hot shot

Trust is hard for me. Not because I've been let down or burned by people I had once trusted, but because I like to think I don't have to trust people to begin with. I can keep everything inside, and do everything myself. I wish I could be a self-sufficient individual who doesn't need to rely on anyone or anything, but I am not, and...

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What a baby boomer taught a millennial about life and work

According to Barna Group Research, the average tenure of an American employee per job is 4.4 years of service. They have found 91% of millennials expect to stay in a single job for less than three years. Only 27% of millennials have a clear goal for where they want to be in five years, and sadly, only 19% are extremely satisfied w...

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How to love your Search Committee

Whatever staff position you and your husband serve in your church (or have served in), chances are you probably worked with a Search Committee. Members of the committee who brought you into a church can be some of your best partners in your ministry. Embrace them! They are your allies. These people are already invested in you. Wit...

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Why you should never say never

Growing up, we would pass through Houston on the way to my aunt's house in Texas City. We would always say, "We'll never live here!" But then, the last half of my junior year in high school, we moved from my beautiful, quiet, peaceful, quaint East Texas small town to the concrete, noisy, busy, modern life of the city! Never say nev...

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Get to know: Charles Washington

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

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Larsen named finalist for CFO of the Year award

Texas Baptists' Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Jill Larsen has been named a finalist for Dallas Business Journal's CFO of the Year award.Larsen was selected and named a finalist by a panel of independent judges after being nominated by a close business friend. She will join 28 other financial executives Oct. 26 at the CFO of...

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Executive Board recommends $35.42 million budget for 2016

DALLAS- At the Sept. 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved to recommend a 2016 net budget of $35.42 million to messengers at the Nov. 8-10 Annual Meeting. The budget will rely on $31 million in Cooperative Program receipts from churches, a decrease of $900,000 f...

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Handling the Cheapest of Commodities: Criticism

Criticism is everywhere. It's a constant. If you're in any form of ministry leadership (or any kind of public service), you don't have to go looking for it. People offer it for free, especially church people. It is the cheapest of today's commodities in our hyper-opinionated culture.So, how do we handle it when it comes our way?In...

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Creating bold youth disciples in the midst of a cultural revolution

In the midst of a cultural revolution where technology has cultivated a "me" generation and immorality is prevalent, youth ministers have a unique and challenging role in teaching students to be bold disciples. Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders in Georgia, shared expert insight to a room full of church youth wor...

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Freedom through surrender

Serving as a co-pastor at Community Life Church (C-Life) in Forney, Randy Wade wears multiple hats day-in and day-out. From pastor, counselor, mentor and friend to husband, father and son, Randy serves many people in a variety of ways. One day last fall, as he began listing out his roles in life and how he thought he ranked in eac...

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Christ’s light shines among refugees

An American Christian asked the gathered children if any had experienced difficulty in forgiving someone. One small boy raised his hand and said it was difficult forgiving the armed men who blew up a car, killing his uncle.This very public and understandable confession occurred at a Baptist camp in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Texa...

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Five Mistakes I Wish I Had Made Sooner

I'm sharing five mistakes I wish I had made a lot sooner. Sooner, I say, because some lessons I seem to insist on learning by the experience of my own failure rather than by the observation of others' mistakes. These are ones I wish I had gotten out of my system sooner. And, I'm sharing these five (there are more, believe me), bec...

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God: The “New Thing” Maker!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5: 17This past summer, Ryan and I were given a used dining table from a relative. It was beautiful, simple and had "good bones." But I thought it could use a little updating, like a new stain color on top and maybe a lit...

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The ultimate harvester at work in East Asia

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

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MLK: God and God's people confront evil together

We Christians still have a problem faced by the first disciples of Christ. We have a hard time, a very hard time, casting out evil.In the New Testament, this is recorded in Matthew 17:19-20. The disciples could not heal a boy, and they did not understand why.Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cas...

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Seeing God at work in Oregon

God was abundant in His faithfulness and provision over this past week. We got to meet and interact with so many University of Oregon students and create relationships with those who were intrigued at being called to the Lord's hands; all while working with an awesome team at the university.We handed out flyers and explained the in...

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Jamaica: Laying Foundations Physically and Spiritually

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

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Jamaica: Building Faith While Building Houses

I am convinced God has a sense of humor; He takes the most entertaining situations and uses them to build His character in us. Our first experience was the three-hour bus ride from Montego Bay to Harmons. Many in our group were very apprehensive of the narrow roads and steep exposure and trusted the experience and ability of the dr...

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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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These gleaming, little eyes

Look at these gleaming little eyes. Gripping, aren't they?Though a sparkle glistens, these eyes have seen what no eyes should ever see.These eyes saw a bomb detonate yards away as they fled their Syrian home at 4 a.m. over a year ago.They saw airplanes fly above which triggered tears and the verbal response, "They're coming! They'r...

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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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Baptist University of the Américas to relocate entire campus

SAN ANTONIO – Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) students will enjoy a modern campus when they move into one building that provides more square footage and up-to-date facilities for Fall 2016. The 68-year-old university on the Southside that educates Hispanic ministers from 23 countries is relocating its entire c...

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Listening and responding to the Lord’s call to go

Go Now Missions recently hosted Discovery Weekend at First Baptist Church Midlothian, where 195 students were issued invitations to serve as Go Now Missionaries after the weekend. There were 50 small group leaders, made up of BSM Staff, Church Staff and students who are former Go Now Missionaries; 25 host homes provided by FBC Midl...

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Executive Board approves preventative education and training regarding clergy sexual misconduct

DALLAS - In a proactive approach to address clergy sexual misconduct through prevention education and training, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas voted to revise current policy at the recent February 22-23 board meeting.Vernon Stokes, chairman of the Administration Support Committee, presented the recom...

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Christian community development brings Good News to the poor

(Jimmy Dorrell will be leading a workshop at the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. His workshop is titled "Christian Community Development: How to Do It Where You Live!") While the church and her people may have forgotten the poor and the call to justice at various times in history, Go...

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Putting marriage priorities back in order

This article is part two of the Marriage in a Fishbowl series, focused on encouragement and helpful marriage tips for ministers. It is written by Cory and Amy Brand, a ministry couple serving in Corsicana. Click here to read part one.'And they lived happily ever after!' Are you kidding me? I'd venture to say that any of us who have...

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​Promise & Peril: Preaching Micah 6:8 In 2016 America

How clearly do you see the promise & peril of our country during the 2016 election? Are you able to see that there is an American Dream, and that you share in its promise? Can you see how God's hope is calling us forward? Do you see your part to play in solving our perilous problems? Do you believe that our national motto, "In God...

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A Holy Week reflection on suffering

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

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[un]Apologetic Conference arms believers with knowledge and provides answers for seekers

All good apologetics should point back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to best-selling author Mark Mittelberg, speaker at the [un]Apologetic Conference in El Paso on April 7 and 8. During the conference’s opening session, Mittelberg gave a detailed description of the secular landscape Christians find themselves in to...

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Providing hope and a new start for mothers reentering society

The first day a mom and her children set foot at Exodus Ministries, they are welcomed into a beautiful, fully-furnished apartment. Each apartment is uniquely decorated by thoughtful volunteers. Each kitchen comes completely stocked with groceries, through support of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. Each detail is covered in praye...

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Golf Classic raises $15,000 to help promote positive mental health through counseling

Stepping out on the green with golf clubs in hand and friends beside is not only beneficial to physical health but also promotes positive mental health, according to Texas Baptists Director of Counseling Services Katie Swafford, M.A., L.P.C.-S. During the third annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic, held on April 25 at the Dallas Athl...

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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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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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Riding on a rickshaw and seeing God at work

I have been in South Asia for 10 full days and I can honestly say that everything is completely different from anything I've known before. The language, food, architecture, culture, people, dress and transportation are all very different than life in the States. Today, I'm going to focus on the transportation difference though. In...

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Is there a sign on my forehead?

Sometimes a client will ask me if there is a sign on his/her forehead that says something to the effect of, “Abuse me, I’m a target.” Of course there is no sign, but at times negative reoccurrences in a life leads one to wonder if indeed there is a sign. The truth is, to God’s people, and especially God&rsqu...

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Continuing to share life-giving words in East Asia

Jennifer has served as a semester missionary in East Asia for the past few months. Here are her thoughts as she contemplates leaving those she has befriended and have yet to receive salvation. How often do we pause to think about God's love for us? The depth of God's love that caused Him to take our debt so that we may live with Hi...

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What is Ahead

When someone says college, what comes to mind? Most would say freedom, a new beginning, new friends, and a chance to redefine themselves. This is what I was seeking when I went to the campus involvement fair the first night of my freshman year. I could’ve joined a frat, the rugby team, the weightlifting team, but God had a pl...

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You will be hated for my name’s sake

Coming from the South, New York City was a huge culture shock. New York City has a population of 8 million +, when my hometown doesn't even reach close to 1 million. At first, I told myself there's no way I could live here. You don't even feel the freedom to breathe. But then it grew on me. I am living in Manhattan and commute to...

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Sharing the hope of Christ in East Asia

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

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Relationships in College

Relationships. There are so many types of relationships that can begin, end, or continue to thrive as you enter into this new season of life called college. With this comes a mixture of emotions. Fear and excitement are the two that come to mind for me. Fear of the unknown: Will I make new friends? Will the friendships I had in hig...

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How to Give Up Your Kids

I have felt conviction in my life from many sins, but recently none more than idolatry. What is the object of my worship? Sadly, it is my children. There are three things I am trying to do in my life to “give up my kids.” 1. I need to change my prayer life. Honestly, when I think about how I pray for my kids, I see my p...

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A new opportunity to share God’s word in Haiti

In Haiti, I met a “crazy” man – one for whom I had prayed to encounter. We had been in clinic for two days, yet I had not had a single opportunity to share the Gospel with a person who did not know Christ. It bothered me so much that I asked my supervisor to explain the clinic tickets were allocated among the comm...

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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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Hope for America

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage . . . Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.” -Psalm 33:12, 20-22 (ESV) No...

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Becoming a laborer for Christ in South Asia

I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for over 15 years. I have learned a lot about following Him throughout this time and honestly, I have a lot more to learn about following Him. In no way do I claim to have all of the answers, wisdom, understanding or experience. But, I do have what He has been teaching me lately and that is wh...

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Beware of payday loan wolves

By Anyra Cano-Valencia (Adapted from a piece that originally appeared in Christianity Today.) In the Spring of 2013, my husband, Pastor Carlos Valencia, and I had just finished dinner when we got one of those heart wrenching visits at home, where a church member or neighbor appears broken and suffering. Mrs. Mendoza (not her real n...

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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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7 tips for seeking peace with African Americans

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

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Chaos should not surprise us

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

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

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

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Childhood Discipleship: Training up a child

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 At one month old, babies can fix their eyes on faces and respond to what they see. By one year, trust is developed. By age 3, a child’s brain is 80% the size of an adult’s. By age 4, they have a wide ran...

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Can you see Him working?

Throughout our daily plans and schedules, God is present, anointing conversations and authoring divine appointments with perfect precision. It's easy to become distracted from God's presence by our own thoughts and to-do lists; however, when we ask God to provide opportunities to trust Him, He does. And He did for me. The day after...

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Back to school nerves

My niece, Caroline, is two years old. She is precious and recently returned from her first day at preschool with a confession to make. “I feel nerbus (nervous),” she told my sister on the car ride home. Caroline is a bright kid. My sister is, too. Many unknowns await children as they walk through the threshold of a new...

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Q&A with a foster care and adoption expert -- Samela Macon

Samela Macon, senior director of foster care and adoption for Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services Tell us a little about your ministry and how you got started in this work. My ministry began as a child, taking notice of children who felt alone or isolated. My heart was always drawn to them. At an early age God pressed it upon...

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Dan Curry joins Texas Baptists as Area Representative in North Texas

Texas Baptists welcomed Dan Curry to the staff as the new Area Representative for Area 9 from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls, effective Monday, October 3. As an Area Representative, Curry will serve as a connection to local churches and ministers in the area, providing help whenever a need arises such as for training, during a pastorl...

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Youth ministers at Conclave encouraged to promote racial reconciliation within churches

Racial reconciliation should begin through believers in the church, according to Bryan Carter, pastor of Concord Church in Dallas. Rather than relying on law enforcement, or looking to the government and society to break down racial tensions, Carter and Jeff Warren encouraged youth ministers to promote change within their own congr...

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How 25 chickens transformed a family - a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

Soontorn Inthayok is a day laborer and part-time guard, serving as the primary wage earner for his family in Northern Thailand. The 49-year-old provides for his older sister, who is mentally disabled, and his son, who is attending technical college. He also overcomes his personal disability to bring home earnings of approximately $...

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After a season of harsh words, may we find new ones to heal

A few weeks ago I stopped posting on social media about the presidential campaign. I had not taken sides. I stopped posting because I didn’t trust myself. I was beginning to get angry and wanting to say mean things, to use unkind labels, to disrespect. It’s been hard to not comment, but I’m glad I refrained. My an...

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Focus on discipleship leads to expanded ministry

First Denton Nearby campuses: University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, North Central Texas College Student population: 50,000-60,000 College Ministry: Led by University Pastor Austin Wadlow Ministries: Overflow Worship (Tuesday nights) Equip (Sunday morning discipleship training) Communities (24 student-led small...

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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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We are in need of God-blinded faith -- true humility

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you (James 4:10, NRSV). Monday, I wrote about righteousness and humility together, but I wanted to share a little more of what the late Quaker Thomas R. Kelly had to say about humility in his book, A Testament of Devotion. Kelly spoke of humility as resting “upon a ho...

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TBMF honors individuals and church for excellence in missions

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) presented its annual Adventurer, Innovator and Pioneer Awards during a Monday luncheon at Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, held at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium. John LaNoue presented First Baptist Church of Kilgore member Charles Whiteside with the Adventurer Award, which honors an indivi...

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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrates 20 years of giving, totaling $15.5 million

The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrated its 20th year connecting Texas Baptists churches to serve and support ministries that meet the immediate nutritional needs of people living in poverty and developing long term solutions. Through 20 years of giving, Texas Baptists have raised $15.5 million, which has been disbursed throug...

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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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Fentanyl has a very dark side -- Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella...

Anyone who has ever had serious pain -- the kind that disables you, causes you to curl knees to chest -- knows how the body and mind can crave pain relief. For me, it came with kidney stones some years back. After three hours untreated in an emergency room, I finally received a doctor-approved shot of morphine, then a second, then...

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FENTANYL TIENE UN LADO OSCURO –APACHE, ‘CHINA GIRL’, ‘CHINA WHITE’, &

Cualquiera que alguna vez haya tenido un dolor insoportable – la clase de dolor que lo discapacita, que le obliga a retorcerse de agonía – sabe de qué manera el cuerpo y la mente anhelan hallar alivio al dolor. En mi caso fueron piedras en el riñón hace algunos años. Después de...

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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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HPU graduate Jo Beth MacTavish charts new waters as mom and minister

“Being a mother while a full-time minister is hands down the hardest thing I have ever done,” says Jo Beth MacTavish, Howard Payne University graduate and youth minister at Kenefick Southern Baptist Church near Houston. “When I say there are few footsteps to follow in this field, I mean it. The books on how to be...

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Missionary Adoption Program opens doors for expanded ministry in Brazil and beyond

Deep in the Amazon rain forest, in the midst of 10,000 unreached people groups, lies a community known as Livramento. Translated in English, “deliverance” is a poetic title for the city where God is actively delivering new believers out of darkness and into light. Rhuan Kaique was delivered from a troubled adolescence t...

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Being and finding a friend

You can't develop a friendship without, at some point, engaging in friendly behavior. Simple gestures including a smile, small talk and sitting with someone doesn't make you a friend, but rather provides companionship and a spark of godly love. God grows friendships. This growth requires our willingness to be used, to be selfless...

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6 ways to serve refugees

By Patty Lane Refugees are some of my heros. They have endured the unthinkable and lived in fear and in poverty for years before arriving in the United States. For the most part, they muster up the courage to learn a new language, find a new job, create a new home, and send their children to schools with people they know nothing ab...

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The friendly but friendless pastor’s wife

“I thought Hell would freeze over before she spoke to me.” Those were the words spoken about me by a lady in the church where Jason and I first served. She told another lady in town, and that lady told me. I'm certain she genuinely felt ignored. I was truly crushed. I had indeed spoken to her, and to the best of my abil...

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Texas Baptists awarded $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment to assist pastors

DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas has been awarded a $1 million implementation grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to participate in its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. Through the grant, Texas Baptists will create a Center for Ministerial Excellence, which will cond...

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A look at the new BaptistWay Press study - Power & Purpose: God Unveils the Universe

In the beginning… God! From the very first words of the Bible, we learn that it is a book about God. The Bible is about who God is and what God has done. He revealed himself as the Creator of the universe whose powerful words brought forth everything that has ever been created. In the first 11 chapters of Genesis, we see his...

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How 25 chickens transformed a family - a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

Soontorn Inthayok is a day laborer and part-time guard, serving as the primary wage-earner for his family in Northern Thailand. The 49-year-old provides for his older sister, who is mentally disabled, and his son, who is attending technical college. He also overcomes his personal disability to bring home earnings of approximately $...

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A look into the life and legacy of James B. Simmons

Dr. Travis L. Frampton developed a growing interest in Dr. James B. Simmons's life and works several years ago upon reading The Cause and Cure of the Rebellion, an abolitionist sermon published by Dr. Simmons in 1861. The following story details Dr. Frampton’s journey on his sabbatical to learn more about the life and legacy...

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Texas Baptists welcome two new Connections Team staff members

DALLAS - Texas Baptists recently welcomed two new staff members to the Connections Team. Tim Marrow is the new Area Representative for Area 6, serving the Central Texas region, and Anthony Cobbs joins the staff as a Church Starter for Area 3 in Southeast Texas. For 21 years, Marrow pastored the First Baptis...

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How God refined my heart while on mission in my community

 “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts” Prov. 17:3 (NASB) Last week, I participated in a mission trip in my own city of Houston. Although I have missionary in my intern title, I hadn’t been a part of a short-term mission experience since the beginning of college...

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Good Friday takes off the mask of sin

The late African American pastor Gardner C. Taylor once spoke of Jesus’ crucifixion as unmasking sin. This unmasking is the work with Jesus had come to earth to perform. In John 17:4, Jesus prays to the Father, saying, “I have glorified thee on earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” Soon afte...

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Meeting needs on the border: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering story

Many people who live in Agua Dulce, a small community in the southeast region of El Paso, have limited access to food and medical care. A large percentage of the community consists of undocumented immigrants and many families do not have fathers and husbands to provide for basic needs. Texas Baptists River Ministry Coordinator Jes...

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Encouraging First Responders through theological education

By: Rochelle Rocha Roots In light of the many stresses and challenges that face law enforcement officers today, South Texas School of Christian Studies (SCS) seeks to encourage and empower local public servants by offering affordable theological training. One way SCS put this mission into action was to offer its First Responders Se...

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Truth to be obeyed, not advice to be heeded

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

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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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May meeting of Executive Board includes finale of uplifting outcomes

DALLAS - The May Executive Board meeting closed Tuesday with success stories shared by a number of Texas Baptists staff. The flurry of two-minute reports covered recent events, new ministry initiatives and professions of faith, making clear to board members that God is moving in and through the Convention and its churches. Executi...

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Go Now student missionaries commissioned to serve from Arlington to Zambia

“The genius of the Great Commission is that every one of us is entrusted with the Gospel, and we can share it and teach others to share it,” Gary Stidham, BSM Director at the University of Texas at Arlington, shared with a room filled with Go Now student missionaries and their family members on May 21. Two hundred thirt...

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Living water brings hope in Southeast Asia

(Author’s name and location are withheld for security reasons.) Clean water is essential for life. In one Southeast Asian village, clean water brought a community to church. A newly established church in rural Southeast Asia requested a community-sized clean water filtration system be installed on the front lawn of their chur...

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Allowing God to use inadequacies for His glory in Leeds

By:  Seth Grant During our first week in Leeds, Paul and I would walk every morning from our host home to the Emmanuel Centre, the university chaplaincy headquarters. On one such walk, I became terribly aware that none of my clothes fit. At least, that was how they felt: oversized, almost oppressive, tailored for a man far mor...

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BOUNCing into Bartlesville

Hello Bartlesville! BOUNCE is here to have a great week of serving the community! We are ready to welcome Eastern Heights Baptist Church and New Harmony Baptist Church, both from Bartlesville.  We are also ready to welcome First Baptist Church Navasota, TX, First Baptist Church Seguin, TX, Hulen Street Church of Fort Worth, TX...

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Thank you for investing in future generations

By Katie Burkhead Thank you, Texas Baptists! When I think of my experience at the University of Texas at Austin, I think of more than my major, my classes, the all-nighters I’ve pulled and the stress I have endured. I always think of my time at the Baptist Student Ministry and how God has used the people there to shape m...

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