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Family Gathering Exhibitors

2018 FAMILY GATHERING EXHIBITORS REGISTER AS AN EXHIBITOR Terms and Conditions On behalf of the Committee on Annual Meeting, it is our pleasure to invite your ministry/organization to exhibit at the Texas Baptist Annual Meeting to be held at the Arlington Convention Center located at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas 76011. The...

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Promotional | Family Gathering

Family Gathering PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS As we prepare for Family Gathering, we need you to help get the word out to your friends and family and in your church. Use these resources to show your excitement for our family reunion. Logo Files Color Large - White Background (jpg) Small - White Background (jpg) Large - Transparent Backgr...

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Family Gathering 2018

TEXAS BAPTISTS FAMILY GATHERING JULY 29-31, 2018 Arlington Convention Center  1200 Ballpark WayArlington, TX Convention Center Information  |  Map PROGRAM AND BULLETIN SECOND DAY BULLETIN The 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering will be an exciting family reunion as we bring together joint sessions of Texas Bap...

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Family Gathering | Información

INFORMACIÓN Cuido de niños y Día de campamento misionero Los niños deben ser inscritos para el 9 de julio para poder participar. No se aceptarán niños que no hayan sido inscritos para el 9 de julio. Las opciones de cuido de niños están disponibles para infantes hasta ni&ntild...

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Family Gathering | Information

Information Messenger Registration Churches may register messengers for both the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas. Completed registration for each convention is required for messengers to vote during business sessions. Separate registration areas will be available for BGCT and Con...

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Family Gathering Workshops

2018 FAMILY GATHERING WORKShOPS MONDAY, JULY 30 Session 18:30 - 9:30 AM  Creative Outreach Strategies for the 21st Century Let's unpack a tool chest of ideas for reaching people.Presenter:  Dan Wooldridge, Pastor, Crestview Baptist Church Disaster Spiritual CareWhat is our motivation for providing disaster...

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Family Gathering Meals & Receptions

2018 FAMILY GATHERING Meals & Receptions SUNDAY, JULY 29TH Receptions9:00 - 10:00pm Baptist Standard Reception  Meet the Editor, Eric Black Room M6, Arlington Convention Center Reserve your free ticket at the Baptist Standard exhibit booth Ministry Spouse Reception Hosted by Kathleen Hardage and Donna Vernon Roo...

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Family Gathering Business

2018 FAMILY GATHERING business Nominations Trustees, directors and committee members nominated for BGCT consideration Nominations to be considered by messengers to the BGCT Annual Meeting are presented by the Committee on Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries, the Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors and the C...

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Family Gathering volunteers help bring new look to San Antonio church

SAN ANTONIO - Volunteers ripped out paneling and combined their handiwork skills to assist a church during the Texas Baptist Family Gathering.The 91-year-old Harlandale Baptist Church building has been in need of an updated interior and exterior for some time, said Dan Trevino, who has been the church's pastor for 10 years.Texas Ba...

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Family Gathering to unite Texas Baptists in Arlington

ARLINGTON–The 133rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas will be a “Family Gathering”  from July 29-31, 2018, at the Arlington Convention Center. The first Family Gathering was held in San Antonio in 2013, with great success. Now, for the second time, joint sessions of Texas Baptists Annu...

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Family Gathering a celebration of unity, diversity for Texas Baptists

ARLINGTON–A celebration of unity and diversity took place in Arlington July 29-31 as 2,054 messengers and visitors filled their seats at the table to worship, fellowship and conduct business at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting. Seven fellowships and conventions were represented in the three-day gat...

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TBMF honors three outstanding servants at Family Gathering

By Blake Killingsworth, contributing writer and vice president of Communications for Dallas Baptist University A full house gathered on July 30, for the annual Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) Luncheon, held in Arlington, Texas, as a part of the 133rd Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists. This year, the luncheon honored three o...

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West encourages oneness at Family Gathering

During Tuesday morning’s worship service of the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering, Ralph West, pastor and founder of The Church Without Walls, in Houston, Texas, preached a powerful message on oneness. West began speaking on the unity of believers after reading from Ephesians 2:11-18. “All of us know that we have tri...

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Paredes emphasizes placing trust in the ‘Great I AM’ at Family Gathering

Jason Paredes, lead pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas, presented the sermon during the last evening worship session of 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering. He read from John 18:1-27, the last moments before Jesus’ crucifixion, and spoke about the character of Judas, Peter and Jesus. Paredes pointed out the human n...

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Dykes encourages Texas Baptists to embrace unity at Family Gathering

By Teresa Young, contributing writer and director of Alumni Relations at Wayland Baptist University “Unity is valuable because it is so rare,” said David Dykes, pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, during his Monday night sermon at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering. Referencing 1 Corinthians 10:1...

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Kelile highlights the unity of mission at Family Gathering

By Blake Killingsworth, vice president of Communications for Dallas Baptist University Nebiye Kelile, pastor of Pathway Church in Garland, Texas, spoke during the Monday morning worship session at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering. Kelile challenged Texas Baptist churches to pursue unity by focusing on a Gospel-centered miss...

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Reunión Familiar de los Bautistas de Texas 2018

Reunión Familiar de los Bautistas de Texas 2018 29-31 de Julio de 2018 Arlington Convention Center  1200 Ballpark WayArlington, TX Guest Information  |  Map La Reunión Familiar de los Bautistas de Texas será un encuentro vibrante y distinto, con diversión para toda la familia. Junto...

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TBMF to honor Griffin, Evans, FBC Tyler at Annual Luncheon

By Stephanie Arosemena The Texas Baptist Mission Foundation (TBMF) will be honoring Suzanne Griffin, Michael Evans and the First Baptist Church of Tyler for their exceptional work and commitment in missions at the annual Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Awards Luncheon, Monday, July 30, 2018, during the Texas Baptis...

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Dallas Ethiopian church plant making disciples and glorifying God

Pathway Dallas, a Texas Baptists church plant, is pursuing those hard pressed to be found in church today. This church plant is intentional in loving those that surround them. Born out of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Dallas, a church that ministers to immigrant families residing in Texas, Pathway Dallas is focused on loving...

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New convention officers look forward to unity, sharing Christ

ARLINGTON–Michael Evans, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, was elected president of Texas Baptists at the 2018 Family Gathering Monday in Arlington. Evans was nominated by Dennis Wiles, pastor of First Baptist Church of Arlington. “This year will be all about unity and sharing the Gospel,” said Evan...

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Hardage highlights missions and disciple-making call of Texas Baptists

ARLINGTON–Texas Baptists are taking the Good News across the state, country and world, reported Dr. David Hardage during his Executive Director’s Report at the 2018 Family Gathering Monday evening. Hardage highlighted significant work in which Texas Baptists have engaged over the past year, beginning with the...

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Reeves encourages Texas Baptists to pass the baton

ARLINGTON–Just as Abraham passed his legacy on to his son Isaac, President Danny Reeves encouraged Texas Baptists to pass the baton of leadership on to upcoming generations. Reeves’ challenge was presented during his final presidential address at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas at the...

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Convención highlights message of family, elects officers

ARLINGTON–The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas convened as part of the the 2018 Family Gathering July 30-31 in Arlington. The joining of Texas Baptists fellowships and conventions inspired an annual message on the biblical family heard by 233 registered messengers and numerous visitors. “The Family Gathering provide...

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How churches should intentionally plan to protect congregations

By Teresa Young, contributing writer and director of Alumni Relations at Wayland Baptist University It’s not a topic that most churches want to even think about. But with news headlines about violent attacks becoming more prevalent, one Texas Baptists church member says churches simply must make security a high priority. Don...

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Atchison details the importance of telling the story

By: Bailey Pylant, contributing writer and coordinator for news and social media at Dallas Baptist University “When we teach, we are dealing with a document written in a first century Eastern culture, being consumed as a 17th century European document by people with a 21st century western mindset. What could go wrong?”...

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Church & State

Church & State Christians are citizens of two "kingdoms" - God's and society's. Jesus and Scripture as a whole have given much guidance on what it means to be a good citizen in God's kingdom, and those same principles apply to being a good citizen in society. Religious liberty is a key Baptist belief, and this liberty is best...

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Life, Health & Dying

Life, Health & Dying God is the creator and sustainer of life. Jesus Christ came that we “may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Christ also has given this creation new life through his death and resurrection. Online Resources Abortion The Baptist General Convention of Texas has taken repeated stands regard...

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Crisis at the End of Life

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

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Parents

Campus Contact Information Super Summer Emergency Phone Number214-887-5493 Session 1 - ETBU Attendee Namec/o Summer CampsSuper SummerOne Tiger DriveMarshall, TX 75670 Sessions 2 and 6 - HSU Super Summer at HSUAttendee NameHSU Box 16152Abilene, TX 79698 Session 3 - UMHB Super Summer at UMHBAttendee Name900 College St.Box 8449Belton...

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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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Missions Giving Catalog

Texas Baptists Missions equips churches to lead, serve and engage others in gospel-centered conversations for Christ. We are actively caring for orphans and families, assisting those affected by disasters, planting house churches, promoting leadership development and providing ministry resources to help those on the mission field...

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WMU of Texas Calendar

Contact Us WMU of Texas For more event information call us at: (214) 828-5150 wmutx@texasbaptists.org WMU of Texas Calendar At a Glance Thank you for staying connected with WMU of Texas. Our desire is to keep you connected and engaged with missions. Below you will find dates of various events, trips and projects supported by WMU o...

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MHDO Where Does the Money Go?

GIVING TO THE MARY HILL DAVIS OFFERING The cultural, socio-economic, and religious diversity of our state requires creative approaches in Texas mission efforts. The ministries supported by the offering reflect that. Your gift enables Texas Baptists to minister across Texas and beyond. You bring hope to a battered woman and he...

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Church Starting – Five Points

Ministries > Missions > Church Starting > Five Points Assessment   Formation   Leadership   Strategy   Support Assessment These characteristics are used to select a church planter. Visioning Capacity Intrinsically Motivated Creates Ownership of Ministry Relates to the Unch...

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Texas Baptists - Evangelism Issue

Evangelism Inspiring the greatest possible evangelism, missions, Christian education and benevolent work since 1886.    A Biblical Call   Our Legacy #main #banner-h1 { text-transform:capitalize; font-size: 6.5rem; font-weight: 400; margin: 20rem auto 2rem; } #main #banner-h2 { font-style: italic; } @media (max...

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Texas Baptist Educators Association

Presentations from 2018 Retreat Session One mp3 audio  PPT Session Two mp3 audio  PPT Session Three mp3 audio  PPT Session Four mp3 audio  PPT Session Five mp3 audio  PPT Downloadable PDF Resources  Checklist for starting new units How to know when it's time to start a new uni...

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Preschool and Children's Ministers' Retreat

January 14-15, 2019 Summers Mill Retreat & Conference Center, Belton, TX Bible Study Leader Dr. Dennis Wiles Senior Pastor, FBC Arlington Worship Leader Jared Billups Gathering Pastor, Highland Baptist Church, Waco Monday Keynote:Restoring Hope with Children Peggy Johnson Chaplain, Cook Children’s Medical Center Tue...

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Childhood Discipleship

Childhood Discipleship Teaching children about Christ's love on their level of understanding and growth can be a challenging task. We assist in updating and enhancing the Preschool and Children's Ministries of your church by providing resources on-site and via phone consultations. West Texas:  September 7-8, 2018Cedar Hill:&n...

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God's power shown through His church, people

SAN ANTONIO - God's plan for expanding His kingdom entails working through the lives of people in His church in such a way that they testify about Him, according to Victor Rodriguez, pastor of Life Church of San Antonio.The former Baptist General Convention of Texas president was the featured preacher during the Hispanic rally that...

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Johnson discusses Dr. Seuss and diversity

SAN ANTONIO -- With children gathered around and a Dr. Seuss book in hand, Baptist General Convention of Texas President Jeff Johnson added a metaphorical twist to this year's presidential message.Johnson began his message at the Texas Baptists Family Gathering, an event that brought together the diverse Texas Baptist family, by re...

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Common Ground at the Cross of Christ

SAN ANTONIO - Christians should seek unity because of their desire for and delight in the Lord, Earl Grant, pastor of Covenant Church in San Antonio, shared in the opening session of the Texas Baptist Family Gathering."Diversity is a given because diversity is the inherent mix," he said. "It is the inclusion or intentional integrat...

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Guarneri: Bible calls Christians to embrace diversity

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

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Messengers grant board authority to consider building sale

SAN ANTONIO -- Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting elected officers and granted the BGCT Executive Board and an ad hoc committee authority to consider sale of the Baptist Building in Dallas.In the second day of the Texas Baptist Family Gathering and during the first BGCT business session, messengers...

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Hardage: Thank you, Texas Baptists

SAN ANTONIO - The breadth of Texas Baptists' ministry is wide, and its commitment to sharing the gospel is deep.For all that they are doing, Texas Baptists' Executive Director David Hardage gives thanks. Because congregations are generous with their resources in their communities and through Texas Baptists, ministry is possible."Yo...

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God has called Texas Baptists to a mission

SAN ANTONIO - Texas Baptists have been called to reach the state for Christ - a task that must be completed.Featured speakers from the second evening worship service of the Family Gathering, reminded meeting participants that God has called Christians to reach their communities, their state and beyond.To do that requires believers...

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African American Fellowship visions future, studies new age statistics

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

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Unified, Texas Baptists seek to carry out Great Commission

SAN ANTONIO - Fulfilling the Great Commission requires Texas Baptists to work united for the cause of Christ, according to presenters in the final worship service of the Texas Baptist Family Gathering.The Great Commission is Christ's command to His followers, said Michael Evans, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield. They...

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Philippines Typhoon: Refuge and Strength

ESTANCIA, the Philippines - Touring the coastal city of Estancia today was heartbreaking and overwhelming at times. The reality and the gravity of the situation hit each of us at different points and it was a very emotional day. The damage seemed to be even more severe than what we saw in Concepcion yesterday.Houses have been reduc...

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Miracles don't just happen in the Bible

Joseph Parker, pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, in Austin, received a heart transplant on Jan. 23, 2013, following more than ten years of heart issues. Two weeks ago, he was able to meet the family of the donor who saved his life. He shared his story with the Executive Board during their meeting on Monday, Feb. 24...

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The need for No Mas Violencia in Guadalajara

GUADALAJARA -- People are gathering across the globe in masses to cheer on their favorite team in the World Cup. Watch parties have emerged in several areas in Guadalajara as nationals cheer on the Mexican team, or enjoy watching games like Greece vs. Japan. This week, amongst soccer jerseys and team paraphernalia, individuals wea...

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Pastors rally in prayer at the border

MCALLEN-Over 50 Hispanic pastors, leaders and family members gathered in McAllen July 26, to pray over the current circumstances regarding the Central American families and unaccompanied minors crossing the border. The prayer event served as the kickoff of "For His Children," an initiative of the National Hispanic Christian Leader...

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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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FBC Del Rio reaches across the border to assist tornado victims in Mexico

As needs are arising in Texas following flooding, tornadoes and other severe storms, many in Mexico are also experiencing great difficulties from weather damage. Larry Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church Del Rio, led a group from their church to minister across the border in Acuna, Mexico, following an F4 tornado. Read his report...

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4 Things to Leave Out of Your Next Sermon

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

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Hispanic Baptists urged to stand firm in faith

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

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Even ninja turtles and robots are important to God

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

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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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Texas Baptists to observe Baptist roots at Annual Meeting

FRISCO—Texas Baptists are examining their roots at the Nov. 8-10 annual meeting with the theme "Deep Roots: Living Legacy."The meeting at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco and will center around Colossians 2:6-7, with a special emphasis placed on the Baptist Distinctives. "This year, we'll examine Baptist Distinctives and share the reaso...

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Pull Up a Chair this November

I am a true fan of November. Situated at the end of autumn and the dawn of winter, November welcomes scarf weather, soup, apple cider, and of course—Thanksgiving. Even though I am admittedly biased due to my November birthday, I fervently believe that Thanksgiving is the best holiday. Think about it. Thanksgiving is a day th...

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Do you have Christmas expectations?

The turkey buzz is over. This week alone we have five Christmas parties! I am tired just making my checklist of what to bring to each party, what to wear, scheduling childcare, etc ... As I thought about what to write for this blog my heart was overcome with the emotions and stress of the season. I want to be joyful and sentimental...

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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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Are you stuck?

This past weekend my daughters and I attended a sold out Beth Moore Conference in Waco with 7000 women in attendance. As you probably already know - that many women going to one place would be phenomenal, would be awesome worship - 7000 voices at one time worshipping Jehovah, the One True God. The parking and gathering would be a h...

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​Medical missions--Providing light in a man's darkest moments

"'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me'...And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of th...

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May is a time for celebrating and giving

May is a month of celebration and gathering around the table. As we take time to honor mothers and wish our best to recent grads, several in our communities will face the reality of food insecurity. In Texas, one in six families do not know where they will get their next meal.* Globally, one in nine of our neighbors are malnourishe...

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Many of us share guilt in exalting the false god of football

Like the people of ancient times, we still struggle with false gods. Today's false gods come in the form of money, sexual gratification, fancy homes, political power, romantic love, financial security, our looks, impressive job titles, a collection of some sort, cars, guns, and invitations to exclusive gatherings. I could go on. Bu...

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Texas Baptists to celebrate service at Annual Meeting in Waco

Texas Baptists are “Celebrating Service” at the Annual Meeting in Waco Nov. 13-15, recognizing the work of partnering institutions. The program features world-class workshops and exceptional speakers, as well as wonderful worship music and exhibits that tell Texas Baptists’ stories. Sunday, November 13, kicks off...

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Homes of transformation

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

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A place to stay, a path to restoration

ABILENE - After the six-hour drive from Lufkin to Abilene, Roseanne Welch was thankful for the warm welcome she received as she walked in the door of the Eunice Chambless Hospitality House. “I felt like I was coming to visit my family,” Welch said. “Everyone was so kind and welcoming from the moment we arrive...

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Convención celebrates 100 years of UFM, approves bylaw changes

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

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Intercultural churches connect people groups to the Gospel

By Kalie Lowrie and Analiz G. Schremmer In heaven, people of every tongue, tribe and nation will worship together, yet we tend to separate ourselves out when congregate. At first glance, it may seem wrong to serve separately,  but when you put yourself in the shoes of a recent immigrant, trying to navigate around a foreign cul...

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Sharing the Gospel on a soccer field in Zambia

By Tim Williams God is good. He truly is strong when we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Today was my lowest day yet. I felt lonely. I felt weak. I felt bitterness. I continued thinking of home, family and friends. I felt discouraged. But, God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakne...

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A valley of redemption

Brenda Bermudez and her family are just a few of many who have experienced the Lord’s redemption in their lives in the modest colonia of Mi Sueno in the Rio Grande Valley. As a single mother of five, Bermudez’s life has been anything but easy. Bermudez has endured the pangs of divorce, financial stress and limited resou...

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Texas Baptists compelled towards God’s will, word and work

WACO–More than 1,700 messengers and visitors attended the 132nd Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco where they were equipped and encouraged to live compelled for Christ. Messengers adopted a 2018 total budget over $37 million, passed a number of resolutions, and through speaking, worship, workshops and fellowship, were urge...

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Cultural Intelligence: Does Jesus care about yours?

Were you at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering? Becky Ellison, CWJC/CMJC Consultant at WMU of Texas, led a workshop on the topic of Cultural Intelligence. "Jesus, who commanded us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, is interested in our cultural intelligence, or how well we relate to people of different cultures. Furth...

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Developing a faith that sticks in the lives of teenagers

By: Bailey Pylant, contributing writer and coordinator for news and social media at Dallas Baptist University “Who started the kid table at family reunions? Why do students need to worship in a separate building?” Jane Wilson, Youth Discipleship Specialist at Texas Baptists, posed these questions at the “Faith tha...

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Red Church, Blue Church: Why Christians Need to Avoid Hyper Partisanship

During the Texas Baptist Family Gathering, I led a workshop about how Christians can steward their public witness in an age of increasing tribalism. While the workshop room was packed, I think there are lessons from my workshop that deserve a broader audience because I am increasingly alarmed by the polarization in the church and w...

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