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UN LLAMADO A LA ACCIÓN Y A LA ORACIÓN ESTE DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN


El Día de San Valentín está a la vuelta de la esquina.

Las tiendas están a reventar con ositos de peluche, corazones de chocolate enormes y tarjetas de amor. No pude evitar pensar en el movimiento #metoo al andar por el pasillo adornado de colores rosa y rojo del Día de San Valentín en Walgreen’s. Las mujeres (y hombres) que han sufrido trauma y abuso han alzado valientemente su voz para compartir sus historias.

Al igual que en la Navidad, el Día de San Valentín puede provocar sentimientos y recuerdos dolorosos para aquellos que han sido víctimas de abuso o han perdido a un ser querido... [continue]

A Call to Action and Prayer this Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day can provoke a myriad of painful feelings and memories for those who have been abused or lost a loved one.

What if we take February 14 as an opportunity to recognize the pain of those who have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused? What if we see it as an opportunity to serve our hurting sisters and brothers? This doesn’t mean you need to boycott Valentine’s Day, but it might mean inviting a recent widow to dinner with you and your spouse. It might mean extending sacrificial support, sending flowers to a friend going through a divorce, or volunteering at a ministry aiding victims of domestic violence... [continue]

Four Simple Ways to Celebrate Advent in a Meaningful Way


Advent is upon us. Candles burn in Sunday services, Christmas tree lights twinkle, and even a chilly breeze settles in my corner of Texas. Advent is a time set aside to remember and expect our King as He enters into human suffering. The season exemplifies joy and waiting as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. And yet, the excitement of Advent seems like a stark contrast in light of so much pain and darkness in our present society. Everything in our culture seems to breathe a wearied and weathered sigh. The news continues to portray stories of suffering and conflict, such as sexual harassments, shootings,  and uncertainty for DACA recipients and refugees. We mourn the pain of the world and in the same breath we rejoice for the hope the Lord gives. During these few weeks leading up to Christmas, Christians have the opportunity to understand the magnitude of who our King is and worship Him with our whole hearts. He is the God who came into humanity and experienced suffering in order to bring freedom. Jesus is the ultimate bridge builder between God and humanity... [continue]

HOY ESTAMOS DE LUTO


La tragedia del domingo en la First Baptist Church of Sutherland Spring es descorazonadora e incomprensible. Estas balaceras se sienten increíblemente personales; seguramente usted también las siente de ese modo.

Un servicio de adoración matutino un domingo en Texas -- ¿cuántas veces he estado en este mismo escenario? Para la iglesia bautista Sutherland Springs este momento ordinario se convirtió en una escena de horror. Si usted es como yo, se preguntará cómo responder a este tipo de eventos.

¿Qué digoal enfrentar tal tragedia?

¿Cómo respondo a algo tan devastador?

¿Debo tener temor de ir a la iglesia o vivir mi... [continue]

Today, we grieve


Sunday’s tragedy at First Baptist Sutherland Springs is heartbreaking and incomprehensible. These shootings feel incredibly personal. I bet they do for you, too.

A Sunday morning worship service in a Baptist church in Texas -- how many times have I experienced this same scenario? For Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, this ordinary time turned into a horrifying scene.

If you are like me, you have questions about how to respond.

What do I say in the face of such a tragedy?

How do I respond to something so devastating?

Should I be afraid attending my church or living my life?

How can I help?  

A few thoughts for this... [continue]

DE ESTE MODO TODOS SABRÁN


Su nombre es Pedro – el hombre de la fotografía. Tuve el placer de conocerlo fuera de un refrigerador industrial una mañana soleada de martes en Cerdanyola, España. Pedro ostentaba una sonrisa brillante, una disposición positiva y una caja llena de limones; en broma le pidió a mi compañera que le tomara una foto porque los limones de ese día eran enormes; de un tamaño sorprendente.

Pedro y su esposa han asistido fielmente a la Iglesia Evangélica de Cerdanyola por los últimos 36 años. La iglesia tiene un ministerio de alimentación semanal que provee alimento a alrededor de 50 personas en necesidad. Pedro ha sido voluntario... [continue]

By This Everyone Will Know


His name is Pedro — the man on the picture.  I had the pleasure of meeting him outside an industrial refrigerator on a bright Tuesday morning in Cerdanyola, Spain. Carrying a bright smile, cheerful disposition, and a box full of lemons, he jokingly asked my teammate to take a picture of him because the lemons were massive that day — an uncanny size.

Pedro and his wife have faithfully attended Iglesia Evangelica Bautista of Cerdanyola for the past 36 years. The church leads a weekly food ministry that provides groceries for about 50 people in need. Pedro has volunteered since the doors opened 20 years ago.

“As a Christian, it is... [continue]

DOS IGLESIAS PROVEEN AGUA POTABLE PARA LA COMUNIDAD EN LIBERIA


¡Buenas noticias!

La noche del lunes en la reunión del Consejo Ejecutivo, el Dr. Tom Howe, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Birdville y Kris Drees, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Halton Road, hicieron entrega de un cheque de $29,345.33 a la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas. Las dos iglesias se unieron para recaudar en dos meses una donación a la Misión Lott Carey, colaboradora de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre, para renovar la torre de agua en Brewerville, Liberia. Este es el proyecto individual más grande de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre hasta ahora.

Se estima que unas 25,000 personas en Brewerville tienen... [continue]

Two churches provide clean water for Liberian community


Great news!

On Monday evening at the Executive Board meeting, Dr. Tom Howe, pastor of Birdville Baptist Church, and Kris Drees, pastor of Haltom Road Baptist Church, presented a $29,345.33 check to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering.

The two churches joined together in fundraising over two months to provide the gift to Hunger Offering partner Lott Carey Mission to renovate a water tower in Brewerville, Liberia. This is the largest project for a single Hunger Offering project to date.

In Brewerville, an estimated 25,000 people must walk five to 10 miles a day to access water, which is not always clean. It is imperative for the... [continue]

FORTALEZA Y DIGNIDAD –UNA ORACIÓN PARA EL DÍA DE LAS MADRES


El Día de las Madres está a la vuelta de la esquina.

Al celebrar a su mamá o a las mujeres importantes en su vida, asegúrese de orar por las mujeres alrededor del mundo que tienen dificultad para alimentar a sus familias.

  • Ore por las mujeres que tienen hambre – De acuerdo a la organización Bread for the World (Pan para el Mundo en español), cerca de medio billón de mujeres alrededor del mundo carecen de una nutrición adecuada para una vida saludable; esto significa que el 60% de las personas padece hambre.
  • Ore por las madres que enfrentan problemas financieros – El Centro para las
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Strength and Dignity -- A Mother’s Day Prayer


Mother’s Day is fast approaching.

As you celebrate your mom or the important women in your life, be sure to pray for women around the world who struggle to support their families.

  • Pray for women who are hungry -- According to Bread for the World, nearly half a billion females around the world do not have adequate nutrition for healthy lives, that’s 60% of people who are hungry.

  • Pray for mothers facing financial adversity -- The Center for Public Policy Priorities reports 42% of single-mother families in Texas live in poverty impacting their ability to provide adequate nutrition and housing for their families.

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LA HOSPITALIDAD NOS LLEVA A “HACERLE LUGAR” A DIOS Y A OTROS


Últimamente Dios ha puesto la práctica de la hospitalidad en mi corazón, especialmente la frase “hacer espacio”. ¿Cómo se traduce esto en nuestras vidas? Primero que nada, siento que debo hacerle lugar a Dios. Crear un espacio de descanso en él, meditar en su palabra, y pasar tiempo en oración. También siento que debo hacerle lugar a otros: practicar la hospitalidad. Para mí esto significa recibir visitas en mi hogar y conectarme con nuevos amigos que son diferentes de mí.

En una escala mayor, la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas me permite “hacerle lugar” en mi vida a personas de todo el mundo.

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Hospitality leads us to "make room" -- for God and others


Lately, God has been putting the practice of hospitality on my heart. Specifically the phrase “make room.”

What does it look like to make room in our lives? I feel compelled to first make room for God. Create space to rest in Him, dwell in His Word, and abide in prayer.

I am also convicted to make room for others -- to practice hospitality. For me, this looks like welcoming guests into my home and connecting with new friends who are different than me.

On a much larger scale, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering allows me to “make room” in my life for people across the world.

Through the Hunger Offering, ordinary believers join... [continue]

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


Two Hunger Offering Sundays are coming soon!

  • April 30 - 5th Sunday Hunger Offering

  • May 14 - Mother’s Day Hunger Offering

These are great opportunities for the Kingdom! We would love your help to promote the dates to your churches and via social media.

Below are a few sample posts and graphics. Also, check out the new Mother's Day video with Dr. Hardage and Terri from Exodus ministries. Shout-out to Communications for doing a great job!

Facebook:

April 30 is a #HungerOffering 5th Sunday! Join me and gather your church to #endhunger in Texas and around the world. Check out continue]