July 2016

Iglesia en España alimenta a sus vecinos con la ayuda de los Bautistas de Texas

CERDANYOLA, España --Cada semana, la Iglesia Bautista Evangélica en Cerdamyola, España, provee despensas a cerca de 50 vecinos en necesidad, gracias, en parte, a la ayuda que provee la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas.

La iglesia se une al gobierno local para concientizar sobre el ministerio en los vecindarios y los resultados han sido aleccionadores, dijo Daniel Banyuls, pastor de la Iglesia Evangélica por los últimos 15 años.

La necesidad de ayuda en sus comunidades locales es grande,... [continue]

Valientes en la Lucha

El fin de semana pasado tuve el placer de asistir a la Conferencia de Mujeres Enamoradas de Jesús con mi mamá en la iglesia a la que asistía en mi juventud, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Las oradoras principales este año, Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer, hablaron de cómo ser mujeres valientes de Dios.

La enseñanza de Moore sobre 2 Timoteo era particularmente adecuada, dada la situación actual del país. Nos recordó que para los cristianos el tiempo no va, sino viene; significa que todo apunta a un evento en particular, la segunda venida de Cristo.

Tal como Pablo... [continue]

Fearless in the Fight

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Desperate for Jesus Women’s Conference with my mom at the church of my youth, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. This year’s keynote speakers Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer spoke about being fearless and godly women.

Moore’s teaching on 2 Timothy was particularly fitting given the current climate in our country. She reminded us that for Christians time is not going, but coming -- meaning all of time is pointed toward a singular event, the Second Coming of Christ. 

Just as Paul reminded Timothy, she reminded us to fan... [continue]

A campground committed to the Lord: How Go Now students are sharing the Gospel in Spain

Priscille Murphy and Naraim Enriquez are serving as Go Now missionaries at Alfa & Omega camp in Denia this summer, watching the Lord at work in mighty ways in a region where Christianity is scarce.

Almost 60 years ago, American missionaries established Alfa & Omega camp on the southern coast of Spain, in the town of Denia. At the time of its establishment, Christians in the region were under persecution for their faith and the Iglesia Evangelica Bautista La Trinidad connected with the camp only had a... [continue]

Keeping Sabbath

As minister’s spouses, “Sabbath-keeping” may not necessarily mean getting “rest” on Sunday like most people. For the majority of our families, Sunday is the busiest day of the week, especially for a minister’s spouse. If you have small children (or children of any age), you know the challenge of getting everyone dressed in their Sunday best, fed and out the door on time to get to church.

It can sometimes be quite stressful on Momma, especially, if minister Daddy is already at the church early that morning preparing and praying for all that God will do that day. And it... [continue]

What I saw and heard in my city

Outside the city of Brownwood, lies a small Baptist encampment where I was spending a week as camp pastor of an RA/GA camp when the reports out of Louisiana and Minnesota came in. These were quite disturbing to me. I attempted, even from a distance, to minister in the midst of these reports by calling African American pastor friends who I knew were having to work through this in their churches and communities.

Then, Thursday night, the world I knew fell apart. Coming back from worship I began to hear the reports, out of my home city of Dallas, about the... [continue]

Chin church helps fellow refugees resettle in Sherman

In 2013, when the Grayson Chin Baptist Church began as a church plant in Sherman, they had 25 members, representing about five Chin families. Approximately 100 Chin people were living in the city at that time and through a partnership coordinated by Texas Baptists Intercultural Ministries and Texas Baptists Church Starting, the Sherman church was sponsored by Chin Baptist Church in Lewisville.

Now, just three years later, the church averages 200 people on a Sunday morning, providing a wonderful place for believers to join together... [continue]

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 there are so many people praying for it. Finally, I got it today! My teammates have been there already there for a few days, but I will still be able to catch up with them and will not miss a lot.... [continue]

Blacking out windows

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying “’I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12

Alaska–The Final Frontier. Those of you who have seen this gorgeous state know that God’s presence sings off the mountains and pours down from the waterfalls. There is so much raw beauty surrounding each side of you at all times in Alaska, especially by the Kenai River.

One of the most special things about this interesting land is that it only gets dark for about an hour during the summer. For an example,... [continue]

Wrapping up Waco-- and Summer 2016!

BOUNCE Mission Waco is drawing to a close. Our twelve teams have worked hard on ten different houses and accomplished a lot this week. From painting, to siding, to construction, to lots of roofing, our students have learned many new skills and served Christ in a tangible way. Some students have even talked about being baptized when they go back home! Overall, it’s been a great week. Despite some challenges, our BOUNCERS have persevered and had fun as well. We have heard stories of mission teams that have worked really well together, finishing tasks while... [continue]

Alcanzar a Vecinos y Luchar Contra la Pobreza

El pastor Daniel Banyuls ha servido fielmente a la Iglesia Evangélica Bautista en Cerdanyola, España, por los últimos 15 años. Supervisa el ministerio de alimentación local de la iglesia, la cual provee despensas a cerca de 50 vecinos en necesidad cada semana. Se unen al gobierno local para concientizar sobre el ministerio en los vecindarios y los resultados han sido aleccionadores.

La necesidad de ayuda en sus comunidades locales es grande, ya que muchas personas sufren el impacto continuo de la crisis económica del 2008. La oportunidad de proveer... [continue]

Que el Amor sea Genuino: Una Historia de la Ofrenda Contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas

El pueblo de España está "verdaderamente cansados de oír de Cristo... Lo que ellos necesitan es ver el amor verdadero por medio de gente verdadera", proclamó valientemente el pastor Antonio Calero Cerrado.

El pastor Calero Cerrado dirige el ministerio de alcance de la Iglesia Evangélica Bautista La Trinidad en Denia, España. Él y el pastor Jorge han guiado juntos la floreciente iglesia, con un promedio de 400 de asistencia semanal, en un campamento bautista por los últimos 40 años.

Ambos... [continue]

Making Progress

All twelve of our BOUNCE Teams are still hard at work. With the understanding that they will be finished with their houses tomorrow, they have continued finishing their roofs and painting their houses. Some of our staff members had the opportunity to work alongside the students and get to know them better. Some teams have even finished their smaller houses and are continuing work at another site.

Worship services have consisted of singing praises, hearing about resources, and listening to the word of God taught by Aaron. The Beatitudes come from Jesus’ most well-known... [continue]

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 Sunday is not the only day the work is done. In fact, the work should be done every day leading up to Sunday. Then, that is the day we rest and praise God for what He's accomplished. 

Working at Swerve Church in Brooklyn has taught me how... [continue]

Hardworking Wednesday

BOUNCERS’ work continued today on their sites. The students were hard at work despite the intense heat, which was up to 97 degrees today. We continued encouraging everyone to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The work accomplished so far includes scraping old paint, applying new paint, and repairing roofs.

One homeowner has lived in the same house for 61 years. She said she has been praying for years for help repairing this home. She and her family were physically and financially unable to do the work themselves and are so grateful for the... [continue]

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

DALLAS - Texas Baptists welcomed Jason Bryant to the staff as the new Western Heritage consultant and church starter, effective Monday, July 18.

Bryant has served as pastor of Triple S Cowboy Church in Palestine since 2011, when he planted the church in the area. He was also a church planter with 3C Cowboy Fellowship in Salado, which he planted in 2006. Additionally, he has served as a clinician and director at Cowboy camps in the past, as well as a coach for fellow pastors. 

“Jason has... [continue]

Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

The people of Spain are “really tired of hearing about Christ. ... They need to see real love, real love through real people,” Pastor Antonio Calero Cerrado boldly proclaimed.

Pastor Cerrado heads an outreach ministry of Iglesia Evangelica Bautista La Trinidad in Denia, Spain. He and Pastor Jorge Pastor have co-led the thriving church, averaging 400 in attendance in week, at a Baptist campground for the past 40 years.

Both pastors highlighted the difficulty of evangelism in Spain. The church history is wrought with... [continue]

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 become a pastor. His 13 years at Bethel Evangelical Church began years of change for the young minister, and his ideas would impact his nation.

His name: Reinhold Niebuhr.

In Detroit, Niebuhr began to recognise problems in the... [continue]

Waco Work Begins

Today was the first day of work for our BOUNCERS. The day began bright and early for breakfast at 6AM, then continued with GO TIME: a time of prayer and commissioning. Aaron Austin, our mission coordinator in Waco this week, encouraged the students and prayed before sending them out to their sites for the first time.

We have a total of twelve teams working on houses this week. The work they will be doing consists of scraping, painting, roofing, siding, and small construction work. The teams are churches from different cities and the students will get to know each... [continue]

Juggling Bandwidth: Managing your time without losing your mind

Bandwidth. It’s not what you think it might be. It’s not what you think you might have. It’s not the amount of output you can achieve. It’s the amount of throughput that you can realistically, humanly handle in any given 24 hours, one week or 30 days. It’s basically a technical term for how much data can be processed at one time through a conduit of copper, fiber optic or another form of telecommunications pipeline. Before you think that this is an essay on upload/download mbps, let’s dive into the “why” of this... [continue]

Church Arrivals

BOUNCE Mission Waco is officially underway! Our churches have arrived safe and sound from various cities. The staff was glad to meet them and begin the week. We are excited to welcome and serve the 150 participants and leaders.

The week always kicks off with BOUNCE Bash: a fun, high-energy time of playing Giant Jenga, getting to know the staff, and learning about the rules of BOUNCE in an entertaining way. This is facilitated by our Worship Leader, Haley, who engages the students and gets them excited about BOUNCE. These participants are ready to help members of the... [continue]

Faith Put to the Test: Will You Let God Heal You?

It's easy to view the recent tragedies occurring in our world and respond with "God is in control," a few prayers and dismiss it completely. It has become normal for our culture, especially Christians, to react this way, because unfortunately, we have become desensitized to the reality of death and hatred. I found myself in the similar numb trap; a lack of feeling. Until today.

This morning, after spending two hours ministering to children from Scotland at a hotel kids club, I received a call from my mother. A wake up call to... [continue]

Welcome to Waco

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of BOUNCE for the summer! We are getting ready to welcome all of the churches arriving in Waco tomorrow. 150 students and leaders will be gathering to serve the Waco community from all over. Participating churches will be Central Baptist Church in Marshall, Crosspoint Church, Eastern Hills Baptist Church, FBC Lufkin, FBC Plainview, Paramount Baptist Church, and South Main Baptist.

Mission teams comprised of these churches will be rehabilitating homes in the Waco Community. This week, we will be partnering with local... [continue]

Wrapping up a Great Week

The BOUNCERS have done a lot of great work in Mineral Wells this week! Some houses have had siding installed, received new coats of paint, and even had porches rebuilt. Students have been working hard this week and we are proud of them for all that they have accomplished. They have come together, gotten to know each other, and learned how to work as a team. These 70 students and leaders did a lot of work for the Lord’s glory, by meeting physical needs and paying attention to spiritual needs as well. We are thankful for the relationships built with the... [continue]

7 Consejos Prácticos para Buscar la paz con los Afroamericanos

Al pensar sobre el papel que jugamos como pacificadores en el ámbito de la reconciliación racial, Efesios 2:11-16 detalla los deseos del corazón de Dios para la unidad dentro del cuerpo de Cristo.

Por lo tanto, recuerden ustedes los gentiles de nacimiento —los que son llamados «incircuncisos» por aquellos que se llaman «de la circuncisión», la cual se hace en el cuerpo por mano humana—, recuerden que en ese entonces ustedes estaban separados de Cristo, excluidos de la ciudadanía de Israel y ajenos a los pactos de la

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Tyler mission team helps Rowlett couple recover from tornado damage

As Garry Schaffer monitored the quickly approaching storm on his computer, he soon realized he need to go downstairs to get his wife, Kan, and seek safety in a closet. The couple had enjoyed a nice Christmas the day before and were resting at home on the night of December 26, 2015, when an F-4 tornado tore through their two-story home on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett. No one dreamed that night that the storm would come barrelling through so swiftly or cause so much destruction. 

As the couple exited the closet and looked around, they realized they had... [continue]

Worship Time

Students had another day of hard work today. A few teams have even been able to finish the work on their houses and contribute to another house’s progress; six teams are working on seven work sites in Mineral Wells. Each night, we are thankful for a time of worship to praise God and hear from His Word.

Worship all week has been about the Beatitudes. Our worship speaker, Dwayne, continued unpacking this part of the Sermon on the Mount this evening. We have learned thus far that true satisfaction is found in Christ and is characterized by humility, righteousness, and... [continue]

Palabras de Paz en Nuestros Días de Muerte

Bienaventurados los pacificadores, porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios

(Mateo 9:8).

Como resultado de los más recientes días de muerte, muchos seguidores de Cristo se han levantado para tomar el manto de los pacificadores. Necesitamos que todos los cristianos sean pacificadores.

El ya fallecido pastor bautista Herschel Hobbs, dijo una vez que Cristo es un mediador de paz entre Dios y la humanidad (Colosenses 1:20-22) y entre los seres humanos (Efesios 2:12-18).

Nuestra paz con Dios es lo que nos motiva a buscar la paz en todas... [continue]

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 body by human hands) — remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you

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Mineral Wells Wednesday

Progress continued at our participants’ ministry sites today. Many of our teams have already finished scraping and priming, and painting has begun on multiple houses. Each homeowner has a different situation, and may have endured hardship after hardship. Some houses are in desperate need of siding installation or painting, and the BOUNCERS are hard at work.

One homeowner named Linda said that these students’ work was an answer to prayer. She had prayed for six years and knew that her house needed repairs soon. She was glad to have a BOUNCE team there. Linda was... [continue]

Words of peace for our killing days

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).

In the aftermath of our recent killing days, many followers of Christ have arisen to take on the mantle of peacemakers. We need all Christians to be peacemakers.

The late Baptist pastor, Herschel Hobbs, said Christ is a peacemaker between God and humanity (Colossians 1:20-22) and between people (Ephesians 2:12-18).

Our peace with God is what causes us to seek peace in all of our interactions. We want to help bring God’s peace to others. And in being such... [continue]

Who is supposed to sing in worship?

Each week, Texas Baptists all over the state come together in communities to proclaim, lift high and exalt the name of Jesus in many different ways. New church starts, mission projects and new discipleship programs are causing Baptists to think anew about the way we do many things. There is also much opportunity for our spiritual development. So let’s look at some of the areas in music and worship that we can each develop in order to encourage our churches toward greater corporate worship of Him, whom we serve.

We need to be reminded that we are all... [continue]

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 uncertainty, times of struggle, times of illness – and how each one brought me closer to God. Each time, He made Himself so real to me. Each time His hand brought a sense of comfort even in the storm. Each time He made it very clear... [continue]

Work Begins

This morning, we started off the week with GO TIME: an opportunity to commission the BOUNCERS with prayer. We asked the Lord to move this week as students are actively serving Him and reflecting His love to the community around them. All the BOUNCERS met in the parking lot and were prayed over, then the six teams headed out to begin their day. Each morning, as the teams arrive on their worksites, a student selected as Team Chaplain will lead a devotional that allows students to be in God’s Word first thing. This helps the participants remember why they are here and learn... [continue]

2016 African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference Highlights

The 2016 African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference was held from June 27-July 1 at Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony.

“I saw the African American Fellowship Conference as a great success but also the beginning of our focus to bring unity and strength to the ministry of the nearly 900 churches which comprise the African American Fellowship,” said African American Fellowship of Texas President Dr. Ponce Brown. “The conference was unique in that we began with a prayer vigil on the opening night. We... [continue]

The importance of "Black Lives Matter"

It is hard for some people to understand the importance of "Black Lives Matter." They want to say, "All Lives Matter." A post by GeekAesthete on reddit.com helps explain it.

Imagine that you're sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don't get any. So you say "I should get my fair share." And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, "everyone should get their fair share." Now, that's a wonderful sentiment -- indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the

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Florida Restorative Justice: The Gospel Behind Bars

As I stand in the entryway of the chapel, a man explains to me that his wife was due to have a baby last week, but he has not heard from her in awhile. The last report he had was not good.

With a broken heart I think to myself, “What a great opportunity to begin showing this man how to have hope and begin mending a relationship.”

But there's just one problem. He's one of 180 inmates streaming into the prison chapel at Century Correctional Institute. I am the only chaplain on the compound today and I have volunteers waiting to begin... [continue]

Monday Mineral Wells

Mission Mineral Wells is officially underway. Our churches have arrived from all around Texas and even New Mexico! It is great to see churches of different denominations come together to serve and worship the Lord. We have a total of six churches in Mineral Wells this week ready to engage this town for the gospel. Our participants are eager to help the community by doing porch repairs, trim, siding, painting, and roofing. These skills are valuable for the students to learn, but more importantly we are praying for hearts to be changed as God moves this week.

We... [continue]

Being a part of the mental health conversation

Over 43 million adults in the United States experience a mental illness in a given year, according to statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Health. Yet, we in the church are often silent on the topic of mental health for a variety of reasons.

One of which might be that we think of it as an “others” problem. Mental health issues affect others, not me, my family or my church family. However, statistics suggest something different.

How many people regularly attend your church? Take that number and divide it by five. Your answer... [continue]

Hope for lives to be transformed

As Joe Padilla visits with pastors and church leaders about mental health recovery, he often finds hearts willing to help, but ill-equipped to do so. After walking through his own personal journey with his wife being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Padilla realized the church needed more training on mental health disorders in order to effectively minister to families. The Padillas were serving as international missionaries when she was diagnosed and they realized they could not function any longer and returned home to the states for treatment and... [continue]

Starting the conversation inside church walls

Imagine watching television when suddenly the following headline interrupts the program...

BREAKING NEWS: Shooter opens fire in elementary school. 

Like most people, Marcie Hatfield’s heart sinks when such news reports come on her television. 

“Who would do such a thing?” she asks herself, coming to the conclusion the suspect likely reacted out of rage stemmed by a mental issue such as schizophrenia or depression. 

Over the years, Hatfield has observed people struggling with mental illnesses. In one instance, a friend whose son... [continue]

Why ministry leaders should consider an annual mental health check important

The issue of mental health is vital and close to my heart. The reality is, for five straight years I would get a call from a friend in different parts of the country with heartbreaking news of a close friend or associate who had taken their life in an apparent suicide. The pressure of ministry is real and sometimes, for many, overwhelming. Yet, in the church, we are just coming to grips with this illness and talking about it openly.

In the context of church life, in which I have served the majority of my... [continue]

Bouncing into Mineral Wells

The BOUNCE Team is looking forward to another great week! The Bartlesville mission wrapped up nicely a few weeks ago, and we are ready to jump back in, this time serving the Mineral Wells Community. We will have churches from First UMC Farmington, Cowboy Fellowship, Christoval BC, Brazos Meadows BC, Bethel Chinese BC, and locals from Mineral Wells arriving tomorrow.

The BOUNCE Staff is excited to meet the students who will be serving this week. There will be around 70 students and leaders lodging at Mineral Wells Jr. High School, and we are thankful for a... [continue]

¿Cómo orar por la policía?

Por Joe Carter

Juraron proteger y servir. Ahora yacen muertos y heridos.

Anoche, cinco oficiales de las fuerzas policiacas de Dallas fueron muertos y seis más heridos. Ellos necesitan de nuestras oraciones, así como todos los hombres y las mujeres que dedican sus vidas a mantenernos a salvo en nuestras calles y hogares.

He aquí ocho maneras en que podemos orar por las fuerzas policiacas en los Estados Unidos de América:

Ore por su seguridad

Pida a nuestro Padre Celestial que proteja a aquellos que nos protegen. Pídale que ponga guarda sobre aquellos... [continue]

Why I go to Church. A Personal Journey.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16

Growing up in a Christian family, going to church was a part of my weekly schedule. As the saying goes, every time the doors were open we were there. Having this so ingrained in my being, I thought that when I went off to college it would be easy to continue the tradition. I was very wrong.

See before I left for college my faith was... [continue]

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 name) was desperate, defeated, and ashamed. She didn’t know who to turn to other than her pastor, someone she trusted.

In tears, she said was responsible for her family losing their home, and she was about to lose her car: She... [continue]

El comunicado del Dr. Gus Reyes sobre la decisión de la Corte Suprema

"Me decepciona que la Suprema Corte haya derogado las provisiones de la Ley del Senado número 2, cuyo propósito era mejorar los estándares de seguridad de las clínicas de aborto. Esta legislación anulada buscaba asegurar que las mujeres vulnerables recibieran cuidado con estándares apropiados en estas instalaciones.

Es importante observar que la prohibición estatal a los abortos más allá de las primeras 20 semanas de embarazo y el requisito de que los abortos inducidos mediante drogas sean realizados de acuerdo a las... [continue]

Utilice respuestas misionales en las redes sociales durante la temporada política

Tan solo un vistazo breve a los medios sociales es capaz de mostrar las divisiones políticas existentes en nuestra nación, nuestras comunidades e incluso nuestras familias. En días recientes, toda declaración de cualquier candidato o comentarista político provoca gloriosos aplausos o un odio vitriólico de alguna facción. Esas emociones no solo se enfocan en los candidatos y sus campañas, a menudo se dirigen también a amigos, vecinos y compañeros de trabajo.

Twitter, Facebook y otros medios sociales se... [continue]

#40DaysofPrayer is Coming

We're setting aside July 25-September 2 to stop, pray, and seek the Lord on behalf of Texas College Ministry.

Would you join us during these 40 Days as we pray for college ministry across our state?

Sign-up here to join us and receive a daily devotional and prayer points!

Thank you for journeying with us as we:

"ENGAGE the 1.5 million college students in Texas to FOLLOW Christ and TRANSFORM the world."

Reaching out to neighbors and fighting to end poverty

Pastor Daniel Banyuls has served faithfully at Iglesia Evangelica Bautista in Cerdanyola, Spain, for the past 15 years. He supervises the church’s local food ministry, which provides groceries to about 50 neighbors in need each week. They partner with the local government to raise awareness of the ministry in the neighborhood and the results have been humbling.

The need for help in their local community is great, with many people suffering from the continued impact of the economic crisis of 2008.... [continue]

Obeying the conviction of Christ

On Friday morning, after performing a set of singing and puppetry at McDonald’s, I felt convicted to speak to an 8-year-old little girl who was sitting alone in the audience named Veronica.

After making brief small talk, I asked her if she went to church, to which she replied “no.”

I, then, asked her if she knew who Jesus was, to which she replied “no.”

Little Veronica had no clue what the Bible was, nor of what sin is, nor of what prayer is. This caught me by complete surprise. I had the opportunity to tell her about Jesus and what He did for her... [continue]

What to Look for in a New Church

As a transfer student from a tiny community college in North Texas to the now-third largest university in the state, there were a lot of things on my mind as I made the move an hour and a half away from home. High up on my agenda was finding a new church in the city I would soon call home for the academic year.

I’m a church kid; grew up in the same, non-denominational church that my parents had selected. However, when it came time to be an adult and pick my own church, I knew I needed to ask some serious questions of the churches I scoped:

  1. Is this
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What is your coat?

This past week I have been writing some curriculum for a D-Now that our team will be running next weekend. We’ve been going through the life of Joseph and seeing how what Jesus did on the cross has finished every trial and struggle that Joseph faces. We pointed out four main things that are finished in his life, his self-worth, self-identity, fear and his independence.

Identity means so much here in Portland. How you express yourself, your interests, your feelings and your sexuality define who you are. Coming from South Texas, I really struggled to understand where... [continue]

Highlights from 2016 Hispanic Convencion

The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas Annual Meeting was held June 26-28 at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. Here are some highlights from the gathering:

  • Congratulations to the newly elected officers of Convención Bautista Hispana of Texas: President Rolando Aguirre (of McAllen), 1st Vice President Vincent Gonzales (of Dallas), 2nd Vice President Ruben Burguete (of Caldwell) and Secretary Carmen Gaytan (of McAllen).
  • Sunday night worship service attendance was 1,900, including youth and children.
  • The annual
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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 what I am writing about today.

I have read Luke 10 multiple times, and I have taken notes throughout my share of Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, retreats, conferences and planning meetings. However, the Father... [continue]

#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 people where I could belong and be loved, but I was afraid to go out and meet total strangers who may or may not become my friends. Through my own experiences, I discovered that in order to make friends, I needed to take the... [continue]

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)

Noah Webster defines HOPE as the following:

  1. A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that is obtainable, and
  2. Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of
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