Issue 5, Spring 2016

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Through the Refugee Relief Project, Texas Baptists are helping provide blankets, heaters, mattresses and other winter survival necessities to Syrian refugees who have sought help in Lebanon. Through our partnership with local Lebanese churches, we are not only providing supplies to survive the harsh winter, but also opening doors for our brothers and sisters to show the love of Christ to those in need. Learn more at

How a small town church can make a big impact

Churches are often looking for ways to engage the community around them with the Gospel, to reach out to the unchurched and find an event which will pique their interest enough to begin a conversation. Small membership churches may find it difficult at times to host a large event due to limited budgets, resources, volunteers, facilities and the list goes on and on.

Here's the good news! By using creativity, ingenuity and networking, it is possible to make a big splash in your neighborhood.

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Episode 1: Ready: Recognizing and Responding to God's Call

In our first episode of podcast, Joshua Minatrea sits down with Rusty Wheelington and Grant Byrd, authors of the new book Ready: Recognizing and responding to God's call. Listen as the authors provide insight into this helpful new resource for young people sensing a call from God to vocational ministry.

When disaster strikes: Five steps to ensure your church is prepared to minister to the community

2015 was a record year for disasters in Texas. Flooding and tornadoes damaged thousands of homes. Currently, there are 24 active Long Term Recovery groups meeting regularly to rebuild homes and lives of people affected by these…

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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…


When disaster strikes

What looked to be a typical, rainy spring weekend quickly turned tragic. The rains, heavier than usual, created a 40-foot wall of water that came barreling down the river, wiping houses off their foundations and thrusting cars into…


I wanna know what love is

Like the 80s rock band Foreigner, I want to know what love is. And I am not alone in my inquiry. Legendary singer Tina Turner asks, "what's love got to do with it?" John Legend speaks of its all encompassing nature, singing it has…


Celebrating the sanctity of marriage

In a sermon series addressing the issues of brokenness in the world, Pastor Chris Dupree of Baptist Temple McAllen focused one Sunday sermon on the sanctity, definition and value of marriage. While society has attempted to…


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