July 2020


Blue speckles of Gaza


”What? God ... how are you going to use that?”...

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MAP Stories: Ministry in West Africa


Through the contributions of Texas Baptists churches, financial relief was provided to 77 pastors in West Africa. ...

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Jerry Carlisle named President of Texas Baptist Missions Foundation


Jerry Carlisle has been named the new president of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF), following the retirement of founding president Bill Arnold...

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Mary Hill Davis Offering® helps small churches make big impacts


See how the Mary Hill Davis Off ering® is helping small churches minister to their communities and keep their church building standing strong...

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Hospital chaplaincy in the midst of a pandemic


Read how Texas Baptist chaplains are making a diff erence as they minister to hospital patients, staff  and families aff ected by COVID-19...

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BSM opens a pay-as-you-can deli just as the pandemic hits


At the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the BSM opens a deli that caters to students a deli that caters to students...

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Pastor Relief: Caring for pastors as they care for others


The Pastor Relief Fund and the Missions Team have been working to care for pastors aff ected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both in Texas and beyond...

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TBM Disaster Relief to deploy multiple teams after Hurricane Hanna


“We want to share God’s love in the hardest days of people’s lives.”...

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Devotional: God Notices


Jesus said, “Even a sparrow does not fall without God’s notice” (Matthew 10:29). As one preacher said last year, “God is a pallbearer at the funeral of every sparrow!” What a great reminder. God notices each of us when we fall and He values each of us far more than the sparrow. ...

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TBMF President Bill Arnold retires after 40 years of service to Texas Baptists


Bill Arnold, president of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF), has announced his retirement after 36 years of leading the foundation and more than 40 years of service with Texas Baptists. ...

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2020 Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament awards announced


Though the event could not be held in-person due to COVID-19, students from churches around Texas competed virtually...

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Devotional: Wake Up


Alarm clocks, including the app on our phone, always get our attention to something important. Whether it’s waking us up or getting us moving, it gets our attention for something important. It is time to set our alarms to WAKE UP and SPEAK UP about our faith! ...

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Taking proactive measures to protect your church and neighbors during the pandemic


“The more that you can do proactively when it’s sunny before things get bad, the better...

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Longtime Texas Baptist leader Chris Liebrum transitions to HPU role


Liebrum’s life has been a testament to the impact of cooperative missions and ministry and the importance of institutional partnerships...

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Devotional: Prayer Prompts


When you were a child did you play the word association game? Someone says a word and you respond with the first thought that comes to your mind. What words prompt you to pray?...

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Governor Abbott issues facemask order among other changes


On Thursday, July 2, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation amending Executive Order GA-28 (“GA-28”). GA-28 was originally put in place on June 26, but the increase of COVID-19 cases across the state led to the governor giving increased authority to local officials to regulate gatherings. At the same time, Gov. Abbott also issued a new executive order, Executive Order GA-29 (“GA-29”). GA-29 does not supersede GA-28, but provides new regulations in addition to GA-28. In other words, both GA-28 and GA-29 are governing orders, and both remain in effect. Texans must comply with both...

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Devotional: Our Response


Compared to our country, National WMU is much younger…only 132 years old (WMU of Texas is 140 years old). As we reflect on WMU and how we carry out missions discipleship, we can see change. Some good, some not so good, but we can learn from it all!...

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Statewide survey indicates health levels of Texas pastors


Results from a statewide Pastor Health Survey conducted by the Texas Baptists Church Health Initiative of San Antonio provided valuable information on the health of pastors in Texas. Five hundred and sixty pastors affiliated with Texas Baptists participated in the confidential survey, a 13 percent response rate. The survey explored spiritual, physical, mental, financial, relational and work health. ...

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Virtual worship conference to offer training from renowned worship leaders


On Aug. 1, Texas Baptists will join with 16 other Baptist state conventions to host the Resourcing Worship Virtual Conference. The conference will be a virtual training for church leaders involved in worship ministry. ...

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BOUNCE encourages student ministries to find the mission field in their own backyard


“You don’t want to be sitting at home doing nothing when there are people out there who need help.”...

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Video Devotional: Serving In A Difficult Place


We've all had some challenging circumstances or difficulties in life. Even in the midst of chaos or in difficult places, God continues to open the door for us to serve. It is up to us to remain connected to the source of our strength so that we can press forward...

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