December 2020


Devotional: Welcome, 2021!


Let us welcome 2021 with the hope, confidence, and optimism that Christ has given us! This year is a fresh start, a new beginning, with new opportunities to grow closer to Him and closer to others...

Keep reading...

Devotional: Press On


This time of the year reminds me of Philippians 3:13b-14. Let us make the most out of today and these last few days of 2020. The great prize will be worth it!...

Keep reading...

Mastering a Theology of Money


If we thoroughly examine the Gospels, what does our Lord himself actually say about material possessions? In various passages and within different pericopes, Jesus sets forth his theology of money...

Keep reading...

Edificando un fundamento firme para iglesias hispanas


"Cristo tenía un sistema. Él tenía a Sus discípulos que Él mismo entrenó, y entonces ellos fueron y entrenaron a otros. Y, ese es el enfoque al que Dios me ha llevado...

Keep reading...

Building up a strong foundation for Hispanic churches


“Christ had a system. He had his disciples that he trained himself, and they went out and trained other people. And that’s the approach that I believe God has led me to,” ...

Keep reading...

Blue Reflectors


Recently I was in the drive-through line ordering breakfast tacos for the family. While sitting and waiting patiently for my order, I noticed one of our city’s Deputy Fire Chiefs driving and then stopped at the business just across the street...

Keep reading...

Devotional: Lights At Christmas


What would Christmas be without lights? I was recently reading about the origin of using lights on a Christmas tree. I found that the earliest lights were candles attached to the tree branches signifying the light of Jesus...

Keep reading...

Go Now Missions sends students out to serve over Christmas break


"We got to serve right in our backyard in Fort Worth and partner with brothers and sisters in Christ who came from different backgrounds and languages...

Keep reading...

Texas Baptists hospital chaplain among first to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Houston


On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Texas Baptists-endorsed chaplain and River Ministry missionary Silvia Briones will be one of the first people in Texas to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. ...

Keep reading...

MAP stories: Discipleship in the Amazon


With our hearts full of gratitude, we share with you the great things that the Lord has done for us this last month. We had an intense month of hard work. We started to hold services in the church building that is still under construction, as the room in our house was no longer sufficient for all the people. On an average 25 people have participated in services with us, mostly children and young people...

Keep reading...

Wait for it…The Power and Promise of Joy


What a year. Disease and sickness and death. Political unrest. Racial tension. Violence in the streets. You can almost hear the exasperated, weary refrain, “Man, I’m so done with 2 BC.” As tough as 2020 has been, it is not alone in history as a time of darkness and hardship. ...

Keep reading...

Devotional: Children, Radios, Fish & Christmas


What do children, radios, and fish have in common with Christmas? They all sound very different, but they all have the same purpose. ...

Keep reading...

Texas Baptists Hunger Offering provides grant for hurricane relief in Nicaragua


On November 16, Hurricane Iota slammed into Nicaragua’s coast as a Category 4 storm, hitting an area already reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Eta only two weeks earlier. Homes and businesses were destroyed or badly damaged and thousands were forced to leave their villages in search of safer conditions...

Keep reading...

Finding joy through music this Christmas season


My preference is to start listening to Christmas music after Thanksgiving. Now those that know me, know I haven’t always had this luxury as my Christmas started in June as a worship pastor preparing for annual Christmas planning! ...

Keep reading...

BSM’s Evangelism Challenge prepares students for off-campus ministry


As the 2020 Fall semester started at The University of Texas at El Paso, the Baptist Student Ministry staff met together to evaluate how their ministry would look different as the COVID-19 pandemic drastically modified life on campus...

Keep reading...

Devotional: Has Your Soul Caught Up With Your Body?


This time of year is known for being busy…very busy! My countdown clock on my phone shows that we have 19 days until Christmas Day! How will you fill those precious few days?...

Keep reading...