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via Missio Alliance: A Practice as Lent Begins

In sitting with the question of where my poverty lies, I realized that we all have areas within ourselves of relative riches and relative poverty. And God wants it all. He created us, bought us at great cost to himself, and desires that we give to him our whole selves—that our worship of, devotion to, service of him be holistic.

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Missional Renaissance and Sunday School/Discipleship

Missional is an overused word in our society. It is focused about being on mission specifically for God in our context, but not everyone uses it that way. Renaissance is perhaps not as familiar. It is about awakening. It is about discovering something new. Though what I am sharing is not new, it has been lost for some generations.

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Take a Deep Breath of God

In truth, many people today are most likely spiritually parched, like those dry bones. Many others live as though there is no God, and this scenario can become very dark and discouraging. Just as plants need light to help sustain and feed them, we humans need God to breathe life and perspective into us.

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Venturer Josh Nuckols: 4 Weeks In

Posted: 2/12/20 at 2:00pm. Article by Josh Nuckols. I’m finishing up week four here, and it’s all been amazing. My first two weeks were spent working with children camps, the first being for young children 4-12 years of age and the second for older children 12-17 years of age. Those were long 18-20 hour days, waking up before the camp …

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Are You Rowing or Sailing?

I am reading a wonderful book by Joan S. Gray, entitled Sailboat Church. I believe it is going to be a spiritual blessing to Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, as in a few weeks we begin to read through the book as a congregation, using it as a guide to help us rethink our church’s priorities and methods.

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Who is Your Father?

Many people are familiar with what is often called “The Lord’s Prayer.” In Matthew 6:8–9 (CSB) Jesus begins his instruction in prayer with: “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, Your name be honored as holy.”   Those words immediately draw our thoughts to God, who is ruling in heaven. This is not a new concept, nor one that we have a hard time grasping. We tend to know that there must be a God who designed and rules over it all. Probably every religion in the world has some representation of a god who/that makes things work or function.

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via V3: On Stopping

Do you practice a regular rhythm of Sabbath? Do you “Sabbath”? What does it even mean when we use “Sabbath” as a verb? In fact, what is Sabbath?

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God Always Bats Last

While life is not a mere game, we can learn many lessons from sports. Last fall, Don Davidson, of First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, reminded attendees at the BGAV annual meeting of an important standard rule in baseball. He pointed out that “In baseball the game is not over until the home team bats at the end of the ninth inning.”  Sometimes in life, when it always seems like it’s the ninth inning and you are behind, things can look so bleak that you consider quitting. But Dr. Davidson encouraged us to remember that the home team gets the last at bat, adding: “Wait and see what happens when God comes up to bat.”

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Reaching Baby Boomers in Sunday School/Small Groups

So many of our churches are trying to figure out how to reach the Millennial generation (born between 1980-2000)—currently the second largest generation in the US. Many churches are more geared to reach the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946-1964), which is now the third largest generation. Your church might find it helpful to research the population in your area to see which generations are most represented.

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God, the Ultimate Transit Authority

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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20/20 Vision

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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