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via V3: Spiritual Friendship

Discerning God’s direction in life is tricky business. The culture that surrounds us, the opinions and prerogatives of others, and the noise of our own hearts makes it difficult to hear God’s path many times. We need friends to help us listen to God, navigate the complexities of life, and go on the discernment journey with us.

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Church Internship Grants: A New Opportunity

A new opportunity, made possible by the BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds, was unveiled at the 2018 BGAV Annual Meeting. Grant applications opened this week for churches who want to provide internship opportunities in ministry settings. Churches must commit to funding at least 50 percent of the total internship costs in order to pursue receiving a grant.

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School: Missional or Discipleship?

There is an ongoing debate about the validity of Sunday School in the present time. Many people believe that because of the decline in its numbers and its relatively inept function in some churches that Sunday School is dead. I must admit that Sunday School and discipleship in many churches have lost focus and need serious revamping. Here are some of the problems and what I believe the current solution to be.

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Ed Jordan: Seeking the Seeking God

With the arrival of the new year, most of us are seeking a better year than the last one. It is a good thing to seek to improve our lives, whenever we can do this. But when it comes to planning the new year, we tend to neglect the element of our spiritual lives. People are willing to talk about a lot of things related to their lives, but the spiritual condition of their lives is rarely among them. Why is this?

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BGAV College Scholarship Recipient: Abby Kiss

Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

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Ed Jordan: What are You Waiting For?

In the 1937 Disney film, Snow White, Snow White sang: “Someday my prince will come, someday I'll find my love; and how thrilling that moment will be, when the prince of my dreams comes to me.”  The music was written by Frank Churchill and the lyrics by Larry Morley. The sentiments of that song have revealed the longings of many people, even today.

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Tony Brooks: Preparing for 2019 in Sunday School, Small Groups, and Discipleship

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19 NIV) I realize that you will be preparing for Christmas when you read this blog. This one serves as a reminder of what is next. Too often when the Christmas decorations come down, parties are over and the music ends, so does something that shouldn’t. Many seem to share more hope, peace, joy, and love during the Advent season. When it is over, there is a letdown in our mood (credit card depression) as well as in our relationship with God and others. Christmas should be every day: Immanuel has come! God is always with us.

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Ed Jordan: King or Servant?

It is always interesting when our lives are interrupted by the reality of death. We don’t like to be reminded that this physical life is an interlude, a time when we are to prepare for our permanent dwelling which awaits us after death.

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