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Easter: What’s the Big Deal?

Easter is the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Many today live as though Jesus, his death, and his resurrection are irrelevant. Others go so far as to say that Jesus’ resurrection is a myth. While Christmas revealed to us that God is real, and that Jesus was God who became flesh, Easter celebrates the power of God to give us death-beating eternal life.

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BGAV Ministerial Scholarship Recipient: Esther Shin

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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Fairview Baptist: A 35-year Tradition of Helping Fredericksburg Families Through Annual Benefit Oyster Roast

On March 16, over 1,350 people gathered at the Fredericksburg Agricultural Fairground. They weren’t there to attend a fair, but rather to help a family in need. This was not a unique gathering but a happening that occurs each year to provide hope and financial support to an individual or family in the greater Fredericksburg Area. Known at the Benefit Oyster Roast, this fundraising event has been held annually for the past 35 years.

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Dealing with Betrayal

We are quickly coming up to Easter, the time when we commemorate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. But we can also gain insight from other events that Jesus went through during Holy Week.

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Meet Danny Quirin: Minister in Residence for Youth Ministry

After working with teens in the church since 1984, I’ve seen and experienced the struggles that churches face in ministering to middle- and high-school teens. I want to take what I’ve experienced over these decades and listen to churches and then help train and equip churches and volunteers to help meet the ever-changing needs and demands of student ministry.

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BGAV Church Goes Solar this Spring

For years, Trent Taliaferro had dreamed of a creative way to give back to his church. Sometimes giving comes in financial forms, but sometimes stewardship takes on more creative dimensions.

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Columbia: Preparing Next-generation Church Leaders

Columbia Baptist Church is a BGAV-member congregation in Falls Church, VA, and they shared with us this innovative new training program they're offering—one of which is in conjunction with one of BGAV's partner educational institutions—Bluefield College. If you live in or near that area and are interested in applying, use the link they provided below. If you don't live in northern Virginia but are intrigued by this idea, consider how your church might get involved in a similar opportunity!

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When You Feel Small

We live in a culture that often thinks bigger is better. There are some things about being a big church which are appealing, such as having multiple staff to contribute to more ministries and services. They often have greater financial resources, more people to accomplish tasks, and supposedly therefore more options to offer a buffet of services.  

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World Malaria Day: How You Can Help

World Malaria Day is recognized on April 25 each year as a solemn reminder that this disease continues to infect millions of people each year resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths. In 2017 (the latest date for complete figures), there were an estimated 219 million cases and 435,000 related deaths. The majority of these infections and deaths took place in sub-Saharan Africa among young children, pregnant women, and the elderly, whose immune systems are not yet developed or weakened.

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