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Ed Jordan: Time is the Secret Ingredient

Recently I watched a documentary about the relationship between changes in cooking and our changing lifestyles. The film showed how natural cooking over wood fires takes a lot of time and is very different in nature from the fast foods and convenience foods we consume these days. Slowly cooked foods have great flavor and nutritional value and are easier to digest.  

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BGAV Ministerial Scholarship Recipient: Chris Crowley

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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Tony Brooks: Two Dangers Teachers Face

We often memorize verbal religious concepts without understanding the experience/application to life. We learn the words (religious vocabulary), doctrines, and biblical passages without understanding the concepts and how they apply to us.

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Ed Jordan: Partnering with God!

Almost two decades ago, my wife and I were sensing that the time of relocating to a new ministry was approaching. We had led our church at that time for 11 years and seen it grow in both numbers and health. While the work was thriving, I had led them as far as I could lead them. They needed a different kind of leader for the next phase of growth, and we needed a new challenge.

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David Peppler: An Invitation to Silence

My clergy friends, you are invited to the Gathering of Silence at CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center October 8-11, 2018. Please continue reading to find out what makes retreats so valuable!

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Associational Team Volunteers at Bland Ministry Center

The Bland Ministry Center is a multi-faceted non-profit Christian social ministry founded in 1980 by the East River Baptist Association, which is a small association of only 12 churches. The center is also supported through the Alma Hunt State Missions Offering and contributions from individuals, churches, organizations and businesses, and denominational entities.

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Ed Jordan: God Leads Us Out of Our Comfort Zones

Many of us spend much of our time in stagnant or declining situations because we allow “remaining comfortable” to become our core value. Most of us, once we have a system that works for us, don’t want to change anything. Why should we? Our system works, and we are familiar with it. Yet most inventions that changed the world began with someone taking risks to do things that are not comfortable—seeking to discover something new.

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How Are Your Disaster Response Donations Used?

Did you know? Because of our partnerships and the labor provided by our volunteers, we are able to multiply the effectiveness of every dollar you give so that every ONE dollar given is equivalent in value to more than TEN dollars!

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Tony Brooks: 4 Ways to Help When the Storm Comes

Hurricane Harvey Satelitte

My heart has gone out to all of those affected by the storms this past week. I believe that Bible study classes and small groups in our churches and campus ministries should respond in several ways when storms cause hopelessness in our world. We can provide hope!

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Tony Brooks: How to Start Small Groups to Complement Sunday School

Starting small groups is essential in this day and age for discipleship to be effective for our churches. There are many people who work on Sunday. Others are involved with their children with traveling teams. Sunday School cannot carry the burden of disciple-making! What is our first step to start small groups?

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Ed Jordan: Is God a Concept or a Living Being?

While many people believe in the concept of God, there are many views about what such a God is like. For some God is a simply a detached, philosophical concept and is merely an explanation for all the things humans can’t explain in our universe. For Christians, God is a living being who is alive and interacts with us in our lives each day.

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