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Living the Word of God

How would you describe your relationship with the Bible? What do I mean by that question?How do you relate to the Bible? Do you encounter the Bible annually, monthly, weekly, or daily? How frequently do you interact with its contents? If someone interviewed you and asked these questions, what would be your response?

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Brittney Mumma: Venturer in Panamá

Brittney, far right, with her Panamanian family Posted: 3/27/2019 at 9:00am. Article by Brittney Mumma. Greetings from Panamá! God has been so good over my first couple months here in this beautiful country. He has been blessing my relationships and opportunities to engage with the culture, church, and people of Panamá. It has been so encouraging to witness the love …

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Picturing a Special Future

John Trent and Gary Smalley wrote a book many years ago that I think every parent, future parent, and Sunday School teacher should read: The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance. I read it years ago, and it helped me in my personal life as well as challenged me in ways I failed as a parent.Two of the chapters talk about picturing a special future for your child. Words have a powerful impact upon us. Even our names have the power to mold us.

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A New Mission for the Parsonage at Urbanna Baptist Church

Urbanna Baptist Church has had a parsonage for several years.  Sometimes it was lived in, other times not; but people did not like it sitting empty. So we did a study of options and voted to make it our Mission House. Our Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) group is moving all of its projects--which they used to have to unpack and then stash away every week--into the first floor area, and we hope to use the bedrooms as guest rooms for family members, or visiting speakers, or other guests who want to spend the weekend by the river!

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Making a Good Deal

Do you remember watching game shows? One of my favorites was “Let’s Make a Deal,” where the contestant had to choose to keep a known gift or risk trading it for an unknown gift that could turn out to be something better or a real clunker. Either way, their choice had consequences.  

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focus:refugees

Virginia Baptists are partnering with Austrian Baptists and other Baptist Unions in Europe as a part of a new missions initiative called focus:refugees. Focus:refugees aims to meaningfully connect Virginia Baptists to the refugee work of our partners within the European Baptist Federation (EBF). Over the next five years, the BGAV will support refugee work all over Europe and the Middle East starting with the Austrian Baptists, the Croatian Baptists and their work with refugees in Bosnia, and Lebanese Baptists. Additionally, the BGAV will partner with ReEstablish Richmond, a refugee resettlement agency working with refugees in Virginia.

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At the Table

Posted: 3/18/2019 at 3:30pm. Article by Greg LeMaster.We have started a Dinner Church (called At the Table) at Graceland Baptist Church over the past several months. It is going very well, and we just served a bountiful Thanksgiving meal to many people from our Food Pantry ministry who were here that day. They were blessed and we were so very …

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What Does Prayer Change?

There have been many books written that allude to prayer changing things. That being the case, questions immediately arise regarding what things does prayer change, and what things does prayer not change?

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Why Pray?

Recently I have been exploring the theme of prayer. It is a vast subject with many ways to approach it.

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BGAV College Scholarship Recipient: Abbie Kramer

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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