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Tony Brooks: 4 Ways to Go Beyond Bible Knowledge to a Relationship with Christ

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:1-8 NIV)

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Ed Jordan: Preparing for Christmas

In Galatians 4:4-5 (NASB95) we read: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Not only was it Mary’s time to give birth, it was also the “pregnant” time, the full and right time, in history for the Messiah to be born.

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Jillian Andrzejewski: Walking the Advent Journey

Thanksgiving is over. The Christmas shopping season has begun. Lights have been put up. Trees have been decorated. Christmas music is playing on the radio. Christmas time is back again. For some like my two year old, everything seems new to her. She’s never heard the old Christmas songs. She’s never helped decorate our Christmas tree until this year. Christmas is very new to her.

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Tony Brooks: 4 Ways to Help Teachers in their Spiritual Life

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)

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Will Cumbia: Not Lost in Translation

Greetings from Vienna! At the writing of this post, I’ve past my 100th day in Europe as a Venturer. Wow! As I learn to traverse a new place and a new culture I wanted to share some observations and thoughts that I’ve had. It is exciting, exhausting, and interesting to live in a foreign place. Though the language barrier is …

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Ed Jordan: Living in Circles

Yesterday I had adventures in driving. I was in a town in which the streets were designed as spoked wheels, and I needed to visit someone in a hospital there. I didn’t know the hospital's address. We searched for hospitals using the GPS, found one listed in the town, and followed the directions to it. Forty minutes later, after a long circular drive through the forests and along the river, I ended up on the same street on which I started, about a quarter mile behind where I had begun. Had GPS told me to make a U-turn, I would have done so and gotten to my destination an hour earlier. It was very frustrating.

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Religious Liberty Resolution Adopted at Annual Meeting

The Religious Liberty Committee brought forward a resolution on Religious Liberty at the 194th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. This resolution was adopted at the  meeting unanimously by the messengers attending. The committee encourages all BGAV churches to read, shared, and implement this resolution: RESOLUTION ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WHEREAS religious liberty is a fundamental right bestowed …

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Shannon Kiser: There Is No Map

There is no map. There is no formula that can be memorized and copied. And the pace of change is relentless. Some people are wringing their hands and wondering what this all means for ministry.

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Ed Jordan: The Season of Appreciative Reflecting

There is a time to hang on, and a time to let go. One of the things that allows us to let go of something or someone is to take time appreciating them. Perhaps this is why God put color in the autumn leaves, so that we would notice that they are approaching departure, and we should take the time to value them and appreciate what they have contributed to life.

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More Than Nets Hits 81,400 Nets

Posted: 11/27/17 at 11:00am. More Than Nets has distributed 81,400 nets to 345 villages since the project began in 2012! Malaria cases in the four sub-districts that are completely netted have experienced a 43% decline. We still need to raise nearly $200,000 in order to reach our goal of 100,000 nets distributed to the entire Yendi region. In addition to securing …

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David Peppler: Always Give Thanks

"But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you;..." (Jonah 2:9a NRSV) Jonah's next words state that he will pay that which he has vowed. What jumps off the biblical page is the word sacrifice. We do not always have that word in mind when we think of being thankful. Thankfulness is an expression of gratitude, shown in words simple or profound and occasionally presented with a token of appreciation or a hug.

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Together for Others in Romania

sending romania partnership

Posted: 11/20/17 at 11:00pm.  Step outside the walls of your church and be a blessing, both in Romania and in Virginia! Our partnership with Romania Baptists focuses on five areas: In youth ministry training we host at least five Romanian church interns each summer in Virginia, as well as send a team of youth ministry trainers to Romania for regional …

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Ed Jordan: What is a Holiday?

What if you went to great expense and effort to throw a birthday party for your son, and invited all his friends, family, and the neighbors to come and celebrate, and when the people came into the house they ignored you and your son?

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