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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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VIDEO: Merry Christmas From Your BGAV Family!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your BGAV family! Watch this video for a special Christmas message from John Upton, our Executive Director, who recently realized that he owes John the Baptist an apology...

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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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BGAV Formalizes Strategic Partnership with Missio Alliance

As part of the executive director report at the BGAV annual meeting, John Upton announced a recent, formal partnership with Missio Alliance, a centrist group whose mission is to resource churches and individuals who share the belief that diversity of thought within denominations is a strength.

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BGAV Ministerial Scholarship Recipient: Joel Elmore

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: Facing God, or Turning Our Backs?

Most of us are fascinated by watching an analysis of a person’s body language. It seems that while a person is giving one message verbally, their body language is conveying their true feelings or attitude about the subject.

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Tony Brooks: The Second Half of Life and Sunday School Revisited

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NIV) I am very thankful for a mom who believed in this proverb. She began teaching me in the cradle about God’s love, God’s word, and living for God. Many Sunday School teachers, pastors, family members, and other church leaders did as well.

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Will Cumbia, Venturer: Reflections on the BGAV Annual Meeting

A Romanian, an Austrian, a Scotswoman, and a Virginian walk into a room. No, it’s not the beginning of a joke, it was the reality of the BGAV Annual meeting a few weeks ago. I am so thankful to have been present at this year’s annual meeting helping to represent the missions development team. It was particularly special to be present there with some of our missions partners from around the world.

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Ed Jordan: To Laugh Again

In Psalm 126, the psalmist is addressing the feelings that people had upon returning back to their homeland from exile. Exile had been a very difficult time for the people of Israel. It had changed most of them forever. After seventy years, God made it possible for them to be freed from their captivity and return home.

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