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Follow the Invisible God

When Jesus invites people to enter into a relationship with himself, he uses the words: “Come, follow me.” We often read over those words and miss the meaning of the word “follow.”

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BGAV Approves 2020 Budget

During the Wednesday business session of the 196th Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) Annual Meeting, messengers voted to approve the 2020 Cooperative Missions Budget budget of $9.1 million.

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BGAV Recognizes Jeff Cranford and Stephen Richerson with Resolutions of Appreciation

During Tuesday’s business session at the 196th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), Virginia Baptists recognized and honored William J. (Jeff) Cranford, II and Stephen Richerson, two men who leave a definite mark on Virginia Baptist life through their leadership and service. Through resolutions of appreciation, each was individually recognized before the gathered body of messengers.

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Northern Seminary and BGAV Announce Partnership to Train Church Leaders

Northern Seminary and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) announce a new partnership to train the next generation of church leaders. As the BGAV’s seminary partner for distance education, Northern will deliver accessible theological education to students in Virginia via interactive live-streaming classes and local intensive gatherings. Students can complete degrees while still serving their local context or deployed overseas.   

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Tuesday’s Recap of the 2019 Annual Meeting

The first full day of the 196th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) opened at 8:45am with President Richard Martin presiding.  Chris Cadenhead, pastor of Bonsack Baptist Church, brought warm greetings on the snowy Tuesday morning, before the Uptick Artists led a spirit-filled acoustic set of worship. Their own song, written to the tune of “Come Thou Fount” with words, “Sing a new church into being, one in faith and love and praise,” was a powerful and apt way to start a day focused on the theme of “Renew.”

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2019 BGAV Annual Meeting Kicks Off with Missions Monday

The 196th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) kicked off Monday at Bonsack Baptist Church with a day focused on missions.“Missions Monday” started off with a gathering of Korean-speaking church leaders as well as the annual Pastor’s Conference.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 8: Enroll Your Guests

In a day when people are wondering about the chaos and challenges in our world and their personal lives, I believe we have GOOD NEWS to share and to show! All of us are called to encourage others to hear God’s Word and make disciples. How do we help each class member know their responsibility? Practice open enrollment and show them how!

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 7: Downsize for Discipleship

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose twelve? We could take the biblical symbol as twelve representing the twelve tribes of Israel. We could say that it represents a complete number in biblical times. We know that Jesus had many other followers. He could have spent his three years speaking in colosseums and amphitheaters the entire time.

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What is the One Thing You Seek?

If you could only choose one thing to be the consuming passion of your life, what would it be? Would it be one person with whom you desire to share the rest of your life? Would it be endless wealth? Or a permanent, prominent position of power? For some it might be endless health, or three meals a day delivered to your home until you die. Some would choose fame or success in sports. Perhaps for you the one thing you desire might be to never die.

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One is the Loneliest Number

One of the painful scenarios that humans encounter is loneliness. Loneliness is a feeling of isolation and being alone. In the Creation accounts of Genesis chapters 1-3, God’s crowning creative act was the creation of humans. First there was Adam, and then God saw “that it was not good for the man to be alone,” so God made Eve to share life with Adam. Loneliness has been with us a long time.   

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