The Gift of Presence

By Randy Blanton Jeremiah 29:11-13 I am often puzzled by those who misuse human suffering as a litmus test to question the reality of God’s love. “If God is love,” some would query, “then why does he permit suffering in the world?” As I have pondered the difficulties encountered...
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The Well that Never Runs Dry

By Barbara Higdon Psalm 63:1-8 “All day I’ve faced a barren waste/Without a taste of water,” sang the Sons of the Pioneers. “Old Dan and I with throats burnt dry/And souls that cry for water. Cool, clear water.” Those of us who live in South Texas know well the...
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My Hope

By Erica Hanchey Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14 NIV Isaiah’s words to Ahaz, King of Judah, prophesy the conception and birth of Immanuel,
God with us, as...
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Offering for Global Missions – 1

On the leading edge of the modern missionary movement, Baptists have been forming together, making disciples of all nations through long-term presence and commitment to serve the most forgotten and forsaken people around the world. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship engages in...
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Anxious Rest Broken By Harmonic Hope

By Garrett Vickrey Isaiah 40:1-5 If you were to put the book of Isaiah to a musical score there would be a whole rest between chapters 39 and 40. If this sacred book were a piece of music. There would be a gaping silence as the work moved between these chapters. The lament of the...
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Election Day Communion

By Ellen Di Giosia During the course of this election season, the airwaves have been filled with divisive rhetoric, accusations of illegal and immoral behavior, and a shocking coarsening of political discourse. At times, it has felt like America has completely abandoned civility....
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