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Serving God at home

June 15, 2009

South Padre BeachThe Valley Project, a group of 12 college students, is not going to Africa or another far-off country to share the gospel; they are bringing the love of Christ to their community. So many people see the need outside of the United States but are blind to the needs around them. The Valley Project meets these needs by working Vacation Bible Schools, painting houses, volunteering in orphanages, leading worship at local churches and this weekend they held a camp for the youth on South Padre Island. Most of the youth that attended the camp had never been to something like this before because camps were too far away and because of money issues.

It was exciting to see college students leading the worship, praying with the youth, planning the events and building relationships with the people in their community. These students could have gone on vacation or stayed home with their family, but they chose to give three weeks of their time to God. In about a week, the praise band and two of the Valley Project members are going to Venezuela to work and minister. They are serving as a part of Texas Hope 2010, and I ask that you keep them in your prayers.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.
Acts 1:8 And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

The group decided to start in their Jerusalem – the Rio Grande Valley.

Prayer is for everyone

June 10, 2009

The Baptist General Convention of Texas sent Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne about 450 prayer guides last week. Field Street’s pastor, John Hall, said the church is using these guides to put an emphasis on prayer.

“I don’t think anything of eternal value can happen without prayer,” Hall said. “It makes us aware of the role of prayer and the initiative to share Christ.”

Hall said the church also is using these guides to launch the congregation’s involvement in Texas Hope 2010, a BGCT effort encouraging believers to pray for those around them, care for those in need and share the gospel with every person in Texas by Easter 2010.

Hall said prayer is such an important part of this effort because it has no limit.

“It’s something the entire church can do,” Hall said.

For more information about Texas Hope 2010, visit www.texashope2010.com. To donate to support Texas Hope 2010 efforts, visit www.bgct.org/give.

Never stop spreading the ‘Good News’

June 8, 2009
Photo by John Hall

Photo by John Hall

I had the opportunity of going to the Good News Café in Corsicana June 1. I was pleasantly surprised to see the amount of volunteers working and the preparation the church put into this ministry. They had an abundance of food they served to the people in a cozy, café setting. I started thinking, “Wow, this church is really showing God’s love to these people.” Right at that time, God sent me a little wake-up call: The minister of community outreach told me the church still wanted to do more. They want to offer laundry services and showers, and they want to find a central meeting place so they can give hot meals five days a week. God showed me you can always do more. I don’t want to get to the point where I stop growing spiritually. There are always needs, and I if I get stuck on what I am already doing, I might not reach out to meet those needs. These ideas also need to be applied to my prayer life. My relationship with God can always be stronger. My prayers, like my witness, should be a continuous action.

“And just because we say the word, ‘Amen,’ it doesn’t mean this conversation needs to end. Let us pray, let us pray, everywhere in every way. Every moment of the day, it is the right time. Let us pray without end, and when we finish start again. Like breathing out and breathing in, let us pray.”
-“Let Us Pray,” Steven Curtis Chapman

Never too young to give

May 28, 2009

I guess I’m a grown-up, but I have yet to feel like one in my 21 years of life. I always say, “One day I’ll be a grown-up and do grown-up things, like paying all my bills, owning my own house and tithing more.” But, I’ve come to realize, although I might not pay all my bills or own things, God still wants the same from me as he would want from someone double my age. I find myself shortchanging God so often because “I’m a college student, and I don’t have any money.” But, it’s when I give my all that I get back that and so much more. Maybe it means not eating out one night or driving a little less, because we all know how much gas can cost. I always remember this story I heard as a child:

Take a jar and fill it with sand. Then try and put rocks in it. You can’t because the sand takes up all the space. This is the same concept when you think about tithing and giving time to God. Your life is the jar, and the sand represents the worldly things you spend your time and money on. The rocks represent what glorifies God. If you put the rocks in first, the sand will also fit. You can have time and money for both, but you need to put God in your life first. Everything else will fit into place.

No matter how old or young you are, you need to give your all to God. He will bless you.

“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30


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