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Samaritan’s Purse Drive

Our Samaritan’s Purse drive has started! This is your opportunity to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas by packing a shoebox with suitable items for them to use. Boxes are now available for pick up after service on Sunday mornings.
Please click below to learn more about how to pack a shoebox:

We will be collecting shoeboxes from

November 14 – November 20, 2022

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Bible Apps Are the New Printing Press

How evangelical computer programmers changed the way we read Scripture. In the summer of 1979, just a few years after Jimmy Carter brought the term “born again” into the mainstream American lexicon and Steve Jobs made the home computer a part of everyday life, two engineers at Intel hatched a plan to create a new kind of technology company. Kent Ochel and Bert Brown’s new endeavor would combine their religious faith and their lifelong desire to build their own company, enabling them to do something unprecedented—they would bring the Bible into the digital age and put it on every personal… [...]

Why ‘Persecuted’ Is Not the Best Way to Describe Christians in the Gulf

While restrictions on religion remain, most Arab nations pass the tolerance test enough for Christian ministry to continue. In November, officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) made a surprise announcement. Discovered among the white-hot sand dunes of Siniyah Island were the ruins of a 1,400-year-old Christian monastery, likely predating the rise of Islam. Historians say that as Islam grew in influence in the seventh century, conversions to the new religion created what became the Arabian Peninsula of today. Tracing their lineage back centuries, Saudis, Emiratis, Qataris, Bahrainis, Omanis, and Yemenis today uniformly follow the creed of Muhammad. The ancient… [...]

Come Thou Long Expected Judgment

Advent prepares us for the Incarnation, but also for the gift of God's final justice. A few days ago, I walked into a New Age, vegan grocery store in my Austin neighborhood and noticed something strange: an Advent calendar for sale. As far as I can tell, the store owners have not suddenly become interested in readying their customers for the feast of the Incarnation. The awkward presence of the Advent calendar in a store devoted mostly to the healing power of mushrooms and crystals is part of the larger secularization of the season of Advent, now purring along to… [...]

US Commission ‘Outraged’ By Omitted Offenders of Religious Freedom

USCIRF protests Nigeria and India not being included among nations added to State Department’s list of Countries of Particular Concern. The United States has expanded its list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. Two new nations—Cuba and Nicaragua—were added on Friday to the State Department’s list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). Two others—Vietnam and the Central African Republic (CAR)—were added to its Special Watch List (SWL). And one new organization was added to its list of Entities of Particular Concern (EPC): Russia’s mercenary Wagner group, due to its cited offenses in CAR. “Around the world, governments and… [...]

A Southern Baptist Pastor’s Plea: Please Listen

Why Johnny Hunt’s “restoration” convinces me we don’t have ears to hear. I have seen this before. As I watched four pastors (two of them belonging to the Southern Baptist Convention) declare former convention president Johnny Hunt restored to ministry—six months after he was put on leave when a third-party investigation found he was “credibly accused” of sexual assault—I realized I knew what I was seeing. I hadn’t watched this exact 14-minute video, of course, with four men offering assurances of repentance, but I had seen it. I’d seen it at the church where leaders gave their assurances that a… [...]

There is no doubt that current times are difficult. Hatred, envy, greed—conflict is all around us. I remember when life growing up was simpler, less hectic. Kids played on the street while the neighbors enjoyed a friendly chat, and strangers would greet each other as they passed by. You could see people smiling, helping each other. There was respect, values. The Bible talks about the evil increasing in the last days, and this is what we are experiencing today, not only in the world but also in... [...]

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but [imitate] what is good. The one who practices good [exhibiting godly character, moral courage, and personal integrity] is of God; the one who practices [or permits or tolerates] evil has not seen God [he has no personal experience with Him and does not know Him at all] (3 John 1:11 AMP). Before babies develop their own personalities, they mimic everything they see—good or bad—everything. The Word tells us to teach our children the way they should go:... [...]

Have you ever prayed for the presence of Christ to be so tangible in your life that you can feel and see it? I think all of us who call ourselves Christ followers have prayed a prayer like this at one point or another. While the Holiday season can be a season of hope and renewal, it is often a season of restlessness and fear about the future. It’s easy to lose our perspective on the hope of Christ when we are focused on our momentary lack. If you have felt that way, be encouraged, you are not... [...]

Don’t you just love the fact that our God proves Himself faithful and trustworthy over and over? Because He knows the end from the beginning, we can always trust Him—confident that He is working behind the scenes on our behalf. In every situation, He has our best interests at heart and will turn everything around for our good and for His glory if we choose to trust Him.  I experienced God’s faithfulness several years ago when I worked as a secretary in sales. On my second day there, I... [...]

My heart was racing. I couldn’t catch my breath. My chest felt like an elephant was sitting on it. My arms were tingling and then numb. I couldn’t string two thoughts together nor could I stop them from racing from one topic to another. What was happening? I was having a panic attack—one of many that I would experience. For years I suffered from anxiety and depression. I hid these attacks from my family and friends until one day I couldn’t hide anymore. I was riding in a car with my best friend... [...]

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