Camp Update: Preparing for the Youth Retreat
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Camp Update: Preparing for the Youth Retreat

Several months ago our camp development team decided that the time had come to schedule a teen retreat. We’ve been building the camp, little by little, since late 2011, and now it is time to put this resource God has given us to good use. When we made the original plans, we were counting on…

James 1:18 – Firetruck! Firetruck! Firetruck!
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James 1:18 – Firetruck! Firetruck! Firetruck!

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. According to my parents, when I was a toddler I developed an obsession with firetrucks. I have no reason to doubt this, although my tastes have matured greatly since then. I’m…

James 1:17 – This Isn’t God’s First Rodeo
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James 1:17 – This Isn’t God’s First Rodeo

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Here in Maranhão excitement is building among our churches as we prepare for the first teen retreat at the Mount Zion Baptist Camp, scheduled for November. Excitement,…

Conference: The Kingdom of God
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Conference: The Kingdom of God

At the beginning of the month one of our sister churches held their annual conference, and invited me to come and speak to their Saturday night session. These annual conferences are a major event in the lives of our churches, and they pull out the stops. This year was no different, although we are still…

James 1:16 – Stop Whitewashing the Fence
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James 1:16 – Stop Whitewashing the Fence

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. For our around-the-table reading, our family just finished up the Mark Twain classic, Tom Sawyer. One of the iconic scenes of that book, of course, is when the title character dupes his friends into whitewashing a fence for him. Using techniques that any self-respecting used car salesman would…