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Good Friday Service, April 14, 2017

Join us for our Good Friday Service, April 14, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM.  This will be a combined service with the Spanish Ministry, Hay Vida En Jesus. It will be a blessed time as we take the Lord’s Supper.

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Patriots’ Solder shares lessons from son’s cancer battle

Patriots’ Solder shares lessons from son’s cancer battle
by Tim Ellsworth
Date: February 01, 2017 – Wednesday

HOUSTON (BP) — Nate Solder remembers the most painful car ride of his life. It took place after a radiologist had first looked at scans from Solder’s 3-month-old son Hudson.

“They directed us to the children’s hospital, and they didn’t give us a whole lot of direction of what that meant,” said Solder, a tackle for the New England Patriots. “So we’re driving Hudson to the hospital, and he’s laughing and being playful in his car seat as we’re driving, and my wife and I cried the entire way.

“The thought that was on my mind the whole time was that I had somehow [hurt] this poor innocent child and I’d messed up,” Solder told Baptist Press during Super Bowl Opening Night events on Jan. 31 at Minute Made Park in Houston. “That was a difficult moment for me, and it was a very difficult moment for our family.”

As Solder and his wife Lexi feared, Hudson was diagnosed with cancer — specifically a Wilms tumor on his kidney. Over the next year of cancer treatments, Solder learned a great deal about God and His care

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Faith-based groups lead in sheltering homeless

Faith-based groups lead in sheltering homeless
by Diana Chandler
Date: February 13, 2017 – Monday

OMAHA, Neb. (BP) — Rick Lechner says he speaks the language of the streets. A former drug addict and convicted criminal, the Southern Baptist preacher helps put a dent in homelessness in Omaha, Neb., as co-founder of Freeway Ministries.

Omaha is one of 11 cities included in a new Baylor University study that found, on average, 58 percent of emergency shelter beds for the homeless in those cities are provided through faith-based organizations. At the high end of the spectrum is Omaha, where faith-based groups provide 90 percent of emergency shelter beds, the Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion case study found. Only 4 percent of the homeless in Omaha were found to be unsheltered.

Nationwide, faith-based organizations were providing 11,465 beds for the homeless in January 2015, the study said, compared to 8,425 beds provided by non-faith-based groups.

Lechner, whose homeless ministry also has sites in Springfield and Marshfield, Mo., sees the faith-based response to homelessness as part of the Great Commission. The ministry has its home base at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield and is supported by numerous Southern Baptist churches and hundreds of volunteers,

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Anti-Planned Parenthood rallies call for defunding

Anti-Planned Parenthood rallies call for defunding
by David Roach
Date: February 13, 2017 – Monday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) — Pro-life demonstrators held rallies Feb. 11 at more than 220 Planned Parenthood clinics in 45 states to advocate withdrawing government funds from America’s largest abortion provider.

Meanwhile, a petition drive led by Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures on a letter asking Congress “to support the budget resolution that defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects funding to federally qualified health centers.”

Federally qualified health centers, which meet women’s health care needs without providing abortions, outnumber Planned Parenthood centers in America by a 13 to 1 margin, according to Protestpp.com, the official website of Saturday’s rallies.

The rallies — sponsored by a coalition of pro-life groups under the banner of #ProtestPP — included prayer and speakers.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chair of the House Select Investigative Panel that recommended defunding Planned Parenthood in December, told Baptist Press “it’s encouraging to see so many people coming out to support the pro-life cause.”

“The American taxpayer has made it clear time and time again: taxpayer money should not be spent on abortions,” Blackburn, R-Tenn., said in a statement. “Defunding Planned Parenthood is not about

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NASCAR: Drove me to Jesus

It was about 7 years ago as I sat in my isolated room closing into the bottom of my serous depression. The collapse of the economy, the lack of decent job opportunities had left me wondering where to turn next. Although I didn’t do much but brew in my hopeless future and feel sorry for myself I did have one bright time each week that would provide me some solace. Every Sunday I did look forward to watching NASCAR and on this particular Sunday it was “Bristol Baby”. Bristol is known as Thunder valley, the ½ mile track and roaring engines of 43 High performance race cars certainly makes the name very appropriate, but on this particular Sunday there was a different Thunder that grabbed my attention and changed my life forever. Now NASACAR is the only professional sport I follow, and one thing that came to mind that day was all the drivers and teams I looked up to had one thing in common, They always thanked God first whenever they were interviewed after winning a race. NASCAR also always has a prayer before each race, unlike our schools and other sports that have prohibited such