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Times of Transition

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New NorCal RM; Executive Director Search Update; and Church Planter Assessments

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The Gospel Lived Out

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A little over a year ago, NAB Gateway and NAB International Missions began exploring a partnership in Lebanon with an organization called Horizons. We are excited about this opportunity that could provide global sister partnerships in Lebanon and also open the door for the NAB to ministry throughout the Middle East. On the first trip to Lebanon in 2019, Randy Schmor, the NAB Gateway director, and Joseph Thomas, an NAB pastor in Pennsylvania, met with leaders from Horizons…

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A First Nations Conversation

In February, as part of the NAB initiative to grow in racial righteousness, a dialogue was hosted by Grace Baptist Church in Calgary, Alberta, with NAB leaders, people with a background in ministry to the First Nations community.

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Times of Transition

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New NorCal RM; Executive Director Search Update; and Church Planter Assessments

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Cornerstone

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The placement of the “cornerstone” or “foundation stone” in the ground is a powerful image as we are visually reminded of Christ as the true cornerstone. This is a customary service in Rom...

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Church Plant in a Pandemic

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On January 26, Citywalk Church in Yuba City, California, celebrated its first birthday as a church, with gratitude for all God had done in 2019 and anticipation for what he would do in 2020. Momen...

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The Gospel Lived Out

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A little over a year ago, NAB Gateway and NAB International Missions began exploring a partnership in Lebanon with an organization called Horizons. We are excited about this opportunity that could ...

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Triennial 2021 with speaker Efrem Smith

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With less than a year to go before Triennial 2021 in St. Paul, Minnesota, we are excited to announce that one of the key speakers for our time together will be Efrem Smith, a well-known author, spe...

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Engaging in Racial Reconciliation

I came to the United States about fifteen years ago as a missionary to the Latinos living in this country. As an immigrant, I have a unique perspective and opinion on certain things—not always ri...

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EYELET

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Multiple surveys and our own personal experience demonstrate the truth that Millennials and Generation Z (people in their thirties, twenties, and teens) are leaving the Church in droves and they ar...

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A First Nations Conversation

In February, as part of the NAB initiative to grow in racial righteousness, a dialogue was hosted by Grace Baptist Church in Calgary, Alberta, with NAB leaders, people with a background in ministry...

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Pursuing Reconciliation and Church Multiplication

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Andy and Sara Wesner recently completed a Discovery Center put on by Excel Leadership Network, the NAB’s partner in church planting with the United States. Coming out of this assessment, they wan...

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Andy and Sara Wesner Post Assessment

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Andy and Sara Wesner recently completed a Discovery Center put on by Excel Leadership Network, the NAB’s partner in church planting with the United States. Coming out of this assessment, they wan...

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Having Racial Conversations

We need to grow in the church. We need transformation and healing. And one of the areas where healing is needed involves the relationship between Christians of different races.

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Racial Righteousness in a World of Racism

As followers of Jesus and as members of the Executive Team of the North American Baptist Conference, we deplore the brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. It wa...

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The intersection of missional living and racial righteousness

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Jesus has commissioned all of His followers to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:18–20 NIV), “preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), and be His witnesses “to the...

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Leading a Church Family into Greater Diversity and Community Impact

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Jesus has commissioned all of His followers to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:18–20 NIV), “preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), and be His witnesses “to the...

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Blue Ocean Next Steps: Missional Initiatives, Spiritual formation talks

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For the first time ever, Blue Ocean and The Bonfire were held online. After four great sessions with David Fitch and then Christopher Wright, we seemed to be longing for more. We missed the table ...

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Blue Ocean Next Steps: Missional Initiatives

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For the first time ever, Blue Ocean and The Bonfire were held online. After four great sessions with David Fitch and then Christopher Wright, we seemed to be longing for more.

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God prepares his servants, missionary of the week

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God is gracious to let us experience the wonder of His work to transform lives. It was over five years ago when we first met a dear couple, Leo and Wendy,* in a national church we partnered with. B...

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God Prepares His Servants

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God is gracious to let us experience the wonder of His work to transform lives. It was over five years ago when we first met a dear couple, Leo and Wendy,* in a national church we partnered with.

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Reproducing churches podcast, Interim Executive Director Announcement

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Welcome to the new Intercessor prayer calendar! This new version has been redesigned specifically to collectively focus our prayers on the four ends of the NAB Conference: missional initiatives, in...

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New interim executive director

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On behalf of the governing board I am happy to announce that Rev. Dan Heringer has accepted the call to serve as the interim Executive Director of our conference. Dan has served in the NAB for his ...

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A community partnering together in crisis

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On Thursday, April 9, there were over 10,000 independent internet views of a Scripture reading and prayer service led by pastors from around the Detroit area. Called “A Sacred Assembly,” the Ma...

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A Sacred Assembly

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On Thursday, April 9, there were over 10,000 independent internet views of a Scripture reading and prayer service led by pastors from around the Detroit area. Called “A Sacred Assembly,” the Ma...

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A community partnering together in crisis

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When the Polk County Family & Community Outreach Department contacted Salt Creek Baptist Church in Dallas, Oregon, to see if they could get help collecting donations for those in need within th...

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Onward Spring 2020, NAB Missions Announcement

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Read articles from the different ministries within the NAB and discover resources for your church and your own personal faith journey.

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A call to fast and pray Good Friday

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Going through Holy Week during a world-wide pandemic is a surreal and daunting task. So many are suffering in overwhelming ways. Medical workers and other public servants, not to mention all sorts ...

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Anti-Asian Racism in the COVID-19 Crisis

Because of this recent rash of Asian American racism, a group called the Asian American Christian Collaborative released a statement denouncing xenophobia, asking believers to stand “in solidarit...

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An update on Executive Director search, resources for you

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential negative impact on our community, Grace Community Church in Detroit, Michigan, has formed a partnership with a local restaurant to provide fre...

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CARES Act and Your Church

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This is a difficult and challenging season for us all, and in the midst of it we pray for God’s grace, strength, and provision. May He do a good work in us. May we represent Him well to all.

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A Word from our NAB Moderator

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I was in my teens when I first came across Psalm 13 in my student Bible. I’ll never forget the feeling of seeing words in print in my Bible that matched the swirling of emotion I felt going on in...

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Grace in Detroit

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I was in my teens when I first came across Psalm 13 in my student Bible. I’ll never forget the feeling of seeing words in print in my Bible that matched the swirling of emotion I felt going on in...

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Ministry amidst pandemic, stories to lift us all

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It’s a strange time to be the church.  How do you reach out and serve those in need and still comply with social distancing?  When one of our Interns said simply, ‘I’d love to deliver groce...

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Kingdom Partnerships Flourishing Amidst Coronavirus

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As we look ahead to 2020, hear from NAB Executive Director Dan Hamil as he shares about seeds that have been planted in the past year and beyond that we believe will yield significant fruit in the ...

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Announcing the Union of Taylor Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary

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I was in my teens when I first came across Psalm 13 in my student Bible. I’ll never forget the feeling of seeing words in print in my Bible that matched the swirling of emotion I felt going on in...

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Choosing to Lament

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I was in my teens when I first came across Psalm 13 in my student Bible. I’ll never forget the feeling of seeing words in print in my Bible that matched the swirling of emotion I felt going on in...

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A Response to Barna’s Study, Where Do We Go From Here?

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We who represent Jesus Christ often pray for His influence in our nation. But in light of that desire, it seem…

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Helping you self examine

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When I was on staff at Grace Community Church in Detroit, Michigan, I loved how the church leadership pursued having a worship stage that reflected the diversity of church attendees. There was a si...

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Important Announcement Regarding Dan Hamil

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Over the last eight years, I have written tens of thousands of words to you as the NAB family with the hopes of pastorally, prophetically, and passionately stirring in you an even greater desire to...

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The Process of Deciding, Discerning, and Doing

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In light of this three-article series on discernment, it seems appropriate to finish with a final article on some practical application. This piece covers some decisions we need to...

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Developing Practices of Communal Discernment

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To follow up with last week’s article on discerning God at work in our neighbourhoods, we offer this article from Aileen Van Ginkel on corporate discernment. Aileen is the vice president of M...

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Philippines Relief Effort

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Early in December, a Category 4 typhoon made landfall in the Philippines. Mayette Ativo-Bueno, an NAB national missionary who runs the Bicol Center for Christian Leadership (BCCL) in Legazpi City, ...

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Praying for our NAB Family

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It is with heavy hearts that we share of the news of Ron Mayforth’s passing on December 28, 2019.

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As We Enter 2020

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As we look ahead to 2020, hear from NAB Executive Director Dan Hamil as he shares about seeds that have been planted in the past year and beyond that we believe will yield significant fruit in the ...

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Advent Day 24: Jesus

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Repeatedly throughout the Bible we see examples of the importance of names as signifiers. Whether a name serves as a testament to God, like Samuel…

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Advent Day 23: Immanuel

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In the first round of the 2003 NBA playoffs, at the third game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Mavericks, 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert stood in the middle of the basketball court ...

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Advent Day 22: Son of God

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Two years after the assassination of Julius Caesar, a temple was built on the site where he was cremated and he was formally deified.

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Advent Day 21: Son of Man

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When Jesus talks about Himself or refers to His deeds or ministry, He refers to Himself as Son of Man more often than anything else.

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Advent Day 20: Word

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When John describes Jesus as the Word made human, there are a few things going on. His Greek readers may have understood that John’s use of the word Logos—Word, but also Logic—for Je...

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Advent Day 19: Rabbi

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Jesus, this new branch growing out of the stump of David’s family, holds a distinct advantage as a rabbi over any other religious instructor of His era or any other.

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Merry Christmas from the NAB IO!

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Christmas wishes from the NAB International Office staff. We pray you have a very Merry Christmas!

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Advent Day 18: Christ

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We don’t know much of what the shepherds were thinking when they were visited by a host of angels who told them the Christ was newly born and resting in a manger in the city of Bethlehem.

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Advent Day 17: Servant

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In the introduction to a few of his letters, Paul refers to himself as a servant of Christ. This same word for servant—doulou in Greek—is used in Philippians 2 to describe Jesus. The w...

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Advent Day 16: Man of Sorrow

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When the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released in 2000, it quickly garnered attention from both film and music critics.

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Advent Day 15: Prince of Peace

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When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign Lord, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

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Advent Day 14: Wonderful Counselor

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In one of the early Bugs Bunny cartoons, Elmer Fudd is unsuccessfully hunting the eponymous rabbit when Bugs breaks the fourth wall to speak to the viewer.

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Advent Day 13: : Priest King

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The nobility of Western Europe in centuries past ascribed to an idea known as the divine right of kings, which claims kings derive their authority from God, not the people.

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This Season

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Thank you for joining us this Advent season—a celebration of God coming to live among us so that we could better know Him and have a relationship with Him—as we examine many of the names and ti...

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Advent Day 12: Advocate

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In the late 1970s, juvenile court Judge David W. Soukup realized that he was given the task of making a life-changing decision for a three-year-old child who had suffered from child abuse, but ther...

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Advent Day 11: Holy Spirit

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Throughout the Bible, we see God’s Holy Spirit at work. He is often seen as wind, fire, or a cloud descending on or filling God’s chosen.

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Advent Day 10: Everlasting Father

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When Rick Hoyt was 15, he told his father that he wanted to participate in a benefit run for an athlete who had been paralyzed.

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Advent Day 9: Alpha and Omega

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Jeanne Calment was born in France in 1875. She survived two world wars, met Vincent van Gogh, and lived a generally leisurely lifestyle.

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Advent Day 8: Shepherd

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Psalm 23 is undoubtedly the most famous—and among the most beloved—of all the psalms. It is short, the prose is beautiful, and it is full of comforting imagery of God as a shepherd who takes ca...

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Advent Day 7: Lord of hosts

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The Hebrew word translated here as “host” is sometimes translated as “army,” though in other contexts it can be translated as “everything.”

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Advent Day 6: Ancient of Days

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In Daniel’s vision, the Ancient One is clothed in white, which signifies His righteousness, and His hair being as white as the coat of a pure lamb illustrates His wisdom.

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Advent Day 5: El Elyon

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When Balaam blesses the Israelites—as prompted by the Lord, superseding his orders from King Balak of Moab to curse them—he refers to God as “Most High,” a name that signifies God’s autho...

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Advent Day 4: El Shaddai

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When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’

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Advent Day 3: I AM

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God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”

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Advent Day 2: Elohim

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When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, ...

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Advent Day 1: Creator

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The beginning of every story is important because it sets the tone for everything that follows. The story of the birth of Jesus—and His life and eventual death, resurrection, and ascension—is f...

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Interested in Women’s resources, Youth Missions Experience, or Advent Devotionals?

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Jean Ewing and Fabiola Campos, members of the Women’s Connection Leadership Team, recently visited the International Office to discuss their desire and passion to serve and resource the women of ...

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Join us in giving back this #GivingTuesday

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Today we have the opportunity to give a small gift that will have a big impact on the next generation of Romania! #GivingTuesday is a day the world comes together…

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Advent Resources from the Women’s Connection Leadership Team

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Advent is the season observed as a time of expectant waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the One who saves us from sin. In the midst of the parties, gifts, family, friends, traveling...

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Fall Connections

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Students have returned and ministry programs have restarted.

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Great Times of Connecting

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Times of Connecting As we sat around tables, we shared with one another what God is doing in our lives and churches. One of the highlights of our time together is Table Talk…

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Women’s Connection within the NAB, plus the latest Onward

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Women’s Connection in the NAB

This month as we focus on women in the NAB and how the Women’s Connection Leadership Team is leading efforts to connect and resource ...

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Missional Voice – Volume 4: Loving God with All Our Minds

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Missional Voice: Volume 4 A resource to help you to better follow in the footsteps of our missional God.  

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Resources for Doing Life in Community

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“VantagePoint3 is a ministry that helps adults discover more deeply who God is, who they are, and what God wants to do through them.

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The Gathering Registration is Open

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“The Gathering began with a dream from NAB youth workers to gather students and leaders together for a variety of experiences to dive deeper in faith, community, and service.”

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Wrapping Up Our Focus on Student Ministries This Month

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Joe Broesamle explains The Gather; new updates from our NAB missionaries; and lifting up Nick and Iris.

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New Updates from NAB Missionaries; plus, What’s The Gathering?

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Joe Broesamle explains The Gather; new updates from our NAB missionaries; and lifting up Nick and Iris.

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Soul, Soles, Solo

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As I mentioned in my May newsletter, pursuing the important work that I felt God wanted to do in my soul was a major part of the 9 weeks extended home…

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Summer Connections

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Summer is often a relaxed time when school’s out and campus ministries slow down – Not Really! UVU is one of the more unique universities in North…

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THE MARGINALIZED AND THE MAJORITY

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As I looked back at what I wrote in my May newsletter, I saw the words ‘What a difference 3 months makes…’, and you know what (?), I feel like I could say the exact same thing again!

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Times of Transition

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New NorCal RM; Executive Director Search Update; and Church Planter Assessments

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Cornerstone

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The placement of the “cornerstone” or “foundation stone” in the ground is a powerful image as we are visually reminded of Christ as the true cornerstone. This is a customary service in Romania for any building project, but it was particularly special recently as our NAB missionaries in Romania set the cornerstone on Camp Falcon Rock’s main lodge on July 12. This powerful ceremony brought the entire Hungarian Baptist Convention of Romania to Camp Falcon Rock to celebrate.

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Church Plant in a Pandemic

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On January 26, Citywalk Church in Yuba City, California, celebrated its first birthday as a church, with gratitude for all God had done in 2019 and anticipation for what he would do in 2020. Momentum was building, new families were getting connected, and doors were opening. Then on March 12, everything changed. In the midst of what would become the COVID-19 pandemic, we received the phone call that no church planter ever wants to receive.

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The Gospel Lived Out

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A little over a year ago, NAB Gateway and NAB International Missions began exploring a partnership in Lebanon with an organization called Horizons. We are excited about this opportunity that could provide global sister partnerships in Lebanon and also open the door for the NAB to ministry throughout the Middle East. On the first trip to Lebanon in 2019, Randy Schmor, the NAB Gateway director, and Joseph Thomas, an NAB pastor in Pennsylvania, met with leaders from Horizons…

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Triennial 2021 with speaker Efrem Smith

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With less than a year to go before Triennial 2021 in St. Paul, Minnesota, we are excited to announce that one of the key speakers for our time together will be Efrem Smith, a well-known author, speaker, and pastor who has long been an outspoken advocate for racial righteousness, urban ministry, and serving the marginalized in our communities.

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Engaging in Racial Reconciliation

I came to the United States about fifteen years ago as a missionary to the Latinos living in this country. As an immigrant, I have a unique perspective and opinion on certain things—not always right, just different.

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EYELET

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Multiple surveys and our own personal experience demonstrate the truth that Millennials and Generation Z (people in their thirties, twenties, and teens) are leaving the Church in droves and they are not coming back to the Church as it is currently structured. Almost every conversation I am in with leaders in their forties and older eventually moves into stories of children and grandchildren who have left the Church. They haven’t necessarily left the faith, and more often than not these younger people maintain very close relationships with their families. They have just left the Church.

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