“Need to Know” – 7.21.20

Greetings Friends, While our family is away for a few days of vacation, I am so very grateful to our…
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“Need to Know” – 7.14.20

Greetings Friends, It was so good to have the opportunity to expand our worship gathering options this past Sunday by…
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Coronavirus Updates – 6.30.20

Greetings Friends, I hope you are feeling well and ready to turn the page of the calendar to a new…
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Coronavirus Updates – 6.23.20

Greetings Friends, I hope you and your family enjoyed a Happy Father's Day weekend. As we move toward the final…
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Coronavirus Updates – 6.16.20

Greetings Friends, We think we have the gremlins worked out of our equipment that have caused issues the last couple…
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Coronavirus Updates – 6.9.20

Greetings Friends, Thanks for your patience this past Sunday as we had a brief delay in our worship start time…
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Coronavirus Updates – 6.2.20

Greetings Friends, Another month on the calendar turned this week. Can you believe we are into the early days of…
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Coronavirus Updates – 5.26.20

Greetings Friends, This past Sunday, May 24 we took a different look at Jesus' miracle of feeding thousands of people…
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Coronavirus Updates – 5.19.20

Greetings Friends, This past Sunday, May 17 we dove back into our study of Matthew's Gospel. We walked through the…
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Coronavirus Updates – 5.12.20

Greetings Friends, This past Sunday, May 10, we celebrated and honored the mothers and mother-figures in our lives. I pray…
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Coronavirus Updates – 5.5.20

Greetings Friends, This past Sunday, May 3, we wrapped up our Talk with God @ Home series on prayer. I…
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Coronavirus Updates – 4.28.20

Greetings Friends, This past Sunday, April 26, we continued in our series called Talk with God @ Home. I look…
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Coronavirus Updates – 4.21.20

Greetings Friends, This past Sunday, April 19, we started a new teaching series called Talk with God @ Home. I…
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Coronavirus Updates – 4.14.20

Greetings Friends, I pray your Easter weekend was a glorious and memorable one that caused us all to marvel at…
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Coronavirus Updates – 4-7-2020

Dear Friends, The following is what you need to know as we move through Holy Week on our way toward…
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Coronavirus Updates 3.31.20

Dear Friends, We have five main points to bring you today in the way of Coronavirus Updates for our church…
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Coronavirus Updates – 3.24.20

Dear Friends, We have four main updates to bring you today: 1. All Arapaho Road Baptist Church ministry activities remain…
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Coronavirus Updates – 3.17.20

Dear Friends, We have four main points to bring you this morning in the way of Coronavirus Updates for our…
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IMPORTANT UPDATE Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Friends, After much discussion and prayer and given how quickly the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is evolving in our communities,…
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Second-grade student helps classmate with autism, photo goes viral: Defending biblical morality with compassion

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Christian Moore is an eight-year-old in Wichita, Kansas. On his first day of school…
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How did Jeffrey Epstein really die? Conspiracy theories and the key to cultural impact

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. The two staff members guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself…
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Boris Johnson and Robert Mueller: The best way to serve our nation

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Boris Johnson officially becomes Great Britain’s prime minister later today. His life story is…
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Communion on the moon: Looking back at the Apollo 11 moon landing fifty years later

This Saturday, the United States will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, a magical time when people of…
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The legacy of Ross Perot: How to be your best self

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Ross Perot died yesterday morning in Dallas after a five-month battle with leukemia. He…
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Why Beth Moore is right on the ‘disparity between the way we value men and women’

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. The Southern Baptist Convention began its annual meeting yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. According to…
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President Trump faces protests in the UK: Responding biblically to opposition

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. President Trump concludes his three-day visit to the United Kingdom today. The president was…
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Gillette ad shows transgender son’s first shave: Responding to a six-step LGBTQ strategy

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. “Whenever, wherever, however it happens—your first shave is special.” This is the caption of…
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Kirsten Gillibrand: Anti-abortion laws are ‘against Christian faith’

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Kirsten Gillibrand has been serving in the US Senate since 2009 and announced her…
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Keanu Reeves on the afterlife: The urgency and joy of biblical wisdom

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. The actor Keanu Reeves (of The Matrix fame) was on The Late Show with…
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How a million robo-taxis are changing the world: Connecting truth to life

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. My first car was a 1966 Dodge Dart. It was the most misnamed car…
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Buying a T. rex and restoring Notre Dame: Our quest for legacy

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Would you pay $2.95 million for a baby Tyrannosaurus rex? The sixty-eight-million-year-old skeleton was…
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Pennsylvania lawmaker criticized for praying publicly to Jesus

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. I was asked to deliver the invocation some years ago before a session of…
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Conflict in Israel and a Jewish cemetery desecrated in Massachusetts: Why should we have hope for our culture?

Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Following a day of relative calm, the Israeli military carried out a series of…
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What is an anonymous $1.5 billion lottery winner doing with her money?

Listen to today’s The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. There’s a reason you can’t name the person who recently won the largest…
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A goat who became mayor and the full worm supermoon: The eternal purpose of this life

Listen to today’s The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. A goat named Lincoln was recently sworn in as honorary mayor of Fair…
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A farmer who died for a stranger: How to find good news in bad news

Listen to today’s The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. There is good news in the bad news making news today. First, the…
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A principal reads to her students on Facebook Live: How technology can and can’t improve our lives

Listen to today’s The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. I don’t know what you did last night, but I’ll bet…
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University dean resigns after school bans Chick-fil-A

Listen to today’s The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Students at Rider University in New Jersey recently voted to bring Chick-fil-A to…
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The border wall: Pros and cons and 3 biblical facts

  By Jim Denison President Trump spoke to the nation last night from the Oval Office, seeking support for building…
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Letter to Journey

Dust settled from the chalk lines that outlined the game square, pins from the local bowling alley were strategically placed…
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Gettysburg, Beauty, Families and Grief by Dawn Waters Baker

Written by Guest Blogger Dawn Baker. My painting of The Peach Orchard where Union and Confederates…
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Giants

The day before we left for preteen camp I took my son Tristan in for his 12 year well child…
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Reflections on the Mount: Tight Rope Walking

I remember going to the circus as a kid and being mesmerized by the tight rope walker. Watching them walk…
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Reflections on the Mount: Anger Reconciliation

Have you ever been angry with someone and that anger festered until you were on the verge of hate?  Have…
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Reflections on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is the most powerful sermon ever preached. Preached to a few thousand lowly Galileans off…
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One Word: Service

Recently, Pastor David challenged the staff to listen for a word that God was telling us.  But, not just any…
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One Word: Example

Example.... We asked our students recently to give us a one word goal for 2018 that they want to focus…
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One Word: Generosity

My one word for the year is generosity. This word sprang into my mind when I contemplated how God was…
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One Word: Endure

This is the one word which the Lord is causing to shimmer before my heart and soul as I consider…
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One Word: Patience

The Pastor mentioned a couple of weeks ago during Staff Meeting that he read a new book that placed a…
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One Word: Renewal

Renewal. That is my one word for 2018.  My one word became clear to me as I sat in my…
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One Word Goals

At the start of the new year, Pastor David challenged each member of the staff team to come up with…
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Advent: Peace

The National Retail Federation estimates consumers will spend an average of $967.13 this Christmas season according to surveys conducted by…
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Advent: Joy

Great Joy for All On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle…
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Advent: Love

When I sat down to start explaining what Love means to me I thought, this will be easy.  After I…
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Advent: Hope

The four weeks of advent begin today. Tradition has it that a Lutheran Pastor in Germany in the 19th century…
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Yumm!!! The secret to reaching millennials!

Whenever church service concludes on a Sunday morning, there is always a single person who approaches Emily and I: Ms.…
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What Does Veterans Day Mean?

I want to first say I may be somewhat prejudiced on this particular topic.  I entered the United States Air…
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A Glimpse of Heaven

The Ethnologue catalogue of world languages currently lists 6909 living languages. About 6% of them have more than a million speakers each,…
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Devos from Israel: Final Passage

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin’s travel blog from…
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Devos from Israel: The Beatitudes

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin’s travel blog from…
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This is a Holy Moment

By Nicole Nieman, Children's Ministry Assistant Day 3 of preteen camp is often referred to as ‘hump day.'  It’s that day…
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Passing the Baton

By Nicole Nieman, Children's Ministry Assistant In the 2016 Olympics we watched in agony as the ladies of Team USA…
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Devos from Israel: Sea of Galilee

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin’s travel blog from…
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Devos from Israel: Just a Small Town Boy from Nazareth

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin’s travel blog from…
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Good news from my travels to ‘secular’ Scandinavia

NOTE: I am most grateful to Ryan Denison for writing the Daily Article while I was on vacation the last…
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No Politics, Just Faith

By Jim Connor, Assistant to the Executive Pastor In today’s politically charged world we often hear arguments on both sides of…
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When God’s plan is hard to trust

Does the day’s news ever make you question, even if just for a moment, God’s authority in the world? I’m…
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Hacker hero arrested

Marcus Hutchins was a relatively unknown British cybersecurity researcher until he helped stop the “WannaCry” ransomware attack that plagued countless…
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Devos from Israel: The Dead, the Red, and the Med

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin’s travel blog from…
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What Jeff Flake says about our nation

For many of us, Jeff Flake was a relatively unknown senator from Arizona until Donald Trump came to office. Since…
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Would you trade your present for your future?

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline passed yesterday afternoon, and the outlook for this year’s playoffs remains relatively unchanged. That doesn’t…
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Turns out money can buy happiness

It’s long been said that money can’t buy happiness, but a recent study put that cliché to the test and…
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Devos from Israel: Into the Wilderness

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin’s travel blog from…
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A Coca-Cola ad that foreshadows the future

“Coke” is the world’s second most recognized word after “okay.” Coca-Cola is one of the most quintessential American brands. When…
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Devos from Israel: The Trump of 4 B.C.

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin's travel blog from…
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Alzheimer’s and the value of a correct diagnosis

Few diseases we deal with today are as destructive and disheartening as Alzheimer’s. Watching loved ones slowly deteriorate to the…
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A Fulfilling Summer

By Kelly Brewer, Interim Minister to Students The temperature has risen, the days are longer, hotdogs and hamburgers are being grilled…
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Devos from Israel: Driving Forward, Looking Back

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin's travel blog from…
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Devos from Israel: Question with No Answer

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin's travel blog from…
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The Eyes are the Window to the Soul

By Dr. David Rogers "I came around the corner from my office and didn't recognize him at first.  It took…
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How America can remain ‘the land of the free’

Thank a soldier for your freedom. That’s how a highway sign I saw recently encouraged us to celebrate Independence Day.…
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Devos from Israel: Whole Lotta Holy Places

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin's travel blog from…
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When Your Plans Don’t Work

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident I’ve made a lot of plans in my life. Plans for jobs, plans for relationships,…
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The Church Clap

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident “Now church clap, let me hear the church clap, church clap Church clap, let me…
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Vacation Bible School

By Jim Conner, Assistant to the Executive Pastor As a child I attended The First Methodist Church here in Garland and…
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Devos from Israel: Touring the City Underground

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin's travel blog from…
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Trump broke a promise. Good for him

In the 2016 election, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would keep our country out of needless wars in which…
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Devos from Israel: House of Crucifixion Past

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin's travel blog from…
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Wonder Woman and the Gospel

by Dave Peters, Ministry Resident The DC movie Wonder Woman (PG-13) opened this last weekend being a box office hit…
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When We Love the Least of These

by Nicole Nieman, Children's Ministry Assistant As Audio Adrenaline sang: “Boys become kings, girls will be queens wrapped in Your…
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What Does Memorial Day Mean?

by Jim Conner, Assistant to the Executive Pastor Memorial Day has just passed and most families enjoyed cook-outs, family reunions, short…
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Why so much violence during Ramadan?

Last night, ISIS claimed responsibility for the London attack that killed seven and wounded forty-eight. One of the terrorists wore…
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Why Wonder Woman is the hero we need

There’s a popular misconception that men are the only ones who typically enjoy superhero movies. While that may have been…
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LeBron James and the answer to racism

“Racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America, and hate in America—especially for African-Americans—is living…
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Wisdom from Whataburger

By Dr. David Rogers, Lead Pastor I've shared multiple times how a conversation in 1990 at a Whataburger in Waco,…
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CNN fires Kathy Griffin over Trump photo

Oscar Wilde claimed that “there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is…
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Tiger Woods explains his arrest in Florida

Tiger Woods was arrested yesterday in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. His mugshot…
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How to honor the dead this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one of our country’s most important holidays. It may not be as beloved as Christmas and Thanksgiving,…
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Why did picture of Trump and the pope go viral?

It is the picture seen ’round the world. Last Wednesday, President Trump, along with members of his family and political…
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