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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Lumberton

I went to Lumberton knowing that the homes we saw and people we would meet would be in dire straits. …
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Accentuate the Positive. Eliminate the Negative

Have you ever noticed that your thoughts and actions are taken over by what you focus on.  If those are…
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Filling Lumberton

Last week teams from Arapaho Road loaded up and headed out to Lumberton, TX to help with Hurricane Relief efforts. …
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I Can Do All Things

Tristan is one of our 5th graders here at Arapaho Road.  Since Tristan was a toddler his life has revolved…
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Hurricane Harvey Response

09/29/2017 Dear Arapaho Road Baptist Church Family and Friends, Our hearts break as we continue to pray for our family,…
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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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Seeing with Brush, Oil, and Canvas

By Dawn Baker, Artist in Residence June 18th-21st we held the first Oil Painting Workshop at AR led by myself. I had…
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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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When it’s better to brag

Have you ever really wanted to tell someone good news, but didn’t want to make it seem like you were…
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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 Burger King can teach us about truth

Burger King has nearly doubled its profits in recent years. Its sales have grown by $4.2 billion; it opened 735…
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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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US destroys mock North Korean missile

The Pentagon has announced that an American rocket shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific yesterday. It was the…
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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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What Israel taught me about Memorial Day

Today, thousands of men and women carrying the names of fallen soldiers will conclude a thirty-one-day relay across a total…
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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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Americans finally agree on something

In spite of our conflicting views on what’s best for the country, increasingly divisive politics, and any number of issues…
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Serving Through Children

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident It is truly a wonderful experience to be used by the Lord in the ministry…
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Did the Manchester attacker represent Islam?

British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised her country’s terrorist threat level to critical, meaning that another attack may be…
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Terrorist attack in England: 3 facts

Last night, pop singer Ariana Grande finished a concert in Manchester, England, some 200 miles northwest of London. As the…
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Heart of a Teenage Volunteer

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident “Teenagers don’t like to wake up early” “Teenagers will only show up if things are…
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Notre Dame students walk out on VP Pence

The Greatest Show on Earth is over. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus gave its final performance last…
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Home

By Nicole Nieman, Children's Ministry Assistant “Mom, do I HAVE to go to church in the morning?” Before finding Arapaho Road,…
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A Child Will Lead Them

By Dr. David Rogers I never expected a 9-year-old girl’s painting and words of inspiration to have such a profound…
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Pokemon and Fathers

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident Lionheart Children’s Academy hosted a great Family Fun Night at the end of April for…
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Our Friends at International Leadership of Texas

By Dan Liles, Associate Pastor of Worship & Discipleship I want to share a quick story about something amazing that happened…
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The James Comey firing and media bias today

I still remember my first time on a carousel. Before the ride began, my father put me on a ceramic,…
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Now That Your Teen Has Watched ’13 Reasons Why’

About half an hour ago, I clicked Netflix off and sobbed like a baby. Have you heard of 13 Reasons…
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What’s Happening at Arapaho Road

By Jim Conner, Assistent to Executive Pastor To find out what is happening at ARBC, all you need to do…
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The search for family in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

In Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, the highly entertaining sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill and…
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Us Decreasing, God Increasing

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident This season for the AR Students is all about John 3:30. Here, we are told…
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God and education: two thoughts

In A Farewell to Arms, Earnest Hemmingway wrote, “All thinking men are atheists.” While that statement is fictional in more…
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JFK’s diary and the ‘disciplined pursuit of less’

A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy while he was a journalist after World War II has sold…
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Why marijuana might be just what the doctor ordered

If I told you that doctors in Israel had begun giving marijuana to kids, what would be your first response?…
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Is Easter Just Another Sunday

By Kelly Brewer, Interim Minister to Students Growing up in a divorced and remarried home, traditions seemed not to be…
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Good Friday Is a Good Friday to Plant

By Dr. David Rogers My Great-Grandmother Steele grew up and raised her family on a farm in West Texas.  As…
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Earning Salvation Through Pain

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident As an Easter tradition in the Philippines, a group of devout Catholic men would march…
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Aunt Martha’s and Sunrise Services

By Dan Liles, Worship Pastor There was a five year stretch when I was a child where I can remember…
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The Easter Scramble

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident Easter in my family looked pretty typical--at least in my view. My parents would hide…
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Scholarships for playing video games? Yes please…

Do you ever feel like you were born about twenty years too soon? That was my first reaction to the…
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Real Repentance

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this…
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Why the Senate is about to go nuclear

While the controversy surrounding Neil Gorsuch and his seemingly inevitable appointment to the Supreme Court is unlikely to end any…
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What Do Bunnies and Eggs Have to do with Easter

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident It is very interesting to observe Easter in a western context after having lived all…
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Light in the Darkness

By Bitu Das, Intern Easter, for me, marks a milestone in my life. April 16th, 1995 was the very day…
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Easter has to do with Jesus?

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident Growing up in a non-religious household, we still celebrated Easter. Only, Easter becomes more of…
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Friendships Change the World

I was intrigued when I ran across a new book hitting stores this week. It’s called Perfect Strangers, and it…
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Prayer for Awana Journey Group

Please pray for our Arapaho Road Awana Journey Group as they compete in the Awana Summit National Competitions (Bible Quizzing,…
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Fire in My Bones!

By Kelly Brewer, Interim Minister to Students When I hear someone speak about a “life verse” it is usually one…
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Why “Beauty and the Beast” is worth seeing

Disney’s latest live-action reboot of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast started out as one of the year’s most highly…
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The 9 Series: Gentleness

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident Being gentle can be challenging at times, especially when it comes to the people you…
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The 9 Series: Peace

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident How can one experience true, lasting peace? Everyone desires peace, especially peace that comes from…
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“The Shack” – a story of healing, heresy, or a bit of both?

The Shack, based on William Paul Young’s popular book by the same name, has been labeled anywhere from a story…
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I’m Fine, Thank You!

By Bitu Das, Intern In 2011, I had the unique privilege of going to Singapore for a leadership conference. One…
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The 9 Series: Self-Control

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident The fruit of the Spirit in self-control is commonly seen as trying to stop a…
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Can podcasts take the place of church?

It’s no great revelation that scores of young people leave the church as they move into their college-age years and…
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The Oscars mistake you missed

Despite a solid performance from host Jimmy Kimmel and an all-around entertaining evening, this year’s Oscars will most likely be…
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Servant to All (1 Cor. 9:19)

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident My life verse is 1 Corinthians 9:19, “for though I am free from all, I…
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Why you won’t recognize your older self

Everyone knows that, as we age, our bodies change to the point that we would be all but unrecognizable to…
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The 9 Series: Faithfulness

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident As a seminary student, I’ve had to read a lot of the Gospels lately. Even…
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Sons and Daughters of God

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to…
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