What Bible Should I Get My Child?

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What Bible Should I Get My Child?

by Liz Alexander, Minister to Preschool & Children

So you're standing there, staring at the children’s Bible section, and it’s a bit overwhelming. There are all types of Bibles: glitter, hero, comic, study, and picture. "But which one is right?" is running through your mind. 

Here are a few checkpoints on picking out the right Bible for your child.

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The Real Practice for Marriage

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The Real Practice for Marriage

by Carter Brinkley, Student Minister

“Dating is practice for marriage.”

Many times in my life I have heard this advice given out to young single people, particularly teenagers. Because dating generally comes before marriage in our culture, this mantra has been gradually accepted as sage wisdom. And it makes sense too, as dating relationships provide us with a context in which to learn someone on a deeper level before we become a spouse.

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4 Lessons Learned from Ezra 7:10

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4 Lessons Learned from Ezra 7:10

by Ron Leonard, Missions Pastor

"For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel."

In this post, Pastor Ron walks us through 4 things this verse shows us.  Click the blog title or "view post" to read more!

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7 Ways a Church is Different Than a Country Club

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7 Ways a Church is Different Than a Country Club

by Andy Hammond, Pastor of Worship & Media

With a blog title like this one, I suppose it's prudent to state the underlying assumption (that really should go without saying): a church should not be like a country club.  If you aren't convinced of this, I hope you will be by the time you finish reading the following list.  In pointing out these differences, my goal is to remind us what Scripture tells us about the nature of the church and alert us to country club-like tendencies that we need to be careful to avoid.

No church is perfect (including ours at Hernando Baptist), but we should always be diligent to pursue that which God calls us to be through His Word.  This post is in no way intended to guilt or condemn people who happen to be members of a country club; I would just like to show why we cannot allow our churches to become like one!

That said, here are 7 ways a church is different than a country club.

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4 Ways to Use a Text Message for Discipleship

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4 Ways to Use a Text Message for Discipleship

by Mike McDonough, Pastor of Discipleship & Administration

It should be no surprise that text messaging is now the preferred method of communication for many teenagers and even adults.  Have you ever thought about how you might be able to use text messaging as a tool for growing in your walk with Christ?  

Here are four suggestions.

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4 Keys to Running Your Race of Faith

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4 Keys to Running Your Race of Faith

by Cliff Pace, Senior Pastor

I am a runner, and though I'm not a good one or a fast one, I do enjoy it. Some people may actually call what I do a "slow jog," but whatever you want to call what I do, it does involve some physical movement. 

It was actually a few years ago that I started running as a hobby. After a routine physical exam, the doctors informed me that my physical diagnostics weren’t trending the right direction. So I bought a pair of shoes and started running. Since that time I have competed in (or rather participated in) several half marathons, one sprint triathlon, and 2016 will be my third consecutive St. Jude Marathon.

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Do You Have an Influential Faith?

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Do You Have an Influential Faith?

by Carter Brinkley, Student Minister

Recently I was talking with two men, each of whom is the father of a middle school student. We were discussing the societal and cultural differences their kids are facing that perhaps none of us had to face at their age. All of us shared an understandable concern over how students cope with the influences they encounter at school and elsewhere. These two fathers were wondering aloud, “How do we ensure that our kids are influenced by the right things?” 

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Expect the Unexpected

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Expect the Unexpected

by Ron Leonard, Missions Pastor

Reflecting on recent short-term mission experiences for both myself and others has reminded me to expect the unexpected. Certainly, travel, health, and personal glitches will occur, but I'm thinking more of those unexpected occurrences when God's activity is clearly recognized. Consider these recent examples:

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Staying Awake

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Staying Awake

by Cliff Pace, Senior Pastor

This past June, the Southern Baptist Convention met at their annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. In that meeting, we elected Steve Gaines to serve as SBC President for the next year. The President establishes the vision for the work of the Convention, and Dr. Gaines' heart is for Biblical revival and Spiritual awakening among our churches. 

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Child's Musical Gifting

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Child's Musical Gifting

by Andy Hammond, Pastor of Worship & Media

"My child says he wants to play guitar? What should I do?"

Though the wording varies, this is a common question I'm asked every so often, and I completely understand why!  If you aren't familiar with the vast world of music education, the details of helping your child begin his/her musical journey can seem daunting: What is a bassoon?  Should we pay for lessons?  How young is too young?  Should I buy a left-handed guitar?

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