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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from InSeasonOut in new member here   
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from John Young in The Trials of Job   
    At our church we're just now finishing up a study of Job that we've been on for some months.  Very enlightening.  I came across the same information - people blaming Job for his trials.  I was actually shocked, and dumbfounded, considering as you said that the Lord Himself declared Job righteous.  I mean, how much clearer can it be?  The only thing I could fault Job for, if I wanted to try and find fault, is perhaps a little bit of righteous indignation towards the end of the book as he "orders" God to allow him to present his case and "demands" a reason for his suffering.  God certainly addresses that and tells Job he has no right to "order" anything (ask for, yes, order, no).  In my take that's the reason for the Lord's response in the final few chapters, humbling Job before the Omnipotent Creator.  But, that certainly doesn't mean that Job brought the original affliction upon himself.  Like you said, anyone who "declares" that Job brought his affliction upon himself is just like his friends.  The danger with this, of course, is a tendency to arrive at the same misguided conclusion as his friends that if you are experiencing prosperity that it must be because you are a good person being blessed by God and that if you are suffering affliction that it must be because you are a bad person being punished by God.  Obviously that's not true! 
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from John Young in The Trials of Job   
    At our church we're just now finishing up a study of Job that we've been on for some months.  Very enlightening.  I came across the same information - people blaming Job for his trials.  I was actually shocked, and dumbfounded, considering as you said that the Lord Himself declared Job righteous.  I mean, how much clearer can it be?  The only thing I could fault Job for, if I wanted to try and find fault, is perhaps a little bit of righteous indignation towards the end of the book as he "orders" God to allow him to present his case and "demands" a reason for his suffering.  God certainly addresses that and tells Job he has no right to "order" anything (ask for, yes, order, no).  In my take that's the reason for the Lord's response in the final few chapters, humbling Job before the Omnipotent Creator.  But, that certainly doesn't mean that Job brought the original affliction upon himself.  Like you said, anyone who "declares" that Job brought his affliction upon himself is just like his friends.  The danger with this, of course, is a tendency to arrive at the same misguided conclusion as his friends that if you are experiencing prosperity that it must be because you are a good person being blessed by God and that if you are suffering affliction that it must be because you are a bad person being punished by God.  Obviously that's not true! 
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from John Young in The Trials of Job   
    At our church we're just now finishing up a study of Job that we've been on for some months.  Very enlightening.  I came across the same information - people blaming Job for his trials.  I was actually shocked, and dumbfounded, considering as you said that the Lord Himself declared Job righteous.  I mean, how much clearer can it be?  The only thing I could fault Job for, if I wanted to try and find fault, is perhaps a little bit of righteous indignation towards the end of the book as he "orders" God to allow him to present his case and "demands" a reason for his suffering.  God certainly addresses that and tells Job he has no right to "order" anything (ask for, yes, order, no).  In my take that's the reason for the Lord's response in the final few chapters, humbling Job before the Omnipotent Creator.  But, that certainly doesn't mean that Job brought the original affliction upon himself.  Like you said, anyone who "declares" that Job brought his affliction upon himself is just like his friends.  The danger with this, of course, is a tendency to arrive at the same misguided conclusion as his friends that if you are experiencing prosperity that it must be because you are a good person being blessed by God and that if you are suffering affliction that it must be because you are a bad person being punished by God.  Obviously that's not true! 
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from John Young in The Trials of Job   
    At our church we're just now finishing up a study of Job that we've been on for some months.  Very enlightening.  I came across the same information - people blaming Job for his trials.  I was actually shocked, and dumbfounded, considering as you said that the Lord Himself declared Job righteous.  I mean, how much clearer can it be?  The only thing I could fault Job for, if I wanted to try and find fault, is perhaps a little bit of righteous indignation towards the end of the book as he "orders" God to allow him to present his case and "demands" a reason for his suffering.  God certainly addresses that and tells Job he has no right to "order" anything (ask for, yes, order, no).  In my take that's the reason for the Lord's response in the final few chapters, humbling Job before the Omnipotent Creator.  But, that certainly doesn't mean that Job brought the original affliction upon himself.  Like you said, anyone who "declares" that Job brought his affliction upon himself is just like his friends.  The danger with this, of course, is a tendency to arrive at the same misguided conclusion as his friends that if you are experiencing prosperity that it must be because you are a good person being blessed by God and that if you are suffering affliction that it must be because you are a bad person being punished by God.  Obviously that's not true! 
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from AdamL in How to address a guest pastor in error?   
    I remember being on deputation and visiting a church for their missions conference.  The pastor sat us missionaries down privately before the service and explained that he'd  be seated behind us on the stage.  This was so that he could address any errors we made while preaching.  I was a little startled by that, as I'd never experienced that before.  Then, he went on to explain that he'd had a missionary preach one time and his whole message was way off Doctrinally.  The pastor was quite embarrassed and when the man finished preaching the pastor got up and preached to correct the first preaching.  Definitely the right thing to do!  A pastor has a dire responsibility to ensure his congregation know the truth.  I can imagine it was embarrassing for him, but I bet the people respected him for it.
    Personally, I've never had to deal with that side of the equation, but I will share a different story as I've had to deal with a church member correcting me.  I won't go into detail on the exact subject matter, but I was preaching one day and a new member disagreed with a very minor point I made (nothing to do with salvation or any other "weighty" matter).  He interrupted my preaching to make his point.  We had a dialogue back and forth which was getting nowhere, with each of us defending our position.  In hindsight I let that go on for too long.  Finally, after about 15 minutes I told him we'd have to agree to disagree and could talk about it more after service, privately.  He backed off, but that was also the last time he ever stepped foot in our church.  He and his family left and never came back.  I called to check on him after a couple of missed visits and he told me it was "too expensive" to come to our church due to the cost of gas.  However, he was telling our church members whom he saw in the store that he was angry and wasn't coming back.  I guess lying is an okay sin, but disagreeing on minor points of the Bible isn't.  Interesting. 
    Anyways, I say that to say that as was mentioned prior you should let minor issues slide and deal with them privately as there's a large chance it's an honest mistake (we all make them) and you don't want to embarrass them over it.  Anything large should definitely be handled by the pastor himself.
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    RGVBaptist reacted to DaveW in How to address a guest pastor in error?   
    It is up to your pastor to deal with it. By all means talk to your pastor about - in fact make sure you do.  Sometimes a pastor can miss something.
    If you do talk to him it should just "come up" in conversation.
    But your pastor should be the first port of call.
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    RGVBaptist reacted to Alan in How to address a guest pastor in error?   
    Good question.
    If it was just a minor error I would probably not mention it. Sometimes while preaching we (me included), say things inadvertently in error, that we may realize ourselves.
    If we feel we need to discuss it, sometimes, after services, we may want to approach the speaker, and/or, the pastor and ask for clarification.
    If the error is major, see the pastor first. Let the pastor handle it. Maybe the pastor noticed the error and is planning on having the error rectified after services. If the error is major, and needs to be addressed at the moment, it is still the pastors responsibility. If the church needs to be informed, than the pastor is best to handle the way he sees fit.
    Normally, after services, in a private setting, is the best time to handle the situation. 
     
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from WellWithMySoul in Should Women Wear Pants?   
    Some may label me as "liberal", but, I see no problem with women wearing pants.  As long as they are modest.  I fully understand that the Bible says a woman should not wear what pertains to a man (and vice-versa).  But, what does that mean?  It 100% has to be a cultural thing.  If you go to the middle east they wear different style clothes than we would wear here.  If you go back to Bible times, again, they wore different clothes.  I find it ironic that people reject the argument about what the wore in Bible times.  Why should it not apply?  Did the Bible not apply to them in their own time?  In our culture it is widely accepted that women can wear pants and so we should not make a huge point out of it on a legalistic basis. 
    There is a Fundamental Independent Baptist church near us that does do so.  We didn't know how far they took this preaching.  When we arrived here we tried to work with them  to "restart" their work before starting our own church.  That didn't last long.  One day the pastor preached that women who wore pants were whores.  I confronted him (after the service, privately) about the matter.  He explained that any woman that wears pants is obviously trying to attract men.  My wife wears pants.  She's not trying to attract men.  So, he's obviously wrong.  We discussed it for a while, with me sticking to the "modest" principle".  He finally admitted that the Scripture didn't specifically teach that a woman couldn't wear pants, but it was his opinion that they shouldn't.  BUT, he wasn't going to change what he preached.  What an admission!  How often do we lift up opinions as doctrine?  Be wary!
    All that said, I "prefer" that a woman wear a dress or skirt/blouse to services.  Why?  In our culture it is generally accepted that for special events a woman will wear this style of clothing.  Ever watch any large gala on TV?  What do the women wear?  If a woman is invited to the White House, what will she probably wear?  What does a woman wear at a wedding?  Yes, in all of these she will wear a dress or a skirt/blouse because it's traditional in our culture.  If she'd dress that way for these "special events", why not for church?  That said, be wary to apply this to men also.  Men would wear a suit/tie to these events and thus I believe they should wear a suit/tie to church.  This style of dress is intended to demonstrate the sanctity/dignity of the worship service.  Yes, other clothes are "more comfortable".  But, comfort is not our primary goal when worshiping God.  Adoration is.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Easter's Connections to Roman Catholic Heresy   
    I guess I'm fortunate to live in an area not exposed to this heresy.  Well, sort of.  My ministry is actually in a 99% Hispanic population which is 99% Roman Catholic.  So, I'm certainly exposed to lent (it's funny to watch all the restaurant signs start announcing that they are offering fish during the week of lent).  However, the few Baptists in this area are so staunchly anti-Roman Catholic that anything even remotely close to an RC position is strictly avoided.  We wanted to sing "Mary Did You Know" one time in church and the folks resisted because they felt it was too close to worshiping Mary!  I could see their viewpoint and we just let it go and chose a different song.  That said, I do regret the direction I see other Independent Baptists moving in trying to "appease" the world.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from DaveW in MY Bible.   
    I'm of the same mindset.  Before entering the ministry I was a computer programmer, so I'm fairly attached to my computer.  All of my Bible study is done in front of my computer.  I have 2 Bibles at my desk - 1 in English, 1 in Spanish....both are the $1 "disposable" type Bibles because I find that the bindings come apart regularly.  I make 0 notes in my Bible.  At Church I use a nice bi-lingual Bible which never leaves the pulpit.  Again, I don't move it because the bindings come apart too easily.  I love "the Bible", but I'm not sentimentally attached to "a Bible".  I can fully understand why people have such deep respect for a particular copy of scripture, which has sentimental/historical attachments, but I'm just not one of those people.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Easter's Connections to Roman Catholic Heresy   
    I guess I'm fortunate to live in an area not exposed to this heresy.  Well, sort of.  My ministry is actually in a 99% Hispanic population which is 99% Roman Catholic.  So, I'm certainly exposed to lent (it's funny to watch all the restaurant signs start announcing that they are offering fish during the week of lent).  However, the few Baptists in this area are so staunchly anti-Roman Catholic that anything even remotely close to an RC position is strictly avoided.  We wanted to sing "Mary Did You Know" one time in church and the folks resisted because they felt it was too close to worshiping Mary!  I could see their viewpoint and we just let it go and chose a different song.  That said, I do regret the direction I see other Independent Baptists moving in trying to "appease" the world.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from WellWithMySoul in Should Women Wear Pants?   
    Some may label me as "liberal", but, I see no problem with women wearing pants.  As long as they are modest.  I fully understand that the Bible says a woman should not wear what pertains to a man (and vice-versa).  But, what does that mean?  It 100% has to be a cultural thing.  If you go to the middle east they wear different style clothes than we would wear here.  If you go back to Bible times, again, they wore different clothes.  I find it ironic that people reject the argument about what the wore in Bible times.  Why should it not apply?  Did the Bible not apply to them in their own time?  In our culture it is widely accepted that women can wear pants and so we should not make a huge point out of it on a legalistic basis. 
    There is a Fundamental Independent Baptist church near us that does do so.  We didn't know how far they took this preaching.  When we arrived here we tried to work with them  to "restart" their work before starting our own church.  That didn't last long.  One day the pastor preached that women who wore pants were whores.  I confronted him (after the service, privately) about the matter.  He explained that any woman that wears pants is obviously trying to attract men.  My wife wears pants.  She's not trying to attract men.  So, he's obviously wrong.  We discussed it for a while, with me sticking to the "modest" principle".  He finally admitted that the Scripture didn't specifically teach that a woman couldn't wear pants, but it was his opinion that they shouldn't.  BUT, he wasn't going to change what he preached.  What an admission!  How often do we lift up opinions as doctrine?  Be wary!
    All that said, I "prefer" that a woman wear a dress or skirt/blouse to services.  Why?  In our culture it is generally accepted that for special events a woman will wear this style of clothing.  Ever watch any large gala on TV?  What do the women wear?  If a woman is invited to the White House, what will she probably wear?  What does a woman wear at a wedding?  Yes, in all of these she will wear a dress or a skirt/blouse because it's traditional in our culture.  If she'd dress that way for these "special events", why not for church?  That said, be wary to apply this to men also.  Men would wear a suit/tie to these events and thus I believe they should wear a suit/tie to church.  This style of dress is intended to demonstrate the sanctity/dignity of the worship service.  Yes, other clothes are "more comfortable".  But, comfort is not our primary goal when worshiping God.  Adoration is.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from WellWithMySoul in Should Women Wear Pants?   
    Some may label me as "liberal", but, I see no problem with women wearing pants.  As long as they are modest.  I fully understand that the Bible says a woman should not wear what pertains to a man (and vice-versa).  But, what does that mean?  It 100% has to be a cultural thing.  If you go to the middle east they wear different style clothes than we would wear here.  If you go back to Bible times, again, they wore different clothes.  I find it ironic that people reject the argument about what the wore in Bible times.  Why should it not apply?  Did the Bible not apply to them in their own time?  In our culture it is widely accepted that women can wear pants and so we should not make a huge point out of it on a legalistic basis. 
    There is a Fundamental Independent Baptist church near us that does do so.  We didn't know how far they took this preaching.  When we arrived here we tried to work with them  to "restart" their work before starting our own church.  That didn't last long.  One day the pastor preached that women who wore pants were whores.  I confronted him (after the service, privately) about the matter.  He explained that any woman that wears pants is obviously trying to attract men.  My wife wears pants.  She's not trying to attract men.  So, he's obviously wrong.  We discussed it for a while, with me sticking to the "modest" principle".  He finally admitted that the Scripture didn't specifically teach that a woman couldn't wear pants, but it was his opinion that they shouldn't.  BUT, he wasn't going to change what he preached.  What an admission!  How often do we lift up opinions as doctrine?  Be wary!
    All that said, I "prefer" that a woman wear a dress or skirt/blouse to services.  Why?  In our culture it is generally accepted that for special events a woman will wear this style of clothing.  Ever watch any large gala on TV?  What do the women wear?  If a woman is invited to the White House, what will she probably wear?  What does a woman wear at a wedding?  Yes, in all of these she will wear a dress or a skirt/blouse because it's traditional in our culture.  If she'd dress that way for these "special events", why not for church?  That said, be wary to apply this to men also.  Men would wear a suit/tie to these events and thus I believe they should wear a suit/tie to church.  This style of dress is intended to demonstrate the sanctity/dignity of the worship service.  Yes, other clothes are "more comfortable".  But, comfort is not our primary goal when worshiping God.  Adoration is.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from WellWithMySoul in Should Women Wear Pants?   
    Some may label me as "liberal", but, I see no problem with women wearing pants.  As long as they are modest.  I fully understand that the Bible says a woman should not wear what pertains to a man (and vice-versa).  But, what does that mean?  It 100% has to be a cultural thing.  If you go to the middle east they wear different style clothes than we would wear here.  If you go back to Bible times, again, they wore different clothes.  I find it ironic that people reject the argument about what the wore in Bible times.  Why should it not apply?  Did the Bible not apply to them in their own time?  In our culture it is widely accepted that women can wear pants and so we should not make a huge point out of it on a legalistic basis. 
    There is a Fundamental Independent Baptist church near us that does do so.  We didn't know how far they took this preaching.  When we arrived here we tried to work with them  to "restart" their work before starting our own church.  That didn't last long.  One day the pastor preached that women who wore pants were whores.  I confronted him (after the service, privately) about the matter.  He explained that any woman that wears pants is obviously trying to attract men.  My wife wears pants.  She's not trying to attract men.  So, he's obviously wrong.  We discussed it for a while, with me sticking to the "modest" principle".  He finally admitted that the Scripture didn't specifically teach that a woman couldn't wear pants, but it was his opinion that they shouldn't.  BUT, he wasn't going to change what he preached.  What an admission!  How often do we lift up opinions as doctrine?  Be wary!
    All that said, I "prefer" that a woman wear a dress or skirt/blouse to services.  Why?  In our culture it is generally accepted that for special events a woman will wear this style of clothing.  Ever watch any large gala on TV?  What do the women wear?  If a woman is invited to the White House, what will she probably wear?  What does a woman wear at a wedding?  Yes, in all of these she will wear a dress or a skirt/blouse because it's traditional in our culture.  If she'd dress that way for these "special events", why not for church?  That said, be wary to apply this to men also.  Men would wear a suit/tie to these events and thus I believe they should wear a suit/tie to church.  This style of dress is intended to demonstrate the sanctity/dignity of the worship service.  Yes, other clothes are "more comfortable".  But, comfort is not our primary goal when worshiping God.  Adoration is.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from WellWithMySoul in Should Women Wear Pants?   
    Some may label me as "liberal", but, I see no problem with women wearing pants.  As long as they are modest.  I fully understand that the Bible says a woman should not wear what pertains to a man (and vice-versa).  But, what does that mean?  It 100% has to be a cultural thing.  If you go to the middle east they wear different style clothes than we would wear here.  If you go back to Bible times, again, they wore different clothes.  I find it ironic that people reject the argument about what the wore in Bible times.  Why should it not apply?  Did the Bible not apply to them in their own time?  In our culture it is widely accepted that women can wear pants and so we should not make a huge point out of it on a legalistic basis. 
    There is a Fundamental Independent Baptist church near us that does do so.  We didn't know how far they took this preaching.  When we arrived here we tried to work with them  to "restart" their work before starting our own church.  That didn't last long.  One day the pastor preached that women who wore pants were whores.  I confronted him (after the service, privately) about the matter.  He explained that any woman that wears pants is obviously trying to attract men.  My wife wears pants.  She's not trying to attract men.  So, he's obviously wrong.  We discussed it for a while, with me sticking to the "modest" principle".  He finally admitted that the Scripture didn't specifically teach that a woman couldn't wear pants, but it was his opinion that they shouldn't.  BUT, he wasn't going to change what he preached.  What an admission!  How often do we lift up opinions as doctrine?  Be wary!
    All that said, I "prefer" that a woman wear a dress or skirt/blouse to services.  Why?  In our culture it is generally accepted that for special events a woman will wear this style of clothing.  Ever watch any large gala on TV?  What do the women wear?  If a woman is invited to the White House, what will she probably wear?  What does a woman wear at a wedding?  Yes, in all of these she will wear a dress or a skirt/blouse because it's traditional in our culture.  If she'd dress that way for these "special events", why not for church?  That said, be wary to apply this to men also.  Men would wear a suit/tie to these events and thus I believe they should wear a suit/tie to church.  This style of dress is intended to demonstrate the sanctity/dignity of the worship service.  Yes, other clothes are "more comfortable".  But, comfort is not our primary goal when worshiping God.  Adoration is.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in Exclusively "Local Church Only"   
    I won't claim any great knowledge of Landmarkism, but I will agree with the consensus that this viewpoint does sound very cultish.  I can realistically see how a church arrived at that point, though I would still disagree with it.  There's actually an independent, fundamental (or so they say) Baptist church nearby that would probably be heading this direction in my opinion.  VERY closed off and have even told their members they can never attend a service or event at any other independent baptist church - only with them.  Made it interesting when their friends/family invited them to our church.  :)  But, per your question, I would daresay it's not "widespread".
     
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    RGVBaptist reacted to Ronda in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Welcome, brother Freeman. I do hope many will respond to the call. It sounds like a wonderful short-term missions experience. I would be tempted to join in myself were it not for the physical impossibility in my case. I will, however, be praying for your mission work. Also for the physical AND spiritual safety of all those involved in work on the border. The timing is a political hotbed of resistance from those who are against President Trump's desire to make the border more secure, as well as the drug lords who oversee the border from the southern side, and also the spiritual wickedness behind both of those forces.

    I will pray that each and every person whom takes part in the mission work there knows and is instructed to put on the full armor of God as detailed in Ephesians 6:10-18. And that the Lord would greatly bless this work, and many would have their eyes opened, and to turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Jesus alone.

    Maranatha!
     
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Greetings folks!  I'm a newbie here but I hope I'll find a warm welcome.  My name is Aaron Freeman and I'm a veteran independent Baptist church-planting missionary serving the Lord along the Mexico border in southern Texas (on the US side).  In 2018 we'll be celebrating 10 years on the field.  As part of this celebration we're planning a special event called a "Border Surge".  In essence, we're looking for individuals and groups to join together with us for 8 weeks (or more) of evangelistic outreaches.  We don't expect any one person or group to stay all 8 weeks, of course.  Rather, we are looking to host 8 separate 1-week mission trips back-to-back.  We'd like to have 25 (or more - no limit) participants in each week.  We realize there are very few churches that can send 25 participants by themselves and so we're expecting to combine individuals and groups from multiple churches each week.  Hopefully that all makes sense!
    We are of course reaching out to our supporting churches but given the extent of the need (200 people minimum) I figured I'd also reach out and begin to make new contacts.  We'd love to meet some new folks and work with you in getting the Gospel out in our community.  Of course, I realize you'll want to know a lot more about us and our ministry.  Our personal website is at http://www.RGVBaptist.com. We haven't been on deputation for years so it's somewhat outdated, but at the very least you can find our doctrinal statement there, as well as some basic information regarding our sending church and mission agency.  You can also visit our church website at http://www.IglesiaBautistaEsperanza.org. Don't worry - you have the option to view the site in English or Spanish!
    For more information on the Border Surge itself you can use the following link:
    http://www.rgvbaptist.com/Prayer_Letters/2017_05_May.pdf
    That links to a copy of our most recent prayer letter which includes 3 extra pages of information regarding the Border Surge.
    I apologize for the long post but look forward to getting to know some of you and hopefully having the opportunity to meet you in 2018.  Feel free to respond here, email me at Freemans@RGVBaptist.com or call/text me at (956) 849-4393.
     
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Sorry about that.  For some reason it added the "." at the end of the sentence to the URL.  I fixed the links!
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Greetings folks!  I'm a newbie here but I hope I'll find a warm welcome.  My name is Aaron Freeman and I'm a veteran independent Baptist church-planting missionary serving the Lord along the Mexico border in southern Texas (on the US side).  In 2018 we'll be celebrating 10 years on the field.  As part of this celebration we're planning a special event called a "Border Surge".  In essence, we're looking for individuals and groups to join together with us for 8 weeks (or more) of evangelistic outreaches.  We don't expect any one person or group to stay all 8 weeks, of course.  Rather, we are looking to host 8 separate 1-week mission trips back-to-back.  We'd like to have 25 (or more - no limit) participants in each week.  We realize there are very few churches that can send 25 participants by themselves and so we're expecting to combine individuals and groups from multiple churches each week.  Hopefully that all makes sense!
    We are of course reaching out to our supporting churches but given the extent of the need (200 people minimum) I figured I'd also reach out and begin to make new contacts.  We'd love to meet some new folks and work with you in getting the Gospel out in our community.  Of course, I realize you'll want to know a lot more about us and our ministry.  Our personal website is at http://www.RGVBaptist.com. We haven't been on deputation for years so it's somewhat outdated, but at the very least you can find our doctrinal statement there, as well as some basic information regarding our sending church and mission agency.  You can also visit our church website at http://www.IglesiaBautistaEsperanza.org. Don't worry - you have the option to view the site in English or Spanish!
    For more information on the Border Surge itself you can use the following link:
    http://www.rgvbaptist.com/Prayer_Letters/2017_05_May.pdf
    That links to a copy of our most recent prayer letter which includes 3 extra pages of information regarding the Border Surge.
    I apologize for the long post but look forward to getting to know some of you and hopefully having the opportunity to meet you in 2018.  Feel free to respond here, email me at Freemans@RGVBaptist.com or call/text me at (956) 849-4393.
     
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Hello Everyone   
     
    I was hoping to stay out of a "restricted" area so that "regular folk" could see the information and respond (not just ministry "leaders").  But, if that's the right place then I'm all in.  I did try to check out the lounge, but that was restricted and said I had to use an APPLY link, which I couldn't find.  Weird.  And I 100% agree with the "causing trouble" comments....both of them!
    That stands for Rio Grande Valley.  Our ministry is in the Rio Grande Valley of Southern Texas.  :)
    We are with Harvest Baptist Missions.  It's a small local-church mission agency out of Columbia Road Baptist Church in North Olmsted, Ohio.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Hello Everyone   
     
    I was hoping to stay out of a "restricted" area so that "regular folk" could see the information and respond (not just ministry "leaders").  But, if that's the right place then I'm all in.  I did try to check out the lounge, but that was restricted and said I had to use an APPLY link, which I couldn't find.  Weird.  And I 100% agree with the "causing trouble" comments....both of them!
    That stands for Rio Grande Valley.  Our ministry is in the Rio Grande Valley of Southern Texas.  :)
    We are with Harvest Baptist Missions.  It's a small local-church mission agency out of Columbia Road Baptist Church in North Olmsted, Ohio.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Hello Everyone   
    Greetings folks!  I'm a newbie here but I hope I'll find a warm welcome.  My name is Aaron Freeman and I'm a veteran independent Baptist church-planting missionary serving the Lord along the Mexico border in southern Texas (on the US side).  I found y'all through a Google search and am specifically wanting to make a post regarding a search for volunteers for a short-term missions opportunity.  However, I'm not sure where to post such a request.  I looked around, but couldn't decide on a good spot.  Rather than posting that here, and having to have the post moved (since it's obviously not part of my introduction) I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.  Thanks!
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Greetings! ....and a question   
    ​That's kinda the direction I was leading.  I've actually visited Tabernacle before and driven past Marietta.  As to San Angelo, they're about 12 hours north of us.  I've visited there too!  lol
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