Daily Archives: November 4, 2010

Too Close to Home

This afternoon I received a text from my wife Robyn. She is currently taking classes at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is working hard toward earning a degree in French.

Today in class her instructor informed the class that one of her classmates was gunned down late Tuesday night on the streets of Juarez less than an hour after leaving class.

The creeping darkness of the senseless violence in Juarez continues to cast a sinister shadow over our community. I can only imagine how the cries of the people are touching the heart of our LORD in heaven.

Greed, violence, and hatred continue to take its toll on our community. Pray for the light to shine into the darkness and for the violence to cease.

The Lord spoke to the leaders of Israel through Jeremiah the prophet saying:

15 “Does it make you a king
to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
He did what was right and just,
so all went well with him.
16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?”
declares the LORD.
17 “But your eyes and your heart
are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood
and on oppression and extortion.”

The LORD blesses those who take up the cause of the poor and needy. May we join their number in this day of evil.

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McAllen Here We Come!

It is hard to believe the annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas is just around the corner. I will be heading to the Valley tomorrow.

Frankly, we have no idea how many of our Baptist family will gather in McAllen. I had a contact from a pastor in Dalhart who said he would be there. If you can make it from Dalhart to McAllen, you can make it from anywhere!!

I have heard through the Baptist grapevine that some are fearful to go to the Valley because of the Border violence. Since I now live in El Paso I believe I can speak with some confidence–you need not fear. You will be as safe in McAllen as we were on the streets of Houston last year. Besides if we go in the name of the Lord and for His calling, I believe we can count on His watchful eye on us.

I believe this convention will be a pivotal meeting for us as Texas Baptists. We will select a new leadership team. We will consider a number of weighty matters. We will affirm our brothers and sisters in the Valley by our presence. It is still not too late to make plans to join us.

Next week I will lay down the mantle as president of the convention, but my commitment to our cause will not diminish. I am committed for the long haul. We have work to do and I pray we will work hard and not look back!

See you in McAllen!

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