2018 January

McQuien’s Musings: Challenges and Opportunities in 2018

With the New Year having just turned the corner, we face a number of challenges and opportunities confronting us in 2018. On the international level we face diplomatic and military crises in far-flung locations such as North Korea, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. On the national level we face political, economic, and moral issues, including income inequality, controversial income tax legislation, and sexual misbehavior in high places. (more…)

Team given love, prayers and potluck

The Hill Family

The Gibbins Family

The Dye Family

KERRVILLE – With this truth in mind, “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9), the church here prayed and spent time with three missionary families on Sunday, Dec. 10. The 14 people on the Sao Luis Mission Team visited this sponsoring congregation in preparation for their upcoming mission move to Brazil. (more…)

David S. Vanz’s Book, “Rediscovering the Holy Spirit”


Anyone who attempts to write a book on the Holy Spirit is undertaking quite a challenge, considering the complexity of the topic as revealed throughout the Bible and, more specifically, in the New Testament. David S. Vanz’s book, “Rediscovering the Holy Spirit,” (Archway Publishing, 2017) has done just that, although he has focused principally of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. The subtitle of his book makes this emphasis clear: “Proponents, Opponents, Components in His Conquest to Expand the Kingdom.” (more…)

Breathing the same air as Jesus

story and photos by Madison Campbell

This tax collector wrote the names of those born of the house of David on the rolls and they paid up just as Joseph and Mary did after Jesus was born.

BURNET – The gate to the city opened to the aroma of fresh bread filling the air. There were no sidewalks, just dirt and rocks as everyone moved about the small town. The brown and grey walls came to life with torches on every corner and above the doors. People were yelling trying to sell their merchandise to raise enough money to pay their taxes. (more…)

An End and a Beginning

GUEST COLUMN by Mark Hammitt

CORPUS CHRISTI — 2017 is gone! It was another year of opportunities that we either took advantage of or wasted. Twelve months of choices, joys, struggles, worries, and prayers. 365 days of being able to shine our lights in a world darkened by sin (Mt 5, Jn 3).
How did you fare? For a private exercise, try sitting down and listing on a piece of paper all the things you did or attempted to do for the Lord in 2017. Do you need more than one sheet of paper? (more…)