Willow Grove Baptist Church

WLBC Church Logo Willow Grove Baptist Church is a historic McLennan County congregation that will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year. Founded by former slaves who migrated to the Waco area from Mississippi, the church property was originally part of a 300 acre tract of land purchased by and parcelled out to members of the…

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To Humble Us

Humility is a choice, not merely the product of difficult circumstances. The Scriptures command God’s children to “humble themselves”. It is not a suggestion. It is not optional. 2 Chronicles 7:14 famously exhorts, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their…

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Living Witness Missionary Church

Pastor and First Lady Maruice and Gloria Walker of Living Witness Missionary Church Living Witness Missionary Church, located at 901 Colcord Ave. in Waco, is a faith community that is based in the practice of teaching the Word and giving to God’s people. Regarding teaching, Pastor Maurice Walker is a brave preacher who allows questions…

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Lessons from the Storm

During last month’s terrible winter storm, we all had a moment to reflect on how vulnerable we really are.  We also learned that we are interdependent and connected in ways that touch the basic necessities of life. I was encouraged to conserve water… so that a fireman somewhere else in the city might have enough…

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Ecclesia Community Church

March 2021 Ecclesia Community Church is a giving congregation that has experienced God’s provision from the very beginning. A relatively young church, Ecclesia’s origins came about eighteen years ago in 2003 when members of New Beginnings and Hope Fellowship met and began to discuss a merger. As that conversation was taking place, Christ the King…

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Larry Turner and Restorative Justice/Jail Ministry

Larry Turner joined the WRBA staff five years ago after working as a CDL driver and serving as Associate Pastor at Pleasant Olive Baptist Church. A back injury led Larry to retire from his previous positions and look for new opportunities for ministry. In what he describes as a “Holy Ghost-led thing,” Larry found the…

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Speegleville Baptist Church

January 2021 Speegleville Baptist Church is a historic McLennan County congregation that is having a positive impact on its community. Founded in 1850, the church has served as the spiritual home to generations of believers and has weathered the various difficulties that have confronted the region in the past 170 years. This historic fortitude was…

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Building Back After the Pandemic

A lot of buzz can be heard in podcasts and webinar land about building back once the sweep of the Corona Virus is in the rearview mirror. It has been largely observed that churches have suffered a very sharp decline in attendance over the past year. Interestingly enough, even though most churches are averaging somewhere…

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Evangelical Churches Are Inherently Political

While walking across the mountains of Northwestern Spain 19 months ago, a young Spanish man joined me for a day as we trekked up and down the hills and city streets. He was a lifetime Catholic – but not a practicing Catholic. He heard me say I was a Baptist minister (there, they call all…

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Thoughts for Christmas 2020

Eight months ago I wrote, “This Easter is going to be different from any we have experienced in our churches in our lifetimes.”  Later the health department began issuing statements about the coming Pandemic and its effect on our ability to gather together in large numbers.Today, I am saddened to have to write, “This Christmas…

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