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Investing Your Time Wisely in 2020

How quickly did 2019 pass for you? I know it went quickly for me! I have a sign on the wall in my offi ce that says, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” Meaning, every day of 2019 you and I made choices that equaled “how we spend our lives” […]

Texas Baptist and Missions

  Written by Jim Furgerson, Missions Ministry Team Leader  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusa- lem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 HCSB. At the dawn of the 19th century, William Carey, […]

Resources for the Church’s Care of People With Mental Health Problems

In the November 2019 Trumpet, I wrote about the beginning of an Ad Hoc group of Trinity members that want to help answer the question of how we can best support individuals and families impacted by Mental Illness. I also talked about the high probability that most of us at Trinity know someone who has […]

Getting Relationships Right

I attended the “Getting Relationships Right” conference in Nashville during November. The Search Institute developed this training for leaders of schools, after-school programs, and churches to strengthen the relationships we build with young people.  It is important to remember that the consensus in research shows very strongly that developmental relationships in families play a powerful […]

I and You Statements

  One of the most effective, yet simplest ways of facilitating open communication at home is to use “I Statements” in place of “You Statements”. We frequently refer to “I”and “You” Statements in this marriage blog because they are such effective tools in communicating feelings and attitudes clearly and honestly. “You Statements” “You Statements” are by nature accusatory and […]

The Value of Thankfulness

“Gratefulness is a central theme at this time of year. It turns out that giving thanks—and giving back—can yield a bounty in health rewards.” At first glance one would think this quote was taken from a religious publication such as a magazine or Bible study lesson. But no. I came across these words in a […]

Our Trinity Family

There is not a week that passes without someone calling our attention to mental health, and rightfully so. Mental illness includes conditions as familiar as Alzheimer’s, anorexia, anxiety, bipolar disorder, bulimia, depression, hyperactivity, insomnia, narcolepsy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, paranoia, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, stress, suicide and more. These illnesses of the brain can […]

Forty Assets

I recently went to a training class, titled “Raising Highly Capable Kids”, about the forty developmental assets (identified by the Search Institute) to help young people grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible adults.  This training is designed to help parents achieve these assets. As I was learning about the forty assets, I was […]

Growing in Understanding

I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.  1 Corinthians 14:15 NIV  As we enter the 2019-2020 ministry year, we begin by directing our attention toward a verse that will guide much of what we do […]

Living Your Best Life

God has a way for us to live our best life. From whatever is going on, and wherever we are standing in life, God has a best way forward for us. You may be in a ‘high-five, thank you God’ season of life, or you may feel like you’re walking through the valley’s shadow of […]