Bulldogs Care!

On July 1, the town of Anton, Texas was devastated by a massive hailstorm. Hail the size of softballs destroyed roofs, busted out windows, and damaged cars. The wonderful people of west Texas came together to assess needs and provide immediate assistance. Many needs are ongoing, however. The Anton High and Elementary School still needs […]

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You Are Called To Suffer With Christ (1 Peter 4:12-19) [Podcast]

The trials of life will come. There is no escape from difficulties in this life. What we lack in avoiding suffering we more than make up for in Scriptural guidance to deal with it. Join Dr. David Rhoades in his twenty-first message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter” as he explores this important […]

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You Are Called To Move Beyond Suffering (1 Peter 4:1-6) [Podcast]

When a person begins to follow Christ, he begins a process of leaving his old life behind. His friends may quickly notice that something has changed. What really gets their attention, though, is his new attitude when the bad times come. Suffering for a Christ-follower is different than for a person who is not. Handled properly, it […]

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You Are Called To Proclaim the Sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 3:18-22) [Podcast]

Jesus was “put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit?” Jesus made proclamation to the spirits now in prison who were present in Noah’s day? We are “saved by baptism?” Certainly 1 Peter 3:18-22 might be one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted passages in all of Scripture. However, when you understand […]

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You Are Called To Endure (1 Peter 3:13-17) [Podcast]

When you think of endurance, what image comes into your mind? A marathon runner? Or maybe a visit to the dentist? Does the word “endurance” make you think about a follower of Christ? Or do you imagine Christ-followers as wimpy people who make excuses or look for an escape from dealing with real-life problems? God’s understanding […]

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You Are Called To Bless Bad People (1 Peter 3:8-12) [Podcast]

Most American Christians, including myself, have no experience whatsoever in what it means to be persecuted. The religious liberty we enjoy—and take for granted—shields us from the harsh reality experienced by many Christians since the day Peter and John were arrested in Acts 4. While our level of suffering may not even rise to a level […]

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You Are Called To Rejoice (1 Peter 1:6-9) [Podcast]

“If I were God….” “If I were in charge….” We get frustrated when things don’t go our way. And when things don’t go our way, we feel like we’ve lost control. The truth is that God is always in control, even when we feel like no one is. When we learn to trust in Him, we can […]

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You Are Called To Be An Exile (1 Peter 1:1-2) [Podcast]

If you were bullied as a kid, you probably wished the other person would just leave you alone! Hopefully, you’re not bullied like that anymore, but you may occasionally still feel beat up. You may even want to know where God is in the midst of all this. Does God care about you? Has He […]

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Overcoming Obstacles (Ruth 3:1-18) [Podcast]

Every time God’s plan is revealed, obstacles get in the way. What will you do about it, and how will these obstacles be removed? In the fourth message from the series “The Story of Ruth: Covenantal Love for Common People,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the story of Ruth and Naomi to discover how they overcame […]

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