Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Updates from UBA-September 19th


VOLUNTEERS, WE NEED YOU. Yep, still do. 
The greater-Houston area will be in recovery for many months and years to come. Disaster Relief & Recovery ministries are settling in for the long road ahead. Volunteers, we need you. We will continue to need you for a long time. Book mark this page, ubahouston.org/disaster/serve, and we'll try our best to provide current information about how to stay involved.

Follow the links to sign up with any of the ministries:
Many UBA churches are also directly involved in receiving and deploying volunteers. I've listed a couple that have a direct link on a website making it easy to sign up.
  • Bayou City FellowshipBayou City Relief
    • Offering one-day Relief Saturdays now through Oct 14
    • Or request another day
  • Sugar Creek Baptist ChurchPhase 2 Harvey Relief
    • Saturday Sep 23 & Sep 30
  • To List Your Church, contact Dian at info@ubahouston.org
    • If your church is training, deploying, and providing supplies for teams going out and are enlisting volunteers, send contact information & dates.
  • To View the Scope of Damage, go to Crisis Cleanup, select  Hurricane Harvey, view map  www.crisiscleanup.org/public_map
If church facilities or the homes of pastors or staff have been damaged in the flood, please let us know. Many organizations are reaching out to damaged churches to offer what assistance they can. UBA can help you in connecting with a variety of resources.
CALL: 1-844-965-1386 by September 30
If your home or the home of someone in your neighborhood still needs flood-related cleanup, Crisis Clean Up is taking calls through September 30, 2017. Relief ministries are attempting to use this as a centralized location to determine where there is still need. As they are able, these relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. Importantly, this hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration. Volunteers work free of charge and provide the tools and equipment necessary to complete the work. 

Call 800.621.3362 to report damage and register for assistance or go online at disasterassistance.gov

RED CROSS ASSISTANCEwww.redcross.org
Red Cross Announcement: "The Red Cross will be providing financial assistance to qualified Texas households that were severely impacted by Harvey. We plan to resume the application process on Thursday, September 21."

If you have questions or need information, please contact a UBA Consultant. Directory

Dian R. Kidd, Associate Director
UBA  |  2916 W TC Jester   Houston, TX  77018   |   phone: 713.957.2000   |   fax:713.957.1478

Friday, September 15, 2017

Keith & Kristyn Getty Share How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, & Church

New from Keith and Kristyn Getty
Why do you sing at church? It's a question we almost never ask out loud. Yet, this is a question that is central to the lives of Christians who regularly gather together for worship.

A congregation that gains a greater understanding of why they sing won't dread a worship service, but instead see singing as an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel together in obedience to God. Sing! guides church members on a campaign to declare with one voice, "This is why we sing!"

Sing box of 20
Authors, lyricists, and worship leaders Keith and Kristyn Getty write to church members to remind them why the Church should sing, when the Church should sing, and how the Church should sing.

Register at TheSingBook.com to receive a FREE mp3 download of "The Lord is My Salvation" by Keith and Kristyn Getty (with sheet music). Find your local LifeWay Christian Store to pick up your copy today.Sing box of 20 copies


FIRST-PERSON: Despite wind, rain & floods, what can we learn?

By Gerald Harris
My heart goes out to all those severely impacted by the hurricanes that have swept through the Caribbean and onto the U.S. mainland. Harvey, Irma and the consequent tornados have wrought havoc in Texas, Florida and some contiguous states.
We certainly can lament the howling winds, torrential rain and flooding ask, "Why has this befallen us?" We can agonize about damaged property and dwell on the loss of public services and the daunting problem of cleaning up after the storm.
But what about the lessons we can learn from a hurricane? Consider, for example:
Hurricanes can teach us that we are not in control.
No human power can control the wind and waves. However, we know Jesus calmed a storm. Three of the Gospels tell us that story. Jesus was weary and had gone to sleep in the midst of the storm, but the disciples, some of whom were professional fishermen, were frightened by the storm and feared they might die.
However, with one quick word from Christ, the storm abated and the sea became calm. This should be immensely comforting to the Christian in a storm. Faith in Christ is never misplaced; if He can calm the storms of the sea with one word, He can calm the storms of life as well.
You might ask, "If God is in control then why does He allow bad things to happen?" Though it is within the Lord's power to give everyone a perfect existence, that wouldn't be in our best interest. Trials and suffering often drive people to the Father. And for those of us who are already His followers, God sometimes uses harsh circumstances to mature our faith and conform us to the image of His Son.
Hurricanes can teach us what is important
We live in a materialistic society and to many people it almost seems their "stuff" is more important than life itself. Some people in the path of the hurricanes stated their intention to remain in their homes to make sure their property was protected -- as if they had the power to protect it in the first place.
Jesus said, "What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36) Perhaps you have seen bumper stickers that read, "He who dies with the most toys, wins." Nothing could be further from the truth. All the "things" we accumulate in our lives are no more than premature junk.
Jesus said, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15). Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harlan Sanders said, "Why would you want to be the richest man in the cemetery? You can't do any business there."
A wise saying goes that money can buy a house, but not a home; food, but not an appetite; medicine, but not wellness; books, but not brains; a bed, but not sleep; amusement, but not happiness; and religion, but not salvation. So, hurricanes can help us realize what is really important.
Hurricanes can teach us that we are in this together.
A prime illustration of this is that President Donald Trump and the Democrat leaders in the Senate struck a deal to provide a relief package to the region devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
The relationship between the president and the Democrats since his inauguration has been like the Hatfields and McCoys. Acrimony, hostility and caustic words mark the relationship. However, the hurricane brought opposing political leaders together to do something good for the country.
A common objective, a common enemy, a common cause has the potential of making rivals into partners, of making adversaries into allies and making foes into friends. I am sorry it took vast and destructive storms to bring us together, but it is good that for at least a while the divided states of America became the United States of America again.
Hurricanes can teach we are to let our lights shine
Jesus urged us to let our light to shine before men (Matthew 5:16). As children we learned the little song, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." We must not hide our light under a bushel, but let it shine especially in times of need.
How will people see that light? Through our good works.
When people are going through a storm they are vulnerable, needy and searching. They need true godly examples before them to shine brightly and offer help, friendship and the hope that transcends the troubles caused by the storm.
Well, I am sure there are other lessons to be learned. Here in the Atlanta area, Irma took out our electricity for a time and I quickly learned anew that I don't love darkness better than light.
Gerald Harris is editor of The Christian Index (www.christianindex.org), the online news servicel of the Georgia Baptist Convention, where this column first appeared.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

LifeWay, Gaines partner to create prayer resource

By Joy Allmond
LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines to create a six-session Bible study, Pray Like This: Living the Lord's Prayer, scheduled for release Oct. 1.
This Bible study is designed to bring a deep understanding of the text, theology and application of the Lord's Prayer. It is a follow-up to the SBC's 2017 annual meeting, themed "Pray! For Such a Time as This."
"Nothing is more vital to the advancement of the Gospel than rallying God's people to pray," said Gaines, who served as general editor of the study. "Prayer changes everything. When we pray, God does things that He would not have done had we not prayed. When God's people agree in prayer ... there is spiritual synergy. The power of our prayers multiplies exponentially."
Small groups or individuals will see video interview segments with leaders like J.D. Greear, Kelly Minter, H.B. Charles, Ronnie Floyd, Lisa Harper and Robby Gallaty.
Participants will walk through Jesus' model prayer from Matthew 6 and will have personal study aids to help them dive deeper into the Scriptures and understand the importance of prayer. The study will also cover critical prayer topics, such as intercession, praise, confession and spiritual warfare, and will emphasize recognition of God as Father and Provider.
Greear, one of the featured leaders in the series of videos, said it is especially important for the church to be in prayer now.
"Prayer has preceded every great move of God in history," said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh/Durham, N.C. "Of Acts' 28 chapters, we find the church praying corporately in 26 (of the chapters). If we want power like theirs, we need prayer like theirs. Prayer doesn't bring the awakening -- it is the awakening."
Pastor and contributor H.B. Charles said he believes Pray Like This is an important resource for churches and Bible study groups.
"It is both biblical -- focusing on the Lord's Prayer -- and practical," said Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. "It does not merely teach what prayer is. It motivates us to pray!"
Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., said he hopes to see a movement of God reminiscent of that in the early church.
"What would happen if Christians across America and around the world became committed to prayer?" he asked. "Only God knows, but I believe it would be similar to what happened in the Book of Acts. May God use Pray Like This: Living the Lord's Prayer to such a glorious end, and may it serve as a catalyst for spiritual awakening in our day!"
For more information, or to pre-order the leader kit and Bible study book, visit LifeWay.com/PrayLikeThis.
Joy Allmond is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.