But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:00

Bible Study for Nov. 18: A Prayer of Confession

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Matthew 6:12-13; Psalm 51:1-7; 10-12 Victor S. Lyons, Pastor Second Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

We often define the word confession as something that is done in the presence of a priest who can absolve sins. Martin Luther found this method useless in his own life, and later discovered its absence...

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At the Inspirational Rally Sunday night at Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, evangelist Rick Coram told the crowd about the time he fixed a car.

Except, he didn’t technically fix the car. A couple of years ago after preaching at a Tennessee church, Coram and the pastor learned a woman was...

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Second Warner Robins is the host church for this year’s 197th annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention. SWR/Special

WARNER ROBINS – As Georgia Baptist messengers and their guests arrive at Second Baptist Church tonight for the annual Inspirational Rally, they will have a little...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 04:54

VETERANS DAY: They served honorably

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By Endel Lee

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) –  Conversations I have with military veterans often follow a similar pattern and surface certain themes.

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“When and where did you serve?” is usually a good starting point. Next, I usually inquire about memorable events or special...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 06:17

VETERANS DAY: Why we remember

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FORT BENNING (BP) — On 11 November 1918 at 11 a.m. the Armistice took effect to end the “War to End All Wars.”

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Chaplain (COL) Robert Hart

A day of great celebration and rejoicing, it was reported that chaplains celebrated in “sermon and in song.” A WWI chaplain...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 05:43

This is their story; this is the time 

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An evangelism initiative being introduced at next week’s Georgia Baptist annual meeting may be geared toward students, but its value goes much further in reminding those of all ages the impact of a personal encounter with the gospel.  

“This is My Story” keeps things...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 22:39

Finding our service for His season

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Some movies grab my attention. These aren’t great movies. They’re not even good movies, in some cases. I don’t go out of my way to watch them. But, if I’m going through channels on TV and come across one, I watch. I don’t know why.

Consider Tremors, that classic...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 05:43

Life of a pastor

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By Paul Kim

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP) – One day, at a Christian bookstore just across the street from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Fort Worth Hall, I was looking to purchase several books when I heard an excited voice call to the other side of the bookstore,...

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Powell Fennell, the student president at Tech’s BCM, stands with Kenneth Brock, the student president at UGA’s BCM, to honor the more than 600 backpacks donated by the two groups for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s Christmas Backpacks at the 2018 Confluence fall Baptist...

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Attendees to the Sudanese Christian Family Conference gather in the amphitheater of Ridgecrest Conference Center in July. GORASHI GANGI/Special

CLARKSTON — Gorashi Gangi sees it happen during the worship time.

We are daaaancing in the light of God! We are dancing in the light of God!

We are...

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Rome, Ga. –  Shorter University’s Master of Accountancy Program has been ranked among the Top 50 programs in the nation. OnlineMasters.com included Shorter on its list of the Top 50 Master’s in Accounting Programs for 2019.

“We are delighted to see our Master...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 01:07

Jack Lee to be nominated for vice president

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JESUPThe Christian Index has learned that Jack Lee, pastor of Altamaha Baptist Church, will be nominated for vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Under the leadership of Lee, who has served as pastor of Altamaha for 17 years, the church has become a leader in missions giving...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 23:21

If you’re not dead, God’s not done

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DURHAM, N.C. (BP) – Do you remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels? They were some of my favorites as a kid.

You’d get to a certain place in the story where you’d have a choice, like, “You’re being chased by a flock of rabid wolverines, and an old...

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By Gary Jarnagin

CLEVELAND – Andrew Fabich, associate professor of microbiology in the Pilgram Marpeck School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), recently received a grant of $20,000 from the Carolyn King Ragan Charitable Foundation to purchase a DNA Sequencer.

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Undergrad...

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This post originally appeared on Chuck Lawless’ blog on Nov. 1. 

Some years ago, I wrote a post entitled, “Why Christian Leaders Struggle with ‘Dark Nights of the Soul’” that caught some steam. I’m afraid it spoke to many of us who’ve been in...

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I don’t know when I got my first email, but I have learned over the years that through emails one can communicate a thought, a message, or a directive immediately. Emails have revolutionized the way we keep in touch with each other.

I get lots of emails. I like getting emails. I like sending a...

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Paul Chitwood and other short-term missionaries in South Africa pray for a terminally ill AIDS patient on July 2, 2015. The trip was conducted through a partnership between the Kentucky Baptist Convention and Baptist Global Response, a primary ministry partner of the IMB. Participants delivered...

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By Gary D. Myers

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s 11-member presidential search committee held its first meeting Nov. 1, unanimously selecting Georgia pastor Frank Cox as chairman.

The committee spent the day on the NOBTS campus in focused prayer and began...

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Landon Dowden was voted as the new lead pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula on Sunday, Nov. 4. HEBRON BAPTIST CHURCH/ Special

DACULA — Members of Hebron Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly yesterday, Nov. 4, to bring Landon Dowden as lead pastor.

“We’re thankful for your...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 03:53

Baptists alcohol: Is the consensus shifting?

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By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) — Amid a years-long battle with postpartum depression, anxiety and insomnia, a therapist gave Jenny Morrison what proved to be a life-altering suggestion: “Why don’t you try drinking a small glass of wine at night?”

When Morrison, a...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:00

Bible study for Nov. 11: Praying for Others

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Matthew 6:11 (CSB—Matt. 6:11b); John 1 Victor S. Lyons, pastor Second Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

What should be our principal prayer for others?

Evangelism Professor Cecil Thompson, author of Concentric Circles, describes the rings of influence in a person’s life. According to him, oth...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 03:15

Don’t let pastor appreciation stop in October

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We’re all guilty of moving from one focus to the next. On Wednesday, your day may have been dominated by candy and kids knocking on your front door. Today, you’re already dreaming about turkey and dressing as well as falling asleep in front of the TV watching football.

Contrary to what...

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Robby Foster

VALDOSTA — Robby Foster, pastor of Northside Baptist Church of Valdosta, will be nominated by Jeremy Morton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, for president of the Georgia Baptist Convention at the annual session of the GBC at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins on...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 06:18

Why are there so many empty pews?

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We have more empty pews at church than we used to. It didn’t happen suddenly or under the leadership of any one pastor or group of leaders. It’s been a gradual thing over several decades.

My wife and I joined First Baptist Church shortly after moving to Vienna in December of 1975. ...

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Either Stacey Abrams or Brian Kemp will soon become Georgia’s 83rd governor. Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, was born in Athens and is a lifelong Georgia native.

Abrams came to Georgia by way of...

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