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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By Brandon Elrod

imagehe new First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, worship facility includes a memorial to the 26 people who lost their lives during the tragic Nov. 5, 2017 shooting. BRANDON ELROD/NAMB

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas(BP) — First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas,...

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Between emotion and action, Jesus issues four corrective commands. Luke 6:27-28 says, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Those commands seem unreasonable and impractical especially when we have such cursing,...

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imageJamie Dew teaches a class at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he’s been on staff since 2011. Dew, who has been nominated by a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary search committee to be the intistution’s next president, will be a general session speaker at GO Georgia...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 01:03

‘Otium Sanctum’: Rest for your soul

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By Hannah Roberts-Antunes

John 10:10b “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Life has a way of flying by you.

See if you can relate: It’s Monday morning, you’re rushing to get to work/school, mentally reviewing the tasks scheduled for that day,...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 22:30

Bible Study for May 26: Exploit your friends

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Luke 9:57-62Eric Gargus, student pastorNorthside Baptist Church, Columbus

Scams and deception fill newscasts on a weekly basis. From celebrity moms who pay large amounts of money to “buy and lie” their children into big-name colleges to the scammers attempting to steal funds intended to...

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DULUTH — On April 4, three California churches filed a notice of appeal in their lawsuit against the state’s Department of Managed Health Care. At issue was the department’s mandate that forced the churches to pay for elective abortions on their health plans.  

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When New York passed a bill in late January that greatly expanded abortion rights, lawmakers clapped and cheered.

Not even a week later, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam further showed the hand of the pro-abortion position, saying the following regarding the instance of a baby...

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By Tom Strode

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) — The Alabama Legislature has approved the strongest abortion prohibition yet in this year’s state battles over the issue.

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The Alabama Senate passed a bill to ban abortion in a 25-6 vote Tuesday (May 14), two weeks after the House of...

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If you’re a parent, like me, or work with students you probably make an effort to be aware of culture. You take extra steps to know how technology is shaping their world more each day. Maybe you even subscribe to a newsletter/website/social media account or two in order to be up-to-date on...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 05:35

Three fishing lessons from the Disciples

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By Clark Bunch

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The earthly ministry of Jesus is bookended by similar events involving the call of Peter. Mark 1 and Matthew 4 share an almost identical account of Jesus calling Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew by saying “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Luke...

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By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, ordained minister, USMC veteran, and nationally recognized speaker delivered Truett McConnell University’s commencement address to 143 bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates,...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 22:30

Daily Bible Readings for May 16-31

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Thursday, May 161 Samuel 18:5-19:24John 8:31-59Psalm 112:1-10Proverbs 15:12-14

Friday, May 171 Samuel 20:1-21:15John 9:1-41Psalm 113:1-114:8Proverbs 15:15-17

Saturday, May 181 Samuel 22:1-23:29John 10:1-21Psalm 115:1-18Proverbs 15:18-19

Sunday, May 191 Samuel 24:1-25:44John 10:22-42Psalm 116:1-19Pro...

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Sunday, 12 May 2019 22:26

Bible Study for May 19: Hate your family

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Luke 9:57-62Eric Gargus, student pastorNorthside Baptist Church, Columbus

Back in my undergrad days at Jacksonville State University, I had the privilege of being appointed as a summer missionary to Colorado twice. During my second summer there, two guys from the mission church I served in invited...

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DULUTH — North Georgia pastor Levi Skipper, long known throughout the state for his emphasis on evangelism, will hold the title of catalyst for that ministry as part of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board restructuring. Skipper has served as pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Clermont since...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 04:43

HHS rule protecting conscience rights lauded

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By Tom Strode

WASHINGTON(BP) — Religious liberty and pro-life advocates have commended the Trump administration’s new rule protecting freedom of conscience for health care providers.

imagePresident Trump announces new rule protecting conscience rights of health care professionals during...

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By David Roach

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)  Attendees of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference won’t just hear about the conference’s “Kingdom character” theme. They’ll learn how it’s personally lived out as well.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 03:38

SBC Pastors’ Conference 2019 schedule

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.(BP) This year’s Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference will center on the theme “Kingdom character” and feature speakers who exemplify the character traits noted in Matt. 5:1-16.

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Pastors’ Conference President Danny...

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Luke 9:57-62Eric Gargus, student pastorNorthside Baptist Church, Columbus

Although she knew the risks, she was an unlikely martyr. Karen Watson went from running a pool hall to later becoming a detention officer. Watson’s no-nonsense approach helped her handle violent inmates with calming...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 21:30

Why can’t God make square circles?

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This question comes across the Atlantic via the web from a medically retired Baptist minister whose son is asking this question. Also, his deceased non-believing father could not understand why, if there is a God, a Supreme Being allows so much suffering – specifically his suffering. This...

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DULUTH — On average, more than 100 juvenile girls are exploited each night.

Every month, approximately 12,400 men pay for sex with a young woman.

Leading up to the 2019 Super Bowl, 169 individuals were arrested on sex trafficking charges.

imageOn last years’s Unholy Tour Kasey McClure...

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Friday, 03 May 2019 06:05

National Day of Prayer calls for unity

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imageBelievers gathered together for a time of fellowship and focused prayer at Alpharetta First Baptist for their Pray Big service. ALPHARETTA FBC/Facebook

On Thursday, May 2 Georgia Baptists joined with believers across the nation to celebrate National Day of Prayer via local community events and...

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By Tim Tune

imagePastor and bookstore owner Jon Speed protested New York’s expanded abortion law by closing his business the day after the law was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. BP/Special

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (BP)— When New York legislators passed an expansive abortion bill and Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

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imageJay Parrish, chief of police for Gainesville, makes a point Wednesday, May 1 as Georgia Baptist Executive Director Thomas Hammond listens. Looking on at right is Latera Davis, director of planning and preparedness for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

DULUTH — On...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 01:54

That church, this church, my church

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There’s more than one way to refer to and relate to a church. Consider the following perspectives.

That church. “Yes, I’ve heard about that church,” a person might say. “I’ve heard that church has great ministries for children and students. I’ve heard th...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 05:35

Thy will be done

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By Redunda Noble

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ANDERSON, S.C. (BP) — Sometimes, it seems the hardest thing for a Christian to do is to accept God’s will.

We pray and ask God for help – to heal us, bless our lives, and change our situations. We pray that God will answer us in the way we want, and...

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