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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Pete Sharber used his experiences as a lifelong pastor and denominational servant, not to mention from military experience that included two tours in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, to mentor numerous ministers during his lifetime. SHARBER FAMILY/Special

Pete Sharber, 79, graduated to heaven on...

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Pastor Barry Snapp, one of Georgia Baptists’ most effective pastors and dynamic preachers, is the president of this year’s preaching conference and he has planned an exciting and inspirational conference this year featuring the preaching of Jeremy Morton, co-pastor of First Baptist...

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Longtime Georgia pastor Milton Dwelle, 98, of Douglasville, passed away on July 31, surrounded by family at WellStar Douglas Hospital. He was born in Scarborough in 1920 to Eugene Bates and Jennie Joyner Dwelle and was a native of Millen. 

After graduating from Rocky Ford High School, he drove...

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Pictured are: first row, Ben LeVan (CSU professor of human resources), Nathania Lacerda (Brazil), Busola Bamidele-Oseni (Nigeria), Dawson LeVan, Nadezhda Ivanova (Bulgaria), and Stephanie LeVan (CSU’s director of international programs); second row, Kevin Coriolan (CSU’s director of...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 03:53

Bible Study for Sept. 23: Intentional love

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Luke 10:25-37 Daryel O’Barr, Drawing the Net Ministries Woodstock

INTENTIONAL LOVE … go out of your way to love others.

Intentional adj. 1. Done on purpose; deliberate.

synonyms: deliberate, calculated, conscious, intended, planned, meant, studied, knowing, willful, purposeful, purposive,...

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One week ago, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to approve the recommendation from the Executive Director Search Committee to approve Rev. Thomas Hammond to serve as our new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.

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Georgia Baptist Executive...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:24

Stemming the Tide of Theological Liberalism

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Paige Patterson, left, and Fisher Humphreys debated the atonement on Oct. 19, 1987 before 300 students and faculty at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Baptist Message/BP

Stemming the Tide of Theological Liberalism

The life’s work of Paige Patterson

Note: This is Ron’s third...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 05:48

Liberty: one congregation on three campuses

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Every church needs a definitive mission statement that is clear and motivating. Liberty’s is clearly presented in the foyer of the new church facility on Highway 76. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

CHATSWORTHLiberty Baptist Church in the Dalton-Chatsworth area has been one of the leading churches...

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WOODSTOCK — Members at Woodstock First Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly for Jeremy Morton, formerly senior pastor at Cartersville First Baptist, to serve alongside Johnny Hunt as co-pastor.

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Jeremy Morton preaches Sunday morning, Sept. 16, in view of a call at Woodstock First Baptist to...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 03:45

Were the golden days all that golden?

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I know people my age often pine for the good old days. The good old days are typically defined as a period of time in the past that one thinks was pleasant and better than the present time, a time when life seemed quite a bit less complicated than today.

I must admit that sometimes I think of the...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 14:00

Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

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By David Roach

EDITOR’S NOTE: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

HUSTONVILLE, Ky.  (BP) — Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his “solemn drive” home on June 25, 1995.

Then four years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee...

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Much of the time when I work with churches or nonprofit organizations they are often emphasizing the wrong problem or problems. Accordingly, I try to help them refocus and realign by emphasizing the importance of properly diagnosing the problems.

One thing is for sure, everybody in the Southern...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 14:00

Adjusting to the dark

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By Kathy Ferguson Litton:

SARALAND, Ala. (BP) — My worship was radically changed on Sunday morning, July 28, 2002, in Denver, Colo. It had never been more difficult for me to take my usual pastor’s wife place at Riverside Baptist Church — only I was no longer the pastor’s...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: September 16-30

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Sunday, September 16 Isaiah 22:1-24:23 Galatians 2:17-3:9 Psalm 60:1-12 Proverbs 23:15-16

Monday, September 17 Isaiah 25:1-28:13 Galatians 3:10-22 Psalm 61:1-8 Proverbs 23:17-18

Tuesday, September 18 Isaiah 28:14-30:11 Galatians 3:23-4:31 Psalm 62:1-12 Proverbs 23:19-21

Wednesday, September 19 Isaiah...

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Clyde Meador has been named interim president of the International Mission Board, effective Sept. 27. IMB/Special

RICHMOND, VA — Former international missionary Clyde Meador will likely soon carry the title “IMB interim president” for a second time.

The IMB Executive Committee of...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 13:14

Bible Study for Sept. 16: Gracious Hospitality

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1 Peter 4:7-11 Daryel O’Barr, Drawing the Net Ministries Woodstock

GRACIOUS HOSPITALITY…ground your service and love in hospitality.

The word “hospital” originates from the Latin word “hospes,” meaning “guest” or “stranger.” It is the root...

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Latest forecasts predict Hurricane Florence is drifting south into Georgia; full impact is still unknown. Churches are ready to help where needed. ACCUWEATHER/Special

MILLEDGEVILLE — David Self, associational mission strategist for Washington Baptist Association, was already packing for his...

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When I was a young pastor the church I served elected a person to serve as the moderator for church business meetings. When a dear, faithful layman by the name of Curtis Finch was elected moderator, he would always begin the business meetings by asking, “Is there peace in the flock?” He...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:16

TMU, Nike, and a call for spiritual healing

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Since last Friday when the president of Truett-McConnell University, Dr. Emir Caner, took a stand in cutting ties with Nike due to its advertisement featuring Colin Kaepernick, several emails and calls have come my way asking me for an opinion on this matter. My response, however, comes not only as...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:45

Age Doesn’t Always Bring Wisdom

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“Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.” (Job 32:9)

Today I am celebrating 66 years of life. I am amazed at how much things have changed during my “brief” journey. I am also amazed that so much remains unchanged. We have much more...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 23:58

A night of extraordinary service by a Russian pastor

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“I cannot tell you how humbled I was by his spirit, servanthood, and devotion to Christ and his commitment to his little flock,” said Fred McCoy in recounting the dedication of a Russian pastor he experienced as a missionary. FRED MCCOY/Special

A true story by Fred McCoy as told to...

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Georgia Baptist Executive Director-elect Thomas Hammond addresses the Executive Committee moments after the unanimous vote. Standing by his side is his wife, Kerri. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

DULUTH — Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members voted today with a singular “yes”...

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DULUTH — At least two African American Georgia Baptist leaders have responded publicly opposing Truett McConnell University’s decision to end its relationship with Nike following the company’s controversial ad featuring Colin Kaepernick.

“I respect your right as an autonomous...

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FLOWERY BRANCH – Christ Place Church, formerly Blackshear Place Baptist Church, will hold an open house and dedicate its new 2,oo0-seat worship center and related ministry space in an all day celebration on Sept. 16.

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Christ Place Church in Flowery Branch is formerly known as Blackshear Place...

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Certain seasons of life make writing hard for me.

Not because there’s nothing to write about. On the contrary. In this dizzying world we live in that’s rife with political, racial, and theological unrest just for starters, the case could be made that there’s too much to talk about.

I...

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