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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Messengers David and Ann Pace from Donalsonville receive their ballots and name tags last year as their three children find more interesting things to do. Pace is pastor of Lake Seminole Baptist Church. JOE WESTBURY/Index

 

LAWRENCEVILLE – Change is always easier the second time around and...

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Members at Bridge Phoenix sort donated vegetables for the church’s food pantry. JOE WESTBURY/Index

PHOENIX, AZ — When Georgia Baptist “Send Me Now” summer missionaries descended on this western city for a week of missions outreach, they may not have known they were part of a...

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After going to youth camp as a teen in the early 1970s, I chaperoned as a brand new pastor in 1990. Recently, after a 27-year hiatus, I returned.

Why would a 58-year-old aging Baby Boomer who still likes to preach in a coat and tie endure late nights and early wake up calls with over 600 students...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:32

Four candidates sign religious freedom pledge

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The recent history of trying to get a religious liberty bill passed in Georgia reads like a Greek tragedy or some Alford Hitchcock iconic thriller with a bad ending.

Our forefathers would be appalled that some of our legislators balked at the idea of passing a religious liberty bill. In addition,...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:49

Bible Study for Aug. 20: A passion to share the Gospel

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2 Corinthians 5:11, 14-21 Tom Rush, staff evangelist Liberty Baptist Church, Hartwell

It is true that some of God’s sainted millions are scarred and broken. They have lives filled with sin and shame from their past. The good news for them is that they have been forgiven! And that is exactly...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:20

Adrian Rogers and time in Camelot

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This is the third biographical sketch of Southern Baptists’ greatest preachers/statesman/leaders. Following the stories/interviews highlighting the ministries of Dr. W.A. Criswelland Dr. R.G. Lee, here is the interview featuring the life and ministry of Dr. Adrian Rogers, pastor of Bellevue...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: August 16-31

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Wednesday, August 16 Nehemiah 11:1-12:26 1 Corinthians 10:14-33 Psalm 34:11-22 Proverbs 21:14-16

Thursday, August 17 Nehemiah 12:27-13:31 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Psalm 35:1-16 Proverbs 21:17-18

Friday, August 18 Esther 1:1-3:15 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Psalm 35:17-28 Proverbs 21:19-20

Saturday, August 19...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 09:25

When white supremacists come to town

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By Christine Hoover

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (BP) — I live in Charlottesville, VA. You may have heard of it.

You may have seen my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white nationalist and white supremacist groups converged on our downtown park to protest the potential removal of a...

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Students from various nationalities participate in the ESL classes offered through a non-profit, faith-based agency in Carrollton. IMPACT WEST GEORGIA/Special

CARROLLTON — For Annette Ingram, it began when she drove by a low-income apartment complex and saw a large sign that said, “Free...

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UNION POINT — Penfield Addiction Ministries officially welcomed Mike Walker as chief executive officer July 17. Simultaneously, the ministry commenced plans to honor outgoing CEO Lem Clark on Sept 16 for his 21 years of service. 

Clark announced his intentions in early 2016 to retire on...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 03:32

Fact Check that story before you share

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Alternative truth. Fake news. Fact check. The political arena has added some new terms to our vocabulary over the last couple of years.

As I peruse the social media news feeds of fellow Christians, I see a lot of unchecked facts. We too quickly hit the share button on “news”...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:26

Who has your back? (For Real)

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If you missed last weekend at Concord, you missed a challenge for all of us to build some intentional encouragement into our lives. What is that? Intentional encouragement is spiritual accountability.

We need people in our lives committed to our spiritual development. Those who will help us,...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 05:15

Atheism, science, and education

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By Phil Boatwright

KANSAS CITY, KS (BP) — The faith-based drama The Case for Christ is the true story of Lee Strobel, a Chicago Tribune investigative journalist who determined to disprove his wife’s newfound religious faith, only to discover that Christ and His resurrection were...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 02:17

Mission Board’s videos making worldwide impact

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Jon Graham has produced Georgia Baptist Mission Board video products for the past decade. JOE WESTBURY/Index

When Georgia Baptist messengers attend their annual Convention meeting each November, they are treated to brief video presentations by various ministries rather than much longer, traditional...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 00:41

Feathering our nests versus thoughts of eternity

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Last Sunday I preached for the 210th homecoming at Poplar Springs North Baptist Churchnear Dublin, where Cecil Clegg is the transitional pastor.

There was a great spirit in the church. They love Cecil and appreciate his leadership. The fellowship was convivial. The homecoming meal was accented with...

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DALLAS, TX — First Baptist Church Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress stepped into the debate over America’s response to escalating tensions with North Korea last night, issuing a statement that President Donald Trump has the God-given authority “to take out Kim Jong-Un.” ...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:43

Bible Study for Aug. 13: A Channel for Comfort

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2 Corinthians 1:2-11 Tom Rush, staff evangelist Liberty Baptist Church, Hartwell

It should go without saying that there are hurting people all around us. Sometimes we are guilty of piling on rather than helping them up. It is clear from the text that we have all been called to be ministers of...

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By Adam Wynn

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The Tin Man, played by Zack Jarrell, wins the heart of Morgan Crawford’s Wicked Witch during a UGA BCM presentation of “No Place Like Home.” Much of the cast learned American Sign Language specifically for their roles in the deaf-friendly jukebox musical. STEPHEN...

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Dennis Rivera began his first day in the office as head of Intercultural Church Planting and Mission Ministries on Aug. 7. He succeeds retiring department head Jerry Baker. JOE WESTBURY/Index

When he was growing up in his native Honduras, State Missionary Dennis Rivera never dreamed of visiting,...

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The Petrov Family of First Baptist Church in Woodstock adopted a sibling group last year through the church’s WeFoster ministry. Since the adoption, all the children have also been baptized. CRAIG ORMSBY/FBCW

Small steps leave big footprints. At least, that’s the prayer for families...

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By now you should have received your Mission Georgia Season of Prayer and Offering materials. If you have not received them, please contact your Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff and allow us to assist you. I encourage you to go to the missiongeorgia.org website where you will see a lot of...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 07:09

Sharing Jesus in a tough environment

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Are you working in a tough place? Are you in an environment that you really don’t like and you are looking for a new job? That’s certainly your prerogative but, you may be right where God wants you.

“But,” you reply, “I’m working around a lot of people who are...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 06:43

Tony Dickerson begins 45th year at Pinehurst

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A collage reflects the stages of Pinehurst Baptist, Columbus as well as its pastor, Tony Dickerson, over the years. PINEHURST BC/Special

COLUMBUS — Tony Dickerson, one of Georgia Baptists’ premier preachers and beloved pastors, was honored during a weeklong celebration beginning July...

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Young children are among those served through the ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. DWAYNE CARTER/Special

AUGUSTA — First it was Upton’s Department Store in 1993. Then Belk’s in 1996 followed by J.B. White and Piccadilly Cafeteria in 1998. One by one the anchor stores and more...

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NASHVILLE (BP) — Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 5.08 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection, and are 1.15 percent above...

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