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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imageMissionary John Faulkner riding on his John Deere Tractor delivering Christmas present to his 272 neighbors. EDDIE LOWERY/Special 

By Gerald Harris

MARIETTA – John Faulkner is an incredible example of the spirit of Christmas. He has been giving away gifts of love and grace to 272 of his...

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imageGoing to East Asia opens students’ eyes to lostness in a way that transforms how they view their lives back home, said Keith Wieser, pastor of Resonate Church based in Washington State. Resonate sends dozens of students to East Asia each year to build relationships and develop missions...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 05:01

John Bonner’s Christmas Story

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Mr. John Bonner was born May 10, 1915. He died May 12, 2004, two days after his 89th birthday. He was 60 and silver haired when I first met him in 1975. For almost 30 years I saw him on Sundays at Vienna First BaptistChurch.

He faithfully served in many capacities including deacon, treasurer, and...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 02:24

Bible Study for Dec. 30: Simeon’s Proclamation

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Luke 2:25-35 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Research in the field of mental health indicates to us that Christmas is a difficult time for many people. Yet the angels proclaimed to the shepherds that the coming of Jesus is good news of great joy for all people. So then where is the...

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imageMembers of Faith Baptist Church, Bowman line up at the Hartwell Walmart with tubs containing toys for each child to be helped through Christmas for Gulf Coast Kids. In addition to a Bible, every child will also receive a new bicycle that will be taken to Callaway, Florida this Saturday. FBC/Special

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 21:30

Bible Study for Dec. 23: The Angels’ Announcement

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Luke 2:1-14 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

The birth of Jesus is the climatic event in human history. This one event is so significant, it has become the standard by which we divide time – BC and AD.  But the birth of Jesus was not a coincidence or accident. Too many...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 13:00

Daily Bible Readings: December 16-31

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Sunday, December 16 Micah 5:1-7:20 Revelation 7:1-17 Psalm 135:1-21 Proverbs 30:5-6

Monday, December 17 Nahum 1:1-3:19 Revelation 8:1-13 Psalm 136:1-26 Proverbs 30:7-9

Tuesday, December 18 Habakkuk 1:1-3:19 Revelation 9:1-21 Psalm 137:1-9 Proverbs 30:10

Wednesday, December 19 Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 Revela...

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LOGANVILLE — Rodney Massey had a vision for how church should be. It ought to be built on the gospel, yet look different than what he’d seen. Church should reflect the gifts and hues found throughout God’s people. It should serve as a living example that, yes, we are all under the...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:28

Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

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By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other.

A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 03:37

A Christmas journey you may not have considered

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The Christmas season is notorious for traffic and travel. Over the course of the next three weeks, many people will travel great distances to celebrate with loved ones. The highways will be clogged with travelers, any of which will not be exhibiting the joy of the season. Hopefully for you, all of...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 21:30

Bible Study for Dec. 16: Mary’s Trust

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Luke 1:26-38 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

It’s been said that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to do the right thing despite our fear. Mary, the mother of Jesus, demonstrated great courage for her role in God’s plan of redemption.

Embracing...

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Franklin Scott reflects on nearly 30 years of ministry at UGA … and the importance of mentoring the next generation. JOE WESTBURY/Index

ATHENS — As a young man, Franklin Scott sensed a strong calling to ministry but he clearly knew it would not be to the pastorate.

“I knew I wanted...

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IMB medical worker Larry Pepper talks with villagers about current medical needs in a remote village near Kigoma, Tanzania. IMB photo

By Grace Thornton

Larry Pepper thought he had been open handed. He had been praying through the missions book Operation World, and he had been thinking more and more...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 03:49

Shuford Jones – a man for all seasons

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WINDER – Robert Whittington applied the phrase “a man for all seasons” to the English statesman and scholar Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) and it was used by Robert Bolt as the title of his 1960 play about More. The phrase refers to a man who is successful and talented in many areas.

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 23:09

Some history behind your favorite Christmas music

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One of my favorite things about Christmas is the music. Once my family gets our tree up and decorated (never before Thanksgiving, that’s my standard) my playlist is nothing but a mixture of Christmas songs. It’s mostly old school, too, with artists such as Andy Williams, Perry Como, and...

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There is a fine line between stubborn and stupid! I learned exactly where this line is by watching my battalion commander many years ago. Here’s the short version of the story… We were having a talent crisis. Actually, we were having trouble retaining talent. We continued to find great...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 12:17

Three churches giving thanks to one Savior

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The crowd at Zion Baptist Church Nov. 18 represented at least 13 countries. DONNA BOWLES/Special

COVINGTON — To a random visitor the Nov. 18 service at Zion Baptist would have seemed like any other special church gathering. There was music and singing, a message brought forward, and a lot of...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 03:42

The cover of a book

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There’s an old saying to “Never judge a book by its cover.” It’s sometimes hard for me to follow that sage advice, but it always comes to mind when I see John David Law. 

I was 15 when I first met him. He was doing some masonry work for my parents, building two short...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 13:00

Are humans insignificant particles?

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“Are we humans, as atheists argue, nothing but insignificant particles in a vast and limitless universe?”

In a conversation with Diane Sawyer in 2010 Stephen Hawking explained why he rejected the concept of a personal God with whom we can have a personal relationship: “When you...

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By J. Gerald Harris

FAYETTEVILLE – Steven Chambers is the associate pastor of Woolsey Baptist Church in Fayetteville. He is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary under the direction of Chuck Lawless. The academic rigor of a Ph.D. is...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 00:11

Christmas dangers

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As a first-time parent, I’m having to make a lot of decisions about leading my household. My eyes have been opened to a lot more in the last year, and I think about the long-term effects of parenting practices. Some of those parenting practices involve how my wife and I choose to celebrate...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 21:30

Bible Study for Dec. 9: Joseph’s Obedience

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Matthew 1:18-25 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Often God’s greatest work is found in what appears to be the interruptions of our lives. The announcement to Joseph concerning Mary’s pregnancy was not something he expected to hear. Yet, through this miraculous birth, God...

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ATLANTA– Every Monday morning I get a report from Wallet Hub with some interesting list attached to the email. This past year the list has included the most charitable cities in America, the best places for Halloween, the best cities for vegetarians and vegans, the greenest cities in...

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Recent headlines have brought attention to the death of a young missionary, John Allen Chau. And for the evangelical world, this death has been both tragic and challenging. The 26-yer-old made a covert journey to attempt evangelization of an isolated tribe called the Sentinelese off the coast of...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:00

Daily Bible Readings: December 1-15

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Saturday, December 1 Daniel 8:1-27 1 John 2:1-17 Psalm 120:1-7 Proverbs 28:25-26

Sunday, December 2 Daniel 9:1-11:1 1 John 2:18-3:6 Psalm 121:1-8 Proverbs 28:27-28

Monday, December 3 Daniel 11:2-35 1 John 3:7-24 Psalm 122:1-9 Proverbs 29:1

Tuesday, December 4 Daniel 11:36-12:13 1 John 4:1-21 Psalm...

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