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, 18 November 2018 22:00

Bible study for Nov. 25: A Prayer of Thanksgiving

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Psalm 138:1-8 VICTOR S. LYONS, PASTOR SECOND MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH, PERRY

Why are you thankful to God this year?

A third of the psalms, the hymns in the Hebrew hymnbook, are classified in the category of praise or thanksgiving. Psalm 138 is a primer example.

Other scriptures highlight thanksgiving...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 21:21

Surviving Michael: The faith of farmers

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Jackie Frith surveys some of the hundreds of century-old pecan trees he lost overnight in the eye of the hurricane. The trees, if replanted, will take at least a decade to produce their first crop. JOE WESTBURY/Index

This is the second in a five-part series of Thanksgiving Week conversations...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 21:30

Surviving Michael: A Thanksgiving tribute to farmers

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Keith Bowen, a deacon at Rocky Springs Baptist Church outside of Donalsonville, wonders if his cotton will survive harvesting this year. The cotton was waist high the afternoon of the storm; by morning it was barely up to his knees. A piece of aluminum roofing torn from his nearby church lays at...

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2019 SBC Annual Meeting theme announced by Greear

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – The supremacy of the gospel will motivate Southern Baptist Convention President J. D. Greear as he leads Baptists to evangelize, plant churches, and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he said in announcing his...

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Left to right: Steve Parr, Jenni Carter, Jason Britt, Jarrod Thompson, and Ricky Smith discuss strategies churches can establish in reaching the younger generation. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

WARNER ROBINS — Taking steps to reach young people is no longer something churches can consider an option,...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:48

How can we have success against temptation?

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Oscar Wilde famously wrote, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it…I can resist everything except temptation.”

Temptation is a battle everyone faces. Sometimes, it sneaks up on us and we give in before we even realize the temptation is there. Other times, we...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:58

Where poppies grow

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By Sarah Dixon Young

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (BP) — November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

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Sarah Dixon Young

The world mourned the loss of approximately 20 million military personnel and civilians during The Great War. Many began wearing red poppies to commemorate the...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 22:01

2018 Preaching Conference: They preached up a storm

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WARNER ROBINS — Barry Snapp, president of the GBC preaching conference, welcomed a large number of worshippers to rain-soaked Warner Robins on Monday afternoon and acknowledged that the men he invited to be a part of the conference were men he liked to hear preach.

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Barry Snapp, pastor of...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:00

Daily Bible Readings: Nov. 16-30

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Friday, November 16 Ezekiel 33:1-34:31 Hebrews 13:1-25 Psalm 115:1-18 Proverbs 27:21-22 Saturday, November 17 Ezekiel 35:1-36:38 James 1:1-18 Psalm 116:1-19 Proverbs 27:23-27

Sunday, November 18 Ezekiel 37:1-38:23 James 1:19-2:17 Psalm 117:1-2 Proverbs 28:1

Monday, November 19 Ezekiel 39:1-40:27 James...

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Following the news of Amazon choosing two of three states that have religious liberty laws on the books for its next expansion, religious liberty advocates challenged the argument on such legislation scaring away businesses. 

Amazon announced yesterday that it would settle its new headquarters...

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Executive Committee member Michael Wilkes, pastor of Center Baptist Church near Helen, gives the devotion prior to the meeting. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

WARNER ROBINS— Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members received updates about Cooperative Program giving and heard testimony from a...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:01

A great pinch-hitter hits a grand slam

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Georgia Baptist Convention President Mike Stone preaches at the Monday evening session, filling in for Arkansas evangelist David Miller, who was unable to attend. SCOTT BARKELY/Index

WARNER ROBINS — David Miller – from Heber Springs, Ark., who prefers to be known as a “Country...

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WARNER ROBINS – Royce Hulett, pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Hazlehurst, preached the Missionary Sermon on Monday evening at the 197th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention. His text was Matthew 28:16-20 and his sermon title was “A Renewed Commitment to the Great...

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HAZLEHURST – After the evening worship service on Sunday evening, Nov. 4 the congregation of First Baptist Church Hazlehurst – 275 of them – got up from their seats and proceeded to march down the sidewalk about 100 yards to their new sanctuary.

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Scores of people gather at the altar...

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Matt Peek brings the Doctrinal Sermon at the GBC. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

WARNER ROBINS – Matt Peek, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pelham and an emerging leader among Georgia Baptists, was the preacher of the doctrinal sermon on Tuesday morning of the annual meeting of the GBC. He began his...

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Anthiony Wilson, left, and Jean Ward were elected as president and executive director, respectively, of the Georgia African American Fellowship Nov. 12. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

WARNER ROBINS — Members of the Georgia African American Fellowship elected Anthony Wilson as its second president at the...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 03:24

Online viewing available for GBC main sessions

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WARNER ROBINS— Those unable to attend the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting in person can still view proceedings through a couple of online options.

Beginning with last night’s Inspiration Rally and continuing through today’s Preaching Conference and tonight’s 6 p.m....

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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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