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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This is Ron Hale’s fourth article on the approaching 40th anniversary of the Conservative Resurgence (1979-2019). The first article is located here, the second can be found here and the third is located hereTo read Hale’s other articles on the history of the...

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Easily more than 100 letters have been received by Bill and Arlene Barker since their Appalachian ministry was profiled in all national WMU materials in September. JOE WESTBURY/Index

This is a two-part story on the power of prayer and how Georgia Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union remains...

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Free awareness seminars for child abuse prevention, such as this one at First Baptist Church in Lithia Springs, have become commonplace with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s partnership with MinistrySafe. The next free awareness training comes on Oct. 30 at Crabapple First Baptist. ALAN...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: Oct. 1-15

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Monday, October 1 Isaiah 62:6-65:25 Philippians 2:19-3:3 Psalm 73:1-28 Proverbs 24:13-14

Tuesday, October 2 Isaiah 66:1-24 Philippians 3:4-21 Psalm 74:1-23 Proverbs 24:15-16

Wednesday, October 3 Jeremiah 1:1-2:30 Philippians 4:1-23 Psalm 75:1-10 Proverbs 24:17-20

Thursday, October 4 Jeremiah 2:31-4:18...

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Iglesia Bautista Adhoreb in San Cristobal would be grateful for construction help from Georgia Baptists for the second floor of their church. DAVID CHANCEY/Special

FAYETTEVILLE — David Chancey enjoys making the members of McDonough Road Baptist Church uncomfortable. When it comes to missions...

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Southern Baptists rejoice in the 66 new missionaries during a Sending Celebration Sept. 26 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. The new appointees will share the gospel from South America to East Asia, from Sub-Saharan Africa to Central Asia, from South Asia to Europe — and beyond....

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 06:47

‘It’s all about the presence of God’

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Fireworks accentuate the celebration of Christ Place’s grand opening on the evening of Sept. 16. CPC/Special

FLOWERY BRANCH — While some churches are having to reduce their seating capacity to create the illusion that they have a critical mass of people attending their worship services,...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:00

Revisiting the Jesus Movement

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By Tony Lynn

FENTON, Mich. (BP) — It was the early 1970s at a park on the north side of Flint, Mich., when a guy with long hair and tattered jeans approached me and asked in a simple, straightforward tone, “Do you know Jesus, man?”

At the age of 11, I looked back at the man through...

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A recent Truett McConnell University graduate receives his degree. TMU/Special

CLEVELAND — Truett McConnell University has been included in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings as #51 in Best Regional Colleges in the South.

According to U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook,...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 02:28

Online registration now available for GBC messengers

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DULUTH — Those wishing to register online for the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting in November can do so through the Georgia Baptist workspace, iGo

Earlier this month churches around the state should have received a letter from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board outlining the...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 02:02

What I learn from climbing a mountain

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“Did you enjoy your hike?”

I bet I’ve been asked that at least 50 times since returning from my most recent backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. My first answer is “No!” I didn’t enjoy my trip because it was a really tough hike.

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Appalachian trail approach...

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Jimmy Baughcum was elected executive director Monday night of the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association, one of the state’s largest groups of Georgia Baptist congregations. AMBA/Special

VALDOSTA – For the past five years State Missionary and Church Planting Consultant Jimmy Baughcum has...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 14:00

You may choose to be ebullient or lugubrious

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This is not a repeat of a previous editorial – not even close. But I do want to remind you in the strongest possible terms that we have a mid-term election on the horizon and voting is an imperative for every Christian.

When you wake up on November 7th the votes for the mid-term election...

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Members of various local football teams listen to Gene Chizik speak at Abilene Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 23. ABILENE/Special

MARTINEZ — Gene Chizik, former head football coach at Auburn University, spoke at Abilene Baptist Church near Augusta this past Sunday, Sept. 23. He shared...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 02:29

Seeing clearly for the first time

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My Uncle James lived in such a way most of us can’t comprehend. The same goes for three of his brothers. Those uncles of mine – all on my mother’s side – were born with various levels of intellectual disabilities. James and my Uncle Steve – who died in 1996 from...

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The sequel telling the story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini’s coming to faith held at 12th in the box office rankings one week after debuting at number 9.

Through Sept. 23, the movie had grossed $4,539,775 according to www.the-numbers.com.

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Will Graham plays his grandfather Billy Graham in...

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University of North Georgia student Davey Arrowood works in a Houston home damaged by Hurricane Harvey last fall as part of his SendMeNow experience. DAVEY ARROWOOD/Special

The Word of the Lord does not return void, and neither do the efforts of His people out on the mission field.

These three...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 14:00

Bible Study for Sept. 30: Authentic Joy

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1 Thessalonians 1:1-10Daryel O’Barr, Drawng the Net Ministries Woodstock

AUTHENTIC JOY … flows from a genuine relationship with Jesus.

Genuine relationships are to be Christ-centered. The church is to be a reflection of that relationship to others.

Joy – a feeling of inner gladness,...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 05:10

Living on samples

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When I was a kid it was a special treat to find them handing out free samples on grocery day. I remember asking my mother to buy whatever brand of sausage they were handing out and she told me that was already what she bought.

I then asked if she could cook it in little one-inch cubes and serve it...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 04:06

No Nikes Needed

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I was privileged to be a part of the Reviving the Passion of Preaching Conference in Hattiesburg, MS this week and had the opportunity of hearing my friend, Dr. Dean Register, pastor of Crosspoint Community Church, preach an amazing sermon on Hebrews 12: 1-3.

In the sermon the Hattiesburg pastor...

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This space satellite image provided by NOAA shows the size of Florence. Nearly 40 deaths have been reported in the wake of the storm. NOAA/Special

Beginning this morning, the first contingent of Georgia Baptist disaster relief volunteers are moving onsite to South Carolina to provide assistance to...

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“New ideas coming — it’s a new day. Tightened schedule — No evening sessions,” tweets SBC President J.D. Greear as he announces tightening of next year’s annual meeting with no evening sessions. This scene is from this past summer’s meeting in Dallas, TX....

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:53

A world where accusations mean guilt

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There are times I try to unplug from the news cycle. I just need a breather, a break to something a little less … overwhelming.

I was a pretty normal kid growing up. Played baseball, went to church, rode my bike around the neighborhood, wrecked the go-cart a few times – normal stuff....

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Jim Gregory, right, of Mountain Home, Idaho, raises a question about the health of Baptist work in Utah and Idaho during an Executive Committee open forum Sept. 18. Listening from the stage are Interim SBC Executive Committee President D. August Boto, left, and SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike...

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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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