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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Monday, 11 February 2019 00:21

Seven lessons from a hospital stay

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A few weeks ago, I spent a couple days in the hospital dealing with an unexpected health issue. I’m doing well in recovery, and God has (as always) been gracious. I’ll be honest, though, to say that just those few days have made me think about some things over the last few...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 21:30

Bible Study for Feb. 17: When Materialism Consumes

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I John 2:12-17 3:16-18Gregg Potts, lay minister Emerson

The American Dream

We hear a lot about the American Dream. The American Dream for most people is a nice car, nice home, the ability to travel some etc… People come to America to live the American dream. 

The American dream is...

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imageThe peer learning groups during the Associational Missions Workshop in Toccoa provided missionaries the opportunity to discuss concepts from the general sessions as well as how to apply them in their own associations. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

TOCCOA— Never before has cooperative ministry and...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 06:05

Blackface mars ‘the soul the mind’

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By Marshal Ausberry

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (BP) — It has been said that a picture paints a thousand words. Pictures impact the soul and the mind. Logos, icons and insignias all communicate messages.

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For example, most good and decent people are repulsed when they see the Nazi...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 04:55

TRUSTEES: Evangelism, leadership tops NAMB agenda

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By Mike Ebert

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP) –North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees meeting in South Florida this week saw first-hand the impact a sending church can have on its community. They also heard a challenge to be personally involved in NAMB’s new “Who’s Your...

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By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) –Responding to “recent online stories and related social media activity,” the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s presidential search committee says it has “actively pursued resumes from non-Anglo candidates.”

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Friday, 08 February 2019 04:01

Teamwork

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By Doug Munton

Those involved in sports can readily see how much they need other people.

In individual sports, a support system of coaches, trainers, moms, and dads is needed. This is all the more true for those involved in team sports. No pass can get completed without a receiver and none of it...

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Rome — On Saturday, Feb. 16, Shorter University will host the Believe Conference designed to encourage high school-aged students in their faith in Jesus Christ.

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“The Believe Conference is an opportunity for high school students to learn the foundations of Christian faith and how to...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 03:25

Just Don’t Be Silent (Psalm 143)

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By Melanie Lenow

What do you do when faced with a frustrating situation? Have you ever tried to make your point and people just won’t listen? Have you ever expected something to happen, only to be disappointed once again? Been relentlessly targeted as a scapegoat or overlooked for someone...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 00:49

Teach our children

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By Christian Phan

Frederick Douglass was an African American who escaped from slavery and became a leader of the abolitionist movement, saying that “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

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God wants us to teach our children about His Word and to...

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ATLANTA — The Equal Rights Amendment currently being debated under the Dome will actually curtail key rights for women while promoting a pro-abortion agenda, says a statement titled “Protect Women: Reject ERA” released Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the state capitol by a group of...

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CUMMING — When Alan Morris first heard the suggestion from his friend Gary Bulley, the idea seemed so simple yet made so much sense.

Toward the end of 2015, Bulley, pastor of Living Stones Church in Cumming, approached Morris, North Central Area Missions director, on a way to help churches in...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 05:24

Inside Out: Awaken to Purpose

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The church in America appears to be fast asleep (Romans 13:11), dreaming of yesterday’s victories and longing for tomorrow’s rescue. Still, we sleep like there’s no urgent cause no real hope for today. Some might say the church has moved from slumber to spiritual death,...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 05:00

Nat’l CP 0.18% under YTD budget projection

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NASHVILLE (BP) — With gifts received from 40 of 41 cooperating state Baptist conventions, contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in January were 0.18 percent below the projected budget for the...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 00:38

Biblical, balanced, and blessed

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Do you remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? Did you start with training wheels? Did someone who loved you run along beside you steadying the bike with their hand? What was the key to success? It was learning to be balanced.

What about roller skating or...

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By Terry Queen

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I’m sure most people are aware that the lawmakers of the state of New York passed a law last week, called the “Reproductive Health Act” which removed most all restrictions for abortion on demand up until the moment of birth. The only requirement for the...

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February is Black History Month

By Tobin Perry

MESQUITE, Texas (BP) —  Terry Turner understands the value of knowing African American history by having seen the importance of discovering his own family’s history.

Turner, a past president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention,...

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Genesis 2:18-25Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

When a family or an individual decides to build a new home, they hire a contractor. After leveling the ground, one of the first thing the contractor will do is build forms that will serve as parameters for cement to be poured in. The cement will...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 22:30

When our version of right and wrong goes blind

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam inserted himself into the news cycle earlier this week when discussing a Democratic lawmaker’s call to change the range of the state’s abortion laws. Since then Northam has done more to bring calls for his resignation, and in the process opened up blind...

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Super Bowl awareness is at a high level in Atlanta this week. The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams are in town for the big game and there is a media overload throughout the city.

I don’t know who will win the game, but I am particularly glad that the Rams’ Todd Gurley and...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 04:02

Winning hearts and minds

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By Jeff Struecker

One of the most difficult parts of winning a war is to capture hearts and minds. Armies have faced this challenge for hundreds of years. The latest military technology cannot win someone’s heart. All of the smart bombs in the world will not ultimately capture the heart of the...

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DURHAM, N.C. (BP) —J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Yates Baptist Association of Durham, N.C., led and simulcasted an event to preview an upcoming evangelism emphasis called “Who’s Your One?” The aim is to encourage every Southern Baptist...

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By Tim Ellsworth

ATLANTA (BP) —About 150 volunteers from First Baptist Church in Atlanta packed 500 gift baskets on Jan. 30 that will be delivered to local children’s hospitals as part of the Super Baskets of Hope initiative.

The project, sponsored by Basket of Hope, a charity based in...

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By Tim Ellsworth

imageHeather Havard leads a group of college students from Texas to participate in human trafficking awareness during the Super Bowl week. BP/Special

ATLANTA (BP) -— When Heather Havard was a freshman in high school, she heard the song “27 Million” by worship leader Matt...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:51

Daily Bible Readings for February 1-15

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Friday, February 1Exodus 13:17-15:18Matthew 21:23-46Psalm 26:1-12Proverbs 6:16-19

Saturday, February 2Exodus 15:19-17:7Matthew 22:1-33Psalm 27:1-6Proverbs 6:20-26

Sunday, February 3Exodus 17:8-19:15Matthew 22:34-23:12Psalm 27:7-14Proverbs 6:27-35

Monday, February 4Exodus 19:16-21:21Matthew 23:13-39Psal...

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