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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WOODSTOCKWoodstock First Baptist Pastor Johnny Hunt announced this morning that Jeremy Morton, senior pastor of Cartersville First Baptist Church, will preach next Sunday, Sept. 16, in view of a call to serve as co-pastor of the congregation.

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Jeremy Morton, senior pastor of Cartersville...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 05:26

Truett McConnell ends Nike partnership

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Truett McConnell University President Emir Caner speaks at the school’s 2017 Faith and Freedom Celebration. TMU became the second college to end its professional relationship with Nike following the appearance of an ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. TMU/Special

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Powelton Baptist Church will be one of those featured in Monday’s episode of “Saving Grace,” a six-part series on Georgia Public Broadcasting that will tell the story of several historic churches across the state among various denominations. HISTORIC RURAL CHURCHES OF...

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William Brown, at 24 the youngest pastor in Merritt Association, believes in the power of revivals. He will be one of six pastors preaching in the Tri-County Revival that begins Sunday night. WILLIAM BROWN/Special

 

REYNOLDS COMMUNITY, Rural Meriwether County — Don’t tell small...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 03:53

Bible Study for Sept. 9: Open Arms

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James 2:1-10 Daryel O’Barr, Drawing the Net Ministries Woodstock

OPEN ARMS … welcoming others goes beyond a friendly handshake.

To receive someone or something with open arms is to greet someone very happily and eagerly, to give someone a very warm, enthusiastic welcome. If you welcome...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 21:06

Celebrating 50 years of marriage and blessings

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Recently, my wife and I reached a milestone in our marriage as we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. When we stood at the marriage altar at Miami Springs Baptist Church on August 17, 1968 and pledged our love for each other, there was no way we could have imagined the amazing blessings...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 05:35

Hispanics in Georgia – a people with a call

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According to the Pew Research center the Hispanics population has reached a record of 58 million in the United States as of 2018. Just the southeast has seen a nearly 70% increase in the last ten years. For instance, Hispanics in Georgia are close to reach the one million mark making it the tenth...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 14:00

Getting folks to church with ‘R’ rated movies

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Clergymen are always looking for effective ways to get people to come to church and particularly like to target those who are outside the fold of God. In years gone by churches had visitation/outreach efforts whereby they urged members to go out into the highways and hedges and compeled the...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 07:47

A crisis of trust, an answer to give

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I have a personal theory that the place where we allow our eyes to go most, that’s what we inherently trust.

It’s not a far-fetched theory. Scripture speaks about how important it is that we take note of what we see: The eye is the lamp of the body… (Matt. 6:22); the theme of...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 01:30

Pastor salaries not keeping pace with inflation

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By Carol Pipes

NASHVILLE (BP) — Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors and church staff has lagged behind the growth in the cost-of-living over the past two years. And health insurance coverage remains low, according to the 2018 SBC Church Compensation Study.

The biannual study is...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:58

Whitewater Baptist in Oglethorpe honors music team

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With over 110 years of experience between them, the music team of Whitewater Baptist Church in Oglethorpe has blessed the congregation tremendously, says Pastor Chris Hall. Pictured left to right are pianist Tracy Fowler, music director Cheryl Dorsey, and organist Virginia Simmons. CHRIS...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 05:11

15 common sacred cows in churches

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By Thom Rainer

They are usually called sacred cows.

Sometimes they are called idols. Though the sacred cow terminology has its origins in Hinduism, it is commonly used in churches to describe those facets of church life that are given undue (and sometimes unbiblical) respect to the point they cannot...

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Numbers have always been a big part of Donna Ward’s office. Today, Aug. 31, is the most important of her 30-year career of crunching numbers with Southern and Georgia Baptists.

Thirty years after joining the former Home Mission Board and 22 years after walking into the front office of The...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 01:45

Strychnine or essence of peppermint

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I saw a television commercial recently that stated drug addiction is a disease. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has stated, “Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease.”

I have great concern for those who have addictions, whether they are struggling...

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The crowd at Emmaus Baptist Church greet each other during the welcome time Aug. 19. Though with a Resaca address, many members live in south Whitfield County and the Dalton area. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

RESACA — The life of Emmaus Baptist Church has largely reflected of the community in which it...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 22:42

Daily Bible Readings: September 1-15

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Saturday, September 1 Job 40:1-42:17 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 Psalm 45:1-17 Proverbs 22:14

Sunday, September 2 Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Psalm 46:1-11 Proverbs 22:15

Monday, September 3 Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7 Psalm 47:1-9 Proverbs 22:16

Tuesday, September 4 Ecclesia...

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I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. G. Al Wright, pastor of First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, recently about his transformation from being a “moderate” Baptist to becoming a “conservative” Baptist who has an uncompromising allegiance to the Word of God. He is active in...

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Bong Choi has served as pastor of the largest Korean congregation in the Southeast for the past 16 years. He and his wife, Tina, began their Georgia ministry with a 70-member congregation in Tucker. JOE WESTBURY/Index

SUWANEE — The year was 1976 and Americans were celebrating the...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:00

Cliff Duvall – a man who walked with God

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Cliff Duvall was more than a minister. He served as a Southern Baptist statesman for decades, in the process discipling others to greater effectiveness in ministry. PHOTO/Special

SMYRNA — Clifton (Cliff) Duvall was a gentleman’s gentleman, a pastor’s pastor, a Baptist statesman, a...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 05:17

Don’t ditch your denomination

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By Fred Luter

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — In September 1986, my life was changed forever when I was elected as pastor of a dying Southern Baptist mission called Franklin Avenue Baptist Church.

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Fred Luter

I grew up in the National Baptist denomination. I was the middle of five kids raised by a single mom...

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A group of Santas, part of Kaleo’s first hosted Clown Academy, rest on the porch outside the dining hall in August. JOE WESTBURY/Index

FORSYTH — Camp Kaleo continues to undergo its transformation from a summer camp to a year-round facility. This year it added retreat center to its name.

A...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 21:33

Thom Ranier announces retirement from LifeWay

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Jonathan Howe, left, blog administrator and host of the “Rainer on Leadership” podcast and Thom Ranier, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, discussed troubling trends in the Southern Baptist Convention but also expressed reasons or optimism at LifeWay’s breakfast at...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 06:19

Marriage is Unchanged

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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

God designed marriage for partnership, for pleasure, and for parenting. His definition of marriage today is consistent with His design in the Garden of...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 22:00

Bible Study for Sept. 2: Reality Check

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Daryel O’Barr, Drawing the Net Ministries Woodstock Titus 3:3-11

REALITY CHECK; our lives should serve as a welcome mat into the church. 

If we say that something is a REALITY Check for someone, you mean that it makes them recognize the truth about a situation, especially the difficulties...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 20:00

The church could not hold them

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With a choir and orchestra of 400 leading in worship, the First Baptist Church of Villa Rica worship center saw an overflow crowd at the second annual Georgia Gospel Gathering. FBCVR/Special

At 3:15 on Saturday, Aug. 15 First Baptist Church of Villa Rica opened their doors for a musical extravaganza...

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