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, 29 April 2019 22:30

Daily Bible Readings for May 1-15

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Wednesday, May 1Judges 13:1-14:20John 1:29-51Psalm 102:1-28Proverbs 14:15-16

Thursday, May 2Judges 15:1-16:31John 2:1-25Psalm 103:1-22Proverbs 14:17-19

Friday, May 3Judges 17:1-18:31John 3:1-21Psalm 104:1-23Proverbs 14:20-21

Saturday, May 4Judges 19:1-20:48John 3:22-4:3Psalm 104:24-35Proverbs...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 22:15

Bible Study for May 5: Love your enemies

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Luke 6:27-36Eric Gargus, Student PastorNorthside Baptist Church, Columbus

When Islamic extremist group Boko Haram attacked a village in Nigeria, many of the women were kidnapped, imprisoned, and raped repeatedly by their captors. The women who renounced their faith in Jesus wed their captors and...

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By Art Toalston

ABERDEEN, Miss.(BP) — First Amendment legal precedent has been cited in a federal court’s dismissal of a lawsuit against the North American Mission Board by a former executive of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

Senior Judge Glen Davidson of the U.S. District...

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Back in the nineties, I was pastor of a church in rural Mississippi. I was leading a group through Masterlife, a special Discipleship program. One night, one of the texts we used was Luke 14:25-35. One man, who was a farmer and lived close to his mother and father asked about this verse. This man...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 02:02

A tombstone’s counsel

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By Steve Playl

Someday, I suppose, we will look back on the days we are living in and reminisce about how it was back before _______ (you fill in the blank). Can you imagine the changes in technology that are still “out there” somewhere?

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When I tell my grandchildren about...

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By David Roach

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (BP) — Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that targeted Christians and killed more than 350 people have prompted calls to prayer by Southern Baptists who work to take the Gospel to South Asian people groups.

imageEaster suicide bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:24

What makes a country great?

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There has been a lot of conversation and controversy over President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.” Some Catholic high school students from Covington, Kentucky, where our oldest daughter was born, were targeted because they were wearing “Make...

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imageShorter University Christian Studies faculty members Earl Kellett, left, and Alan Hix, right, attended Jay Chambers’ ordination service. SHORTER/Special

Since its founding in 1873, Shorter University has been a citadel of light and learning to Rome, Georgia and beyond.

Now, the very best of...

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Matt. 19:16-26Bobby Braswell, Associational Missions StrategistMiddle Baptist Association, Sylvania

We have a tendency to see wealth and prosperity as a sign of God’s favor. This notion was expressed by some as early as the Book of Job, and we see it still today in preachers and...

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imageThe news chopper for Fox 5 in Atlanta circles over Cartersville Primary School, foreground, and Cartersville Elementary, in back. FOX5ATLANTA.COM/Screen grab

I was sitting in the media center of Cartersville High Thursday, meeting with a couple of seniors and talking about their next steps...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 01:13

Could we be ‘they’?

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And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:34 

Father, forgive them. Who are they? A lot of different groups witnessed (and surprisingly didn’t witness) Jesus’ crucifixion. Today, let’s think about the soldiers.

They...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:33

What genuine faith is not

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People want to know what real faith in God looks like. Just like Paul made no claim to attaining it (Phil. 3:12), I don’t claim to even come close to what God wants in my lie. I fail miserably, daily. But like other people, I want to know what kind of faith is possible in the life of a human...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 01:29

‘Hosanna — He is coming!’

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By Rhonda Harrington Kelley

On a recent pilgrimage to Israel, our group made a brief stop in a small village that left a lasting impression.

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The town of Bethphage is located near the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem. Today a church commemorates the place where Jesus began...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:30

Bible Study for April 21: You’ll never die

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John 11:25-27; 20:24-29Bobby Braswell, Associational Missions StrategistMiddle Baptist Association, Sylvania

“Everybody wants to live longer, and many scientists are convinced that science holds secrets we can unlock that will move our lifespan well beyond 120 years. That would be impressive,...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:30

Daily Bible Readings for April 16-30

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Tuesday, April 16Joshua 13:1-14:15Luke 18:1-17Psalm 85:1-13Proverbs 13:7-8

Wednesday, April 17Joshua 15:1-63Luke 18:18-43Psalm 86:1-17Proverbs 13:9-10

Thursday, April 18Joshua 16:1-18:28Luke 19:1-27Psalm 87:1-7Proverbs 13:11

Friday, April 19Joshua 19:1-20:9Luke 19:28-48Psalm 88:1-18Proverbs 13:12-14...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 01:22

Emergency responders

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I have endless respect for emergency responders, those trained to deploy when time is of the essence. In most search-and-rescue missions, conditions are unpredictable and every second can make the difference between survival and disaster.

Whether it’s a mountain rescue team in a barren...

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By Ben Hawkins & Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) — “A new day” and “a new beginning” are among the ways newly-seated trustees described meetings at two institutions that have been restored to the Missouri Baptist Convention after nearly two...

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imageThe two-day Shepherd Care Conference focused on a variety of health-related topics for pastors. MYRIAH SNYDER/Index

DULUTH — The topic of health can cover several areas for pastors. And whether it’s physical, emotional, or relational, the level of honest self-assessment goes a long...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 04:59

That’s going to leave a scar!

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“Yep, that’s going to leave a scar!” were the first words out of my mouth when one of my soldiers was shot in the leg on accident. I know these don’t seem like the most compassionate words, but you really had to be there to understand just how funny this event was. I was...

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imageAfrican-American church leaders share a time of fellowship and discussion at the 5th annual African-American Day hosted by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. MYRIAH SNYDER/Index

DULUTH — As African-American pastors and church leaders gathered at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 05:53

Misión en Acción: Programa Cooperativo

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Por Mike Gonzalez

Uno de los pasajes bíblicos que se ha memorizado más por todo el mundo cristiano es La Gran Comisión.

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“Y Jesús se acercó y les habló diciendo: Toda potestad me es dada en el cielo y en la tierra. Por tanto, id, y haced...

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A list of ordained ministers who are not currently serving as pastors and who are certified by a Georgia Baptist church or association and a list of full-time evangelists certified by a Georgia Baptist church will be included in the Georgia Baptist Convention 2018 Annual Report. 

Ordained...

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Matt. 12:22-32
Bobby Braswell, Associational Missions StrategistMiddle Baptist Association, Sylvania

God does not forgive those who reject Jesus and never seek His forgiveness.

Anyone who has read Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” might be startled to encounter at the House...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 06:02

The pain of God’s heart

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By Paul Kim

The heart is perhaps the most vital part of the human body. Long before birth, the heart of a baby begins to pump and circulate blood. When the heart stops, the body can no longer sustain life.

imagePaul Kim

In 1983 when I was a young pastor in Berkeley, California, I experienced the trauma of...

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By Monica Starr

VENEZUELA(BP) – Beatriz paused in her struggle to lug a bucket of water up seven flights without sloshing any out. She rubbed her aching arms, then grabbed the bucket and continued up the fire escape to her sister’s apartment — one step at a time.

imageVenezuelans, amid...

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