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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A scene in “Unplanned” captures America’s own self-denial when it comes to abortion. Based on the story of Abby Johnson, herself a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and “Employee of the Year” who broke from the organization, it involves Johnson’s own...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 05:58

Crucify self?

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By Sarah Dixon Young

When we moved from Florida to North Dakota, I was surprised at the number of official documents we needed to change.

Driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and insurance, health insurance, mailing address for all our bills, information for the IRS, and other matters...

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By David Roach

NASHVILLE(BP) The pro-life movie “Unplanned” finished its opening weekend No. 4 at the box office and doubled its projected gross earnings despite a suspension March 30 of the film’s Twitter account among other obstacles.

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:30

Bible Study for April 7: Full Contentment

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Eccl. 11:7-10; 12:12-14Bobby Braswell, Associational Missions StrategistMiddle Baptist Association, Sylvania

Obedience to God is the key to a meaningful life.

John Mayer is a super talented guitarist, insightful song-writer, and world-class philanderer. His womanizing rivals Wilt Chamberlin (and...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 05:53

Ronnie Floyd named as EC president nominee

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imageRonnie Floyd holds his final news conference as president of the Southern Baptist Convention prior to the 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis. BP/Special

By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) — Arkansas pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd will be recommended for the...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 22:30

Daily Bible Readings for April 1-15

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Monday, April 1Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20Luke 9:28-50Psalm 73:1-28Proverbs 12:10

Tuesday, April 2Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30Luke 9:51-10:12Psalm 74:1-23Proverbs 12:11

Wednesday, April 3Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19Luke 10:13-37Psalm 75:1-10Proverbs 12:12-14

Thursday, April 4Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26Luke 10:38-11:13Psa...

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By Joe Westbury

imageJim Burton fields questions about writing, God, and illness during his book signing at an Atlanta-area skilled nursing center. JOE WESTBURY/Special

CUMMING (BP) — Jim Burton sits up in his wheelchair, eyes bright with a big smile on his face as he begins to read.

With his wife...

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imageThe sanctuary of Emmanuel Community Church in Conyers served as the banquet hall for recognizing the New Work Foundation’s 30th anniversary on March 22. Emmanuel is one of 59 churches that have been resourced by the Foundation since its inception. DAVID FEREBEE/Special

CONYERS — In...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:51

Hang in there: lessons from my brother

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Have you seen the poster of the frazzled kitty barely hanging onto the branch by the tip of his claws? The caption? “Hang in there!”

My brother Mark gave a vivid demonstration of “hanging in there” on their trip to Mount Rushmore several months ago.

Near Mount Rushmore is an...

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As many of you know House Bill 481, known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” passed the Georgia State Senate last Friday. Although the House of Representatives already passed the bill, it must go back to the House again because of the changes made in the Senate. As it now stands, the House...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 04:44

Standing in the gap … for yourself

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Although I don’t watch as much as when I was in college, basketball is still one of my favorite sports. NBA players are some of the best pure athletes in the world. With their size, speed, strength, and agility, they’re the closest thing to real-life X-Men we have.

And while I like a Gia...

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RICHMOND, Va. (IMB) — A number of years ago, a man named Philip had an encounter with an official from Africa. After Philip shared the Gospel with him, the official believed in Christ and desired to be baptized. The two men came to the only body of water at their disposal — presumably a...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 04:24

Laws aren't for picking choosing

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Gov. Gavin Newsom recently placed a moratorium on the death penalty here in in California. No executions will take place while he is governor.

“The intentional killing of another person is wrong,” Newsom declared in a written statement. “And as governor, I will not oversee the...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 03:54

Why did God send an evil spirit on Saul?

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When my wife asks a question, that needs to be of utmost priority, eh what (as we say in England)?! While reading her Bible she came across what can be a troublesome text in I Sam, 16:16where we read: Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and an evil spirit sent from the Lord began to...

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Eccl. 5:10-20Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

Money brings happiness, right? 

Nope! It doesn’t. We have been told that, and some like to believe that, but money does not bring happiness.

Now, before we go any farther, there is nothing wrong with money or wealth if we manage it...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 08:01

Fetal heartbeat bill passes Georgia Senate

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imageHB 481 supporters line up in the hallway before entering the Senate chambers. MIKE GRIFFIN/Special

ATLANTA — By a vote of 34-18, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 481, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, today.

The bill goes to the House of Representatives for agreement...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 05:09

Are you an enemy of the cross of Christ?

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imageKelvin J. Cochran

“For I have told you often before, and now I say it again with tears in my eyes, there are many who walk along the Christian road who are really enemies of the cross of Christ,” the apostle Paul lamented.

“Their future is eternal loss,” Paul continued in ...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 04:25

Why I attend church

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By Thom Rainer

In a culture that minimizes commitment and maximizes self-indulgence, I have learned the precious gift of church attendance or, more specifically, the church gathered. I do not see church attendance as a burden or legalistic commitment. I view it as joy — a place where I can...

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imageLeon Newman addresses Thomaston First Baptist Church before leading 60 members of his former choir during their reunion on Feb. 24. FACEBOOK photo

THOMASTON – Around 60 choir members crowded into the loft at First Baptist Church of Thomaston Feb. 24, between the ages of 35-65. They’d...

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NIGERIA — Given the order to renounce Christ or else, a group of mothers prepared to witness the deaths of their children by Boko Haram members in the same way they had seen their husbands die the week before.

According to a contact of Barnabas Fund, a smaller...

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Dear Friends:

This past Monday morning, the Georgia Senate Science & Technology Committee passed House Bill 481, known as the Living Infants Fairness & Equality Act (LIFE Act). See the following updates:

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 01:34

Your imperfect local church

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By Doug Munton

O’FALLON, Ill. (BP) — Perhaps you have noticed that your local church isn’t perfect. If you haven’t, many people will be happy to point that out to you.

imageDoug Munton

The lost world, disgruntled former members, and even some in contemporary Christian culture...

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By David Roach

DALLAS (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee will hold a special called meeting in Dallas April 2 to vote on a presidential nominee, EC chairman Mike Stone announced March 19.

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The EC’s presidential search committee “has confirmed a...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 06:45

The LIFE bill, on the right side of history

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The debate over abortion has been going on so long at such a fevered pitch that it’s become easy to spot the arguments. I’m pro-life, and so already know the arguments those who disagree with me are going to use. In turn, I’d expect they know my position. That argument has been...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 04:36

All humans feel a need for God

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Q: (From an athiest-leaning agnostic) Why do you feel the need for a God in your life? Why do you need a crutch?

One of the joys of my life since retiring from the pastorate has been working with pastors in the Pine Mountain Baptist Association, getting to know them and their commitment to Christ...

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