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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Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:30

Daily Bible Readings for January 16-31

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Wednesday, January 16Genesis 32:13-34:31Matthew 11:7-30Psalm 14:1-7Proverbs 3:19-20

Thursday, January 17Genesis 35:1-36:43Matthew 12:1-21Psalm 15:1-5Proverbs 3:21-26

Friday, January 18Genesis 37:1-38:30Matthew 12:22-45Psalm 16:1-11Proverbs 3:27-32

Saturday, January 19Genesis 39:1-41:16Matthew...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:00

Bible study for Jan. 20: When life is expendable

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Exodus 1:16-17, 22 – 2:9Jim Duggan, PastorBellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Churches across the country today observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Since life is a gift from God, we as good stewards should do all we can to respect, preserve, and protect human life. 

The Fear of God

As...

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Friday, 11 January 2019 03:41

The APA and differing views of masculinity

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One of my favorite places growing up was a spot on Terrapin Creek. We called it Seven Springs for the series of fountains bubbling up from the ground, giving the stretch of water a particularly refreshing temperature. It was a perfect place following the morning practice during two-a-days.

The best...

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I was walking the streets of Washington, D.C., last April and thoroughly enjoying all the monuments and plaques in that monumental city. One of the more unique and humorous I saw more than once jokingly said, “On this spot in 1795 (or 1840 or 1903…) absolutely nothing happened of any...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:42

Sitting down with … Denver Harris

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imageDenver Harris serves as senior pastor of Wofford’s Cross Roads Baptist Church in White. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

WHITE — While a fifth grader at Johnson Elementary School in Rome, young Denver Harris entered a public speaking contest. He did well enough to win the school competition, then...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 05:01

An angry pastor’s thoughts on debt

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By Jeff Struecker

Ninety-five percent of the pain and the heartache of being a pastor comes during the week in the form of counseling and crises. The other five percent comes before or after services on Sunday or mid-week. Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t spend my life doing anything...

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imageBobby Boswell opens the January Bible study yesterday (Jan. 9) at the chapel service at the Missions and Ministry Center. JOE WESTBURY/Index

People.

That is the Number 1 thing that comes to mind when Bobby Boswell thinks about what he has enjoyed about his job of the last 35 years.

Fishing....

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 23:24

Honoring men in our work

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By Jacki C. King

The number one question I get from women is “How do you and Josh work together so closely and still maintain a healthy relationship both at work and at home?”

I have the privilege of leading our women’s ministry at church while being married to my pastor, and I...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:17

Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety

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By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE (BP)– As churches become aware of potential safety issues, more are signing up for background check services through LifeWay Christian Resources’ OneSource program.

“The numbers have increased dramatically since we began our relationship with...

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ATLANTA – In the United States, Georgia is ranked last in maternal mortality. In fact, the mortality rate for women in Georgia is more than double the national average. Additionally, the infant mortality rate has also increased in recent years. Daphne Harris Nicely found this statistic to be...

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For more than 45 years I have either preached a sermon or written a commentary to advocate the sanctity of life. I am grateful that The Christian Index editor, Scott Barkley, has accorded me the privilege of writing a commentary on that subject at the beginning of 2019.

Last fall I had the privilege...

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By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. –According to the SR Education Group’s 2019 Most Affordable College list, Truett McConnell University (TMU) ranks as the 13th most affordable bachelor’s degree in finance online program, 24th most affordable bachelor’s degree in marketing, and...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 06:39

Bible study for Jan. 13: When races collide

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Ephesians 2:11-22Jim Duggan, PastorBellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Today’s passage comes after one of the richest theological passages in all of the Bible. Ephesians 2:1-10 clearly explains the great grace that provides salvation for all who will believe in Jesus Christ. In the following...

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‘Lord protected us,’ Baptist pastor says of gunman

VIDOR, Texas (BP) – “The Lord protected us,” a Texas pastor proclaimed after police arrested a masked gunman more than 250 miles away who cited the specific church as his destination.

“There is an overwhelming...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 03:49

A book you should read

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Nearly 16 years ago, faced with a very big decision regarding who I would ask to consider becoming the next editor of The Christian Index, I made one of the finest decisions of my entire ministry, and especially of my ministry as executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. I reached...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 13:00

Inside Out: Drop the Rocks

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It’s official – we live in a world that’s been turned upside down. Our society has been sliding down a slippery slope of moral relativism for decades, while the church has been turning more inward every...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 00:59

Third gender option takes effect in NYC, Calif.

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By Diana Chandler

NEW YORK (BP) —People who don’t believe they’re either male or female can now choose a third gender in New York City and California, joining six other states and Washington, D.C., that allow the option.

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Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon,...

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imageGeorgia Baptist Executive Director Thomas Hammond explains the purpose behind a series of listening sessions, beginning Jan. 23 at First Baptist Church in Lyons.

DULUTH — Twelve opportunities scattered around the state beginning Jan. 23 will provide Georgia Baptist pastors the opportunity to...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 01:08

Weighing in on death of John Allen Chau

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As news cycles go, the death of young adventurer-missionary John Allen Chau is old news but it keeps coming to mind. The story broke mid-November when Sentinelese warriors killed Chau on North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea 700 miles off India’s mainland.

This isolated tribe has...

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By Thom Rainer

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Despite the tough reality many congregations face today, I remain an obnoxious optimist as we move into 2019. Just yesterday, I received an email about a church that I thought was headed for closure. Through a series of God-blessed events, the church has turned the corner and will...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 01:00

Daily Bible Readings for January 1-15

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Tuesday, January 1Genesis 1:1-2:25 Matthew 1:1-2:12 Psalm 1:1-6 Proverbs 1:1-6

Wednesday, January 2Genesis 3:1-4:26Matthew 2:13-3:6Psalm 2:1-12Proverbs 1:7-9 

Thursday, January 3Genesis 5:1-7:24Matthew 3:7-4:11Psalm 3:1-8Proverbs 1:10-19

Friday, January 4Genesis 8:1-10:32Matthew 4:12-25Psalm 4:1-8...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 17:16

Bible Study for Jan. 6: The Wise Men’s Worship

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Matthew 2:1-11 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Worship is at the heart of what we do as believers. Sometimes, however, our worship becomes a matter of routine. When that happens, we lose the meaning of the things we do and the One to whom we offer it. This week’s lesson helps...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 05:51

I prefer refocusing to retiring

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Dr. White gave me a call in January 2003 and asked me if I would pray about becoming the editor of The Christian Index. I prayed, and he called me back in May and asked me to meet with The Index Board of Directors. They were kind enough to extend an invitation for me to become the editor of your...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 23:46

Christmas and the road it offers

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“Myron probably didn’t expect to be running from the police a few days before Christmas because he knocked his girlfriend’s tooth out,” I explained to my son as we drove to his school this morning. 

The local radio station explained how Myron (not his real name) had...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 13:00

The reality of God’s favor

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DURHAM, N.C. (BP) — What do we mean when we talk about the “favor of God”?

The house you’ve always wanted goes into foreclosure and you buy it for a steal. Your kids bring their report cards home and it’s straight A’s. You find out that a long lost relative left...

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