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Tom Belew dies unexpectedly

Tom Belew, leader of the California Southern Baptist Convention’s Small Church Initiatives Team, died Sunday, December 10 of an apparent heart attack while returning to Fresno from a church visit.

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FIRST-PERSON: The state of preaching in the SBC

Truly, I believe there is a resurgence of appreciation for the preaching of God's Word. The admonition given to young Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 to "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching" is being heard in a new way in our 21st century.

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WEEK OF PRAYER: Family finds calling in 'young people's haven'

"We have the world at our fingertips," Shane said. "We have an amazing capacity to be senders to the world." London, the city the Mikeskas call home, reportedly has 300 spoken languages spread across hundreds of people groups from around the globe. It holds 48 universities, with a quarter of that student population coming from other countries.

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WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope for the forgotten refugee

Six years ago, one of Seth Peyton's* good friends paid a high price to escape the violence and famine of his home country. Like hundreds of other North African refugees, he gave his savings to a smuggler who packed him into a standing-room-only truck for a long, miserable trip across the Sahara Desert followed by a dangerous boat ride across the Mediterranean Sea.

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