Archive: December, 2017

Cooperative Program: Why we're a cooperating church

Like any family, the SBC is certainly not perfect. I get frustrated at times, and there are changes I'd like to see. However, I believe the SBC is an excellent channel for our local church to cooperate with as we seek to do Gospel work in our region and join in Great Commission work around the world. I'm thankful for the good work that is happening and I look forward to what may be accomplished in the future as we cooperate together.

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Spurgeon Study Bible called first of its kind

Readers will glean relevant truths from Spurgeon's notes [in the Spurgeon Study Bible], even though they were penned long ago, said Alistair Begg, general editor of the project.

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SEC football ref draws from faith

It was a simple "yes" in 1987 that changed the next 30 years of Marc Curles' life -- yes, he did want that extra ticket to a University of Georgia football game.

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Sierra Baptist splits firewood to build God's kingdom

Beetles attacking 150-foot ponderosa pines in the heavily-forested Sierra Nevada mountains provide a ministry opportunity for Sierra Baptist Church, where Eugene "Gene" Overstreet has been pastor for 22 years.

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Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.

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WEEK OF PRAYER: Prayers back home boost new Japan church

Tara and her husband Jared had been praying for years for God to start a fire in the hearts of the people of Japan, where the couple serves as International Mission Board missionaries. They had been praying for God to open very specific doors -- doors that many people had told them were sealed shut. And they had been praying for God to soften hearts in a country many consider hard, cold and closed.

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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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