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August 29, 2012
N.C. church hosts 'iPledge' simulcast on voting
August 27, 2012 by Baptist Press
Leading pro-family organizations will attempt to motivate and equip Christians to fulfill their citizenship responsibilities – praying for the election and voting – through a live simulcast Sept. 9 to local churches.
BSC leaders garner re-nominations for election 
August 27, 2012 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
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The three top leaders for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) will be re-nominated at the annual meeting in November to their respective posts.
Churches to train, embrace unengaged, unreached people groups
August 28, 2012 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
Sample Image Old Town Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, will host the Embrace Southeast Asian Peoples USA Training Sept. 17-19.
Association uses camp to teach God's Word, show His love
August 27, 2012 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
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Ashley Ricks, a counselor at Camp Cale, shares how the camp in Herford, N.C has impacted her life and the lives of others who have attended the camp.
N.C. Baptists, other states ready for Hurricane Isaac response 
August 28, 2012 by Mickey Noah, Baptist Press
"We are as ready as we can be at this time," Gibbie McMillan, disaster relief director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, said as slow-moving Hurricane Isaac plodded toward southeast Louisiana Tuesday.



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As November approaches, remember to pray

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Please read Kevin Ezell's column (below) entitled, "Make election season a season of prayer."  In our Sept. 15 issue we will run articles related to the upcoming election and how you and your church can become more involved.)

By Kevin Ezell, NAMB president

If you are like me, sometimes it is a little difficult to keep a good attitude during presidential election season. I know I have a duty as a citizen and as a believer to participate in the process by exercising my right to vote. And I know I need to educate myself about the positions each candidate holds and vote for the one who will best reflect godly values once in office.
But at the same time, my attitude can’t help but be clouded by past disappointments and the reality that it seems like even the best leaders let us down. And doesn’t it also seem that just when we take a step forward in the public square, something else happens that sets us back two steps?
But then I realize that all the shortcomings of our leaders and our political process are exactly why Christians need to be engaged and involved.
Our anchor holds to something much more solid than a candidate or a party platform or a president.
As with all of our institutions, we shouldn’t be surprised when people fail us or outcomes disappoint. But we should always hold these to a higher standard.
Democracy is not perfect, but I believe it is the best way God has given man to govern on earth. The failures of our process and our leaders should only remind us that we cannot put our ultimate faith in that process. The North American Mission Board is privileged once again to partner with our friends at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to promote the 40/40 Prayer Vigil. I hope you and your church will take this challenge to heart and commit to praying for our nation, our leaders and for our own personal revival and renewal. (Read more)

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