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January 20, 2016

Saeed Abedini released from Iranian prison

January 16, 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor
American pastor Saeed Abedini and three other prisoners have been released from prison in Iran, according to news reports. Abedini was detained in 2012 for organizing house churches.

Planned Parenthood sues over undercover videos

January 19, 2016 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service
Planned Parenthood filed suit Jan. 14 in federal court against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), accusing the group of conducting “a complex criminal enterprise conceived ... READ MORE

ERLC names 2016 Leadership Council

January 18, 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
The 43 Southern Baptist pastors and leaders who were announced Jan. 14 will serve as the advisory council for the entity’s Leadership Network in 2016.

Homosexual activist group targets Baptist schools

January 18, 2016 by Will Hall, Baptist Message
The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign has targeted 23 institutions of higher learning with Southern Baptist ties in a report that also names 35 other colleges. READ MORE

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Abedini is FREE! 

American pastor Saeed Abedini was released from an Iranian prison last weekend after more than three years of incarceration and torture. He had committed no crime other than being a Christian. We have prayed for his safe return. Now we give thanks for answered prayer. We rejoice that three other American hostages/prisoners were released by the Iranian government at the same time. Please pray for each of these men as they transition to a life of freedom. Pray for their families. They have suffered, also. Although they have reason to rejoice, all of them will go through difficult transitions, and they need our prayers.

This week is the 43rd anniversary of the horrible Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. It is a time to reflect on the decision to legalize abortion on Jan. 22, 1973. It is a time to recognize the sanctity of human life. The court ignored both science and the moral foundations of this nation in their conclusions. More than 55 million human casualties give evidence of the nation’s cold rejection of God and the church’s rejection of biblical courage.

Many churches recognized Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on Jan. 17. Many others will do so this coming Sunday. I was honored to preach a message on the subject at my home church, First Baptist Church of Cary, last Sunday. I pray that your church is equipping the believers to stand strong in a world that rejects truth and often intimidates those who love God. Remember, the Biblical Recorder provides resources to help you stand for biblical teachings on the sanctity of life.

The first Evangelicals for Life Conference begins Thursday (Jan. 21) in Washington, D.C. The Recorder will have a correspondent on site and provide coverage of the event. Click here to follow the live simulcast. That section of the East Coast may experience a serious winter storm during the conference, so pray for the safety of speakers and participants at the conference.


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