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September 4, 2013
September 3, 2013 by Charles Braddix, Baptist Press
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“I am staying,” a Baptist pastor in Syria said. “They tell me to travel, to leave, to emigrate, but I tell them I am staying.” He is one of several pastors who serve in Baptist churches throughout Syria caught up in civil war. 

Reaching the world with help from NCMO
September 2013 by BSC Communications 
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Mongal Gurung leads music for the Charlotte Nepali Christian Fellowship, a new church for people from Nepal. The new church receives funding from the North Carolina Missions Offering. 
NAMB military chaplain guidelines address same-sex unions
September 3, 2013 by Mike Ebert, Baptist Press
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The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has issued new guidelines for Southern Baptist military chaplains in light of the U.S. military’s recognition of same-sex marriage. 
Carolina Panthers' coach focuses on touching lives
August 30, 2013 by Roman Gabriel III, BR Sports Q&A
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Steve Wilks is heading into his second year as the Carolina Panthers’ secondary coach and pass defense coordinator. Wilks shared about his coaching career, strong Christian values and his love for mentoring young athletes.

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Feds grant marriage benefits to gay couples
John Kerry calls for Iran to release pastor

Migrant ministry takes year-round effort
Church revitalization 'has to be intentional'
Court reflects culture's 'seismic shift'
Engage gospel against racial strife
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Real 'Acts Men' and women

As those who call ourselves Bible-believing, New Testament people, we love the book of Acts! If we want to exercise New Testament theology, it is impossible to ignore the dynamic development of Christ’s followers through the pages of the Acts of the Apostles.
Reading about the phenomenal power of God falling on the early church, the dynamic growth of the church, the boldness of God’s new people, the rare teachability among the believers and the culture’s response to the message of the gospel gets our adrenalin pumping.
I especially like this text, “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common” (Acts 4:32 NKJ). They actually lived with the kind of humility that made them ONE!
But we must not overlook the next verse, “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” Great power and great grace grew in the atmosphere of humble, sacrificial giving. WOW! What a formula for effective ministry!
We can do that, too! The lifestyles in Acts are intended to be repeated. This week’s launch of the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) affords us an opportunity to be “... of one heart and one soul ...,” sharing our resources for the kind of ministry that is served by N.C. Baptist Men, church planting teams and beyond. These ministries are extremely important to “Acts” men and women.
Give generously to support NCMO in the same way the early church served in oneness and sacrifice. The gospel must advance in today’s world just as it did in the first century!

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