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A Lottie Moon success story

December 17, 2013 by Jesse Yates, Special to the BR
HHS Mandate Jesse Yates shares her story about how the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions supported her family. Born on the mission field, Yates challenges churches to remember why they are giving.
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N.C. Baptist Men continue work in Philippines

December 16, 2013 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor
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The third team of North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) departed Dec. 11 to relieve team two in Tacloban City. More than 8,800 gallons of water have been purified and more than 980 patients have been helped since the NCBM arrived in the Philippines.
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Abedini's wife testifies before Congress

December 16, 2013 by Benjamin Hawkins, Baptist Press
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Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Iranian prisoner and pastor Saeed Abedini, testified before Congress on behalf of her husband. Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned since 2012 for his Christian faith.
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Asian churches take Thanksgiving to refugees

December 17, 2013 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
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Asian churches delivered 500 meals to Asian refugees in downtown Charlotte in a pre-Thanksgiving blitz to provide food and get acquainted with the newcomers.



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Allan Blume
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This news is significant

One of the hottest items in the news this week is the ruling of a Utah judge that opens the door for the legalization of polygamy. Principled people in every corner are crying out, "I told you so." It has been stated profoundly throughout the debate on homosexual marriage that the only logical conclusion to the argument of the gay community is the removal of all restrictions on marriage, including polygamy.

Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), said, "Sadly, when marriage is elastic enough to mean anything, in due time it comes to mean nothing."

Read this story on our website. Another good perspective is written by Elizabeth Bristow and is available here on the ERLC’s website. Trust me, this issue is worth your attention.

Last week in this space I shared a challenge to give generously to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. I have expanded that column and shared a further challenge in this week’s print edition of the Biblical Recorder. Take a moment to read my comments here on our website. This offering is not simply a denominational act. It is a vital, Kingdom offering that God is using to change the world. Please give generously.

Don't miss Jesse Yates' personal story about growing up with the support of the LMCO. This MK and fellow Carolinian has a great perspective!

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