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'Guilty as charged,' Dan Cathy says
of Chick-fil-A's stand on faith 

July 2, 2012 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor 
Dan Cathy oversees one of the country’s most successful businesses. As president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Cathy leads a business with 1,608 restaurants that had sales of more than $4 billion dollars last year. They sell chicken and train employees to focus on values rooted in the Bible. 
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These Corinthians cooperate for missions
July 3 2012 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
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If you pass through Elizabeth City headed to the coast, you just might pass by Corinth Baptist Church that sits alongside U.S. 17 near the city’s cluster of restaurants and shopping centers. David M. Turner, Corinth's pastor, is committed to cooperation with the other churches of Chowan Baptist Association, North Carolina Baptists and Southern Baptists beyond.
SBC President Fred Luter's mother dies 
July 2 2012 by Frank Michael McCormack, Baptist Press
Sample Image Viola Blayton Brooks, 82, the mother of newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter Jr., died June 27. 
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Storms, fires activate DR in15 states 
July 3 2012 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units are in action in 15 states in response to recent storms in the mid-Atlantic, flooding in Florida and wildfires in Colorado.
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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
Free to be reconciled

We all know that a great nation was born on July 4. But did you know that three of our presidents died on July 4, also? John Adams, our second president, and Thomas Jefferson, our third president, actually died on the same day, July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Five years later, on July 4, 1831, our fifth president, James Monroe, passed away.

History tells us that Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration along with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. When George Washington retired from the presidency, John Adams became president and Thomas Jefferson became vice-president. The two men had disagreed politically on almost every issue throughout the Washington administration. Adams and Jefferson eventually became bitter enemies.

Interestingly, the two former presidents reconciled in their retirement and became best of friends as they lived out their final years.

Reconciliation is a great theme for believers. Jesus connected it to our worship. In Matthew 5:23-24, He said, "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering."

On this July 4, pray that believers will live this truth and apply it to our nation. At this time of great national division, pray for the kind of revival that will bring reconciliation and healing – beginning with us.

A final thought: One of the great American stories born out of our freedoms is the Chick-fil-A company. I interviewed Dan Cathy, the company’s CEO, recently. Read the story in this week’s edition of the Biblical Recorder and it headlines this newsletter. I believe it will bless you as you celebrate America’s birthday.

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