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Moore: Court ruling sets Christian 'distinctiveness'

July 7, 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
The U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage has given clarity to Christians of their “distinctiveness” in American life, said Russell Moore.
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Boko Haram attacks claim hundreds in Nigeria

July 7, 2015 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press
Twin explosions rocked the Nigerian city of Jos and left dozens dead or severely injured. The attacks have been tied to the terrorist group Boko Haram.
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NAMB fund to assist burned black churches

July 6, 2015 by Mike Ebert & Diana Chandler, NAMB/Baptist Press
The North American Mission Board has established a fund, starting with $50,000, to help African-American churches that have been damaged or destroyed by fire.
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Church's CP part of being in 'God's will'

July 6, 2015 by Karen Willoughby, Baptist Press
“Sharing the gospel is the primary purpose of the church,” Rob Muncy said. “The Great Commission isn’t a suggestion. … The scripture says we are saved for good works.”
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Elizabeth Baptist's flag raising goes viral 

Last week the Biblical Recorder was the first to publish a story about Elizabeth Baptist Church's July 5th flag raising service. Pastor Rit Varriale led the church to install their first-ever flagpole and hoist the Christian flag above the American flag. Before last Sunday's event in Shelby, three television stations in Charlotte reported the story. Some invited Pastor Varriale to appear live in an interview format. Baptist Press picked up the story Monday along with many newspapers across the country. By Monday night the story was viral on the Internet. Varriale was interviewed by Elisabeth Hasselbeck live on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday morning. 

I believe the story will continue to spread across the country. Pray for Varriale and the fellowship of believers at our sister church, Elizabeth Baptist. National attention like this motivates the worst "crazies" to come out of the woodwork, spewing hatred and launching vicious attacks on believers.
 
Russell Moore has given us the positive side of the U.S. Supreme Court's very dismal ruling on marriage. Read his comments in this interesting story on BRnow.org.  He said the end result highlights the distinctiveness of Christians in the world. Sadly, we have become a weak, watered-down church with little "saltiness" to influence the world with eternal truth. Pray for genuine revival to fall on us. We need a spiritual awakening like none we have ever seen before!

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