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January 6, 2016

Holiday storms draw volunteers to 8 states

January 5, 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB
Deadly storm systems slashed across the nation over the holidays killing scores and bringing rapid response from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. In Texas alone, eight people were killed and more than 800 dwellings ... READ MORE 

Missional call turns 'personal' for GenSender

January 5, 2015 by Kathy Chapman Sharp, Baptist Press
Generation Send is an opportunity offered through the North American Mission Board that allowed Brittany Thompson Ferris to spend a semester recruiting and training a team of nine students  ... READ MORE

Catholic school ordered to hire gay employees

January 5, 2015 by Daniel James Devine, WORLD News Service
A Massachusetts state court ruled in mid-December that a Catholic school may not deny employment to a homosexual, a decision activists hail as the first of its kind in the country.

Texas school district votes to arm teachers

January 4, 2015 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service
A small Texas school district voted in December to arm teachers to help prevent a mass shooting attack. The Keene Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 6-1 ... READ MORE

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Resolve to read God's Word in 2016
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Changes are coming 

It’s the beginning of a new year and the cloud of uncertainty hangs loosely overhead. We do not know what will come our way in 2016, but we know at least one thing for sure – changes will come.

Americans will go through the arduous process of electing a new president. This will take us down the long road of state primaries, national conventions of the two parties and the eventual voting process on November 8. Many candidates will fall by the wayside, but one will win the presidency.

A new Super Bowl football champion will be crowned, a new NBA contender will take home the trophy, and a baseball team will be the new World Series winner.

Children will be born into the world and people of all ages will die. Natural disasters, accidents, terrorism, drugs, alcohol and a host of evils will claim the lives of millions.

Students will graduate. Many will get new jobs and some will lose their jobs.

Missionaries will be sent, churches will be planted, churches will close their doors, pastors and staff will move from one church to another, and church members will shift between churches.

The Southern Baptist Convention will meet in St. Louis and elect a new president in June. Hopefully, giving to missions through the Cooperative Program will continue to increase.

I hope the changes you face this year will make you stronger and take you to the next level of joyful living for God’s glory.

I pray that the changes we see in our churches and conventions will be consistent with Ronnie Floyd’s editorial, "Turning the tide in the SBC." Please read his perspective and pray for God’s power to turn the tide in 2016. Our God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, says the scriptures in Ephesians 3:20. I believe it.

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