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N.C. firefighter serves IMB in Central Asia 
December 4, 2012 by Don Graham, IMB, Baptist Press
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Read how international missions has impacted the life of one North Carolinian, his family and a Central Asian people group. This year’s goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is $175 million. 
College students needed to help Sandy effort
November 30, 2012 by Laura M. Reid, BR Editorial Aide
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North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) is seeking students who can volunteer during their Christmas break to help with disaster relief efforts in the Northeast Dec. 15-21.
Nativity projects point to Jesus
December 3, 2012 by Laura M. Reid, BR Editorial Aide
Sample Image Many businesses and public places avoid displaying any signs of religious affiliation during the Christmas season. Some N.C. Baptists are displaying nativity scenes to share true meaning of the holiday.
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N.C. Baptist ministries excited about 2013
November 29, 2012 by BR Staff 
As this year winds down, many of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) ministries and agencies are quickly positioning for a busy and productive 2013.
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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
Let's be honest 

Every serious Christian has felt the frustration over "the Christmas wars." This term has been used to describe the diminishing emphasis on the true meaning of Christmas.

We hear more general references to the "holiday" than we hear about Christmas. While most of us know very well that we are celebrating Christmas, many choose to live in denial over which holiday we are celebrating.

The embracing of such political correctness is another way of saying, "Let’s not be honest." Sadly, too many are comfortable with that brand of dishonesty.

Taking the opposite path, Christians can say, "Let’s be honest." We are not ashamed to proclaim that Christ was born in Bethlehem. What holiday is it? It’s Christmas!

One of this week’s featured stories is "Nativity projects point to Jesus." In it, BR editorial aide Laura Reid tells about two N.C. Baptists who are demonstrating positive approaches to proclaiming the real meaning of Christmas to secular audiences.

Please read Jeff Andler’s and Donna Nealy’s stories. God has given each of them a heart to showcase nativity scenes as a method of defining what "holiday" we are celebrating. I hope you will choose to join their movement!

A quick reminder: This is the Week of Prayer for International Missions. If you do not have a printed daily prayer guide, use this one on the IMB website. Pray and give generously!

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