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For non-profits, 'fiscal cliff' bill was mixed bag
January 7, 2013 by Baptist Press
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Churches, religious organizations and other nonprofits – and their donors – avoided the worst of the proposed restrictions on charitable deductions in “fiscal cliff” legislation, but did not escape fully unscathed.
Jan. 31 deadline for BSC nominations
January 5, 2013 by BSC
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North Carolina Baptists still have time to submit recommendations of people to serve on the Baptist State Convention’s (BSC) Board of Directors, the boards of the convention’s agencies and institutions, and convention committees.
Southeastern Seminary adds MOOC studies
January 8, 2013 by Michael McEwen, SEBTS
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Church planter shares gospel in creative ways
January 2, 2013 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
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While growing up in Nigeria, Wole Ajala enjoyed spending time with his father and grandfather as they honed their woodworking skills. Sometimes he watched; other times he helped.





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New Congress more religiously diverse, less Protestant
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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
Ordinary people 

God has deliberately chosen to accomplish His work on earth through common people like you and me. He selected Abraham for a special assignment. He chose Moses, Joseph, Gideon, David and Solomon for special tasks. Jesus hand-picked twelve men to be His disciples. They turned the world upside down.

Have you ever been stricken with the wonder of how and why God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary work?

I love the way the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to address this subject, "For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, ... that no flesh should glory in His presence" (I Corinthians 1:26-29).

Wow! What an incredible principle! God uses us! But He does not conduct an "American Idol" talent search when He looks for the right person. Instead, he simply calls people like you and me to complete His assignments.

I thought about this principle as I read the story, "January 31 deadline for BSC Nominations."

There are many Baptists in our churches who would be a great blessing to kingdom work through their service on one of the convention’s boards or committees. I hope you will take time to nominate some in your circle of friends. God may want to use you to call out some great future leaders.

Thank you for your support of the ministry of the Biblical Recorder!

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