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July 5, 2017

Capitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty ruling

July 3, 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in a religious freedom case is not about government funding of the church’s mission, but it will have far-reaching results, a Capitol Hill audience was told. READ MORE 

Federal court upholds N.C. religious liberty law

June 30, 2017 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 28 in favor of a North Carolina religious liberty law protecting county magistrates. The law allows the public officials to recuse themselves ... READ MORE

Teen walks 300 miles, spotlights human trafficking

July 3, 2017 by Lisa Misner Sergent, Illinois Baptist State Association
Fourteen-year-old Lindsey Yoder walked 15 miles a day along the dusty back roads of southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in a quest to raise awareness about human trafficking. READ MORE

100 years of Falls Creek sparks celebration

July 3, 2017 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger
The 100th summer is underway for the youth weeks at Oklahoma's Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Since the camp was founded in 1917, more than 2 million people ... READ MORE

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Pray for summer ministries 

This week most people seem to be focusing on their Independence Day break and personal vacations. It’s even a slow week for news, so there’s not much to talk about today. But it is a good time to call attention to our need to pray for summer outreach ministries in our churches. Vacation Bible School, summer mission trips and other special ministry projects are on the agenda for many of us. Each event, and the people serving in them, needs to be covered in prayer. Nothing done in the energy of the flesh is sufficient for eternal, kingdom results. So, pray for each other. Pray for other churches – not just the one where you are a member.

As you pray, will you pray for The WORD Conference for Asian American church leaders in our state? The event is Friday evening through Saturday afternoon (July 7-8) at Caraway Conference Center. This is an important gathering for a growing segment of our Baptist family. My good friend, Paul Kim, will be one of the speakers. Kim is a former IMB trustee. He recently retired as the pastor of a strong Korean church in Boston, Mass. and now devotes his life to many levels of Asian ministry across the Southern Baptist Convention. Thank you for praying for these Asian leaders!

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