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Blaze destroys part of First Baptist Bossier City

December 11, 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged the older sanctuary and nearby areas of First Baptist Church of Bossier City Dec. 10, pastor Brad Jurkovich told Baptist Press as firefighters battled the blaze for hours. READ MORE 

Camp Cale dedicates bunkhouse

December 11, 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Camp Cale in Hertford, N.C., celebrated the dedication of its first year-round housing facility on Nov. 30. The evening dinner event that was promoted as a fund raiser received a $51,000 boost ... READ MORE

Annual meeting videos now available

December 11, 2018 by BSC Communications
Last month’s state convention annual meeting emphasized loving and reaching our neighbors for Christ. Recordings of the sermons and ministry reports ... 
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Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

December 10, 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today
Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own. READ MORE






Disciple-making conference to address cultural issues
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Blume: Extended winter storm damage
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Christmas: A time to reflect, remember and rejoice

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'No flying joke': Pastor's object lesson goes viral
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K. Allan Blume
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Last print issue of the year 

The Biblical Recorder’s last print edition of 2018 is in the mail. As we have said for many weeks, this year we will not publish the week of Christmas. This is not unusual for state newspapers. Most weekly and bi-weekly Baptist state papers already have a pattern of not publishing a print issue around Christmas week in order to allow their staff to take a break from a rigorous publishing schedule. So for the BR staff, this will be a first, but is consistent with our sister publications in other states. We look forward to enjoying time with our friends and family. We hope you enjoy the season as well!
 
Last weekend’s winter storm forced churches in most of the western and Piedmont areas of North Carolina to cancel church services. In my editorial this week, I underscored the fact that such cancellations usually result in reduced offerings, which can create a domino effect with fewer dollars for our Great Commission mission causes. That is a serious concern as we give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions throughout December.
 
I also raised the possibility that this early snow storm may be a foretaste of what many weather forecasters have been saying for the past 5 months. We might see record snowfall this winter! If so, what is your church’s plan to keep the ministry vibrant? It is wise to plan ahead.
 
May you and your family enjoy the advent season and all of the other preparations you traditionally enjoy each Christmas!

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