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May 1, 2019

BSC annual meeting features church planting commissioning

April 30, 2019 by BSC Communications
With a focus on the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, “God’s Great Work” is the theme for the 2019 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting ... READ MORE 

Crowder devotes talents to 'Jesus' bride'

April 30, 2019 by Maina Mwaura, Biblical Recorder
When David Crowder walks into a room, it is clear there is something different about him apart from his above-average height and manicured beard. It is the focus that he brings to everything he does ... READ MORE

ERLC's AI statement voices hope, concern

April 30, 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) unveiled an evangelical Christian statement April 11 on artificial intelligence that expresses both hope and concern ... READ MORE

IMB in Birmingham to inspire, show churches at work

April 29, 2019 by IMB Staff
Every church has a role to play in reaching every nation with the gospel, the International Mission Board (IMB) urges. And during the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting ... READ MORE

Mother's Day Offering multiplies church's ministry
Mohler: Discovering authentic Christianity
Gospel focus for NAMB at SBC Birmingham
Sex abuse focus for ERLC at SBC meeting

Mothers, be a godly influence on your children
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

National Day of Prayer 

Thursday, May 2 is National Day of Prayer. It’s a day set aside to encourage us to pause from our busy schedule and reserve time to pray for our nation and the nations. Pray for our nation’s leaders, including our spiritual leaders, social leaders, political leaders and financial leaders. These are the movers and shakers in all levels of culture. They are people of influence who make policies and cast vision – good or bad.
God’s word calls us to pray for all leaders. “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
The application of this scripture must go beyond the nation where we live. We must pray for the leaders of all nations. For example, the leader of North Korea sets the course for millions of people. If God moves him to open the country for distribution of the Bible, it would change everything! Extend that illustration to the many nations where God’s word is not available and is not honored. Pray for all leaders of all nations. Pray that doors will open for believers to freely proclaim the gospel in all nations.
On May 2, gather with other believers in your office or organization during lunch hour or another appropriate time. Pray with your family at mealtime or reserve a special family gathering to pray for our nation and the nations. The power of prayer should never be minimized.
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