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October 10, 2013 by Elaine Helms, Guest Column
Sample Image People still have time to be part of the Nov. 7 My Hope with Billy Graham evangelism emphasis. They can host people in their homes, pray or get involved with their church or association.
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GuideStone sues HHS
on Obamacare abortion mandate

October 15, 2013 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
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The Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) health and financial benefits entity has filed its first-ever lawsuit against the federal government.
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Former NFL player seeks to impact students
October 11, 2013 by Roman Gabriel III, BR Sports Q&A
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Former NFL player Roman Phifer says he is committed to encouraging students in North Carolina schools to be involved in sports because it helps them stay out of trouble.
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Child safety is backgroundchecks.com aim
October 11, 2013 by Aaron Earls, Baptist Press
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Churches have many responsibilities, but caring for children remains at the top of priority lists. Full background checks provide reassurance to leaders and parents that children are receiving the best care.
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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
 

A surprised, appreciated pastor

Last Sunday I did something I have never done until now. I preached for a pastor who did not know that I was coming to preach for him.

The deacons at First Baptist Church in Midland (Cabarrus Baptist Association) wanted to honor Pastor Thomas Gibbs for 18 years of faithful service. Without telling their pastor, but in cooperation with his wife Elizabeth they arranged for me to preach Sunday morning. When I arrived at the small church about an hour before the service, Tom had the first hint that something was about to happen.

I appreciate church leaders who recognize the high value of a pastor who preaches the Word, diligently cares for the sheep and humbly leads the flock. I enjoyed listening to the testimonies of church members who value their pastor’s sacrificial investment in ministry.

Having baptized Tom when he was a teenager, conducted his wedding, encouraged him to go to seminary and watched him grow in God’s grace, I was more than blessed to be part of such a day. What is your church doing to honor your pastor and staff this month?

On another subject, GuideStone has decided to file a lawsuit on behalf of our pastors and churches who will be forced by Obamacare to practice ungodliness. This is a significant news item to watch. As we have reported, many businesses, colleges and Christian ministries have seen no other option but to hire lawyers to defend themselves from oppressive, immoral government regulations. Pray for the progress of these pieces of litigation as they move through the courts. This is a sad day for freedom and for Christians!

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