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Brunson: ‘Tsunami of prayer’ from Turkish prison

May 3 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

God birthed a tsunami of prayer through the imprisonment of pastor Andrew Brunson in a Turkish prison because of his faith, the pastor told hundreds of leaders gathered at a pre-National Day of Prayer dinner in Washington May 1. “I like to say I rode a wave of prayer out of Turkey at the right time …

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‘Stories of Hope’ podcast launched by Send Relief

May 3 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

When a hurricane devastates a community or constant poverty leaves people hungry, how does the local church encounter its neighbors to meet needs? What steps do a pastor and his congregation need to take to see lives changed by the gospel? A new podcast from Send Relief, the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board …

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Nat’l CP 2.67% over YTD budget projection

May 3 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee (EC) in April were 2.67 percent above the projected budget through seven months of the current fiscal year and 0.68 percent below the amount received during the same period last year, according to a news release …

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‘Desperate prayer’ activates God’s plans

May 2 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Prayer is God’s chosen way of directing His actions toward the world and shaping history, David Platt told prayer leaders at a pre-National Day of Prayer breakfast in Washington May 1. “God in His sovereignty has chosen to make prayer a powerful means by which we interact with Him to effectively shape the course of history.

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Sex abuse to be ERLC’s national conference focus

May 1 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The crisis of sexual abuse in churches has convinced the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) to change the topic of its 2019 national conference. The ERLC announced April 30 the theme of this fall’s event will be “Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis.”

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‘Shock and disbelief’ after Poway synagogue attack

May 1 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Pastor Darrow Perkins never expected such violence in the six years his church has stood in Poway, Calif., just two miles from Chabad of Poway synagogue. “Shock and disbelief” hit the small town when a gunman entered the synagogue during Passover, walked up to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and began firing an AR-15-style gun, killing one …

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SBC19 mobile app offers 21 languages

May 1 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Closed captions will be available in 21 languages during the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting live-stream and on the SBC mobile app, an expansion from three languages offered in 2018. SBC Executive Committee President-elect Ronnie Floyd champions the language expansion as a major advancement in diversity and in spreading the gospel globally.

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Ronnie Floyd infuses passion into ‘How to Pray’

May 1 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Ronnie Floyd is transparent about prayer as foundational and monumental in his life and ministry. A passion for prayer marks his personal conversations and his preaching and, now, it fills How to Pray: Developing an Intimate Relationship with God. “When we pray, we are depending on God. When we do not pray, we are depending on ourselves ...

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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, including his latest album, “I Know a Ghost.” Crowder, an award-winning Christian music artist, grew up in Texarkana, Texas.

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Mother’s Day Offering multiplies church’s ministry

April 30 2019 by Wake Forest Baptist Health

For attorney Bill Flowe, the recent Mother’s Day Offering at First Baptist Church in Liberty was all about being in the right place at the right time … and then, being intentional in connecting all the dots. First there was the devastation of a church member after the death of a friend from cancer …

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