Guest Columns
  • Praying for others

    November 22 2017 by Ronnie Floyd, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    If prayer and the desire for evangelism are genuine, they happen simultaneously.   Are local churches, denominations, ministries and the prayer movement in America praying for others to come to Jesus Christ? Are you praying for others? Do you call out specific names to God each day?   America needs Jesus Christ more now than ever before.

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  • Unprepared for eternity

    November 21 2017 by David Jeremiah, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Oh, the unbelievable horror of putting off Christ! The eternal sadness of waiting one day too long!   It’s akin to the terror of those who delayed boarding the ark in the days of Noah or those who failed to escape Sodom and Gomorrah when they had the opportunity.

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  • Whatever happened to obedience?

    November 20 2017 by Doug Metzger, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Years back, the church often sang the hymn “Trust and Obey. ” It offered a great truth: To be happy in Jesus, we need to trust the Lord implicitly and obey Him completely.   Looking at the church today, do you ever wonder whatever happened to obedience? We find so many struggling to find happiness in the Christian life.

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  • Reaching refugees, reaching the nations

    November 17 2017 by Bryant Wright, IMB | with 0 comments

    In 2015, Syrian families seeking refuge from the brutal war in their homeland began arriving in our city.   As senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga. , it has been my privilege to lead our people to engage with and serve those refugees, principally in metro Atlanta where they have gathered from all over the world.

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  • Movies: Kid-friendly animation & Christ’s incarnation

    November 16 2017 by Phil Boatwright, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Though a bit early to hang stockings over the mantle, it’s never too soon to hear a retelling of the first Christmas. With that reasoning, Sony Pictures’ premieres “The Star,” a new animated version of the birth of Jesus, in theaters Nov.

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  • The necessity of patience

    November 15 2017 by Susie Hawkins, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    “Lord, give me patience, and give it to me right now!”   Patience is a virtue that does not come naturally to most of us. We hesitate to pray for it, since we know it comes out of trials and suffering.   Cultivating patience is not easy, but it is a mark of spiritual maturity.

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  • Giving thanks ‘in’ & ‘for’

    November 14 2017 by Michael Kelley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    There are a few verses that most Christ followers at least sort of know by heart. Verses like John 3:16. Or Hebrews 11:1. Or this one:   “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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  • Women & God’s design for the church

    November 10 2017 by Candi Finch, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Have you noticed that Christianity sometimes gets a bad rap when it comes to women? The notion that God has a distinct plan for womanhood has offended plenty of people inside and outside the church.   Truth be told, there was a time when those ideas ruffled my feathers.

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  • Where in the world is God?

    November 9 2017 by Frank S. Page, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    One of the most often asked questions today is, “Where in the world is God?”   With horrible tragedies ringing in our minds such as school, workplace, event and, most recently, church massacres, we are sometimes prone to ask this very same question.

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  • Lostness & brokenness

    November 8 2017 by Chuck Lawless, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As Christians, we are called to share the gospel with the world (Matthew 28:18-20). Studies show us, though, that most Christians seldom if ever share their faith with a non-believer.   If evangelism is a struggle for you, think about these ways to deepen your burden over those who are without Christ:   1.

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  • Darkness & light at Sutherland Springs

    November 7 2017 by Gary Ledbetter, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments

    John’s prologue in the Gospels is my favorite Christmas passage, showing us in theological outline what happened in Bethlehem’s stable. We know that Jesus is “the Word,” the light that shines in the darkness. With somber joy we read that “the darkness did not overcome it.

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  • Jesus did not die so you could be cool

    November 6 2017 by Owen Strachan, MBTS | with 0 comments

    My kids watched VeggieTales the other night, and as Bob the Tomato plopped around the screen, it struck me: I am thankful for so-called “Christian culture. ”   Yes, products of this kind can veer into kitsch and easy moralism. Some companies seem to operate by the philosophy that if you slap an evangelical-friendly label on an item, you can gull some folks into buying it regardless of craftsmanship or theological thoughtfulness.

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  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Working together in the name of Jesus

    November 3 2017 by David Hutchison, SWBTS | with 0 comments

    Although the flooding from Hurricane Harvey damaged approximately 35,000 square feet of our church in Houston, Sagemont Church, relief efforts first focused on those outside the church.   But after about a week, the church asked for volunteers to help remove the damaged carpet.

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  • Biblical womanhood & the military

    November 2 2017 by Shea Hicks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I have always been the bearer of Type-A personality. As a military member, such a personality pays dividends. “Type-A’ers” recognize problems and thrust themselves into developing solutions. Due to possessing the gift of leadership and having a knack for planning and executing tasks, the military was an ideal fit for me.

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  • My disaster relief story

    November 1 2017 by Rick Houston, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    I’m  writing this on a crowded bus as it pulls away from a heavily damaged Coca-Cola plant in Big Pine Key, Fla. It took 18 hours to get here from Hickory, N. C. , so it’s going to be a long ride back.   I am exhausted, and due to a quick downpour this afternoon, my shoes and socks are still damp.

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