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Thursday, April 02, 2015

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  • EASTER: Jesus put things in order & walked out of the tomb

    by Michael Kelley/HomeLife, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Image: iStock
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- What does it look like to rise from the dead? We've all seen the TV dramas in the operating room when the heart monitor suddenly goes flat with the ominous and unceasing tone. Then the shock paddles are brought in and the formerly and technically dead person is brought back to life. Maybe it's like that -- jolts running through the body. Read More

  • Proposed shift in Ind. religion law draws fire

    by Gregory Tomlin & Art Toalston, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "... someone who doesn’t believe that same-sex marriage is correct in the eyes of God" should not be "forced or compelled by government" to violate their religious freedom.

    -- Ind. pastor Tim Overton

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- Indiana legislators have drafted an amendment to the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) specifically stating that no member of the public may be refused services by a private business based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

    The new language would exempt churches and religious organizations from the definition of "provider," which means churches will not be compelled to use their facilities for same-sex marriages, and pastors will not be compelled to officiate the ceremonies. Christian business owners, however, presumably would be required to provide services if asked. Read More

  • Iran deal unlikely to prompt religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Screen capture from CNN.com
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (BP) -- Though Iran and Western nations have agreed on the framework of a nuclear deal, Middle East experts say the final agreement probably will not serve as a catalyst for religious freedom in the Persian nation.

    "As long as you have Islam and an Islamic regime as the authoritative government and they hold the sword, Christians will be persecuted. Sanctions or no sanctions, Christians in Iran will not have freedom, period," said Paul Golhashem, a Christian author for Persian World Outreach, a ministry to the 80 million Farsi-speaking people worldwide. Golhashem left Iran in 1995 and now is a U.S. citizen living in Dallas. Read More

  • EASTER: Anticipating our eternal home

    by Randy Alcorn/Mature Living, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Author Randy Alcorn addresses common questions people often have about heaven. Among them: Will we have bodies in heaven? Will we know our loved ones? Read More

  • CP 2.49% ahead of projection at mid-year point

    by Staff, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.49 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection, and are 2.10 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page. Read More

  • EASTER: Helping children look to the Cross

    by Kristen White/ParentLife, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ParentLife writer Kristen White relays hands-on ideas for helping children understand key Scriptures about Christ's love and His sacrifice at the cross. Read More

  • How to preach the Gospel of Mark's 'long ending'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While preparing to preach on Christ's resurrection from Mark 16, pastors will encounter a note in most modern Bible translations something like this: "Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include verses 9-20."

    That note should not confuse pastors or cause them to question the reliability of the Bible, five veteran preachers from across the U.S. told Baptist Press. The preachers advocated a variety of approaches to Mark 16 but agreed that the chapter affirms Christ's bodily resurrection regardless of where it ends. Read More

  • Resurrection power fuels new church plant

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy Mosaic Church
    A new church plant's success story is a reminder of the Gospel's power, writes North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell. In the church's first year, Mosaic Church of Lloydminster in Alberta, Canada, has seen more than 200 people come to faith in Jesus -- 44 of those new believers have been baptized. Read More

  • Your church can be an Easter illustration

    by Mark Clifton, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy The Groves
    A once-dead church can find new life and become an example of Jesus' transforming power, writes church strategist Mark Clifton.

    Clifton shares how that's beginning to happen at a church in Webster Groves, Mo. Read More

  • Church of 50 founded, grounded in CP

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Community Church
    WINONA, Minn. (BP) -- Darlene Ellingson, a charter member of Cornerstone Community Church in Winona, Minn., recalls a newspaper advertisement in 1968 that led to the church's founding, and her introduction to the Cooperative Program that has helped the congregation thrive. Read More

  • Bible Study: April 5, 2015

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¡Pero no está aquí!

    by Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Durante muchos cientos de años, los profetas de Israel habían anunciado la venida de un Mesías que vendría a redimir al pueblo escogido de Dios. Muchas calamidades le habían acontecido a este pueblo por su dureza de corazón y su tendencia a apartarse de la ley de su Dios. ... Read More

  • DOMINGO DE RESURRECCIÓN: Jesús puso las cosas en orden y salió de la tumba

    Por Michael Kelley/HomeLife, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- ¿Cómo es levantarse de la muerte? Todos hemos visto los dramas en la televisión en la sala de cirugía cuando en el monitor del corazón repentinamente aparece una línea recta y se escucha un siniestro e incesante tono. Entonces traen el desfibrilador y la persona antes técnicamente muerta es traída de vuelta a la vida. Tal vez es algo así -- sacudidas que corren por todo el cuerpo. Read More

  • Exjugadores de las grandes ligas comparten a Cristo en Perú

    Por Aurora Flores, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Foto de Lina White/IMB
    LIMA, Perú (BP) -- Una cuerda no es parte de los implementos típicos del beisbol, pero el voluntario bautista de Florida Josh Howard, que se dirigía a una clínica de beisbol en Lima, Perú, tenía buenas razones para empacar una muy, muy larga en su maleta. Read More

  • El beisbol construye puentes con los japoneses peruanos

    Por Aurora Flores, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Lina White/IMB
    LIMA, Perú (BP) -- Los nikkei de Perú, es decir, los inmigrantes japoneses y sus descendientes, viven y trabajan entre los peruanos, aunque su lealtad a su identidad y comunidad japonesas es tan fuerte como las puntadas del hilo rojo en una pelota de beisbol. Read More

  • Frank S. Page se reúne con pastores Hispanos de la Florida

    Por Keila Diaz/Florida Baptist Witness, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Foto por Keila Diaz/Florida Baptist Witness
    HIALEAH, Fla. (BP) -- Frank S. Page, presidente y director del Comite Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur, se reunió ayer con pastores Hispanos de la Florida en el Centro de Impacto Urbano en Hialeah.

    Durante la conferencia titulada "Construyendo Puentes," Page compartió con ellos su visión para la relación entre Hispanos y la Convención y de igual manera respondió ocho preguntas que un grupo de pastores preparo de antemano para el. Read More

  • Celebración de Red Nacional Hispana en SBC Avance Columbus, Ohio

    Por Luis R. Lopez, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- En virtud de la nueva comunicación multidimensional entre los pastores, congregaciones hispanas y las entidades denominacionales, el Comité de Visión y Misión para la Red Nacional de Liderazgo Hispano presentará su informe durante la celebración de SBC Avance 2015 en Columbus, Ohio. ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¡Pero no está aquí!

    Por Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Durante muchos cientos de años, los profetas de Israel habían anunciado la venida de un Mesías que vendría a redimir al pueblo escogido de Dios. Muchas calamidades le habían acontecido a este pueblo por su dureza de corazón y su tendencia a apartarse de la ley de su Dios. ... Read More