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  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling churches to prayer

    by Kenny Rager, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (5 days ago)

    A key factor in the health of a church is an active prayer meeting, Kenny Rager writes. "We may pray before the service and before the offering, but are we collectively crying out to God together?" he asks. Read More

  • Prioritize prayer, Gaines says in SBTS chapel message

    by Annie Corser, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (9 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists should prioritize prayer for unity and evangelism, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said in a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary setting forth key aspects of prayer.

    "I'm praying that the priority of the Southern Baptist Convention ... will become literally a house of prayer," Gaines said. "I'm praying that when people think about the Southern Baptist Convention the very first thing they will think of is this: That's the group of folks, those are the folks that pray." Read More

  • NAMB's 'Pray for Planters' seeks 10,000 churches

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (one month ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board's prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons and working extra hours at a second job.

    Yet it was anything but ordinary.

    "The very week that the focus was on me and our church, I was diagnosed with ... Read More

  • Singing 'Down on My Knees,' Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In Nashville all of 24 hours while his wife Donna was home in Memphis, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines had already spoken with her four times, he said, because he loves her and simply loves to hear her voice.

    The conversations with his wife served as an analogy to encourage Southern Baptists to talk with God and tell others about our Savior, the theme of his sermon on the first evening of the SBC Executive Committee meeting in Nashville Feb. 20-21. Read More

  • Football prayer complaint leads to employee training

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 07, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- A public school system has agreed to update employees on applicable constitutional law after a special interest group complained of a Southern Baptist pastor's impromptu prayer over an injured player at a high school football game.

    The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) will "provide additional training to its employees on the application of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses in public schools," HCDE attorney D. Scott Bennett told the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Jan. 30. Read More

  • Trump spotlights religious liberty at prayer breakfast

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration "will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty," President Donald Trump said today (Feb. 2) at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    Among steps he proposed to safeguard religious liberty was a promise to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment," a 1954 law that bars churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates. The promise drew attention within hours from major media outlets and echoed statements Trump made during the 2016 presidential campaign. Read More

  • Prayer strategy augments church's missions focus

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    PEORIA, Ill. (BP) -- Pastor Joel Newton anticipates Woodland Baptist Church will grow closer to God with the congregation's new emphasis on prayer, adding to commitments to missions giving and going.

    During the Jan. 22 Sunday morning worship, the church embarked on its new "Choose 2 Prayer Partner Project."

    "Everything begins with prayer," Newton told Baptist Press. "Prayer was a priority for the New Testament church." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Leading in the need of prayer

    by Nate Adams, posted Wednesday, January 04, 2017 (3 months ago)

    The dawn of a new year is a time for "fresh vision for the future and power for daily living," Nate Adams writes, noting the need for quality prayer that, just like love, takes time as "an expression of my love for God." Read More

  • Missionary reaps harvest as 'refugee' in foreign land

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (4 months ago)

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    SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- After years laboring in a restricted-access country, International Mission Board missionary Layla Murphy began reaping a harvest as people became more open to the Gospel and former Buddhists were baptized.

    "Things were starting to progress," says Murphy, who serves in Southeast Asia. "We were starting to get chances to do evangelism in some new places we'd never gotten to go before. It was really getting exciting -- and then, the bottom sort of fell out of everything. That's when I got kicked out of the country." Read More

  • Teen overcomes fears to spread Gospel in S. Africa

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (4 months ago)

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    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP) -- The children crowded around 18-year-old Bethany Amber, hands reaching toward her on the hot South African morning. A few years ago this kind of crowding frightened the Southern Baptist "missionary kid."

    At age 13 she found the lack of personal space in the townships difficult to endure, having just moved to South Africa with her parents who were International Mission Board missionaries.

    "People were always wanting to touch my hair, touch my face," Bethany recalled. Read More