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  • Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 04, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.

    The widow "who's going through the Christmas season the first time this year without her husband ... needs more than the first verse of 'Joy to the World!'" said Lucius, associate pastor of music and worship at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga. "She needs to sing, 'No more let sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ... Read More

  • LifeWay Stores to collect Christmas toys for children

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many children who are spending Christmas in the hospital this year will receive a stuffed animal declaring the love of Jesus from LifeWay Christian Store customers.

    From Nov. 24 through the week before Christmas, LifeWay Stores will collect toy bears, moose and penguins, each embroidered with the phrase "Jesus Loves Me," from customers to give to local children's hospitals, mission organizations and local ministries. This year marks the 10th anniversary of LifeWay's Christmas stuffed animal drive. Read More

  • MOVIES: Kid-friendly animation & Christ's incarnation

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (8 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- 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. 17.

    Alongside this kid-aimed adaptation from the perspective of the animal kingdom, I'd also like to feature "The Miracle Maker," another interesting animated reenactment of our Savior's birth. Read More

  • Teen's witness continues with memorial gift to IMB

    by Margaret Colson, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The Christian witness that Sarah Harmening shared in her short 17 years of life on this earth will continue to reverberate for eternity through a generous memorial gift presented by her family to the International Mission Board.

    The Alabama teen's parents, Karen and Scott Harmening -- along with their three other daughters, Katelyn, Kristen and Sophie -- presented a check for $91,120 to the IMB on Wednesday (Oct. 25).

    "This is what was donated and raised in honor of Sarah, her life and legacy. So we're excited to bring the check for $91,120, all for [the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions (LMCO)]," Scott said as he presented the check to David Platt, IMB president. Read More

  • 'Christmas Code' kindles Advent-oriented evangelism

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (10 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins had one goal for his new book, "The Christmas Code" -- providing pastors and churches a resource with short Advent devotionals as a church-wide evangelism tool during the holiday season.

    The new book, which released Sept. 5, already has tallied nearly 200,000 in preordered copies.

    Rob Zinn, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif., part of the fast-growing Inland Empire region, was stirred when he read the book while returning from a GuideStone trustee meeting.

    Like all of Hawkins' books, author royalties and proceeds benefit Mission:Dignity, GuideStone's ministry to retired Southern Baptist pastors and their widows in financial need. Read More

  • Lottie Moon offering nears $153 million

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The 2016 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions reached its fourth highest total ever, closing at approximately $153 million, according to data released today (June 7) by the International Mission Board.

    The 2016 LMCO was down 7.7 percent from the previous year's record total, which was collected amid news the IMB was reducing its missionary and stateside personnel due to financial challenges. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'Is Christmas done?'

    by Todd Brady, posted Tuesday, January 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    His 3-year-old son's question, "Is Christmas done?" prompts Todd Brady to note that Christmas was never meant to be "done." While the celebration of Christmas comes around once a year, the cause of the celebration is "the One who has come to give us hope and peace all year long," Brady writes. Read More

  • CHRISTMAS: Mary -- a picture of commitment

    by Rudy Gray, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    The extraordinary commitment of Mary is worth emulating, Rudy Gray writes: "I will be what you want me to be" and "I will do what you want me to do," she replied when the Angel Gabriel said she would give birth to the Son of God. Read More

  • Church's Christmas story undaunted by hurricane

    by Lee Weeks, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (BP) -- Michael Arnold and his family were among hundreds of St. Augustine residents who fled their homes two months ago as Hurricane Matthew trailed close behind.

    And while St. Augustine, known as the nation's oldest city, didn't take a direct hit from the hurricane, coastal flooding from its storm surge and near-hurricane-force winds wreaked havoc and destruction for many who call it home. Read More

  • Christmas turkeys among college's gift to students

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (one year ago)

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    PINEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- At Kentucky's Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, every Christmas season includes "turkey day."

    On the designated day in December, all degree-seeking students taking at least six hours of classes at the eastern Kentucky college receive a frozen turkey, fixings for a holiday meal and a cash gift of at least $100 to help with Christmas expenses. A separate "shopping spree" gift helps student families buy presents for their children. Read More