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  • Wife's death 'compelled' pastor on Easter

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Mark Maynard
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Last year, pastor Tim Maynard felt like he "stole Easter" from Fruit Cove Baptist Church by announcing his wife Pam would undergo surgery for an advanced-stage brain tumor the following day. He also shared he would take an indefinite leave from pastoral ministry to care for her.

    That leave ended up being four months and culminated in Pam's death.

    A year later, Maynard, 63, observed his first Easter without Pam by presenting their Jacksonville, Fla., church with a book about his experience: "I Bear Witness: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Goodness of God." Read More

  • CHRISTMAS: No need to grieve alone

    by Jesse Campbell, posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- I just wanted to make her smile once. That was all I wanted that Christmas. I wanted my wife to smile again.

    Christmastime has taken a quantum leap toward the better in my family over the past few years. Our 2012 Christmas was mired in grief with few glimmers of glee. Today, it is conversely defined mostly by joy with sparse speckles of pain.

    The climb out took time and a work of God's Spirit through His Word in our hearts. God's Word can do the same for you and I will share with you how. Just know first ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When tears arrive

    by Diana Davis, posted Thursday, February 18, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Diana Davis relays ideas for ministry when death comes to a member of your church or an unchurched friend. Acts of compassion, she writes, "can remind the bereaved of God's love for them." Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: The tear bottle

    by Frank S. Page, posted Friday, March 27, 2015 (3 years ago)

    An ancient tear bottle received by Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee, reminds him that "our Lord knows every tear we cry." In this week's Call to Prayer, Page reminds us the Lord "is with us as we grieve at every moment." Read More