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  • Trump at Prayer Breakfast: 'Lord's grace all around us'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- America's heritage of faith and ongoing experience of God's grace were President Trump's focus in an address today (Feb. 8) at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    "Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty," Trump said. "Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, 'In God we trust.' And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are 'one nation under God.'" Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Let us pray

    by Waylon Bailey, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Prayer matters to God, Waylon Bailey writes, recounting key reasons to pray and key elements of prayer. "We need to pray because the Lord is God," Bailey writes, "and besides Him there is no other." Read More

  • Members of 117 churches urged to 'rise up, build'

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    BENTON, La. (BP) -- Nearly 700 members of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association's 117 churches came together to cry out to God to bring revival during the local fellowship's third annual "Call to Prayer."

    Hosted by Cypress Baptist Church, Benton, the Jan. 28 gathering brought together Christians of various ages and ethnicities to pray for law enforcement, the persecuted church, missionaries serving around the world, pastors and other church leaders. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: It makes all the difference

    by Doug Munton, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Want to reorder your priorities? Broaden your perspective? Deepen your relationship with God? Doug Munton suggests the daily discipline of a devotional life. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Worth heeding

    by Tommy Kiker, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The people of God need to pray, we ought to pray, we must pray.

    Great movements of God are normally preceded by great movements of prayer by God's people. We see this pattern throughout Scripture and throughout the history of the church. God does not need us to pray in order to move but in His sovereignty He has chosen to work in power, time and time again, in response to the concerted cries of His people. Read More

  • 'In All Things Pray' opens 2018 for Southern Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, December 18, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The month-long prayer emphasis "In All Things Pray" opens 2018 on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar, encouraging churches to pray corporately for 60 minutes at least weekly in January.

    Standing on Acts 1:8 and 2 Chronicles 7:14, In All Things Pray encourages 10 minutes of Scripture reading, public leadership and worship; 20 minutes of vocalized prayer requests, and 30 minutes of guided prayer in each hour-long service, event organizers said. Read More

  • IMB's Platt: When we pray, God works

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- No matter what the story is, whether it's a family planting a church in a doctor's office in Japan or a young man sharing truth over coffee with university students in Mexico City, International Mission Board president David Platt says two things are true: God is at work through missionaries around the world and praying for them matters.

    "This isn't just a rushed or mechanical exercise. God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world," Platt said. "We've got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. God ordained it that way. When we pray, God works." Read More

  • Hearts drawn to Gospel: Missionaries see God at work

    by Staff, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- It was as vivid a dream as it could possibly be, and she didn't know where it came from.

    Dilara* hadn't been asking anyone questions about Jesus or researching Christianity. But in her dream, Jesus picked the woman up from her bed and started walking her through the streets of her town.

    "We eventually came upon this building, and He opened the door for me," she said. Then she realized it was a church. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Family finds calling in 'young people's haven'

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Shane Mikeska's missions calling and plane ticket didn't land him in London -- a tropical illness did. "It definitely wasn't part of our plan," he said. "My wife, Lindsay and I started out in Southeast Asia on an agricultural farm. We loved the people, and we loved the language. But long story short, I got sick."

    He needed to be in a place with a colder climate, and after much deliberation, it looked like England was the place. So the couple moved, and the difference was stark. It wasn't just the climate that was cold; Shane said the people seemed cold toward Christianity. And the pace of life in England's cities felt chaotic and hard to engage. Read More

  • What Lottie Moon taught me about injustice, Gospel

    by Lori McDaniel, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    RICHMOND (BP) -- I've met injustice face to face.

    She was a trafficked woman who stood beside me at a train station in Asia, her pimp glaring from a few feet away. Everything within me wanted to grab her hand and rescue her. But our conversation ended abruptly, and I don't know where she is today.

    I heard injustice cry out on the edge of an African village as 10-year-old girls were "circumcised" as part of a village tradition. The village women sang in celebration, and my heart split between anger and compassion. The need for justice and the Gospel weighed heavy on my soul. Read More