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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hispanic church's 'miracle' partnership

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Daniel Tuchez remembers the day he got the call. The International Mission Board's director of Hispanic mobilization called and said, "I need you to pray about this city in Southeast Asia, because it is going to be opening up, and maybe there are opportunities,'" recalled Tuchez, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tenn.

    It was a big deal. But the call itself wasn't a surprise. In the years before, Tuchez had accompanied IMB's Jason Carlisle on many trips.

    "The very big blessing is that Jason is not just challenging us to go to Latin America," said Tuchez, who is originally from Guatemala. "He wants us to be cross-cultural people who reach people in the last frontier." Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: A small church's 'big dreams'

    by *Names changed., posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-- A few years ago, Steve Lakin's church budget had a line of numbers his heart couldn't reconcile. "I was meeting with the elder leadership here at the church, and as I was looking through our financial report, I saw we had a large surplus left over," said Lakin, pastor of First Baptist Church of Andersonville, Tenn.

    One of the elders grinned and said he was sure God had ways in mind to spend that money. Pastor Lakin agreed. "That thought just kept reverberating in my head for the next several days," he said. And as it did, those extra dollars fueled big dreams, Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Couple 'loses' themselves for lost

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, November 30, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    AFRICA (BP) -- Larry Pepper thought he had been open to God's leading. He had been praying through the missions book Operation World. And he had been thinking more and more about his impact on eternity as he sat in church every Sunday. But one day the words came clear as a bell right where he sat in Houston, Texas -- "You've committed everything to Me except your job."

    Larry knew the thought had come from God. He took a deep breath, and he told God to put him and his family wherever He wanted them to be.

    "I was beginning to see the world through God's eyes in terms of lostness," he said. "For me, that meant seeing if I could use my medical skills in a way that had more kingdom impact." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Are you OK with a warm fuzzy?

    by Victor Lee, posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Knowing God's will involves "more than dipping your toe" in the Bible, Victor Lee writes. "Go deep. He's there with hope, answers, comfort, peace." Read More

  • 'Love One Another' 2019 Nat'l Day of Prayer theme

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (3 months ago)

    ROGERS, Ark. (BP) -- "Love One Another" is the theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer May 2, event president Ronnie Floyd announced today (Oct. 30).

    Anchored in John 13:34, the theme seeks to mobilize the nation in prayer on May 2 in every U.S. locale across generational, ethnic and linguistic lines, said Floyd, senior pastor of the multisite Cross Church in northwest Arkansas.

    "I realize that our task today is daunting and quite intimidating," Floyd said in his Facebook announcement, "but it is not impossible. Read More

  • 'Pour out Your Holy Spirit on … Trump,' Brunson prays

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Just a day after his release from incarceration in Turkey, freed American pastor Andrew Brunson prayed for President Donald Trump in an Oct. 13 meeting in the White House Oval Office.

    "Lord God, I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that You give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him," Brunson prayed, according to a video CBS news tweeted. Brunson's family, Congressional members and media attended the 2:30 p.m. meeting. Read More

  • SBC goes 'before God in fasting' for entities

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches, Southern Baptist Convention entities and Baptist state conventions have heeded SBC President J.D. Greear's call to pray and fast today (Oct. 8) for the five SBC entities seeking new presidents.

    "Thanks to all of you going before God in fasting and prayer with Psalm 67 for what God has for us!" Greear tweeted, referencing Psalm 67's call for God to "be gracious" to His people so His way of salvation would be known "among all nations."

    The five entities currently seeking presidents are the SBC Executive Committee, the ... Read More

  • Greear's call to pray for SBC entities embraced

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 03, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear's call to pray and fast Oct. 8 for the presidential search committees at five SBC entities has been embraced by leaders of associations and state conventions.

    Meanwhile, some Baptists have drawn encouragement from God's faithfulness through previous periods of entity transition, including two previous occasions when five entities sought chief executives during the same year.

    The five entities currently seeking presidents are the SBC Executive Committee, the International Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • 'More than ever' global school prayer event critical

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Prayer is needed now in schools more than ever, organizers of an annual prayer event said as the initiative marks its 28th year Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. in schools globally.

    See You at the Pole (SYATP), drawing an estimated 1 million students in prayer on school grounds, is expanding its influence this year by teaming with Claim Your Campus (CYC), a national prayer initiative mobilizing students in daily prayer in middle and high schools.

    "These are unprecedented and challenging times for students," SYATP national coordinator Doug Clark said in a promotional Facebook video. We all want a better future for our students, one that's safe, positive and fair for all. Read More

  • 'Be the light' urged after Jacksonville shootings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Four deaths and 13 injuries from shootings at two sporting events this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., have leaders lamenting "a new normal" of violence amid calls to prayer that seemingly fade away.

    Three were killed and 11 injured in a mass shooting at a high stakes video game tournament Sunday (Aug. 26) in downtown Jacksonville, following the killing of one and the injury of two others at a high security Friday night high school football game just seven miles away. The violence follows the Valentine's Day 2018 massacre of 14 students and staff at a Parkland, Fla., high school that also injured 17. Read More