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Perspective: Pray, fast on Oct. 20
Aug26

Perspective: Pray, fast on Oct. 20

When I was a child, we often sang the old hymn, Lord, Send a Revival. While we would sing the hymn at other times of the year, it was most usual to sing it leading up to or during our annual revival meeting. I know some of you won’t recognize that event called revival, but many of you will. Revival was a time set aside to pray and seek God’s face. Prayer took a higher priority during these revival times. Christians would cry out to...

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Perspective: Persecution watch
Aug19

Perspective: Persecution watch

Persecution and martyrdom are two things about which we American and Western Hemisphere Christians know little. Our perspective on persecution is the strategic and intentional efforts by some in our nation to silence and remove Christianity from the public square. We speak of violations of our religious freedoms. With all glory and thanksgiving to God, we Americans have never experienced the harsh, abusive, and deadly persecution...

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Perspective: Kingdom outposts
Aug12

Perspective: Kingdom outposts

In the next few weeks, many parents will move their children into a dorm at one of the many universities in our state and beyond. This experience is one of the most exciting and fearful times in the lives of both parents and children. We have shaped and cared for our children across the years anticipating this moment. During this time, we realize how very important our investment is in their lives. We have taught them how to manage...

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Perspective: Everybody a Missionary
Aug05

Perspective: Everybody a Missionary

Southern Baptists have always been a mission-minded people. China was one of our first mission fields. Lottie Moon, Bertha Smith, and Bill Wallace are only a few of the legendary names of those who served this vast nation. Missions once was seen as something carried out by long-term missionaries, who spent their lives on a foreign field. In the early days, when travel was so hard, missionaries rarely returned home. As travel became...

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Perspective: Only a beginning
Jul28

Perspective: Only a beginning

As I write this article, I am on a trip to East Asia. The last sermon and invitation at Falls Creek Youth Weeks will have been concluded by the time this article is published. My guess is that the eight weeks of summer youth camps will have ended with approximately 53,000 in attendance, 2,200 professions of faith, and more than 1,000 commitments to missions and ministry. This has been a great summer where the Grace of God was on full...

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