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Rite of passage: The best-laid plans
Jan08

Rite of passage: The best-laid plans

Our Christmas and New Year’s Day can best be summed up with the words of Robert Burns in his poem, “To a Mouse”: “The best-laid plans of Mice and Men go oft awry.” I think the mice made out better than we did. Our family had planned to gather on Christmas Eve, enjoy a meal, open presents and have our family photo taken. We seldom have all of our family in one room at the same time, but Erin, my daughter-in-love, had orchestrated this...

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Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director
Dec29

Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director

ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (BP)—Felix Cabrera is the new executive director of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, he confirmed to Baptist Press (BP) Dec. 6. The executive board of the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) asked Cabrera to fill the executive post after the group met recently. “I think that the Lord is doing something special here, and I’m glad, honored, to be part of what...

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Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods
Dec28

Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own. For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children’s Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her story is one that has become all too familiar to...

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Messenger Insight 325 – Medical Missions Advances the Gospel
Dec26

Messenger Insight 325 – Medical Missions Advances the Gospel

  Hear renowned surgeon and IMB missionary Dr. Rebekah Naylor discuss how God is using medical missions to reach people for Christ. Learn more at qsbc.org/medadvance. https://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/cdn.baptistmessenger.com/2018/12/20080901/Messenger-Insight-325-Medical-Missions-Advances-the-Gospel.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (18.4MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn...

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CHRISTMAS: The reality of God’s favor
Dec24

CHRISTMAS: The reality of God’s favor

DURHAM, N.C. (BP) — What do we mean when we talk about the “favor of God”? The house you’ve always wanted goes into foreclosure and you buy it for a steal. Your kids bring their report cards home and it’s straight A’s. You find out that a long lost relative left you a tidy sum of money. Many people may think that God’s favor is something like that. When life seems to break your way, it’s...

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Conventional Thinking: Baby steps
Dec21

Conventional Thinking: Baby steps

Some time back, I saw one of those social media posts that make you smile or cringe, depending on who you are. Called “The top 10 reasons liberal atheists don’t like the holidays,” the list included things like “Christmas lights waste electricity” and “The pilgrims and Indians gave thanks to Whom?” The list, which I did not know if it were serious or silly, did end on a very somber note. It said they don’t like the holidays because...

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