But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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East Mississippi Community College sits in tiny Scooba, MS. Screen grab/NETFLIX

I don’t believe it’s unfair to say football’s become our national pastime. In my household it is, anyway. At the beginning of September the sport all but determines my family’s Saturday calendar,...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 14:00

I refuse to sanitize my language

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I would like to learn how to become a better writer, but I am resistant, maybe even vehemently opposed, to the latest guidelines provided by the 2017 Associated Press Stylebook. Typically, a stylebook tells journalists how to construct sentences, how to use punctuation marks, what to capitalize and...

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Billy Stephens sees it as something the Church needs to get used to.

When Stephens moved to Fitzgerald last summer, it seemed the first week of August was a little early for school. Then, the start date moved to July 27 this year. At that point, he observed parents and students at a loss.

“I...

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Judy George retires on July 31 after 28 years of ministry with Georgia Baptists … the last two decades in Collegiate Ministries. JOE WESTBURY/Index

For Judy George, nearly 30 years of service with Georgia Baptists has been like a walk in the park. Or, for the past 20 years, more like a walk...

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Members of Shoal Creek Baptist Church pray over the day’s activities at the Laverne Griffin Recreational Camp, which is owned by the Alaska Baptist Convention. STACY DYER/Special

CLEVELANDShoal Creek Baptist Church and Truett McConnell University joined hands and hearts for a mission...

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I want you to know you have hit a home run with your collegiate ministry around the state!  Known as Baptist Campus Ministry, your campus ministers serve on the college campus helping to bring students to faith in Christ, disciple them and give them a heart for missions.  I...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:56

O.J. Simpson was paroled, not pardoned

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Few people in history have had a more enigmatic, paradoxical life than Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson. In terms of success, he has climbed to the highest mountain. In terms of failure, he has sunk to the lowest valley.

Simpson was a football hero, an actor on the silver screen, a...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 03:59

A Cup of Hot Water

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Almost 25 years ago the Lord brought a man into my life and ministry who became not only a very dear friend, but a mentor and team member. When we had our first meal together he ordered a cup of hot water.

I asked if he wanted a tea bag to go with it. He smiled and said, “No, I just...

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Many parents first learn of Camp Kaleo through yard signs placed at the Forsyth Dairy Queen while they sit in the drive through line. JOE WESTBURY/Index

FORSYTH — What does a camp director do when churches, typically the life blood of a summer camping program, slowly begin to send fewer...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:00

A church that has chosen the path of prayer

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SOCIAL CIRCLE — Leonard Ravenhill, the revivalist, wrote, “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying.”

The great advocate of prayer, E.M. Bounds said, “Units of prayer combined, like drops of...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 04:34

Why church should be a priority for believers

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When Stephanie and I got married, we spent our first night as newlyweds at the Telfair Inn in Augusta. The next morning, we got up and went to the nearest church we could find. I know that not everyone gets up the morning after their wedding and goes to church, but it’s what we wanted to do.

Th...

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James Coldiron and his wife, Bonnie, were married for nearly 67 years. COLDIRON FAMILY/Special

TUCKER – One of Georgia Baptists’ most gracious and gentle Christian gentleman, James O. Coldiron, 91, passed away on Friday, July 7 surrounded by his family. After serving in the U.S. Navy in...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 03:33

Bible Study for July 23: A Fresh Start 

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John 18:15-18, 25-27; 21:15-19 Tom Rush, staff evangelist Liberty Baptist Church, Hartwell

For the next six weeks we will look at God’s grace in restoring “Broken Vessels: How God uses Imperfect People.” There are two things God’s people often pray about and long for. One is...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:51

Learning Generosity with a Tune

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Recording artists Kristyn Getty, far left, leads in special music along with her husband, Keith (not shown) at the opening session of the 2015 Georgia Baptist Convention session. The couple are known for their contemporary style which includes a foundation in hymn writing. JOE WESTBURY/Index

Even a...

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Girls at Camp Pinnacle learn the importance on prayer and listening to God’s voice away from the distractions of the outside world. JOE WESTBURY/Index

CLAYTON — On a warm summer afternoon, a half-dozen young girls sit in a large swing, Bibles open. The silence is deafening as the only...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 06:33

This is how revival can grow from ribs

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Associate Pastor Durley Gates of Eastside Baptist Church, left in dark shirt, reacts to something said from the head of the table by Kenneth Whitlock, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Greenville. At right near the camera but looking away is Cade Farris, full-time pastor at First Baptist Church...

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Before becoming editor of The Christian Index, I was a pastor for 41 years and had deacons in every church I served. For the most part, they were great, wonderful, godly men. I learned early on that if you resist the devil, he will flee from you, but if you resist the deacons, they will fire you.

How...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: July 16-31

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Sunday, July 16 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32 Romans 3:9-31 Psalm 12:1-8 Proverbs 19:13-14

Monday, July 17 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11 Romans 4:1-12 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverbs 19:15-16

Tuesday, July 18 1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34 Romans 4:13-5:5 Psalm 14:1-7 Proverbs 19:17

Wednesday, July 19 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30 Rom...

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First Baptist Dallas Pastor W.A. Criswell delivers his “Whether We Live or Die” sermon at the 1985 SBC annual meeting. YOUTUBE/Screen capture

We must never forget those great men of the faith who preached the Word of God with such passion and power. I want to be sure our wonderful...

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Two Fayetteville churches are on the front lines of seeing God do amazing things in Santa Catarina, Brazil. First Baptist Church, under Pastor Jim Thomas’ leadership, took a team of 19 in April and saw 793 come to Christ in Treze Tilias and Seara.

Previously, McDonough Road Baptist Church trave...

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Noted Christian author Eugene Peterson went from endorsing gay marriage to recanting that position, drawing reactions across social media. WIKIPEDIA COMMONS/Special

Within a day, noted Christian author and retired Presbyterian minister Eugene Peterson went from the most significant Christian...

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Intentional missions giving is the reason why the Cooperative Program works. More than a Southern Baptist tradition for missionary offerings, the Cooperative Program is the way each church member can be personally involved in missions support.

Lost souls across North America and around the world...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:01

#90swerethebest … why?

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Recently, the hashtag #90swerethebestbecause has run rampant on social media. Yes, nostalgia for anything has become a big deal, and I’m pretty sure there can be plenty of debate for the decade deserving of “best” status.

I was born in 1973. Generally, I don’t remember a...

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Bethea and Sandra Fielding of Woodsstock relax in their new finished apartment constructed through volunteer labor from Woodstock Baptist Church and Johnson Ferry Baptist Church last Fall. They are among 135 Mission:Dignity recipients in Georgia. JOE WESTBURY/Index

This is the final installment of a...

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By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND — Truett McConnell University (TMU) Christian Studies major Andrew Nichols, from the community of Sautee Nacoochee in White County, recently competed in the semi-finals on the National Bible Bee Gameshow hosted by Kirk Cameron. 

After participating in the...

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