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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults Oct 17, 2017

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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults

Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians.

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018 Oct 13, 2017

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018

Boys Scouts of America will open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018, the latest move in...

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Why don’t we kneel for the unborn? Oct 6, 2017

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Why don’t we kneel for the unborn?

At a time when millionaire NFL players kneel during the playing of the national anthem before...

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Unfailing wisdom - Bible Studies for Life for October 22, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Unfailing wisdom - Bible Studies for Life for October 22, 2017

“Petunia,” written by Roger Duvoisin, is one of my favorite children’s books.

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Rebellion - Explore the Bible for October 22, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Rebellion - Explore the Bible for October 22, 2017

Many people are convinced that created things can fill the emptiness in their lives and fulfill...

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Unwavering faith - Bible Studies for Life for October 15, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Unwavering faith - Bible Studies for Life for October 15, 2017

In the movie “Amazing Grace,” Billy said to Wilbur, “We are too young to realize that...

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Equipped - Explore the Bible for October 15, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Equipped - Explore the Bible for October 15, 2017

In my work with Church In A Day, Nailbenders, Baptist Builders and Carpenters for Christ, I...

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'Silent Night' stamp readied for Christmas season Oct 4, 2017

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'Silent Night' stamp readied for Christmas season

'Silent Night' stamp readied for Christmas season

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After the massacre, a Las Vegas Southern Baptist church seizes the chance to serve Oct 3, 2017

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After the massacre, a Las Vegas Southern Baptist church seizes the chance to serve

Hope Church, a growing multi-ethnic Southern Baptist congregation that attracts 3,000 people each weekend, says it’s...

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17 saved at Bucks, Ducks and Faith event Sept. 30 in Black Rock Oct 2, 2017
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The Cooperative Program – then and now Oct 2, 2017

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The Cooperative Program – then and now

Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has allowed Southern Baptists to work together in ministry and mission...

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Condition of churches following hurricane in Puerto Rico largely unknown Sep 29, 2017

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Condition of churches following hurricane in Puerto Rico largely unknown

More than a week after Puerto Rico suffered its greatest natural disaster, the condition of most...

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Arkansas students pray during SYATP Sep 29, 2017

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Arkansas students pray during SYATP

Tens of thousands of students across Arkansas and the country gathered for See You at the...

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Master’Singers to perform at Williams Baptist College Oct. 12 Sep 29, 2017

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Master’Singers to perform at Williams Baptist College Oct. 12

Williams Baptist College will host the Arkansas Master’Singers for a free concert of worship on at...

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344 Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers serve following Hurricane Harvey Sep 28, 2017

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344 Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers serve following Hurricane Harvey

In the first 26 days of Arkansas Baptist DR deployment in Houston, 344 volunteers have stepped...

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The mark of a champion Sep 22, 2017

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The mark of a champion

Bobby Shows first made a mark on a basketball court playing for Mississippi State University in...

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Battle plan - Bible Studies for Life for October 8, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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Battle plan - Bible Studies for Life for October 8, 2017

As the mom of three sons, I am quite familiar with the various kinds of battle...

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Commanded - Explore the Bible for October 8, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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Commanded - Explore the Bible for October 8, 2017

There is increasing political and cultural pressure to keep all Christian influence out of public affairs.

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Battle armor - Bible Studies for Life for October 1, 2017 Sep 21, 2017
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Victory - Explore the Bible for October 1, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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Victory - Explore the Bible for October 1, 2017

How often have you heard someone say, “I hate to complain, but...”?

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Delta church planter and partnering church see fruit of hard labor Sep 21, 2017

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Delta church planter and partnering church see fruit of hard labor

Rogers is also pastor of Fordyce Community Baptist Church, a church plant that first began having...

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Latino population in the United States is exploding Sep 21, 2017

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Latino population in the United States is exploding

Pew Research says the U.S. Latino population in the United States has reached nearly 58 million...

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SBC Cooperative Program to aid victims of recent natural disasters Sep 20, 2017

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SBC Cooperative Program to aid victims of recent natural disasters

Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program (CP) helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it will do so...

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Williams Baptist College to be renamed Williams Baptist University Sep 20, 2017

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Williams Baptist College to be renamed Williams Baptist University

Williams Baptist College (WBC) in Walnut Ridge announced Sept. 20 that starting next fall it will...

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What is Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month? Sep 19, 2017

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What is Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month?

Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month is approaching. Be sure and mark your calendars because it is not pre-printed...

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‘Grace and peace to you’ Sep 19, 2017

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‘Grace and peace to you’

ABSC President Sam Roberts recounts his friendship with the pastor of a local AME church in...

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125 attend 2nd Women's Leadership University Sep 18, 2017

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125 attend 2nd Women's Leadership University

About 125 women’s ministry leaders representing nearly 50 Arkansas Baptist churches gathered at the second annual...

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Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved Sep 15, 2017

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Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines is among about a dozen Southern Baptist signatories of a...

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IMB trustees celebrate new and emeritus missionaries, approve balanced budget Sep 14, 2017

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IMB trustees celebrate new and emeritus missionaries, approve balanced budget

International Mission Board trustees gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center Sept. 11-13 to celebrate more than 25,000...

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First Baptist, Branson, organizes conference to spotlight OT’s role Sep 13, 2017

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First Baptist, Branson, organizes conference to spotlight OT’s role

Many – including too many in the church – see the first 39 books of the...

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: From Ouachita to the White House Sep 11, 2017

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: From Ouachita to the White House

While the election of former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton as president in 1992 will go down...

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NY's highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide Sep 11, 2017

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NY's highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Sept. 7 unanimously refused...

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'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Southern Baptists Sep 11, 2017

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'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Southern Baptists

For thousands upon thousands of homeowners in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast, Southern Baptist...

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Action, prayer, gospel fueled Baptist response urged to Irma Sep 8, 2017

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Action, prayer, gospel fueled Baptist response urged to Irma

With Caribbean islands devastated and hurricane Irma still large enough to charge up both sides of...

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Central Baptist Church in Conway to celebrate 65th anniversary Oct. 8 Sep 8, 2017

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Central Baptist Church in Conway to celebrate 65th anniversary Oct. 8

Central Baptist Church will celebrate 65 years of ministry to the people of Conway, Arkansas and...

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Nominations being accepted for Arkansas Baptist Businessperson of Year Sep 8, 2017

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Nominations being accepted for Arkansas Baptist Businessperson of Year

The Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) is planning to hold its second annual Arkansas Baptist Businessperson of...

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UPDATE: Arkansas Baptist DR serves and shares gospel in Texas Sep 8, 2017

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UPDATE: Arkansas Baptist DR serves and shares gospel in Texas

Arkansas Baptist disaster relief (DR) deployments to Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey and associated storms...

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Online exclusive! Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers serving in Houston interviewed Sep 8, 2017

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Online exclusive! Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers serving in Houston interviewed

Online exclusive! ABN Podcast host Bill Bumpas interviews Arkansas Baptist disaster relief volunteers serving in Houston...

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Kay Arthur to speak at Union University Sept. 13 Sep 8, 2017

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Kay Arthur to speak at Union University Sept. 13

Bible teacher and author Kay Arthur will speak in a Sept. 15 chapel service at Union...

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Your state paper: An anchor in our community Sep 7, 2017

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Your state paper: An anchor in our community

I have often said when speaking to various groups across the state regarding the importance of...

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Fear not! - Bible Studies for Life for September 24, 2017 Sep 7, 2017
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Victory - Explore the Bible for September 24, 2017 Sep 7, 2017

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Victory - Explore the Bible for September 24, 2017

Adages are often used to metaphorically describe the difficulties of real life situations.

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The paranormal - Bible Studies for Life for September 17, 2017 Sep 7, 2017

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The paranormal - Bible Studies for Life for September 17, 2017

When Paul wrote the words of Philippians 4:8, he could have been speaking to the Israelites...

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Liberation - Explore the Bible for September 17, 2017 Sep 7, 2017

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Liberation - Explore the Bible for September 17, 2017

Probably few of us have ever been in complete darkness.

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Dixie Jackson Offering impacts Arkansas, reaches the world Sep 6, 2017

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Dixie Jackson Offering impacts Arkansas, reaches the world

WHEN Lydia* came to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2011 to study physics,...

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‘Sports Crusader’ Bobby Shows: A big man with a big heart for children Sep 5, 2017

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‘Sports Crusader’ Bobby Shows: A big man with a big heart for children

Sports Crusaders founder Bobby Shows is a big man with an even bigger heart.

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Long term recovery expected in Texas following devastation from Hurricane Harvey Sep 1, 2017

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Long term recovery expected in Texas following devastation from Hurricane Harvey

Arkansas Baptist disaster relief (DR) units began deploying to areas of Texas devastated by Hurricane Harvey...

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Texas Southern Baptists ready for 'long-term' work following Hurricane Harvey Aug 29, 2017

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Texas Southern Baptists ready for 'long-term' work following Hurricane Harvey

Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Disaster Relief units have begun deployment for what could be...

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Arkansas Baptist pastors, ministers gather to pray for Kingdom Advance Aug 29, 2017

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Arkansas Baptist pastors, ministers gather to pray for Kingdom Advance

More than 300 pastors and ministers gathered Aug. 28-29 around the theme, Thy Kingdom Come! Kingdom...

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New research: When It comes to evangelism, the small things really matter Aug 28, 2017

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New research: When It comes to evangelism, the small things really matter

New research indicates that small churches can make a difference by sticking to the basics.

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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief readied as Houston and other parts of Texas hit hard by record flooding Aug 27, 2017

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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief readied as Houston and other parts of Texas hit hard by record flooding

Rain from the aftermath of Category 4 Hurricane Harvey is resulting in record flooding in Houston,...

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Paragould pastor killed in accident Aug 25, 2017

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Paragould pastor killed in accident

Thomas Hood, 70, the pastor of Clarks Chapel Baptist Church in Paragould, was killed Aug. 21...

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Racism – in all its forms – is evil Aug 24, 2017

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Racism – in all its forms – is evil

Racism is evil, and its origin is in the depravity of man.

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Demons - Bible Studies for Life for September 10, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Demons - Bible Studies for Life for September 10, 2017

As evidenced in this passage, demonic powers are real. Even though we do not always recognize...

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Confrontation - Explore the Bible for September 10, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Confrontation - Explore the Bible for September 10, 2017

Moses and Aaron’s confrontation with Pharaoh reminds me of some old Westerns. A couple of gunslingers...

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Satan - Bible Studies for Life for September 3, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Satan - Bible Studies for Life for September 3, 2017

My family and I served many years as missionaries in General Santos City in the Philippines....

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Reluctance - Explore the Bible for September 3, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Reluctance - Explore the Bible for September 3, 2017

Reluctance is something we are all familiar with. A review of various dictionaries supplies the basic...

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Camp Siloam breaks ground on new dining hall Aug 24, 2017

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Camp Siloam breaks ground on new dining hall

Camp Siloam kicked off construction of its new $3.4 million dining hall Aug. 22, with numerous...

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Floyd to lead National Day of Prayer Aug 22, 2017

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Floyd to lead National Day of Prayer

Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, has been named president of the...

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Doyle Pennington, first lay Mission Service Corps volunteer, dies Aug 22, 2017

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Doyle Pennington, first lay Mission Service Corps volunteer, dies

The first lay Mission Service Corps (MSC) volunteer, Doyle Pennington of Fayetteville, 75, died early on...

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Pew study finds God or the divine referenced in constitutions of all 50 states Aug 18, 2017

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Pew study finds God or the divine referenced in constitutions of all 50 states

The U.S. Constitution never explicitly mentions God or the divine, but the same cannot be said...

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Iceland embraces infanticide and eugenics Aug 18, 2017

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Iceland embraces infanticide and eugenics

Iceland is emblematic of what is happening to Down syndrome children across the globe. The rates...

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Whatever happened to the Brotherhood Commission? Aug 17, 2017

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Whatever happened to the Brotherhood Commission?

On July 29 at Germantown Baptist Church near Memphis, Tenn., there was a gathering of people...

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Camp Siloam to break ground on new dining hall Aug. 22 Aug 15, 2017

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Camp Siloam to break ground on new dining hall Aug. 22

Camp Siloam will break ground on a new dining hall Aug. 22.

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Crosses from Ark. Right to Life trailer found Aug 14, 2017

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Crosses from Ark. Right to Life trailer found

An anonymous tip to the offices of Arkansas Right to Life on Aug. 11 led to...

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Museum of the Bible: The most technologically advanced museum ever? Aug 14, 2017

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Museum of the Bible: The most technologically advanced museum ever?

The Museum of the Bible, which opens in November in Washington, D.C.

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Former Brotherhood staff, trustees gather for 20-year reunion Aug 11, 2017

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Former Brotherhood staff, trustees gather for 20-year reunion

More than 60 former staff members, trustees and volunteers of the Brotherhood Commission gathered July 29...

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National Conference for Christian Grandparents Aug 10, 2017

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National Conference for Christian Grandparents

More than ever, our nation and world need Christian grandparents to pass on their faith to...

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Right here, right now - Bible Studies for Life for August 27, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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Right here, right now - Bible Studies for Life for August 27, 2017

Driving rules around the world are different than in America. In Europe drivers drive on the...

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The longing - Explore the Bible for August 27, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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The longing - Explore the Bible for August 27, 2017

In my ministry and my work in healthcare, I continually engage people who are discouraged, depressed...

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A passion to share the gospel - Bible Studies for Life for August 20, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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A passion to share the gospel - Bible Studies for Life for August 20, 2017

What are you passionate about? Whatever your answer is to that question will be manifested in...

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The protector - Explore the Bible for August 20, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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The protector - Explore the Bible for August 20, 2017

Recently I had a wonderful conversation with a dear lady born in Hamburg, Germany. Olga grew...

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Warner's Hall of Fame career defined by faith Aug 9, 2017

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Warner's Hall of Fame career defined by faith

Kurt Warner's faith in Jesus Christ is more than a personal, off-the-field commitment that had little...

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A channel of comfort - Bible Studies for Life for August 13, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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A channel of comfort - Bible Studies for Life for August 13, 2017

That bed was so comfortable! These jeans are so comfortable! The new sofa is so comfortable!...

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The cleansing - Explore the Bible for August 13, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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The cleansing - Explore the Bible for August 13, 2017

The relativism of secular culture has essentially removed the lines between right and wrong. What was...

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The gift of grace - Bible Studies for Life for August 6, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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The gift of grace - Bible Studies for Life for August 6, 2017

In Exodus 3:11-12 and 4:10-17 we read a conversation between God and one of the Bible’s...

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The confession - Explore the Bible for August 6, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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The confession - Explore the Bible for August 6, 2017

David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). This speaks to...

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5,000-plus campers fill Camp Siloam in 2017 Aug 7, 2017

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5,000-plus campers fill Camp Siloam in 2017

At Camp Siloam, children and youth come with the expectation of God moving in big ways....

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Court signals religious freedom victory for artist Aug 4, 2017

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Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

A self-employed evangelical Christian photographer can reject job requests based on her religious beliefs against same-sex...

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DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth Aug 4, 2017

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DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth

Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever.

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Former addict now on divine mission Aug 4, 2017

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Former addict now on divine mission

On Aug. 16, 2009, Jeff Collins died. His three decades of drug abuse had worn down...

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Trump unveils legislation limiting legal immigration Aug 3, 2017

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Trump unveils legislation limiting legal immigration

With Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia by his side, President Trump...

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The sad, simple case of Eugene Peterson Aug 2, 2017

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The sad, simple case of Eugene Peterson

Unless you’ve spent the past week in total isolation, you are aware of the brouhaha created...

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2nd Leadership University for women set for Sept. 9 Aug 2, 2017

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2nd Leadership University for women set for Sept. 9

Arkansas Baptist women will gather for the second annual Women’s Leadership University (WLU) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,...

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Lockman Foundation president Robert Lambeth dies Jul 28, 2017

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Lockman Foundation president Robert Lambeth dies

Robert "Bob" Lambeth, president for 38 years of the Lockman Foundation, publisher of the New American...

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Marv Knox to leave Baptist Standard for CBF role Jul 28, 2017

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Marv Knox to leave Baptist Standard for CBF role

Marv Knox is leaving the Baptist Standard, newsjournal of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, where...

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Foster, Perkins named department chairs at Williams Baptist College Jul 25, 2017

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Foster, Perkins named department chairs at Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has named Robert Foster chair of the Department of Christian Ministries and Blake...

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Former Arkansas State football coach Freeze resigns from Ole Miss amid scandal Jul 24, 2017

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Former Arkansas State football coach Freeze resigns from Ole Miss amid scandal

The forced resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze – an outspoken follower of Jesus...

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Racism and the SBC: shameful past, hopeful future Jul 21, 2017

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Racism and the SBC: shameful past, hopeful future

In a July 17 op-ed published in the New York Times titled, “Why I’m Leaving the...

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Steven Smith, Matthew Barrett and H.B. Charles to teach at MBTS Jul 21, 2017

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Steven Smith, Matthew Barrett and H.B. Charles to teach at MBTS

Arkansas pastor Steven Smith will join the Midwestern Seminary's faculty in varying capacities for the upcoming...

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Teen internet addiction cited as growing concern Jul 21, 2017

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Teen internet addiction cited as growing concern

Gateway Seminary professor Paul Kelly had a friend who once became so addicted to online gaming...

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‘Micro-church’ network leads to nine salvations Jul 21, 2017

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‘Micro-church’ network leads to nine salvations

New “micro-churches” in Hoxie are reaching the unreached in a new setting: in homes. The Hope...

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Why don’t we take the time to read the Bible? Jul 14, 2017

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Why don’t we take the time to read the Bible?

Earlier this year LifeWay Research released findings from a study of how Americans view the Bible.

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Objections Overruled - Bible Studies for Life for July 30, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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Objections Overruled - Bible Studies for Life for July 30, 2017

In Exodus 3:11-12 and 4:10-17 we read a conversation between God and one of the Bible’s...

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His faithfulness - Explore the Bible for July 30, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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His faithfulness - Explore the Bible for July 30, 2017

The sheer weight of sinful nature is an amazing thing to grasp. Sin is defined by...

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A fresh start - Bible Studies for Life for July 23, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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A fresh start - Bible Studies for Life for July 23, 2017

One of the most challenging aspects of reading the Bible is understanding certain passages in their...

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His love - Explore the Bible for July 23, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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His love - Explore the Bible for July 23, 2017

I knew the Bible was important and I knew it was pretty thick, but I also...

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Eugene Peterson clarifies comments on homosexuality Jul 14, 2017

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Eugene Peterson clarifies comments on homosexuality

Author Eugene Peterson, known for "The Message" paraphrase of Scripture, has clarified his beliefs about homosexuality,...

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Peterson’s views on homosexuality draw Baptists’ focus Jul 14, 2017

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Peterson’s views on homosexuality draw Baptists’ focus

Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for “The Message” paraphrase of Scripture, reportedly said in an...

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Arkansas pastor leads prayer for Trump in Oval Office Jul 13, 2017

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Arkansas pastor leads prayer for Trump in Oval Office

Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd leads prayer for President Trump in Oval Office

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NPS approves Christian geologist's Grand Canyon rock collection Jul 10, 2017

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NPS approves Christian geologist's Grand Canyon rock collection

The National Park Service has agreed to let a Christian geologist collect rock samples from the...

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CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issues Jul 10, 2017

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CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issues

A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) can "strengthen [its] unity" despite...

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'Chaplain of Bourbon Street' dies at 89 Jul 7, 2017

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'Chaplain of Bourbon Street' dies at 89

Famed New Orleans evangelist Bob Harrington, known by many as "the Chaplain of Bourbon Street," passed...

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Maryland pastor confident he'll redeem 'Annie's Church' Jul 7, 2017

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Maryland pastor confident he'll redeem 'Annie's Church'

Southern Baptist pastor Ryan Palmer is confident he'll save his historic Seventh Metro Church from a...

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Ouachita Riley-Hickingbotham Library’s Special Collections earns national award Jun 30, 2017

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Ouachita Riley-Hickingbotham Library’s Special Collections earns national award

The Arkansas Baptist History Collection of Ouachita Baptist University's Riley-Hickingbotham Library has been honored with the...

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Phelps to perform at FBC, Benton, July 28 Jun 29, 2017

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Phelps to perform at FBC, Benton, July 28

David Phelps, Dove and Grammy award-winning recording artist, will perform in his Journey of Faith tour...

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Van Buren man arrested for ramming and toppling Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol Jun 28, 2017

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Van Buren man arrested for ramming and toppling Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol

Workers have removed pieces of the recently installed Ten Commandments monument from the Arkansas Capitol grounds...

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July Fourth and the fading ‘American Miracle’ Jun 27, 2017

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July Fourth and the fading ‘American Miracle’

I have been on a reading tear of late, and while my interests have varied broadly...

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First things first - Bible Studies for Life for July 16, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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First things first - Bible Studies for Life for July 16, 2017

I was listening to a podcast recently in which one of the guests was speaking on...

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God revealed - Explore the Bible for July 16, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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God revealed - Explore the Bible for July 16, 2017

While I am only in my 20s, I am often amazed at how things have changed...

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Encourage one another - Bible Studies for Life for July 9, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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Encourage one another - Bible Studies for Life for July 9, 2017

When I was growing up, my family was very involved in World Changers, a Southern Baptist...

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The Creator - Explore the Bible for July 9, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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The Creator - Explore the Bible for July 9, 2017

While in Phoenix for the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, I attended a Sunday worship service...

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Share Christ - Bible Studies for Life for July 2, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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Share Christ - Bible Studies for Life for July 2, 2017

People like to share good experiences. When a person buys a new car, the first thing...

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His presence - Explore the Bible for July 2, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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His presence - Explore the Bible for July 2, 2017

When my oldest son was deployed overseas, my mama’s heart often panicked. I refused to watch...

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See their worth - Bible Studies for Life for June 25, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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See their worth - Bible Studies for Life for June 25, 2017

When there’s a job to be done, all sorts of tools are available for the task....

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Our response - Explore the Bible for June 25, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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Our response - Explore the Bible for June 25, 2017

I remember when God called us from our ministry in Tennessee to a new ministry in...

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Deer damages Fayetteville Baptist church in surprise break-in Jun 27, 2017

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Deer damages Fayetteville Baptist church in surprise break-in

Churches can sometimes be the target of unwanted intruders of the humankind, but it's not all...

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Prayer, evangelism highlight SBC 2017 Jun 22, 2017

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Prayer, evangelism highlight SBC 2017

Prayer and soul-winning evangelism are highlighted in a brief video recapping the spiritual emphases of the...

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Full text of resolutions approved by messengers at SBC Phoenix 2017 Jun 20, 2017

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Full text of resolutions approved by messengers at SBC Phoenix 2017

Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) passed resolutions repenting of prayerlessness and calling for...

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Crosses for Life trailer stolen Jun 20, 2017

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Crosses for Life trailer stolen

Arkansas Right to Life is asking for the public’s assistance to locate its Crosses for Life...

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Advocacy journalism in an era of ‘fake news’ Jun 20, 2017

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Advocacy journalism in an era of ‘fake news’

When I was in journalism school at Murray (Ky.) State University, there was no such term...

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SBC messengers denounce 'alt-right white supremacy' Jun 14, 2017

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SBC messengers denounce 'alt-right white supremacy'

Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting denounced "alt-right white supremacy" in a nearly...

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SBC messengers OK nine resolutions, to vote today on 'alt-right' proposal Jun 14, 2017

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SBC messengers OK nine resolutions, to vote today on 'alt-right' proposal

Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention passed resolutions Tuesday (June 13) repenting of prayerlessness and...

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SBC Pastors' Conference features Arkansas pastors Jun 13, 2017

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SBC Pastors' Conference features Arkansas pastors

PHOENIX – Two Arkansas pastors were featured speakers during this year's Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Pastors'...

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SBC 2017: Membership slide on minds as Southern Baptists gather Jun 12, 2017

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SBC 2017: Membership slide on minds as Southern Baptists gather

The SBC annual convention will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (June 13-14) at the Phoenix Convention...

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SBC 2017: Outreach to millennials vital, Baptist group says Jun 12, 2017

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SBC 2017: Outreach to millennials vital, Baptist group says

Making a greater effort to reach out to millennials and converting them to Christ must be...

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Moore: Sanders' remarks ignorant of Constitution Jun 9, 2017

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Moore: Sanders' remarks ignorant of Constitution

Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has decried Sen. Bernie Sanders' stated opposition to a...

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Number of SBC churches up in 2016 amid declining baptisms and membership Jun 8, 2017

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Number of SBC churches up in 2016 amid declining baptisms and membership

Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with their convention in 2016,...

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Notre Dame Cathedral attacker shot Jun 7, 2017

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Notre Dame Cathedral attacker shot

In the wake of the recent London Bridge terrorist attack, a man armed with makeshift weapons...

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'Unclean' Pakistan Christian denied treatment dies at Ramadan Jun 7, 2017

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'Unclean' Pakistan Christian denied treatment dies at Ramadan

A Pakistan Christian sanitation worker whom Muslim doctors declared "unclean" and refused to treat during Ramadan...

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Ruby Jewell Higgs of Beebe dies at age 93 Jun 6, 2017

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Ruby Jewell Higgs of Beebe dies at age 93

Ruby Jewell Higgs, 93, of Beebe dies June 2.

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Annie Armstrong’s home church at risk of foreclosure Jun 6, 2017

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Annie Armstrong’s home church at risk of foreclosure

The Southern Baptist church where Annie Armstrong was baptized is at risk of being evicted, according...

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2018 budget OK’d by ABSC Finance Comm. Jun 6, 2017

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2018 budget OK’d by ABSC Finance Comm.

The 2018 Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) unified Cooperative Program (CP) budget of $21 million was...

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Update: LMCO, AAEO offerings in line with giving trends Jun 6, 2017

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Update: LMCO, AAEO offerings in line with giving trends

Giving to Southern Baptist foreign and home mission offerings drops dramatically.

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Ky. Gov. Bevin recommends prayer walking to curb crime Jun 2, 2017

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Ky. Gov. Bevin recommends prayer walking to curb crime

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called faith community leaders from across the state to a meeting June...

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When floodwaters rise, we look to God ... and DR Jun 2, 2017

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When floodwaters rise, we look to God ... and DR

Not long after our family moved across the country to Georgia in 2002, where I was...

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Respect authority - Bible Studies for Life for June 18, 2017 Jun 2, 2017

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Respect authority - Bible Studies for Life for June 18, 2017

One of the challenges of raising children is their propensity to rebel against the authority of...

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The Shepherd - Explore the Bible for June 18, 2017 Jun 2, 2017

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The Shepherd - Explore the Bible for June 18, 2017

When I was a small child, my mother taught me Psalm 23. This simple Bible chapter...

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Forge true friendship - Bible Studies for Life for June 11, 2017 Jun 2, 2017

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Forge true friendship - Bible Studies for Life for June 11, 2017

In communities all over the country, this time of year is marked by graduations. Students pass...

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Business casual, no ties recommended for Phoenix Jun 1, 2017

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Business casual, no ties recommended for Phoenix

Messengers and speakers attending the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix are encouraged to...

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The past - Explore the Bible for June 11, 2017 Jun 1, 2017

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The past - Explore the Bible for June 11, 2017

September 11, 2001, was a dark day in our nation’s history. I remember working at my...

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Intentional interim ministry (IIM) helps churches refocus ministry Jun 1, 2017

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Intentional interim ministry (IIM) helps churches refocus ministry

CALLING the right pastor is easier said than done. For many churches, the Arkansas Baptist State...

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ABCHomes offers multifaceted ministry reach across Arkansas Jun 1, 2017

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ABCHomes offers multifaceted ministry reach across Arkansas

FOR 123 YEARS Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes) has had a Christian presence...

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‘We welcome those who come’: FBC, Jonesboro, becomes HUB partner May 31, 2017

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‘We welcome those who come’: FBC, Jonesboro, becomes HUB partner

Recently, First Baptist became the home to Helping Underserved Belong (HUB), in partnership with the City...

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Central Baptist, Conway, children’s area excites families; tool for ministry May 30, 2017

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Central Baptist, Conway, children’s area excites families; tool for ministry

The new children’s area at Central Baptist Church, Conway, opened in February. Its themes are Central...

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Egypt terror attack cited as call to prayer, witness May 30, 2017

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Egypt terror attack cited as call to prayer, witness

A terrorist attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 people dead has...

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Roy Richmond Griffin, WWII hero, dies at 99 May 27, 2017

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Roy Richmond Griffin, WWII hero, dies at 99

Roy Richmond Griffin, 99, of Little Rock, died May 18.

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American views of shame, guilt studied May 25, 2017

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American views of shame, guilt studied

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a new study released May...

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Texas governor signs bill to 'shield' pastors' sermons May 25, 2017

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Texas governor signs bill to 'shield' pastors' sermons

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation May 21 that prohibits Texas government agencies from subpoenaing the...

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Rural Baptist church sees 900 baptisms in 6 years May 25, 2017

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Rural Baptist church sees 900 baptisms in 6 years

In 1995, Joey Hanner was a trucker who was about to give up on his marriage...

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Gaines to be nominated for 2nd term as SBC president May 25, 2017

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Gaines to be nominated for 2nd term as SBC president

Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines will be nominated for a second term as president of the Southern...

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President Trump's Israel trip sparks 'revival of encouragement' May 25, 2017

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President Trump's Israel trip sparks 'revival of encouragement'

President Trump's visit to Israel this week drew praise from some Southern Baptists and led some...

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Grady Cothen, former president of two SBC entities, dies May 23, 2017

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Grady Cothen, former president of two SBC entities, dies

Grady Cothen – the former chief executive of a state convention, a Southern Baptist university and...

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Send Dallas attendees challenged to ‘Play a part in God’s mission’ May 20, 2017

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Send Dallas attendees challenged to ‘Play a part in God’s mission’

“Limitless opportunities abound” to spread the gospel around the globe and it is our responsibility to...

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Arkansas Baptists win awards in Baptist communicators competition May 19, 2017

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Arkansas Baptists win awards in Baptist communicators competition

Arkansas Baptist win awards in Baptist Communicators Association competition

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Love like Christ - Bible Studies for Life for June 4, 2017 May 18, 2017

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Love like Christ - Bible Studies for Life for June 4, 2017

Children love to pick flowers. They like the lovely roses on a bush, the yellow daffodils...

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The path - Explore the Bible for June 4, 2017 May 18, 2017

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The path - Explore the Bible for June 4, 2017

Every person born has the opportunity to choose a path in life. We can either choose...

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Life on mission - Bible Studies for Life for May 28, 2017 May 18, 2017

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Life on mission - Bible Studies for Life for May 28, 2017

A person who is searching for a job submits resumes, fills out applications and works a...

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What do we do now? - Explore the Bible for May 28, 2017 May 18, 2017

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What do we do now? - Explore the Bible for May 28, 2017

I remember sitting in my high school geometry class and listening to the instructions for a...

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The SBC and the crisis of identity May 18, 2017

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The SBC and the crisis of identity

Interesting conversations abound when a bunch of Baptist communicators get together.

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Williams Baptist College announces 2017 graduates; Senator Boozman speaks at commencement May 18, 2017

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Williams Baptist College announces 2017 graduates; Senator Boozman speaks at commencement

Williams Baptist College (WBC) awarded degrees to 102 graduates during its 2017 commencement exercises May 13....

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Mission trip this summer? Protect yourself from Zika May 17, 2017

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Mission trip this summer? Protect yourself from Zika

While a mission trip is a time to serve, experience new cultures, meet new people and...

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H.B. Charles to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee; Graves withdraws May 17, 2017

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H.B. Charles to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee; Graves withdraws

Oklahoma pastor Brad Graves has announced the withdrawal of his candidacy for Southern Baptist Convention Pastors'...

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Churches called out for northeast Arkansas flood recovery May 20 May 16, 2017

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Churches called out for northeast Arkansas flood recovery May 20

Arkansas Baptists are being called out for flood recovery mass response is planned for Pocahontas May...

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Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in China May 11, 2017

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Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in China

Amid increasing attempts to suppress religious activities, Chinese authorities have detained, fined, and imprisoned Christians for...

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LSU's Orgeron: Wife and pastors 'coach' him in life May 11, 2017

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LSU's Orgeron: Wife and pastors 'coach' him in life

Ed Orgeron's coaching resumé is pretty well known around the country but not much is known...

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1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday' May 11, 2017

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1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday'

Florida's beaches, rivers, lakes and even pools came alive May 7 with the gospel testimonies of...

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Celebrate God's work across Arkansas during May May 10, 2017

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Celebrate God's work across Arkansas during May

Arkansas Baptists are encouraged to pray on May 14 or another time during the month of...

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LifeWay Christian Resources named top employer by Forbes May 10, 2017

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LifeWay Christian Resources named top employer by Forbes

LifeWay Christian Resources was ranked as one of the top 300 midsize employers in the U.S....

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Ark. associations to host Five Principles of Unity training events May 8-11 May 6, 2017

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Ark. associations to host Five Principles of Unity training events May 8-11

CONFLICT in the church is like a crack in a building’s foundation. What starts small can...

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LifeWay Research leader weighs in on Religious Liberty Executive Order May 4, 2017

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LifeWay Research leader weighs in on Religious Liberty Executive Order

FAITH and politics have a complicated relationship in the United States.

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Why you should attend the SBC Annual Meeting May 4, 2017

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Why you should attend the SBC Annual Meeting

The first annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) I attended was in Atlanta in...

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Ouachita Baptist University spring commencement set for May 13 May 3, 2017

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Ouachita Baptist University spring commencement set for May 13

Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) will hold its 130th spring commencement exercises May 13, at 9:30 a.m....

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Williams Baptist College commencement set for May 13 May 3, 2017

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Williams Baptist College commencement set for May 13

An estimated 100 graduates will receive their diplomas May 13 during Williams Baptist College's (WBC) 2017...

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Storms cause 'state of emergency' in northern Arkansas May 2, 2017

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Storms cause 'state of emergency' in northern Arkansas

ARKANSAS Baptist disaster relief teams have been deployed to northeast Arkansas in response to recent storms...

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Baptist Memorial and Mississippi Baptist Merge May 1, 2017

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Baptist Memorial and Mississippi Baptist Merge

Baptist Memorial Health Care, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems of Jackson, Miss.,...

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Texas tries different tack in pro-life legislation Apr 28, 2017

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Texas tries different tack in pro-life legislation

Texas legislators have turned their attention to defending unborn children since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated...

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Church police dept. would be US first under Ala. bill Apr 28, 2017

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Church police dept. would be US first under Ala. bill

A church could be the first in the nation to open its own police force under...

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USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations Apr 28, 2017

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USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report,...

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Farmer dies at 91 Apr 27, 2017

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Farmer dies at 91

Johnny T. Farmer, 91, of Little Rock, died April 24.

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After threat to escrow funds, Prestonwood Baptist to resume Cooperative Program giving 'without designation' Apr 27, 2017

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After threat to escrow funds, Prestonwood Baptist to resume Cooperative Program giving 'without designation'

Prestonwood Baptist Church has announced it will resume giving through the Cooperative Program after two months...

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Death penalty cases said to have 'enormous complexity' Apr 25, 2017

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Death penalty cases said to have 'enormous complexity'

With death penalty cases making headlines in Arkansas, California and Alabama, pastors in the affected states...

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Arkansas students seek to ‘change lives in a week’ over spring break Apr 25, 2017

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Arkansas students seek to ‘change lives in a week’ over spring break

FROM TEXAS to Utah to Louisiana and Kentucky, college students from throughout Arkansas set aside this...

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Americans are fond of the Bible, don’t actually read it Apr 25, 2017

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Americans are fond of the Bible, don’t actually read it

Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian Scriptures are filled...

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3 congregations worship together under one roof Apr 18, 2017

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3 congregations worship together under one roof

What might be described as “a little taste of heaven on earth” happens every Sunday at...

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