My, how time flies. That was the sentiment expressed by three of Georgia Baptists’ oldest Vacation Bible School attendees as they helped Norcross First Baptist Church celebrate 80 continuous years of VBS.
The little white church sits at the edge of town, surrounded by the towering mountain range. In the front driveway, about 20 teenagers sit around tables eating hamburgers and potato chips, talking about school, music, skateboards and God.
Know Jesus By Jerry Smith, Pastor, First Baptist McDonough Published July 15, 2004
Robert Hanssen betrayed his country by spying for the Russians. His clandestine career netted him nearly 1.4 million dollars. After evaluating Hanssen, psychiatrist David Charney concluded that Hanssen’s materialistic hunger was fed by a desire to prove to his wife that he was not a failure. Charney commented: “Bonnie [wife] was the one person who brought life into his life.
Many find it hard to believe that God is in control of our world in light of worldwide and national events. The cowardly acts of 9/11, the brutality in Iraq, the disastrous mudslides/flooding in Haiti, the selfish greed of corporations like Enron and WorldCom, and the perverted abductions of children like Elizabeth Smart all make even the most dedicated believer wonder why God allows such things to happen. And some would even admit to a loss of hope in the power of God.
One way to boil a frog is to put it in a kettle with lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat. The frog doesn’t really sense the changing temperature and before the frog knows it’s too late, well, it’s too late.
The recent gathering of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis marked the 25th anniversary of what has been called the “conservative resurgence.” One of the architects of the resurgence wrote: “Conservatives worked together because we believed that the restoration of the Southern Baptist Convention to a position of standing upon the complete trustworthiness of God’s Word was a hill on which to die.”
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