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Issue Date: 2011-12-01
Volume: 190
Number: 24

News

Jim Perdue returns to Georgia as pastor of his home church

Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins has called Jim Perdue as senior pastor, effective Jan. 1. The Georgia native and son of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has served as pastor of Crosspointe Baptist Church in Millington, TN, since August 2007.
New IMB missionaries see beyond excuses

God would never call you to missions, you insist.
Pastors: porn a big problem among members

Most pastors believe pornography has adversely impacted the lives of their church members, but almost half cannot estimate what percentage of their congregation views porn.
2011 Committee on Resolutions Report
The following resolutions were approved by messengers to the 190th annual session of the Georgia Baptist Convention, meeting Nov. 14-15 at North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville.
GBC Annual Meeting Wrap-Up - Summary
GBC Annual Meeting - Images and Officers
Things are buzzing at Weeks Honey Farm

Honey is not only delightfully sweet, but amazingly healthful.
2011 Report of the Committee on Nominations
Tentmaker spreads Gospel by working in Chinese factory

Everything about Fa Hsing* is quiet. His voice. His countenance. His strength. He is a man of few words. His actions speak for him.
Trustees of the Trustees of Agencies and Institutions
In sunset of life, Billy Graham reflects on growing old

For much of his 92 years, Billy Graham has had one main title: evangelist.
John Waters elected GBC President
Messengers also affirm GBC GCR Task Force report, reduce budget to 1999 levels

First Statesboro pastor John Waters was elected president of the Georgia Baptist Convention for 2012, garnering 749 votes against Tifton pastor Fred Evers' 656.
Ministers' Wives award launched

Mary Cox, Georgia Baptist Convention ministry coordinator for ministers wives, announced a new minister's wife award to be given every year.
Dan Spencer called to Tennessee pastorate

Dan Spencer has accepted the senior pastorate of First Baptist Church of Sevierville, TN.
SBC Call to Prayer coming in January

In January, Southern Baptists are again being called to a time of prayer and spiritual awakening. The Southern Baptist Convention Call to Prayer is an opportunity to focus on praying missionally.
Burden for Vancouver returns after 26 years for Lyons pastor

Dannie Williams first set foot in Vancouver in 1985 and never forgot it.
Only 46 percent of children grow up in an intact home, study says

Only 46 percent of children in the United States will reach age 17 having grown up in a home with biological parents who are married – a figure that has a significant impact on the nation’s graduation, poverty and teenage birth rates, according to a new report.
Waters' commitments to GBC pastors

While both candidates for office of GBC president campaigned on the need to be more inclusive of Georgia Baptists who have not served on key committees, newly-elected GBC President John Waters of Statesboro went a step further.

People and Places

First Moreland has 17 decisions at revival
Being Social
Anniversaries
Deacons
Martin Baptist Church celebrates 125 years

Cooperative Program Stories

Mission Columbus rings the CP bell

When Mission Columbus director Eric Hammond leads a client to Christ, he gives them an immediate opportunity to "ring the bell for Jesus."

Bible Study

Receive God's Gift

Matthew 1:18-20, 24-25; Luke 1:28-31, 34-38
Bible Studies for Life, Dec 11
Respond to God's Gifts

Matthew 2:1-16
Bible Studies for Life, Dec 18

Columns

"We will bury you."

Andrew Ryzhkov was raised in Belarus under Soviet Communism. He stated, "I was a wild child, but when I repented and trusted Christ as my Savior I became a quiet and respectful student. Communist KGB agents were present in the schools and many of the teachers were committed to Communism.
The Open Door

"His Heart, His Hands, His Voice" is the theme for this year's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. This theme, of course, points out the reality that each one of us as a follower of Christ has a Great Commission responsibility to bear the good news of the Gospel to a lost world. We are His heart. We are His hands. We are His voice.
Seven tips for saving money

Saving money is a good thing. The Bible tells us to "go to the ant, o sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest" (Proverbs 6:6-7, NASB). By developing a "saving" attitude, we can begin to live a "saving" lifestyle. And with a "saving" lifestyle, you’re much better prepared to face the ups and downs of a volatile economy.
Gift-giving a source of tension for couple