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Issue Date: 2014-01-09
Volume: 193
Number: 1

News

Associations help churches advance the Gospel

In November 2013 when Georgia Baptists gathered for their annual meeting, churches brought scores of stuffed backpacks. Responding to the challenge of convention President John Waters, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Statesboro, Baptists eventually collected 20,906 backpacks destined for children throughout Appalachia.
Associational Reports 2013
A visit with Edwin Cliburn
Gerald Harris, editor of The Christian Index, interviewed Ed Cliburn recently to get his view on Baptist life in the 21st century. Cliburn, a native of Newnan, served as minister of education of First Baptist Macon from 1954 to 1957 and was then called to be pastor of First Baptist Church of Thomaston, where he faithfully ministered for almost 24 years (1957-1981). He then served on the staff of the Georgia Baptist Convention for nine years.
Immigration reform garners pastor support

Nearly six in 10 senior pastors of Protestant churches support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, according to a survey from LifeWay Research.
Caregivers of soldiers sought for Index story
Survey: In-person preaching versus video

Most Americans still prefer a real-live preacher to a video sermon, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.
Those with Georgia ties graduate from Southeastern Seminary
Students from Georgia were among those taking part in commencement services at Southeastern Seminary on Dec. 13.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
TMC athletes take part in Christmas missions
Baxter ordained at First Donalsonville
Deaths
Honors
Ordinations

Bible Study

The Value of Life

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 19
How Can I Be Sure God Exists?

Psalm 19:1-14
Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 26

Columns

The Open Door

I have been praying for revival to come to Georgia. Have you been praying for that as well? Revival will not come to our state until we weep over the lostness of Georgia and pray earnestly for the outpouring of the Spirit of God on the people of our state.
"Since you asked ..."

"How were the Old Testament saints saved?"
Where are we going in 2014?

There are three major questions in life. They are: From whence did I come? What am I doing here? And where am I going?
God remembers forgotten prayers

My first full-time job was teaching high school English, mostly ninth graders, in Tidewater, VA. I taught for two years before moving to New Orleans to attend seminary in preparation for Godís call on my life.