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Issue Date: 2014-09-04
Volume: 193
Number: 18


Changed lives change lives
Scanning the headlines today can feel like a gauntlet at times, whether the news is from a local, state, national, or global source. The result of sin is easy to find, with the ramifications carrying on in a seemingly endless pattern.
David Platt succeeds Tom Elliff as IMB president

David Platt was elected president of the International Mission Board Aug. 27 by the agency's trustees meeting at the IMB's International Learning Center.
From doubts and fears to confidence
Before Zahleih Cung Lan "Lante" Lal was born in Burma, his family faced a major challenge. In the midst of people worshipping trees, rocks, and evil spirits, his father was one of few Christians in the predominantly Buddhist country of Burma, which is modern day Myanmar. Fewer still were singing evangelists like his dad, who was the first to make gospel albums for the Falam Chin people.
Presenting the Gospel to the Ghost Town gang

Many churches sponsor mission trips, but few go into gang-infested cities in foreign countries. First Baptist Church in Ellijay dares to be different and is seeking to plant a church in the midst of the nation's only major urban area.
The Sheppards trusting the Good Shepherd

For 31-years Gina Sheppard, 52, has been the wife of Lee Sheppard, senior pastor of Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon. She is the mother of their three grown children, Matthew, 28, and 19-year-old twins Megan and Micah. She is also her husband's administrative assistant at MWBC and has been involved in almost every facet of the church's life since their arrival in Macon in March of 2009.
Moving with God through prayer

When God's people fervently pray in unison, something spectacular is bound to happen that just might move the heavens.
BP stories: David Platt in the news
David Platt, newly elected president of the International Mission Board, is no stranger to being in the headlines.
Blessing the rest through Hillcrest Ministry Center

Shirley Moore had a premonition that something was about to happen. She had said to her husband, David, "Baby, we got to move."
Battling doubt leads to a stronger faith commitment

Off Old Zebulon Road west of the city of Forsyth sits Camp Kaleo, Georgia Baptists' long-time Royal Ambassador camp. Thousands have gone there for a retreat or camp, only to come away with an itch. The good news is that poison ivy rarely causes the itch.
Ten Top Tips On Using Your Mission Georgia Materials
What materials are available?
For Georgia Baptist churches to catch the vision for reducing lostness in their state, they must first see the need. Highly informational materials - a DVD, prayer guide/bulletin insert, offering envelopes, and posters - have been prepared to assist churches in sharing in this mission.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Shellman Baptist Church group knits for newborns, weaves sleeping mats
Victory Baptist steps into new worship center
New Hope holds revival services

Cooperative Program Stories

Georgia's fastest growing Sunday Schools fuel baptisms and Cooperative Program

The moniker is no longer universal, but the purpose remains much the same. Today, Southern Baptist churches may have Sunday School, small groups, community groups, life groups, or `ohana groups, which is Hawaiian for family. There may not be too many `ohana groups in Georgia, but the trend is no different. Each represents potential for church growth through discipleship and relationships.

Bible Study

Connected in Unity

Ephesians 4:1-6
Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 14
Connected in Growth

Ephesians 4:11-15
Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 21


The latest TV network – Atheist TV

In the past decade atheism has found its voice in our culture in books, lectures, and college and university classrooms. In 2006, Richard Dawkins, British biologist and professor at Oxford University, published his atheistic digest entitled, The God Delusion.
Sure you want separation of church and state?

A Georgia high school football coach is in hot water. He didn't punch one of his players. He wasn't having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
The Open Door

September is the month for the Season of Prayer for Mission Georgia. God has called us and blessed us by placing us in the middle of a huge mission field right here in Georgia. Throughout the month you will have the opportunity to make a wonderful difference in accelerating ministry throughout our state by giving generously through the Mission Georgia Offering.
"Since you asked ..."

How do we answer moderate Muslims?

Georgia Voices

Braxton’s List

Braxton Caner was a young man who had once read that if you listed your goals you had a better than 90% chance of meeting them, versus less than 50% if you didn't. Braxton had academic, athletic, and spiritual goals that he wrote down and pursued. At the age of 15 Braxton took his own life. It is believed that cyber-bullying may have been the cause.