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Issue Date: 2014-10-02
Volume: 193
Number: 20

News

The Cooperative Program: Learn about it, see what it does
October is "Cooperative Program Emphasis Month" on the Southern Baptist Convention's calendar when churches are challenged to study the Cooperative Program – to learn about it, see what it does, pray about their part – perhaps using the "1% Challenge" video (http://vimeo.com/68820362) as a catalyst.
Resolutions guidelines for the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting
The 2014 annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention will be held at Ingleside Baptist Church, 834 Wimbish Road, Macon, GA 31210, on Nov. 10-11.
Housing allowance weighed by appeals court

The fate of the ministerial housing allowance rests for now with a federal appeals court.
Silvertown Church feeds the hungry, spiritually and physically

For Peter Demery and his extended family, the kind folks at Silvertown Baptist Church do more than talk about God’s goodness. They put it into action.
New Ministers Orientation provides look at GBC resources

Ministers and their families new to Georgia gathered together at the Missions and Ministry Center Sept. 25-26 to see first-hand the ministry tools offered through Georgia Baptist Convention departments.
Pate reflects on retirement and the importance of cooperation
Georgia Baptist pastor Benny Pate joined the state convention staff in June 1998 as one of the first four GBC Ministry Resource Consultants before, five years later, becoming the specialist for Leadership Ministries. Pate, now retired, recently shared some thoughts on convention life with Index editor J. Gerald Harris.
Support of David Platt

I would like to express my enthusiastic support of the election of David Platt as the president of the IMB. It is exciting to see that God has raised up a young pastor with a deep passion for the gospel who will lead the charge to take the message of Jesus Christ to the darkest places on this earth.
Gettys to lead evening session in Macon on Nov. 10

Keith and Kristyn Getty, world-renown Irish musicians known largely for their modern hymns, will be leading the evening worship at the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting in Macon on Monday evening, Nov. 10. The couple has performed around the world and are perhaps best known for their song "In Christ Alone." Here is an interview with Keith Getty as he explains some of his concepts about his music and how he uses it to communicate biblical truths.
Freddie Gage, 6 decades an evangelist, dies

Georgia Baptists are remembering prominent national evangelist Freddie Gage, whose fervency for souls for more than 60 years extended to the SBC's Conservative Resurgence.
$40.4 million budget proposed for 2015
$1.4 million cut returns GBC to 1998 funding level

Georgia Baptist messengers will vote on a proposed 2015 budget of $40,400,000 when they gather in Macon for the annual meeting Nov. 10-11. The funding for missions in Georgia and beyond trims $1,400,000 from the current year and reflects budget levels not seen since 1998.
Trapped in Trinidad

Saint Vincent and Union Island of the Grenadines in the Windward Islands have been one of the primary targets of Tabernacle Baptist Church's mission efforts for almost a decade. In July, 31 members from Tabernacle and First Baptist Cartersville made the trek to these Caribbean islands for the purpose of bolstering the work they initiated years ago.
Freedom Sound, Jubal Chorus to also lead worship

Georgia Baptists love to sing, and this year's Convention meeting will be no exception.

People and Places

Honors
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
New deacons ordained
O'Quinn marks 25 years at Bethany
Rogers retires after 27 years serving Georgia Baptists
Musella dedicates new playground

Cooperative Program Stories

From gangs to BCM, Lands now leads students to Christ

Taj Lands escaped south central Los Angeles just in time. At age 18, he had lived hard enough to make enemies, running "pretty heavily" with the Crips gang there.

Bible Study

Overcome Betrayal

Genesis 37:19-27; 39:1-2
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 19, 2014
Connected Through Prayer

Ephesians 6:18-22
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 12

Columns

"Since you asked ..."

How do we answer murderous Muslims?
Why voting matters – the power of one

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that DeKalb County would have early voting at the South DeKalb Mall on Sunday, Oct. 26. Georgia State Senator Fran Millar went on Facebook to decry the Sunday voting just prior to the Nov. 4 election.
The Open Door

I know billboard advertising is very expensive, so there must be a lot of thought and planning that goes into a billboard message before it is ever printed and then pasted up on the board. That's why I am still a bit confused over a billboard I saw recently on I-75 in north Georgia.
Rethinking your Internet pastor

As a kid I grew up listening to preachers on the radio like John MacArthur and Charles Stanley. It wasn’t a weekly thing, but occasionally on the weekend you might find one of their sermons on the house stereo. If I wanted to listen to more of their sermons, I had to either tune in at a certain time or order their sermons on cassette or CD.