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Issue Date: 2014-10-16
Volume: 193
Number: 21


It's all about redemption

Several pastors and religious leaders met with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at their request at the governor's residence on West Paces Ferry Road on Sept. 22.
Georgia Baptists contribute $892,500 to Macon-area entities

With 1.4 million members in Georgia, the Georgia Baptist Convention remains the state's largest faith group with about 15% of the population. But Georgia Baptists are more than a group that gathers on Sundays to worship; they are actively involved in bringing quality health care throughout the state to those who are uninsured or underinsured.
2014 Georgia Baptist Convention Program
193rd Annual Meeting: Ingleside Baptist Church, Macon
No quit in Rachel Stokes

As a sophomore at Luella High School Rachel Stokes was a pretty, perky achiever. She was a straight A student who was also engaged in many extracurricular activities. She was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the chorus at Luella High, and a multitude of activities at Teamon Baptist Church, where her dad, William, served as pastor.
NAMB sees CP giving increase among church planting congregations

Southern Baptist churches that embrace church planting often increase their giving to the Cooperative Program.
It started with a hymnal

Almost three decades ago John Toegbaye was a young man who lived in Nimba, a county in the north-central portion of the west Africa nation of Liberia. Though underprivileged he longed to complete his high school education.
Lithonia pastor named to Bivocational and Small Church Advisory Council
Michael Pigg, pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lithonia, is among those named by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page to serve on a 21-member Bivocational and Small Church Advisory Council to serve through 2017, SBC LIFE reported in its fall issue.
Pouring gas on South Asia's church-planting fire

For Mitch Englehart,* it's a beautiful sight that's taking place in some very dirty water. The South Carolina native watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized outside a small village in the South Asian countryside. Dhanwan is one of them.
Pastor salaries not keeping up with inflation

Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Braxton Caner honored at Brewton-Parker
Glass honored for 50 years as a deacon
Crozier honored for decades of piano at Shiloh
Jarrell honored for 20 years of ministry

Cooperative Program Stories

Tent meetings still draw crowds across Georgia

Years ago, Bobby West would invite men from his home church, Centennial Baptist in Rutledge, to his farm for a deer supper. West liked serving, and the men liked eating.

Bible Study

Overcome Temptation

Genesis 39:3-12
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 26
Overcome Being Forgotten

Genesis 39:21-23; 40:5-8, 20-23
Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 2


The lies versus the truth

In order to find the first falsehood to disgrace the earth you have to go all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Lying on this earth started when Satan, as a sly, subtle, slithering snake, said to Eve, "Ye shall not surely die."
"Since you asked ..."

Is there hope and healing for me if I have been sexually abused?
Preserve CP's reach

The longer we live, the more we realize that actions or decisions have consequences - sometimes unintended consequences that absolutely cannot be foretold or foreseen. But more often they are foreseeable.
The Open Door

There are many reasons to attend the annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention on November 10-11. I would love to mention a few and hope that you will take them to heart and join us for REVIVE 2014.

Georgia Voices

Great Commission Giving does not equal Cooperative Giving

I would like to express my deep concerns of the rise of societal giving, which gravely jeopardizes the Cooperative Program.