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Issue Date: 2015-02-05
Volume: 194
Number: 3


Running with a purpose

Mount Zion Baptist Church opted to approach their traditional Fall Festival last November a bit differently and hosted a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run along with the Fall Festival. The church registered 286 individuals for the "Run" on Nov. 1, which turned out to be an unusually cold and windy day, but 228 actually ran the race.
The American immigrant migrates to Canada to plant a church

Clint Eastwood directed, produced, and starred in a film called Gran Torino in 2008. The film was about Walt, a retired Detroit autoworker and widower whose neighborhood was no longer homogenous. Gangs were wreaking havoc in the area. When an Asian teen refused to steal Walt's treasured Gran Torino automobile under gang initiation pressure, Walt befriended the boy, who was Hmong.
A well-kept secret that needs to be exposed

Georgia Baptists with an appreciation for ancient biblical artifacts no longer need to travel to distant cities – or nations – to view such documents.
Shaw celebrates 58 years at First Baptist Chattahoochee

Prior to the Sunday morning worship service on Jan. 25 First Baptist Chattahoochee's website had a second-by-second countdown to signal the day they would honor Bob Shaw’s retirement. Members of the church and friends were urged to be present as the church honored him beginning with the morning worship and continuing with a reception in the afternoon.
Concord – serious about the Great Commission

Concord Baptist Church in Clermont, with an average attendance of 641 in Bible study each week, had the third-fastest growing Sunday School in the Large Church category last year. And with a 32.2% growth in worship attendance in five years there are more people in the church on Sunday morning than live in Clermont.
Ergun Caner steps down as Brewton-Parker president

Citing his ongoing brokenness following the suicide of his teenage son in July, Brewton-Parker President Ergun Caner resigned Jan. 20 to return to Texas.
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Starnes' message loud and clear at the Ray Newman Lecture Series

At the Truett-McConnell College chapel service on Nov. 14, 2013, TMC President Emir Caner announced that the Ray Newman Ethics and Religious Liberty Lecture Series was being established at the college.
Five named to BPC search committee

Brewton-Parker College has released the names of the Presidential Search Committee for the seventeenth president of the college.
Mission Georgia Moments
Encourage your church to use one of the following Mission Georgia Moments before the morning worship offering is collected, as part of a Sunday School opening comment, or in a Small Group or WMU meeting. Each entry is not time-sensitive and can be used on any Sunday of the year.
Andraé Crouch kindled 'new dimension' of worship
Legendary gospel songwriter and performer Andraé Crouch has died at the age of 72.
Pastors let their voices be heard at first annual event at state capitol

Nearly 100 Georgia Baptist pastors made their presence known at the state capitol on Jan. 28 as they took a stand for religious freedom.

People and Places

Perry ordained into the ministry at First Baptist Moreland
WMU honors Pryor on 90th birthday

Swindell honored for 50 years of service at FB Ludowici

Cooperative Program Stories

Father-and-son church-planting team

Mike Peavy felt troubled the day he realized he didn't know the neighbors who lived near his home in Walton County. Though he was an associate pastor just down the road at Bethlehem First Baptist Church, God redirected Mike through a dream to the unincorporated community of Gratis.

Bible Study

Ready When Pornography Controls

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 15
When Homosexuality Devastates

Rom. 1:18-27, I Cor. 6:9-11
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 15


"Since you asked ..."

Why are we as Christians being increasingly criticized and condemned by a changing culture and what can we do to defend ourselves?
The Open Door

We just completed a wonderful day at the Georgia State Capitol. The day began very early as we hosted the annual Georgia Baptist Legislative Prayer Breakfast at the Sloppy Floyd Building across from the Capitol. There were around 50 who joined us for a delightful time of fellowship, a delicious breakfast, and a challenging message by Jeff Gongwer, senior pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Snellville.
From the mortuary to the sanctuary

If you have never worshipped in a black church, and particularly New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, you have missed out on an indescribable, supernal blessing. Our black brothers and sisters know how to worship in spirit and in truth.