July 2009

God Bless America

July 4th always causes a warm stirring of pride for my country. It humbles me to think of the price my heritage cost, thrills me that I was born here and shames me that I don’t do more to defend my freedom. July 4th always causes a warm stirring of pride for my country. It humbles me to think of the price my heritage cost, thrills me that I was born here and shames me that I don’t do more to defend my freedom.

 

Do new buildings, services lead to growth?

With two-thirds of all Protestant churches having expanded their ministry space or outlets in the past five years, a new study by LifeWay Research shows: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – With two-thirds of all Protestant churches having expanded their ministry space or outlets in the past five years, a new study by LifeWay Research shows: -Two of these types of expansion corresponding to higher levels of growth in church attendance: adding a worship service and building new space on site. -Five other types tested reflecting no significant relationship with growth.

 

Milestones

AVAILABLE -Glenmora Baptist has 91 Baptist Hymnals available; call Chad Foster at 318.452.7373. -CrossPoint Church, Baton Rouge has six “First Place for Health” member’s kits for $70 per kit; call 225.752.2400 or email michelle@crosspointchurch.org. -First Baptist, Leesville has several used baby beds for church nursery to donate to a church or mission; contact Jerry Penfield, 337.239.6535. -Baptist Missions Office, West Monroe has a large assortment of anthems, musicals, etc. for adult, youth and children’s choirs. Call 318.322.6760 or email baptmiss@aol.com or NELBADOM@aol.com.

 

Vacation Bible schools hopping throughout the state

RAGLEY – Magnolia Baptist: Studio Go Game Show 8:50 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Monday, June 29 through July 3; Michael Sanford, pastor. BATON ROUGE – Broadmoor Baptist: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, July 13 through July 16; Jarrett Banks, pastor. DERIDDER – First Baptist: Watermelon Festival 5 k Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run 8 a.m. Saturday, June 27; Lindsey Burns, pastor.  LONGVILLE – First Baptist: Boomerang Express Monday, July 6 through July 10; Stuart Graves, pastor. METAIRIE – Lakeside Baptist: Boomerang Express 6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 6 through July 10; Adam Gillespie, pastor.

 

Resolutions, nominees sought for Louisiana Baptist posts

Louisiana Baptists are invited to submit names of nominees for service on state convention boards and committees and to submit resolutions for possible consideration for the 2009 Louisiana Baptist Convention. Louisiana Baptists are invited to submit names of nominees for service on state convention boards and committees and to submit resolutions for possible consideration for the 2009 Louisiana Baptist Convention. The Louisiana Baptist Committee on Committees is beginning their work to nominate persons for service on various state convention committees. 

 

Women's leaders goal: transformation

About 50 women’s ministry leaders who gathered at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center one recent Saturday learned that their goal was to “bring women to a place where their lives can be transformed,” said Deb Douglas of First Baptist Bossier City. WOODWORTH – About 50 women’s ministry leaders who gathered at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center one recent Saturday learned that their goal was to “bring women to a place where their lives can be transformed,” said Deb Douglas of First Baptist Bossier City.

 

BCMs use new technology to find incoming freshmen

The National Collegiate Ministry Division of LifeWay Christian Resources has launched a new Transitions Ministry website to help connect high school seniors with the collegiate minister of the college or university they will attend. BATON ROUGE – The National Collegiate Ministry Division of LifeWay Christian Resources has launched a new Transitions Ministry website to help connect high school seniors with the collegiate minister of the college or university they will attend.

 

Questions We've Pondered

What is the connection between Jesus and John the Baptist? And why was Jesus baptized by John? Question: What is the connection between Jesus and John the Baptist? And why was Jesus baptized by John? Bill Warren responds: According to Luke 1:36, Jesus and John the Baptist are relatives since Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother) and Mary were relatives. We don’t know if Jesus and John had much contact with each other during their childhood, but John’s recognition of Jesus when he comes to be baptized may indicate some familiarity, although the text itself does not mention this.

 

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