March 2010

Remember, Jesus suffered too (unrestricted content)

Life is tough. Even those who put their faith and trust in Jesus have it hard.

But the difference between them and those who thought they had to do everything themselves is that the people called “Christians” know they aren’t all alone in this.

They have Jesus to reach out to, cry with, yell at, lean on, be comforted by, be loved by and reach out to, with love.


The choice is yours (unrestricted content)

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by choices?

You go into McDonalds or Burger King knowing exactly what you want, until you see the menu. Then, you decide you want something else.

When it comes to eternity, the choices are much simpler. Either you can choose to admit to God that you are sinful, rebellious, evil, and without merit or strength before Him, or you can ignore and reject God and spend eternity apart from God and heaven in a place called Hell.

Simple enough.


Women's Missions Ministry FBC Monroe

By Sarah Sutton, Message Summer Staff Writer

MONROE – For the past year and a half the women of First Baptist Monroe have been working to promote something in their church they felt was seriously lacking– connection.

The Women’s Missions Ministry began in mid 2008, thanks to Sandy Miller, coordinator.

In January 2008 Sandy Miller and her husband Pastor Alan had been at FBC for a little over a year and a half.  It was then, she said, that God gave her a vision for a women’s ministry.


Luke Lee Profile

By Sarah Sutton, Message Summer Staff Writer   

SHREVEPORT – Luke Lee began making short films in high school as a fun, on the side hobby.  He said he never planned on making it a career.

Lee works full time as Media Associate, overseeing the video portion of the media ministry, at Brookwood Baptist Church in Shreveport.  However, the 22-year-old filmmaker started producing videos for the church long before he was listed on the payroll.


Brookwood's "Renovate" Project

By Sarah Sutton, Summer Staff Writer

    SHREVEPORT – Brookwood Baptist Church in Shreveport is making massive changes in order to further advance their ministry to the people inside and outside of the church.

With the extreme growth Brookwood experienced over the last few years, the church decided that their current facilities were no longer equipped to handle the changing needs.

Once Brookwood assessed these new needs, they created a plan to modify the available spaces, creating the project “Renovate.”


Brookwood video ministry

By Sarah Sutton, Summer Staff Writer

SHREVEPORT – For the Media Ministry at Brookwood Baptist Church in Shreveport, videos and short films are a large part of the future. Luke Lee, media associate in charge of video, said it has been a long road to get where the ministry is today.

The video ministry is becoming more of a necessity as time passes, Lee said.  

As the worship experience becomes tighter in time, and people’s attention becomes harder to keep, video becomes vital.



GCR Task Force Recommendations

1. Rally towards a clear and compelling missional vision and begin to conduct ourselves with core values that will create a new and healthy culture within the Southern Baptist Convention.

2. North American Mission Board to prioritize efforts to plant churches throughout North America, and to reach our nation’s cities.


Changes in store for NAMB, state conventions?

By Staff, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Members of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force told reporters Monday that their proposed dissolving of cooperative agreements between the North American Mission Board and state conventions will make the respective sides stronger and more equipped to reach the nation with the Gospel.

The proposal could have a significant impact on state conventions located in areas which do not have a strong Southern Baptist presence.


'I'm unhappy with our Pastor'

By Joe McKeever, pastor, cartoonist and retired DOM BAGNO

The most common complaint denominational people and guest preachers hear when they call on local churches is, “I’m unhappy with our pastor.” Invariably, it’s some lay leader of the church speaking.

[img_assist|nid=6106|title=Joe McKeever Pastor, cartoonist and retired DOM BAGNO|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]Let’s state the obvious here: some pastors we ought to be unhappy with. I’m thinking of one preacher who was known to curse, tell shady stories, gamble, and drink. When he was forced out of the pulpit, no one shed a tear.


GCR Task Force releases its long awaited progress report to EC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Southern Baptists must be gripped anew by the lostness of the world, repent of their self-centeredness and focus their local churches on taking the Gospel to those who have yet to hear, the chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Great Commission Resurgence Task Force said Feb. 22.

Toward that end, Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., presented a “progress report” to the SBC’s Executive Committee on the task force’s work.