April 2010

Revival catches fire; engulfs church, small community

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer

DEVILLE – A spur-of-the-moment decision proved to be the catalyst needed to ignite a revival that engulfed a small central Louisiana community, and in the process has helped to heal an 83-year-old church.

As Robby Poole, pastor of Longview Baptist Church in Deville, was fixing the marquee to announce the church’s approaching 4-day revival, God told him to use the word ‘community’ instead of the church’s name on the announcement.


'Flag' promotes patriotism, speaks to family conflict

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

WEST MONROE – What Rodney Ray, a member at First Baptist Church of West Monroe, saw when he attended the funeral of a war veteran became the linch-pin of his new film, Flag of my Father.

He saw five pair of hands reach for the flag that had draped over the veteran’s casket, Ray told pastors and other guests at a mid-March preview of the film that includes battle scenes from “Iraq” – which was shot entirely in Ouachita Parish.


Buckets overflow

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

STATEWIDE – Churches large and small across Louisiana responded in March to the need of Haitians and to the opportunity of reminding them they have not been forgotten by God nor by Southern Baptists.

[img_assist|nid=6183|title=Karen Cupper of First Baptist Zwolle stands in the midst of more than 7,000 "Buckets of Hope" collected in Lafayette|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]Louisiana Baptists bought 7,111 five-gallon buckets, filled them with a specific set of supplies, and sent them off to be shipped across the Gulf of Mexico to the people living in the nation that was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12 and hundreds of smaller tremors since.


Jesus knows what you are going through

When the day comes that you realize how very much God loves you, just exactly as you are, it will be the most natural thing to bask in the feel-good warmth of that love.

Just as quickly, you’ll realize what His love for you cost God: He had to allow His firstborn son Jesus to be whipped, beaten, ridiculed and hung on a cross to die a very public, excruciatingly painful death, so that you could one day be in Heaven with Him.


Cooperative agreements have plenty of accountability

By Glen A. Land, Missions Director Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist convention

OSHKOSH, Wis. (BP) – The report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force contains a glaring statistical error based on inaccurate information that was given to them by the North American Mission Board. An article explaining this mistake can be found at http://bit.ly/bsSbvg. It includes this description of the nature of the error:


Iowa director, 'Before writing us off, listen'

By Jimmy Barrentine Executive Director Baptist Convention of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) – There are good people who seem to have the impression that state conventions, especially small ones such as the Baptist Convention of Iowa, are seeking to assure their own future even to the point of placing the fulfillment of the Great Commission at risk.[img_assist|nid=6190|title=Jimmy Barrentine Executive Director Baptist Convention of Iowa|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=70|height=100]


California supports 'bold new measures'

FRESNO, Calif. (BP) – To Our Southern Baptist Brothers and Sisters:
What an amazing day it is to be Southern Baptists!

[img_assist|nid=6192|title=Walter Price President California SBC|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=68|height=100]The challenges before us are greater than ever; the Commission from our Lord is as strong as when He uttered the words to His disciples; and the power of the Holy Spirit is the same today, yesterday and forever.

We must recognize that the challenge before us calls for new strategies, new forms, new wineskins.


Anger a challenging emotion

By H. Norman Wright and Gary Oliver, PH.D Courtesy of LifeWay

Anger is a challenging emotion, but it can also be one of the major bumps in the road to modeling a Christ-centered life for your child.

In our marriage and parenting workshops, parents have told us that they struggle more with their anger than with any other emotion.

Parents have also told us that they have a difficult time knowing how to deal with their children’s anger.[img_assist|nid=6194|title=Parents struggle more with their anger than any other emotion|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]

Modeling for Your Child

Many Christian parents feel discouraged or defeated by the ways in which they deal with their own conflict and anger.


The Counseling Connection

By Michele Louviere, Director of Counseling Celebration Church, Metairie

Question: My friend has been depressed and has even said she wishes she was dead. What can I do to help her?

[img_assist|nid=6061|title=Michele Louviere, Director of Counseling, Celebration Church, Metairie|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=90]Michelle Louviere responds: Many people in our society struggle with depression. One of the possible symptoms of depression is suicidal thoughts. When people are depressed, sometimes the pain are so great that living seems hopeless and the only option to end the pain is death.


Bossier church dedicates new food pantry ministry

BOSSIER CITY – Elm Grove Baptist Church hosted a grand opening and dedication service for its new food pantry ministry on Sunday, March 7. The dedication service marked the official launch of the new ministry that was five months in the making.

[img_assist|nid=6197|title=Elm Grove Baptist Church members inspect food pantry inventory|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=59]“When I first proposed the idea of the food pantry ministry, church members immediately caught the vision,” said Pastor Brian Prucey. “Excitement filled the congregation as we moved closer to the launch date and culminated in the dedication service. Our members were eager for a ministry that provided a tangible benefit to the community in Jesus’ name.”