May 2010

Shrimping town buoyed by prayer


By Erin Roach, Baptist Press

VENICE (BP) – Residents in the small shrimping community of Venice are uncertain
about their future amid reporters whohave crowded into the state’s southernmost
town to cover the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

[img_assist|nid=6314|title=Orange booms snake across the front of Breton National Wildlife Refuge near Venice to prevent a slick from a massive oil spill|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]“It’s pretty much chaos. We have people from all over the country here – lots of reporters.
I’ve talked to reporters from Spain and from Germany. The president’s motorcade came down the other day,” SteveMcNeal, pastor of First Baptist Mission in Venice, told Baptist Press May 4.

At the same time, people who have relied on the shrimping industry and thesports fishing industry in Venice to earn an income fear the blows that could be dealt to their businesses.

“There are folks not knowing where their next dollar is coming from,” said McNeal, who also works as a firefighter.“One good thing is that there are a lot ofcleanup jobs. It’s hard, dirty work, but money is coming in. So I guess some folks who haven’t even had jobs in the past are now getting jobs.”

 

Louisiana Lagniappe Breakfast offers a little something extra

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer

The word lagniappe, which is used primarily in south Louisiana and southeast Texas, refers to an “unexpected something extra.”

And for the last four years at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, the Louisiana Lagniappe Breakfast has been an “unexpected something extra” for those attending.

 

The problem of 'Great Commission Giving'

By Les Puryear, Pastor, Lewisville (N.C.) Baptist Church

Recently the senior pastor of a mega-church in Tennessee was roundly criticized by liberal bloggers because he preached on tithing.

[img_assist|nid=6317|title=Les Puryear, Pastor Lewisville, N. C. Baptist Church|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=94]The criticism came not just because he preached on tithing, but because of the way he preached on tithing. This pastor said that church members should give at least 10 percent of their income undesignated to the church. He said that if his members did not do this they would be “robbing God” (Malachi 3:8).

 

Confine efforts to elections; not lobbying


To the Editor

After reading the front page report titled “Committee seeks more visible presence at legislature” in the April 29 issue of the Baptist Message, I am almost forced to remind the committee to follow Our Lord’s injunction to “render unto Caesar (in this case the State) that which is Caesar’s and unto God the things that are Gods”

 

The Gulf of Mexico and the care of Creation

By Russell D. Moore, Vice President Southern Seminary Louisville, Kentucky

As I type this, I am looking out at the Gulf of Mexico. You could have seen a similar sight out the window of the hospital where I was born, just a few miles down the road here on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

[img_assist|nid=6320|title=Russell D. Moore Vice President Southern Seminary Louisville, Kentucky|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=70|height=100]Now, though, those waters I grew up with, gently lapping against the sand, are threatening to bring with them millions of gallons of oil, spewing up from an exploded rig out in the Gulf.

 

A few cents worth can fund a movement for the glory of God

By Rogers S. Oldham, Executive Editor SBC Life

A drop of rain.
A seed of corn.
A thin red cent.
None, by itself, seems significant. But collectively — and cooperatively — a drop joining with other drops of rain becomes a deluge. The grains of corn feed an army. The thin red cent funds a movement.

[img_assist|nid=6322|title=Roger S. Oldham, Executive Editor SBC Life|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=70|height=100]The Cooperative Program is like that. The gifts I give out of obedience to my Lord join with other gifts to provide a cup of cold water in the name of Jesus, spiritual food for the hungry soul, and support for sending laborers to the ends of the earth.

 

MILESTONES

MILESTONES – compiled by Joanne Brechtel

COMINGS & GOINGS

Patrick Willis resigns as pastor, St. Clair Baptist, Boyce.

AVAILABLE

B.N. Nichols available for interim pastor and supply; call 318.481.1863.

ANNIVERSARIES

 

Churches busy with spring mission projects

By Joanne Brechtel
Administrative Editor

ARCADIA – The Rolling Hills Ministries grand opening event took place April 16.Bids have been opened for a new Ruston Thrift Store and construction could begin as early as June.

TROUT – Ron Nation,pastor of Ebenezer Baptist, and Lucas LaCour, pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist, recently completed a mission trip to Malawi, Africa, in May.

ALEXANDRIA – Calvary Baptist’s “Missions Out of this World” event took place onMay 5. A Preschoolers Missions Recognition Service took place in April.

 

Churches busy with spring mission projects

By Joanne Brechtel
Administrative Editor

ARCADIA – The RollingHills Ministries grand openingevent took place April 16.Bids have been opened for a new Ruston Thrift Store and construction could begin as early as June.

TROUT – Ron Nation,pastor of Ebenezer Baptist, and Lucas LaCour, pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist, recently completed a mission trip to Malawi, Africa, in May.

 

The Counseling Connection

THE COUNSELING CONNECTION
By Michele Louviere, Director of Counseling Celebration Church, Metairie

Question: We have just discovered that our child has been sexually abused. We are devastated! What can we do to help our child?

Michele Louviere responds:
Sexual abuse is an epidemic in our society.By the time that a young woman turns 18, one out of four will have experienced some form of abuse, and one out of seven boys will be abused.

 

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