December 2011

Louisiana woman finds hope through CWJC

By Julie Walters, WMU Communications MONROE – Danielle Flintroy describes her life as “a complete mess” before coming to the Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) chapter in Monroe.[img_assist|nid=7788|title=Dove Award Recipient|desc=After being presented with the Sybil Bentley Dove Award, Danielle Flintroy speaks to the crowd gathered at the Louisiana Baptist Convention annual meeting, which took place at First Baptist Church, Covington.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]


We are truly a blessed people

By Waylon Bailey, Pastor First Covington For all of the problems in the United States of America, we are a blessed people. I hope that every day is a day of thanksgiving for you. We are blessed to live in a land of plenty and to be people who are free to vote, protest, speak, and worship. In my way of thinking, the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States is a blessing from God. I thank God for the right to worship Him openly and without fear. I thank God that we can communicate the Gospel to others.


Stand together to give pre-born children the right to life

By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor On Aug. 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. for the express purpose of making a unified statement that all citizens of America – regardless of their skin color – should be treated with equality. It was to this mighty throng that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most memorable oratory. With an economy of words, Dr. King eloquently articulated a vision that still moves people committed to life, liberty and justice for all.


An invitation to forsake the Inn for the joy found in the stable

 By Jason Hiles, Professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College If advertisements paint an accurate picture of public sentiment, then Christmas for most people has become little more than an opportunity to indulge in rich foods and expensive products that would otherwise seem extravagant. The shopping season begins a little earlier each year, encroaching more and more on the only holiday dedicated to expressing gratitude.


Questions we ponder

By Bill Warren, Professor of New Testament and Greek Question: I’ve heard that Mary and Joseph were engaged, but Matthew 1:19 indicates Joseph is considering divorcing Mary. What was the marriage custom back then that might explain this?


PreTeen Invasion to build friendships with God and others

By Staff, Baptist Message PINEVILLE – Based on the success last year of the first-ever PreTeen Invasion, leaders anticipate 1,500 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will invade Louisiana College Saturday, Jan. 7, for this year’s day-long event. PreTeen Invasion is to take place inside Guinn Auditorium and on the LC grounds. “It’s going to be a great way to start off the new year, spending time with friends and the opportunity to commit ourselves and our year to Christ,” said David Anderson,  childhood education strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.


Blake Brothers Band sing passionately for God

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer SHREVEPORT – Some bands simply have it in their blood to sing God’s praises and testify to His glory through their music.[img_assist|nid=7797|title=Blake Brothers|desc=The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band, photographed at Salem Baptist Church in Plain Dealing, travel the state using their music and humor to tell others about God.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=427]


God’s work done God’s way will get God’s results

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer SHREVEPORT – It was a program that was virtually down to nothing until a determined associate pastor and his children’s teachers decided to get out and do something.[img_assist|nid=7799|title=Ford Park Children's Ministry Team|desc=Ford Park Baptist Church Associate Pastor John Newman (in shirt and tie) and his staff – teachers (from left) Linda Nicholson, Carolyn Gohring and Delene O’Rear (back row from left) Michael O’Rear and Pat Wood – have helped to revive the church’s children’s program.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]


‘Servnlove’ throughout the community of Lafayette

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer LAFAYETTE – It’s a ministry with a catchy name that serves to accomplish exactly what that ministry’s name represents.[img_assist|nid=7801|title=Servnlove in action|desc=Servenlove volunteer Steven Feehan and Ministry Evangelism Strategist Jeff Cook (right) assists with an outreach to inner city and homeless people on Nov. 19 in Lafayette.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=471]