March 2012

Bayou Vista Easter production helps change lives

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter [img_assist|nid=8008|title=The Greatest Story Ever Told|desc=Chad Hebert depicting Jesus and John MacDougal depicting Anthony recreate that fateful day when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]MORGAN CITY – Bayou Vista Baptist Church members are praying for a harvest of souls when they present, “Bow the Knee,” an Easter-themed production that last year drew a thousand people and more than 20 reported decisions for salvation.

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A sinful lifestyle is not acceptable in the eyes of God

Dear Editor I wonder if Jesus’ confrontation with the Scribes and Pharisees was “frustrating and hurtful.” Jesus didn’t downplay anybody’s sin. He called it what it is – sin.  Homosexuality is the only sin referred to as an “abomination” to God.  If there is a hierarchy of sins, it was made by God, not man. 

 

The New York Times having trouble being objective again

[img_assist|nid=8016|title=Being Objective|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=495|height=640]By Kelly Boggs, Editor Baptist Message The New York Times on March 9 published an advertisement carrying the headline “It’s Time To Quit The Catholic Church.”. Placed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ad was a scathing attack on the Catholic church and encouraged liberal and nominal Catholics to abandon their faith.

 

A first person’s view: Turning from revelry to revival

By Keith Manuel, Evangelism strategist for the LBC I read recently this from a small town pastor: The people of our area are good people, clear-headed and orderly. They are as industrious and as kind as any people who live in our area. We are fortunate to be free from the crime the bigger cities seem to have. It is a good place to live and raise a family. Don’t let me mislead you, we aren’t without our problems.  Our town consists of about 200 families with everyone living closely together. Because of this closeness, when we do have problems, the problems spread rapidly.

 

Questions we've pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS Question: A website said Jesus was crucified on a Thursday, not on Friday as I’ve been taught. Which day is right? Bill Warren’s response:  In more recent history especially, some have indeed suggested Thursday or even Wednesday for the crucifixion instead of Friday. The main argument against the traditional Friday date centers on Matthew 12:40 where Jesus says, for just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, likewise the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

 

Greer-Heard explores life after death on April 13-14

By Gary Meyers, NOBTS Communications NEW ORLEANS – Is there life after death? The question was a hot topic during Jesus’ ministry in the first century, and it remains so today. Evangelical Christians see Jesus’ teaching on life after death as an essential part of biblical Christianity and find great hope in His promise of eternal life for those who believe in Christ. Skeptics, atheists, agnostics and proponents of naturalism either reject the idea outright or argue that the existence of an afterlife cannot be known.

 

Apologetics in the local church set for April 13

By Gary Meyers, NOBTS Communications NEW ORLEANS – In today’s increasingly secular and pluralistic society, Christian apologetics isn’t just an option in the local church. It’s a necessity. Christians must know what they believe, why they believe it, and they must be prepared to give a reasoned response to questions from those with opposing worldviews. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is to host a training event April 13 designed to help pastors and church leaders integrate apologetics into their churches.

 

Kingsville Baptist Church scores big with Upward Soccer

[img_assist|nid=8020|title=Upward Soccer|desc=Upward coaches make sure no child sits on the bench and everyone gets equal playing time while teaching the basics of the sport.|link=none|align=left|width=480|height=640]By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer PINEVILLE – Springtime usually means its time to play ball: baseball. From central Louisiana throughout the country, parents are busy outfitting children of all ages for the approaching ball season.

 

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