December 2012

Crossover 2012 saturates, impacts Northeast Louisiana

Robert Spicer, team leader of Crossover Events for Northeast Association, witnesses to a teen at Real Encounter event

By Robert Lemoine, Regional Reporter

OUACHITA PARISH – Northeast Louisiana Southern Baptists saturated their area repeatedly for four months with the Word of God.

Many events across the parish offered fellowship and evangelism to the communities under the anticipation of Crossover this year.

 

Modern day shepherds corral nativity animals

A young shepherd keeps a firm hold on the halter of this donkey used during a live nativity at Mandeville Baptist Church.

MANDEVILLE – Deacon Pat Hayden of Mandeville Baptist Church is a shepherd of sorts. It is his job to round up sheep, donkeys, goats and maybe a calf or two for the church’s annual Christmas live nativity each year.
But he doesn’t do it with a rod and staff. Hayden is the animal facilitator who arranges, by phone, for the mini-herd to be delivered from farms as far as 50 minutes away to the nativity scene on the church property for three afternoons in December.

 

Christmas brings added twist to VBS

Children attending a Christmas Vacation Bible School at Crossroads Baptist Church Hammond wave their light sticks to illustrate Jesus is the Light of the World.

HAMMOND – The room was completely dark until one by one, a small group of elementary age children shook their chemical light sticks. Squeals of laughter erupted as the room – now illuminated by swirling colors of green, yellow, red and blue – revealed happy faces.

 

YEC Rocks the House: Event shatters attendance record in 25th year

For the first time in its 25 year history, YEC was sold out before the doors of the Rapides Parish Coliseum even opened. The 7,567 in attendance shattered the previous record of 7,050 set in 2010. Featuring a powerful message from Clayton King and high-energy music from the band Skillet and worship leaders Jeff Johnson Band, illusionist Joshua Jordan, inspiring messages, testimonies, the Skit Guys and comedian Bob Smiley, the event resulted in 950 spiritual decisions.

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

ALEXANDRIA – In a year set aside for an awakening of Christ among Louisiana Baptists, hundreds of young people answered the call to accept and serve the Lord in record numbers. It was the highest-attended Youth Evangelism Conference ever.

 

Christmas celebrations indicate Americans penchant for secularism

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

Political pundits, social commentators and even theologians continue to debate what the most recent election results actually indicate about America.

However, one reality that seems evident is that just over half of the registered voters in the United

States are in favor of a more secular culture.

The morning of Nov. 7, we learned that Americans had rejected traditional values, anchored in the principles espoused by the Bible, in favor of homosexual marriage, recreational drug use and candidates who seem enamored by socialist ideas.

 

Christmas Day Storm Clean-up

A Disaster Relief chainsaw team helps members of Forest Baptist Church cut and dispose of a 150-year-old tree at the church. The damage was caused by a storm that passed through many areas of the state on Christmas Day. Photo courtesy of James Avance, pastor of Forest Baptist Church.

A Disaster Relief chainsaw team helps members of Forest Baptist Church cut and dispose of a 150-year-old tree at the church. The damage was caused by a storm that passed through many areas of the state on Christmas Day. Photo courtesy of James Avance, pastor of Forest Baptist Church.

 

Behind the scenes of live nativities, fireworks displays, musicals and other Christmas traditions at Louisiana Baptist churches

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

To say December is a busy month for Southern Baptist churches around the state is an understatement.

Fireworks displays, live nativities, singing Christmas trees, candlelight services and musicals are a few of the long-standing traditions of Louisiana Baptist congregations.

And behind each note sung and each Christmas tree branch decorated are months of planning by organizers.

 

Milestones

Church Events

Lakeside Baptist Pineville: “Super Gift From Heaven” at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 and 10:45 a.m. Dec. 23.

December 23

Judson Baptist Walker: “The Hope of Christmas” by Celebration Choir at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23.

Live Oak Baptist in Denham Springs: Christmas musical, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 23.

Rose Park Baptist in Shreveport: Choir Christmas program, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 23.

 

Hard work earns Edwards exemplary bivocational pastor of year

Pastor Doug Edwards, Tillou Baptist Church

By Robert Lemoine, Regional Reporter

BASTROP – Serving them all.

Douglas Edwards, pastor of Tillou Baptist Church in Bastrop, recently was named an LBC “Exemplary Bivocational Pastor of the Year” for his hard work both at the church he pastors and at his secular job.

 

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