Instead of presents for their seventh birthday, twins Chloe and Sidney Burlew asked people to donate money for the Main Street Mission in Pineville. The two gathered more than $640 dollars which they donated to the Mission.
The Main Street Mission in Pineville provides people with essential food items and clothing while also helping to take care of their spiritual needs as well.
Angola lifer Brandal Albin looks into the face of his daughter, Jocelyn, 8, at the end of the day of Awana Lifeline’s Returning Hearts event at Angola prison on July 14. Around 200 children spent the day with their incarcerated fathers renewing and refreshing their relationships.
Mark Lowry

By Hannah Boggs, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Some young children may have trouble understanding the concept of donating money to a worthy cause but not twins Chloe and Sidney Burlew.

For their seventh birthday instead of bringing birthday gifts to their party, the twins asked people to bring donations for the Main Street Mission. Because of their unselfish act, the two little girls were able to gather more than $640 dollars and donate it to the mission.

By Hannah Boggs, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – To find churches who are trying to “be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ” one needs to look no further than the Main Street Mission in Pineville.

Located at 312 Main Street in downtown Pineville, the Mission is a homeless shelter and ministry of First Baptist Church Pineville. And it has been meeting the needs of the homeless for more than 20 years.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

ANGOLA – Around 200 children got to spend the day with about 100 of their incarcerated fathers during the second Awana Lifeline’s Returning Hearts event held in 2014 on July 14, (the first was in mid-May) and along with finding forgiveness and reconciliation between the children and their fathers, 40 children accepted Jesus as their personal Savior, according to prison Chaplain John Toney.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

GREENWELL SPRINGS – Changing the culture for Christ in a drastic way can take just 80 minutes a month, believes Walter “Hank” Hankins Jr.

And Hankins believes it can happen with churches of all denominations throughout the country, including Louisiana Baptists.

The target audience is the country’s elected officials.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

Students trickle into Helping Hands storefront classes which host between 60 and 70 students each week.

Throughout the hour of study for each student, tutors mix in questions about their day-to-day lives with lessons about the English language. Tutors enjoy the one-on-one connection just as much as helping the students learn to speak fluent English.

“The students drive me,” said tutor Sallie Brown. “You become a part of their lives while they are here.”

ALEXANDRIA -- Singer, songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry, along with Grammy winner Jason Crabb will bring an enjoyable evening of music, comedy and ministry to the Alexandria Riverfront Center in Alexandria on Aug. 9.

Presented by Muse Concerts and sponsored by Feed the Children, Mark Lowry Live will be held at the Alexandria Riverfront Center located at 707 Second Street in Alexandria. The show starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Mark Lowry is best known for penning the Christmas classic, “Mary Did You Know?” and for years

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

There are atheists and liberals, some who are both, who believe there is no need for God in order for morality to be maintained in a society. They argue that people can act morally apart from a supreme authority.

I agree that people can act morally apart from God’s standard. However, the real question is why should they? If there is no supreme authority – no God – then why behave morally?

By Erich Bridges, IMB World Correspondent

Jacob (not his real name), age 8, probably isn’t up to speed on the cultural and spiritual struggles going on in America.

He’s a kid, for one thing. He doesn’t live in the United States most of the time, for another. His parents are Southern Baptist workers in North Africa and the Middle East.

He doesn’t understand why far more violent conflicts are exploding around him and his family, either. He just knows that he misses his friends.

By Joe McKeever, Author/Retired Pastor

Google “the number one sin of the church” and almost all the responses will be the same: Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, believes the number one sin is the churches leaders not crying out to God for the outcasts of this world – the prostitutes, the gang leaders, the druggies.

By Jeff Iorg, President of Golden Gate Seminary

A new television show, “Naked Dating,” recently debuted.

In each episode, a man and a woman dates two different suitors – with the goal of deciding by the end of the episode if any of the relationships will continue.

And, as the name of the program implies, everyone is naked from first meeting until final credits.

This new naked show joins a lineup of other recent shows with characters in the buff.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – South Carolina pastor Don Wilton will be the keynote speaker for this year’s E4 preaching conference.

The pastor at First Baptist Spartanburg, SC, Wilton will bring messages during all three sessions over the course of the conference, scheduled for Sept. 19-20 at First Baptist Pineville.

Wilton is no stranger to Louisiana Baptist life.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

This year’s PreTeen Invasion promises twice the fun.

For the first time, fourth through sixth graders and their leaders will have two choices of where to attend the annual evangelism conference that began in 2011.

Temple Baptist in Ruston will host the first PreTeen Invasion on Aug. 16 and First Baptist Lafayette will host the other on Aug. 23.

By Tobin Perry, Baptist Press

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (BP) – When Jim Jackson became the pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tenn., in January 2013, his first move wasn’t what most people might expect. He closed the church.

The church had been near its end for several decades as the community around it changed and the church didn’t adjust to better reach its neighbors. Faith Fellowship seemed destined to become one of the 1,000 churches Southern Baptists close annually.

But God didn’t appear to be finished with the church quite yet.

ON THE MOVE

Jim Wolfe new as pastor at Ridge Avenue Baptist Church, West Monroe.

Neil Wigley new as pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Eros.

Tom Harper retiring from First Baptist Church, Melville on Aug. 4 to Florida.

REVIVAL/HOMECOMING

Hebron Baptist Church, Summerfield: Homecoming Sunday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. Lunch will follow the service in the fellowship hall. Pastor: Kenneth Nutt.