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H.o.p.e. Toy Drive

On Sunday December 19th, 2021 New Vision Church had their annual H.O.P.E. Toy Drive. Every child ages 0 - 11 got a FREE TOY! It was an all free family fun event filled with free toys, carnival games … more

Sorrow, rescue and recovery in five states affected by severe storms

MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP) – Rescue efforts were underway Saturday as first responders, family members and neighbors worked to find missing people in five Mid-South states. The death toll topped more … more

Living Nativity

Luke 2:10-18 (NIV) But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is … more

'Sinning in the Rain': New study finds crimes go up when it rains on Sundays

(RNS) — To help people avoid sin, pastors often advise prayer, going to church and reading the Bible or other religious books. They might also want to get a few umbrellas. A forthcoming … more

Mar Vista Church

Mar Vista Baptist Church was blessed to use the block party trailer for its very first Trunk or Treat outreach.  This outreach was part of our revitalization efforts for building up the church … more

Should we be thankful for suffering?

NASHVILLE (BP) – “My grandfather probably won’t make it through the night,” said the text from a friend last week. The folks in our small group had been praying for his family … more

Bible Study: Gospel-guided relationships

NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult … more

What a resounding testimony will do for you

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – A resounding testimony of faith in Jesus Christ will get you into more trouble than you’ve ever been in, in your life. You thought we were going to say how good … more

Millennials struggling to find purpose, study finds

Three out of four Millennials (75%) say they are searching for their purpose in life, according to newly released survey from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University. The … more

Two North County Churches – New Locations

Judy and I recently visited two of our newer churches in San Diego County. Anthem Church, now in Vista, and LifePoint Church, now in Carlsbad. Pastor Mark Finnigan leads LifePoint Church. Pastor … more

Amid pandemic and personal struggles

(RNS) — Pastor and bestselling author Max Lucado believes the story of Esther can help guide Christians through challenging times. Lucado should know. The biblical book bearing … more

Why a pastor should pastor his children first

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). I’ve heard it said that a new father has lots of opinions and … more

From luxury stays to 'champing' in the sanctuary

(RNS) — After the death of their founding pastor a few years ago, membership at Cullen Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, took a nosedive. With less revenue coming in pledges and … more

Leaning on faith and prayer: One family’s journey with the God who carried them through

Chad and Anna Nelson prepared to welcome their first child in Spring 2010. Everything appeared normal until just 18 weeks into the pregnancy, when an anatomy scan uncovered a problem and the couple … more

Son leads 85-year-old father to Christ through online Bible study

NASHVILLE (BP) – Barry Calhoun opened the Bible study book on his desk and thought about Jesus’ parable of a man who refused to stop knocking on his neighbor’s door for help. It … more

Local Churches Caring for Afghan Refugees at Home

In the days since the tragic fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, thousands of Afghans have fled the only home they’ve ever known to seek safety in other countries. In the coming weeks, some of … more

Five simple ways to motivate church volunteers

Summer is almost over, families are back from vacation and everyone is returning to work and school. Pastors and church staff are gearing up for the new year too, and the needs are many. First, … more

Hurricane Ida: SBDR response begins amid ongoing efforts to restore water, power to hard-hit areas

A massive response is just getting started in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which struck the state Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm. Ida made two landfalls, the first near Port … more

Women church planters hope to give Christianity a fresh start

(RNS) — The Rev. Liz Rios has a simple philosophy of ministry: What God wants her to do, she’ll do. “I'm from the school that if God called me, can you please get out the … more

Maranatha Ethiopian Christian Fellowship

The Lord has been good to Maranatha Ethiopian Christian Fellowship during this Covid time. We have been preaching, teaching and praying seven days a week twice a day. The services were by Zoom, … more
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