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How Unified Is Your Church?

In Acts 4:32, Luke the physician notes, “… the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul.”



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Let's Make Change

Whenever I have an opportunity to preach for one of our churches, I try to communicate how our area is changing. It’s impossible to deny. The Bible Belt culture many of us grew up with, where one could be assured that his neighbors at least knew the basics of the Gospel and respected Biblical values, is passing away. In its place is a mostly secular culture in which Christian values are not only rejected, but are set apart as inappropriate and unwelcome.



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A Message from the Philippines

Greetings from Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Republic of the Philippines. I am here with a team from First Baptist Church of Wake Village, witnessing God's movement and exploring how churches of the BBA might join in His work among the Filipino people.



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Need Leaders? Try Growing Them

A question I hear often is, “Where can my church find new leaders?” Usually it comes from persons in smaller churches in need of Sunday School or ministry leadership. But occasionally I hear it from larger churches seeking staff - fully-funded or bivocational. I know of several churches in and around the BBA that for a while have sought youth or worship leaders.



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Fall Speed Ahead

Wow, how the time flies. It seems like the year began only yesterday, yet here we are wrapping up summer and heading into the fall.



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What a Difference a Day Makes!

I am often asked, “What can be accomplished in a day?” It’s a valid question from our human perspective. After all, one day - 24 hours - is a rather brief period of time. Most problems people deal with take far more than one day to develop, and likely take longer to solve. Give us more time, we say. We need more time.



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What's 222?

When you see in this number, 222? Some see redundancy. Others see a mathematical product. Some folks my age and older see an obscure TV show from the 66’s.



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How Do You Lose a Mega Church?

Whenever Baptist leaders get uncomfortable with the numbers, Lifeway’s Ed Stetzer reminds us, “Facts are our friends.” I worked hard to keep this in mind during a recent exercise.



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Preach the Word

When I began in ministry 30 years ago, I never expected some of the issues we Christians must now address. In fact, when people predicted such I, like many, turned a deaf ear and considered their claims extreme and alarmist.



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Send: Montreal

I spent last week with two of our BBA pastors on a vision tour of Montreal, Canada. Montreal, with a metro population of 3.8 million, stands out as the most lost city in North America. The North American Mission Board tells us that only 5 persons in every thousand know Christ as Lord and Savior. Compare this to Bowie County, where 250 of every thousand worship with Bible teaching churches, and 500 of 1000 profess faith in Christ.



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We live by faith, not by sight. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7