Browsing the "Faith" Category

MAYWOOD – The Rev. Dale Norfolk, who was once chaplain for the Missouri Senate for 26 years, preached his first sermon at age 17. He’s celebrating his 64th year in the ministry this month, and...

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A buddy and I headed to the gun range the other day so I could show off my new rifle. I’d spent quite enough money on the rifle and scope, so I decided to save...

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EULESS, Texas (BP) – The 235 baptisms last year at First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas, totaled nearly 10 percent of the church’s 2,534 average Sunday morning worship attendance. But pastor John Meador would like...

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KANSAS CITY – As evangelicals fervently promote missions work among the world’s nearly 6,500 “unreached” people groups, one professor from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary urges them to remember also the billions of lost men and...

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Brad Bennett and other members of Real Encounter flew through the air with the greatest of ease, but it wasn’t on a trapeze. It was on a bicycle. Real Encounter is a ministry of...

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“Your PET scan is clear.” When you’re facing the prospect of melanoma cancer cells exploding within your body, that is amazing news to hear. That is exactly what my Sugarbabyluv, my Sharon, was told this...

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Sometimes before you can talk to God and others, you need to talk to yourself. That was the gist behind the Convention Sermon at the 2014 Missouri Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, preached by Richie Rhea....

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RICHARD NATIONS/contributing writer OSAGE BEACH – MBC Partnership Missions lunch attendees heard reports from a pastor in Puebla, Mexico, and a church planter in upstate New York. Stirring stories of fields wide open for spiritual...

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This year’s keynote speaker was Sharon Yeats, wife of John Yeats, the executive director of the MBC. She talked mostly about her life since she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Internal Melanoma. "When I found out...

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The MBC's 2015 state evangelism and discipleship conference will challenge church leaders to remain faithful to God and to His call despite hardship. Springfield’s Ridgecrest Baptist Church will host the conference, called “Furnace,” Feb. 5-6,...

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Americans need God’s Word just as much as they ever have; yet research shows they are reading Scripture less. Just like so many in the Church, we long to see a renewal of Scripture engagement...

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The central teaching of the errant Word-Faith movement is that God wills your prosperity and health; therefore, to be a Christian in poverty or ill health is to be outside the will of God. There...

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Former President Jimmy Carter recently made two important points – one of which was ridiculous and the other quite correct, but not rightly applied. In the first case, Mr. Carter affirmed gay civil rights and...

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This is the first in a five-part series on the Prosperity Gospel. Does God want me rich? Can my words create reality? Are human beings little gods? Almost without exception, leaders of today’s Word-Faith movement...

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“Opposition from the world is an opportunity to witness,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during a special Heritage Week chapel service, Oct. 15. “The opportunity of greatest Christian...

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PUEBLA, Mexico – Mexican pastor Javier Gonzalez knows firsthand the reality of Christ’s words from Mark 6:4, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town.” After training at a Bible institute in...

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PUEBLA, Mexico – Lifepoint Church of O’Fallon entered an official partnership with churches here when a mission team of eight from the church traveled to the region, Aug. 22 – 27, with financial backing from...

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BOLIVAR — Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive International, visited the Southwest Baptist University campus on Sept. 22. Kids Alive is a global ministry that serves at 67 sites in 18 countries with a focus...

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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,…” I John 4: 18 Halloween is a holiday that presents a real challenge to Christians. Many would like to ignore it. Some try...

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If you want insights into your psyche, try the dishwasher. All you have to do is follow these simple instructions: 1) Leave dishwasher door open. 2) Unwittingly apply shin forcefully to side of the...

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CHICAGO (BP) – Supporters of the ministerial housing allowance should be hopeful about a federal appeals court’s anticipated ruling on the 60-year-old provision, a religious liberty lawyer said after oral arguments in the case. The...

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We’ll call them Brian and Victoria Samples. They are followers of Jesus, born-again, and church shoppers. Following the tried-and-true method of how to select a new church passed down from their parents, the young couple...

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WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity has called for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a municipal sign ordinance it says violates a church’s free speech and assembly rights. The...

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If hanging onto reality is anything like hanging pictures, mine probably needs to go a little higher and to the right. I know, I know. There are all kinds of tools and methods to make...

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Many Christians struggling with addictive behaviors, bad relationships, or dire circumstances wonder if they are victims of generational curses. In other words, they worry that God is punishing them for the sins of their ancestors....

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NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptists must boldly proclaim the Gospel as they fight for religious freedom in the United States and globally, David Platt said in an interview conducted by the Southern Baptist Ethics &...

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen  –  this time offered by Victoria Osteen as...

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JEFFERSON CITY – A dozen interns sent out by the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) canvassed Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City for 10 weeks this summer, mapping out pockets of lostness in these cities....

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month The Lord has brought to this state, at this time in history, some of the finest pastors in the Kingdom. These men, who weep with the hurting and equip the...

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A high-profile pastor from New York City addressed a large conference for church planters and evangelism leaders. He gave a rousing cry for evangelism. He said the need is so urgent that we should be...

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When the militant forces of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) recently occupied a large portion of the Middle East and declared the establishment of a new country under an Islamic caliph (leader),...

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R.G. Lee Payday Someday from Baptist Press on Vimeo. Some people have called it the most famous sermon of the 20th century. R.G. Lee, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis from 1927 to 1960,...

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Have you ever been in such mortal danger that you saw your life flash before your eyes? I’ve experienced fear, but I guess I’ve never been near enough death to get to see the show....

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KANSAS CITY – E-Tech Missions Founder Jon Moody spent four years (2008-2013) on mission with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Mali, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. During that time he had many...

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Jesus advised a man to “count the cost” before following Him. The WIGtake question is “What’s It Gonna take to reach Missouri with the gospel?” Prayerfully ask the WIGtake question needed to spiritually transform your...

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As children return to school, they will demonstrate their upbringing at home. Those who attend church will show their church teaching as well. Most teachers can tell, rather quickly, the kind of environment and teaching...

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HAVANA, Cuba – Three family members with southern Missouri Baptist church ties joined a group distributing sports equipment and Bibles to Cuba for 13 days in early July. Paul Dudley, a deacon from Hillcrest Baptist,...

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In high school I played tight end on the football team. When I scored a touchdown, my mother started praying that I would get to handle the ball more often. And that’s about the time...

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This morning started with an uncomfortable conversation with my son. On the second day of school, his personal clothing choice was a bit sloppy and involved a hoodie. It shouldn’t have been a big deal....

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Have I ever mentioned that I have a terrible memory? Maybe I did. Or maybe it slipped my mind. But hey, I remembered to buy all those vitamins that are supposed to help with memory....

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A colleague recently called The Pathway office after seeing the story on the president of Windermere being arrested. He expressed surprise that we would publish such a story. His observation set my mind to thinking:...

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An elderly woman tosses aside her walker and sprints around a crowded auditorium amidst thunderous applause. Hundreds of congregants gasp as a faith healer lengthens a man’s shortened leg in the name of Jesus. Throngs...

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From the earliest days of the church Christians have been debating the relationship between the power of God and our responsibilities as human beings in living the Christian life. Is the Christian life essentially a...

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WASHINGTON (BP) – Islamic militants have eradicated virtually every trace of Christianity from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, said July 23. “There are no...

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Have you ever awakened in a morning to find that an entire flock of pink plastic flamingos migrated into your yard in the night? Weird nesting behavior, right? It makes me sound old when I...

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The Qur’an is Islam’s most holy book. While Muslims believe Allah has revealed many written works, including the Old and New Testaments, these revelations ended with the Qur’an, which supersedes all others. For all practical...

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I have been a baseball fan all my life. Growing up for many years on the Middle Tennessee farm owned by Uncle Paul and Aunt Janie Benton, there were no friends within miles. So my...

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In the third grade, my buddy Jimmy let me borrow his new glasses. I shouted, “Hey Mom, when you wear these glasses you can see every leaf and every blade of grass!” Mom said, “And...

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Ever had one of those days? I had several in a row. And by “several,” I mean at least 10 years’ worth. They were days of never feeling quite … finished. I would get to...

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Standing around with pastors during a break at an associational pastor’s conference, one pastor lamented that his church had stopped growing. When I asked why, he said that his building could only hold so many...

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