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FIRST-PERSON: Ministry moments
For Chuck Lawless, "seeing the look of absolute joy on a new believer who has just been baptized" and "telling Bible stories to children who hang on every word" are among the many joys of ministry. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: When God takes you on a detour
Unexpected detours in life such as a cancer diagnosis can become a "new route of obedience" to God, Van Kicklighter writes. "Even a cursory reading of the Bible," he notes, "reveals that many of God's choicest servants, men and women, experienced some incredible detours." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The battle for your heart
Guard your heart, David Jeremiah counsels, because it is "the seat of your emotional and spiritual passion in life." When the passion of a person's heart is directed toward God, he notes, "the outcome can be life-giving and life-saving." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: If it is good for kids ...
Apart from children in the church, Joshua Crutchfield laments, so few Christians memorize Scripture. One possible reason, he writes, is, "We don't esteem the Bible like we say we do." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Hazardous exposure
David Jeremiah warns of spiritual toxins that can seep unseen into the soul. "The Lord Jesus is the greatest hazmat specialist in the world," Jeremiah writes. "He can cleanse you from hazardous friends and exposures … with His blood and with the water of His Word." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: You don't reap what you sow; you reap more
There's more to the old adage, "You reap what you sow," J.D. Greear points out, noting that "what comes back to you is always greater than what you sowed" -- for good or bad. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Is God at home in you?
Frank Page takes note of an "intimate offer from our Lord" -- Jesus' promise in John 14 that He and the Father "will come and make their home with us." Read More
Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessnessDALLAS (BP) -- An unexpected deluge of volunteers in response to a Dallas middle school's call for male mentors has sparked media attention. It also has generated discussion of the need for discipleship of African American boys, robbed of fathers by the lingering effects of slavery.
When Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas scheduled a "Breakfast With Dads" event for the boys in its student body, a local Baptist pastor attempted to help, issuing a call via Facebook for volunteers to stand in with students whose fathers were absent from their lives or unable to attend. Though the school -- which is predominantly African American -- hoped for 50-100 volunteers, some 600 men showed up at the breakfast. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What happened to that lovely tree?
Like a tree that is strengthened and grows from pruning, Katie McCoy notes that Christians benefit from God's pruning, from His "cultivating a deeper, richer life that can't be seen on the outside." Read More
Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Mont. church & townNOXON, Mont. (BP) -- There was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley's life but, years later, the course of a church and a Montana community.
In his early 20s, Webley was working in the gold mines of Nevada, entrenched in a rough lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, and through weekly fighting he had "put some people in the hospital," he told Baptist Press. People just wanted him to leave town.
One Sunday morning, Webley was driving his young daughter Sara to get milkshakes when they passed a little white Baptist church building in the Nevada community.
"I absolutely never went to church down there, but I could feel God pulling me in that direction," Webley recounted. "He was telling me I needed to get into church." Read More