State of Emergency for KY, DR Team Serves on Short Notice, God’s Love
Residents of eastern Kentucky are working together to help locate missing people and clean up after historic floods caught the region by surprise last week. A Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief team responded to a “last-minute” call to Romania, July 11-22, and was rewarded by seeing many Gospel seeds planted among Ukrainian refugees and relief workers through food and Bible distribution. And, In a Bible Study from Lifeway, the writer says if we are to be people who live in the love of God, we must know what His love truly is.
Residents of eastern Kentucky are working together to help locate missing people and clean up after historic floods caught the region by surprise last week.
More than 16 people are confirmed dead and Pres. Biden has declared a state of emergency for the region.
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief is organizing and preparing to receive teams from other states to help in east Kentucky, a further example of cooperative work. The Kentucky Baptist Convention is also providing direct help to churches and pastors through their Kentucky Cares fund.
Get information about the fund at kybaptist.org.
A Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief team responded to a “last-minute” call to Romania, July 11-22, and was rewarded by seeing many Gospel seeds planted among Ukrainian refugees and relief workers through food and Bible distribution.
Tommy Middleton, associational mission strategist for Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, led the team of six individuals who spent time in Suceave, Romania, on the border with Ukraine. The team had been scheduled to travel to Poland to work with Ukrainian refugees but changed plans at the request of Send Relief.
While there, the team handed out bottled water, power bars, cookies, chips and Bibles that were in both the Ukrainian and Romanian languages to refugees and relief workers. The Bibles and bottled water had a QR code attached to them, which directed individuals to a website that has a Gospel presentation.
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In a Bible Study from Lifeway, the writer says if we are to be people who live in the love of God, we must know what His love truly is.
And since God Himself is love, we must know His character. But counterfeits abound: people who may look and sound genuine, but they neither come from nor represent God. A genuine believer is one who has been transformed by the love of God and loves as He loves. God takes the real thing seriously, and so should we.
Love is essential to every aspect of the Christian life. Without it, everything else is empty. The only way your life and mine will truly matter is choosing the way of God’s love.
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.