State-by-State Abortion Battle, Fire Destroys Church Sanctuary & Making Big Decisions
According to Americans United for Life, there are currently 25 states with an abortion ban of some sort. The sanctuary of Camp Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina is gone — now only a charred shell. And, in a piece on Baptist Press, Matt Espenshade offers four tip to help make decisions. He’s a
pastor and former FBI agent.
According to Americans United for Life, there are currently 25 states with an abortion ban of some sort.
– Prohibition from conception: Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Idaho; Indiana; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; North Dakota; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming.
– Court orders have blocked enforcement at least temporarily for the bans in Arizona, Indiana, Utah and Wyoming.
– Prohibition when a heartbeat can be detected: Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Ohio; South Carolina.
– Prohibition at 12 weeks’ gestation: Nebraska; North Carolina.
All these laws permit exceptions to their bans to protect the life of the mother, and several include various other exceptions, according to SBA Pro-life America.
The sanctuary of Camp Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina is gone — now only a charred shell. A lightning bolt likely ignited the blaze that gutted the building on Sunday, July 2.
But “the church is the people,” interim pastor Joe Hayes Jr. maintains, and the spirit of Camp Creek’s members remains undaunted. They will continue to worship on the northern Greenville County site where the congregation has met since 1885.
“It’s totally devastating,” Hayes told The Courier. “But as sad as it is, I’m telling the people that God’s not through with the church, and we’re going to pull together and get through this.”
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In a piece on Baptist Press, Matt Espenshade offers four tip to help make decisions. He’s a pastor and former FBI agent. He writes;
What you worship – Everyone worships something. So, the most important decision one will ever make is whether to worship Jesus – or to worship something(s) lesser.
Your conviction to what you say you believe – is your conviction deep enough that you’re willing to speak about it
Consistency in your decision-making process –By God’s grace, we grow through consequences and experiences and thus find greater consistency in decision-making.
C.S. Lewis wrote that “good and evil increase at compound interest. That’s why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance.” So, this is why consistency in your process matters. Develop good habits like being in God’s word, gathering data, being patient, asking good questions, and seeking wise counsel.
A willingness to critically analyze your decisions – Maybe the best habit I carried with me from the military and the FBI is the practice of the “after-action review.” It is good to be confident in your decisions and defend your process – but we must be humble enough to admit when we are wrong and grow from our mistakes. Doing so makes us more dependent on God.
AL Baptists Work to Build Camp in Alaska, Empty Historic Church Houses New Congregation & What We Should Learn From Gen Z
There’s a piece of land nestled next to a lake in Alaska, and Tommy Bishop said when he’s there, he thinks of somewhere else. Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. And, what does Gen Z need?
With a recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents. Author, speaker and a mentor to many, Rhonda Kelley was known for her vibrant spirit and dedication in serving women in the local church, in the seminary classroom, and at the state and denominational level. And, Augustine is credited as having said, “God had only one Son who never sinned, but He never had any sons who didn’t suffer.”
Celebration of New Missionaries, Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Catholic Church & Steps for Starting New Groups
62 new missionaries were commissioned last week by the International Mission Board. The celebration took place in Phoenix, Arizona. In a concerning turn of events, the situation for the Catholic community in Nicaragua has deteriorated. This year alone, nineteen priests have been forcibly expelled. And, Lifeway discipleship expert Ken Braddy offers tips on starting new groups in your local church.