|N.C. Baptists challenged to 'Awaken'|
November 19, 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
After weeks of focused prayer, and a call for spiritual awakening, this year’s 182nd annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) ended with 34 North American Mission Board missionaries being sent to the field.
|N.C. Baptists prep for six months of response|
November 19, 2012 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
Every day more than 300 N.C. Baptist Men and women volunteers are deployed across New Jersey and New York in response to Superstorm Sandy.
|'It's all about obedience,' Ezell says |
November 16, 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
|Church planting, revitalization and developing a “farm system” of new missionaries throughout North America were the focus of a message to N.C. Baptists by Kevin Ezell, president of NAMB.|
|OTHER BR NEWS|
Atheist group sues IRS over churches endorsing politics
WMU-NC cancels move to Lillington
Hollifield calls messengers to pray for 'awakening'
Convention agencies bring ministry reports
Guest column: Where do we go after election?
Guest column: Response to Graham's critics
K. Allan Blume
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful," (Colossians 3:15, NKJ).
According to this verse, a thankful heart is a valuable part of knowing God’s peace. The verse also implies that unity with others is connected to thankfulness. So being thankful is both an essential internal quality and a fundamental external factor for connecting with fellow believers.
In Henry Blackaby’s online devotional Monday, he commented on the story of the ten lepers who were healed. Only one glorified God, gave thanks and returned to Jesus to express his gratitude.
Blackaby said, "Thankfulness is foundational to the Christian life. Thankfulness is a conscious response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to their source. As Christians, we have been forgiven, saved from death, and adopted as God’s children. There could be no better reason for a grateful heart!"
As you reflect on the origins of Thanksgiving from the days of the Pilgrims, make a list of the things you are thankful for. Don’t let your list degenerate to a list of material things. Look at the spiritual treasures you have enjoyed. Itemize valuable relationships.Then, share your gratitude with others throughout your weekend of celebration. Be intentional about giving thanks.
The staff at your Biblical Recorder wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As you celebrate, don’t forget to give a special gift to reach children. Support the Baptist Children’s Homes Thanksgiving offering!
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