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7 inspiring Great Commission stories from 2019
By Biblical Recorder Staff
December 16 2019
The editorial team at the Biblical Recorder loves to publish stories about how Southern Baptists in North Carolina and across the nation are fulfilling the Great Commission. These are our favorites from 2019... read more
Arkansas Baptist buys out Payless store, inspires town
By Sarah Davis, Baptist Press
December 17 2019
Carrie Jernigan recently took her kids shoe shopping for an upcoming family vacation when her daughter, Harper, brought a pair of Avenger shoes to her. Harper had noticed a friend from school had shoes that were too tight and had holes, and she asked her mom if they could buy the shoes for him... read more
Fairness for All Act draws opposition from both sides
By Tom Strode, Baptist Press
December 16 2019
A new congressional proposal seeking to balance religious freedom and gay rights is a misguided effort that will fail to achieve its stated goals, according to the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)... read more
Advent: Christians as hopeful realists
By Cameron McAllister, LifeWay Voices
December 16 2019
Regarding hope, the literary critic Terry Eagleton gives elegant expression to many of our doubts: “Hope is a slender reed, a castle in the air, agreeable company but a poor guide, fine sauce but scanty food... read more
YouVersion announces top Bible verse of 2019
By Tess Schoonhoven, Baptist Press
December 13 2019
YouVersion Bible app announced its most popular verse of 2019, Philippians 4:6: "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done... read more
The spirit of Christmas

Everyone is busy this time of year. There are Christmas parties, programs and all manner of holiday paraphernalia. But at its best, the season is a time to slow down and reflect – an opportunity to remember that God has come to us, and God has come for us.

It is in that spirit that your BR staff put together a list of seven stories published in 2019 that capture the Great Commission focus of N.C. Baptist and Southern Baptist ministries. We hope you will take the time to survey the list and reflect on how God is moving among His churches to bring the Good News to all nations.

And even still, there are more stories published each day, some of them in this newsletter, that capture the gospel focus of churches across the state and around the nation.

Our team wishes you a Merry Christmas. We will deliver the next newsletter Dec. 31, since the BR office will be closed next Wednesday for the holiday.

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