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FIRST-PERSON: A wounded warrior's baptism

Over the years, a few people have asked me for a private baptism experience. I have always declined. A private ceremony undermines key purposes of baptism -- a public witness of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and public identification with a community of believers. Read More...

Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own. Read More...

Becoming Southern Baptists

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a fellowship of over 47,500 Baptist churches and another 4,500 mission churches (churches that have not yet established their autonomy as self-governing congregations) scattered across the United States and its territories. Read More...

Today's Devotion

From the Book of 1 Peter:

Duty of husbands and wives; suffering and reward: duty of elders.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time (I Pet. 5:6).

The danger of defecting in the face of suffering can hardly be overlooked since suffering is directly referred to in this letter sixteen times (1:11; 2:19-21; 3:14,17-18; 4:1(twice), 13,15,16,19; 5:1,10), as well as indirectly (1:6-7; 4:12-14). The Apostle Peter, author of this letter, could well recall his Lord's loving reminder: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren (Luke 22:32). This was a call to Peter for the future. When Christ spoke to Peter he was mature in his faith. There were many things he would learn. Some of these lessons would come easy and some would be hard. As Christ said concerning Peter, he needed to be converted. - Continue...

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