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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: Rev. Samuel Stillman on Religious Liberty

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Stillman

“. . . [A] magistrate . . . should be as a nursing father to the church of Christ, by protecting all the peaceable members of it from injury on account of religion; and by securing to them the uninterrupted enjoyment of equal religious liberty.  The authority by which he acts he derives alike from all the people; consequently he should exercise that authority equally for the benefit of all, without any respect to their different religious principles.  They have an undoubted right to demand it.

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Ed Jordan: In Search of Community

God sends his Holy Spirit to live within us, and thus we share his life in common with other believers. Christians all confess that we have sinned and need divine intervention to break the power of sin in our lives. We have, and share in common, Jesus. Jesus came to die on the cross to bring the forgiveness of our sins and to reside within us to give us the power to say “no” to sin.

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Source of Light Center: Camp de Musique

God is good and He has been on full display at the Source of Light Center (SoL) in Port au Prince, Haiti. This August, a volunteer team of musicians from the not for profit organization Now I Play Along Too (NIPAT) set out for the SoL Center in Delmas 19 to deliver instruments and teach music lessons at their annual summer music camp. NIPAT was established by the band Melodime to help provide opportunities for at-risk and underprivileged children to learn music but also with the dual purpose of building character and discipline to overcome obstacles. Learning a new instrument can be a very rigorous and challenging, yet fun process that helps define ones character. Music also has the ability to unite one another that may speak different languages and come from very different walks of life. This could not have been more apparent during this year’s summer music camp.

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Ed Jordan: Do You Want This Job?

Ed Jordan writes that October is Pastor Appreciation Month - make sure you take good care their needs so that they can give their full attention and energy to serving God and you!

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Ed Jordan: Is healing available in the land?

How have the events of two hurricanes and the Las Vegas attack affected you? I think most of us are reeling from those devastations and feeling sorrowful for those who experienced them firsthand. On the upside, those impacted by the hurricanes, the people of Las Vegas, and many of the people at the concert were amazing in assisting one another. This is one of our finer qualities as humans.

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John Upton: In the Midst of Storms 

What a season of life we are in! As I write, BGAV Disaster Response teams are heading south to help with hurricane recovery. Virginians are still trying to assess what happened in Charlottesville with racial tensions and trying to find ways to speak to the anger and hate in our society. As if that is not enough, the U.S. and North Korea are exchanging hostile words with one another, pushing ever closer to open conflict. With all these storms pressing us, it is no wonder our anxieties are high. When we add the anxiety that comes with daily challenges of life and church, it can all seem almost insurmountable.   

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Ed Jordan: Honoring a Wonderful Life

Each of us gets wounded in life by circumstances or people. Pastors are not immune from this. In fact, they often have heavier loads to bear, because they also deal with the burdens and problems of others. Wounds multiply. Healing time is rare. They are like medics on the battlefield, scurrying from one wounded soldier to another while their own wounds have to wait until later.

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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message

The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message was an effort on the part of the Southern Baptist Convention to share a statement of faith with the world.  The 1833 New Hampshire Confession provided a framework for the new document. Southern Baptists added ten sections to the Confession, one being the final section on religious liberty, which has remained largely unchanged through revisions in 1963 and 2000.

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Ed Jordan: Mirror, Mirror

In many ways, reliable mirrors help us know ourselves better and reveal ourselves more effectively to others. Christians have access to two very reliable mirrors into which we can look to get an accurate reflection of our lives.

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Tony Brooks: The Millennial Generation and Stewardship of the Earth

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the millennial generation wants to make a difference in their world as well as their community. Many are linked to friends around the world through social media and have a global consciousness. One of the ways the church can improve their impact with this generation is a serious study of being good stewards of the earth and implementing a plan to do so.

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