By Aaron Earls
By Aaron Earls
By Aaron Earls
By Matt Tullos
Stewardship Development Specialist, TBMB
Here are six ways you can make Christmas a simpler, more beautiful season:
(1) Heighten your gratitude. Paul reminds us that anxiety and gratitude don’t mix: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6). [Read more…]
By Carla Harper
Contributing Writer, B&R
NEWPORT — “All is Calm. All is Bright” was the theme for the annual Christmas in November Women’s Luncheon held Nov. 10 at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center in Newport.
Kevin Perrigan, manager of Carson Springs, and his wife, Debra, have sponsored the event since they first came to Carson Springs 11 years ago.
“We continue this tradition each year because it continues to have an impact. We continue to see results. Women come back and bring friends with them each year. Women tell us they have a good time; and more importantly, they have told us that it helps them get their mind set on Christ before the holidays get them too busy to get distracted from what Christmas is really about,” Perrigan said. [Read more…]
By Randy C. Davis
TBMB President & Executive Director
Lottie Moon stood no taller than 4 feet 6 inches tall, but she cast a shadow that’s stretched for more than 100 years. Lottie left for China in the early 1880’s and gave 39 years and her life – literally – to the Chinese people as a teacher and evangelist. Among her monumental Kingdom contributions was the foundation she laid for support of international missions among Southern Baptists through a special offering. [Read more…]
Englewood Baptist – East Campus | Nov. 5-8, 2018, 9am-4pm
1646 Highway 70 East, Jackson
Contact: Randy Pool: 731-431-7101
TBMB Missions Mobilization Center | Nov. 5-8, 2018, 9am-4pm
6434 John Hagar Road, Mt. Juliet
Contact: Elizabeth Holmes: 615-371-7926
God’s Warehouse | Nov. 5-8, 2018, 9am-4pm
3441 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy, Morristown
Contact: Don Owen: 865-384-8691
If you plan to bring your backpacks to the Summit, contact Joe Sorah (423-895-1481) or Randy Pool (731-431-7101). For more information about Christmas Backpacks, please see www.tnbaptist.org/backpacks or contact Joe Sorah.
“Thank you for all those who are donating Christmas Backpacks this year. We have many churches that are requesting our assistance and your participation is greatly needed. As the collection dates are nearing, we want to remind you of where to take your backpacks and ask that you call your collection center in advance to schedule a delivery time.”
“Please know that we appreciate all you are doing to help with Christmas Backpacks. Join with us in praying that many children and family members will respond to the gospel this Christmas.”
By Joe Sorah
Compassion Ministries Specialist, TBMB
In 2001, a Georgia GA group wanted to do something for children in Appalachia for Christmas. They filled 300 shoe boxes with gifts for needy children. From that humble beginning, the Christmas Backpack Ministry was launched. [Read more…]
By David Dawson
Baptist and Reflector
More importantly, they will be receiving hope through the good news of Jesus.
All across the state, Tennessee Baptists are participating in “Christmas Backpacks for Children and Teens” — a ministry that originally started in 2001 with a group of GAs (Girls in Action) in Georgia. The ministry, which has grown dramatically since its inception, provides children with brand-new backpacks, filled with toys, card games, hygiene products and more. [Read more…]
By Michael Koontz
Pastor, Pine Ridge Baptist Church, Harriman
A few months ago, one of our deacons approached me about participating in the Oliver Springs Christmas Parade. The church had not been in a parade during his 10 years at the church. After a little research, we decided to jump in and see what God would do. Our church is in a transition period of young unchurched families coming in, and we are financially strapped right now. So, we went into this outreach with basically no budget. [Read more…]
By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
SILVER POINT — What began as a youth Sunday School class project 17 years ago has developed into an annual tradition at Silver Point Baptist Church, a rural congregation of about 75 people in Putnam County.
Christmas in Silver Point is now looked forward to every year by both the congregation and residents of the community, according to church leaders.
Christmas in Silver Point has continued to grow, said Pastor Tony Crow, who has been in that role for 11 years. He was a deacon and member of the church before being called as pastor. “We want to open our doors to the community and let them see Christ in us,” he said. [Read more…]
By David Roach
NASHVILLE — As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.
The widow “who’s going through the Christmas season the first time this year without her husband … needs more than the first verse of ‘Joy to the World!’” said Lucius, associate pastor of music and worship at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga. “She needs to sing, ‘No more let sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.’
“When she’s feeling the power of the curse and its application in death, I want her to be singing and believing that,” Lucius said. [Read more…]