Annual day of prayer for Baptist College of Florida set for Jan. 29

 
The Florida Baptist State Convention has set aside the last Sunday of January as the annual day of prayer for The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. This year, Florida Baptists all across the state will be praying for the college on Jan. 29, which is not only exciting and encouraging but of great comfort to those individuals who work and study at BCF. “As an institution, The Baptist College of Florida needs prayer,” stated BCF President Thomas A. ...

Platt talks about the importance of Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

 
EDITOR'S NOTE: This year's Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention is Dec. 4-11 with the theme of "The Gospel Resounds." The theme undergirds the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The offering, in tandem with Cooperative Program gifts from Southern Baptist churches, supports international workers in seeking to fulfill the Great Commission. Gifts to the Lottie Moon offering are received through local Southern Baptist churches or online at IMB.org, where there are resources ...

Iowa police shootings spark prayer, ministry

 
The murders of two Des Moines-area police officers have spurred Iowa Christians to prayer and action. Officer Justin Martin of the Urbandale Police Department and Sgt. Anthony Beminio of the Des Moines Police Department both were shot in their patrol vehicles in "ambush"-style attacks some two miles apart Wednesday (Nov. 2) shortly after 1 a.m., CNN reported. Police took suspect Scott Michael Greene into custody hours later. In response to the tragedy, pastors and other believers of various denominations gathered ...

Steve Gaines: 'Lord, teach us to pray'

 
If I could encourage the Southern Baptist Convention in one area, it would be to pray. I want us to be the greatest army of prayer warriors in the world. Jesus is the only "expert" in prayer. When we read the Gospels, we see how important prayer was to Him. There is only one thing recorded in the Gospels that Jesus' disciples specifically wanted Him to teach them. They said, "Lord, teach us to pray." As we read in Luke 11:1, "...

Evangelical leaders gather for 'solemn assembly'

 
Some of the nation's most recognizable evangelical leaders are rolling out a three-pronged plan designed to call Christians, across denominational and racial lines, to a new age of spiritual awakening. Nearly a dozen pastors and teachers stood shoulder to shoulder in Dallas Sept. 21 for The Gathering 2016 at GateWay Church, a nondenominational congregation, where several thousand gathered for "a national solemn assembly" -- the initial step in their plan. Organized by Tony Evans, senior pastor of the 10,000-member Oak Cliff Bible ...

9/11 prayer outreach spotlights 'critical' year

 
On the 15th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history, Southern Baptists are being urged to join hundreds of thousands of Christians from many denominations and ethnicities in praying for a Christian awakening in the nation. The Sept. 11 Cry Out America prayer outreach of the Awakening America Alliance and Center for Spiritual Renewal, an 8-year-old cooperative initiative encompassing more than 150,000 churches, ministries and parachurches in North America, is increasingly popular this year as more Christians recognize the ...

Diana Davis: Prayer for everyday life

 
It's more than a rhyming verse at meal times or a memorized recitation. Prayer is a powerful, personal conversation with your Father, God in heaven. Here are a few simple tips to remember to pray: • First, middle and last, pray. Before your toes touch the floor each morning, pray. Pray throughout the day. As your last action before you fall asleep, pray. As the psalmist wrote, "Morning, noon and night, I cry out in my distress, and the ...

10 ways you can pray for your child's teachers

 
There was once a very ignorant time in my life when I believed that teachers had the easiest job in the world because they only worked nine months a year and had holidays off. Wow, was I wrong! My wife is a former second-grade teacher. We'd just had our second child right before the start of a new school year, and she still had two weeks left on her maternity leave. So, I volunteered to be a substitute teacher for ...

Houston police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

 
Months before related shootings in three states resulted in the deaths of eight policemen and two black civilian men in July, the Houston Police Officers Union began recruiting clergy and intercessors to make Houston a city of prayer. The result is a prayer room established at police union headquarters in downtown Houston, where continuous prayers are planned around the clock for the city beginning in August, Union Baptist Association church consultant Rickie Bradshaw told Baptist Press. "Our prayer request is ...

IMB: Ramadan attacks reflect need for Christians to pray

 
Two terror attacks in Turkey during Ramadan have marked the Islamic holy month with violence and chaos. Terrorists opened fire at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul late Tuesday (June 28) before detonating explosives, killing 43 people and injuring more than 200. Three weeks earlier, a car bomb tore through a crowded area of Istanbul during the height of morning rush hour, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more. Almost immediately after the June 7 attack, Turks and others began venting their grief and frustration on Twitter. ...

Data-driven strategy focuses on prayer, evangelism

 
Pastor Louis Rosenthal sits at his desk, praying through a list of one hundred names from his neighborhood in McKinney, Texas. He had printed the list from Pray4EveryHome.com, a tool his congregation uses to pray specifically—by name—for all their neighbors. Afterward, Pastor Louis makes a lunchtime run to the store. As he stands in the checkout line, he notices a woman nearby is crying softly. Pastor Louis asks if he can help. After a ...

ERLC, IMB urge prayer for Syrian refugees

 
The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is collaborating with the International Mission Board and other organizations to urge prayer today (March 15) for the millions of refugees of the Syrian civil war. The March 15 focus of the campaign -- #PrayForRefugees -- comes on the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in the Middle Eastern country. The ERLC and its partners are calling for churches, small groups, Christian organizations, families and individuals to pray for the more than 13.5 million ...

Anne Graham Lotz shares difference prayer makes

 
Anne Graham Lotz encouraged listeners at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to be like Daniel, who was compelled to pray, centered in prayer and persistent in his petitions. Southeastern Seminary hosted "An Evening with Anne," featuring Lotz, renowned author and speaker and daughter of Billy Graham. More than 900 guests attended the Feb. 25 event hosted by Women's Life. To open the evening, Lotz expressed thanks to everyone who has supported her family since the passing of her late husband, Danny Lotz. "I ...