HANNIBAL, Mo. (BP)--The recreation field is eerily silent. Colorful flags flutter in the breeze over piles of balls, buckets and sponges. Suddenly the quiet is pierced by a shout and a group rounds the corner, their faces smeared with paint. They are pursued by a blue-faced man with a can of shaving cream.
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Steve and Trudy Laws teach a group of children about Isaac and the "Case of the Stolen Wells" during Vacation Bible School at Immanuel Church in Hannibal, Mo. Photo by Sabrina Price
But inside, the air is charged with energy. One room hosts three energetic teens dressed in tartan plaid leading a group of 5-year-olds in song and a lively jig. Fourth-graders down the hall gather under a black and white striped awning that hangs over a cafe entrance, where they clamber for fresh-baked scones. Everywhere you look, tiny detectives prowl the halls, magnifying glasses pressed to their eyes.
No, you haven't taken the Underground to Scotland Yard, and you haven't been transported to Great Britain, despite the London skyline. The thick Scottish brogues are heard in none other than Immanuel Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo., where a group of children are seeking to crack a code: The Character Code, in Vacation Bible School for 2003.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP)--Support groups are no longer just for people with chemical addictions or terminal diseases.
Groups for everything from dealing with divorce to raising teenagers are finding a place in churches across the country. Seven years ago, Bob Greene, pastor of Arrow Heights Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., decided to take the words of Isaiah 61:1 to heart: "Bring good news to the suffering and afflicted, comfort the brokenhearted, announce liberty to captives and open the eyes of the blind."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Bible study can be a daunting task. Maybe you're a new Christian, and the sheer magnitude of the Scriptures is intimidating. Or maybe you've been a churchgoer for years but know little beyond what you learned as a child in Sunday School.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Home Life magazine from LifeWay.com: $1.22. Estimated shipping and handling from Nashville to Canada: $7.10. International handling fee: $5.00. Estimated sales tax: $0.11. Estimated total: $13.45, or $20.54 Canadian.
Although the Kingdom of God is a central teaching of Scripture, rarely do Christians speak of it, and even fewer claim to understand it, said James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Nearly every parable in the New Testament centers on the Kingdom of God, Draper acknowledged during […]
However, Miller, of Hastings, Neb., said if she has learned anything, it is that God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
"All that I am and everything I do is by the grace of God because his Word is living in me," Miller said. "I just pray I won't hinder that flow."
Miller's life has not been easy. She has dealt with death, sickness, divorce and the blending of two families with 12 children and 26 grandchildren.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Although the Kingdom of God is a central teaching of Scripture, rarely do Christians speak of it, and even fewer claim to understand it, said James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Using the Internet can be a confusing experience. Terms such as spam, server and surf take on new meanings, and novice online visitors often are intimidated and bewildered. In an attempt to make the Web easier to handle, LifeWay Christian Resources has redesigned its home on the Internet, www.LifeWay.com.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Most 10-year-old boys prefer playing sports to praying, while comic books rank higher than reading the Bible. But Alex Aust is not your typical boy.
Alex and his family attend Grace Community Church in Nashville, Tenn. In July, Alex went to Centri-Kid, a camp for children in the third through sixth grade. Sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, Centri-Kid seeks to reach children with the message of Jesus Christ through Bible study, recreation, worship, quiet time and church group devotions.