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Meeting bricklayer’s need shows impact of deacon ministry

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Replacements of love
Bricklayer Robert Washington, left, shows pastor John Temple of First Baptist Church in Madison, Miss., tools purchased by the congregation and its deacon-led ministries. The tools replaced those he lost when his truck was stolen.
MADISON, Miss. (BP)--In October, Robert Washington’s life changed in ways he never expected. The bricklayer’s truck, along with all of his tools, was stolen, leaving him without a vehicle and the tools necessary to do his work. His insurance covered the cost of his truck, but not the tools.
      He went to John Temple, pastor of First Baptist Church in Madison, Miss., for help. “He came to me in private and asked for prayer,” Temple said. “I asked him if I could share it in church the next day. All I did was ask for prayer.”

Psychotherapist’s practice taps ‘Five Love Languages’

IRVINE, Calif. (BP)--Joan Walmsley is a licensed clinical social worker in Irvine, Calif., who regularly treats singles and couples. As a psychotherapist, she's willing to try new ways to help her patients interpret and manage their relationships.

Ridgecrest, in midst of upgrade, continues life-changing legacy

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--From Rocking Chair Ridge to the Nibble Nook, LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center is full of sites that remind Bill Moseley of his 50-year history with the retreat nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Church taps LifeWay curriculum for discipleship emphasis

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Good things are bound to happen when a church's Sunday School lessons, daily devotional readings and the pastor's sermons are complementary.

Churches in between pastors helped by LifeWay-trained transitional pastors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--W.C. Burns recently celebrated his one-year anniversary at First Baptist Church in Iowa Park, Texas, but he doesn't expect to be there too much longer. He is the transitional pastor and his goal is simply to help restore the church's focus.

Kingdom-focused churches given January Bible Study spotlight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Two of LifeWay Christian Resources' most prominent leaders have paired up to write the 2004 January Bible study to stir churches toward Kingdom-focused ministry.

Activity, affluence becoming family nightmare, she says

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Affluence and constant activity, in her view, have turned the American dream into the American nightmare, making it difficult for Christian families to spend time focusing on God.

Don’t start studying lesson night before, Sunday school teachers told

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Laughter and muted conversation filled the air as the groups assembled piles of building blocks into houses. They had an assignment: to build the tallest house possible as quickly as possible with their portion of blocks.

Tap current cultural trends, Turner exhorts ministry leaders

RIDGECEST, N.C. (BP)--Instant messaging is widespread, a new baby boom is in progress and confidence in formal religion is slipping. Ministry leaders should consider using current cultural trends like these to reach the communities around them, Paul Turner, a LifeWay Christian Resources staffer, said.

LifeWay launches new initiative to connect with seminary students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Students at Southern Baptist seminaries view LifeWay Christian Resources primarily as a seller of books, but that's an image the organization wants to change.