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FIRST-PERSON: The domino of prayer

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (BP) – I began to follow Christ when I was a teen. I was in a family that did not go to church. My mom did not attend, and neither did my brothers and sisters. My parents divorced when I was very young, and my dad lived on the other side of the country. He did not go to church either.

Election, candidates focus of bipartisan prayer initiatives

BLACKSHEAR, Ga. (BP) – Georgia resident Kim Strickland describes it as the hardest thing she's ever done – maintaining a bipartisan focus in the year-long 365-Plus Prayer Project she birthed while simultaneously supporting individual political candidates.

FIRST-PERSON: America is in crisis: What do we do?

NASHVILLE (BP) – The original goal of the secularization of America was to see religion become nonexistent in our nation. This has not happened. However, religion has been neutralized to such a point that often it is silenced. It is evident there are leaders at every level of government across American life who no longer believe or even categorize religion as essential.

FIRST-PERSON: Churches, pray for your pastors

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) – One key way to be involved in the advance of the Kingdom of God is to pray for pastors. This is always the case, but it is even more significant at this time. As the last six months or so have disrupted life for all of us, a host of challenges have arisen for pastors.

Thousands fill National Mall on day of prayer and repentance

WASHINGTON (BP) – Tens of thousands packed the National Mall in Washington Saturday (Sept. 26) to cry out to God and repent.

Couple lives by faith while waiting for kidney donor

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (BP) – When Randy Hommel steps to the pulpit each Sunday at Clark Street Baptist Church, he faces the same pressures and stresses as most every pastor in the country – meeting the needs of a congregation still dealing with fears over COVID-19, as well as their own hurts and needs.

Daughter’s cancer diagnosis leads to unexpected mission field

XENIA, Ohio (BP) – Abigail Walker calls ministering to the families on the pediatric cancer floor a "strange privilege."

‘See You at the Pole’ moves online due to pandemic

SAN DIEGO (BP) – "See You at the Pole" is a bit of a misnomer this year. Organizers of the nationwide, student-led prayer initiative made significant adjustments to this year's event in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

9/11 spurred ‘unity of prayer,’ Ground Zero chaplain says

NEW YORK (BP) – Even months after the towers fell, the debris remained. Don Pierson saw it everywhere – in the city streets and the subways. And as the dust lingered, so did the hurt, anger and fear.

FIRST-PERSON: An ode to my teacher

Kevin Shrum reflects on his favorite teacher and the impact she had on his life and adds: "Let us pray for our teachers as they embark on what may be one of the most unusual years in their teaching career."