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Fox Sports refuses to air pro-life Super Bowl commercial MESQUITE, Texas (BP and local reports) ­— Josiah Presley is sad that Fox Sports refused to broadcast a pro-life commercial during the Super Bowl last weekend. He’s one of the abortion survivors featured in the 30-second advertisement. Presley, a graduate of Criswell College in Dallas and youth pastor at Galloway Avenue Church in Mesquite, Texas, asks in the rejected commercial, “Can you look me in the eye and tell me that I shouldn’t be alive?” During the 30-second ad produced by Faces of Choice, participants state, “We are the survivors of choice. We are the faces of choice.” To view the commercial, visit tinyurl. com/abortioncommercial. Faces of Choice founder Lyric Gillett writes on the group’s web site (facesofchoice.org/home/) that it is important to give voice to an abortion demographic that doesn’t get a lot of recognition: survivors of infanticide. She told the Washington Times newspaper she repeatedly met additional terms set forth by Fox for airing the commercial and, after several months of negotiations, was

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not given a suitable reason why the ad was rejected. The reported cost of a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl this year was $5 million. The source of funding for the commercial’s production and proposed airing during the Super Bowl was not disclosed. Presley said, “Our prayer is that it still has an impact and it still shows people the truth of what abortion is.” When Presley’s birth mother was two months pregnant in South Korea, she had a curettage abortion, “the type of abortion where a doctor goes into a mother’s womb and rips the baby apart and brings him out in pieces,” Presley told the TEXAN, news journal of the Southern Baptists of Texas see COMMERCIAL on p. 8

LEGISLATORS LISTEN — Chip Stevens, senior pastor of First Church, Jackson, addresses state lawmakers Jan. 29 at the Mississippi Baptist Legislative Prayer Breakfast in the Baptist Building chapel in Jackson. The annual event is sponsored by the Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission. (Photo by William H. Perkins Jr.)

CAC hosts prayer breakfast By William H. Perkins Jr. Editor The 2020 Mississippi Baptist Legislative Prayer Breakfast Jan. 29 in the chapel of the Baptist Building across from the New Capital in Jackson drew the highest attendance since 2012, according to Kenny Digby, executive director-treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission (CAC) which hosts the annual event. Digby said 30 legislators were present along with Michael Watson, newly sworn-in Mississippi Secretary of State. Other statewide office holders sent representatives, he noted.

Counting the CAC commissioners and Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB) staffers who greeted the breakfast guests, total attendance was set at 62. “I was thrilled,” Digby said. “This was the best Legislative Prayer Breakfast in my four years as CAC executive director-treasurer.” Chip Stevens, senior pastor of First Church, Jackson, was the keynote speaker. He detailed how during the Exodus in the Old Testament, God prepared Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land long before Joshua was chosen for that role upon the death of Moses.

Stevens encouraged the legislators to realize their leadership roles in light of how God had prepared them. Digby pointed out the breakfast is a non-political, non-denominational, low-pressure event to let legislators and statewide office holders know that Mississippi Baptists are praying for them as they make important and often difficult decisions on behalf of the state’s citizens. “I want them to see us when we don’t want anything, when we just want to pray for them,” he said. “I want them to know that Mississippi Baptists’ door see LEGISLATORS on p. 8


GUEST OPINION

The Coronavirus Effect

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ell, it appears extolling the virtues of lesbianism and “alternative families” for Mothers Day and then following up with a similar Fathers Day campaign, complete with a photograph of a homosexual couple cheerily tussling with their two children on the floor of a well-appointed home, has not worked out so well for merchandiser JC Penney. That was the advertising strategy of the retail giant for those two special days in 2012. It apparently didn’t dawn on the company’s executives perched in their ivory tower at the time, but they created a real problem with the ads and the hiring high-profile Hollywood lesbian activist Ellen DeGeneres as their national spokeswoman that same year. The effects were almost immediate. JC Penney stock plummeted that year to the lowest point in three decades, and the financial bad news has kept coming since then. Some will argue it’s a real stretch to tie all of that together, but is it really? “Struggling retailer J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) has reported a net loss in each of the past four years,” observed the financial web site, Investopedia (investopedia.com) in mid-2019. “The company’s balance sheet is loaded with debt — over $5 billion as of the most recent earnings report — resulting in over $400 million of interest payments per year. Sales collapsed when former CEO Ron Johnson attempted a dramatic makeover a few years ago, and while some progress has been made since then, J.C. Penney is still generating far too little revenue.” The bad is still coming, with a swarm of articles about the company being on the brink of a bankruptcy

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filing. JC Penney has denied those rumors and contends the company has sufficient credit lines to ride out this multi-year financial storm. Time will tell, but the analysts at Investopedia are doubtful. “Time is running out… A reasonable net debt of less than $500 million has ballooned to more than $4 billion, and the company’s book value has declined by nearly two-thirds. With losses continuing to pile up, the situation will only get worse before it gets better… Betting on a J.C. Penney turnaround remains extremely risky,” they say. Highly-respected Fortune magazine weighed in, too: “Absent any concrete sign that Penney will turn itself around and escape the fate of one-time arch rival Sears, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy [in 2018] and continues to operate as a much-diminished retailer, investors have been selling off Penney’s shares.” Why doesn’t JC Penney get it? Are they unaware that American voters, when given the opportunity at the ballot box, have opposed same sex marriage and other LGBT political campaigns almost 100% of the time? Why don’t they understand that the average American shopper doesn’t want a parade of perverse lifestyles crammed down their throats every time they open a JCPenney ad circular? Why don’t they stop the insanity, now that it’s clear that it’s not working, or at the very least make use of politically/socially neutral advertising? “We want to be a store for all Americans,” JCPenney spokeswoman Kate Coultas told MSNBC’s Bottom Line show after the Mother’s/Father’s Day debacles. At this rate, pretty soon they won’t be a store for anyone.

t has felt like a ghost town at church for the last two weeks. The normal hustle and bustle, the loud chattering and warm greetings, were noticeably missing from our Friday evening gatherings and Sunday Service. Since the news of the coronavirus broke out in early January, we have seen our church attendance decrease by nearly 40% on Sunday mornings. I expect attendance to continue to decrease as more and more cases are reported worldwide and in America. Fear is one driving factor for the decrease in attendance, while good old precautionary common sense is the other. Fear is a powerful emotion indeed. When our Elder and Deacon Board issued an official statement asking church members to self-quarantine if they had been to China recently, it sparked mixed reactions. On one hand, it assured the members that leadership is taking active precautionary steps to avoid contributing to the spread of coronavirus. On the other hand, it created suspicion and irrational fear in others to stay away from the church at all costs. In comparison, the Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that this season alone has seen at least 19 million flu illnesses, 180,000 hospitalizations, and 10,000 deaths from flu. That seems to be more of a dire threat to American Chinese churches than the coronavirus. In addition, we have also seen fear driving a rise in racism and xenophobia against people of Chinese descent. I see more and more news articles on this topic daily. Unfortunately, this hit a little too close to home for my middle school daughter, Eliza Tan. She mentioned a boy in her school teased her by calling her “Coronavirus!” In spite of fear, I have also seen our church readjusting to the new normal. Although many small groups are no longer meeting at church, they have started using video conferencing as an alternate way to gather, pray, and encourage each other.

with Carter Tan There are also ongoing conversations regarding the possibility of live streaming small group meetings, church leadership meetings, and Sunday services. We desire church members to participate even though they are not physically at church. It is encouraging to me that God’s people will always find creative ways to worship despite their circumstances. I would also like to extend an appreciation to Amos Lee, the executive director of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). In the wake of this tragedy, Amos proactively sent out precautionary guidance to SBC Chinese churches and forwarded personal prayer requests from our brothers and sisters in Christ from within Wuhan, China. As I read those prayer requests, I could not help but let my tears flow. It broke my heart to read of God’s people suffering in China. May God’s light shine it’s brightest in such dark times. As this tragedy continues to unfold, we clearly see broken humanity and broken creation. It never ends. A new strain of the virus is always on the verge of breaking out. If it’s not coronavirus today, it’s SARS or MERS from a decade or two ago. The good news is, most people infected with coronavirus can expect to recover -- but all people plagued by sin have no escape from death. There is no cure, except the gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord and Savior. May this terrible tragedy drive people to the arms of Jesus. Tan is the English Ministries pastor at Grace Chinese Church in Richmond, Va. His commentary appears courtesy of Baptist Press. Edited for style.

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Ministers’ Tax Guide now available for download DALLAS, Texas (BP and local reports) — GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas has released its most popular annually-updated publication: the 2020 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2019 Returns. It’s available now for GuideStone participants at Guide-

Stone.org/TaxGuide. The tax guide includes tax highlights for 2019 including changes based on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the current status of minister’s housing allowance after the recent 2019 litigation, along with step-by-step filing instructions for minister’s personal taxes

and comprehensive examples and sample forms. Additionally, GuideStone participant churches and church administrators have access to the annual Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches. This publication is included in the full tax guide or as a separate electronic copy.

GuideStone participants can receive free resources by visiting GuideStone.org/TaxGuide or can request a free printed copy of the tax guide by calling (888) 98-GUIDE [888-984-8433]. Printed copies are limited. The guide was written again this year by Richard Hammar, a noted Certified Public Ac-

countant, attorney, and widely published author who specializes in legal and tax issues for ministers. He is senior editor of ChurchLawAndTax.com. Additionally, the material is edited by GuideStone to ensure that it addresses in detail the tax issues directly affecting Southern Baptist ministers.

Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra begins concert tour given time during the performance season, Murphy said. There are about 200 musicians on roll, he added. The Mississippi Baptist “Musicians from across the Symphony Orchestra opened state are in the orchestra every its 2020 tour with a perfor- year. It’s an opportunity for mance Feb. 9 at Brandon Christian fellowship and for Church, Brandon – the first Baptists from around the state of four opportunities this year to get to know each other,” for Mississippi Baptists Murphy said. to savor the rich and David Young, inwide-ranging musical strumental consultant talents of their gifted in the MBCB Church brothers and sisters in Music Department, has Christ. conducted the Orches“The Mississippi tra for 20 years. Baptist Symphony Or“This is a full orchestra is totally worchestra,” said Young, ship-focused,” said MURPHY a member of First Slater Murphy, direcChurch, Laurel. “All tor of church music at instruments are repthe Mississippi Bapresented, including a tist Convention Board. full string section and a “The music they play harp.” ranges from hymns to Young retired after modern worship songs, 32 years of public eduand is artfully scored cation band direction, for advanced and inter- YOUNG including a stint at mediate musicians. Jones County Junior “We want the music to College in Laurel. be challenging for seasoned The Mississippi Baptist musicians, while at the same Symphony Orchestra is the time offering an opportunity fulfillment of a vision conto younger people who may ceived by the late Graham not get a chance to perform in Smith, Murphy’s immediate their home churches because predecessor as MBCB director there is no orchestra minis- of church music, Young said. try.” The Orchestra’s first perThe Orchestra numbers 65- formance was in 1998 at the 90 active participants at any Mississippi Coliseum in Jack-

By William H. Perkins Jr. Editor

Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra 2020 Schedule April 19 – 6 p.m. Hardy Street Church 1508 Hardy Street Hattiesburg 30401 July 23 – 7 p.m. First Church, Madison 2100 Main Street Madison 39110 August 9 – 10:30 a.m. DeSoto Hills Church 4680 Getwell Road Southaven 38672 October 11 – 6 p.m. First Church, Laurel 607 West 5th Street Laurel 39440 son, as an accompaniment to a production of the popular musical of the time, God With Us, according to Murphy.

PREPARING TO PERFORM — David Young (at podium), instrumental consultant in the Church Music Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, leads the Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra in a practice session in mid-January in the band hall of Madison Central High School in Madison. (Photo by William H. Perkins Jr.) Smith took that initial performance and organized the permanent Orchestra with the early help of long-time Mississippi Baptist music ministers like Jim Lott and John Hanberry, Young recalled. Young, who also put together the musical instrument education curriculum for Baptist-affiliated William Carey University in Hattiesburg, played the trumpet in the Orchestra for several years and still teaches privately. He continues to volunteer in the music program at his home church. Murphy noted, “The entire concept of the Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra

is to bring to God the glory He deserves and it is our prayer that the entire state can share in this ministry.” To that end, Young said, everyone is invited to make a joyful sound to the Lord. “There are no auditions. All are accepted.” For more information on the Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra, contact Murphy at (601) 292-3267. E-mail: smurphy@mbcb.org. Mailing address: P.O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205-0530. Web site: mbcb.org. The Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra is supported by gifts to the Mississippi Cooperative Program.

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First Person: Why we mourn celebrities we have never met By Jared Wellman Correspondent If you were to venture into the deep recesses of my stairwell closet, you would find a Kobe Bryant figurine still in its original packaging. The six-inch statue was my way of feeling close to a superstar who was far away. WELLMAN The news of Kobe’s passing stunned me. As that Sunday afternoon wore on, I found myself profoundly bereaved at Kobe’s passing. How can I be so despondent over a person I’ve never met? Judging from the collective reaction and responses since the news broke, it seems clear my sadness is shared by many. Here are a few brief considerations as I process this most recent celebrity passing: n We grieve because celebrities influentially display God’s image in man. Celebrities through their public lives become mascots of the imago dei [image of God]. As their talents bless us, we see God’s incredible creative ability displayed in humanity.

When a celebrity passes away, we’re forced to pause and reflect upon the beauty of life and the impact a person can make in the world. n We grieve because we’re reminded death doesn’t discriminate. We think of celebrities as immortal. We believe they are impervious to normal things like the flu or debt or in this case, a tragic passing. When a celebrity passes away, we’re reminded of the potency of the Fall’s curse as it manifests itself in death. We feel that if it can happen to a famous person, then there’s nothing to stop it from happening to us. We’re left to grieve their passing as we consider the imminence of our own death. n We grieve because of unfulfilled hope — and share the hope within us. Celebrities are celebrities because they spend their lives sharing their gifts with the world. Whether it’s a singer, an actor, or in this case a basketball player, celebrities grace us with their lives. They’re like gifts, but their premature passing means the gift can no longer keep giving and that leaves us feeling empty. In Kobe’s case, he leaves behind a wife and three young

daughters. We grieve for lost celebrities not merely because of unfilled hopes of an album that won’t be produced or a movie that won’t be filmed, but because of children that won’t be fathered or mothered or spouses that become widowed. I did not know Kobe Bryant personally, but I grieve him as if I did and I think that’s a good thing. Celebrity deaths have a unique way of reminding us of God’s image in man, of showing us the difference we can make with our lives, and that we all need the hope of Christ as we navigate our way through a fallen world. As followers of Christ, we have a unique opportunity in this moment to share the hope within us. As Kobe’s death prompts reflection — as our friends and family members ponder their own mortality and the frailty of life — there may be a window of openness to the Gospel. Even as we grieve alongside them, let’s be ready to point toward the One who will one day wipe away every tear.

Directions, like its author Jim Futral, is retiring. Select versions of Directions are available in the book, Directions for Each Day of the Year. To purchase, visit tinyurl.com/directionsjimfutral. Proceeds will help fund the Jim Futral Endowed Professorship in Biblical Studies and Preaching at Baptist-affiliated Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain.

Wellman is pastor of Tate Springs Church in Arlington, Texas. His commentary appears courtesy of Baptist Press. Edited for style and length.

BRIEFS

RIDGECREST SEEKS SUMMER STAFFERS RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) – Southern Baptists’ Ridgecrest Conference Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is looking to fill more than 100 summer staff positions for the 2020 season. Chris Fenske, Ridgecrest support staff coordinator, is encouraging Christians who know of college-age young adults who are looking for a summer job opportunity to suggest they check out Ridgecrest by visiting RidgecrestConferenceCenter.com. “At Ridgecrest,

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we desire to see lives impacted for God’s glory,” Fenske said. “We want to serve our guests with excellence, and we need help to do that well.” Start and end dates are flexible, and staffing opportunities range from nine to 16 weeks. In addition to pay, staffers receive meals and shared, dorm-style housing.

ARK. NEWS JOURNAL MARKING CHANGES LITTLE ROCK, Ar. (BP) – Trustees for Arkansas Baptist News (ABN), the weekly news journal

of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) founded in 1901, have voted to dissolve the separate, corporate entity that operated ABN and transfer coordination of the news service to the ASBC executive board. With decreasing subscriptions and revenue, ABN was losing money and still incurring costs including facility, accounting and business needs, staffing and equipment that could not be offset. The news service will continue in an online format, and all publishing and printing will be directed by the communications team of the ABSC executive board.

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Mississippi pastor to be nominated for SBC post ORLANDO, Fla. (BP and local reports) – Dusty Durbin, pastor of Big Level Church, Wiggins, will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) at the annual meeting in Orlando, Fl., in June. Jonathan Jenkins, pastor of the First Church, Kinston, Al, will nominate Durbin. “Dusty at 34 years old has displayed a wise and cooperative spirit in the churches he’s led and the local and state cooperative works he has participated in,” said Jenkins. “He not only participates but has led his church to give generously through the Cooperative Program and to the Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon missions offerings.” In Durbin’s 13 years of vocational ministry including at his current church since March, 2018, Jenkins said, Durbin

has embraced “the successful efforts of those who have gone before him,” and has led “with an eye toward innovation and vision for the future of local church and kingdom ministry.” Jenkins described Durbin as a man who “walks faithfully in grace and truth in all that he does,” and “strives to be the embodiment of a love that is not self-seeking, but rejoices in truth.” Durbin told Baptist Press he was hesitant to be nominated but consented after weeks of prayer. “I am doing so for two reasons,” Durbin said of his acceptance to be nominated. “Firstly, I want to be faithful in whatever God should put before me. Secondly, I am extremely thankful for and committed to the work of the Southern Baptist Convention.” Durbin believes he can serve

well, he told BP. “My passion coincides with the reason the Southern Baptist Convention exists: The Great Commission. “Also, I believe that by serving, if elected, I would be able to represent well the untold number of faithful pastors of normative Southern Baptist churches who lead their churches to champion and generously support the work of the Southern Baptist Convention through the Cooperative Program and our strong missions entities.” Big Level Church contributed 10.24% of undesignated receipts to the SBC Cooperative Program in 2019, or $29,580 of $288,860, according to the SBC Annual Church Profile (ACP). The church’s Great Commission Giving totaled $49,907 on the ACP profile. The church averages 140 in attendance with a total

membership of 565, according to the ACP. Durbin told BP before leading Big Level Church, he pastored Atlanta Church in Atlanta, La., for more than seven years, and served three years as a youth and education pastor at Woodhaven Church in Tickfaw, La. Durbin holds a Bachelor

of Arts in Christian Ministry from Leavell College of New Orleans Seminary; Master of Arts in pastoral ministry from Louisiana College in Pineville; and Doctor of Ministry from North Greenville University in North Greenville, S.C. He and his wife Crystal have three children: Micah, Wyatt, and Hallie.

Chitwood unveils five-year vision for International Mission Board BSU OPKT JKBQKU KGHKKUASFET, BSU ZBAU YSK OY BSYOPKQ, CPBO WBSSKQ YJ WBS AZ OPAZ, OPBO KXKS OPK CASU BSU OPK ZKB YVKT PAW? WBQM JYNQ: JYQOT-YSK Clue: J = F Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version Bible verse has been encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error. Answer to last week’s puzzle: Isaiah 1:2 By Charles Marx, 1932–2004, © 2005

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) – International Mission Board (IMB) president Paul Chitwood announced the Southern Baptist missionary-sending agency’s five-year plan during meetings with trustees Jan. 29-30 in Riverside, Ca. To “press toward the fulfillment of the Revelation 7:9 vision,” Chitwood announced five targets built around IMB’s vision and mission to engage unreached people and places over the next five years. The targets are based on the organization’s core convictions, which include proclaiming the Gospel to those who have yet to hear it: n Mobilize 75% of Southern Baptist churches to pray for and financially support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) for International Missions by 2025. “With less than half of South-

ern Baptist churches reporting on the Annual Church Profile that they gave to the Lottie offering last year, we have lots of opportunity to grow the support needed by our missionaries,” Chitwood said. n Send an additional 500 fully funded missionaries by 2025. This number came to IMB leadership directly as a request from the field, Chitwood said. n Mobilize 500 global partner missionaries on IMB teams. While IMB will not fund these missionaries, they will be embedded on IMB teams and an essential part of IMB strategy, Chitwood said. n Engage 75 global cities in comprehensive strategies. Demographers project that 80% of the world’s population will be in those urban centers by the end of this century, Chitwood said.

n Increase LMCO receipts six percent annually to sustain the 500 additional missionaries, or $10 million per year for the next five years. “While that seems like a lot of money, it will only require that every one of the 16 million Southern Baptists increase their Lottie Offering by 63 cents per year,” Chitwood said. “Dividing by the number of Southern Baptist churches, every church needs to give an additional $200 per year. “No matter how you do that math, the point is it can be done.” IMB trustees appointed 21 new missionaries for service around the globe and recognized 78 former IMB personnel in memoriam. IMB trustee chairman Seth Polk, lead pastor of Cross Lanes Church in Cross Lanes, W.V., presided over the meeting.

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JUST FOR THE RECORD

NEW PROSPECT CHURCH, BROOKHAVEN, recognized those who read the Bible through in 2019. Willie Welch, pastor.

In other Church News:

➤ The Kingdom Heirs will be in concert at Okahola Church, Purvis, Feb. 14, also featuring Zion’s Way Quartet and host group The riders. The ticket will include a Valentine’s meal at 5:30 p.m. with concert at 7. For information, call (601) 466-4343.

BASSFIELD CHURCH, BASSFIELD, presented Ken Roberts with a plaque for his 20 years of service to the church, members and community. He is shown with his wife, Sissy and daughter, Skye. Scott Bass presented the award.

The WEBSTER COUNTY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION Disaster Relief team responded to the cleanup effort in DeSoto Country after tornadoes caused widespread destruction.

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TUCKERS CROSSING CHURCH, LAUREL, collected change in baby bottles to send an offering to the Choices Clinic of Laurel in honor of Sanctity of Human Life. Shown returning their baby bottles filled with change is Nathan and Ava Thomas. Parents are Ben and Jaica Thomas. Eddie Bryant, pastor.

O’TUCKOLOFA CHURCH, WATER VALLEY, had record breaking donations to the Lottie Moon Post Office sponsored by the 4-6th grade Sunday School class. This year donations were $742.50. Additional donations from the church made the Lottie Moon grand total of $1,702.50.

The Mission Friends of BRANCH CHURCH, MORTON, collected and assembled diaper bags and supplies for the Scott County Center of Hope Pregnancy Center. Shown are Arden Measles, Kimberly Bates, and Maddox Holmes. Tim Torrence, leader.

NEW PROSPECT CHURCH, BROOKHAVEN, ordained two new deacons Jan. 19. Shown are Marc Whittington, pastor Willie Welch, and Reuben Watts.

Students from SHILOH CHURCH, LAWRENCE CO., helped place crosses at the Lawrence County Civic Center to represent the number of abortions that took place in a month in Mississippi.

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COLLEGE NEWS

The Gloria Circle – WMU ladies at BETHEL CHURCH, LAWRENCE CO., made cookie/goodie bags and cards for the residents at the Lawrence County Nursing Home. Michael Smith, pastor.

Thomas Tacoma, assistant professor of history and political science in the department of social and behavioral sciences at BLUE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE, has been selected as BMC’s 2020 Humanities Teacher Award Recipient. He will present a public forum entitled “Calvin Coolidge’s Vision for Responsible Government” on Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Garrett Auditorium located on the BMC campus.

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STAFF CHANGES

The handbell choir of FIRST CHURCH, WINONA, under the direction of Hattie Bourne, ministered during the Christmas season. Jay Anderson, pastor.

VICTORY CHURCH, BASSFIELD, has called Jim Roberson as pastor. He and his wife Sonja began their ministry Jan. 19.

WEST SHADY GROVE CHURCH, WAYNESBORO, ordained Lee Smith, Danny Lofton, Donald West, and Billy Stevens as deacons Jan. 19. They are pictured with Danny Henderson, left, of Lamar County Association, and pastor Steve Smith, right.

PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH, BROOKHAVEN, has called Rebecca Lambert as minister of music. She is a graduate of Mississippi College and is shown with pastor Bobby McKay.

MS POSITIONS CENTER HILL BAPTIST CHURCH IN HAMILTON, MS IS SEEKING A FULLTIME YOUTH/MUSIC MINISTER. Housing provided. E-mail resumes to pastorterryjoe@ yahoo.com or mail to P.O. Box 59, Hamilton, MS 39746. CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH OF BYRAM IS SEEKING A BI-VOCATIONAL WORSHIP LEADER. Send resume to, Pastor, Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 720030 or 5751 Terry Road, Byram, MS 39272. WANTED. CHURCH SECRETARY. Position entails general office duties answering phone and keeping financial records. Full time. Forty hour week. Must pass background check and be in good standing with their church. Send resume to FBC BYRAM Attention Tommy Walker 7541 Siwell Rd. Byram,MS 39272. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH COLDWATER IS LOOKING FOR A MINISTER OF YOUTH AND CHILDREN, FULL OR PART TIME. Resumes may be mailed to First Baptist Church Coldwater P. O. Box 347 Coldwater, MS 38618 or emailed to our Pastor Bro. Tim Smith at timncara@yahoo.com. For more information, you may call 662-622-7901.

CROSS ROADS BAPTIST CHURCH IN PELAHATCHIE, MS IS SEEKING A PARTTIME MINISTRY ASSISTANT. Please send resume with cover to crbc@bayspringstel.net or 104 Crossroads Road, Pelahatchie, MS 39145. HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH, BYRAM: DISCIPLESHIP/FAMILY MINISTER AND A WORSHIP LEADER. Please send resume to jsdholden@bellsouth.net. FBC TERRY IN TERRY MS IS PRAYERFULLY SEEKING OUR NEXT PART TIME MINISTER OF MUSIC TO LEAD OUR CHURCH FAMILY IN A BLENDED STYLE OF WORSHIP. Please email resumes to bro_leefaler@yahoo.com. HOLLY CHURCH (ALCORN) IS ACCEPTING RESUMES THROUGH FEBRUARY 29, 2020 FOR PART-TIME CHILDREN’S MINISTER (BIRTH-6TH GRADE). Send with cover to search2019@hollybaptist.org. LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH IN WAYNESBORO IS SEEKING A FULL-TIME PASTOR. Please send resumes to psclibertybcms@ gmail.com or 485 Old Hwy 84 Waynesboro, MS 39367.

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is always open to them, and to understand we support them morally and spiritually. “We’re going to let them know where Mississippi Baptists stand on policy issues that are important to us, but on this day we just want them to understand we’re here for them and praying for them.” Jim Futral, who will retire Feb. 29 from the position of MBCB executive director-treasurer, offered prayer after Digby opened the program. Shawn Parker, MBCB executive director-treasurer elect who will become the new executive director-treasurer on March 1, offered the benediction. For more information on CAC policy positions and other Commission activities, contact Digby at (601) 292-3329. E-mail: kdigby@christianaction.com. Mailing address: P.O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205-0530. Web site: christianaction.com. The Mississippi Baptist Legislative Prayer Breakfast is supported each year by gifts to the Mississippi Cooperative Program.

Convention in Dallas. Randy and Kathy Presley of Norman, Ok., adopted Josiah from foster care in South Korea when he was 13 months old and raised him along with nine other adopted and two biological children. When he was 13 years old, Presley’s parents told him he had survived an abortion. Though he was grateful to know his story, the news sent him into spiritual darkness. “It became apparent to me at that time that my life actually was worthless, because the people who should have loved me the most thought my life was so ‘unvaluable’ they tried to take it,” Josiah said. He developed a hatred in his teen years toward anyone who was pro-choice, including abortion doctors, post-abortive women, and Planned Parenthood workers. “I thought they were the scum of the earth because it was people like them who made me the way I was, so broken.” All the while, he continued projecting a good church kid façade at Trinity Church in

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Norman, Ok., where his father was a worship pastor. The summer after his sophomore year of high school, God got Josiah’s attention at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Falls Creek Conference Center. It was there that the camp pastor talked about how God imparts in the believer the power to overcome the trials of the world. “I remember thinking I didn’t have that in my life,” Josiah said. He accepted Christ as his Savior that week and started seeing changes in his outlook. He realized his value was not in what he did but in the fact that he was created in the image of a God who had a purpose for his life, he said. “He has proven his love to me by dying on a cross for the punishment of my sins when I was far from him,” Josiah said. Forgiven by God, he felt the least he could do was forgive his birth parents. “I found forgiveness there,” Josiah recalls, “and I found healing there.” Josiah laments the more than 60 million lives lost to abortion in the United States since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 legalized abortion throughout all nine months of gestation.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Explore the Bible • Chosen • Deuteronomy 30:1-10,19-20 True Life is found only when we choose to live according to God’s purposes. Restored People (Deut. 30:1-5). Moses envisaged the possibility that God’s people would one day rebel against Him as their ancestors had done. Moses laid the blessings of obedience (Deut. 28:1-14) and the curses for disobedience (Deut. 28:15-68). Moses summarized the covenant (Deut. 29:1-29). Then, he dealt with the consequences of sin and judgment (Deut. 30:1-5). National sin would result in exile to a foreign land. There, Moses indicated the people would contemplate “the blessings and curses.” In exile, they would come to their senses (v.1). Moses foresaw the day when God’s people would “return to the Lord their God and obey Him with all their heart and soul,” using language of the Shema (Deut. 6:5). Their return

to the Lord needed to be as full as their sin had been against Him (v.2). Repentance would result in a reversal of circumstances, from exile and back to the promised land (vs.3-4). Their blessings would surpass their fathers’ blessings (v. 5). Renewed Hearts (Deut. 30:6-10). Moses placed the spotlight on the Lord’s work in the people’s lives. He told the people, “The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love him with all your heart and all your soul so that you will live” (CSB; v.6). Physical circumcision of the males had been a mark of God’s covenant with Israel since the time of Abraham (Gen. 17:10). Notice here, Moses spoke of a spiritual circumcision, circumcision of the heart. A sincere return to God results in a reversal of circumstances for the enemies of God’s

with W. Wayne VanHorn people, too. When God’s people repent He restores them, removing the curses that had resulted from their disobedience. They move from being cursed to blessed. One of God’s great blessings is protection from their enemies. Those who would oppose God and His people come under the same curses His people had once experienced (vs. 7-8). Other blessings of the Lord for His repentant people included abundant prosperity in their work. They would have families. Their livestock would propagate and their lands would yield pro-

duce. What’s more, the Lord Himself would delight in their prosperity as He had exulted in their fathers (v.9). Deuteronomy 30:10 serves as a steady reminder that all of God’s blessings are contingent upon obedience. The phrase, “When you obey the Lord your God,” captures the idea of “hearing the voice of the Lord your God” in Hebrew. The purpose of hearing is to keep His commandments and statutes. These laws have been “written in this book of the law” (CSB; v.10). Written things were important things, intended to be remembered. The use of the demonstrative pronoun this indicates the special nature of the book of the law, the Torah. Those who return to (repent) the Lord their God with all their hearts and souls find clear instructions for daily living in God’s law. Righteous Choice (Deut. 30:19-20). Having summa-

rized his final sermon to the people on the plains of Moab, Moses called for a decision. Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses summons “heaven and earth to witness against the people.” That is, to verify what He proclaimed and how the people responded. He had set before them life and death, the blessing and the curse. Then he called for them to choose life in order that they and their descendants may live. The final verse of this chapter and of our focal passage focuses on the people’s responsibilities, God’s blessings, and God’s faithfulness. The people were responsible to love the Lord by obeying His voice and by holding fast to Him. God honors those who choose to honor Him. VanHorn is dean of Christian Studies at Mississippi College, Clinton.

Bible Studies for Life • Where Does Comfort Come From? • 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 One of my favorite words is the word, “comfort.” It’s a great word that can be used as a verb or noun. In looking at thesaurus.com, so many words are listed that are similar in meaning to comfort. When used as a verb, comfort can also be communicated as assuage, cheer, console, encourage, hearten, reassure, refresh, sooth, and abate. When comfort is used as a noun, the words compassionate, consolation, relief, solace, or sympathy can be used in the place of comfort. No matter what words you use, Jesus is the source of all comfort, as shown in this important lesson. The Apostle Paul proclaims in verse one that God is the “God of compassion and the Father of all Comfort.” Our comfort comes from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit also. In John 14:16, Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and he

shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (KJV). Jesus, the Son, was to be a comfort and counsel according to the God inspired prophecy of Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6, “His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor” (KJV). It is important for us to see that the Trinity is united in not only desiring comfort but actively making comfort available to us. Paul, as much as any other Biblical writer, understood the need for comfort. Paul had a life filled with suffering. He described some of these sufferings in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28: prisons... beatings... stonings... shipwrecked... robbers... in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and

with Beth S. Bowman thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Yet Paul understood that all of the suffering he faced had a purpose that was far greater than the temporary suffering and pain he endured. Verse five has a disturbing beginning: “For if we share in the sufferings of Christ…” We cannot have access to the comfort of Jesus without having a part of His suffering. How will we suffer like Jesus? When we reject sin, when we face rejection because of our faith, when our decisions to stand up will

mean loss — all of these are “the suffering of Christ” in which we share. We know that when suffering abounds, comfort and consolation are also given to us. We need to be ready to receive God-given comfort available to those who trust in Him. The Apostle Peter states in 1 Peter 4:15-16: “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him Glorify God in this matter.” So many times when we face hurt and pain caused by others, it causes us to question what we have done. As believers, we can trust that by following God’s best and making difficult decisions we can trust in His Comfort readily available to us. We know that in this world, there will be suffering. While that is not a popular thought, it is a Biblical truth. Jesus said in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have

overcome the world.” Paul’s life was not focused on himself but rather was God-centered. He faced life with a desire to honor God, both on the days when He was filled with the Holy Spirit to speak truth and preach Jesus and the days when he was imprisoned and beaten. He knew God was writing his life. Where is your hope? Paul’s hope and confidence was that Jesus would continue to deliver and rescue him, and that he could promise this to us. As Christians, we have likely to have just come through a difficult time or are about to go through one. In all of these, we need to keep our focus on the Comfort from God and submit to His plans. Bowman is a conference speaker, Lifeway contract writer and member of West Carthage Church, Carthage.

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Honor Roll of Churches

ince 1897, Mississippi Southern Baptist churches have financially supported their Baptist Children’s Village. As we present the traditional “Honor Roll of Churches” we gratefully recognize in descending order churches that have given $1,000 or more during 2019. On behalf of more than 8,000 children with whom you have shared the love of Christ since its founding, The Baptist Children’s Village offers its sincerest appreciation. Thank you to all our Mississippi Southern Baptist churches who so generously support The Baptist Children’s Village.

Sean A. Milner, Executive Director P.O Box 27 Clinton, MS 39060-0027 (601) 922-2242 www.baptistchildrensvillage.com RANK CHURCH NAME 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 72 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87

First Baptist Church Verona Morrison Heights Baptist Church Oak Grove Baptist Church Bunker Hill Baptist Church First Baptist Church Vicksburg First Baptist Church Water Valley Brandon Baptist Church First Baptist Church Laurel North Greenwood Baptist Church First Baptist Church Corinth Spring Creek Baptist Church First Baptist Church Kosciusko Fellowship Baptist Church Drew Baptist Church First Baptist Church Crystal Springs Topisaw Baptist Church Gaston Baptist Church First Baptist Church Brookhaven Memorial Baptist Church First Baptist Church Runnelstown Murphy Creek Baptist Church Williamsville Baptist Church Topeka Baptist Church Liberty Baptist Church Ingomar Baptist Church East Philadelphia Baptist Church First Baptist Church Clinton Pine Forest Baptist Church County Line Baptist Church Silver Creek Baptist Church First Baptist Church Hazlehurst Vaiden Baptist Church Thrasher Baptist Church First Baptist Church Raymond First Baptist Church Lambert Hurricane Creek Baptist Church Rock Hill Baptist Church North Oxford Baptist Church Seminary Baptist Church Indian Springs Baptist Church Parkway Baptist Church Mantee Baptist Church First Baptist Church Greenville Anchor Baptist Church Parkway Baptist Church First Baptist Church Abbeville First Baptist Church Batesville Calvary Baptist Church Liberty Baptist Church First Baptist Church Sumrall High Hill Baptist Church New Hope Baptist Church Valley Park Baptist Church First Baptist Church Starkville Springfield Baptist Church Branch Baptist Church Corinth Baptist Church First Baptist Church Newton Northcrest Baptist Church First Baptist Church New Albany Oakland Baptist Church First Baptist Church Booneville Kolola Springs Baptist Church Sylvarena Baptist Church First Baptist Church Columbus Bethany Baptist Church Holcomb Baptist Church Midway Baptist Church Bovina Baptist Church Broadmoor Baptist Church Trinity Baptist Church First Baptist Church Natchez First Baptist Church Sand Hill Old Pearl Valley Baptist Church First Baptist Church Sardis Hollandale Baptist Church First Baptist Church Belzoni Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Stanton Baptist Church Shiloh Baptist Church West Heights Baptist Church Dublin Baptist Church Kennedy Springs Baptist Church Chaparral Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church First Baptist Church Jackson Bethel Baptist Church Olive Baptist Church Bethany Baptist Church

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Verona Clinton Mendenhall Columbia Vicksburg Water Valley Brandon Laurel Greenwood Corinth Philadelphia Kosciusko Meridian Drew Crystal Springs Bogue Chitto Booneville Brookhaven Richton Petal Louisville Kosciusko Jayess Raleigh New Albany Philadelphia Clinton Collinsville Union McComb Hazlehurst Vaiden Booneville Raymond Lambert Sandy Hook Brandon Oxford Seminary Laurel Houston Mantee Greenville Water Valley Clinton Abbeville Batesville Bogue Chitto Liberty Sumrall Philadelphia Meridian Valley Park Starkville Morton Morton Magee Newton Meridian New Albany Corinth Booneville Caledonia Raleigh Columbus Prentiss Holcomb Meridian Vicksburg Madison Philadelphia Natchez Richton Philadelphia Sardis Hollandale Belzoni Carthage Natchez Louisville Pontotoc Carson Magee Waynesboro Waynesboro Jackson Poplarville Lumberton Calhoun City

Lee Baptist Association $56,785.71* Metro Baptist Association $31,021.55 Simpson Baptist Association $25,897.46 Marion Baptist Association $24,178.42 Warren Baptist Association $23,315.03 Yalobusha Baptist Association $22,665.00 Rankin Baptist Association $16,100.00 Jones County Baptist Association $15,740.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $14,904.25 Alcorn Baptist Association $13,850.35 Neshoba County Baptist Association $13,778.07 Attala Baptist Association $13,258.12 Lauderdale Baptist Association $13,073.79 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $13,005.00 Copiah Baptist Association $12,705.65 Lincoln Baptist Association $12,450.00 Prentiss Baptist Association $11,512.15 Lincoln Baptist Association $11,349.96 Perry Baptist Association $10,624.00 Perry Baptist Association $10,542.07 Winston Baptist Association $10,333.30 Attala Baptist Association $9,999.96 Lawrence Baptist Association $9,907.66 Smith Baptist Association $9,600.00 Union County Baptist Association $9,527.31 Neshoba County Baptist Association $9,289.51 Metro Baptist Association $8,706.29 Lauderdale Baptist Association $8,415.50 Neshoba County Baptist Association $8,159.70 Pike Baptist Association $7,642.79 Copiah Baptist Association $7,595.00 Carroll Baptist Association $7,529.61 Prentiss Baptist Association $7,433.72 Metro Baptist Association $7,300.00 North Delta Baptist Association $7,101.61 Marion Baptist Association $6,971.19 Rankin Baptist Association $6,872.13 Collaborative Missionary Network $6,805.00 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $6,523.62 Jones County Baptist Association $6,399.75 Chickasaw Baptist Association $6,364.05 Webster Baptist Association $6,320.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $6,099.56 Collaborative Missionary Network $6,004.29 Metro Baptist Association $6,000.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $5,951.32 Panola Baptist Association $5,925.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $5,916.66 Mississippi Baptist Association $5,914.15 Lamar County Baptist Association $5,889.00 Neshoba County Baptist Association $5,811.02 Lauderdale Baptist Association $5,800.00 Sharkey-Issaquena Baptist Association $5,728.91 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $5,675.00 Scott Baptist Association $5,535.50 Scott Baptist Association $5,526.54 Simpson Baptist Association $5,524.10 Newton County Baptist Association $5,512.00 Lauderdale Baptist Association $5,481.00 Union County Baptist Association $5,369.00 Alcorn Baptist Association $5,294.96 Prentiss Baptist Association $5,290.04 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $5,250.00 Smith Baptist Association $5,141.00 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $5,137.52 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $5,101.00 North Central Baptist Association $5,092.41 Lauderdale Baptist Association $5,042.99 Warren Baptist Association $5,000.00 Metro Baptist Association $4,925.00 Neshoba County Baptist Association $4,904.36 Adams Baptist Association $4,800.00 George-Greene Area Missions $4,800.00 Neshoba County Baptist Association $4,800.00 Panola Baptist Association $4,769.62 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $4,765.00 Humphreys Baptist Association $4,754.64 Leake County Baptist Association $4,647.55 Adams Baptist Association $4,613.47 Winston Baptist Association $4,590.69 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $4,583.00 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $4,580.70 Simpson Baptist Association $4,575.00 Wayne Baptist Association $4,568.80 Wayne Baptist Association $4,556.00 Metro Baptist Association $4,542.11 Pearl River Baptist Association $4,533.47 Pearl River Baptist Association $4,384.00 Calhoun County Baptist Association $4,332.00

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Dry Creek Baptist Church First Baptist Church Senatobia Tylertown Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church Fredonia Baptist Church Hurley Baptist Church Church Road Baptist Church First Baptist Church Quitman Highland Baptist Church Trinity Baptist Church Valley Grove Baptist Church First Baptist Church Yazoo City Forest Baptist Church Grace Memorial Baptist Church Eastwood Baptist Church First Baptist Church Oxford Grays Creek Baptist Church Holly Baptist Church Rocky Point Baptist Church Wellman Baptist Church First Baptist Church Buckatunna First Baptist Church Brandon Bucatunna Baptist Church Woolmarket Baptist Church Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Ebenezer Baptist Church Pleasant Hill Baptist Church First Baptist Church Picayune Longview Point Baptist Church First Baptist Church Union New Harmony Baptist Church Newhebron Baptist Church First Baptist Church Eupora First Baptist Church Charleston Old Silver Creek Baptist Church Goodwater Baptist Church Macedonia Baptist Church Rolling Creek Baptist Church Remus Baptist Church Meadville Baptist Church Chunky Baptist Church Crystal Springs Baptist Church Mount Moriah Baptist Church Shuqualak Baptist Church Star Baptist Church Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Ocobla Baptist Church Westwood Baptist Church Juniper Grove Baptist Church New Sight Baptist Church Autumn Ridge Baptist Church Liberty Baptist Church Highland Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church-Tate Ruleville Baptist Church Hillcrest Baptist Church Roseland Park Baptist Church Smithville Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church New Hope Baptist Church Arm Baptist Church Fairview Baptist Church Ephesus Baptist Church Sunrise Baptist Church Macedonia Baptist Church First Baptist Church Lyman Desoto Hills Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church Mount Moriah Baptist Church First Baptist Church Louisville Spring Hill Baptist Church Beulah Baptist Church Whitesand Baptist Church Carterville Baptist Church Central Baptist Church Tate Baptist Church Harmony Baptist Church Macedonia Baptist Church Rienzi Baptist Church North Winona Baptist Church Shiloh Baptist Church Zion Hill Baptist Church Lebanon Baptist Church DeSoto Baptist Church French Camp Baptist Church First Baptist Church Collins Cairo Baptist Church Elon Baptist Church Crystal Ridge Baptist Church Shiloh Baptist Church Causeyville Baptist Church Parkway Baptist Church Temple Baptist Church Harmony Baptist Church Wheeler Grove Baptist Church Pine Grove Baptist Church Jacob’s Well Inc. Sallis Baptist Church Gillsburg Baptist Church First Baptist Church Long Beach Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Union Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Shiloh Baptist Church First Baptist Church Lumberton New Bethel Baptist Church First Baptist Church Bruce Success Baptist Church Brewer Baptist Church Shady Grove Baptist Church Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Antioch Baptist Church Arkabutla Baptist Church Longview Baptist Church Carrollton Baptist Church Gatesville Baptist Church Tomnolen Baptist Church Ackerman Baptist Church Berea Baptist Church Cornerstone Baptist Church Bethlehem Baptist Church Courtland Baptist Church Siloam Baptist Church First Baptist Church Canton Bethsaida Baptist Church Bethsaida Baptist Church First Baptist Church Indianola West End Baptist Church Fellowship Baptist Church New Providence Baptist Church First Baptist Church Tupelo Gum Grove Baptist Church Oakhurst Baptist Church Clifton Baptist Church

Mendenhall Senatobia Tylertown Raymond Columbus New Albany Hurley Horn Lake Quitman Jackson Vicksburg Tupelo Yazoo City Forest Gulfport Indianola Oxford Hernando Corinth Carthage Bogue Chitto Buckatunna Brandon Meridian Biloxi Brookhaven Bassfield Columbus Picayune Hernando Union Blue Springs Newhebron Eupora Charleston Silver Creek Magee Brookhaven Quitman Carthage Meadville Chunky Tylertown Bruce Shuqualak Star Quitman Philadelphia Meridian Poplarville Brookhaven Hattiesburg New Albany Vicksburg Independence Ruleville Byram Picayune Smithville Meridian Gulfport Silver Creek Columbus Forest Carthage Myrtle Gulfport Southaven Meridian Bogue Chitto Louisville Waterford Inverness Prentiss Petal Mc Neill Corinth Louisville Tupelo Rienzi Winona Port Gibson Guntown Ripley Shubuta French Camp Collins Ecru Macon Louisville Houlka Meridian Biloxi Hattiesburg Walnut Corinth Union Pass Christian Sallis Osyka Long Beach Woodland Picayune Batesville Corinth Duck Hill Oxford Lumberton Carrollton Bruce Saucier Shannon Lucedale Carrollton Louin Arkabutla Belden Carrollton Crystal Springs Eupora Ackerman Mc Cool Greenville Walnut Courtland Meadville Canton Philadelphia French Camp Indianola West Point Ellisville Carthage Tupelo Brookhaven Clarksdale Forest

Simpson Baptist Association $4,259.77 X-Tended Missions Network $4,250.00 Walthall Baptist Association $4,244.33 Metro Baptist Association $4,209.00 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $4,200.00 Union County Baptist Association $4,175.00 Jackson Baptist Association $4,168.87 X-Tended Missions Network $4,107.58 Clarke County Baptist Association $4,100.00 Metro Baptist Association $4,099.96 Warren Baptist Association $4,053.43 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $4,052.75 Yazoo Baptist Association $4,047.02 Scott Baptist Association $4,025.00 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $3,947.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $3,946.14 Collaborative Missionary Network $3,889.82 X-Tended Missions Network $3,827.48 Alcorn Baptist Association $3,802.37 Leake County Baptist Association $3,800.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $3,735.77 Wayne Baptist Association $3,725.00 Rankin Baptist Association $3,715.12 Clarke County Baptist Association $3,702.34 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $3,700.01 Lincoln Baptist Association $3,642.40 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $3,563.80 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $3,550.86 Pearl River Baptist Association $3,550.00 X-Tended Missions Network $3,500.04 Newton County Baptist Association $3,500.00 Union County Baptist Association $3,477.96 Lawrence Baptist Association $3,477.63 Webster Baptist Association $3,468.97 North Central Baptist Association $3,450.03 Lawrence Baptist Association $3,426.13 Simpson Baptist Association $3,399.62 Lincoln Baptist Association $3,383.92 Clarke County Baptist Association $3,367.00 Leake County Baptist Association $3,329.70 Franklin County Baptist Association $3,287.00 Newton County Baptist Association $3,275.00 Walthall Baptist Association $3,239.00 Calhoun County Baptist Association $3,207.00 Noxubee Baptist Association $3,169.00 Rankin Baptist Association $3,163.79 Clarke County Baptist Association $3,149.42 At-Large $3,127.00 Lauderdale Baptist Association $3,124.92 Pearl River Baptist Association $3,108.46 Lincoln Baptist Association $3,107.83 Lamar County Baptist Association $3,100.00 Union County Baptist Association $3,090.00 Warren Baptist Association $3,070.00 X-Tended Missions Network $3,055.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $3,052.50 Metro Baptist Association $3,050.00 Pearl River Baptist Association $3,045.00 Monroe Baptist Association $3,031.00 Lauderdale Baptist Association $3,017.66 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $3,012.79 Lawrence Baptist Association $3,009.68 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $3,000.00 Scott Baptist Association $3,000.00 Leake County Baptist Association $2,947.46 Union County Baptist Association $2,944.00 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $2,937.39 X-Tended Missions Network $2,911.22 Clarke County Baptist Association $2,911.02 Lincoln Baptist Association $2,900.00 Winston Baptist Association $2,884.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $2,850.00 Humphreys Baptist Association $2,831.72 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $2,815.00 Pine Belt Baptist Association $2,800.00 Pearl River Baptist Association $2,792.77 Alcorn Baptist Association $2,792.28 Winston Baptist Association $2,780.58 Lee Baptist Association $2,762.00 Alcorn Baptist Association $2,750.00 Montgomery Baptist Association $2,746.95 Union Baptist Association $2,744.60 Union County Baptist Association $2,724.40 Pine Belt Baptist Association $2,700.00 Clarke County Baptist Association $2,690.84 Choctaw Baptist Association $2,634.84 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $2,600.00 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $2,572.20 Noxubee Baptist Association $2,550.00 Winston Baptist Association $2,540.00 Chickasaw Baptist Association $2,536.48 Lauderdale Baptist Association $2,516.93 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $2,500.00 Pine Belt Baptist Association $2,500.00 Benton-Tippah Baptist Association $2,499.96 Alcorn Baptist Association $2,498.76 Neshoba County Baptist Association $2,485.00 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $2,474.00 Attala Baptist Association $2,470.64 Mississippi Baptist Association $2,469.49 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $2,466.00 Chickasaw Baptist Association $2,460.00 Pearl River Baptist Association $2,442.68 Panola Baptist Association $2,437.50 Alcorn Baptist Association $2,434.59 Carroll Baptist Association $2,432.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $2,430.59 Lamar County Baptist Association $2,423.62 Carroll Baptist Association $2,398.14 Calhoun County Baptist Association $2,390.00 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $2,337.95 Lee Baptist Association $2,335.99 George-Greene Area Missions $2,333.88 Carroll Baptist Association $2,326.52 Jasper Baptist Association $2,300.00 X-Tended Missions Network $2,295.25 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $2,287.00 Carroll Baptist Association $2,273.85 Copiah Baptist Association $2,256.93 Webster Baptist Association $2,244.50 Choctaw Baptist Association $2,222.00 Attala Baptist Association $2,215.93 Washington County Baptist Association $2,212.00 Alcorn Baptist Association $2,210.25 Panola Baptist Association $2,206.50 Franklin County Baptist Association $2,204.03 Metro Baptist Association $2,204.00 Neshoba County Baptist Association $2,200.00 Montgomery Baptist Association $2,194.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $2,183.38 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $2,171.90 Jones County Baptist Association $2,171.15 Leake County Baptist Association $2,170.00 Lee Baptist Association $2,163.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $2,161.38 North Delta Baptist Association $2,156.96 Scott Baptist Association $2,155.96


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Ellard Baptist Church Beulah Baptist Church Oakvale Baptist Church Union West Baptist Church Buck Creek Baptist Church Union Baptist Church Silver Springs Baptist Church Cedar Grove Baptist Church West Shady Grove Baptist Church Horseshoe Baptist Church Bethel Baptist Church West Union Baptist Church New Palestine Baptist Church Oak Hill Baptist Church Bogue Chitto Baptist Church Pleasant Dale Baptist Church First Baptist Church McComb Casey Creek Baptist Church Liberty Baptist Church Shiloh Baptist Church Hardy Street Baptist Church Unity Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church Ellistown Baptist Church Foxworth Baptist Church Phalti Baptist Church Crape Creek Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church Leaf Baptist Church First Baptist Church Amory Tuscumbia Baptist Church Good Hope Baptist Church Mars Hill Baptist Church Union Baptist Church Arbor Grove Baptist Church Trinity Baptist Church First Baptist Church Mendenhall Sturgis Baptist Church First Baptist Church Columbia Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Philipp Baptist Church Cornerstone Baptist Church First Baptist Church Rosedale Standing Pine Baptist Church Pine Grove Baptist Church First Baptist Church Satartia McCool Baptist Church Monument Drive Baptist Church First Baptist Church Flora DeKalb Baptist Church Leaf River Baptist Church First Baptist Church Carthage Union Ridge Baptist Church Morgan Chapel Baptist Church Mount Vernon Baptist Church Water Oak Baptist Church Macedonia Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Shady Grove Baptist Church Oak Dale Baptist Church Furrs Baptist Church Rocky Hill Baptist Church Morrison Chapel Baptist Church Enid Lake Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church New Hope Baptist Church Beulah Baptist Church Ebenezer Baptist Church Friendship Baptist Church Oak Forest Baptist Church The Grove Baptist Church First Baptist Church State Line Tuscola Baptist Church White Oak Baptist Church Interstate Baptist Church Center Hill Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Good Hope Baptist Church Pineview Baptist Church First Baptist Church Days Bethel Baptist Church Ecru Baptist Church Briarwood Drive Baptist Church Siloam Baptist Church Amaziah Baptist Church Walthall Baptist Church Friendship Baptist Church Easthaven Baptist Church Central Baptist Church Oldtown Baptist Church First Baptist Church Horn Lake First Baptist Church Madison Peach Creek Baptist Church Goodyear Baptist Church Pine Grove Baptist Church Friendship West Baptist Church First Baptist Church Collinsville First Baptist Church Nettleton Union Baptist Church Goss Baptist Church Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church Oak Grove Baptist Church The Anchor Baptist Church Grace Baptist Church West McComb Baptist Church Lexie Baptist Church First Baptist Church Leland Clear Springs Baptist Church Harmony Baptist Church First Baptist Church Brooklyn Scooba Baptist Church Arlington Baptist Church Central Baptist Church Macedonia Baptist Church Carriage Hills Baptist Church West Ripley Baptist Church Enterprise Baptist Church First Baptist Church Tchula Harrisburg Baptist Church West Jackson Street Church Christ Baptist Church Roundaway Baptist Church New Liberty Baptist Church Broadway Baptist Church Myrick Baptist Church Parkway Baptist Church New Zion Baptist Church Ethel Baptist Church Big Level Baptist Church Skene Baptist Church First Baptist Church Taylorsville Bay Springs Baptist Church Walnut Grove Baptist Church Navilla Baptist Church Bethlehem Baptist Church Longview Heights Baptist Church

Bruce Magee Oak Vale Oxford Richton Meridian Osyka Lena Waynesboro Tchula Bogue Chitto Carriere Picayune Booneville Bogue Chitto Thaxton McComb Baldwyn De Kalb Big Creek Hattiesburg Harrisville Greenwood Saltillo Blue Springs Foxworth Prentiss Stewart Potts Camp Mc Lain Amory Booneville Louisville Philadelphia Mize Houston Fulton Mendenhall Sturgis Columbia Gloster Philipp Batesville Rosedale Carthage Coffeeville Satartia Mc Cool Tupelo Flora De Kalb Louin Carthage Noxapater Sturgis Tupelo Waynesboro Mendenhall Summit Bogue Chitto Pontotoc Pontotoc Magee Merigold Pope Taylorsville Foxworth Little Rock Kosciusko Grenada Jackson Coldwater State Line Lena Carthage Shaw Ecru Holly Springs Dumas Richton Laurel Lake Cormorant Etta Ecru Brandon Magee Myrtle Walthall Sturgis Brookhaven McComb Pittsboro Horn Lake Madison Como Picayune Picayune Tutwiler Collinsville Nettleton Sardis Columbia Eupora Bentonia Pontotoc Vicksburg McComb Tylertown Leland Louin Quitman Brooklyn Scooba Bogue Chitto Brookhaven Byhalia Southaven Ripley Enterprise Tchula Tupelo Tupelo Greenwood Doddsville Morton Southaven Laurel Kosciusko Braxton Ethel Wiggins Skene Taylorsville Bay Springs Walnut Grove McComb Benton Olive Branch

Calhoun County Baptist Association $2,137.01 Simpson Baptist Association $2,136.86 Lawrence Baptist Association $2,124.64 Collaborative Missionary Network $2,121.00 Perry Baptist Association $2,115.29 Clarke County Baptist Association $2,114.40 Pike Baptist Association $2,110.00 Leake County Baptist Association $2,102.98 Wayne Baptist Association $2,101.00 Holmes Baptist Association $2,100.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $2,096.33 Pearl River Baptist Association $2,093.43 Pearl River Baptist Association $2,086.50 Prentiss Baptist Association $2,081.35 Lincoln Baptist Association $2,079.00 Union County Baptist Association $2,078.81 Pike Baptist Association $2,070.55 Prentiss Baptist Association $2,068.60 Kemper Baptist Association $2,057.60 Calhoun County Baptist Association $2,043.59 Pine Belt Baptist Association $2,043.01 At-Large $2,037.04 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $2,017.66 Lee Baptist Association $2,010.00 Union County Baptist Association $2,010.00 Marion Baptist Association $2,000.37 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $2,000.04 Choctaw Baptist Association $2,000.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $2,000.00 George-Greene Area Missions $2,000.00 Monroe Baptist Association $2,000.00 Prentiss Baptist Association $2,000.00 Winston Baptist Association $2,000.00 Winston Baptist Association $2,000.00 Smith Baptist Association $1,999.92 Chickasaw Baptist Association $1,995.00 Itawamba Baptist Association $1,978.01 Simpson Baptist Association $1,960.00 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $1,950.00 Marion Baptist Association $1,950.00 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,949.66 North Central Baptist Association $1,946.51 Panola Baptist Association $1,936.59 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,935.00 Leake County Baptist Association $1,933.88 Yalobusha Baptist Association $1,922.00 Yazoo Baptist Association $1,922.00 Attala Baptist Association $1,917.08 Lee Baptist Association $1,916.76 Metro Baptist Association $1,915.00 Kemper Baptist Association $1,912.00 Smith Baptist Association $1,900.50 Leake County Baptist Association $1,900.00 Winston Baptist Association $1,900.00 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $1,891.55 Lee Baptist Association $1,889.81 Wayne Baptist Association $1,885.69 Simpson Baptist Association $1,855.22 Pike Baptist Association $1,850.68 Lincoln Baptist Association $1,820.00 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $1,814.25 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $1,806.00 Smith Baptist Association $1,802.04 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,800.00 Panola Baptist Association $1,800.00 Smith Baptist Association $1,800.00 Marion Baptist Association $1,797.00 Newton County Baptist Association $1,787.39 Attala Baptist Association $1,775.00 North Central Baptist Association $1,764.00 Metro Baptist Association $1,762.05 X-Tended Missions Network $1,758.32 Wayne Baptist Association $1,751.76 Leake County Baptist Association $1,750.00 Neshoba Baptist Association $1,745.59 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,742.00 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $1,737.17 Collaborative Missionary Network $1,727.85 Union County Baptist Association $1,726.99 Perry Baptist Association $1,721.03 Jones County Baptist Association $1,720.52 X-Tended Missions Network $1,702.00 Union County Baptist Association $1,687.00 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $1,680.00 Metro Baptist Association $1,679.62 Simpson Baptist Association $1,678.54 Union County Baptist Association $1,673.00 Webster Baptist Association $1,670.00 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $1,650.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $1,650.00 Pike Baptist Association $1,634.00 Calhoun County Baptist Association $1,632.00 X-Tended Missions Network $1,632.00 Metro Baptist Association $1,626.00 Panola Baptist Association $1,624.14 Pearl River Baptist Association $1,611.59 Pearl River Baptist Association $1,611.00 North Central Baptist Association $1,610.96 Lauderdale Baptist Association $1,610.00 Lee Baptist Association $1,610.00 Panola Baptist Association $1,602.98 Marion Baptist Association $1,600.00 Webster Baptist Association $1,600.00 Yazoo Baptist Association $1,592.90 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $1,590.00 Warren Baptist Association $1,582.00 Pike Baptist Association $1,580.00 Walthall Baptist Association $1,574.00 Washington County Baptist Association $1,568.00 Smith Baptist Association $1,565.54 Clarke County Baptist Association $1,563.54 Pine Belt Baptist Association $1,560.75 Kemper Baptist Association $1,560.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $1,553.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $1,543.00 X-Tended Missions Network $1,532.00 X-Tended Missions Network $1,530.49 Benton-Tippah Baptist Association $1,500.00 Clarke County Baptist Association $1,500.00 Holmes Baptist Association $1,500.00 Lee Baptist Association $1,500.00 Lee Baptist Association $1,500.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,500.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,500.00 Scott Baptist Association $1,500.00 X-Tended Missions Network $1,500.00 Jones County Baptist Association $1,498.58 Attala Baptist Association $1,489.94 Simpson Baptist Association $1,485.43 Attala Baptist Association $1,479.28 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $1,479.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,470.33 Smith Baptist Association $1,425.00 Jasper Baptist Association $1,420.00 Leake County Baptist Association $1,415.00 Pike Baptist Association $1,413.22 Yazoo Baptist Association $1,410.00 X-Tended Missions Network $1,409.44

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Eden Baptist Church Wildwood Baptist Church Main Street Baptist Church First Baptist Church Itta Bena Immanuel Baptist Church South Crossroads Baptist Church Tishomingo Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Cedar Grove Baptist Church Pulaski Baptist Church Unity Baptist Church Spring Hill Baptist Church First Baptist Church Potts Camp Flat Top Unity Baptist Church Wiggins Baptist Church First Baptist Church Ripley New Liberty Baptist Church Shelton Baptist Church Mount Horeb Baptist Church Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Petal-Harvey Baptist Church Central Baptist Church First Baptist Church Richton Crane Creek Baptist Church Center Terrace Baptist Church First Baptist Church Tremont Mount Pisgah Baptist Church First Baptist Church Bay St. Louis Duck Hill Baptist Church First Baptist Church Byram Randolph Baptist Church College Hill Heights Baptist Church Camp Creek Baptist Church East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Alta Woods Baptist Church New Bethel Baptist Church Crossview Baptist Church Glenfield Baptist Church Montevista Baptist Church Cliff Temple Baptist Church South Louisville Baptist Church Sylva Rena Baptist Church Scotland Baptist Church Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church Oakland Baptist Church Griffith Memorial Baptist Church Providence Baptist Church Unity Baptist Church Melrose Baptist Church Dry Creek Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Hephzibah Baptist Church County Line Baptist Church Pine Bluff Baptist Church Roxie Baptist Church Calvary West Point Baptist Church Pheba Baptist Church Conway Baptist Church Midway Baptist Church Rome Baptist Church Bethel Baptist Church Hebron Baptist Church Mount Vernon Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Hillcrest Baptist Church Cumberland Baptist Church First Baptist Church Coldwater Mountain Creek Baptist Church Hebron Baptist Church Candlers Chapel Baptist Church Heritage Baptist Church Gore Springs Baptist Church Barton First Baptist Church Edon Baptist Church First Baptist Church Holly Springs Troy Baptist Church Wallerville Baptist Church Northside Baptist Church South Nettleton Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church Crowder Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Arlington Baptist Church Neshoba Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church First Baptist Church Poplarville Glading Baptist Church Elam Baptist Church Parkway Baptist Church Zama Baptist Church Duncan Hill Baptist Church Bethany Baptist Church Friendship Baptist Church Moak’s Creek Baptist Church Terry’s Creek Baptist Church Ellison Ridge Baptist Church Straight Bayou Baptist Church Enon Baptist Church Kokomo Baptist Church Handsboro Baptist Church First Baptist Church Cleveland New Ireland Baptist Church Fellowship Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church Ludlow Baptist Church Society Hill Baptist Church Belden Baptist Church Colonial Heights Baptist Church First Baptist Church Polkville First Baptist Church Leakesville D’Lo Baptist Church Enterprise Baptist Church Kilmichael Baptist Church Beacon Street Baptist Church Center Baptist Church Brooksville Baptist Church Delta Baptist Church Mount Olive Baptist Church Magee’s Creek Baptist Church Second Baptist Church First Baptist Church Southaven New Hope Baptist Church Wade Baptist Church Mount Nebo Baptist Church Bluff Springs Baptist Church West Kemper Baptist Church Mount Carmel Baptist Church Birmingham Baptist Church Improve Baptist Church Woodville Baptist Church Rock Branch Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Unity Baptist Church Evansville Baptist Church

Yazoo City Clinton Goodman Itta Bena Greenwood Iuka Tishomingo Belmont Columbia Pulaski West Oakland Potts Camp Picayune Carthage Ripley Glen Moselle Collins Calhoun City Petal Bentonia Richton Perkinston Canton Tremont Eupora Bay Saint Louis Duck Hill Byram Randolph Oxford Guntown Quitman Jackson Philadelphia Brandon New Albany Eupora Natchez Louisville Water Valley Winona Crystal Springs Walnut Jackson Grenada Leakesville Bentonia Baldwyn Quitman Shubuta Crystal Springs Hazlehurst Roxie West Point Pheba Carthage Carthage Tutwiler Liberty Smithdale Newton Osyka Florence Mendenhall New Albany Maben Coldwater Florence Meridian Booneville Lucedale Gore Springs Byhalia Stringer Holly Springs Pontotoc New Albany Lucedale Nettleton Golden Crowder Smithdale Beaumont Union Walnut Grove Poplarville Magnolia Coffeeville Natchez Kosciusko Calhoun City Potts Camp Brookhaven Summit Magnolia Louisville Anguilla Batesville Kokomo Gulfport Cleveland Union Enterprise Raleigh Ludlow Oak Vale Belden Ridgeland Morton Leakesville D Lo Liberty Kilmichael Philadelphia Blue Springs Brooksville Yazoo City Smithdale Jayess Kosciusko Southaven Sumrall Pascagoula Bay Springs De Kalb De Kalb Carthage Saltillo Columbia Woodville Union Macon Magnolia Coldwater

Yazoo Baptist Association $1,401.48 Metro Baptist Association $1,401.05 Holmes Baptist Association $1,400.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,400.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,400.00 Tishomingo Baptist Association $1,400.00 Tishomingo Baptist Association $1,400.00 Tishomingo Baptist Association $1,385.67 Marion Baptist Association $1,380.00 Scott Baptist Association $1,375.86 Attala Baptist Association $1,375.00 North Central Baptist Association $1,375.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $1,374.18 Pearl River Baptist Association $1,369.61 Leake County Baptist Association $1,369.26 Benton-Tippah Baptist Association $1,366.66 Tishomingo Baptist Association $1,363.83 Jones County Baptist Association $1,360.00 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $1,353.88 Calhoun County Baptist Association $1,350.00 Pine Belt Baptist Association $1,350.00 Yazoo Baptist Association $1,350.00 Perry Baptist Association $1,341.01 Pearl River Baptist Association $1,340.96 Metro Baptist Association $1,340.00 Itawamba Baptist Association $1,333.32 Choctaw Baptist Association $1,331.67 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $1,331.02 Montgomery Baptist Association $1,326.39 Metro Baptist Association $1,314.57 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $1,305.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $1,302.96 Lee Baptist Association $1,302.19 Clarke County Baptist Association $1,300.00 Metro Baptist Association $1,300.00 Neshoba County Baptist Association $1,300.00 Rankin Baptist Association $1,300.00 Union County Baptist Association $1,300.00 Webster Baptist Association $1,300.00 Adams Baptist Association $1,266.67 Winston Baptist Association $1,250.00 Yalobusha Baptist Association $1,241.00 Montgomery Baptist Association $1,236.08 Copiah Baptist Association $1,221.00 Benton-Tippah Baptist Association $1,212.16 Metro Baptist Association $1,211.00 North Central Baptist Association $1,209.00 George-Greene Area Missions $1,206.00 Yazoo Baptist Association $1,202.00 Benton-Tippah Baptist Association $1,200.00 Clarke County Baptist Association $1,200.00 Clarke County Baptist Association $1,200.00 Copiah Baptist Association $1,200.00 Copiah Baptist Association $1,200.00 Franklin County Baptist Association $1,200.00 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $1,200.00 Golden Triangle Baptist Association $1,200.00 Leake County Baptist Association $1,200.00 Leake County Baptist Association $1,200.00 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,200.00 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,200.00 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,200.00 Newton County Baptist Association $1,200.00 Pike Baptist Association $1,200.00 Rankin Baptist Association $1,200.00 Simpson Baptist Association $1,200.00 Union County Baptist Association $1,200.00 Webster Baptist Association $1,200.00 X-Tended Missions Network $1,200.00 Rankin Baptist Association $1,197.75 Lauderdale Baptist Association $1,192.38 Prentiss Baptist Association $1,174.54 George-Greene Area Missions $1,172.06 North Central Baptist Association $1,170.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $1,169.00 Jasper Baptist Association $1,150.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $1,149.00 Pontotoc County Baptist Association $1,149.00 Union County Baptist Association $1,147.00 George-Greene Area Missions $1,142.87 Monroe Baptist Association $1,140.72 Itawamba Baptist Association $1,140.00 North Delta Baptist Association $1,131.00 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,125.30 Perry Baptist Association $1,122.79 Neshoba County Baptist Association $1,122.13 Leake County Baptist Association $1,121.00 Pearl River Baptist Association $1,116.39 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,111.36 Yalobusha Baptist Association $1,103.27 Adams Baptist Association $1,100.00 Attala Baptist Association $1,100.00 Calhoun County Baptist Association $1,100.00 Collaborative Missionary Network $1,100.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $1,100.00 Lincoln Baptist Association $1,100.00 Pike Baptist Association $1,100.00 Winston Baptist Association $1,100.00 Sharkey-Issaquena Baptist Association $1,095.00 Panola Baptist Association $1,091.00 Marion Baptist Association $1,090.35 Gulf Coast Baptist Association $1,088.85 Mid-Delta Baptist Association $1,085.00 Newton County Baptist Association $1,082.95 Jasper Baptist Association $1,076.00 Smith Baptist Association $1,062.96 Scott Baptist Association $1,062.55 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $1,050.00 Lee Baptist Association $1,050.00 Metro Baptist Association $1,050.00 Smith Baptist Association $1,050.00 George-Greene Area Missions $1,040.00 Simpson Baptist Association $1,036.49 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,033.30 Montgomery Baptist Association $1,033.20 Neshoba County Baptist Association $1,024.00 Union County Baptist Association $1,022.00 Noxubee Baptist Association $1,013.38 Yazoo Baptist Association $1,012.00 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,010.00 Walthall Baptist Association $1,006.00 Attala Baptist Association $1,002.41 X-Tended Missions Network $1,002.00 Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association $1,000.00 Jackson Baptist Association $1,000.00 Jasper Baptist Association $1,000.00 Kemper Baptist Association $1,000.00 Kemper Baptist Association $1,000.00 Leake County Baptist Association $1,000.00 Lee Baptist Association $1,000.00 Marion Baptist Association $1,000.00 Mississippi Baptist Association $1,000.00 Newton County Baptist Association $1,000.00 Noxubee Baptist Association $1,000.00 Pike Baptist Association $1,000.00 X-Tended Missions Network $1,000.00

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LifeWay Research: 2020 elections will be nasty NASHVILLE (BP) — Most American evangelicals believe Jesus’ Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — applies to politics. Some, however, see the political realm leading up to the 2020 elections as no place for niceness, according to a new study from LifeWay Research, a branch of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville. The study, sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, explored the perspectives of American evangelicals on civility, politics, media consumption, and how likely they are to engage with views different from their own.

Civility

Two-thirds of Americans with evangelical beliefs think being civil in political conversations is productive, with 22% dissenting and 12% not sure. Eighty-two percent say their faith influences how they engage others politically. Many evangelicals by belief say they give others the benefit of the doubt but are frequently assumed to be attacking those with whom they disagree. While 58% say they tend to believe those who disagree with them have good motivations, 54% say when they disagree with someone politically, the other person tends to take it as a personal attack. Forty-two percent say they have expressed public disapproval of political allies for using what respondents recognized as unacceptable words or actions. A third admit that when someone with their political beliefs is accused of wrongdoing, they typically respond by citing examples of wrongdoing by the other side. Around a quarter say they tend to believe insulting personal remarks made by political leaders who share their ideology toward opponents are justified. Sixteen percent say they are OK with political leaders bending the truth, if it helps influence people to adopt what they consider good political views. The tendency in some to embrace dishonesty and uncivil actions, or at least leave them unchallenged, may stem from evangelicals seeing their political opponents as dangerous. Fifty-eight percent say that if those with whom they disagree politically are able to implement their agenda, “our democracy will be in danger.”

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Preferences Nearly half of evangelicals by belief identify with the Republican party and a majority of those that voted in 2016 say they did so for Donald Trump. Overall, 48% identify as Republican, 31% as Democrat, and 21% as independent or something else beyond the two major political parties. In 2016, 78% of evangelicals by belief say they voted in the general election. Among those who cast a ballot, 62% say they cast it for Donald Trump, 31% for Hillary Clinton, and seven percent for another candidate. Those percentages, however, vary significantly when examining church attendance, gender, race, and age. Voting Americans with evangelical beliefs who attend church at least once a week are more likely to say they cast their ballot for Trump (65%) than those who attend less frequently (55%). White evangelicals by belief say they

voted overwhelmingly for Trump (80%), while black evangelicals by belief were solidly behind Clinton (82%). Hispanic evangelical voters say they were more split – 47% percent Clinton, 48% Trump. Evangelical men more heavily favored Trump over Clinton (69% to 24%). Women still preferred Trump but by a smaller majority (57% to 37%). When considering age, the older an evangelical is the more likely they are to say they voted for Trump. Three-fourths of evangelicals by belief who are at least 65 years old backed Trump over Clinton (74% to 22%), while 18- to 34-year-old evangelicals were essentially evenly split (47% for Trump, 49% for Clinton). Similar generational divides happen when evaluating political party identification. The older an evangelical is the more likely they are to identify as a Republican. Among evangelicals by belief age 65 and older, Republicans outnumber Democrats by 60% Republican, 20% Democrat, and 20% neither.

Among 18- to -34-year-olds, however, 37% say they are Democrats, 35% say they are Republicans, and 27% neither. When asked which three public policy concerns are most important to them, evangelicals by belief today are more likely to choose issues like healthcare (51%), the economy (46%), national security (40%) or immigration (39%), than issues like religious liberty (33%), abortion (29%), providing for the needy (22%), or addressing racial division (21%). Only half of evangelicals by belief say they will only support a candidate who wants to make abortion illegal, which is less than the percentage whose support is dependent on the candidate demonstrating personal integrity (85%), making fighting poverty a priority (71%), being a Christian (70%), making the individual’s life better (69%), or fighting racial injustice (67%). Eight percent say they are single-issue voters, while 80% say their support for a candidate depends on several issues. Regardless of their partisan issues or presidential vote, a majority of evangelicals want scriptural support for their political positions. Eighty percent say the Bible informs their political views. Similar numbers (81%) say they look for biblical principles to apply in evaluating political issues. Only 37%, however, say they have ever recognized a need to change some of their political opinions because those views were in conflict with the Bible. Most say prominent Christian leaders have influenced their political views (58%). Similarly, 57% of evangelicals by belief who attend church at least monthly say the teachings of their local church have had an impact on their political ideology.

Sources

Evangelicals by belief primarily get their political news from television (74%), which far outpaces websites (44%), social media (38%), radio (33%), print newspapers or magazines (27%), YouTube (19%), or blogs (seven percent). When they are consuming news online, evangelicals by belief turn to Fox News (40%) and local TV news sites (32%). Around a quarter go to websites for CNN or Google News, while Yahoo News (24%), ABC News (23%) or NBC News (20%) are also consumed. When it comes to social media, Facebook and YouTube are the dominant platforms among evangelicals by belief.

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