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A round of powerful storms swept through the state late Wednesday, June 19, and early Thursday, June 20, producing high ...
06/20/2019

A round of powerful storms swept through the state late Wednesday, June 19, and early Thursday, June 20, producing high winds, damaging homes and businesses and leaving thousands without electricity.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 26,000 were without power around the state as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
In Rapides Parish the town of Ball took a direct hit from two tornadoes that destroyed businesses, snapped trees in half and sent trees crashing into homes. The Dairy Queen off Highway 165 in the community posted on its Facebook photos of the damage to its windows and roof.
“I am sad to report the damage is truly devastating as the day breaks,” Ball council man Marc Mercer wrote on his page. “Our Town was hit by a few tornadoes overnight and we have sustained lots of damage. Please use caution this morning and allow workers the space to work!
We will clean this up and quickly!”
There was extensive damage in Deville with the hardest area being in Hickory Village, Pete Paul, Paul Road and Donnie Price roads, the Philadelphia community and Holloway, especially around Holloway Baptist Church which escaped any structural damage.
In Bossier Parish, deputies were going door-to-door on Butler Hill Road, which was hit hard by the storm.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office page reported that patrol deputies set up an incident command center on near Butler Hill Road. Benton Fire Department and SWEPCO utility employees were also on scene. Crews were forced to walk long distances to check on residences after debris blocked access to affected areas.
Other areas impacted in northern Bossier Parish included the area from Old Plain Dealing Road east to Highway 157 and from Highway 162 north up to Highway 160.
No injuries had been reported.
In Webster Parish, trees and downed power lines were reported in the Evergreen community, between Springhill and Minden, according to KSLA-TV in Shreveport.

SBC resolutions include approval of ‘Marxist’ theories as ‘analytical tools’ - Baptist Message
06/19/2019
SBC resolutions include approval of ‘Marxist’ theories as ‘analytical tools’ - Baptist Message

SBC resolutions include approval of ‘Marxist’ theories as ‘analytical tools’ - Baptist Message

By Will Hall, Message Editor BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (LBM) – Southern Baptist messengers attending the 2019 Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, approved 13 resolutions, including one that was substantially altered to endorse as “analytical tools” two theories that the author of the original resolu...

La. pastor arrested for rape, church ministers to the hurt - Baptist Message
06/19/2019
La. pastor arrested for rape, church ministers to the hurt - Baptist Message

La. pastor arrested for rape, church ministers to the hurt - Baptist Message

By Staff WESTLAKE, La. (LBM) – Bruce Baker, director of missions for the Carey Baptist Association, said the Bellview Baptist Church in Westlake is asking for prayers of healing for a young girl who was raped by the now former pastor of the congregation. John Ward, 45, who had served at the church...

Uncomplicating your prayers: Just do it! - Baptist Message
06/19/2019
Uncomplicating your prayers: Just do it! - Baptist Message

Uncomplicating your prayers: Just do it! - Baptist Message

By Joe McKeever “When you pray, say , ‘Our Father….’” (Luke 11:2) I used to have around fifty books on prayer. C. S. Lewis said he would never write one, but that’s been done for him posthumously. Someone took articles he wrote in various books and insights from his letters and assembled...

Memorial services scheduled for Jefferson Parish pastor - Baptist Message
06/18/2019
Memorial services scheduled for Jefferson Parish pastor - Baptist Message

Memorial services scheduled for Jefferson Parish pastor - Baptist Message

Details for the memorial service have been announced for Claude Williams, pastor of Celebration Church’s Westbank campus who was killed Sunday, June 16. According to Celebration Church’s website, the first service will take place Friday, June 21, 11 am at Celebration Church, 2001 Airline Dr. in ...

Louisiana Baptists among motion makers at annual meeting - Baptist Message
06/18/2019
Louisiana Baptists among motion makers at annual meeting - Baptist Message

Louisiana Baptists among motion makers at annual meeting - Baptist Message

By Staff BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Louisiana Baptists offered three motions among 23 presented by messengers during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, June 11-12, in Birmingham, Alabama, with the Committee on Order of Business including two among 18 referred to entities or committees and ano...

Minister’s Housing Allowance case over for now; remains constitutional - Baptist Message
06/18/2019
Minister’s Housing Allowance case over for now; remains constitutional - Baptist Message

Minister’s Housing Allowance case over for now; remains constitutional - Baptist Message

By Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources DALLAS, Texas – Litigation challenging the constitutionality of the minister’s housing allowance has formally ended after the Freedom From Religion Foundation chose not to appeal a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision to the U.S. Supreme Court...

FBC Crowley registered 249 children and averaged 175 each day during the week of VBS June 10-14! They also raised nearly...
06/18/2019

FBC Crowley registered 249 children and averaged 175 each day during the week of VBS June 10-14! They also raised nearly $1,200 in pennies to go towards the community of Chicoyoj I, Guatemala. This is our assigned community via our Partnership with FH.

06/18/2019

Benji Richard talks about construction of a new multi-purpose facility that is underway.

Please keep the Celebration Church family in your prayers.
06/17/2019
Celebration Church mourns sudden death of Westbank campus pastor - Baptist Message

Please keep the Celebration Church family in your prayers.

Dear Celebration Church Family, As many in our Church family know all too well, life is filled with unexplainable tragedies. Last night such a tragedy occurred when our Celebration Westbank Campus Pastor, Claude Williams, was taken from this life in a traffic accident. As far as we can tell, Pastor....

The Allens in Concert will be in Social Springs Baptist Church June 26th at 7 p.m.For more than 20 years, the Todd Allen...
06/17/2019

The Allens in Concert will be in Social Springs Baptist Church June 26th at 7 p.m.

For more than 20 years, the Todd Allen family has traveled all over the world, spreading hope and encouragement through music. You may have seen them on the television show, “Home Sweet Bus” on TLC as the Gospel music family who lives full-time on their tour bus. In addition to singing over 250 times a year across the US and Canada, they have had an ongoing mission work in Uganda, Africa for the past 7 years.

Admission is free. Love offering will be received.

Living blessed - Baptist Message
06/17/2019
Living blessed - Baptist Message

Living blessed - Baptist Message

By Waylon Bailey Several years ago John Ortberg wrote a book on spiritual disciplines entitled, “The Life You’ve Always Wanted.” It deals with prayer, Scripture, solitude, and other practices which will bring us the kind of life and relationship with God we’ve always wanted. That seems to be...

Pastor Charles Edwards passes away May 6 - Baptist Message
06/17/2019
Pastor Charles Edwards passes away May 6 - Baptist Message

Pastor Charles Edwards passes away May 6 - Baptist Message

Reverend Charles Richard Edwards entered heaven on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the age of 91 with his family by his side. Born on February 7, 1928 in Bentonville, Arkansas to Dixon and Essie Young Edwards, he served in the Navy during World War II. Upon returning home he accepted Christ as his Savior and...

Celebrity bodyguard joins body of Christ - Baptist Message
06/17/2019
Celebrity bodyguard joins body of Christ - Baptist Message

Celebrity bodyguard joins body of Christ - Baptist Message

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer CENTRAL – Hadley James had served as a bodyguard for high-profile celebrities around the U.S., and was awash with all the perks that came with the job; but, he found true satisfaction and returned to his walk with Christ after watching live worship services...

06/17/2019

Ken Schroeder, transitional pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hammond, reported that they averaged more than 73 children participants each night of their Vacation Bible School, and had 6 professions of faith. The children donated during their weekly VBS offering $511 for the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home.

First Baptist Church, Abbeville will host HIS in concert, June 30 at 6 p.m. Come listen to this wonderful Gospel quartet...
06/17/2019

First Baptist Church, Abbeville will host HIS in concert, June 30 at 6 p.m. Come listen to this wonderful Gospel quartet.

Celebrate Independence Day with Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville on June 30 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come ...
06/17/2019

Celebrate Independence Day with Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville on June 30 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come come join PBC for a patriotic service followed by dinner and fireworks. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided, please bring a dessert.

Congratulations to Louisiana College for winning the 2019 CENLA Chamber of Commerce Bizzy Award for curb appeal.
06/15/2019

Congratulations to Louisiana College for winning the 2019 CENLA Chamber of Commerce Bizzy Award for curb appeal.

And the Winner of the 2019 CENLA Chamber of Commerce BIZZY AWARD for Curb Appeal is... Louisiana College!

Legislature 2019: Key wins on moral issues, social concerns - Baptist Message
06/14/2019
Legislature 2019: Key wins on moral issues, social concerns - Baptist Message

Legislature 2019: Key wins on moral issues, social concerns - Baptist Message

By Will Hall, Message Editor BATON ROUGE (LBM) – Key protections for children, born and unborn, highlighted the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Session, but other moral issues and social concerns were in the spotlight, too, and most were decided favorably with regard to the consensus views of Louisiana...

Larto Baptist is a refuge in time of need - Baptist Message
06/14/2019
Larto Baptist is a refuge in time of need - Baptist Message

Larto Baptist is a refuge in time of need - Baptist Message

By Message Staff LARTO (LBM) — Larto Baptist Church has opened its front lawn as a sanctu-ary for residents wanting to protect their vehicles and personal belongings from rising floodwaters in the community. Since early May, water levels have risen four feet in the community located 24 miles south...

NOBTS team sows & reaps in Birmingham - Baptist Message
06/14/2019
NOBTS team sows & reaps in Birmingham - Baptist Message

NOBTS team sows & reaps in Birmingham - Baptist Message

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (LBM) – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students recorded 19 professions of faith during a week-long evangelism “boot camp” and outreach blitz in Birmingham, Alabama, prior to Southern Baptists’ annual business meeting. The s...

Kelley says farewell, passes baton - Baptist Message
06/14/2019
Kelley says farewell, passes baton - Baptist Message

Kelley says farewell, passes baton - Baptist Message

By Message Staff BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Chuck Kelley, in his final New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary report to messengers, thanked Southern Baptists for their investment in the institution he served during his 23-year tenure as president. He also voiced gratitude for Southern Baptists’ sup...

Building the Kingdom in Avoyelles - Baptist Message
06/14/2019
Building the Kingdom in Avoyelles - Baptist Message

Building the Kingdom in Avoyelles - Baptist Message

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer MOUREAUVILLE – The oppressive summertime humidity was no match for a group of Kingdom Builders who, in early June, helped the first Louisiana Baptist church in Moreauville build a new multi-purpose facility to help expand the Gospel in the community. A team...

06/12/2019

Of the 8,183 messengers who registered for this year’s SBC Annual Meeting, 389 were from Louisiana.

"Stay obedient in every way that you can."- Chuck Kelley, when asked by a messenger during the NOBTS report what advice ...
06/12/2019

"Stay obedient in every way that you can."
- Chuck Kelley, when asked by a messenger during the NOBTS report what advice he would give to young pastors

Outgoing New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley was honored at the school's reception during th...
06/12/2019

Outgoing New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley was honored at the school's reception during the SBC Annual Meeting June 11. Kelley officially retires July 31 from NOBTS. Jamie Dew was elected June 5 as the next president of the school.

Embrace the summer - Baptist Message
06/12/2019
Embrace the summer - Baptist Message

Embrace the summer - Baptist Message

By Steve Horn As a pastor, I seemed to always face the temptation to dread the summer because of the “summer slump.” The truth is too many times as churches and as leaders we “throw away the summer.” We decide that there are too many distractions, too many vacations, so we must wait for the ...

The second day of the SBC Annual Meeting is underway. Click on the link below to catch the livestream.
06/12/2019
LifeWay - Digital Pass

The second day of the SBC Annual Meeting is underway. Click on the link below to catch the livestream.

Tonya Hancock, director of the Christian Women's Job Corps at the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, shares alongside he...
06/11/2019

Tonya Hancock, director of the Christian Women's Job Corps at the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, shares alongside her husband, Perry, CEO and President of the Children's Home, about how their women artisans have created Women's Missionary Union WorldCafts products. Christ, through the CWJC program, has changed the lives of many women facing high unemployment and widespread poverty in Monroe. Products made by the women artisans are on display and also offered for purchase inside the exhibit hall.

06/11/2019

Crossover organizers reported volunteers from more than 400 teams knocked on the doors of 10,409 homes, had 1,817 gospel conversations, prayed with 2,251 people and saw 364 people place their faith in Jesus in Birmingham, Alabama. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students were among those participating in the annual evangelism effort held prior to the SBC Annual Meeting's host city.

Johnny Hunt, senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, prays over cards of...
06/11/2019

Johnny Hunt, senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, prays over cards of encouragement that SBC messengers and guests are writing for teachers in the Birmingham (Alabama) Public Schools.

TRUSTEES: New VP position approved at NOBTS - Baptist Message
06/11/2019
TRUSTEES: New VP position approved at NOBTS - Baptist Message

TRUSTEES: New VP position approved at NOBTS - Baptist Message

By Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS public relations NEW ORLEANS (BP) — The creation of a new vice president position for enrollment was approved by the executive committee of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustees in a June 4 meeting. The vice president for enrollment, a position created to ...

Louisiana messenger Leroy Fountain makes a motion during this morning's SBC Annual Meeting. Fountain is church health st...
06/11/2019

Louisiana messenger Leroy Fountain makes a motion during this morning's SBC Annual Meeting. Fountain is church health strategist for New Orleans Baptist Association.

Messengers and guests are praying in small groups for our churches, nation and elected officials at the SBC Annual Meeti...
06/11/2019

Messengers and guests are praying in small groups for our churches, nation and elected officials at the SBC Annual Meeting.

06/11/2019

At 9 a.m. today, 350 messengers have registered from Louisiana. The overall count is 7,186 overall.

First Baptist Church in Franklinton recently held Vacation Bible School, with an average daily attendance of 309 childre...
06/11/2019

First Baptist Church in Franklinton recently held Vacation Bible School, with an average daily attendance of 309 children. Pictured are Team Blue, comprised of 3rd and 4th graders, who won the Annual Missions Challenge. This year’s mission projects were raising non-perishable food items for the Washington Parish Food Bank and an orphanage in Haiti supported by the Washington Baptist Association. Thanks to Kelly McElveen for this photo.

Louisiana Baptists at the Woman's Missionary Union Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. Thank...
06/11/2019

Louisiana Baptists at the Woman's Missionary Union Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. Thanks to Janie Wise and Jess Archer for these photos.

Happening now - Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, is moderating a panel on racial rec...
06/10/2019
LifeWay - Digital Pass

Happening now - Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, is moderating a panel on racial reconciliation at the SBC Pastors Conference. You can catch it live at the link below.

The First Baptist Church in Coushatta raised $2750 for its missions project during Vacation Bible School, which was give...
06/10/2019

The First Baptist Church in Coushatta raised $2750 for its missions project during Vacation Bible School, which was given to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home. Nine children and the mom of one of the kids professed their faith in Christ by the end of the week. Praise the Lord for how He is moving among VBS in all the churches in the state.

The First Baptist Church in Port Barre recently held ts Vacation Bible School. Send us photos of your VBS by messaging t...
06/10/2019

The First Baptist Church in Port Barre recently held ts Vacation Bible School. Send us photos of your VBS by messaging them to us so we can post them too!

06/08/2019

A reception honoring Paul Carter for 65 years in the Gospel ministry and for his 83rd birthday will he held 3-5 pm June 30 at Conway Baptist Church, 4323 Highway 549, Conway, LA 71260.

Dew unanimous choice as NOBTS president - Baptist Message
06/07/2019
Dew unanimous choice as NOBTS president - Baptist Message

Dew unanimous choice as NOBTS president - Baptist Message

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (LBM) – Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary voted unanimously, June 5, to elect Jamie Dew as the ninth president of the school during a special called meeting on campus. An 11-person search committee recommended Dew, and that tr...

David Cranford to be LBC president nominee - Baptist Message
06/07/2019
David Cranford to be LBC president nominee - Baptist Message

David Cranford to be LBC president nominee - Baptist Message

By Will Hall, Message Editor ALEXANDRIA, La. (LBM) – David Cranford, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Ponchatoula, will be nominated for president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention during the 2019 annual meeting. Philip Robertson, pastor of the Philadelphia Baptist Church with campuses in D...

Despite our imperfections, Jesus loves us still - Baptist Message
06/07/2019
Despite our imperfections, Jesus loves us still - Baptist Message

Despite our imperfections, Jesus loves us still - Baptist Message

By Jeff Ginn Baseball is a game of statistics. Baseball fans love them. They chart everything — batting percentage, home runs, strike outs, and the list goes on. From this mountain of statistics, we learn that certain achievements are rare. For example, it is rare when a team executes a triple pla...

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