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Tomorrow (1/13) begins Prayer Emphasis Week 2013 at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. May the Lord smile on us as we commit this new year to God in prayer!

ChurchLeaders.com: Preacher’s Tip: If You Can Keep from Preaching, Do It by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Congratulations to Pastor Xaviar Thompson of the Southern Missionary Baptist Church for becoming the new and youngest President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles and Vicinity.

Have you followed the news about Pastor Louie Giglio’s withdrawal from the Presidential Inauguration program. It’s an important matter about how biblical Christianity is viewed in our culture. Read what Louie Giglio, Al Mohler, and Russell Moore wrote on the subject.

John Piper writes about the great motivation to pray found in Matthew 7:7: You Can Never Ask Too Much

Check out the new journal from 9Marks: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 2

Visit the updated Practical Shepherding website.

Justin Taylor: Why Spurgeon Thought the Plain Preaching of the Gospel Was Sufficient to Grow a Church

Thom Rainer: The Executive Pastor: Five Trends

Sam Storms: Why I Changed My Mind About the Millennium

Husbands: A Tip that Could Save Your Marriage by Erik Raymond (Ordinary Pastor)

Sam Allberry: How Can the Gospel Be Good News to Gays? 

Worship Matters: Why Theology Matters to Musicians by Bob Kauflin

HoweOriginal: Four Keys to Better Blogging 

The measure of our love for others can largely be determined by the frequency and earnestness of our prayers for them. – A.W. Pink

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