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Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Harvest' in June Will your church join this nationwide effort? Nate Adams P. 2 MAY 01, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 06 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Frequent updates at See page 3 for more addresses. IB P. 3 NEWS Rescuer gets rescued Going under a second time P. 4 TABLE TALK Happy Mother's Day (sort of) Why some struggle to celebrate P. 13 PAT'S PLAYBOOK Spiritual conversations Pajak's secret witnessing tool P. 16 What Illinois and Arizona have in common Chicago pastors to preach Insider's tour guide P. 7-9 A preview of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Taking stock New church makes healthy community connections P. 4 in focus Phoenix rising Baptists told, Go West' Meeting in Arizona for third time Phoenix, Az. When Baptists gather in Phoenix next month, theyll address the challenges of taking the gospel to a world that seems less inclined to hear the message, and doing so with fewer resources to get the job done. Messengers to the Southern Bap- tist Convention June 13-14 will also meet against a very different political backdrop than a year ago, and could contend with the fallout of recent de- bate fueled by a raucous and divisive U.S. presidential election. Or not. Recent calls for Convention-wide unityand similar statements by SBC leaderscould rule the day in Phoenix, where Baptists will focus on prayer, evangelism, and finan- cial stewardship, said SBC President Steve Gaines. I believe Southern Baptists can be used of God to spark a mighty movement of prayer, evangelism, and discipleship across our nation and around the world, said Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in metro Memphis, Tenn., in announc- ing the meetings theme. Pray! For such a time as this is based on Luke 18:1 and Esther 4:14. MISSION

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