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INSIDE: Churches come together for annual evangelism event P. 7 REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK Loving Las Vegas Can we make sense of the tragedy? P. 6 NEWS Court rulings Effect on Chicago church, housing allowance P. 5 FRESH IDEAS More ways to appreciate pastors Diana Davis P. 13 PINSPIRATIONS Handshake alternatives Share greetings, not germs in flu season P. 16 Meet Jesus in focus Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 OCTOBER 16, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 14 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Illinois Baptist Youth Encounter leads teens to worshipand to faith religious freedom Trump plan draws praise Justice Department pledges to protect churches Washington Southern Baptist and other religious free- dom defenders have hailed the Trump administra- tion's new guidelines to safeguard in federal law the free exercise of religion. Attorney General JeffSessions issued a mem- orandum Oct. 6 to executive branch departments and agencies that provides guidance on religious liberty protections. In introducing 20 principles of re- ligious freedom, Sessions said, "to the greatest extent P. 3 Baptists offer ongoing relief P. 5 Online all the time IB SESSIONS Read all about the 2017 IBSA Annual Meeting in Section B Pastors' Conference starts at 1:15 P.M. Tuesday, Nov. 7 Annual Meeting starts at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, Nov. 8 Why the SBC needs sharper focus Table Talk with Doug Munton P. 13 Churches can pre-register messengers now. Make dinner reservations for both nights at First hurricanes, now wild fires Tabernacle Baptist Church, Decatur

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