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July 14
1999

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A lifetime of poverty has stirred--not shaken--the faith of poor black women who maintain high self-esteem and a striking optimism about the future, a new study finds. Willa Morgan, 80, stands outside Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland. "My relationship with God is strong. It has to be in order that I might survive,'' she said. (RNS photo by Brynne Shaw) Full Story
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As part of legislation to curb juvenile violence, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to permit states to post the Ten Commandments in government-owned buildings.

onlineonlyIn our newest online feature, each week a Texas Baptist pastor will explore a different question posed in Scripture with a practical application for today. This week, Rusty Walton of First Baptist Church in Conroe explores Genesis 3:1: "Did God really say?"

Mark laments the tough things dads have to teach kids. Alison sees things differently.
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___By Bruce Nolan
___Religion News Service
___NEW ORLEANS (RNS) --Amid falling teen pregnancy rates, a national advocacy group is telling religious organizations to stick with their message on teen sexuality, whether it's condoms or abstinence--because against all expectations, teens seem to be listening.
___Parents and pastors may feel overwhelmed by the celebration of early or casual sex in youth-oriented music, television and movies, noted Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
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___Associated Baptist Press
___BIRMINGHAM (ABP)--In 1990, unsuccessful Southern Baptist Convention presidential candidate Daniel Vestal called for a consultation of concerned Baptists to discuss options in light of moderates' increasing disenfranchisement in the SBC.
___Nine years later, Vestal, now coordinator of the Atlanta-based Fellowship, addressed a similar-sized crowd in Birmingham, Ala. The mood, however, has changed.
___Vestal called on participants in the Fellowship's June 24-26 general assembly to "nurture community" in the coming year, following a focus on spirituality that guided Fellowship planning the past year.
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Cell groups reaching
Rio's rich beach dwellers

___By Wally Poor
___SBC International Mission Board
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GUY KEY greets a member of the congregation during a weekly "celebration" the group started in a hotel in the beach area of Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
NIERO, Brazil––Almost everyone has dreamed of vacationing in Rio and visiting the famed beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema.
___But how would you feel about starting churches there? Guy and Elena Key, both children of missionaries who grew up in Brazil, are undertaking that difficult assignment.
___It's difficult because the people who live in these areas are mostly wealthy business and professional people.
___And it's difficult because "the Lord didn't make any more land here," Key said. That means a church must be started without a building..
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