The Baptist Testimony – Volume 58 Number 2 March/April 2012

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The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Shepherds”

Writer Alan Smith shares the story about a preacher who went into children’s church to talk with the children about Psalm 23. He told the children about sheep, that they weren’t smart and needed lots of guidance, and that a shepherd’s job was to stay close to the sheep, protect them from wild animals and keep them from wandering off and doing dumb things that would get them hurt or killed. [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 58 Number 1 January/February 2012

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 58 Number 1 January/February 2012

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Imprint”

The start of a new year has often been described by phrases such as, “a fresh start,” “the turning of a new leaf or page,” and “starting with a clean slate.” Perhaps in this highly technological age we will need to come up with some new phrases to mark the occasion like, “proceeding with a clean hard drive,” “upgrading your software,” or “downloading a new app!” [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 57 Number 6 November/December 2011

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 57 Number 6 November/December 2011

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Amazing!”

In the last issue of the Baptist Testimony I chose the word “Grace” to head this column. I did so based upon the wonderful ways in which God has blessed the churches of the MARBC through shared ministry and in anticipation of His blessings in the fall season of ministry. The anticipated MARBC Conference also centered upon the theme of “grace.” [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 57 Number 5 September/October 2011

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 57 Number 5 September/October 2011

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Grace”

What a blessing it is with each issue of the Baptist Testimony to review the many reports of God’s grace demonstrated in and through the churches and servants of the MARBC.  This issue is no exception.  In fact, there is SO MUCH information in this particular issue that I could not include the column that I had prepared for this issue.  However, I think that you will agree with me that sacrificing the space for my column is worth it as you read the many ways in which God is at work among us.  The theme of “grace” is evident on every page. [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 57 Number 4 July/August 2011

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 57 Number 4 July/August 2011
The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28

Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Conviction”
Have you noticed that there doesn’t seem to be as much talk about spiritual convictions anymore?  By conviction, I am referring to a “strong belief in a Biblical truth or spiritual principle that convinces a person to pursue a change of thinking and/or conduct.”  It is the issue that Proverbs 23:7 is addresses by declaring, “For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.” [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 57 Number 3 May/June 2011

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 57 Number 3 May/June 2011

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Rest”

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  (Matthew 11:28-29)

It is Monday morning as I pen this particular column.  I am reflecting upon another Lord’s Day of worship and ministry.  I have reviewed my calendar for the week and prayerfully considered what lies ahead.  I am also anticipating the week ahead with its promise of yet-to-be realized joys, opportunities, and challenges.  While I am in this mode, would you permit me to do a little “Monday morning quarterbacking” from a pastoral perspective? [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 57 Number 2 March/April 2011

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 57 Number 2 March/April 2011

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Wait”

Recently I had the “pleasure” of sitting in what was most appropriately labeled as a “waiting room.”  I am sure that you, like me, do not find it to be the most enjoyable place to sit for any period of time.  Especially if, like me, you are there simply to have blood drawn for routine tests and there are people sitting around you who are hacking, sniffing, and wheezing. I watched as a man honked out such a quick and loud sneeze that he barely got his hand to his face.  He then used that same hand to open the same door that I had to enter a few minutes later!  Joy!  While sitting there in this wonderfully germ laden arena, I speculated how many days from then I would be back there because of what I was now inhaling!”   [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 57 Number 1 January/February 2011

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 57 Number 1 January/February 2011

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Commitment”

One of my favorite stories of history relates to the famous Duke of Wellington.  Born Arthur Wellesley, Wellington was a British soldier and statesman who was nicknamed “The Iron Duke.” He became famous when, as a general, he led his troops in overcoming the armies of the French Emperor Napoleon I in Spain and Portugal.  He later helped defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. In his final years, Wellington became a leader of the Tory Party and served as prime minister. [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 56 Number 6 November – December 2010

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 56 Number 6 November/December 2010

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” -Psalm 119:28

Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Rejoice!”

This issue of the Baptist Testimony features our annual celebration of God’s blessings upon the churches and ministries associated with the MARBC.  It is always a joy to compile these special testimonies and ministry reports which reflect God’s gracious care in our fellowship.  The testimonies are a mere sampling of the reasons why we have much to rejoice about in our state. [Read more…]

The Baptist Testimony, Volume 56 Number 5 September – October 2010

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The Baptist Testimony
Volume 56 Number 5 September/October 2010

The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” -Psalm 119:28

Ken Floyd
MARBC Executive Director

“Refreshed”

Living up to this famous marketing slogan, “The pause that refreshes,” Coca-Cola has sold billions of bottles of its world famous beverage to thirsty customers seeking a momentary sense of refreshment.  In a similar way, the goal of this year’s MARBC Annual Conference is to offer a “spiritual pause that joyfully refreshes” the wearied souls of God’s servants.   [Read more…]