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Make plans now to join us in historic Charleston, SC  October 16-18, 2014. It has been several years since we have had a national conference. We are pleased to announce the 2014 National Founders Conference will be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Charleston. The theme of the conference will be: "Confessional Power and Gospel Advance: The Second London Confession at Home and Abroad." Mark your calendars and watch for more information forthcoming.
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At the Founders Study Center

Founders Study Center Last month we announced that we were nearing a milestone at the Founders Study Center. We are pleased to announce that the milestone has been reached. On November 18, 2013 we enrolled our 1000th student.

Our congratulations to R. Petty from Ohio for being our 1000th student and winning our book giveaway. He is receiving our "By His Grace" bundle from Founders Press (two books: By His Grace and For His Glory by Tom Nettles and Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory, essays in honor of Tom Nettles, edited by Tom Ascol and Nathan Finn).

Spring 2014 Registration Opens December 13th

If you are planning to study with us this coming spring, take note! We will be announcing our course offerings and opening registration for Spring 2014 on December 13, 2013. Spring orientation for students will open January 20, 2014; 16-week courses begin February 3, 2014.

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Did Old Covenant Saints Have the Holy Spirit? "It is the Spirit Who Gives Life"
by Tom Nettles

Holy Spirit Jesus claimed in John 7:37-39 that through coming to him one would receive the "living water" synonymous with the presence of the Holy Spirit. By the work of Jesus, the Spirit will come in fullness and power to mark out the people of God by evidence of true belief. In John 4, Jesus had said that this water would "become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." This is a fulfillment of Isaiah 44:1-5, and we find the image reiterated in Revelation 22:17. This ever-flowing stream of living water brings both the present reality and the sure future inheritance of eternal life.
Have any ever received eternal life without this living water?

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Dear Timothy: Two Watchwords for Your Pastoral Ministry, Part 1: Contentment
by Jeff Robinson

Dear Timothy A few years ago, Founders Ministries published an excellent, multi-author work, titled Dear Timothy (A must-read for young pastors and thankfully still available).
The book was written as a series of letters from the veteran pastor, Paul, to the young upstart pastor, Timothy. In the spirit of that fine publication, I offer the following letter as an addendum in two parts.

Dear Timothy,

It is difficult to fathom that you have been serving as pastor in your congregation for nearly three years now. It seems like just yesterday you were in seminary, feasting voraciously on Greek, Hebrew, Systematic Theology and works of the theological giants in church history. As you shepherd your flock, you are now learning how all that knowledge works itself out in real-life, in the hardscrabble rubber-meets-the-road vicissitudes of local church ministry. By now, you know why I often used the analogy of a soldier to illustrate the role of the pastor: ministry means war. It will always be so; you will never cease to be a soldier and you must regularly remind your congregation that they remain the church and war and, until our great Lord and Savior returns, will not be the church at rest.

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35 Lessons from 35 Years as a Pastor
by Tom Ascol

Grace Cross Thirty-five years ago this month I began serving my first church as pastor. The Rock Prairie Baptist Church in College Station, Texas took a major risk on a senior Texas A&M student by issuing me a call to be their pastor. It was my happy privilege to serve them for nearly two years before being called to the Spring Valley Baptist Church in Dallas. I am currently in my twenty-eighth year of serving Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida.

As I recently reflected on the last thirty-five years I wrote down some lessons learned and convictions I've come to or continued to hold. Here are thirty-five of them.

1. Long-term perspective helps you to endure and to think wisely about immediate problems.
2. The kingdom of God does not-and will not-skip a beat when I am sidelined.
3.  The church is more important than I thought when I started.

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Upcoming Events

Deep South Founders Conference
     January 16-18, 2014
     On the Reformed Theological Seminary campus
     Jackson. MS

Theme: Christ the Mediator

Midwest Founders Conference [PDF]
     February 25-26, 2014
     At the First Baptist Church
     St. Peters, Missouri

Theme: Necessary, Sufficient, Effective and Irresistible

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     Theme: The Church: From a Biblical Perspective
     January 23-25, 2014
     At Pray's Mill Baptist Church in Douglasville, GA (near Atlanta)

Speakers include:Voddie Baucham, Conrad Mbewe, Steven Lawson, Tim Challis and David Miller
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