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"Mommy, I know that Jesus is the Savior.”

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My youngest son, Noah, whispered this life-changing truth into my wife’s ear last Easter during worship. 

I was sitting in the same pew, so I asked Sarah what Noah had said.  I had assumed I was about to be on bathroom duty, but no.  God was at work.  The gospel had brought my son from darkness to light.  With his confession, Noah stepped into the Easter story.  How beautiful! 

 A few months later, I got to baptize Noah and start some new routines.  Every night we read Scripture together.  Every night we pray together.  Every night I trust that my boy will center his life on the gospel.  After a year of seeing the gospel at work in Noah, I find myself praying these 3 prayers for him (and all my children) with growing consistency and urgency:

  1. “God, bring my children to yourself.”  

    I’ve learned through error that no amount of coaxing can bring a lost person to Christ, and the same is true for my kids.  I have also learned that God answers prayer in His time.  I hope that this week, as the gospel is magnified, that Jesus will draw my children to himself.   

  2. “God, help my children to join your mission.”

    I want to be less concerned with my kids’ social status, academic success, or earthly reward than I am with their availability to the mission of God.  I hope this week, as my family invites neighbors to church, that I am able to inch my children another step closer to realizing what God put them on this Earth for.  

  3. “God, keep my children close to you."

    Kids are like us adults in this regard:  they are spiritually inconsistent.   Although I am so glad that Easter helps us to refocus, I hope that we stay focused.  I must admit I am convicted that as they look to me, I hope they see Him.  I pray that they will keep their eyes on Jesus and be kept by Jesus.

In just a few days, our church will celebrate the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ.  I love how the gospel-focus gives me prayer-focus and parenting-focus.  I pray for my children to believe in Jesus, because they were made to be His.  As John 1:12 says, “12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” 

Take a next step

Join me in praying for your own children (in your home or grown) and  for all the children of our church to “know that Jesus is the Savior.”

Raising children in your home? Download this free resource from LifeWay that will help you teach the Bible to your kids. This practical workbook is a great tool for getting started with emphasizing the Word in your home and discipling your children who have professed faith in Christ.



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This Weekend: Midlands Food Drive

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WISTV recently reported that Harvest Hope Food Banks is facing  severe shortages. 

Harvest Hope Food Bank is the largest food bank in the state and serves the hungry right here in the Midlands and surrounding counties.  

According to the Food Research and Action Center, South Carolina has one of the highest rates of food hardship in the nation. South Carolina ranks 5th in the nation for childhood poverty, with 25% of children living in poverty across the state.

We want to help Harvest Hope Food Bank help our neighbors! Each year Shandon Baptist Church and Northside Baptist Church, together with other community partners and area grocery stores, join forces to raise  food and other donations measuring in the tons. 

“Every year our clients can be certain that they will have enough food to eat because of this amazing event!” said, Denise Holland, CEO, Harvest Hope Food Bank.  “We are, so very, fortunate to have the continued support of WLTX TV, HIS Radio, church volunteers and all of the participating supermarkets in this year’s Food from the Heart event. The donated food we receive every year is always a tremendous resource towards feeding those who quietly suffer from hunger in our communities.”

We intend to make this year's event on Saturday, April 1 the largest one day food drive for Harvest Hope Food Bank in the history of the organization! Shandon Baptist Church will have volunteers stationed at Richland County grocery stores while Northside's volunteers will cover Lexington County stores. Our combined goals are 800 volunteers working to collect and then sort 135,000 pounds of food.   

Donations  are collected outside the stores and taken to Harvest Hope Food Bank where church volunteers sort the items. They will be distributed to local food pantries and soup kitchens.  One hundred percent of all goods collected will benefit men, women and children in the Midlands. 

Thank you to our media sponsors WLTX TV, HIS RADIO 92.1 and 94.3 FM The Dude as well as the  48 Richland and Lexington county grocery stores for partnering with us in this fight against hunger in the Midlands!


  • Volunteer to serve at a store  for a shift between 9am-6pm on Saturday, April 1. Text  'food' to (803) 489-8403 to sign up.
  • Shop at participating stores on Saturday, April 1 between 9am and 6pm.
  • Tell friends and neighbors about this Saturday's Food Drive and encourage them to shop and donate.




Contact David Taylor, Missions & Evangelism Pastor, at   or call the church office at (803) 782-1300.

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