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Jul 22, 2014
Daniel was a statesman forcibly removed from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon. Despite the pressures he encountered to compromise his faith, Daniel resolutely remained faithful to God. Perhaps the meaning of his name, “God is Judge,” motivated him to faithfulness. The book named for the main character divides into two sections. Daniel 1-6 provides an autobiographical description of the pressure to compromise in a pagan culture. Daniel 7-12 portrays God’s directing history toward its climatic, victorious conclusion. The book of Daniel, therefore, offers both challenge and encouragement on an individual level and on the big cosmic drama. Humans build godless kingdoms, yet God builds an eternal Kingdom. The primary message of Daniel is that God’s people are never at home in a godless culture.
Jul 22, 2014
Living for God sometimes brings Christians into conflict with others. While believers do not instigate the conflict, the clear demarcation between the values and lifestyles of believers in comparison to many nonbelievers creates issues. The manner in which believers respond to conflict bears testimony either to faithfulness or fickleness.
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
WALDO (FBW)—First Baptist Church in Waldo is concentrating on the future while “keeping our historical perspective alive,” according to Pastor James Dubois. The 130-year-old church shares an 1884 birth year with the Florida Baptist Witness.
Robert and Fannie Campbell of Waldo donated land for a church in May 1883, and the church organized the next year. Their gift was enhanced when an adjacent owner gave permission to build on part of her land. The first building was constructed of wood in 1885 and included a sanctuary, five Sunday School rooms, a small office and a utility room. Although the sanctuary included a baptistry, most new believers chose to be baptized in local lakes. Bathroom facilities were behind the building.
Jul 16, 2014
Students who are part of the mission’s aviation program at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF)in Graceville will be thrilled to return in the fall and see the striking new addition to the school’s training fleet. The second airplane now being used by missions aviation students was recently donated by Eddie Houk and his wife, Lois.
The airplane, an impeccable 1975 Piper Cherokee, had been used by the Houk family since 1990 until the decision was made to donate it for use in BCF’s missions aviation program. According to Houk, the prayerful decision was made after being invited to visit Graceville and hearing about the exciting new aviation program offered at The Baptist College of Florida. The invitation planted a seed in the minds of the couple and with God’s guidance and their desire to pass on this blessing, the Houk’s donated the airplane to be used for missions flight training.
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
Peter and James, authors of New Testament books by those names, were intimately associated with Jesus. Neither Peter nor James ever directly quoted Jesus, but their epistles throb with allusions to the teachings of Jesus. Peter’s denials of Jesus did not negatively influence what he wrote. On the contrary, Peter’s writings reflect his profound appreciation for God’s grace. The opening words of the first epistle testify to the depth of his contact with Jesus and His teachings. Peter was not present when John the Baptist received his revelation from God at our Lord’s baptism. The Holy Spirit, dove-like, descended on Jesus and the Voice identified Him as the Son of God (John 1:32-34), but accounts probably spread. Further, Peter, James, and John heard the Voice from a cloud on the mountain which identified Jesus as God’s Son (Matt. 17:5).
Jul 9, 2014
Jul 9, 2014