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Only two days after telling 1,500 folks attending the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 4 that he intended to “lead with virtue, lead with character and do all the right things,” Gov. Rick Scott hinted he is open to doing a very wrong thing—signing on to plans for bringing “destination casinos” to the state as a means of creating jobs, new business development and new revenue for the state budget.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Before Rick Scott took the oath of office as Florida’s 45th governor on the steps of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee Jan. 4, the new chief executive participated in an interfaith prayer breakfast with evangelical leader Charles Colson as the keynote speaker who called for a “surge of righteousness” in America.
PENSACOLA (FBC)—When the Southern Baptist Convention’s Day of Prayer is observed Sunday, Jan. 30, members of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola will have spent the past 40 days seeking the face of God in anticipation of His movement.
Beginning Dec. 22, Pastor Ted Traylor called his church family to prayer and fasting leading up to the church’s Solemn Assembly on Jan. 30 as part of the Day of Prayer emphasis.
The concept of retirement is rather recent in origins. Most historians trace the concept back to Germany’s “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck, who pushed through a series of social changes in the late 19th century. Among those changes was a system something like Social Security, intended as a guaranteed pension for the elderly.
Christians affirm that the Creator God revealed Himself to humanity through an inspired, written communication. Furthermore, Baptists, and many other evangelicals, affirm that the written revelation from God functions as “the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried” (Baptist Faith & Message, Article 1). In our pluralistic culture with numerous religious books from varied faith traditions, is it reasonable to believe that the Bible is uniquely the Word of God? While accepting the Bible as the Word of God is a faith commitment, an individual possesses valid reasons to affirm the nature of the Bible as the Word of God. In this article, I propose to undergird the divine nature of the Bible with two major arguments and two subsidiary arguments.
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.
Pundits love to make New Year’s predictions about politics, the economy, sports, and so on. As for me, I’ll take a pass on making any predictions, because only the Lord knows what’s in store. But I do want to share with you some things we Christians should keep an eye on in the coming year—things that will give us important indications about which way the cultural, moral, and ethical winds are blowing.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Spurred by a challenge from Florida Baptist State Convention president David Uth for all Florida Baptist pastors to participate in a mission trip this year, Florida Baptists’ Partnership Mission Department is organizing a five-day evangelistic mission trip for pastors in Haiti.
Bring up the subject of meditation and one might think of the proverbial hermit in a cave, all to himself. We take a look at out frantic, hectic schedules and wonder how we could ever program in enough space and time for it. Yet, if we look more closely at meditation as thinking deeply about spiritual matters, we probably meditate more than we realize. Meditation, like prayer, is more than kneeling with clasped hands in supplication before God. Even in a Bible study we often try to go beneath the surface of the text in gleaning spiritual insights. In our study, we will touch on aspects of meditation which can lead to further insights.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Russ Smith knew something was wrong … very wrong. He didn’t need to be a rocket scientist (literally) to figure that out. The sound of rockets should never be heard from your teenage son’s bedroom.