January 13, 2011 Print Edition

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Editorial: Let’s get to work

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.

Colson calls for ‘surge of righteousness’ at Scott inaugural prayer breakfast

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.

Churches make plans for SBC Day of Prayer, Jan. 30

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.

Scott takes on ‘axis of unemployment’ in inaugural speech

TALLAHASSEE (NSF)—With an empathetic nod to more than 1 million out of work Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott took office Jan. 4 promising to alleviate the pain of an “axis of unemployment” made up of taxes, cumbersome regulations, and lawsuits.

Scott campaigned almost entirely on the same theme, with the mantra “Let’s Get to Work” propelling him into the governor’s office as unemployment here rose to 12 percent. He stuck mostly to that topic in a roughly 20-minute inaugural speech.

Point of View: For the sake of the Kingdom—Redefining retirement

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.

Point of View: Is the Bible the Word of God?

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.

Point of View: Dave Says

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.

Point of View: Looking forward—Which way are the winds blowing?

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.

Pastor who ‘blooms’ with Christ’s love, plants new church

DUNDEE (FBC)—About six years ago, pastor Don Maiden did the unexpected, not quite knowing what to expect in return.

After 18 years as pastor at North Ridge Baptist Church in Haines City, he resigned. Walking away from the thriving, healthy church he loved and that loved him, he wasn’t sure where he was going.

Pastor mission trip to Haiti, April 2-6

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.

Stroke survivor finds beauty in suffering

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)—From across their Malibu, Calif., apartment, Jay Wolf heard his wife, Katherine, yell the words that would change their lives forever.

“Come in here,” she cried out. “I don’t feel right.”

Adoption miracle, God’s wonderful blessing

SUPPORTED Walt and Chelsea Dearie with their newly adopted son Liam in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of the Mall in Lakeland where Walt serves as pastoral care minister. They credit prayer, God’s grace, and the support of family and friends for getting them through their adoption journey. FBCH photo
LAKELAND (FBCH)—Last July the phone rang at the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ adoption offices in Lakeland. The young woman on the other end of the phone started asking questions about how to put a child up for adoption. Lindsay Harris, a social worker at the Children’s Homes, asked her if she was currently pregnant. The caller exclaimed: “I‘m at the hospital. I just had the baby this morning!”

“As unbelievable as it may sound, this young woman never knew that she was pregnant until she went to the hospital because of stomach pains,” Harris recalled.

“She arrived at the hospital at 2 a.m. because of abdominal pains and by 2:30 a.m. she had given birth to a healthy baby boy,” Harris said.

That one phone call begin a chain reaction that led Walt and Chelsea Dearie, who had been hoping for a child for more than seven years, to their adopted son, Liam.

Bush: History will vindicate stem cell decision

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—In his new book, former President George W. Bush provides a behind-the-scenes look at his landmark 2001 decision that prohibited most forms of embryonic stem cell research, acknowledging that he knew very little about the issue when he first arrived in office but explaining how six months of research led him to a conclusion he believes will be vindicated by science and history.

Bush’s Decision Points, No. 1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list, lays out 14 of the most significant decisions he believes shaped his life and his presidency. He devotes one of those chapters to his much-debated August 2001 decision that allowed federal money to be used for research only on embryonic stem cell lines that were in existence at the time of his speech. The decision prohibited federal dollars from going toward any lines created after that date.

Psalm 1:1-3; 119:11-16; Mark 1:35-39: January 30—A lifestyle of meditation

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.

NFL rookie from JAX trusting God for the future

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.

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