January 15, 2004 Print Edition

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Florida Lottie Moon offerings look promising

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Dozens of Florida Baptist churches are tallying record Lottie Moon Offerings, some doubling and even tripling their goals. They are part of what could prove to be a national trend of record-setting giving to the annual mission offering.

Pastor empowers team-led multi-ethnic ministry

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBC)-It is a pastor’s worst nightmare–to be in danger of losing his voice. But that’s what happened to Guy Melton when nodules developed on his vocal chords.


"Paul, can you come to the lobby? There are two teenage girls down here who need someone to talk with." Paul Jones led the Christian Life Commission for Mississippi Baptists, based in the Baptist Building in Jackson. When the receptionist paged him, he had no way of knowing he was about to have one of those experiences that confirm all over again the nearness and reality of a great and gracious God.


I believe that a church should provide a seminary-like experience for lay members who want more intensive theological study. I was able to put this concept in place in three of the churches that God allowed me to serve as pastor. In one setting, we even offered Hebrew and Greek classes for laypersons.


The stewardship to missions giving that Southern Baptists exhibit will determine our impact upon the world. If churches do not believe that we can change the world from where we are, then we will not change the world that surrounds us. The challenge for the local church to capture a global vision is crucial for evangelizing contemporary culture.


ATLANTA (BP)–God has a significant encouragement in His Word: "Be still—and know—that I AM God! ... the Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge" (Psalm 46:10,11).


Can God use accidents and embarrassing pauses? He did in the life of one prominent professor.


Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Teens mentor through servant leadership disciplines

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Sit-ups, push-ups, leg-lifts and stretches prepare a group of teenagers and college students to run "the triangle" around their church property. Gathered in a circle to begin with prayer, a young man petitions God to help them serve and encourage each other as they learn to lead others.

Souper Bowl of Caring funds can meet hunger needs worldwide

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptist churches participating in the nationwide emphasis, "Souper Bowl of Caring" on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, can send contributions to meet Florida Baptist world hunger needs.

Billy Graham recuperating from surgery

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Evangelist Billy Graham underwent successful partial hip replacement surgery Jan. 6 in Jacksonville after a fall in his hotel room on the grounds of the Mayo Clinic.

Judge refuses to reappoint Schiavo guardian ad litem

CLEARWATER (FBW)-Citing pending litigation over the constitutionality of a law which provided a brain damaged woman a guardian ad litem, a circuit judge turned down a request Jan. 9 by Gov. Jeb Bush to reappoint the dismissed man to that role.

N.J. gov. signs bill allowing cloning, stem cell research

TRENTON, N.J. (BP)–New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey signed into law Jan. 4 a bill that allows therapeutic human cloning and gives parents the option of donating unwanted embryos to stem cell research.

First Baptist Dallas surpasses $1 million

DALLAS (BP)–First Baptist Church of Dallas has announced that members of the storied congregation have given more than $1 million through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, more than four times its gift last year and twice as large as the biggest sum ever sent through Lottie Moon to fund Southern Baptists’ work abroad.

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