January 22, 2004 Print Edition

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Iran earthquake survivors see ‘God with us’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Survivors of a devastating earthquake in Bam, Iran, are seeing the love of God demonstrated through the work of Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers from Alabama who traveled to the scene to help.

Nation’s first faith-based prison opens in Florida

LAWTEY (FBW)—According to Lawtey Correctional Institute chaplain William Wright, the success of America’s first faith-based prison is dependent on the willingness of volunteers to participate. Prison officials are appealing to individuals and churches for help in guiding the spiritual lives of almost 800 prisoners who have chosen to be housed at Lawtey.

‘Join the Celebration’ theme of 150th Anniversary rallies

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Fourteen regional rallies across the state will bring dynamic speakers and gifted musicians to inspire Florida Baptists as they kick off the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Florida Baptist State Convention this year.

Guest Editorial

The question of homosexual marriage presents the American people with an inescapable moral challenge. The words homosexual and marriage are inherently contradictory. The very fact that these terms are in public conflict demonstrates the radical character of the social revolutionaries that now demand the legalization of homosexual marriage.


For the holiness of God to translate into the priorities of the Florida Baptist Convention, there are certain pre-suppositions:


Epicureans within our nation (and around the world for that matter) recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Playboy magazine. A liberal media that has repeatedly demonstrated a disdain for biblical morality was more than willing to aid and abet the celebration. Secularists have anointed its founder Hugh Hefner as a moral liberator who single-handedly set in motion the movement to free both male and female Americans from their sexual inhibitions. But there is a dark side to sexual promiscuity that the media seldom reports.


The late Carl Sagan wrote in his book Cosmos, "Many years ago, so the story goes, a celebrated newspaper publisher sent a telegram to a noted astronomer: ‘Wire collect five hundred words on whether there is life on Mars.’ The astronomer dutifully replied: Nobody knows, Nobody knows, Nobody knows — 250 times.


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.

Retired firefighter takes 19 mission trips in 6 years

LAKELAND (FBC)—Six years. Nineteen mission trips. And the number is growing.

Historical Vignette: Spanish Army spy turned Irish preacher once pastored FBC JAX

The third and fourth associations in Florida were begun the same year. The West Florida Association and the Alachua Association were begun in 1847. It was at Fort Clark that the Alachua Association was organized.

‘Rookie Rescuer’ write-in workbook

FORT PIERCE (FBW) — Children interested in firefighting and rescue adventures may now read stories and Bible studies in a new workbook, Sirens for the Cross for the Rookie Rescuer. Written by Florida firefighter/paramedic Tommy Neiman with Sue Reynolds, the workbook incorporates stories from his experiences with the Saint Lucie County Fire District in Fort Pierce.

Schiavo attorney seeks modification of visitation rules

ST. PETERSBURG (FBW)-A lawyer acting on behalf of Michael Schiavo, the husband of a 40-year-old brain damaged woman in Florida, has petitioned the court for even more stringent restrictions on visitors than those already in place.

Brazilian spurns limelight by doing ‘the little things’ for God

Orlando (FBC)—If you were to see Ed Vilela in action today, you would see a man praying over the pews in his church, translating for his fellow Brazilians in the hospital, opening his home to those needing a place to stay, discipling young believers.

Purpose-Driven prison church sheds ‘yard’ violence

JAMESTOWN, Calif. (BP)–If you were to walk onto "the yard" at the Sierra Conservation Center, a prison in Jamestown, Calif., you would soon notice the standard foot attire. No one dares go to the yard without his prison boots. Since the possibility of a fight between rival gangs and ethnic groups breaking out at any moment is high, every prisoner needs his boots for extra mobility and protection. In fact, a prisoner who walks out without his boots might be disciplined by those in his gang.

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