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A year after the quake: 'Florida & Southern Baptists are changing Haiti, one life at a time'

CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (FBC)—Antonine Toussaint lived with her young children in a makeshift tent composed of tarp and scrap metal for 10 months after the Jan. 12 earthquake devastated Haiti.

With a new baby on the way, the young mother tried desperately to care for her children in an unsafe area of Croix-des-Bouquet, located east of Port-au-Prince. Surrounded by crime, poverty and unsanitary living conditions, every day was a struggle for Toussaint to keep her youngsters fed and protected.

Cannon: Gov. Scott should ‘absolutely’ enforce gay adoption ban

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—In spite of court rulings overturning Florida’s law banning homosexuals from adopting children, House Speaker Dean Cannon believes Gov. Rick Scott should direct the Department of Children and Families to enforce the law.

In an exclusive interview with Florida Baptist Witness in the speaker’s Capitol office on Jan. 20, Cannon talked about various policy issues for the upcoming legislative session and his goals for the next two years as the top presiding officer of the Florida House of Representatives.

Critics wager against Florida casino expansion

When Gov. Rick Scott says Florida "is open for business," does he mean casinos? The gaming industry is taking that proposition bet.

Several Las Vegas casino companies are said to be angling to build destination resorts in the Sunshine State. And they have a politically connected player doing the spade work in South Florida.

Al Cardenas, a Miami lobbyist for Wynn casinos and a former state Republican Party chairman, was recently quoted as saying, "The concept is not just to create a source of revenue for the state that could equal or surpass the lottery. More important is the billions that would be invested in our state and the creation of tens of thousands of permanent, high-paying jobs."

Solemn assemblies in Holmes County to focus on ‘the awesomeness of God’

BONIFAY (FBW)—Holmes County Baptist churches will unite in prayer Jan. 30, continuing a tradition the Baptist association began three years ago. In all corners of the rural Panhandle county, churches will observe a Solemn Assembly Day of Prayer.

Director of Missions Todd Unzicker said he is thrilled that at least 75 percent of the association’s 29 churches are participating in the SBC Day of Prayer promoted by SBC President Bryant Wright to “Be still and know that God is God.”

Editorial: ‘Fundamentalist’—MSM taking sides

I wouldn’t blame Gov. Rick Scott if he doesn’t trust the mainstream media (MSM).

There’s no denying Republican politicians have a high level of mistrust for the news media. They believe—as do no small number of evangelical Christians—the news media takes sides in favor of their opponents, no matter how many times the press insists it is unbiased, seeking only to report the truth.

Pro-life or anti-abortion? When words matter

Twenty-one years ago I was just starting out as a writer and so when Missouri Citizens for Life asked me to join them to capture the day’s events at a Rally for Life in St. Louis, I was delighted to be of service.

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: Embracing Courtesy: Recognizing the imago Dei

Have you ever heard someone say something like “I’m sick of political correctness.” And then, as if to prove the point, that same person uses hurtful epithets to describe other people? Or maybe you’ve noticed that those who often decry hate speech are the first to label someone else a bigot?

World Changers, PowerPlant impacts students

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—How do you change the world? One student at a time, as John Bailey sees it.

“That’s a 20-year-old statement, but we still see that it’s true, probably even more so with this generation,” said Bailey, who leads the student volunteer mobilization team for the North American Mission Board. “We wake up every day with this picture that students can change the world and it all comes about by what God can do through them.

HCSB Study Bible: ‘the Bible for a visual age’

NASHVILLE (FBW)—Six years in the making, the HCSB Study Bible was released by B&H Publishing in October, seeking to produce “the Bible for a visual age,” general editor of the project told Florida Baptist Witness. The design of the HCSB Study Bible was driven by extensive research, including consumer focus groups of study Bible readers and those who don’t use study Bibles asking each what they wanted in a study Bible. The result was a more manageable size volume, using two-column format, color references and a more readable 9-point font text size.

Bill Faulkner, retired Orlando DOM, moves to ‘different mission field’

ORLANDO (FBW)—Bill and Brenda Faulkner began 2011 far away from the traffic and tourists of central Florida, their home for the past 20 years. The deck of their new house offers vistas of western North Carolina mountains, where Faulkner, recently retired executive director of missions of the Greater Orlando Baptist Association, hopes to feel—for a while—what “it’s like to be retired,” he said.

Spring preview at BCF is March 11

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida will open the doors of the Graceville campus Friday, March 11 for Preview Day. The bi-annual event begins with registration in the R.G. Lee Chapel at 9 a.m. (CST) and gives prospective students and their families a glimpse into the life of a BCF student.

Prospective students and their guests will be welcomed by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen as they enjoy a time of student-led praise and worship. Campus visitors will have the opportunity to learn about degree programs, gather financial aid information, and explore the library, writing center, and computer labs—and experience an array of student activities while touring the dorms and campus.

JAX Parks and Recreation asks for help in community centers

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—The Jacksonville City Parks and Recreation Department has invited Florida Baptist mission teams to work in 25 of its “at risk” communities. According to Nick Phoenix, pastor of North Main Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville, the city has asked for camp and sports outreach programs at its community centers.

Phoenix, who heads up the Words to Works Ministry, said the “at risk” areas in the city are problem-filled, with “just kids hanging out, looking to get into trouble.”

Florida churches minister through social media

ORANGE PARK (FBW)—After a recent worship service at First Baptist Church in Orange Park, a man approached Pastor David Tarkington.

He told Tarkington he was a Muslim and that his wife had been attending a community Bible study hosted by the church. To see where she was going, the man began investigating First Baptist online—reading the pastor’s blog, listening to his sermons, and even becoming his friend on Facebook. Then, compelled by his online exploration, he felt motivated to attend.

Hosea 6:1 to 7:2: February 13—God loves for his people to be loyal to him

All military veterans experience a sense of sadness, shame, and anger when one of their own commits treason. How could anyone betray the nation and undermine the constitution of the United States for money or other personal gain? Did not the oath to protect one’s country against its enemies not mean anything at all? Our study of loyalty to God centers around Israel’s betrayal of His direct commands. Their disloyalty resulted from years of a lifestyle that gradually hardened their souls against God. Individuals slipped away from God without being aware of what happened.

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