January 29, 2004 Print Edition

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State mission offering sets new giving record

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Gifts to the Maguire State Mission Offering reached an all-time high in 2003, totaling $1,025,828 and surpassing the previous record set in 2001 by $3,000.

Land: Bush failed to ‘take final step’ on marriage

WASHINGTON (BP)–President Bush neared the verge of endorsing a constitutional amendment protecting marriage but stopped short in his Jan. 20 State of the Union speech, leaving at least some pro-family advocates unsatisfied.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering sets record, but misses goal by 7 percent

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Southern Baptists set another record in giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions in 2003. Robert E. (Bob) Reccord, president of the North American Mission Board, announced Jan. 10 during the annual meeting of Woman’s Missionary Union’s executive board that Southern Baptists gave $49,650,279 last year.

Point-of-View

Any discussion of God must begin with His holiness. The holiness of God is a demand! He did not say, "Be as holy as I am," but he did say, "Be holy for I am holy."

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The Florida Baptist Convention has been richly blessed by the Lord through the leadership of Dr. John Sullivan. Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan have completed 15 years of visionary leadership among us. The heart of the pastor is demonstrated in the counsel, friendship, and support that Dr. Sullivan offers to our churches. He is truly a pastor to our pastors. The trust level of our Florida Baptist family in the work of our State Convention is based in the tenor of fair and consistent leadership provided by Dr. Sullivan.

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Every day I read the New York Times. I have to see what’s happening in the world in order to do this column. But sometimes it sets my teeth on edge.

Witness seeks dedicated journalist to fill opening

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) — Florida Baptist Witness is accepting resumes for an entry level position which will include reporting, layout and design responsibilities.

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Church calls out men for service as deacon-pastors

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Behind closed doors, a counseling session concludes as two men bow their heads—one of them prays to receive Christ.

Greater deacon responsiblity results from pastor’s conviction to equip

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—What is eager to serve, moves quickly to minister, and stirs up the dust with his passion to be Christ — the ultimate servant to others? Deacons, according to Lee Sheppard, pastor of Celebration Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Winter gathering draws women from across state

JACKSONVILLE—(FBC) At the first of three meetings held across the state, 275 women from northeast Florida learned they were, "Born to Be the Ultimate Me," Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Women’s Winter Gathering on the campus of Deermeadows Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

Nichols chosen for family commission

JACKSONVILLE — (FBW) Gary N. Nichols, associate director of the Discipleship and Family Department of the Florida Baptist Convention, was one of six persons appointed to the Florida Commission of Marriage and Family by Florida Speaker of the House Johnnie Byrd.

Music leaders set for ‘2000 and More in 2004’ conference Feb. 28

JACKSONVILLE—(FBC) Children’s choir directors across Florida are voicing their excitement as time draws near for "2000 and More in 2004," Feb. 28 at First Baptist Church, Orlando.

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