October 28, 2010 Print Edition

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Response to IIGCRTF report ‘overwhelmingly supportive,’ while limited, de Armas says

ORLANDO (FBW)—Although feedback has been limited, Florida Baptists’ response has been “overwhelmingly supportive” to the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report, Chairman Danny de Armas told Florida Baptist Witness in an Oct. 22 interview.

The task force released its draft report during last month’s State Board of Missions meeting. De Armas released to the Witness an updated version of its report, which he said differs only in minor ways from the SBOM version. He added it’s not final and the task force reserves the right to make further changes.

Editorial: Exemplary Christian citizenship

Even in an election year in which many citizens are eager to vote—and indeed many have already done so—a large segment of the public, including many Christians, will once again sit on the sidelines.

For those who will refuse to vote due to apathy or contempt of the current political situation, my question is simple: since when does the relative merits of the candidates and/or political parties absolve evangelicals from their Christian duty to vote? I cannot imagine how any devoted follower of Christ could conscientiously refuse to vote.

Point of View: Baptists impact Florida

Often reports come across my desk that I believe demonstrate how you as Florida Baptists are impacting unreached people groups in our state with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One of the often overlooked areas for ministry is the migrant neighborhoods. Each year between 150,000-200,000 migrants arrive in our state to work in Florida’s agricultural fields.

Point of View: Imagine If...

I’m really excited about our upcoming Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting at First Baptist Church in Brandon. Would you please continue joining me in prayer and fasting as we Fast Forward in all God wants to do in our lives individually and our convention corporately? We need revival. Let’s fast and pray that God would pour His Spirit in supernatural ways as we gather Nov. 8–9. May we leave different than when we came. We can leave different and make a difference. Imagine If.

Point of View: Why the stem cell battle isn’t over

I’ve got good news for you and bad news. First, the good news: Scientists, led by Derrick J. Rossi of the Children’s Hospital in Boston, have announced that they have developed a safe and highly effective alternative to embryonic stem cell research. It’s one that could potentially produce treatments and cures for everything from Alzheimer’s to spinal-cord injuries.

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.

Port St. Lucie church honors Ray Stedham on 60th anniversary in ministry

PORT ST. LUCIE (FBW)—When Central Baptist Church celebrated homecoming Oct. 17, the congregation surprised Pastor Ray Stedham by marking his 60th anniversary in the ministry. Friends and family joined Stedham in recounting memories of an entire life related to pastoring Baptist churches.

Stedham, 79, grew up in a pastor’s home in Georgia and felt his own call to preach when he was 16. He made his call known to the congregation his father served, First Baptist Church in Cartersville, Ga., the church from which Lottie Moon went to China in 1873.

G.R.A.C.E. girls raise funds for FBCH group home

HIGH SPRINGS (FBW)—Thirteen young girls who believe they can make a difference have been busy designing bird houses, baking, and washing cars. They are raising money for a new campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in their area—to make sure other children their own age are properly cared for.

The G.R.A.C.E. girls in High Springs are “Giving and Raising Awareness to Contribute with Elegance.” They have set their sights on raising money for the future FBCH facility in LaCrosse, so that children their own age will have a home.

BCF students cross street to visit nursing home

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Studio Recital Class at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, led by Professor Kimberly Moon, recently visited and entertained residents who live at the Graceville Nursing Center.

The idea came about through Moon’s personal experience with her mother who has lived in a nursing facility for more than a year.

Christian men found not guilty of ‘insulting Turkishness’

ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP)—After four years of legal battle in Turkey, a judge has acquitted two Christians of “insulting Turkishness” by spreading Christianity, but not without levying a hefty fine against them on another charge, Compass Direct News reported Oct. 19.

In October 2006, Turan Topal, 50, and Hakan Tastan, 41, started a legal battle after officers produced false witnesses to accuse them of spreading their faith and allegedly “insulting Turkishness, the military and Islam.”

Niceville church celebrates 100 years

NICEVILLE (FBW)—First Baptist Church in Niceville marked its 100th anniversary with “The Century Celebration” Oct. 3. The 834 members and guests in the morning service heard messages and music on the theme “Yesterday, Today and Forever” from Hebrews 13:8.

Point of View: Letters to the Editor

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Flamingo Road becomes Potential Church

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBW)—The former Flamingo Road Church that began in Ft. Lauderdale has changed its name to Potential Church. The new name was revealed amid balloons and confetti in a church service Oct. 10.

U.S. Army Field Band at BCF Nov. 7

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform at the Graceville campus Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. and the concert is open to the public at no charge. For tickets, please call 800-328-2660, ext. 418, or visit the school’s website at baptistcollege.edu.

FBSC and Pastors’ Conference sermons available

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Recordings of sermons and messages delivered during the annual Florida Baptist State Convention and the Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference will be available both during the meetings and following the event.

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