October 7, 2004 Print Edition

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President Bush thanks Southern Baptists after Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne

LAKE WALES (FBW)-Thanking Southern Baptists along with other faith-based groups such as the Salvation Army, President George W. Bush on the eve of the first-ever presidential debate in Miami, visited hurricane stricken Florida for the fifth time in six weeks Sept. 29-30. After eyeing damage to a citrus farm in Lake Wales hit by three of four hurricanes since Aug. 13, Bush visited with Southern Baptist disaster relief workers in Stuart.

Relief efforts include more than 2.1 million meals

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) - Since mid-August, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have prepared more than 2.1 million meals in the wake of four hurricanes that have battered Florida and neighboring states along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Seaboard.

Florida Baptists to meet Nov. 8-9 in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-The 150th Anniversary meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention will be a time of celebrating God's blessings on a cooperative people called Florida Baptists when they meet Nov. 8-9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville.

EKG goes churchwide: Study of God’s ‘heartbeat’ debuts

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)—For the Great Commission to be fulfilled, churches need a renewed focus on missions and Christians need an increased understanding of their roles in God’s Kingdom, Ken Hemphill said during the Sept. 26 kickoff of a new Empowering Kingdom Growth resource: “A 40 Day Experience: EKG, The Heartbeat of God.

Haitians to receive funds for food, funerals

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Florida Baptists are putting plans into place to help thousands of Haitians who are trying to survive flooding, hunger and homelessness caused when Hurricane Jeanne tore through the island nation.

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‘Comfort, O comfort my people,’ says your God (Isaiah 40:1)

[The material above was exerpted from church newsletters sent to Florida Baptist Witness offices on a regular basis.]

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In Romans 12:2 Paul writes: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” What do those last three words: “good,” “acceptable,” and “perfect” tell us?

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Recently, I was on Capitol Hill with my colleague, bioethics expert Dr. Nigel Cameron, launching our new book Human Dignity in the Biotech Century in which we bring together key experts to help the Church understand the incredible implications of the biotech revolution.


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.

NOBTS sponsors preview weekend

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary student enlistment office will sponsor a Preview Weekend for prospective seminary students Oct. 28-30.

Trial attorney Ken Connor to speak at Baptist College of Florida

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Civil trial attorney Ken Connor will be the guest speaker at the Baptist College of Florida, Graceville, for chapel services Oct. 18-19 at 10 a.m.

BCF renovates campus, offers new degrees

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Baptist College of Florida students returned to the Graceville campus this fall to new degrees and a campus facelift in mid-progress.

BCF students find mission opportunities at annual conference

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—It’s students like freshman Rachel Roberts that make the effort to present the annual mission conference at The Baptist College of Florida worthwhile, says BCF dean of faculty and conference coordinator Robin Jumper. Rachel is a mission major who says she has felt God’s calling on her life to both foreign missions and youth ministry, but wasn’t sure how to combine the callings. The dilemma had left her feeling torn between the two.

Rising at 6, to bed at midnight, Welch stays on task

OMAHA, Neb. (BP)—The midnight lights of Omaha wink at the bus Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch is riding in as it approaches the city Sept. 28.

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