November 10, 2005 Print Edition

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Nov. 27 observation of ‘Baptism Celebration Day’ for Florida Baptists

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Every Florida Baptist church is being challenged to baptize a new believer in Christ on Sunday, Nov. 27 in observance of “Baptism Celebration Day.”

South Florida relief efforts wane, but work continues in some areas

JACKSONVILLE—(FBC) After preparing more than 1.4 million meals in 12 days of operation, 13 Florida and Southern Baptist mobile mass-feeding kitchens serving Florida communities hard hit by Hurricane Wilma wrapped up their work and returned home Nov. 5.

Southern Baptists say Anheuser-Busch water controversy misrepresented

CLEWISTON (BP/FBW)–No thirsty person went without water, and no water went to waste, according to Tim Bridges, pastor of First Baptist Church in Clewiston.

Point of View

These will be my final thoughts on the “Theology of Presence” which I am calling “Getting Mud on Your Boots.”

Point of View

Most Southern Baptists know about our Florida Baptist Convention’s superb efforts and accomplishments in the area of Disaster Relief. And, most are familiar with what might be characterized as our major area of concentration--that is our ability to cook and prepare for the distribution of thousands of meals per day. If you’ve ever seen it, you would agree that the entire effort is quite impressive.

Point of View

In just a few weeks, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that people of all faiths observe. But between stuffing the turkey and watching football, we ought to make sure our children and grandchildren understand the Christian roots of this holiday, which are often downplayed in school. The first step is to brush up on the details ourselves.

Point of View

In an October 27 article about 2005 Year-end tax tips by Sherre Stephens of GuideStone Financial Resources, incomplete information was provided regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions.

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Gov. Bush calls special session for slots, Medicaid

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – Gov. Jeb Bush announced Nov. 4 a special session of the Florida Legislature Dec. 5-9 for the purpose of considering legislation to reform Florida’s Medicaid system and legislation to implement a constitutional amendment permitting Broward and Miami-Dade counties to hold referendums to allow slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities.

Recordings of sermons, messages, available after FBSC annual meeting

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Recordings of sermons and thematic messages delivered during the annual Florida Baptist State Convention, Nov. 14-15 at First Baptist Church Ocala, will be available for purchase during the two-day meeting in cassette, audio and video formats.

TV star urges ‘biblical evangelism’ at Worldview Weekend

SPRING HILL (FBW) – The Gospel isn’t about “the promise of life enhancement” but is rather the truth that all people are violators of God’s law and He has provided a way to be made right with Him through Jesus Christ, television star Kirk Cameron told a sold-out Worldview Weekend audience Oct. 21 at Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill.

Holy Land Experience back in court

ORLANDO (FBW) – Liberty Counsel filed a motion Nov. 4 asking a Florida circuit court to hold Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan in contempt for refusing to recognize a property tax exemption for The Holy Land Experience Ministries, despite a court order holding the property to be tax-exempt.

Present Future challenges church leaders to think outside the box

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Speaking with the excitement of a football coach readying his team to win a big game, Reggie McNeal leaned in to catch the eyes of each listener at Covenant Community Church in Sanford, and encouraged them to think outside the box in ministry.

72 Florida Baptist churches sustain damage after Wilma strikes west, east coasts

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) – Ten days after Hurricane Wilma tore through Florida’s west and east coast communities, convention officials have surveyed 120 Florida Baptist churches either in person or by telephone to evaluate damage and determine needs of the congregations and pastors.

Keys flooding is God’s ‘fresh work’ in pastor’s life

KEY WEST (FBW) – Suzanne Phillips is grateful to God even while attempting to salvage a few of her family’s water-logged belongings after Hurricane Wilma’s unexpected storm surge Oct. 24 flooded the parsonage, requiring an emergency evacuation by boat.

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