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TRENTON (FBW)—First Baptist Church in Trenton wanted to make a visual statement about lives lost through abortion, so the congregation erected one cross on its lawn for every baby aborted in the U.S. every day—4,000. According to Pastor Keith McConnell, the dramatic illustration is accomplishing its purpose. “The number of babies aborted is 1.4 million each year, but the number is so large that people can’t understand it, so we broke it down so people can see how many that really is,” he said.
A Chinese pastor recently released from imprisonment after 7.5 years expressed thanks for the prayers of fellow saints across the globe. Contrary to the attitude most would have, he was grateful those prayers and efforts seeking his release were not answered sooner!
“I am happy that you and others tried to arrange for my release, but in one way, I am happy that you failed,” Zhang Rongliang, known as Uncle Z, told a Voice of the Martyrs contact in China. The interview was published on VOM’s website, www.persecution.com.
In the Genesis narrative, Joseph told his brothers, after the death of their father Jacob and in order to allay their fears for what they had done to him (assuming he hadn’t gotten “even” with them to please Jacob when he was still living), “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?
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JORDAN, Middle East (FBW)—Atop Mount Nebo in western Jordan, with a panorama of the Holy Land behind him and the Dead Sea to his left, Jim Locke, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, paused to share encouraging words to his congregation back home.
“We are thankful to be here today on mission for the Lord,” Locke said. “I look forward to being with you in a few days. Much love from Jordan this morning.”
One of my favorite cartoons shows a frog with its head in the mouth of a pelican with the frog’s front legs reaching around to choke the bird. The cartoon caption reads, “Never give up!” Aesop has a fable illustrating the same principle. He pictures a frog which fell into a churn of clabber with no way out of the soured milk. The frog kept paddling around until some butter formed whereupon he climbed up on the pat of butter and jumped out. I’m told that professional football scouts look for one critical quality in the athlete, namely, how well does he play when his team has lost the game? Likewise is our attitude, our perspective on life, a vital part of living the victorious life.
John alone among the New Testament writers identifies Jesus as the Word of God. The reason for the choice, inspired by the Holy Spirit, was based on the Jewish refusal to speak the Holy name of God, substituting “Word,” as in Genesis 1:1. Thus, they would say, “In the beginning was the Word,” a direct quotation John knew all Jews would understand. By “Word,” John alludes to “Jesus,” not to the Bible. As our old-time Baptists would say, “The Bible is the Word of God written; Jesus is the Word of God living.” John’s wise choice of Jesus as the Word of God enabled him to deal with profound theology without offending his Jewish readers, as we shall see.
AQABA, JORDAN (MIDDLE EAST)-Four young adults from Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola are teaching school in the Jordan as part of a ongoing effort by their church to establish a practical approach to short-term missions. Each person is provided limited training and a lot of encouragement from the church—some resources for transportation and supplies, and a lot of prayer. To find out more about this effort, read a related story.
ORLANDO (FBW)—The diversity within the family of Florida Baptists and its growing number of ethnic congregations—from the piney woods of the Panhandle to South Florida—gave Florida Baptist State Convention president David Uth “a glimpse” this past year of what it might be like to gather with “people from every tribe and every tongue and every nation.”
Anyone who knows me understands. Anyone who has heard me speak understands. And most who have read my books understand. They all know how much I love my three sons and how proud I am of each of them.
Pensacola News Journal editorial cartoonist on casino bills in Florida Legislature
These men fight crime, maintain justice, and protect the most vulnerable in society. No, they don’t patrol the streets in squad cars or wear uniforms or badges (at least not the majority). But their job isn’t all that different from the job of law enforcement.
WINTER PARK (FBW)—There’s an upstart Bible-based website gaining popularity on the internet, and its producer is an actor and scriptwriter who hit rock-bottom before a life changing experience through a Bible study ministry at Aloma Church in Winter Park turned his life upside down.
CEDAR HILL, Texas (TEXAN)—Annie Falconer is an active 74-year-old who likes to stay busy. She is director of the Good News Clubs for children in her community. But after attending an Embrace conference, she knew there was more she could do.