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TALLAHASSEE (FBW)Florida took one step closer to putting parental involvement in minors abortions into state law Nov. 2 with a resounding victory for a constitutional amendment to permit the Legislature to enact a requirement for parents to be notified before minors have abortions.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-A late group of absentee ballots from Broward County has apparently shifted the tide in favor of Amendment 4, a move that could eventually bring slot machines to South Florida.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)Tommy Green, pastor of First Baptist Church of Brandon, is an historic Florida Baptist State Convention president who is ready to preside over a historic meeting Nov. 8-9. The first modern-era two-term Florida Baptist State Convention president will conclude his historic presidency by leading the state conventions sesquicentennial anniversary celebration in Jacksonville.
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MUMBAI (IMB)Where can you find thousands of millionairesand nine of the worlds richest billionaires?
If your most vivid impressions of India come from old National Geographics and Rudyard Kiplings jungle stories, update your mental file with these facts:
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)The Florida Baptist Convention has received more than $1.4 million in disaster relief funds for victims of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. The total includes designated and undesignated gifts and a contribution of $300,000 received from the North American Mission Boards disaster relief fund.
BADHDAD, Iraq (FBW)United States Navy JAG officer Robert Brick* could be sitting in a cushy penthouse office litigating cases for a prestigious law firm. Instead, Brick, a Navy lawyer in Baghdad, Iraq, puts on full body armor and climbs into a heavily fortified Humvee with escorts, just to get across town.
In a few hours we will depart for Iraq. After tossing and turning since about 0500, I got out of bed and picked up my Bible. My heart is heavy. Ive never felt these emotions before. Ive never hugged and kissed my wife goodbye, knowing I wont see her again for six months. Ive never kissed my six-week-old daughter on her forehead, knowing when I see her next she will be a completely different little baby. Ive been deployed before, but Ive never left the comfort and security of the United States for a war zone.
ORLANDO (FBW)The damage caused by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne has led church pastors and leaders into a maze of insurance claims, negotiations and settlements. Pastors, while still comforting and counseling church members who suffered losses in the storms, also must try to rally church members to replenish church coffers which took a hit from cancelled Sunday services.
HAINES CITY (FBW)Ridge Baptist Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary Oct. 21 at Eastside Baptist Church, Haines City. The 62 congregations, although still reeling from the destruction caused in the area by hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne, gathered to praise God for His provision during their associations 50 years.
PENSACOLA (FBW)-Pastor Ron Lentine wasnt campaigning for either presidential candidate the evening of Nov. 2. Instead, he and about 40-50 FAITH trained partners from Myrtle Grove Baptist Church canvassed nearby neighborhoods to follow-up after more than two months of steady relief to those hit hard by Hurricane Ivan.
If one thing can be said of the Florida Baptist State Convention in the past 150 years, it is that change is constant.
Riding with my feet dangling over the tailgate of a pickup truck down Pensacola Beachs main drag, the swooshing of sand underneath the trucks tires was the only sound in an otherwise almost eerie emptiness.
Southern Baptists have always believed that together we can accomplish much more than we ever could apart. Thats what drives the Cooperative Program and the special missions offerings our churches give each year to support and sustain our denominations response to Gods Acts 1:8 command.