November 14, 2002 Print Edition

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A new 'look'

The Witness has a new look.

Biotechnology raises serious ethical questions

While biotechnology provides opportunity for many life enhancing and/or life extending possibilities, it also challenges people to think about where they are and where they are going.

Point of View: Baptist Faith and Message - Article 1: The Scripture

The Southern Baptist Convention made history as messengers overwhelmingly approved revisions to the Baptist Faith and Message, our confession of faith. In so doing, Southern Baptists linked our honored past with the promise of the future, and pledged to maintain doctrinal faithfulness as a new century dawns.

FAITH celebrates fifth anniversary at Daytona meeting

First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, which originated the FAITH Sunday School Evangelism Strategy, will help FAITH kick off its five-year anniversary in 2003 by hosting a National FAITH Institute Jan. 27-30.

November 24: Salvation begins a life of obedience

Back in the mass evangelism movement, which began with Billy Graham and others, a cry of "Easy Believism" was raised. Opponents criticized anyone who preached regeneration based on faith in Christ as Savior who did not emphasize His lordship. The opponents argued one must surrender to Jesus as Savior and Lord at the same time. They believed the changed life must be manifested immediately after conversion. The evangelists emphasize faith alone, preceded by repentance, as all that is needed to be born again. good works would follow in due time. Regardless of which view one takes, some principles are generally accepted by all.

November 24: Serve God

I have two young daughters who are twenty months apart in age. The youngest, Victoria, takes great interest in Emma's toys. Victoria doesn't yet have an extensive vocabulary, but she is very good at communicating her desires. In order to teach the importance of sharing-and to keep the peace, my wife and I will occasionally ask Emma to share her toys for a minute or two until Victoria finds some other toy more desirable. Emma is a great big sister and usually lets Victoria play with almost anything, but sometimes it is difficult for her to let go of a favorite toy for any length of time. She loves her little sister very much, but sometimes her own wants overcome her desire to share something precious to her.

Florida focus

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Point of View: Breakpoint - Good medicine, bad politics mix in smear campaign

Dr. Hager is under consideration for membership on the Food and Drug Administration's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.

Hong Kong Christians witness to non-believers in India

"When you take the Gospel to a different culture, it makes you think more about how to communicate the Gospel; it gives you new insights; and you grow in your love for people-all people..."

Point of View: Jesus - the one true source of hope and peace

Wanda Lee, executive director/treasurer of Woman's Missionary Union, tells of her meeting with the courageous missionaries serving in Kosovo.

Land OLakes church joins CNS

Every church in Florida has a story to tell and Myrtle Lake Baptist Church in Land O'Lakes knows that. In looking around for an effective way to get its story out, the congregation has become the newest user of the Church Newsletter Service offered by Florida Baptist Witness.

Mercer reflects on term as FBSC president

Dwayne Mercer completes his term as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention as he presides over the 141th annual meeting in Pensacola.

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