November 23, 2006 Print Edition

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Clearwater pastor elected 2007 President of Florida Baptist State Convention

FORT MYERS (FBC)-William Rice, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater since 2004, was unanimously elected as the 2007 Florida Baptist State Convention President during the annual meeting Nov. 13-14 at McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers.

Rice plans focus on cooperation to span generations

FORT MYERS (FBW)-Twenty-five years after William E. "Willy" Rice attended his first Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting as the winner of the Youth Speakers Tournament, the native Florida Baptist was elected to lead the state convention as president.

Celebrate Jesus in South Florida

FORT MYERS (FBC)-The sign she held up to motorists passing Suncoast Baptist Church was simple. It had just two words-"Free Food." Her greeting was genuine, "Come on in." What awaited guests beyond the church's driveway was even simpler-the message of a church that cares and the God who loves them, served with a hot dog, a cold drink, and an afternoon of family fun.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

SENEGAL, West Africa (IMB)-It's a tough life for a kid.

Witness announces secretary opening

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Florida Baptist Witness is accepting applications for an entry-level position which will include general administration, telephone answering, mail processing and data entry.

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We had a wonderful Florida Baptist State Convention meeting in Fort Myers. The music, preaching, fellowship and affirmation could not have been better.

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I will never forget the horrible realization three years ago: we would have to defer missionary appointments due to lack of financial resources. After all, we are a missionary-sending agency of the largest evangelical denomination in the world with unlimited potential resources.

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Note: In a special Nov. 8 broadcast of BreakPoint, Prison Fellowship Founder Chuck Colson and President Mark Earley discussed the results of the 2006 election.

Wicker calls Baptists to 'table of revival'

FORT MYERS (FBW)-Delivering his final address as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, Hayes Wicker preached from Matt. 5:6 calling Florida Baptists to the "table of revival to hunger and thirst after righteousness."

State Board fills three positions, authorizes move for Miami FBCH

FORT MYERS (FBC)-The State Board of Missions authorized the Florida Baptist Children's Homes to sell its Miami campus, filled three Convention staff vacancies and agreed to a specialized partnership with Kentucky Baptists during its Nov. 13 meeting in Fort Myers.

SULLIVAN: Power of Holy Spirit, human believer drives the theology of missions

FORT MYERS (FBC)-"When you speak of the theology of missions, you do not do so from a text," said John Sullivan during the 145th annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention, "but from the textbook. The Bible is the missions manual."

Sullivan pledges 'teetotaler' agency trustees

FORT MYERS (FBW)-Citing embarrassment over having spent more than 30 minutes debating the issue of whether trustees of Southern Baptist Convention entities should be limited to those who abstain from alcohol, John Sullivan, the executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, said he intends future action in the FBSC "on this very issue."

Conner: America's 'sick culture' needs Bible preaching

FORT MYERS (FBW)-America is a "sick culture" in need of revival and the "proclamation of the Word of God" is the nation's only hope, Craig Conner preached Nov. 14 in the convention sermon of the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Fort Myers.

FBC divisions desire to serve churches

The Church Services Division desires to aid churches with "foundational ministries" that are not always focused on, "but are indispensable for the work of Christ," said Glen Owens, division director, in a videotaped report shown at the 145th annual Florida Baptist State Convention Meeting.

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