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Cholera outbreak intensifies in Haiti after Hurricane Tomas leaves standing water

PORT-AU-PRINCE (FBC)—Two weeks after Hurricane Tomas skirted western Haiti causing massive rainfall and extensive flooding, disaster weary Haitians are now coping with an increased spread of cholera worsened by bacteria-filled standing water.

Incidents of cholera have spiked in Haiti in the past days, causing Florida Baptist Convention officials to step up their response to the looming epidemic, said Dennis Wilbanks, associate in the state’s Partnership Missions Department, who traveled to the country Nov. 10-17.

Point of View: Ten truths about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is becoming a less recognized holiday with each passing year, most likely because it is devoid of the great marketing opportunities shared by Halloween and Christmas. Unless, of course, you are a grocer! This reality grieves me because, in a sense, Thanksgiving is perhaps the purest of holidays in terms of purpose and practice.

Lottie 2010: Week of Prayer for International Missions

May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise you (Psalm 67:3, NIV)

It’s a beautiful vision: People who speak Kirmanjki and Kabyle, Thai and Tatar, and use sign language in Czech—all knowing and praising God. It’s a vision that comes closer to being realized every year as Christians seek unreached people groups to tell them the story of Jesus.

Florida Baptist churches urged to observe SBC Day of Prayer

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The Southern Baptist Convention’s Day of Prayer, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, is a time when all Florida Baptists can seek the face of God, according to Rick Shepherd, Florida Baptist spiritual awakening specialist.

“The needs of Florida and Southern Baptist churches are evident; some more than others, but all are in need of a fresh movement of God,” said Shepherd, director of the Florida Baptist Convention Prayer and Spiritual Awakening department.

Point of View: Calling Southern Baptists to pray

MARIETTA, Ga. (BP)—As senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, my number one goal is to challenge Christians to renew their love for Jesus. Many have forgotten our first love, and we need spiritual renewal and revival in our convention and nation. We need to stop and seek God’s direction.

Point of View: A Sign for the Times: Repent!

No doubt you’ve seen cartoons of bearded guys in white robes standing on street corners carrying around a sign that says “Repent!”

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Long-time Convention employees honored for years of service

Four employees of the Florida Baptist Convention were recognized with Resolutions of Appreciation by messengers to the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting in Brandon, Nov. 8-9.

Crisis training plays critical role for pregnancy centers

LAKELAND (FBCH)—“When a young woman is facing a crisis pregnancy she often feels that there is no hope and no choice but to terminate her unborn child. However, the ministry of pregnancy resource centers are providing hope to these young women and are successfully leading them to the life-affirming decision to either parent their child or to place them for adoption,” said Mary Lou Hendry, director of Sanctity of Human Life for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.

Hendry described the critical role that pregnancy resource centers play in preventing abortions and sharing the Gospel message at the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ annual Sound the Call conference, titled For His Glory, Oct.7-9 at Lake Yale Conference Center in Leesburg.

Luke 2:8-20; 33-35: December 19—Focus on Jesus

Christians have no problems focusing on Jesus at Christmas, or any other time for that matter. Christmas deserves special attention though because of the way businesses have commercialized the event. Yet, positive messages are sent. For example, foreign students studying here must wonder why schools do not meet the last two weeks in December. In our study, we will emphasize five reasons to focus on Jesus.

Panel applauds Clinton report on religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP)—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the opportunity of the federal government’s latest International Religious Freedom Report to speak out for a broad view of religious liberty, pleasing a bipartisan panel that had questioned the Obama administration’s commitment to the issue.

The State Department issued its annual report on global religious liberty Nov. 17, specifying the many abuses—along with some improvements—among 198 countries.

Is Sunday School worth the time?­­­ Black conference leaders ask

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—“If Sunday School isn’t good, isn’t worth the time, how can we expect people to come back?”

It’s a crucial question, said Art Groomes, one of the speakers at the National Black Sunday School Conference sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Lake City businessman shares Gospel so all will know

LAKE CITY (FBC)—Twenty years ago Joe Anderson accepted Jesus as his Savior and became “burdened” by the thousands of people who walk through life unaware of their spiritual lostness.

He had been one of them, and during most of his life the 70-year-old Lake City businessman admittedly played at church.

Edgar Cooper called an ‘inspiration’

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Just days after he would have turned 92, Edgar R. Cooper, editor emeritus of Florida Baptist Witness, was remembered by family and friends in an hour-long service Nov. 18 at Deermeadows Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Point of View: Letters to the Editor

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